Who's Gerry Read you might be thinking to yourself. Well, read the interview below, learn a little, check the track, listen a little, then download the mix and listen a little more. We're hotly tipping this 19-year-old for big things in the next year or so. Keep those eyes peeled.
Tell us a little about you and your musical background...
I’ve been playing the drums and guitar since I was about 12-13 yrs old, couldn’t find anyone who wanted to start a band so luckily I naturally progressed into just doing it by myself.
How and when did you first get into producing?
It was during the first few months after moving to Australia with my family, I basically hated it and needed to kill some time without turntables.
How would you describe your sound to someone that hasn’t heard it before?
Pretty much a burnt stir fry of UK Garage, old US House and something else.
Why did you decide to change your first name to Gerry for your artist name?!
Its basically a piss take of my straight-to-the-point cockney granddad, who’s name is Gerry. I thought him being cockney aswell would be a good reference to all this ‘‘bass music’’ I get told I’m making.
What's it like living in Bury St Edmunds, which pretty much has no music scene at all? Do you go out in Norwich, Cambridge, London?
Yea it is pretty boring to be honest. I've been back for about 7 months now, been to a few things here and there. There's a night run by Nu:tone & Logistics in Cambridge called Spoonfed which I saw David Rodigan play at.
A few mates and I are hoping to run a little night this summer though called ‘Weave’, playing House/UK Funky/Dubstep/Techno/Jungle, just need to find the right venue for it.
You had your debut release on Dark Arx back in November last year with three very different tracks, are you still producing such a variety of styles?
I make all sorts really, whatever I feel like making. I've been making stuff with drums and guitar for a while. One tune on that EP ‘Dreamer’ was a bit of a one off because its straight Dubstep. I usually experiment with a lot of sounds/styles.
Last Time - Gerry Read [out on vinyl, digital soon]
You have a forthcoming release on Ramp's sub label Fourth Wave - how did this come about? Any others in the pipeline?
I basically saw Ramp/PTN/Brainmath was based in Suffolk and just thought ‘who the fuck is this guy?!’, I immediately messaged him and we ended up meeting for some beers, sent him some tunes etc.. just went from there really.
I think its a lot easier when you get to know the producers/labels you're working with in person, as oppose to just talking about tunes through email.
There’s going to be a few with Fourth Wave I think, there’s a couple of remixes coming and there’s 12" with 2nd Drop; currently sorting out someone for the remix on that one.
What do you get up to other than music?
The usual really, go out with mates (when I have money), watch tele. I'm also addicted to playing GTA IV whilst listening to the Ricky Gervais podcasts at the same time.
Name us five things you'd take with you to a desert island.
Food, water, a laptop with internet, a female and a labrador.
Laptop with internet's not allowed! Tell us a little about this mix you've very kindly done for us.
The mix is full of the stuff I’m really getting into at the moment. Mainly old tunes that are influencing the slight change in direction in my production.
Cheers for your time, this mix gets a 10/10 from us. BIG!
01. Marcellus Pittman - ILLA 5 ELA [Genre Free]
02. Farben - Farben Says: Love Oh Love [Klang Elektronik]
03. STL - Wasabi Flavoured [Something Records]
04. Gerry Read - Narry [forthcoming Fourth Wave]
05. Osunlade - Blackman [Soul Jazz Records]
06. Mr Fingers - Classic House [La Casa Records]
07. Gerry Read - We Are [forthcoming Fourth Wave]
08. Tan Ru - Changeling [Trelik]
09. FCL - Let's Go [We Play House Recordings]
10. Roy Davis Jr ft. Peven Everett - Gabriel [XL Recordings]
11. Ron Allen - Whispers [Definitive Recordings]
12. Coco Da Silva - Saudade [Kismet Recordings]
13. Corrina Joseph - Lonely [Atlantic Jaxx]
14. Sun Ra - Saga of Resistance (Theo Parrish Dub) [Kindred Spirits]
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