Count Clockwork - the Inverness/Edinburgh DJ and music producer duo Louis W T Buick and Khalid Hussain (now also with new vocalist Kurtis McMillan) – are in action twice this week.They round off the Bogbain DJ marathon on Saturday and also share their exclusive mix session on Monster FM tonight (Friday) on 106.1FM and online. Louis answered some of our questions.
Question: Louis, what are you looking forward to about both Bogbain and Monster FM’s session and what should people look out for in each?
Louis: Bogbain should be a unique experience. I’ve been working closely with the team up there on this event and it’s really coming together now – our set will close the marathon, so we’re going to make sure it’s memorable.
The Monster FM mix was great fun to make. We started it when we played in Belgium at the Nachten Vande Jukte festival (we were the only UK artists on the line-up!) and we were inspired by our surroundings there – so it’s a bit of a cocktail of sounds, expect summer vibes with a dark CC twist.
2 What’s the most exciting sound you’ve heard in the last month?
Louis: The most forward-thinking track I’ve heard this month is 100% Patrick Topping’s Any Amounts. It is being rinsed by everyone at the moment and is made up of some really interesting sounds! I have to shout out Jordan Cooper aka big jordocoops (Let’s Go) for discovering it a while back before any rips were available. Patrick’s on the ball right now. Keep an eye on him for something exciting and if you aren’t familiar with P Topping I would highly recommend checking his stuff out!
3 A genie pops out of an empty bottle and offers you your dream booking, what is it, where and who would you be playing for?
Louis: Best question! For me, it would have to be a closing slot at Hard Haunted Mansion [October festival in Los Angeles], it seems fitting and has birthed some of the greatest sets around.
4 Talk us through one of your latest tracks, City Of Gold (It starts with a mad voice going: “Woah, woah, woah, wait a minute!”) which has been played on Radio 1’s Sunday night show with Ally and Jen. Is it still your newest track?
Louis: I wrote City of Gold over a period of a few months whilst living in Edinburgh. It was probably the hardest track I’ve ever made as I kept going back and changing bits, but was never happy with it. Then one night I sat up with litres of coffee and wrote the breakdown on the keyboard and recorded myself saying “Woah, woah, woah, wait a minute!”. It was only then that I felt it could be special and something about it felt really honest, raw and unique. I made sure I didn’t stay within any boxes or trends and just made something I’d love to hear with variation throughout, which is an important part of production in my eyes and something I’ve been sticking to with our newer stuff. It’s been really well received by a lot of big names and is being spun by people we’ve looked up to for years all over the world.
It is challenging to follow that, but with the new material we have hidden away I’m certain it will push us even further in the right direction.
5 Who’s the most inspirational person/sound/genre for you right now?
Louis: One of the most inspirational people for me is Chilly Gonzales [musician,rapper and producer]. He just understands music and gives off constant passion. That is a rarity for mainstream acts in today’s culture and really inspires me to keep doing what I love for the right reasons.
6 What’s the one thing that would improve the Highland dance/club world?
Louis: I think people up north need to be more accepting of dance music and appreciate its depth and versatility as a movement. It’s quite possibly the biggest genre in the world right now and the Highlands seem scared to let it happen, with only a small group of us really pushing it. I’d really love to see some new unconventional nights where you take a venue that isn’t usually used for music and totally transform it for one night only! We’ve been trying our luck for years and had some pretty wacky ideas but it seems there are too many rules and regulations for it to even be considered. Maybe one day we’ll return to make it happen. It’s on the list.
7 Is there anything else exciting going on in the Count Clockwork camp at the moment?
Louis: Our debut album is in progress and will feature the track Part Time Signals with vocals from myself.
“Bringing the heat back as we bid farewell to summer 2013,” is the tagline for Saturday’s first-ever Bogbain 12-hour DJ marathon including Count Clockwork and a string of guest sets from 1pm – 1am at Bogbain Farm, just outside Inverness. Other names on the line-up include Inverness duo Them & Us (also pictured above), We Own’s Jakk_It & Saizme and Alex Hogan (Hector’s House, Edinburgh). For ticket details, go to www.bogbainfarm.com For more on Count Clockwork, go to the Facebook.comCountClockwork and for newest sounds go to Soundcloud Count-Clockwork and keep up on Twitter @CountClockwork
To warm up for Bogbain, you can hear Count Clockwork’s exclusive guest set tomorrow (Friday) on this week’s Monster FM Soundclash sessions programme. This week’s Monster line-up looks like this: Friday: 11pm-12am Beta & Kappa (iAM, Sub Club), 12-1am Count Clockwork and 1-2am Matt Lyon (Ruckus Rave). Saturday: 11pm-12am Mastershake, 12-1am Andy Stone and 1-2am G-REG (Jungle Nation).