DETROIT LOVE WITH IVAN KUTZ

By Bill Rah

Ivan Kutz runs Platform 18 Glasgow’s underground street festival. He also co-owns Club 69. Platform 18 recently postponed this years festival due to COVID-19, however the lineup will remain the same.

 The ex-footballer played for St Mirren before focusing on his music career. As an athlete, things never turned out as planned yet Ivan has transitioned into a pillar of Scottish Techno culture. He grew up in Johnstone outside Paisley where his career began. “I never got a new contract so ended up pursuing my DJ career and started promoting my own nights.” 

Ivan has been honing his craft since he was 12 years old. He used lunch time learning how to play the decks. “I used to go to my pal Andy’s to play the decks at lunchtime then go back to School. We were into happy hardcore and hard house” 

He felt nostalgic as he remarked that during the lockdown he got back into his old stuff and will be recording a 5 hour Happy Hardcore and Hard House mix for one of his friends. Ivan holds a deep burning love for Detroit Techno. Having warmed up for Derrick May, Carl Craig and Floorplan. He holds a great admiration for the founding fathers of Detroit’s Techno culture. 

Having supported the founding fathers of Detroit Techno he remained humble as he described the experience. “It’s a privilege to be warming up for them. It’s a bit weird because they have that much history behind them.” Ivan commented on the impact Detroit legends have had on Glasgow’s techno culture. 

“Robert Hood is one of my heroes growing up. He is different from the rest. He’s a priest and he’s quite quiet and humble. Absolute gentleman, great guy.” Hood also performs under his Floorplan alias alongside his daughter. Ivan’s affection for Detroit doesn’t stop there. “Derrick May is some boy. I know him quite well because I’ve booked him a few times.”

Derrick May

Ivan has developed a rapport with some of Detroit’s finest. “I like that they are proud of where they are from and what they have done.” This sense of pride is like Glasgow’s connection to raw underground electronic music. Ivan feels that young punters need to become more informed 

“It’s all about education. A lot of young ones coming through, there’s no better way to get across what techno is all about than getting the founding father of techno down.” Paying homage to the legends that preceded us is important to Ivan. He wants his punters to have a great time yet wants to educate them. He plans on expanding Platform 18 to a second stage for younger unknown talent. 

He cares about the people coming to his festivals and club nights as he candidly reflected upon mental wellbeing. “We thought of a way to connect with young males. You can connect through music. House and techno that’s the best way to get the message forward I feel.” Ivan works closely with SAMH, a mental health charity.  

Ivan began Platform 18 in Glasgow after a season in Ibiza in 2012. Running club nights grew tedious so he wanted to bring something unique to Scotland. “I went a walk around Glasgow and came across West Street.” Ivan then went through the council and based his festival around his charity work for SAMH. “That’s a big part of what we do.” 

Ivan experienced a personal loss which challenged his mental fortitude. “I lost one of my good mates over 10 years ago to suicide and unfortunately it hit home to me.” This personal loss motivated Ivan to use his platform for a noble cause. Last year Ivan raised over £3500 for SAMH through Platform 18. He genuinely cares about improving the mental well-being of dancers through the power of techno. 

Ivan developed a fascination with techno when he discovered Club 69 growing up. He immersed himself in the underground sound before eventually coming to co-own the venue with his friend David Burns. “It’s quite a wee dingy place but it adds to the character. Once it’s full, sweaty and the tunes are pumping there is nothing better.”

Club 69 is around 28 years old and holds a 200 capacity. Although it looks a bit worse for wear it holds a deep place in Ivan’s heart. He remarked that it was quite fitting that he now owned the club after being a regular punter. “I’ve been to a lot of clubs around the world and it’s one of the best really. It’s not fancy you go in there and it looks a bit tired.”

Sometimes dingy underground venues and basements with banging tunes is all you need to have a good time. That’s where our culture began, in underground basements, illegal raves and run-down venues. That is where the heart of electronic music lies. 

Respecting where the culture originated from is important to Ivan. We owe it to Detroit and Chicago; we owe the vibe the music and the love for which they represent. They stood for something greater than music. They fought social injustices and racial prejudice. They used their platform to express their ideas and reached remarkable creative heights. 

