Having emerged from a small and local Yorkshire scene a few years ago, DJ, producer, promoter, presenter and label boss Doorly had a great year in 2011. Not only did he undertake a nine-month tour of the planet, but so too did he play almost every club on the island of Ibiza (his summer home for the last 5 years), act as tour DJ for r&b megastar Usher and continue his close relationship as resident, host and frontman with the illustrious Ibiza Rocks. It’s clear to see, then, that what separates this man from the crowd is his ability to play – and fit in with – any line-up of talent no matter the style of music.
How are you, what you been up to?
I'm great, just got back from another big USA tour and I've got a couple of weeks of solid studio time polishing up some collabs I’ve been working on with Grandmaster Flash, Beardyman, Reverend & The makers and Jake Shears (Scissor sisters) plus a load of deeper original stuff.
How different is life now than just before you broke through?
A hell of a lot busier and much more exciting, these days I get crazy offers to go and play in the most beautiful places in the world. In the last 2 weeks I've played on the beach in Los Angeles, in the snowy mountains of Austria and at 4am at a packed fabric in London to name but a few!
What’s the favourite part of your job?
The gigs, I still get really excited about every show, I'm a DJ first and foremost so every other aspect of what I do is to feed my gigs and make them better.
Tell us about your new Rinse Show?
Yep I did a few one offs and they went really well so I’m excited that my show will now go monthly on rotation with Zinc & Redlight, I cant wait to get stuck into this, its so much fun being on air with a live worldwide audience and the Rinse Collective of DJs is an absolute statement of cool and forward thinking, boundary pushing music.
Why are you so keen on playing all genres?
Because music changes so quickly and I don’t want to be stuck in one place as a DJ or a Producer, I get bored too easily and I like to play a bit of everything in my sets and constantly challenge myself as producer to hopefully keep finding new sounds
Does it ever present any problems?
Yep definitely, I sometimes divide my fans as the ones who are into the Dubstep I make, will find a deep house track that I have made boring and likewise the other way round, but hopefully there’s a vein running through all of my music (and definitely my DJ sets that brings it all together) one day people will understand me!
What’s been the most important lesson you've learnt?
Be nice to everyone you meet, nobody likes a dick!
Tell us about your label…
It's based around my genre-less ideology, its called "Pigeonhole This!" and my aim is to create a totally boundary-less stable of artists, the first of which will be a band called Extra Curricular who's EP should be out in May
How different are gigs across the world in terms of reactions?
America is crazy right now, the dance music scene over there has exploded and the kids have insane energy, although you do have tone down your sets a little and play more obvious bangers. In the UK we seem to be less inclined to totally lose our inhibitions and its a lot cooler head bopping stuff going on inside our dancefloors, but musically we're streets ahead and always onto the next new sound which is great and feeds the rest of the world.
Why is Ibiza so special for you?
Yeah definitely, it has been my summer home for the last 5 years and the whole energy there is incredible because everyone is on holiday so instantly you're winning there, then add to that some of the most amazing line ups in the world..... every night of the week!
What you most looking forward to this year?
Hideout Festival was so good last year, so I’m staying for 4 days this year to make the most of it! Also Snowbombing which is always loads of fun. But I cant wait for the Ibiza season to start as well, some of the line ups this year at our Ibiza Rocks shows are crazy. Also I’ve just signed with a new Agent in America who I know is going to book me onto some huge stuff so I can’t wait for that as well!
Interview courtesy of Jukebox Media www.jukeboxpr.co.uk
From my new EP - this track has been the swansong in my sets and radio shows for the last month. Deep, dubby & melodic.
This whole club constructions EP is a breath of fresh air, as he says himself, melody doesnt get a look into his production these days, and we love it! This is an EP full of absolute battle weapons!
I use this as a tool to bridge between genres, but the original beat is wicked too
I made this track in an afternon before a fabric gig to start my set with and I've been playing it ever since : )
Big noisey techno banger, destroys any dancefloor every time.
Amazing album and this track is my favourite, wicked change of pace half way through
Garage classic! Just found it again on trackitdown so expect to hear this again this weekend!
Heard Heidi play this at Snowbombing and had to find out what it was, big housey track.
From my last EP, still playing this loads
Massive thanks to Doorly for his time and selection!
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