Hammer takes control of the DJ Mag Podcast this week – and the Belfast-born Glasgow-based selector has turned in an extended mix of intoxicating house music.
2016 has proved to be a massive year for Hammer, real name Rory Hamilton, in which he’s proven himself to be an incredibly dexterous DJ, spinning alongside artists as varied as Sasha, Horse Meat Disco and, of course, long-term collaborators Bicep.
Hamilton has a huge festive season on the horizon too, capped off by a homecoming show at Shine on Boxing Day – a club he reveals below as the first he ever went to – with the Feel My Bicep night there welcoming Craig Richards, Clouds, nd_baumecker, Phil Kieran and more.
Listen to Hammer’s DJ Mag Podcast below, and grab tickets to Shine’s Feel My Bicep Boxing Day shindig from the event’s website.
First dance music song you loved?
“Nails & Kane ‘Beachball’.”
First club you went to?
First label you loved?
“Perlon and Minus.”
First piece of tech you bought?
“Kong Electribe EA-1 when I was 18 in Liverpool.”
First DJ you worshipped?
“Locally, Phil Kieran; from watching him warm up at Shine most weeks. Also Dave Clarke.”
First club you played in?
“Art School, Glasgow.”
First wax you bought?
“Three Drives ‘Greece 2000’ when I was 14.”
First band you saw?
“U2 when I was about 8.”
First apartment you lived in?
“A converted cottage just behind Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow.”
First vinyl shop you loved?
First car you owned?
“A Black rusty Corsa, it got scrapped last year :(”
First London club you loved?
First album you played ten times over?
“Hard House Euphoria (CD 2)”
First time you went to Ibiza?
“17-years-old during school holidays, I arrived with braces on my teeth, I left without them.”
Rob McCallum is DJ Mag’s deputy digital editor. Follow him on Twitter here.