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GotSome: Heading Up The Bristol Train

GotSome continues to drive the Bristol train as one of the talented artists to watch.

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GotSome has been one of the rising DJs and producers to come out of the bustling Bristol scene. Bristol has become one of the party capitals in the UK with some major parties, and this is where many talented artists are making their names. With the release of his new track ‘I Don’t Know’, this cements GotSome as a DJ to keep an eye out for, due to the quality and skill the artist is bringing. Now the artist opens up about his roots, the Bristol scene and his new track, plus a lot more.

A meteoric rise up the scene has saw GotSome gain a highly reputable name. For you experiencing this, was it always something you wanted to happen, DJing around the world and producing tracks? And also hailing from Bristol in the United Kingdom, how influential was the city for you getting involved in dance music?

Bristol is super influential to me as an artist! All my musical roots are firmly based here. From a young age I was listing to Reggae, Hip Hop & Soul music. Sound system culture was all around me. Early Rave & Jungle was just a natural progression & saw me move into promoting DJing and finally producing dance music….

Bristol itself has a bustling scene, with plenty of big parties happening each month. Would you say that performing in Bristol is always going to be special for you, no matter where you perform around the world?

Playing in your home town is one of the best things but also sometimes one of the hardest things as your best friends are your hardest critics. I could play at a Festival in a foreign country for 10/15,000 people and be totally relaxed but then you can go home and play in a bar to 10 of your best friends and then be shitting yourself… Funny that!!!! Without sounding biased, Bristol is one of the best places in the world to come and party – if you haven’t already been here I would highly recommend it.

A new single has also arrived from GotSome, delivering ‘I Don’t Know’ to the scene. The track itself contains a number of different sounds, but goes for the gritty underground House vibe. Was this always the sound you wanted to produce? and how has the track been performing on the dance floor? I’d say pretty well with the pumping House nature of it.

Yea I wanted the tune to represent where I come from so you can hear early Jungle & D&B influences and also the gritty underground bass house sound that I have been playing for the last couple of years. The track has been going down a treat in the clubs.

Could you also tell us a little about the production process behind the track, how did you go about producing the track within the studio? Were there any techniques you used? The track also features vocals from Lisa Kekaula. How different is it to work with vocals on a track, than one without?

Its a funny story this…. The original tune has been around for about 18 months. It went through many changes and paths as a lot of dance records do. Originally the song was written by Me, Alex (Former Member of GotSome) & Icarus. We had a day in the studio all together and the idea came together really quickly. The Icarus guys had been working with a singer & song writer Becky Hill. We heard a few of her vocal takes are where totally into her ideas. We chopped the vocal up and it seemed to work perfectly with the song that we had written.

I then played this version in the clubs for about a year before Danny Howard herd the tune in one of my sets and asked me if he could sign it for his label. He asked who I would like to feature on the record. We had a bunch of Demo’s through & Lisa’s version really stood out. I’ve been a big fan of Basement Jaxx, especially of their track with Lisa ’Good Luck’ so it seemed fitting.

On to the future now, and what can fans of GotSome expect to see over the next few months? More tracks on the way?

Yes! lots more music on its way for 2017… While I was in LA in January I managed to link up with my pal Billy Kenny. We got in the studio and made a tune called ‘The Pharaoh’ That came out recently exclusively on Beatport and will be in all major online record stores over the next few weeks. Then sometime in May the ‘I Don’t Know’ remixes will be dropping. Then I’ve got an EP dropping on Mark Knight second label ‘Love & Other’ that’s due out at the start of June plus lots of more exciting stuff coming buts that’s all top secret at the minute.

Is there anything in particular that you are most looking forward to in terms of shows, performances etc?

The next few months are crazy for me. I’ll be on the road in London, Canterbury, Brighton, Hannover, Dubai, Oxford & Southampton & Bristol to name a few. Also looking forward to the festivals Like City Sound project, Common People, Love Saves The Day, Glastonbury & Hideout. Glastonbury & Hideout are always my personal favs. Sets the tone for the start of the summer!

Finally, you have received much support from the likes of Pete Tong and the BBC Radio One crew, amongst many others. How important is it on the scene, for you, to see other DJs and producers support each other on the scene?

It’s really important to get support. As a producer one of the most valuable things is to get feedback from your peers. When you write a new song in the studio your first critics should always be yours friends and other DJs. As they will be the ones supporting your music from the ground up. What I usually do is write a song, play it out a few times myself then send it to 2 or 3 of my DJ friends.

They will give me straight up feedback- it’s not always what you want to hear but its honest. Then if its good I will will it to my Manager and then it will go to labels & radio DJs.  Support in the underground dance music is one of the most important things. I wish I had more hours in the day to listen to all my friends’ new music. Positive feedback is the key…

For more information on GotSome:
https://www.facebook.com/gotsomemusic
https://twitter.com/GotSomeMusic
https://soundcloud.com/gotsome

GotSome.

