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DaveVerne


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Please tell our readers who you are and what you do?


Well, I’m a Dj and former promoter. I have been playing out regularly on the London club circuit since the start of 2010, actually I can remember my very first proper London booking at a club called The Roxy on Tottenham Court Rd, for a night called Choke. It was the night before New Years Eve going into 2010. I remember getting in there feeling pretty nervous, the club wasn’t very busy yet but I remember the DJ’s before were playing Genius Crew – Boom Selection, this was at a point where UK Garage wasn’t that popular, there was a lot of Dubstep an Wobbolly electro sounding stuff floating about, and I felt more confident knowing the DJ before me was playing garage, anyway I played the next set, I played a mixture of uk garage, fidget house and grime, and it couldn’t have gone down any better. I remember meeting someone from Tomb Crew that night going mad when I played Wiley – Mourge, he said he’d never heard it in a club before and at this point there was hardly any Grime being played, not like how huge it is now. The club and dance floor we’re rammo by the end of my set. The promoter gave me a residency after that and the DJ before me turned out to run an event in Camden which he also gave me a residency for. So before I knew it, I had two residency’s under my belt after my first proper booking. The rest is history.


How would you describe your influences and how have they changed over the years?


I mean I enjoy listening to anything from The Doors to All Saints haha, but my taste has really gone full circle over the years, and I feel like this happens all the time in music. Music is like fashion, different sounds will always come back again, just like clothes, round and round in circles. I remember the first vinyl I bought back in 2001 (I didn’t even have decks yet!) it was a UK Garage white label called 007 Licence to Kill by a producer called Soverign. My early influences at the very start we’re all the big DJ’s and Mc’s on the garage scene. I was always buying Tape Packs and listening to pirate radio EZ, Fonti, Masterstepz, Jason Kaye, Norris da Boss, Mike Ruff Cut, these were my early influences, but then I started really getting into the crews coming in, Pay As You Go Cartel, Heartless Crew, So Solid, the style of mixing was different, the sounds were darker, you’d be looking out for Slimzee’s latest dubplate. The MC’s were really spitting lyrics, raw lyrics, instead of just hosting like previous garage Mc’s. I started to notice a difference in the sound I was buying in record shops, it was changing, Garage was turning into Grime (before it was even called Grime yet) and I fell in love with it. Instrumentals by the likes of Wiley, Alias, Davinche, Youngsta, Bigshot, Wonder we’re coming into all the record shops and the sound was taking over. I still have all my old vinyl to this day I have a huge collection of white labels from 2001 to about 2005/2006 I changed from grime at the end of 2005. I started to get into house an electro, this was the big thing, but I mixed it the same style I mixed Garage and Grime so I was different from regular House DJ’s. About 2007 I really got into this French label called Ed Banger Records, artists like Justice, Feadz, SebastiAn, Medhi, Busy P. I started playing French House//disco and electro for a while because of this, untill the end of 2008, then I switched to Dubstep for a while. After living in Ibiza I went back to house again, I was playing a lot of deep and tech house in Ibiza when I worked out there and i started playing It when I got back to the UK. So you can see I’ve really dabbed with a lot of different genres over the year’s, but going back to what I said originally about music and fashion, Uk Garage and Grime both came back again, and in a massive way. So naturally, now, again, I’m playing a blend of Uk Garage // Grime and 90’s Garage mixed together. Music round and round in circles, just like fashion.


What´s new right now?


For 2018 im working on a lot of new mixes to drop on the sound cloud. I have a guest mix coming out on the latest eat my beat mix series so look out for that, and keep your eyes peeled to my twitter to find out when I’m next on radio, I have guest mixes coming up on Mode Fm and Radar Radio. Also you can catch me supporting Norris Da Boss Windross at the next Groove Controll event at Queen of Hoxton in March. Tickets are available online now.

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Are you a superfan of anyone? How did you become a superfan? Do you remember how you become a fan and what turned you into super fan? Have you ever thought about why you´re such a fan?



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What was the biggest mistake you made when you started making music and what would be the number one tip you could give to a newcomer musician?



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How do you get gigs? Can you share any tips?



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Do you have good promotion tips for other musicians?



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Do you have insights on how to grow your audience on soundcloud that you want to share with our audience?



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What has been your biggest challenge right now? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?



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How do you personally discover new music?



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Once you discovered new music, do you tell others about the new music/artist you discovered? If yes, how exactly?



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What is your number one tip to improve your music production or songwriting skills?



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What is your best tip for those who struggle with finishing their tracks?



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We meet again in one year. What has changed?



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http://www.soundcloud.com/dave-verne

http://www.twitter.com/daveverne

http://www.instagram.com/daveverne

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