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March 15, 2017Feature

"Club culture in Ireland is definitely thriving; even when you set aside the international guests every weekend, you just have to look at local DJs like Syl Black, Ciara Brady and the Four/Four Soundsystem crew for evidence that the homegrown scene is flourishing at the moment." Quinton Campbell steps up for the next Dubliner Mix with a collection of original and unreleased productions.

“Blog mentions can be instrumental in creating awareness about an artist…”

 

Since winning the emerging producer competition at AVA Festival & Conference last year, Quinton Campbell has been busy solidifying his place as one of the best selectors on the come-up.

It’s cliché to say he’s ‘one to watch’, but you won’t be able to help it, because over the coming months he’s going to be everywhere.

Ahead of his set at Higher Vision this Friday, Quinton has put together an hour of original and unreleased productions. We also caught up with him for a quick chat.


You’ve had a lot of success recently, with gigs across Ireland and also being signed. For people who don’t know, can you fill us in on your musical background?

Music has always been an integral part of my life, I came from a very musical family and I’ve been playing instruments and collecting records since I was a chung fella.

When I first discovered I could make music using a computer I was obsessed. I went on a mission learning about synthesis and sampling and fell in love with electronic music.

Congratulations on being featured on the FEEL MY BICEP blog. How did that come about?

Thanks! It came about off the back of 2016’s AVA Festival Emerging Producer win and following my debut release on Extended Play.

It must rubber stamp what you do to know that a blog like that are into your music?

It’s amazing to get support from heads like FEEL MY BICEP. Blog mentions can be instrumental in creating awareness about an artist. I’m really lucky to have been featured on some of my favourite blogs and as a result it’s led to some great opportunities.

I recently guested on a US radio station and I’m noticing a lot more bookings coming in, it’s mad the way things start happening when your online presence gains a bit of momentum.

You recently supported Roman Flügel in District 8. It must be nice to be on the support circuit for big shows like that now.

Roman Flügel in D8 was definitely up there with one of the best support slots I’ve ever played, that and last year’s Amsterdam Dance Event.

It’s great to be finally getting booked to play bigger gigs. I’m really excited about the next few months of gigs in Ireland and the UK.

You played AVA Festival last year and you’re DJing at Higher Vision on St Patrick’s Day in Bellurgan Park, two very different festivals, but great representations of electronic music on the island right now. How do you see the landscape of club culture in Ireland right now?

Higher Vision Festival is going to be one for the books, I’m closing the Four/Four Fort so I’m very excited about that!

Also really looking forward to playing at AVA Festival’s All Day Party in April, it’s in a castle which is fairly mental

Club culture in Ireland is definitely thriving; even when you set aside the international guests every weekend, you just have to look at local DJs like Syl Black, Ciara Brady and the Four/Four Soundsystem crew for evidence that the homegrown scene is flourishing at the moment.

That’s not to mention the crowds that are out at gigs every weekend. We’ve the best crowds in the world so it’s only fitting that we create the best scene to match!

The AVA Emerging Talent competition closes on May 6. Grab your tickets to the festival now.

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