Jamie Anderson Interview
We catch up with the Front Room artist
From his earliest beginnings as a techno-producer and label owner, to dropping slamming modern-day house grooves on Jesse Rose's Front Room Recordings or turning out teutonic main room techno alongside Deepgroove, Jamie Anderson has been at the forefront of cutting-edge dance music for well over a decade.
With a new double-sided collaboration, alongside Mija Recording's Louis Osbourne, out now on Front Room Recordings we caught up with him to find out more.
Tell us a little about the history and now future of Artform, your label which you recently re-launched?
I started Artform back in 1997 while working at a record shop in Bristol. Back then dance music genres seemed divided. House was mainly US style garage and techno was either hard industrial, acid or from Detroit. I was one of the DJs that actually liked bits from all these styles so I used the label to bridge the gap and help create what is now known as Tech-House.
I was the main artist from the label so when I became more in-demand as a producer the releases slowed down and I decided to put the label on hold. Ever since then I have repeatedly been asked when I will start the label again so this year I released 'Predator', with a remix by Amsterdam's Jerome. I also now co-run Outland Records with Jerome and I may also re-launch my Fixia label later this year.
You recently released ‘Rare Grooves’ on Jesse’s Front Room Recordings but you actually released his first record. How did you two get to know what another and what is it about you that clicks and means you’re still friend and production partners?
I've known Jesse since we were both kids in London, I lost touch with him when I moved to Bristol in 1986 - but then he also moved to Bristol a few years later and by chance we found ourselves living around the corner from each other. He was 14 at the time and being a few years older I had a studio, was running club nights, record labels and DJing, so I got him involved from a young age. Jesse is my lifelong friend and practically family.
It does seem you’re the man of many collaborations as you also work with Deepgroove in multiple capacities. What’s the vibe in your partnership with Louis Osbourne and do you have more stuff planned together?
I've always enjoyed working on joint projects, but in the past I mainly only had time for my own productions. A couple of years ago I moved from Bristol and set up my studio in the countryside, overlooking the Brecon Beacons in South Wales - it's where I produce all my music and most of the collaborations. Lee from Deepgroove comes down from Bristol to work on tracks with me, and recently Louis Osbourne has been travelling over from Ireland to make some tracks here. With Louis our first release is on Jesse's Front Room Recordings entitled ‘Rare Grooves’ out on Beatport. We also remixed Jon Gurd's 'Stamp' for Louis' own Mija Recordings. The vibe so far has been on a house tip with some techy sounds and a good groove.
What else is coming up for you?
I’ve recently compiled a sample pack for Loopmasters comprising the sounds and grooves from my studio productions which will be available for download on their website. I’m also working on new tracks for Artform, Secret Cinema's Gem Recordings, and some releases together with Cardiff's deep house don Owain K. Remixes of my track 'Cyclone' featuring K-Alexi will be out soon on Mija Recordings along with my own mixes of 'Breathe' on Berlin's Trunkfunk label.