We take the opportunity to speak with one a regular ‘one to watch’ from SKapade who we’ve loved watching progress. Check out our chat with Paul Mccabe here!
Paul has been smashing it recently cooking up some great tracks and turning heads in the house and tech house scene. It’s been brilliant to see his work develop and grow while seeing him achieve the goals he set when he began his musical journey! Have a read below to get his thoughts on the scene and find out what he’s been working on!
What motivated you to get involved in music production?
I didn’t want to have any regrets and I really didn’t want to look back and say ‘what if?’ I decided that what I really wanted was to learn how to make the music that I hear in my head and put it out for people to listen to and hopefully enjoy. There’s no better feeling than when you’re on a dance floor and an amazing tune drops. You can see people’s reactions and really understand how much music allows them to escape. I wanted my sound to be a part of that. To create something that makes people dance and just enjoy the moment.
How did you first get interested in dance music, particularly house music?
I remember years ago, when I must’ve been around 14 and I got a copy of a DJ mix by John kelly on tape. There was 2 tracks on it that totally blew my mind even to this day; CLS – Can you Feel It? and 808 State – Pacific State. Those two tracks just got me hooked on house music and after that I couldn’t get enough. As you know, I still love house music and a massive part of my taste was born and formed by those songs in particular.
Are there any artists that you listen to that you’ve found to be particularly influential
For me the biggest influences have been guys like; Frankie Knuckles, Todd Terry, Danny Tenaglia, N-Joi, Bizzare inc, Peter Brown, Jerome Robbins. I love a whole mixture of classic house, big piano breaks ,and modern tech house. I try to let my taste influence my style and incorporate this into my own tracks. An old skool sound with a modern twist.
Tell us a bit more about your residency with House Life, how did that get kicked off?
I grew up on the amazing technics 1210s and spent years spinning vinyl but as technology changed, it became harder and harder to find the music that I was looking for because so many people had swapped over to mp3 or cds etc. It was only 2 years ago I decided it was time to make the switch myself so I got a set of Pioneers and started again from scratch. Once I was comfortable mixing on them I started recording mixes and ended up playing one to Scott Sinclair (Sinky) who was the founder of House Life. He loved the mix and asked me if I’d be up for playing on a House Life lineup. After a few successful sets at their events I ended up playing at all of their nights. It’s great to be able to play so regularly and I have to say a massive thanks to Sinky for giving me the chance!
We’ve really enjoyed having you on our Live Stream, what’s your process for selecting tracks for your live sets?
I love being on the live stream! To be honest, I select loads of tracks and I listen to all of them until I know them inside out. Once I’m familiar with them I can almost imagine which ones will mix well in my head. It sounds a bit crazy but I’ve done it this way since I was playing on 1210’s. Then I take a selection of about 50 tracks and just let the music flow. I never plan any of my sets, I just see where the mix goes and try to select tracks that will take the listener on a bit of a journey. Everyone has there own style and way of doing things but that’s what always works for me!
Do you have any gigs coming up that you’re particularly excited about?
I’m playing at the May Day Festival on 30/04/2017 in the sold out VIP tent. It’s probably my biggest gig yet and I’m really excited for it. There are some huge names on the lineup, such as; Darren Emerson, David Forbes, Bass Generator and Jase Thirwall, to name a few. To be part of this event is huge for me and I can’t wait to get people dancing and enjoying themselves.
How about in the studio, what are you working on at the moment?
I’ve got a few big piano house tracks that I’m working on that have a really nice groovy, melodic feel to them. I’m dead pleased with how they’re sounding so I’m looking forward to getting them finished and sent off to a couple of labels that I have in mind. I have also been working away on a few more and sticking with the really nice warm melodic house feel.
Has working with our producers at SKapade Studios influenced and changed your sound at all?
Working with Stephen Kirkwood has given me a great deal of confidence and he’s been a massive part of helping me to fine tune the sound that I’m trying to achieve. It’s allowed me to get the music I hear in my head out in a physical format much quicker and with much more ease. Everyone at SKapade has been so helpful, positive and supportive and I absolutely love coming up to the studio. It’s just a great place to be!
Do you have any releases coming up that you can tell us about?
I just got 2 tracks signed to 13 Records , a really cool label based down south, so I’m pretty chuffed about that at the moment!
As someone who is up and coming at the moment, do you have any advice for people who are just starting to get involved in DJing or music production?
My advice would be, if you have a goal or ambition; go for it. Take any feedback and listen to it. Don’t get disheartened or down if it isn’t all good, there’s always a positive in everything. Just keep sending mixes off or demos and stay true to yourself and to your sound or style. Be unique… It won’t happen overnight, so spend your time putting in the hard work and learning as much as you can.
What can we expect from you in 2017 in terms of music and gigs?
2017 has been huge for me already, my track Forget has been added to 2 compilations; Global House Sessions Ibiza vol 2 and Miami Beachside Vamos Music 2017. I have some more tracks in the pipeline just now, so I just want to keep going to see how far I get. If it ends tomorrow then I’ve already achieved more than I would’ve ever thought possible. Gig wise, I have been confirmed on the same line up with some Scottish legends and guys I grew up listening to. I can’t say too much more but it’s looking like June/July are going to be busy for me. There’ll also be more House Life events throughout the year which are always an amazing night. My aim this year is to get myself out there and just keep seeing how much I can achieve!
Keep up to date with Paul’s gigs, releases and news here: https://www.facebook.com/djpaulmccabe/?fref=ts