Josh Butler about Heroes of House
We caught up with one of house music’s most revered rising talent, Josh Butler, to talk about his recent installment in his ‘Heroes of House’ series. Already the third edition and again with some fantastic tracks.
Throughout the years Josh Butler has become one of House music’s most revered rising talents over the last couple of years, boasting a plethora of acclaimed releases on prestigious labels (Noir, Cajual, Avotre, MTA, MadTech), gigs at some of the world’s best clubs and events including Warehouse Project Manchester, Mint Club Leeds, Toffler Rotterdam, Chibuku Liverpool, Arches Glasgow, a residency at Sankeys Ibiza, and a plethora of key festival plays throughout Europe.
From the North of England to dance floors across the globe, Josh Butler has made serious headway with his high caliber House sound.
‘Heroes of House’ is a way for Josh to show gratitude and appreciation for the history of house music. On all three editions, he works closely with a veteran in the industry and on the flip side he worked close with people from within his inner circle of friends. This resulted in the quality house series ‘Heroes of House’.
Soon, on March 25 to be precise Josh Butler will be playing in Hasselt (Belgium) alongside Darius Syrossian, Matt Tolfrey and Unclesand in the fantastic Labyrinth Club. So we invited him for a chat to talk about the release and his forthcoming gig.
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Thanks for your time. How are things these days?
Things are very good thanks. Busy, but I always like to keep myself busy!
How does a regular day look like for you?
When I’m not traveling I always try to spend as much time in the studio as possible.
Reason for asking the previous question is that you seem to be doing more than people tend to notice. You just released ‘Heroes of House vol3’. The third installment over 5 months. Besides all this, you also have the fantastic ‘KAHU vinyl releases, numerous EP’s, your gigs + traveling. How do you manage all this?
Yeah well as I said, I’m in the studio pretty much every day that I’m home. I feel in love with dance music through producing it and playing around with sounds, so it’s something that I almost need to do at least a couple of times a week otherwise I can get twitchy and have some slight withdrawal symptoms. Little side projects such as ‘KAHU‘ are perfect ways to expose some of the music that might not necessarily be heard otherwise.
Let’s talk about the ‘Heroes of House’ series. A collaboration with others in which you aim to spotlight the illustrious history of the scene? What’s the story? How did you pick the tracks?
Over the years I’ve been lucky enough to meet and become friends with artists such as Marshall Jefferson, Kerri Chandler and Todd Terry. When I had the idea for the label it felt right to show my appreciation for the history of our music and thankfully these guys were happy to collaborate with me.
On the flip side to each ‘Hero of House’ EP I wanted to involve some producers that are in my close circles and who I see as the future House heroes!
I also had some of the most amazing dark comic book style artwork designed too, by an artist called Davi Comodo.
Bontan seems obvious as he is a longtime friend who also seems to be unstoppable, just like you. Can you to tell us a bit about the other collaborations?
Bontan has been one of my best friends for years! We have worked on lots of music together over this time and this new track ‘Call You Back’ came around exactly the same way. He came over to my studio for a couple of days and we jammed.
Soon you will be playing in Hasselt (Belgium) in the fabulous Labyrinth Club. We know them for them for their quality program. No surprise you’re playing. What can people expect from your set?
I’m really excited to be coming back to Belgium, I have heard nothing but amazing stories about Labyrinth! People can expect some forwarding thinking House music but with an authentic flavour. I have a few new tracks to road test here too.
Sneak peaking. Name one track in your crate that gets the dance floor moving every time.
Finally, is getting out from behind the booth and dancing on the floor still something you consider essential for the growth of DJs?
I really think it is yes. Otherwise, how would a DJ know what a crowd wants to hear and at what point in the night? Also most importantly, being on the dance floor is where the party is at!
Thanks so much and enjoy your night in Labyrinth on the 25th of March.
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