THE BIRDHOUSE 123: Josh Butler Interview

Straight out of one of my all time favorite cities, Leeds, Josh Butler continually stays true to the underground house sound that he was raised on. With releases on Cajual, Defected, Roush and many more, Josh continues to make waves in the scene through his productions. In fact, I recently heard some of his new stuff while on Holy Ship that I'm really digging. 2016 saw the launch of his label Origins and in early 2017 Josh scored his second Beatport #1 with his and Bontan’s stand out track ‘Call You Back’. This week on the show Josh laid down a super funky mix and I'm really excited for you check it out. 

Check out Josh's BH Questionnaire below.


How did your music career get started in earnest?

I think perseverance and consistency is key. I never wanted to do things too quickly and although I had some offers to sign to major record labels in the early days, I declined. I felt much more comfortable being in the underground scene, even if my career never progressed to a higher level, I was being sincere to my vision and genre.

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

I am from the North West of England, a town in the middle of Manchester and Liverpool. This definitely had an affect on my music as I was pretty spoilt for club nights in these cities. I later moved to Leeds, which again has a very, very vibrant music scene and helped me get some early DJ residencies.

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

Not once!! I actually wasn't really intentionally wanting to make a career of it, I just loved producing music and playing in front of a crowd (Which initially were pretty much just my friends). Even if my music was never understood by people or never signed to any labels I would have continued to make tracks purely for the love!! It’s a hobby and an escape for me :)

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

Kaoss pad. It was the earliest bit of equipment I remember getting.

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

I actually used to make full recreations of my favourite Trance tracks using Reason. Robert Miles - Children was one of my of my best ones haha!

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

Eat well, exercise and lots of studio time always gets me back in to the swing of ‘normal’ life.

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

That place interchanges between either on the decks in a dark grimy basement club or behind my machines in the studio!

Do you have any secret hobbies or hidden talents?

I used to do motor cross. I had a YZ125, loved that beast but just don't have the time any more! Not even sure I’d have the balls to do the jumps I used to now I’m a bit older, too scared to break my legs haha


Favorite and least favorite colors?

Green and Red

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Favorite guilty pleasure food?

Anything smothered in cheese

Favorite guilty pleasure song?

Katy Perry - California girls :O

German or Detroit techno?

Detroit all day every day!!!

Festival, club or illegal warehouse?

I’m never going to say no to a warehouse!!!

Biggie or Tupac?

Come onnnnn

Star Wars or Star Trek?

Star Wars, no contest

Exercise or Netflix?

Netflix! Just as I think I’ve nearly completed it they release a new killer series to binge on.