— The label's second release, 'Dust Blank', arrives this October and sees you hand the tracks over to a number of artists (Polymod, Jon Gurd, Aparde, Mikky Ekko and The Orb) to remix - resulting in an eclectic and powerful listening experience. We'd love to hear about how you selected the remixing artists for this EP?
— It's definitely eclectic, which is what I really wanted.
The Orb… I've always been a massive massive fan, I grew up with The Orb and KLF, my dad would always be playing these in the house. Me and Alex Patterson had a mutual friend so I reached out originally to ask to do a remix for him. It ended up him making an absolute Orb classic of a remix of my track which is amazing.
When I was under age I had a fake ID and I would occasionally go to Slinky in Bournemouth. Jon Gurd was a DJ there and would play in the breaks room, he was so good! We are both from Portsmouth and we also had a mutual friend growing up. He went off my radar the last 10 years or so as I moved to London, but then I heard his Lion LP on Anjuna. It's an incredible album so I reached out to him on Instagram, and asked him to do a remix of one of my tracks. He chose Dalsto and I love his interpretation of it.
Polymod (Simon Neale / Shadow Child / Dave Spoon) was my tutor when I went to college to study Music Technology when I was 16. He has absolutely smashed it and had a great career. We have always loosely stayed in touch all this time. Me and James Lavelle (who I work with in UNKLE) are massive fans of his Polymod moniker. I reached out Simon to remix UNKLE, and then also asked if he would remix my project too, and here we are.
I have worked with Mikky Ekko since 2013 as his music director. I have toured the world with him, wrote tracks, been in the studio and also had lots of life memories together. He is one of my best friends in the whole world. I knew we would work together in some way on this project and im so happy he wanted to do a remix. His voice is clearly insanely good, but his productions are also next level. So for him to remix and also add some vocals to Everything Is Beautiful turns it into a very 'Mikky' track that I know him for (years in the back of a van together and hearing him making beats all day every day).
I've been a fan of Aparde since I heard his track Shiver. His productions sound amazing, his tone/colour is so recognisable to me and I'm so glad he did that with my track Angel Saint Claire. It's a real journey and I'm definitely going to be playing some of this remix in my live shows.