THE BIRDHOUSE 153: GAWP Interview

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This week on the show, straight out of Scarborough, England, we have a special guest mix from up-and-coming producer and DJ, GAWP. GAWP first popped up on radar when I heard his demo, Prime Society in my demo box. The track was so good, I knew I had to sign it to DIRTYBIRD, and it eventually made it on to the DIRTYBIRD BBQ: Secret Ingredients compilation in 2017.

Since then, GAWP has seen releases on labels such as Cheap Thrills, Night Bass and This Ain't Bristol. With that being said GAWP is no newbie to game. His production credits go back to 2013 and it's obvious he is only getting better with every release. GAWP provided a special all original guest mix chalk full of heaters, which is no easy task. Not every DJ can play and all original set, let alone one that stays interesting and dynamic throughout. Having recently been named DJ Mag's "One to Watch in 2018," it is not secret that GAWP is one to keep and eye on. I am sure we will be seeing his name quite often in the coming years.

Check out GAWP's guest mix and BIRDHOUSE questionnaire below.

THE REAL

How did your music career get started in earnest?

From late 90’s, I was into doing local youth club disco’s with 2 of those big old entertainment rigs, with turntables, tape, radio and amps all built within, which I picked up from car boot sales. I Played parties with the limited records I had at the time, and all the records I probably played more than once in the night.

I got into production by accident, as I had an addiction to buying anything electronic with flashing lights that made noises and confused the hell out of me, i used to trawl Ebay for audio gear and some of my first purchases were a Roland SH101 and an Andromeda (Which i regret selling now.) I didn’t have a clue how to use them at the time. 

This all lead on to getting a gig as the warm up DJ in local nightclubs, which lead onto running my own sessions events for over 10 years in Leeds, Scarborough, Whitby and Bridlington. At the same time I started playing in a electro house duo called, The Squatters. We travelled the world and played the craziest fun music. Also we were residents for Judge Jules at his Judgement Sundays in ibiza and Mallorca. As well as joining Kissy Sell out on his UK Tours. These were just some of the highlights where I honed my craft and got a chance to play everything from castles, ferries, banks and many more crazy venues and places.

Where are you from and does it have an influence on your music?

Im from Scarborough (Near Leeds) which is the armpit of England, it had a great advantage as I threw the biggest events in Boro for 10 years. I took my influence from occasional visits to the City. Leeds was my biggest influence, and I’m sure anyone who knows artists from Leeds knows it's an audio talent hub!

How many times did you want to quit trying to make this your career?

Occasionally. If I’m tired or hit a creative block, I know its time to think of throwing the towel in but the audio goblin never lets me and I then look at what else I would do for internal happiness, give my head a shake and I’m fine! 

What was one piece of equipment that helped define your sound early on?

I would say my Moog Voyager. This is one item that I would take to my grave.. Although second thoughts I wouldn’t as I’m sure my mates would dig me up for it! 

When you were getting started, which artists did you try to emulate (both musically and careerwise)?

Back in the day it will have been Doorly. He has been my best friend for over 20 years but despite that, the guys been a huge influence on me in many ways. Also it helps that he’s a weird as I am.   

When you have a tough week or a rough tour, how do you get yourself back on track?

Usually I like to try and keep busy as I find being busy is the best remedy for keeping me going, Alongside this, I like to help friends or see people I’ve not seen for a while as it takes my mind away from the tours and industry.

Where and when are you at your most content/happiest?

I must say its very cliche, but in the studio late at night, this is like my mecca. It might be just sitting in silence, dusting or making music but its just my man cave which I feel at one with.

Do you have any secret hobbies or hidden talents?

Secret talent - I did 6 years of women hairdressing. Secret hobby would have to be searching the sale sites for second hand audio gear. I try not too but its a bad habit! 

THE REST

Favorite and least favorite colors?

Orange is fav, Brown is my least favorite.

Favorite and least favorite words?

Fav: Sluice or Crumpet, Least Fav: Discharge or Totes.

Favorite animal?

Cow

Favorite board game?

Monopoly

Favorite guilty pleasure food?

Indian

Favorite guilty pleasure song?

Kym Sims - Too Blind to See It

German or Detroit techno?

Detroit

Festival, club or illegal warehouse?

Festival

Biggie or Tupac?

Biggie

Star Wars or Star Trek?

Star Wars

Exercise or Netflix?

erm.. I don’t have Netflix