Introducing Rory McCart ahead of Frantic & Moondance’s free party
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Submitted 04-01-07 16:50
Rory McCart’s name has been appearing on flyers all over London since DJ D4RK of Squelcher spotted his talents two years back. His tough European hard trance sound came as a breath of fresh air in a time when the vast majority of DJs in London’s hard dance scene were just playing UK material, and the bold nature of his music grabbed people’s attention like a streaker at a football match. Now with his tasty electro house sound he’s gaining even more fans, and the fact that he doesn’t play the same tunes as every other electro house DJ is definitely helping. We spoke with Rory ahead of his set with D4RK in the hard dance room at Frantic & Moondance’s Free Party at Hidden this Saturday 6th January, to give y’all a taste of what he’s all about...
You had a some pretty impressive gigs early on in your career for the likes of Godskitchen and Miss Moneypenny’s. How did you first get your break into the world of DJ’ing and to play for big hitters such as these?
When I was first introduced to trance back in early 1999, I instantly wanted to be up there doing what the likes of Judge Jules, Matt Hardwick and Scott Bond were doing at Gatecrasher, Cream, Godskitchen etc.
I finally bought my decks in May 2000 (at the end of my first year at university in Sheffield) and spent the entire summer practising. I sent a mix off to my student union and they asked me to play the entire night in the bar at the Godskitchen tour that September. I was over the moon of course, and played for four hours. It went down very well and they asked me back the following week for the Miss Moneypenny’s tour, which was another four hour set. My next gig was at Gatecrasher in the Blessed DJ competition where I came runner-up. I’ll never forget these gigs and from then on, I knew I’d made the right choice.
How did you discover hard trance in the first place? Was it a natural succession from trance and so on or did you jump in at the deep end, so to speak?
When I first started out I was playing uplifting trance but gradually my sound developed and I started incorporating a harder sound into my style.
When hard trance peaked in 2002, with the likes of SHOKK, Flutlicht, Scot Project and Wag at the forefront, I was already very familiar with the music, and this continues to this day, having already played for Wildchild and Frantic alongside many others.
I’ve since been on line-ups with Uberdruck, Organ Donors, Cally & Juice, Alex Kidd, Andy Whitby, Cally Gage, Andy Farley, K90, Dave Spoon, Kutski, Phil Reynolds, Greg Brookman, Digital Kid, Dolphin, Mark EG, Orpheuz, GRH, Space Sentinelz, Sam Punk, Marcel Woods, Technikal, NU NRG, Proteus, Kevin Energy, Chris Liberator and more.
You also play electro house. Do you feel there is any common ground between the two styles you play?
At the moment I actually play much more electro house and with Funk Deluxe, I’ve been playing at the likes of Polysexual vs Sundissential and Digital Fusion: Terminal, with many more lined up this year. I also reached the final of the 2006 Gallery DJ competition at Turnmills. I play electro house because I absolutely fell in love with that sound. It’s been massive on the London and UK music scene and I’m hoping to really take it places for myself.
Personally I don’t think there is much in common between this and hard trance, but loving both gives me the opportunity to play at a wide range of different events.
Squelcher were the first promotion to give you regular slots in London. Did they help you to “crack” London so to speak?
Yes definitely. When I first contacted Adam (D4RK) back in early 2005, he told me my sound was just what he was after, and this lead to a residency for Squelcher which is still on-going. Playing for these parties really gave me an insight into the London scene and helped me build up even more contacts.
You will be playing with Squelcher promoter D4RK at Frantic & Moondance’s Free Party at Hidden this Saturday 6th September. Do you work well together as a pair?
We certainly do. Not only do we regularly play hard trance and electro house sets back to back, we are also producing together, but more on that later. We share a passion for music and like to entertain.
When was your first Frantic or Moondance experience and what can you remember about the party?
I missed Frantic vs Moondance last year (which was my first new year in London) so this is actually my debut which I’m very excited about, especially as I’m playing.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given since you’ve been DJ’ing? Have you learnt any hard lessons along the way?
