Ahead of a string of upcoming UK tour dates, including a date alongside Adriatique at Egg London on Friday 7th November, we caught up with Cajual Records signup and one of the new breed of UK house music upstarts, Josh Butler.
How has your summer been? What have been the highlights?
My summer has been very busy but I've absolutely loved it. A couple of standout moments are playing Tribal sessions and Magna Carta at Sankeys Ibiza, Puur Festival in Amsterdam and Deep in the Woods, Johannesburg.
What makes UK house producers different than any others do you think? Does it depend what scene you grew up with?
Its hard to say, the UK has always had very diverse music scenes and is generally very forward thinking about music. I think it all comes down to what we were influenced by when growing up and how our tastes mature as we get older.
What is your style and what are your aims when producing?
I produce all sorts of genres. Obviously not everything gets released but if I'm in the mood to make hip-hop, I'm gonna go with how I feel. When making House my aim is always the dance floor.
How does it feel to be release on Cajual and how did it come about?
It's a massive achievement for me to release on such an iconic label. I have known the guys over there for a while now so I just kept them in the loop with new beats.
Have you met Green Velvet? Did he get involved or give you any feedback on the track?
I haven't had the chance to meet him personally yet but he called me just before the release, I wasn't expecting the call so when I asked "who's this?" and he answered "man, its Cajmere!", that was ace!
How differently do you approach remixes compared to originals? What do you aim to do?
To start I will only ever take on a remix project if there is an element of the track that excites me. I will usually base my version around these parts and add my own twist to it. With originals there is more room to explore and try new things.
What’s the most important lesson you have learnt so far since breaking through?
That you need to stick with your vision. Don't follow trends and jump genre to genre just because it's 'cool' right now. Believe in yourself.
What should people expect from you in a current set? What you feeling right now?
There is so much good music around! I never plan sets though, always play for the crowd and try to fit the atmosphere of the room at that time. Then I start to build and take things a little harder if I can get away with it.
You play at EGG in London soon, how do you like playing the capital? Are UK gigs better than any other?
Yeah, this will be my first time at EGG actually and I've heard great stories from friends, so it should be fun! I wouldn't say the UK is better than any other places, but people over here know how to party that's for sure.
What else have you got coming up/are you excited about?
I have a tour of Australia and New Zealand in November. I grew up in NZ so it's going to be cool to get back over there and share music with people!
If you could own one tune no one else was allowed to play what would it be?