Vince Watson - Watson In Sydney
Friday, 26 October 2007
Not since the legendary DJ Q has a producer from Glasgow made electronic music as soulful as Vince Watson. In fact, he’s created music for years. While the copious Scot counts Derrick May among his supporters, and has the hardwon approval of Underground Resistance, he’s reticent about being described as a defacto Detroit artiste.
“Obviously I’m not from Detroit, so I would never regard myself as someone who makes ‘Detroit techno’,” he says graciously. “But, if people want to label me, they can. I don’t really mind it. It doesn’t affect me in anything I do – as long as they appreciate the music for what it is, rather than what it’s supposed to represent. I’d rather be known for my music than be known as a ‘Detroit producer’, ‘cause I don’t come from Detroit. I come from Glasgow.
“I think the whole reason I get labelled like that is because I’ve been able to capture the soul that the Detroit guys took on board – but that kind of feeling is present in lots of different types of music.
“Just because I make electronic music, I’m automatically gonna get pigeonholed with Derrick and all the other guys.”
Even in Glasgow, an industrial city that, like Sheffield, has a rich electronic history, Watson keeps to himself. He is wary of any “cool” scene. “I want to be recognised for my own sound,” he says.
The music tech grad released his early music on Dave Angel’s Rotation. In 1999 Watson furnished his debut LP, the influential Biologique, with Mystical Rhythm an enduring favourite. Eventually he devised his own imprint, now called Bio Elements.
Watson was meant to issue an album on May’s iconic Transmat, but the techno pioneer was compelled to put his label on hold after investing heavily into the Detroit Electronic Music Festival. A different incarnation of Watson’s LP, The eMotion Sequence, materialised on Delsin last year. It’s cult – and next to impossible to obtain.
Watson will deliver his most radical project yet on Laurent Garnier’s F-Com come February. He believes he’s evolved musically more in the past two years than the last seven. He presaged the explosion of minimal and, typically, changed direction. As such, he’s producing “more personal” work.
“People are expecting a deep techno album, but it’s totally not like that at all,” he reveals. Instead the F-Com LP has elements of ambient, jazz and classical. Watson touts it as “the next stepping stone” in his career. He aspires to compose music for film, documentaries and advertisements. Nevertheless, he’s not abandoning deep techno.
Watson has long DJed but, in recent years, his demand on the global circuit has grown with him developing a live set. He’ll be journeying to Australia with a laptop. Vince doesn’t have the mindset of the superstar DJ.
“What I hope people do is just don’t look at me when they’re enjoying themselves – because I don’t like this idea of the DJ being all-powerful, looking down on everyone, controlling the crowd. I like people to listen to what’s coming out of the speakers, rather than looking up at the DJ.
“I hope that my music is deep enough and takes them on a bit of a journey so they don’t have to look at me, they can just listen to the music and dance.”
WHO: Vince Watson
WHAT: Play Sub Tub Harbour Cruise / Club Club at Chinese Laundry
WHEN: Saturday 3 November / Saturday 10 November
MORE: hahaindustries.com / jammusic.com.au