In times of uncertainty in the COVID-19 society we must come together to support the industry we love and stand up for what is right. “Fingers crossed the scene will have a wee reset and the clubs will start to flourish when this calms down.” We owe it to our city and to our love of music. We owe it to Detroit love. 

THE RISE OF HOLLIE PROFIT

By Cara Cassidy

At just 22 years old, Hollie Profit has quickly become one of the most prolific young DJ’s to come out of Wales.

Hollie has a passion for Disco, House and all things groovy as she successfully pursues her music career. With her charismatic energy and impressive technical ability, she is a dynamic artist that shows no signs of slowing down. Hollie has already established herself by playing some of the biggest club nights and festivals in the industry such as Cafe Mambo, Lost Village, Cirque Du Soul and Gottwood.

Hollie played Creamfields at just 18. “It was mad honestly! I can’t even tell you what the adrenaline rush was like and when I was telling people about it they wouldn’t believe me.” She has attended Creamfields since she was only 14.

“Me and my dad pretended to be a couple and walked in holding hands and they didn’t even ID us. We got straight in and I’ve been every year since.” With an undeniable love for music from an early age and a parent sound enough to sneak her into festivals, the foundation was laid. Hollie soon realised that DJ’ing was going to be more than just a hobby.

Impressively, Hollie taught herself how to mix but when she felt she couldn’t better herself anymore she attended a 12-week DJ’ing course at the Manchester MIDI school. Here, she broadened her horizons and refined her taste. This time allowed her to discover her own sound identity whilst pushing herself further as a technically skilled DJ.

Hollie’s innovative fusion of House and Disco have secured her a place in the industry, but her willingness to experiment with other genres in the future reveals that Miss Profit is one to watch. “I think maybe in the future if it ever came to it, I’d maybe do an alias just for a one-off event doing some darker Tech House, that would be an experience. But not at the moment, Ilike my disco.”

Hollie is an advocate for equality in the industry and was involved in the 2017 Smirnoff Equaliser Initiative, a platform that was striving for a 50/50 gender balance in artist’s streamed on Spotify by 2020. The programme was “one of the best platforms if not the best platform”she had ever seen and was such a great way for girls to get involved and potentially to be mentored by more established female artists. However, the initiative only lasted one year.

“If they had carried that on then I think there would be a lot more girls coming through now and it’s a real shame that they stopped it. it was just good content at the time everybody jumping on board. There are events that are genuinely like ‘we want girls’ and that’s great but so many have just jumped on the bandwagon to get more likes.”

There is still a long way to go for female DJ’s to experience true equality in the industry. Token gestures like these are a step in the right direction, but it’s not enough. Even the term ‘female DJ’ is problematic because really, why should it even matter?

“Can you just talk about me because I’m a DJ, not just because I’ve got a pair of tits please.” She has a good point. After all, promoters should be booking artists based on talent, regardless of their gender. Hollie was headlining at a club one night in 2019 where she was abruptly stopped by a male security guard.

He interjected and asked, ‘where are you going’ when she responded, ‘I’m DJ’ing’ she was hit with, ‘no you’re not, you’re a girl’. Situations like these are a reminder of the sexist attitude that lingers under the most ‘progressive and inclusive’ facades. However, the industry is becoming a lot more inclusive. There is an increasing number of women getting involved at all levels, diversifying the culture and establishing their position. Hollie is definitely one of them.

Hollie has already landed herself three residences. Playing for Cirque Du Soul, Disco touring brand Triple Cooked and Church Leeds, which sadly closed its doors in 2019. “It makes me sad even thinking about it, they turned it into a library. I’m dyslexic and I thought that was one of the harshest things that could happen. That was my place of worship, my church.”

“On my to do list was to get a second residency for 2019 and I got one one with Triple Cooked on day 5 of the year, it’s mad, so that’s how it all just snowballed. The Welsh DJ has supported a vast number of talented artists such as CC:DISCO!, Elliot Adamson, Romare, The Shapeshifters, Craig Charles and Horse Meat Disco.

