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In Conversation: Josh Butler

In Conversation: Josh Butler

Josh Butler has seen his profile rise dramatically over the past few years, playing shows all around the planet and releasing records on esteemed labels like Noir and Sante.

All the while the English DJ/producer has been garnering respect from many of his prestigious peers, including Carl Cox and Kerri Chandler, who have both worked with Butler during the past few months.

Nearing the end of a packed schedule in Ibiza, Butler seems eager as ever for what is next to come on home soil, including Manchester’s Warehouse Project and London’s ABODE in the Park.

“Warehouse Project is one of the biggest club brands at the moment in the world so it’s an honour to be playing there, especially with The Martinez Brothers, Richy Ahmed and people like that. Then it’s straight down to ABODE which has just been on the rise for the last few years now and for them to be doing festivals of this scale in such a short space of time is quite impressive.”

With a schedule that has been increasing exponentially year-on-year, it can sometimes be difficult for an artist to get a feel for a particular venue.

Looking back during the past few months Butler couldn’t help but describe how much of a success the Defected shows have been.

“Defected events have probably been the highlight for me so far. Every one that I’ve played from the first opening party has been packed which is a big turnaround for San Antonio and Eden so I’m pretty buzzing about that.

He was also full of appreciation for the Cuckooland series, which has moved to the Ibiza Rocks Hotel for the first time. The very idea of playing a set whilst basking in the sun is not usually the norm so the switch is a welcome change for Butler.

“It’s a lot different to what I’ve been used to. The last couple of years I’ve been resident at Sankeys so from going to a dingy basement to an outdoor pool party on a Sunday afternoon is quite different but it’s a refreshing change.

“There have been some great line ups there and it’s just nice to actually see some sun.”

When discussing recent releases, Butler admitted his collaboration “Can’t Deny” with US house icon Chandler was special because of their long-standing friendship.

The appreciation for everything the New Jersey-born musician has done was instantly clear in the way Butler emphasized his point.

“I got Kerri to feature keys on one of my tracks and he’s been a massive inspiration and mentor to me over the last few years. He’s taught me quite a lot and we’ve become quite close friends so for him to get in the studio and do a track with me is an honour.”

Despite being faced with the prospect of working with such a renowned artist, Butler confessed it is sometimes easy to forget how big an artist like Chandler is because of their likeable character.

“Even just hanging around with these people they’re that genuine and down to earth the name is sometimes bigger than the personality. Once you’re with them you don’t realize who you’re actually with and they’re just one of the boys. It’s quite nice.”

As well as working with the co-founder of Madhouse Records, Butler also had to pinch himself as he was then asked to remix a Carl Cox classic, released all the way back in 1991.

Whilst Butler was well aware of how amazing the opportunity he was also cautious about spoiling such a prestigious track.

“It was pretty amazing when I was asked to do it. Of course it was slightly overwhelming at first especially because it’s such an old track.

“All the original parts were on tape and they weren’t actually individual stems so I had to do a bit of research and figure out where Carl had sampled his bits from and then go back and resample the original track. It did take a little bit of work at first but it got there.”

Not content with those two grandiose records, Butler is preparing for another original to be released on Defected.

He has also enlisted the talents of Italian DJ/producer Dario D’attis to present his interpretation.

“I have a new original which is going to be out at the end of this month or early October. Dario D’Attis will also be doing the remix for that.”

Josh Butler plays at Ibiza Rocks Hotel on Sunday 10th September, joining Doorly, Pipupa and more by the pool. Back in the UK in late September, he’ll play at both The Warehouse Project and ABODE in the Park as well as MiNT Club in Leeds before the month is out.

Photo courtesy of Josh Butler

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