Somebody in the scene once told me “presentation is everything” and I’ve always used that to my advantage when promoting myself as a DJ, no matter what it is. And it’s really helped.
Hard lessons … I’ve had a few rejections and people telling me my sound isn’t quite right for their party, but if you don’t try, you’ll never know.
How was your 2006? What were the highlights and what were your most enjoyable gigs?
2006 for me really built upon the experience I was getting throughout 2004 and 2005 and it was the best year yet. After Squelcher NYE 2005, it went pretty quiet until April when I played back to back with Matty Phact down in Weymouth with the Organ Donors, but this is also where I played my debut electro house set at the Hard Trancelation pre-party. From early summer onwards, DJ’ing went from strength to strength and it really started to put my name on the map at some of the biggest promotions in clubland.
My most enjoyable gig was probably playing my debut in the electro house room at Air in Birmingham for Polysexual vs Sundissential. I had a lot of support and played to a packed Carbon Lounge. I can’t wait to play there again.
How’s the production going? Who have you been working with and have you had any material released yet?
I made a vow last year to really get the music production going in 2006 and by the end of the year I had three under my belt. Two of them are hard trance collaborations with D4RK. Our first, ‘League Of Shadows’, which was signed to Insomnia Traxx and released in early December, reached No 3 in the Tidy Digital chart which was a very satisfying achievement for us. Our second, ‘Ghost In The Machine’, has just been mastered and both will be showcased at this Saturday’s Frantic vs Moondance event. The other one is my debut solo electro house track, which was produced just before Christmas. I’ve been playing out an early version of this and hope to have it completed soon.
Do you think it’s still possible for DJs to breakthrough if they aren’t producing?
That’s a tough one. If a DJ wants to really go places then I think they have to produce and have a good few decent tracks released, but if they just want to play in their local pub, then this isn’t so important. If you look at all the top name DJs they all have countless good productions under their belt, and a promoter is much more likely to book a DJ who is at least semi well-known through releases of theirs. On the whole, standalone DJs won’t do as well as DJs who produce.
If you could change one thing about the clubbing scene in the UK — what would it be and why?
Hmmm I think a lot of pressure is put on up and coming DJs to bring in a massive head-count in order to secure further gigs, and although this happens with time anyway (the more a DJ plays out and makes a name for themselves) it’s easier for DJs with more friends to get the gigs over sometimes better DJs with less friends. Although I don’t know how I’d change this for the better.
Who was the last DJ you saw that really blew you away? What made them so good?
As far as hard trance goes, every time I see Alex Kidd I’m well impressed. His take-no-prisoners style has actually influenced mine and D4RK’s productions. He’s a true entertainer who doesn’t care as long as people are loving it. Digital Kid is another massive name for the future, for both hard house and electro house [as Kelevra].
And finally, what are your ambitions or resolutions for 2007?
Ambitions… to continue to play at some of these massive promotions and really get my name on the map as a DJ and producer, and with some of the bookings that are coming through, this is looking good.
Resolutions… to be a millionaire! In my mind I already am!
Photos courtesy of Rory McCart. Not to be reproduced without permission.
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It’s back! Kings of Hard House Frantic team up with Legends of The Rave Moondance for another roadblocked FREE party at Vauxhall’s gorgeous Hidden club!
We want you lot to start the year as you mean to go on, and knowing how skint everyone is after Xmas/NYE – we thought the best way to get you all going would be to offer you a top-draw line-up for absolutely nothing! We’ve got all 3 of Hidden’s lovely rooms open for the best in Hard Dance, Old Skool and club classics, with hard dance heavyweights Andy Whitby and Kevin Energy joined by Moondance residents, Slipmatt, Elvis, Benz (Dex ‘n’ FX set), Mark H and many others….
It’s Frantic’s glorious 10th Anniversary in 2007 and we’re in the mood for celebrating! And judging by last year’s party – the crossover between the Hard House and Old Skool crowds results in one of the most friendly and energetic atmospheres you could possibly hope for!
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