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413 – Vince Watson


We’re big fans of Vince Watson here at Data Transmission so when the inimitable Scotsman agreed to helm the latest edition of the DT podcast it’s fair to say we were more than a little excited. What would he play? Whilst probably best known for his techno output the Glaswegian veteran is just at home playing house, jazz or ambient numbers so just what avenue he’d lead us down was anybody’s guess. Whilst we won’t spoil the surprise (it’s up to you whether or not you want to have a gander at the tracklist) we will tell you it has certainly lived up to our lofty expectations.

Charged with delivering Ovum’s landmark 250th release in celebration of their 20th anniversary his De Ja Vu EP showcases why we’ve long thought of Vince as one of the most talented operators in the game today.  Christmas has come early this year…

Sum up this podcast in 10 words…
Deep. Groovy. Funky. Techno. House. What else do you need?

What’s your personal favourite track on it?
Favourite track that isn’t my own is Simon Baker – Osaka Nights (Pezzner Remix)

What’s the special ingredient in this mix?
I want the Vince Watson name to be re-associated with the crossover music that its best known for after a few years of experimenting and making different types of projects….so for me its all about Musicality, 100%. When I DJ I don’t just play tracks, I try and tell a story but through the musical content, so most of the mixes I do will have tracks mixed together which sound like they are one track, rather than just 2 tracks thrown together in different keys. Ive never used MixedinKey or any software like that, because I think it removes the magic, that special ingredient that your asking about, from the end product. Finding the magical connections between the tracks is still the most fun part about it, those are the 3-4mins you wish would go on for hours…

What’s the best gig you’ve played recently?
ENTER at Space was pretty up there, but on a smaller scale I just last weekend played in Oslo in a bizarre factory canteen outside the city for 350 people going pretty nuts to my live set, that was pretty fun. I appreciate both sides of it all.

What have you got coming up?
My debut single on Ovum is coming up on Dec 8 ‘Deja Vu’ featuring a Josh Wink killer remix, then just after new year my debut on Osunlade’s Yoruba label called ‘Eminesense’.

And finally, do you have a special message for our readers?
Thank you for the support over the years on my journey from being one of the first crossover techno/house producers to nu-jazz brokenbeats to ambient albums to electronica to hard techno on Tresor to Detroit inspired stuff on Planet E and now back to the beginning where it all began. Im very excited at whats coming next year and hope you follow me along the trip!

Track listing:

  1. Vince Watson – Deja Vu
  2. Mike Griego & Stas Drive – Savannah
  3. Fabian Dikof – Pure Lovers
  4. Aril Brihka & Vince Watson – VA2
  5. David Durango – Dolls
  6. Manuel Tor – Ara Anam
  7. Tube & Berger – Imprint of Pleasure (Adam Beyer Remix)
  8. Few Nolder – Chall
  9. Simon Baker – Osaka Nights (Pezzner Remix)
  10. Kaap – Kraut
  11. Vince Watson – Its Not Over (Carl Craig Remix)

Vince Watson’s De Ja Vu is out now via Ovum. Grab your copy at: www.beatport.com/release/deja-vu/1417456

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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