She was also booked to sub-headline a sold-out event with Dimitri From Paris at Motion in Bristol which has sadly been cancelled due to Covid-19. “He is one of the reasons I got into disco so to sub headline below him was an absolute dream come true.” Safe to say she’s killing it.

Balancing work and partying can be tough for everyone at the best of times, but when you are a young successful DJ how far is too far? “It’s a very thin line I must say. If you are partying all the time, then you will burn out and I’ve learnt that the hard way.”

Hollie has recently signed to Penthaus Agency and hopes to release her first EP in late 2020. She is also rapidly expanding her brand Les Hoots and plans to launch a clothing brand inspired by Disco/House related graphics. On top of this she is starting a record label, podcast, touring brand and a festival all under the Les Hoots label.

With time to prepare, Hollie intends to hit the ground running as soon as dance floors reopen. Keep an eye out for Hollie’s debut EP and show it some love, because her future is looking very bright.

THE PHILANTHROPIST DINA CELINA

By Bill Rah

Get to know Dina Celina. The Nutritionist and DJ from Norway co-founded her own clothing brand. She is also one of the most charitable artists in Edinburgh.

Dina moved to Edinburgh six years ago to pursue a degree in Nutrition at Queen Margret University. She now has a new objective which is to establish herself as one of Scotland’s elite DJ’s. That isn’t her only goal as she is one of the most charitable artists in Scotland. “I’m very lucky with my life. There are so many people less fortunate. I think it’s really important. I believe in karma. What you give out, you will get back.”

Her beliefs are a reflection of her strong moral compass. She has goals and nothing can stop her from achieving them. She stands by her principles. “If I can DJ for a couple hours a week which will make me happy and it will also help someone else that’s a win win situation.” Her philanthropy is inspiring. In Edinburgh some DJ’s play for the money. Some play for the Instagram pictures. Few work in service of others.

Recently she co-founded a clothing brand called Sound Advice. The brands aim is to raise mental health awareness within the DJ’ing community. Somehow she has managed to combine music fashion and health. Not even Dina knows how she managed that. She collaborated with her fellow Scandinavian comrade Erik Stenersen. The duo rigorously brainstormed before forming the idea.

“I wanted something that was in your face.” This was a reference to her design “Don’t be a dick”. For some it’s human nature. Everyone has the potential to be good or bad. It’s a matter of ensuring the positive aspect of your character is on display more often than the negative. Dina has remained committed to her charity work just as relentlessly as her music career. Some of the proceeds from Sound Advice have been donated to the NHS. She laughed as she lamented that she has the longest CV out of anyone you know.

“Every time I tell people I’m a nutritionist and a DJ they say that’s the weirdest combination ever.” The unconventional combination gave her a unique outlook on life. With a strict diet, ensuring she receives all her nutrients and vitamins Dina has found a balance. “I don’t suffer from hangovers. I think I balance it quite well.” She manages multiple careers which is a testament towards her work ethic.

She isn’t just a DJ, nutritionist and entrepreneur. Dina is an activist. As a member of The Edinburgh Disco Lovers, she has established herself as a force to be reckoned with behind the decks. There is a false perception that Dina is a Disco DJ. “A lot of people see me as a Disco and House DJ but I’m not.” Immersing herself in a Melodic Techno sound. Dina wants to take her music in a underground direction. Rarely has she been able to play the sound she loves. Before the lockdown her last set in Sneaky Pete’s with Ryan Fyvie gave her the opportunity to explore melodic techno.

Despite only performing for two years music is embedded in her nature. As she plays the ukulele, clarinet, trombone. Throw in the guitar and keyboard as well. The first time she stepped behind the decks was an after party. A place where many vibrant careers started. She is still building her clothing brand as well as her music career. However this hasn’t been an easy journey for her. Like all stories there was inner conflict within her.

“I was diagnosed with depression when I was 15.” Her candid honesty conveyed her mental fortitude. Accepting and revealing her diagnosis to a stranger demonstrates her willingness to fight the stigma. She noted that in Norway, people are a lot more open to discuss mental health in comparison to Scotland. Although society has become more accepting there is still a stigma attached. There was one similarity between Norwegian and Scottish people. “We want to go out and get absolutely fucked up.”

