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Quinton Campbell: “Planning A Set Is Never A Good Idea”

Quinton Campbell opens up about preparing for his debut Boiler Room gig.

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Quinton Campbell is a DJ and producer based in Dublin who has been causing a real fuss within the electronic dance music scene. With releases on the likes of Extended Play, as well as some pretty cool shows at the likes of AVA Festival and plenty over the coming months, his sound has become demanded due to the range of genres he covers. Now Quinton Campbell opens up about starting out, his debut Boiler Room and a whole lot more.

Scaling things back to where it all began, how did Quinton Campbell become involved within dance music, as a DJ and also a producer of music?

I was always big into music from a young age but it was my teens before I really got into electronic stuff. I remember listening to mix tapes from the 90s and being taken aback by machine driven rhythms that were so different to anything I’d heard before. That led to me saving up for a pair of belt drive turntables, and that was soon followed by an obsession with collecting records. Production was a natural enough next step – it started with ripping records and doing edits – then you just end up going deeper and deeper.

In terms of the Irish scene, how influential was it in building up your career to date, especially with the bustling Belfast and Dublin scenes?

It’s amazing to see the Irish scene as healthy as it is. I don’t know if I’d say it was influential for me personally, I think if you rely too much on a scene for inspiration you end up following trends. When I first got into it 15 years ago there was definitely nothing like the ‘scene’ there is now – it was more a case of me being a loner and working on music at home for years ha. Saying that, it’s great to see so much of a buzz around the country at the moment – so much talent coming through now and everyone is very supportive of each other.

Your library of music covers a number of genres from across the electronic spectrum, from the deeper sounds of Techno to high-energy disco tracks. Was it always a choice to bring these sounds to your sets?

I’m not sure if it’s a conscious effort but with both productions and DJ sets I always find it difficult to stick to any particular style. There is so much good stuff out there – why confine yourself to one genre?

The last year or so has been pretty busy for you in terms of performing shows. One of the stand out shows was set at last years AVA Festival’s closing party. How big of a show was that for you?

The AVA closing party was the first time I had properly played in Belfast. I was on straight after Optimo, probably one of the best DJ duos in the world so I was fairly shitting it! The only thing to do was dive right it and try to maintain the energy level – and it ended up being one of my favourite sets ever. Belfast crowds have a reputation for being rowdy and I think that’s an understatement  – I’ve yet to experience a similar reaction anywhere else.

 

This year you return to AVA Festival for Boiler Room. Do you have your tracks selected for this one or is it going to be a spur-of-the-moment set?

Planning a set is never a good idea in my opinion – it’s impossible to tell what way it’s going to go and that’s the beauty of DJing. Saying that, there are some records that I’ve dug out especially for the set as well as some unreleased material, so I’ll be keeping them in mind if the moment is right!

Looking towards the next few months, do you have anything that you are particularly excited about?

The summer is really busy with lots of festivals and club gigs but if I had to pick two I was really looking forward to they would be Higher Vision Festival and BARE In The Woods. Both look class!

I also wanted to quickly touch on your production work. Just a few months ago you released the ‘Colours’ EP on Extended Play. Can we expect more production work from Quinton Campbell in the near future?

Absolutely! Have a good bit of material due for release soon, nothing I can talk about just yet unfortunately, but keep an eye out on social media for announcements.

And finally, what would be your one piece of advice for an Irish DJ looking to break into the world of electronic dance music?

Do your own thing – don’t follow trends. If you’re having trouble getting booked, show initiative and start your own club night or record label. You really have to create your own opportunities. Put in the work and you will see the results!

For more information on Quinton Campbell:
https://www.facebook.com/quintoncampbellmusic/
https://twitter.com/quint0ncampbell
https://soundcloud.com/quintoncampbell

Quinton Campbell.

Quinton Campbell is a DJ and producer based in Dublin who has been causing a real fuss within the electronic dance music scene. With releases on the likes of Extended Play, as well as some pretty cool shows at the likes of AVA Festival and plenty over the coming months, his sound has become demanded due to the range of genres he covers. Now Quinton Campbell opens up about starting out, his debut Boiler Room and a whole lot more.

Scaling things back to where it all began, how did Quinton Campbell become involved within dance music, as a DJ and also a producer of music?

I was always big into music from a young age but it was my teens before I really got into electronic stuff. I remember listening to mix tapes from the 90s and being taken aback by machine driven rhythms that were so different to anything I’d heard before. That led to me saving up for a pair of belt drive turntables, and that was soon followed by an obsession with collecting records. Production was a natural enough next step – it started with ripping records and doing edits – then you just end up going deeper and deeper.

In terms of the Irish scene, how influential was it in building up your career to date, especially with the bustling Belfast and Dublin scenes?

Quinton Campbell.

It’s amazing to see the Irish scene as healthy as it is. I don’t know if I’d say it was influential for me personally, I think if you rely too much on a scene for inspiration you end up following trends. When I first got into it 15 years ago there was definitely nothing like the ‘scene’ there is now – it was more a case of me being a loner and working on music at home for years ha. Saying that, it’s great to see so much of a buzz around the country at the moment – so much talent coming through now and everyone is very supportive of each other.

Your library of music covers a number of genres from across the electronic spectrum, from the deeper sounds of Techno to high-energy disco tracks. Was it always a choice to bring these sounds to your sets?

I’m not sure if it’s a conscious effort but with both productions and DJ sets I always find it difficult to stick to any particular style. There is so much good stuff out there – why confine yourself to one genre?

The last year or so has been pretty busy for you in terms of performing shows. One of the stand out shows was set at last years AVA Festival’s closing party. How big of a show was that for you?

Quinton Campbell.

The AVA closing party was the first time I had properly played in Belfast. I was on straight after Optimo, probably one of the best DJ duos in the world so I was fairly shitting it! The only thing to do was dive right it and try to maintain the energy level – and it ended up being one of my favourite sets ever. Belfast crowds have a reputation for being rowdy and I think that’s an understatement  – I’ve yet to experience a similar reaction anywhere else.

This year you return to AVA Festival for Boiler Room. Do you have your tracks selected for this one or is it going to be a spur-of-the-moment set?

Planning a set is never a good idea in my opinion – it’s impossible to tell what way it’s going to go and that’s the beauty of DJing. Saying that, there are some records that I’ve dug out especially for the set as well as some unreleased material, so I’ll be keeping them in mind if the moment is right!

Looking towards the next few months, do you have anything that you are particularly excited about?

The summer is really busy with lots of festivals and club gigs but if I had to pick two I was really looking forward to they would be Higher Vision Festival and BARE In The Woods. Both look class!

I also wanted to quickly touch on your production work. Just a few months ago you released the ‘Colours’ EP on Extended Play. Can we expect more production work from Quinton Campbell in the near future?

Quinton Campbell.

Absolutely! Have a good bit of material due for release soon, nothing I can talk about just yet unfortunately, but keep an eye out on social media for announcements.

And finally, what would be your one piece of advice for an Irish DJ looking to break into the world of electronic dance music?

Do your own thing – don’t follow trends. If you’re having trouble getting booked, show initiative and start your own club night or record label. You really have to create your own opportunities. Put in the work and you will see the results!

For more information on Quinton Campbell:
https://www.facebook.com/quintoncampbellmusic/
https://twitter.com/quint0ncampbell
https://soundcloud.com/quintoncampbell

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