With a well deserved rest after his recent US touring, Gawp is returning to the states to continue what he’s started- making a considerable mark on the history of techno and house music. We interviewed Gawp when he debuted in Seattle earlier this year and we were excited to have him recently return to our city. He’s been working extremely hard in the studio, collaborating with some legendary producers and DJs. We were fortunate to hear some of these productions on his and we can’t wait for their release!
We caught his set at the legendary LA weekly Space Yacht and were blown away once again by his impressive track selection and DJ prowess. Not only is he a talented performer and producer, he also is a kind, considerate, and humble person.
Gawp channels his reality into intense productions, forging a unique sound he’s now known for: one embodied perfectly in his image of a man bearing his teeth intensely. There’s a disturbing yet familiar nature to the sound of Gawp’s music, or rather it is what you’d imagine as the soundtrack to a techno “haunted” house. His productions are built with calculated sounds, pieced together with sharp evocative edges. We’re stoked to see what he’s been up to recently!
Firstly, thanks for taking some time to answer these questions! How have you been? What’s good, what’s bad? What’re you excited for?
Hey, I’m very good thanks… just currently sat on a long haul flight with no entertainment or internet so that’s the bad. However the good thing is that I’ve taken 2 weeks off from the tour to build a new studio back in England. The exiting part is to get back to write some more material.
Let’s chat about your new EP on Psycho Disco. What productions have you been working on recently?
Yeah the EP is a 2-tracker which I made a while back, using in my sets and not really sending to labels so after a while I kind of got used to playing them. So it was nice to see the response when they were finally unleashed to the world. I’ve just finished another EP for HotBOi Records who after 7 releases are in the top 60 Tech House labels on Beatport which is really impressive. Check out the tracks ‘Blocker’ and ‘Totem Recall’ – they’re supported from the likes of Josh Butler, Skream, ZDS, Detlef and many more. These tunes certainly get people’s bums off seats.
Who are some artists you’d like to collaborate with? Who are some of your recent musical inspirations?
At the moment I’m really loving a guy called Morelia, his track “Vibrate” has really been going off in my sets and I feel he could be one to keep an eye on.
You have come an incredibly long way as a producer and DJ. If you had to give one piece of advice to the new generation of fans and musicians, what would it be?
The best advise I can give is probably don’t follow musics trends or other people’s paths. Try to create your own unique style… take elements of inspiration from various producers and then do your own thing. So what I’m trying to say is I tried to sound like others, but eventually found my own style which is in between many artists I love.
Also wear ear plugs when there’s loud noise 😉
Whats next for you, what else have you got coming up? More importantly, when are you coming back to Seattle!?
Well the rest of the USA tour.. I’m heading to Detroit, Tallahassee, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa and Austin… to finish with the amazing line up at Seismic Festival. In between that I’m playing over in Italy at NOID. I’ll also be heading to Chicago to create a follow up to my collaboration with Gene Farris, ‘Aphrodisiac’ – we’ll have more info on that soon.
I’m sure I will be back in Seattle and not just for a connecting flight, I have so much love for the city and made many friends there; most are talented producers too! I won’t forget those LimeBikes. Thanks for taking time to hit me up and shout to everyone who has supported that GAWP dude so far!
What’s your favorite Gawp track or set you’ve heard recently? Let us know in the comments below!