Doing anything in excess can have a negative impact on our state of mind. Around two years ago Dina was simply unhappy with her life. As someone who has previously been diagnosed with depression she stated she was not depressed and was significantly unhappy. Too much partying. “There was a time 2 years ago I didn’t feel well at all. I wasn’t depressed but I was not happy and that was due to too much partying but now I’ve learned how to balance it.”

As she regained focus on her health, her happiness evolved. Although she still has a taste for fine wine she has discovered a way to keep herself in check by using music as an outlet for stress. During the lockdown she has released a healthy dose of live-streams, developed her brand and focused on nutrition. A diverse skill set. Diversity is important. There is not enough women resident DJ’s in Scotland. Something we as a community must address.

When pressed on the diversity of Edinburgh’s music scene she bluntly responded no. In response to questioning regarding if Edinburgh’s music culture was diverse enough. She feels that it has improved recently for women. “I think it’s getting better. When i first started DJ’ing I found it quite hard to get on the scene.”

Some people have to work for it. Not everyone can have a set handed to them like local Edinburgh spice boys. Dina found it difficult to get her name out there before she aligned herself with the disco lovers. However she has become more prominent in Edinburgh within the last year. With a diverse repertoire of track selections expect to see more of Dina Celina in 2021. Through her charity work she is more than a DJ, she is a philanthropist.

THE DISCO BOY MURG IS BRINGING IT

By Bill Rah

Meet Jake Murgatoryd. The 23-year-old from Bradford is based in Newcastle. He has only being DJ’ing and producing for 2 years and has established himself as one of the most unique young producers in England.

“I keep my mixes, sets and tracks very high energy. Floor fillers that’s the sounds I want to get out.” Murg has a flair for Nu Disco-House that makes you move, groove and want to show off your two-step. Last summer after he graduated from university he shifted his focus on his production. “I got into my acid the last few months.” This was a reference to his upcoming EP Psychedelia which is dropping this year. Expect 140 BPM break-beat techno with shades of acid.

“I wanted to experiment and make something different.” His style of production has evolved from disco edits to original techno and acid which is heavily influenced by 90’s rave style. “I wanted to make something heavier. That’s the beauty of production. You can make any sound you want. It’s nice to have variation.” Jake extracts a lot of influence from 90’s rave culture.

He is passionate about Newcastle music culture. Praising the cities diversity and inclusivity. “I feel Newcastle is diverse and I don’t feel there’s any discrimination, especially from my experiences. I do feel there’s a push for female DJ’s to play and a lot of support which is needed in the industry to put females at the forefront of the industry to promote equality.” Promoting a sense of equality and showcasing female talent helps electronic music evolve.

The industry needs balance. Murg understands the flaws within Newcastle music culture. “Newcastle lacks a subby-type club. We have Cosmic Ballroom but it’s not got the hype anymore.” He feels “a lot of events are solely focused on money rather than throwing a good party.” He has a fair point considering the industry is driven by money.

“Focus more on the talent and the party which I feel would increase the number of folks down rather than only focus on playing people who bring a few pals down.” If promoters were not driven by financial greed maybe they wouldn’t be so willfully blind. They should focus on the rich pool of underground talent.

Naturally the conversation drifted towards the pandemic. The pandemic has warped every day life and changed history for the worse. The economic impact of COVID-19 is devastating multiple industries. Murg feels over the time the economy and industries will recover. “Hopefully this pandemic and economic impact will help people think about what is important and not focus on greed and profit.”

Matter of fact, he has a convincing point. Life isn’t all about the money. Promoters have a tendency to get that convoluted. They don’t understand the difference between showcasing diverse young talent and making some extra cash by giving a residency to white DJ’s. You can’t change things by promoting women once a month. Promoters should make a concentrated effort to put forth a diverse lineup in all of their events. This applies to every city in the UK.

“I feel they should just pay more attention to the talent they have around them and promote their residents as well as headliners. Events which showcase resident mixes is a good way to promote both the event and residents.” He feels strongly that promoters should essentially sell their residents to the market and not just the headliner.

