Hot Creations favourite Richy Ahmed spoke to us about his new label, the upcoming Ibiza season and how his laptop is his best friend when touring. Have a read as we sit down with the Paradise heavyweight.
Hailing from South Shields in the north of the UK, Richy continues to make regular appearances at events across Britain whilst touring internationally. His hardworking approach has seen him play everywhere from BPM Mexico and Blue Marlin Dubai to Berlin’s infamous Panorama Bar. His Ibiza presence is undeniable; holding down his well-known residency at Paradise, DC-10 whilst also becoming one of seven all-night guests to take over the Space Terrace for elrow.
Now, Richy is branching out with his brand new label, Four Thirty Two. It launched with his well-received ‘Put Me In A Trance’ EP in 2016. The label offers Richy a chance to A&R the music he loves, as well as to put out unique material of his own. Richy Ahmed is at the forefront of UK house music; having played a major part in the British house music’s recent renaissance, and it's easy to see why. Take a look below to see what he had to say ahead of an incredible year for him.
What were your musical influences when you were growing up?
I have a really eclectic music taste, the first album I ever bought was Fear Of A Black Planet by Public Enemy – my older brother was really into hip-hop when I was growing up and introduced it to me. I was really interested in all the US hip-hop of the 90s and there wasn’t really anyone listening to that where I’m from, so my friends and I thought it was the business.
How do you think growing up in South Shields influenced the sound that you produce?
I wouldn’t say it has directly influenced my sound but growing up in a town where it’s not completely overwhelmed by the electronic music industry, it allowed me to have a lot more freedom with what I played and produced.
You’re considered one of the heavyweights of house music at the minute, did you ever think that this would happen when you started out DJing?
Definitely not! It has been a whirlwind experience so far and everything has been moving so quickly it is hard to just take a moment and let it all sink in. I remember when I first played DC10, I was walking around frantic, talking really fast and freaking out, and I still have moments like that. The whole experience has been pretty surreal.
How does it feel starting your new label, Four Thirty Two?
It’s great to be able to have my own thing. I’ve been working with Paradise for most of my career so it’s nice to be able to start something for my own and focus on what I want to do. I have all of these ideas for parties and tracks I would like to release so it’s a pretty exciting period at the moment.
You’re hosting a new series of parties through label Four Thirty Two, tell us about them!
Over the past year, I have been hosting all night long parties with myself taking the reigns and it’s been something that I have wanted to do for a while now. You never really get to play extended sets anymore, so to be able to tour around the UK and truly express myself through these longer sets, it has been a cool experience.
Throughout the summer we will be hosting several bigger parties and bringing some special guests along with us. I kicked it off with a party in Ibiza, inviting along Mathew Jonson, I kicked it off with a party in Ibiza, inviting along Mathew Jonson, Rossko and Ryan O’Gorman – it was a huge success and really great to see so many people turn up and really enjoy themselves.
What can we expect from your label in the coming future?
There’s a bunch of producers at the heart of the label so you can expect a lot more collaborations and remixes – can’t reveal too much just yet.
What’s one track that you’re currently playing in every set?
I’d say my new remix – Senzala – Phase (Richy Ahmed & Jansons Lovehertz)
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How has the reception been to it?
The reception has been great, it’s been one of the biggest tracks in my sets lately and I’ve played it in some big rooms. It doesn’t matter if it’s in Europe, South America, the UK etc, it just seems to go off. I played it at We Are FSTVL recently and the response was great. It’s got lots of different elements to it such as vocals and old-school techno stabs. It’s a big room track that is versatile and works in smaller venues too.
What is the one thing you can’t live without whilst touring?
My laptop! I use it for everything and I take it everywhere – Netflix, listening to music, organising things. I’m not one of these people who can leave it at home, I must have it.
Who’s a producer you think we need to look out for in 2017?
Elliott Adamson – he has been churning out tracks left, right and centre, he has found his own definitive style from the get-go so definitely keep an eye on that guy.
It's safe to say the boy from South Shields is just as passionate about music now as he was when he started DJing in his bedroom. Having been a favourite of Jamie Jones' Hot Creations and Paradise for so many years, the organic journey to start his own label Four Thirty Two is a natural progression. It's safe to say that being so humble, so grateful and so nice is what has made Richy a favourite on the White Isle. We can't wait to see what he's got in store for the coming season.