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We’ve been saying it for a while now. 2013 is the year of the duo from the triumphant return of disco loving Frenchmen Daft Punk to the emergence of UK pairings Disclosure and AlunaGeorge we’ve found that two heads really have been better than one this year. The latest twosome to be making waves have been the dynamic duo Him_self_Her and we’re delighted to welcome the inter-gender outfit to deliver this weeks podcast ahead of their performance this weekend at Sankeys Ibiza.

Hailing from Leicester in the UK, the astute combination of Claire and Leon came together after honing individual skills for many years on their local scene. All that it took was one studio session to realise the potency of their union; and what a union it is. With a combined sound that sees them skip across genres from all over the electronic music spectrum Him_self_Her are mavericks by their own admission be it bold house choices, driving techno, obscurely selected samples or self penned hits. Having spent no less than 11 weeks at number 1 in the Beatport new disco chart with hit track ‘Gone Too Long’ it wasn’t long before Claire and Leon attracted the attention of the scenes biggest names with the track becoming Pete Tong’s ‘Essential New Tune’ and making it into Jamie Jones closing set at DC10 in addition to seeing them signed by Damian Lazarus for his hot label Crosstown Rebels.

So with big things on the horizon for the duo including this weekends performance on the White Isle for Sankeys may we introduce you to the house infused sounds of Him_self_Her…For more information on Carnival Cities at Sankeys Ibiza this weekend CLICK HERE or you can buy tickets below 

Sum up this podcast in 10 words… A new direction from our twisted souls.. deep and dark!What’s your personal favourite track on it? Well, we’re going to cheat on this one and give you 2 tracks, so that we can sneakily include one of our own…   Him_Self_Her – Home Roscoe Sledge – Frisson   Whenever we drop Frisson in the club, the second drop always gets a massive reaction… no doubt that track will be in our sets for a long time yet.  What’s the special ingredient in this mix? Thinking! (We know, you are wondering…WHAT!) Well… we get sent a huge amount of promos and spend countless hours searching for and buying new tracks. We’re constantly on the look out for that special groove or drop that makes a track work and stands it out from the rest. You could definitely say that we are music addicts and we put a massive amount of time, effort (and joint brainpower!) into our tune selection and of course our own music. Plus every time we are in the studio working on a new mix or production, we try to imagine we’re in a club playing to a few hundred people and how their reaction would be to the music… sounds easy, but it can actually get pretty bizarre when we’re dancing around trying to make the room into our own little club (This gives us the perfect chance to apologise to the neighbours actually… SORRY!)What’s the best gig you’ve played recently?  That would have to be Dublin. We played for a night called Bedlam recently and had been booked alongside Bakermat so we were slightly worried about our music style being a little on the deeper side. BUT our fears were very quickly put to rest, as the crowd from the word go were totally down with our new style and gave us such an incredible response to every tune we dropped. It actually turned out to be one of the best, if not THE best gig we have ever played; the most memorable moment being our first ever crowd rush, as around 30 people stormed the stage and almost pulled us off the decks… CRAZY!!What have you got coming up?  Gig wise, in June we have Barcelona and Ibiza, which we can’t wait for, especially as it’s our first gig as Him_Self_Her on the great white island and to be playing at Sankeys in Ibiza for The Underground night this Saturday at Carnival is a massive privilege for us!   July sees us making our debut at Face in Birmingham, which is an incredible event and you can also catch us playing in Manchester, Liverpool and London….

Production wise, obviously we have the Crosstown Rebels release to come out this year, with a little surprise to go with it, which we are really looking forward to.

Also we have a single coming out on Sex Panda White, plus a remix we have done of the late great Romanthony, which is forthcoming on Glasgow Underground later this year.   AND.. as per, we have another massive HSH announcement to come very soon, so watch this space… we are dying to tell you but we can’t, haha!And finally, do you have a special message for our readers? We would just like to say a MASSIVE thank you to everyone that has supported us over the past year, the response we have had so far, to both our productions and our gigs, has been amazing and we are truly grateful.

And our final words of advice are… just remember the golden rule…

Never make eye contact while eating a banana.   Much love, HSH x  Tracklist1) Interceptor – Together2) Samu.l – Folding3) John Tejada – Somewhere4) Congreve & Ashken – Central Goose (Lo Remix)5) Moodtrap – Certain Things6) Walker & Royce – Drive (Adam Shelton Remix)7) Anthony Rother – Man Up The Hill (Gui Boratto Remix)8) George Fitzgerald – Nighttide Lover (Trikk Re-Dub)9) REbEL – Veiled10) Him_Self_Her – Home11) Roscoe Sledge – Frisson

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Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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