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Poll 2019: Andy C

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Drum & bass stalwart Andy C has once again been voted the highest — and only — drum & bass DJ in the Top 100 DJs poll this year. The RAM Records founder is simply unstoppable.

Starting the year with a 12-week residency at XOYO in London, for which he invited a representative cross-section of drum & bass DJs old and new, Andy sold out each of the nights in the series. He moved on to a slew of festival appearances in the UK and internationally — Parklife, Glastonbury, Dour, Sonar, MADE, Creamfields and South West Four were just some of the spots he rocked between June and August — and reckons it was “the best summer of festivals to date” for him and his team.

Andy was also resident at Together at Amnesia in Ibiza for a fair few Tuesdays over the summer, and is currently “plotting and planning for the next chapter”.

 

Do you submit your DJ setlists to the relevant royalties collecting society?

“Yes.” 

What more can we do to combat the mental health crisis in our scene?

“Don’t be afraid to talk, share a problem and take a break. You’ll be surprised how many people can relate and feel the same. Socials play a big part. Try and live your life, not someone else’s.”

Are you personally doing anything to improve the gender balance of line-ups?

“If I’m asked to submit a line-up, I always make sure there’s a cross-section of DJs for the promoter to choose from.”

What changes have you made this year to be more environmentally friendly?

“We always recycle in our household.”

What was your favourite toy when you were a kid?

“Matchbox cars!"

What’s your guilty pleasure?

“Sky Super Sunday on the sofa!”

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2019-10-18 10:32

Style: 
“Drum & bass.”
Best known for: 
“Drum & bass!”
Tune of the year: 
“DJ Loko ‘Bassline Secret (Skantia Remix)’.”

Poll 2018: Andy C

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From: Hornchurch, Essex, UK
DJ style: Drum & bass
Best known for: Drum & bass, baby!
Fave tune of 2018: “Bungle ‘Cocooned VIP’.”
Breakthrough DJ/ producer of 2018: “Benny L.”

Andy C is a man of contrasts; last year’s biggest moment for him was his 13- week residency at London’s XOYO where he took things back to the intimate underground setting in which he cut his teeth and developed his style. This year’s biggest moment will be his largest ever headline show as he takes over the Wembley Arena for one of his famous six-hour All Night sets on 17th November.

He’ll be the first artist ever to perform there with a late licence. “It’s surreal,” admits Andy, who’s spent another year headlining festivals and touring almost every continent. “The amount of people I see who say ‘see you at Wembley mate’ is mad. It seems to have struck a chord with people, and I love that.” Despite his infamous gig schedule, he’s been in the studio “for months — probably more than ever before”, and will drop new music in 2019. “Each year I’m thankful that I’ve got the best job in the world, I get to play the music I love and help other artists get heard,” he tells DJ Mag.

Words: DAVE JENKINS

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2018-10-10 13:20

Poll 2015: Andy C

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Since bursting onto the scene as a young teenager with epic hardcore tune 'Valley Of The Shadows' under the name Origin Unknown in the early '90s, Andrew Clarke has been immersed in breakbeat science. He started RAM Records in 1992 after borrowing £1000 from his uncle, and Ram 004 — 'Shadows' — contained the moon landing-sampling “31 seconds” snip and the “long dark tunnel” phrase culled from a BBC documentary about near-death experiences.

As drum & bass grew in the '90s he became one of its key playas, smashing into the Top 100 DJs poll at the start of the noughties and remaining there for the next decade and more. Usually the Highest Drum & Bass DJ in the poll, he's been voted back in again by his legion of fans — plenty of whom again were raving at his All Night Long sold out 02 Brixton Academy show at Halloween just the other day.

So what's been the highlight of 2015 for the drum & bass don? “Probably playing the Olympic Stadium in Seoul, South Korea!” he tells DJ Mag. “When you're growing up and dreaming of being a DJ, you can never imagine playing a gig like that. I was just dreaming of playing at my local club!” 

 

Questions Top100 DJs 2015 - Jon Dommett - 2015-11-16 14:47

Style: 
Drum & Bass
Best known for: 
“Never sleeping!”
Tune of the year: 
Audio 'Shatterdome'
From: 
Ram Records, Hornchurch
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2015: 
Bensley
What’s the most important skill a DJ should have?: 
“Connect with the crowd, enjoy yourself!”
Is the future still bright for EDM?: 
You tell me!
Does the constant travelling and DJ lifestyle ever take its toll on you mentally?: 
“It can do for sure. You gotta pace yourself and take care of yourself.”
What cause is closest to your heart?: 
I think it would have to be children's charities. A local girl from Hornchurch called Joni died of a brain tumour this year. An incredibly horrible thing to go through for the poor girl and family, she was so brave. Everyone was raising money for her treatment in America that sadly never happened. The whole town came out and lined the streets and let off balloons for her funeral.
Which club would you like to bring back from the dead?: 
“Without doubt it would be The End [in London]. So many magical memories from that club. So important for music, the vibe and the growth of artists.”

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