With plans to release a hotly-anticipated second album in just a few months time, we caught up with A.M.C. to discuss how he intends to spend 2021 in these uncertain times.
In addition to a special anniversary for his own imprint the London-based musician also spoke about the inspiration for his forthcoming record and who he looked up to in terms of DJs.
This year will mark a special anniversary for A.M.C. as it will be ten years since establishing his Titan Records imprint.
Looking back at the progress of the label A.M.C. admitted they made a solid start and were receiving huge support from established names.
“We started incredibly well,” he said. “When I started it was on the back of the last ever year of being able to sell on vinyl.
“We were re-pressing releases which was unheard of. We used to have huge support from the likes of Zane Lowe.
“We did a Rampage v Titan event one year and it was nice to see that the label was regarded in the same light as Rampage which is one of the biggest drum and bass events worldwide.”
Despite 2020 being a devastating year for artists and the music industry in general there were some happy memories for A.M.C. such as winning the award for best DJ at the annual Drum & Bass Arena awards.
Being voted ahead of the likes of Andy C and Camo & Krooked gives you an indication of just how talented this man is when let loose on a set of turntables. If you want a great example of A.M.C.’s wizardry then make sure to check out his six-deck set hosted by UKF earlier this year.
Perhaps the most refreshing thing about A.M.C. picking up the award was how incredibly modest he was when asked how he felt.
“I felt a bit guilty for winning the award,” he continued. “Apart from online streams we’ve only had two proper months of gigs.
“I'm not the best when people show me love. It is really humbling.”
As one of the most technically gifted mixers in drum and bass, it was also going to be fascinating to hear who he looked up to when beginning his craft.
The first name he mentioned was Randall, a man that has been one of the biggest pioneers for the past few decades. He has also had a huge admiration for Nicky Blackmarket and Mampi Swift.
Away from drum and bass it was intriguing to hear the respect he has for DJ Jazzy Jeff, who is best known for his collaborative work alongside Will Smith. It is the way in which the American can manipulate music to entertain a crowd which is the most awe-inspiring thing for A.M.C.
Looking back over the past 12 months there were countless events A.M.C. wanted to play but didn’t get the chance to for obvious reasons.
As well as huge festivals all around the world he also had a mammoth tour planned down under.
“I was meant to be doing a few sets at Hospitality on the Beach in Croatia as well as EDC Las Vegas,” he added.
“I also had a huge New Zealand and Australia tour which was 20 dates.
“Then there was the Energy tour in the UK and the plan was to host a show at E1 which felt just like the nights I used to attend at a club called The End in London.”
A.M.C. has played several socially distanced shows since the start of the pandemic. At first there were a lot of mixed feelings but then there is one thing which he will always remember.
“It’s so weird but you don’t take it for granted,” he continued. “It makes you feel very lucky.”
If the situation doesn’t improve then he intends to move to New Zealand, where COVID-19 has been effectively eradicated.
There have been a host of artists including Delta Heavy, Dimension and Sub Focus who have all made the trip to the southern hemisphere country.
When asked about the prospect of working with Turno again A.M.C admitted it was definitely in the pipeline.
Ever since their first release, Collision, a four-track EP on Titan in 2017, the pair have gone on to produce a whole string of high-octane heaters while playing shows on some of the biggest stages including Let it Roll and Boomtown.
“He is a lovely bloke and is the only person who wants to work with me,” he added. “The way we work together is uncanny.
“We’ve done a tune over Zoom which will be released on Turno's label. The people who do lessons with him are going to be able to get videos for it.
“COVID-19 ruined our plans really. We were going to drop an EP in the summer out of the blue after Turno’s album.”
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