Murg has only being producing for a short period of time, despite this his music is exciting and energetic ranging from retro disco edits to raw punchy acid. His upcoming EP Psychedelia demonstrates his craftsmanship as a multifaceted producer. He has also began preparation for a third EP. Immersing himself in a melodic Techno sound which evokes shades of Solomon. The third EP might be Murg’s best work yet.

He also has another collaboration with Meg Ward dropping this year. Murg has played alongside his best friend Meg Ward which they both mutually describe as an amazing experience. “We bounce off each other. Playing b2b is natural. We both do our own thing and it works.” The duo have established themselves in Newcastle, spearheading a new wave of Neo Disco House and uptempo acid.

Check out the cover mix

ODE TO GARAGE WITH LOWREE

By Bill Rah

Meet Joe Lowree, the Glasgow based selector is from Edinburgh. Lowree’s diverse selection ranges from Funk, Soul, House, Techno, Jungle and Garage. He currently co runs Hijack, a garage infused night with a residency at La Cheetah.

“You can never have too much music.” He is one of the few local young DJ’s that incorporates mixing vinyl in his sets. One of the keys according to Lowree is “Not shooting yourself in the foot if you fuck it up.” Rigorous practicing has helped Joe become more familiar with mixing records just like old retro 80s DJs. He confessed before DJ’ing that he used to sing in a band. Music has always been a staple of his life.

His record collection started when his father passed on tunes like a family heirloom. After moving to Glasgow Joe began exploring Rubadub. He became eager to expand his collection. This hobby evolved into a critical aspect of his life. “Started to buy from everywhere. Got a bit of an obsession now.”

As his collection increased Joe travelled to Canada with his girlfriend to visit her family. “Her dad gave us loads of records from his collection. We had to bring back like 100.” Not a bad problem to have. When they were visiting, they attended a festival together. Joe’s smile lit up as he reminisced. “It’s all mad it’s the place where your dreams can come true. It’s all psychedelic shit.”

Photography by Connor Stewart

Before Joe began his residency at La Cheetah he predominately played in Edinburgh alongside his childhood friends. Hometown a collective is comprised of Macka, Justin Bickler and Allan Petticrew alongside Joe Lowree. They currently hold down a residency in Edinburgh’s top underground club Sneaky Pete’s. Garage doesn’t receive as much love as House yet it’s highly influential for Lowree.

“I just love it because it can be mixed well with House. The impact when playing Garage with House music or even techno, it’s really fun to see people go crazy for.” There is nothing quite like spinning tunes and watching dancers enjoy your selections. That feeling is difficult to describe. For Joe it’s a regular occurrence.

“HIJACK has been going really well. Overwhelming. Starting to build up a team. It’s just amazing the support from everyone.” This underground Garage party gives a platform for artists like Joe to perform a genre which isn’t mainstream electronic music. In Scotland it is rare to hear Garage on dance floors. He already has bookings in mind for post-lockdown “We have a long list of artists we expect to book.”

The main aim of HIJACK is to bridge UK Music and American House. Joe attributed his selections to “Garage and a lot of 90s US House releases. Stuff from New York.” Joe enjoys playing anything from Funk, House and Garage. Anything Garage mixed with House Techno or anything that fits is his forte. After the lockdown eases check out a HIJACK set and expect 90s classics with a contemporary touch.

Photography by Connor Stewart

Lowree co-runs Hijack with his close friend from university Dahl Pacino of Fourth Precint. With a collection of over 400 records Lowree is impacting the Scottish Garage culture with his residency at La Cheetah. Every day Joe wakes up and works on his production and mixing. He has a thirst to get better. His determination, knowledge and sincerity is refreshing in a competitive landscape.

Lowree has previously collaborated with Liam Doc and Macka. However, he has been developing a new sound which he hopes to see evolve. “I’ve been refining my sound to be the house and techno I’m into with the skippy Garage. That is the kind of music I love that whole fusion.” HIJACK brings together Garage, House and multiple other genres which formulate distinct sets that captivate a dance floor.

