Nairn releases the single Where You Are by Kash Simic & Kristian Nairn featuring Amanda Wilson via his Soundcloud page. The track features uplifting trance-style vocals by Wilson over a deep-house bassline, rising synths and ‘EDM’-style high hat.
Nairn says the rise of ‘EDM’ has taken dance music away from its underground club and rave roots:
It’s great to see EDM become so big, but I think dance music is better in clubs. Dance music is an underground thing. I think house music in the early 2000s ate itself.
Mainstreaming dance music hasn’t helped the genre develop:
Shapeshifters had a song called Lola’s Theme and it kind of really accelerated house music into the charts over here and started a lot of clones. It kind of damaged music and I’m not blaming Shapeshifters for that by the way — they’re great — but it was just a public trend.
Sasha is interviewed in Ibiza Voice about his new label, Last Night On Earth. He says the label isn’t intended for big releases but should help give a push to forward-thinking melodic house artists:
Well, we get sent a lot of music and I’m always digging around. Plus the guys who work for the label in London are always at weird warehouse parties in East London at 8am on Sunday morning, hearing the latest dope shit. They’re my ears on the ground.
As EDM has taken over, not being on the main stage any more isn’t a problem:
There was a time three or four years ago when I was playing music that I wasn’t 100% into and I realised that I didn’t belong on the main stage at festivals anymore. I felt that I needed to shift what I was doing at festivals and start to play music that was closer to my heart again, and that was around the time we started the label.