Interview: Phutek

Interview: Phutek

In an age of social media superstars and ghost producing the true journeyman artist is a rare find. Phutek is one such artist.

Starting as a lighting controller at the age of fourteen back in Coventry’s Eclipse Nightclub during the late 80’s, Phutek learned his trade studying under true craftsmen like the late, great Toni De Vit. Building a reputation as a versatile and imaginative DJ he earned a residency at Liverpool’s legendary night Cream before finding his true calling. Techno. 

Now, thirty something years later he is steaming to the forefront of the techno underground with his productions regularly featuring in the sets of Adam Beyer, Marco Carola, Nina Kraviz, Dax J, Slam, Joesph Capriati, Nicole Moudaber, Richie Hawtin and Orbital. And even though his heart lies in the underground, Phutek’s music has been carried to a wider audience of new techno fans recently with regular Radio 1 support from Deadmau5, Eats Everything and Will Atkinson

As a skilled DJ, Phutek rocks some of the world’s darkest techno arenas like the Dutch brand Awakenings. Bridging genres with his captivating sets, bringing a passion, depth and energy to the dance floor that can only be mastered through years of experience behind the decks.

Hard working and driven, by day he runs his own Phuture Tekno radio show and relatively young label Layer 909 which have welcomed esteemed members of the techno community like Spektre and Anti-Slam & W.E.A.P.O.N. respectively. 

Although he’s not a ‘newcomer’ Phutek is one of the most promising artists of 2018 and a testament to the idea that true talent will always shine through.  

We chat to him about his dive into the techno world and his growing success.Interview: Phutek

You’ve been involved in the dance music world since the late 80s. What has been the biggest change you’ve noticed over the years?

Genre Labelling and the effects it’s had on the whole dance scene spectrum: From how we go clubbing, to how we listen to music, to how promoters devise their nights.

Since the end of the 90’s it’s accelerated more and more, segregating club culture and forming too many different tribes for too many pointless vibes.

If you look back to what most would say was the golden years of the dance scene, ‘The 90’s’ it was pretty much all ‘One love’ under the same musical umbrella. Back then it was down to great musical programming by the promoters…we were able to hear different sounds in one night, under the same roof and the music flowed effortlessly. It was so educational, without even knowing we were being educated on the dance floor. Now you can pretty much predict what you’re going to get from each genre certified night.

For me it’s been a massive change for the worst. 

In 2011 you decided to take the jump into music full-time. What sparked that decision was there a defining moment?

I just felt I wanted to up the anti in my involvement in music at that time.

A mixture of where I was in my personal life and a massive desire to put music first in everything I did, hourly, daily and in life in general.

I basically took the same commitment as marriage, but to music.

With so many non-musical factors involved in the modern artists’ career, what do you think is the most important skill or trait needed to ‘make it’ nowadays?

There is not just one single factor…. but one a lot of artists don’t value or know the power of from a few factors is …’networking’ it’s such a valuable factor that I constantly advise aspiring artists to do. Be out there, mixing with your tribe, putting music in the right people’s hands, showing your personality and desire. And sometimes just your face being seen in the right places regularly is so important to future doors being opened.

Techno is currently receiving a surge of mainstream popularity; in the same way deep house did a couple of years ago. Do you see this as a beneficial or harmful thing for the scene?

It’s a positive for Techno for sure.  The rise of more ‘super brands’ and bigger party’s has definitely helped gain a lot more younger Techno fans in recent years.

The option is still there for those that want to party in the more underground Techno scene also, which as a balance seems to work.

Positively it creates more awareness to Techno, which in the past has normally been at the end of people’s musical ladders. Where as now, more of the younger generation, are falling in love straight from the start. 

The legend that is Carl Cox has been a vocal supporter of your music and has signed a bunch of your tracks to his label Intec . What does it feel like having such an important figure loving your music?

I feel very lucky and very grateful, every new day I count my blessings and i am certainly very honoured. Carl, as I have said countless times, has always been one of my main inspirations for nearly 3 decades now. So much of what inspired me from years of watching his energy that he brilliantly transports through music, has become a big part of how I write tracks. It’s hard to explain as a feeling, but it’s a very personal, satisfying endorsement getting a legend such as Carl continued support.

In a way it completes a big part of what I have always worked hard to set out and achieve in my own musical goals.

My final musical bucket list left to tick….. is to play alongside him.

Your own label is going from strength the strength with artists like Anti-Slam & W.E.A.P.O.N, Ace Alvarez, HP source and Diction all filling the techno charts. What’s next for Layer 909?

Yeah for a Techno label just over two years old, we got a good thing going down.

I aim to continue to work with a lot of the artists already landed on the label, as so many have made some great tracks that are designed for Layer 909. But I am looking to bring in fresh blood. There are a few ‘guilty pleasure’ artists that have not landed yet. Some I have bagged already early on in 2018, some I still need to chase down.

In general as long as the driving Techno sound we are after is still being submitted, I will be happy rolling how we been rolling. 

2017 was a big year for you as a DJ and a producer, and this year looks set to be even bigger. What are you most excited about in 2018?

I want to get out on the road a lot more. it’s time now I think for me to show that side of Phutek as much as my producer side.