He shared some of his personal influences that have helped shape his career. He attributed his cousin as a major factor. “She is a massive influence on me. Her knowledge is immense.” He recalled tales from his two trips to Berlin. “My cousins friend Sergio runs a label in Berlin. His sound is so influential. We went to his studio. Berlin is fucking great. I always think about living in Berlin at some point in the future.”

When Joe was in Berlin he dodged a 60 Euro fine by sleeping on the train after attending a May Day party. It got shutdown by the police. He lost his cousin and one of his best friends. Yet it was all worth it. Just like a night at La Cheetah with HIJACK after the lockdown.

THE LOST FILES WITH KETTAMA

Meet Evan Campbell aka KETTAMA. The Irish producer redefining House and Hip-Hop Remixes. His combination of heavy house and hip-hop samples creates a unique sound.

“The music I’m making at the moment is unique.” His dynamic raw production ranges from heavy hip-hop samples infused with hardcore house. The untamed up-tempo music has the capacity to transform any dance floor into a wild barbaric rave. Evan has established himself internationally which is unsurprising thanks to his thrilling sets, fresh creativity and distinct sound. 

“When I was 17, I started getting into music when that lo-fi boom was about.” The producer and DJ experienced a meteoric rise through the electronic music ranks. Evan Campbell is a 22-year-old Galway native with a flair for sharp kicks and piano heavy riffs. He comes from a working-class background and is humble talent. His father works in construction and his family aren’t very musical. “My family was the most non music family of all time.”  

A growing profile has impacted his life but not how most may expect. “It’s not affected me in anyway. Getting booked for shows means not meeting your mates that work during the week. There off on the weekend. That’s when I would normally party with them. I think that’s been the hardest thing.” Due to his success, Evan has reached a point where he now gets recognized in public. “It’s insane can’t really believe it’s mad really, everyone’s so nice. When they say they like your music it’s cool.”  

His rise is phenomenal considering he is only 22.” Once I found out I really liked house I just went digging. Grand Nelson Saved My Life remix. That made me dig into other things.” This discovery created a pathway for KETTAMA to establish himself as a heavyweight of house. His inspirations include Mall Grab and Brame and Hamo. “I want to be up there doing that with them. Mall Grab was my main influence at the time. I never heard anything like that because it was so heavy.” The key is innovation and imitation, replicate effective blueprints and success is on the horizon.  

His ascension can be attributed to his debut EP. “When I released my debut EP Bucklyn Bridge, it got a lot of eyes looking at me. “Bucklyn Bridge” demonstrated his craftsmanship as producer. The creation was a contemporary fusion of hip-hop colliding with house. Evan’s brothers immersed themselves into rap music which influenced him. “My twin brothers were downloading rap tunes on lime wire.”  

Studying just wasn’t for Evan. “I tried to go to college to do quantity surveying twice and I dropped out both times after 6 months”. KETTAMA has carved out a place among the best young DJ’s with powerful production. He is innovative and spontaneous. “I try not to think as much during production. It’s more playing around with songs. Once I find the key thing that I like, just go with it. It’s natural, organic, play around, make mistakes until it sounds good.” 

His aspirations are growing as he plans to start a label. “For sure I’ve been thinking about it, I want to find a really good base idea on what I want to do. I don’t know If I want to start a label for my own music or bring other people on.” The idea is in early development yet one day expect him to release material on his own platform  

As he reminisced about the greatest after party he had ever attended, his answer might come as a surprise to some. “Best after party I’ve ever been to, well they are hard to remember. After Tunnels in Aberdeen, they had this big ass house, it wasn’t the craziest, but they had speakers from a club.” Aberdeen has built a reputation for its afterparties just as KETTAMA has built a reputation for his fierce and energetic sets.

Evan’s Glasgow debut in Buff Club was a personal highlight. “That buff club one, they had a huge sound system. I was on the same level as everyone. People were spilling drinks on me.” Glasgow is a wild city with passionate dancers that love to party.

Reflecting on his Boiler Room set Evan remarked on his emotions. “It was nerve-wracking, it was fun. It was pretty well received. I can’t be any happier than that. It’s a huge platform.” This only catapulted his status and demonstrated that he will be a pillar of House music for the foreseeable future. “There might be a remix with Miz in the future, but nothing set in stone.” 

