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Introducing: Trouble Disco

Introducing: Trouble Disco

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Ibiza Club News Radio has been bubbling around in the background for quite a few weeks now. Testing, plotting, dancing to ourselves, preparing for a long winter of great music leading into hopefully the return of summer in 2021. As we celebrate our official launch, it’s time to get to know the residents. This time around, we chat to Trouble Disco…

Hey! Nice to meet you. What’s your name?

Trouble Disco

What made you want to be a DJ?

Growing in up in Scotland, I was captivated by the music around me from a young age. Hitting my first club on my 17th birthday, I saw Mr. Scruff playing a 6 hours all vinyl set, which just completely set the tone for me. A wizard in the booth, and a complete tune head. His vinyl collection for me at the time was the most outrageous thing I had ever seen. I knew boys who had a collection, but this was different. He had a whole tour bus, and a separate trailer for his records. It was after this I was hooked. Having been interested in records from being around a musical family. The show that changed it all was definitely that. Continuing on from that adventure through sound, I started to buy tickets to all the events at that particular home town club of mine, which quickly progressed to heading through to Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen. Then venturing further afield. Newcastle, Manchester etc, all the while hearing the best music in the world, shake dance floors from city to city. It was my passion, my calling, a gravitational pull somehow. This ended with me in London, where I chose to place myself. Right in the middle of it all. Throughout the years of partying, clubbing, experiencing and exploring the many sounds available to me at the time, allowed me to grow my own collection. Watching DJ’s control the crowd is where it all started for me, I wanted to feel that. So I saved up everything I could, bought my first set up, and the rest is history.

What are your top 5 tunes EVER? We’ll be secretly judging you, so they better be good.

This is a really tough question especially after spending the best part of 15 years digging, collecting, enjoying music, however if I categorise this as top 5 go to feel good tunes from throughout the ages. It would have to be the following. Not in any particular order.

Daft Punk – Crescendolls
Daniel Portman – Wellness Park
DJ Mehdi – Pocket Piano
Justice – Phantom Pt. 2
Chemical Brothers – It Began In Africa

Whats your favourite club and why?

My favourite club is 100% Fabric. I have had some of the best nights of my life in that club and met some of the best people in the world on those dance floors and booths.

Tell us your favourite thing about being a DJ?

To be honest I have never classed myself as a DJ. I was always more of the understanding that I was an avid tune selector. I always had an obsession with sound, understanding how its made, where its from, the feelings and emotions behind it. I use those key elements in progressing as a ”DJ”. This for me is a creative outlet that has been part of my life since I first discovered it all those years ago. Its important for me to be creative with the sounds iv collected and enjoy. Projecting them onto an audience in a very creative way is what I would describe as my favourite thing. Seeing their reaction, comparing it to my own when first hearing any tracks I play.

What advice have you been given in life that you found useful?

“Be like water my friend”. This is obviously a snippet from a well known quote.

Bruce Lee said to “empty your mind”, and explained that a person should be “formless” like water. Lee said that because water has no shape, it becomes whatever it is poured into, whether it be a cup, a bottle, or a teapot.

I have always found this to be really useful and relevant in such a competitive world, whenever I feel like I am loosing touch with myself or others around me, I can take a step back, re-evaluate and adapt.

Lockdowns have been awful for dance music, if you had to make a bet – how do you see 2021 playing out?

Being part of the industry in more ways than one, another of my primary focuses within the space is artist management, logistics & production stuff. Having had discussions with my peers, it is abundantly clear there is a disconnect at the moment. A huge hole where our industry has just completely folded. Moving forward there will be an enormous amount of hoops to jump through, undoubtably proving difficult / impossible for smaller promotors and event space owners to survive. Support from the Government for a start needs to activate immediately, secondly there needs to be an allowance for small independent spaces to resume with their events. I think as per usual and seen in turbulent times before, the night life industry takes a back seat whilst aid is provided to other non-essential businesses. I fear the landscape has and will change dramatically over the coming months and years. 2021 has promise, but I don’t like to get my hopes up now after experiencing an onslaught of bad news throughout this year. Remaining positive and adopting togetherness with our friends, families & neighbours within the industry will become paramount.

Where is the best place for people to check out your music?

You can catch me over on instagram, where I keep everyone updated on music, shenanigans in life, and generally anything pertaining to my day to day life. I have taken a back seat from social media for my own mental wellbeing but will be back eventually. I will keep you updated as my show goes on. For now, I’m stripping right back and using this platform as my main outlet to keep it original, and about the music instead of me as a person.

Tell us about this months mix?

This months mix is totally avant guard. I fell in love with progressive electronic music when I was a teenager, and this mix I guess in a lot of ways pays homage to that. Its a mixed bag, which I put together in a chilled environment. Somewhere I could appreciate the magic within the technical productions you’ll hear. There is not much more to it than that. Lockdown has been weird for my ears, my brain & generally my overall attitude towards sounds. Some days I can’t bare to listen to dance type music, but for me this was a great skim through older part of my collection.

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