I know I have a unique edged Techno sound, and I believe it will be infectiously received if I can get the right run of showcasing the sound from behind the decks.

Production wise I am concentrating on solid Phutek Originals all year.

Finally, who is your favourite superhero and why?

Karl Pilkington from ‘Idiot Abroad’ BULLSHIT MAN. (If you know, you know) LOL.

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hyte vietnam

Epizode Festival Vietnam Presents HYTE Stage

The first ever Asian appearance of the Berlin based underground brand.

The visually and conceptually stunning Epizode Festival 2017/18 in Vietnam is continuing to make itself an essential musical festival experience by announcing that the highly acclaimed festival brand HYTE will be hosting their own stage at the festival. 

HYTE adds some heavy-weight names to the line-up, including Loco Dice, Chris Liebing, Richie Hawtin, Pan-Pot and Marcel Dettmann.hyteEpizode Festival takes place on Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam from December 31st to January 10th 2018. HYTE is taking over the main stage for three days of the event. January 5th, January 7th and January 9th 2018.

This is without doubt, a one-of-a-kind festival experience. Dance ’til dawn under the stars, bathe in hot sun and world class beats all day and explore the tropical paradise in which it all takes place. Add in amazing party locations, delicious local cuisines, white sand beaches and stunning sunsets, and you have a festival like no other.

HYTE being part of Epizode Festival is a real game changer for the Asian scene and is a significant push of electronic music into emerging territories. It is the very first appearance of the Berlin based underground electronic music brand in Asia, and it is the first time a promoter of this magnitude has programmed a main festival stage. The full line-up will include heavyweight headliners like Desolat head honcho Loco Dice, techno titan Chris Liebing, Minus boss Richie Hawtin, Berghain resident Marcel Dettmann, fan favourites Pan-Pot, plus a host of techno superstars such as Nicole Moudaber, Peggy Gou, wAFF, Nic Fanciulli, Mathew Jonson, Yaya, Bambounou and Roustam

This recent phase of line-up announcements add to the already amazing line up of Epizode Festival, including Carl Cox, Dixon, Âme, Guti, Dubfire and LucianoAfter each three of the HYTE stage take over days there will be special, sunrise after-parties that will be truly magical: As you see the sun appear as a ball of fire on the horizon, warm blue ocean washes over your feet and the serenity and tranquillity of it all will make for a truly once in a lifetime experience.

HYTE is well-known for it’s headline making festival and warehouse events all over the world, not to forget their huge weekly events at Amnesia, Ibiza, which are an unmissable highlight of the party season. The brand brings some serious party skills and an attention to detail that makes them one of the most reliable events in the electronic music scene.

HYTE is just the latest addition to an already unique festival, in a stunning location set to come alive to some world class house and techno.hyte vietnam

Epizode Festival
5th Jan 2018 / 7th Jan. 2018 / 9th Jan 2018
Phú Quoc Island, Vietnam

HYTE Stage
(in alphabetical order)




dj awards 2017

Winners Revealed For The 20th Annual DJ Awards

The results for 2017 are in.

The 20th annual DJ Awards took places at one of the most talked about venue on the island this year, Hi Ibiza.

For two decades now, the non-profit organisation has been supporting DJ and the whole culture surrounding it and last night was no exception as emotions were high and good vibes were in the air.

Dutch producer Hardwell, grabbed two awards by beating the likes of David Guetta, Martin Garrix, Steve Aoki and The Chainsmokers for best ‘Big Room House’ as well as Carl Cox, Dixon, Eric Prydz and Sven Vath for best ‘International DJ’.dj-awards-2017-hardwellHannah Wants won best Bass DJ taking on Andy C, Chase & Status, Pendulum, Subfocus and Sigma, while Armin Van Buuren took the top spot, winning best Trance DJ.

Favorites, Carl Cox and Luciano, won best Techno DJ and best Tech House DJ. Richie Hawtin wins best Electronic Live awards winners went to Dimensions Festival, for best International Festival. Pure Carl Cox for best Ibiza Music Event and Elrow taking best Ibiza Night.

Dennis Cruz took home the award for best Producer, Drumcode for Record Label of the Year. and with no surprise “Cola” from Camelphat and Elderbrook was announced, Track of the Season. (listen here)dj awards dennis cruzOther awards went to Solardo for best Breakthrough, Bontan for best Newcomer, DJ Alfredo claimed the 20th Anniversary award and Marshall Jefferson was claimed the Electronic Music Pioneer.

You can see the full winners and nominees results here.

game over ibiza

Team Behind Pure Carl Cox Announces Six Dates For Game Over

Game Over from the people that brought you Carl Cox at Space and Pure Carl Cox.

Six-dates have been announced for 2017 and will take place this summer at one of the most unique venues, Benimussa Park in Ibiza. The line-up is still to be unveiled, but we have been told to “expect the unexpected”.

The event launches Wednesday 19th July and continues through until 20th September 2017 on the dates listed below.

If you know you know …

Game Over
Benimussa Park, Ibiza

July 19th
August 2nd
August 9th
August 16th
September 6th
September 20th

You can find tickets and more information here.