As I mentioned in my last post, I have been working on exciting behind-the-scenes developments with The Hot Six. This is the first in a series of additions to the website that I’m particularly happy about. As we are in the business of educating fans about dance music, it makes sense to feature up-and-coming artists so that fans may learn more about the people behind the turntables. I’d like to give a big shout out to our first interviewee who reached out and who we have had the good pleasure to chat with. He’s a good dude, and I hope you enjoy his music. Who knows, he could be the next David Guetta? Without further ado, let me introduce a new friend to The Hot Six: Magnum.
Q: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Where are you from? Where did you grow up? Where do you live now?
Yea sure I’m from Dublin, Ireland born and raised here. Im 25 and am an extremely hard working and dedicated producer and dj.
Q: When did you start getting into electronic dance music? Were you a clubber who turned into a DJ and then producer? Did you come to it by way of being a musician?
I have always loved music of all kinds and always had a huge passion passion for it, but when I was growing up at the age of maybe 13,14 my friends and I used to attend a local kids disco once a week and that was were I really discovered house music. Straight away I was hooked and fascinated by it, just looking at how positive and happy it made people feel just dancing around and expressing themselves, since then I knew it was what I wanted to do with my life and dedicated myself to it.
Q: Who were some of the DJs and producers you listened to when you first got into dance music?
At that time it was really all the trance and techno stuff which at the time was great and even now some of my favourite songs still come from that era, producers like Paul Van Dyk, Storm, Da Hool, Mauro Picotto and Josh Wink really made a massive impact on me with their really fresh new ideas and creativity which really paved the way so many of today’s producers.
Q: Who are some of your current favourite DJs and influences?
Ummm….dats a tough one so many excellent and unique producers out there, but David Guetta is a supreme producer and has been so good for electro music. I know alot of people feel he’s nearly too mainstream but that’s a joke because his style and totally slamming songs actually made the mainstream become electro at this point, which deserves massive repect. Also people like Afrojack, Chuckie, Benni Benassi and Deadmau5 are massive influences because of their hard working attitude and really fresh ideas towards music
Q: What is the dance music scene like where you live? Are there supportive clubs, DJs and, producers in your area?
Yea its not bad to be honest there are plenty of big clubs dedicated to electro music which is always a help. As far as DJs there are concerned there are not really too many who have a real reputation in dance music but I’l change all that in the next few years I hope….
Q: Tell us a little about this track, and how it came together?
Well Michael Jackson and 80s music is another big influence on me and I always wanted remix a Michael Jackson song and “Billie Jean” is just one of those songs everyone loves and would cross over great in today’s scene. So I just messed around with the chords using afew synths and chopped up some vocals and presto!! I really wanted to keep the original vibe of the track and make it really uplifting and danceable which I feel I accomplished.
Q: What are some of your favorite spots in your country or around the globe to party or play a set?
Obviously I’d love at some stage to play in some of the massive clubs in Ibiza because its the centre of the dance music scene and some of the parties are just insane over there. Also places like Miami would be a real dream that with hard work hopefully I’l accomplish.
Q: What are the six hottest tracks you’re listening to right now?
Chris Brown – Beautiful People
David Guetta – Sweat
D-Jastic – Up To No Good (Extended Mix)
L.M.F.A.O – Party Rock Anthem
Swedish House Mafia & Marvin Gaye – One (Bootleg)
Kelis – Milkshake ( Ziggy Stardust Remix )
Q: If fans want to learn more about you, where can they go online to get more Magnum?
A: Well the best place to catch me is on soundcloud it has all my tracks, remixes and information or my myspace site is also full of info and tracks.
Q: Where can we expect to see Magnum on the DJ/producer scene in the next five years?
A: Well I have my debut e.p available on the 14th May on Bonds Records via Beatport etc so i’m really excited about that. I’m sure that with hard work and dedication I can really make a name for myself and make it to the top of this industry. I mean without sounding cocky, I have huge confidence in my ability as an artist and will simply just not stop until I’m the best at what I do. So within the next five years I’l be hopefully producing great music and doing allot of touring making people dance and enjoy themselves.
And now, let’s take a listen to a recent production of yours. This is the Magnum Remix of Micahel Jackson’s “Billie Jean.”
Keep it hot, and keep dancin’!