GotSome has been one of the rising DJs and producers to come out of the bustling Bristol scene. Bristol has become one of the party capitals in the UK with some major parties, and this is where many talented artists are making their names. With the release of his new track ‘I Don’t Know’, this cements GotSome as a DJ to keep an eye out for, due to the quality and skill the artist is bringing. Now the artist opens up about his roots, the Bristol scene and his new track, plus a lot more.

A meteoric rise up the scene has saw GotSome gain a highly reputable name. For you experiencing this, was it always something you wanted to happen, DJing around the world and producing tracks? And also hailing from Bristol in the United Kingdom, how influential was the city for you getting involved in dance music?

Bristol is super influential to me as an artist! All my musical roots are firmly based here. From a young age I was listing to Reggae, Hip Hop & Soul music. Sound system culture was all around me. Early Rave & Jungle was just a natural progression & saw me move into promoting DJing and finally producing dance music….

GotSome.

Bristol itself has a bustling scene, with plenty of big parties happening each month. Would you say that performing in Bristol is always going to be special for you, no matter where you perform around the world?

Playing in your home town is one of the best things but also sometimes one of the hardest things as your best friends are your hardest critics. I could play at a Festival in a foreign country for 10/15,000 people and be totally relaxed but then you can go home and play in a bar to 10 of your best friends and then be shitting yourself… Funny that!!!! Without sounding biased, Bristol is one of the best places in the world to come and party – if you haven’t already been here I would highly recommend it.

A new single has also arrived from GotSome, delivering ‘I Don’t Know’ to the scene. The track itself contains a number of different sounds, but goes for the gritty underground House vibe. Was this always the sound you wanted to produce? and how has the track been performing on the dance floor? I’d say pretty well with the pumping House nature of it.

GotSome.

Yea I wanted the tune to represent where I come from so you can hear early Jungle & D&B influences and also the gritty underground bass house sound that I have been playing for the last couple of years. The track has been going down a treat in the clubs.

Could you also tell us a little about the production process behind the track, how did you go about producing the track within the studio? Were there any techniques you used? The track also features vocals from Lisa Kekaula. How different is it to work with vocals on a track, than one without?

GotSome.

Its a funny story this…. The original tune has been around for about 18 months. It went through many changes and paths as a lot of dance records do. Originally the song was written by Me, Alex (Former Member of GotSome) & Icarus. We had a day in the studio all together and the idea came together really quickly. The Icarus guys had been working with a singer & song writer Becky Hill. We heard a few of her vocal takes are where totally into her ideas. We chopped the vocal up and it seemed to work perfectly with the song that we had written.

I then played this version in the clubs for about a year before Danny Howard herd the tune in one of my sets and asked me if he could sign it for his label. He asked who I would like to feature on the record. We had a bunch of Demo’s through & Lisa’s version really stood out. I’ve been a big fan of Basement Jaxx, especially of their track with Lisa ’Good Luck’ so it seemed fitting.

On to the future now, and what can fans of GotSome expect to see over the next few months? More tracks on the way?

Yes! lots more music on its way for 2017… While I was in LA in January I managed to link up with my pal Billy Kenny. We got in the studio and made a tune called ‘The Pharaoh’ That came out recently exclusively on Beatport and will be in all major online record stores over the next few weeks. Then sometime in May the ‘I Don’t Know’ remixes will be dropping. Then I’ve got an EP dropping on Mark Knight second label ‘Love & Other’ that’s due out at the start of June plus lots of more exciting stuff coming buts that’s all top secret at the minute.

Is there anything in particular that you are most looking forward to in terms of shows, performances etc?

GotSome.

Finally, you have received much support from the likes of Pete Tong and the BBC Radio One crew, amongst many others. How important is it on the scene, for you, to see other DJs and producers support each other on the scene?

It’s really important to get support. As a producer one of the most valuable things is to get feedback from your peers. When you write a new song in the studio your first critics should always be yours friends and other DJs. As they will be the ones supporting your music from the ground up. What I usually do is write a song, play it out a few times myself then send it to 2 or 3 of my DJ friends.

They will give me straight up feedback- it’s not always what you want to hear but its honest. Then if its good I will will it to my Manager and then it will go to labels & radio DJs.  Support in the underground dance music is one of the most important things. I wish I had more hours in the day to listen to all my friends’ new music. Positive feedback is the key…

For more information on GotSome:
https://www.facebook.com/gotsomemusic
https://twitter.com/GotSomeMusic
https://soundcloud.com/gotsome

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