Music Q&A:
Josh Butler

The Warrington DJ has a big few months ahead, opening the Warehouse Project season in Manchester on 22 September, releasing a EP featuring Kerri Chandler, and remixing Carl Cox

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How would you describe your sound?
US influenced house music that’s made for a modern dancefloor.

How have you evolved as an artist over the years?
Initially the tempo of my music slowed down and gradually the style became more soulful and inspired by the sounds from Chicago and New York during the 1980s-1990s. My sound continues to evolve all the time as I’m discovering new recording techniques and tips from outside influences.

What’s your record to get any dancefloor going?
Kerri Chandler – Atmosphere. This record pretty much sums up house music for me. Its raw, heavy beats make its so relevant for the dancefloor, whilst it still contains melody and, most importantly, soul.

Any record that unfortunately cleared it?
There has been a couple over the years but I’ll definitely never play them again, ha!

Is club culture dying?
I don’t think so. It’s certainly changing but people will always enjoy going out and letting their hair down at the weekend. Even though some areas aren’t necessarily changing for good, I believe that encourages the opposite reaction within the underground dance music scene to keep pushing on in the right direction.

What are you up to at the moment artistically?
I recently finished a track called Can’t Deny, featuring Kerri Chandler, which we released on my record label Origins Rcrds. I put together a track which I then sent to Kerri and he laid down his signature piano keys during the breakdown. I’ve also just done a remix for the legendary Carl Cox for his classic 1991 track I Want You (Forever). Over the next couple of months I’ll be finishing my residencies in Ibiza before getting back on the road and visiting North America and Canada, Mexico and South America, and of course Manchester for the Warehouse Project Opening Part 1 on 22 September!

What’s on your rider?
Beers, water and a fridge magnet from the local area 🙂

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