GOOD THINGS WITH BIG MIZ

By Bill Rah


Big Miz reveals he is dropping 4 EPs this year. He has become a staple of Scottish music culture. His production style is a slick series of house infusions combined with disco electro and hip-hop

He has four releases lined up for 2020. This includes a broken beat 10 inch two-track on DJ Haus label Unknown To The Unknown. “Up next is on Shall Not Fade. That’s made up of tunes I made down in Devon Analogue Studio.” That will be Volume II on Shall Not Fade. Expect another release on Dixon Avenue Basement Jams alongside a release on his own label.

“I wanted a side project to release stuff that didn’t fit with the labels I work with. First one went down pretty well and got a good remix from Mella Dee.” Miz wanted to make a record people would be proud to own with nice collective artwork. The next release will include a remix by Irish producer Dart. “When people buy the record, I want it to be something there proud to own.” His real name is Chris McFarlane.

Chris feels a sense of pride when he releases a record. That’s natural for artists. He is a passionate Celtic fan and discussed politicizing music and using it as platform to voice political opinions. “Dance Music has always been political, it stemmed from the African American LGBT community in America. I hate when people say keep politics out of music. It’s mental to me.” He is vocal but more importantly he is right. This shows his appreciation for house music’s cultural roots. Music has been a platform for political statements for generations. 

Miz collaborated with Dixon Avenue Basement Jams to produce the EP Jail The Lot. DABJ is one of Glasgow’s premiere underground labels. “The tunes came first. Then we were trying to think of a theme. It was Kenny’s idea to come up with it. We thought fuck it we will do a political record.” He doesn’t try to be political when producing however the Jail The Lot concept eventually formulated. The thought provoking stylistic artwork depicts politicians behind bars.

Coronavirus has substantially impacted the music industry. “It’s been quite tough even if the lockdown finishes there, still not going to have mass gatherings, it means this industry’s fucked.” With the industry on halt, artists are focusing on production. 

Born in Airdrie, Chris first started coming to Glasgow to study sound production. He has been producing for 12 years and DJ’ing since he was 17. Spinning tunes has become second nature for this Scottish selector.

Chris is highly opinionated and educated in the art of music production. He admits that he still gets frustrated.”It’s hard to keep challenging yourself and not get stuck on the same sound. Get new synths, hardware and try new production techniques.” 

His style of energetic rhythms with house infusions combined with dynamic disco and soul vocals is diverse. He is always working on new production techniques to keep things fresh. Utilizing Binaural panning a DIY surround sound. “It sounds like it’s behind you, going around you. It’s using panning and a lot of reverb to emulate being in a hall. Made a tune out of that which turned out quite cool.”

The recently released Pick ‘n’ Mix album available on Bandcamp has provided Chris with income throughout this unprecedented phase. “Now all my gigs have dried up I need to find another source of income. it’s just a mix of tunes I’ve had sitting in my laptop for years.” The album is a mix of multiple genres and includes some new releases. 

When you do something for long enough, you get quite good at. That’s abundantly clear as Biz Miz is arguably Glasgow’s best producer under 30. He didn’t always go by Big Miz. “I used to make music under Mirrors. All my pals shortened that to Miz. That’s what I was known as and they started calling me Big Miz. When I got my first record out, I just decided I wanted a fresh start.” That fresh start turned out to be a Good Thing

These days Chris has his residency “Good Thing” in Glasgow club Room 2 where he
brings down friends and other DJs he admires for all night b2b sessions although, that
is currently on hold.

During the lockdown his lifestyle hasn’t changed drastically. His routine of making tracks and skating remains. However he remarked on how he can’t go to the skatepark anymore with his mates. Big Miz revealed the first thing he is going to do once the lockdown is over “Straight to the pub.” He has maintained a positive outlook despite the unprecedented situation.

Kicking back behind his laptop getting experimental, expect good things from Big Miz this year. With four EPs on the way expect plenty of funky house tracks and more. “Not a lot of pressure to make more tunes. I can just do fun stuff.”

His release on Unknown To The Unknown drops on May 1st. Pre-order his upcoming release here