Defected Records, the most prestigious House Music label in the industry, has hosted a wonderful ADE party at Stadspodium, Amsterdam. We were there and we had the opportunity to have a chat with Ferreck Dawn.
A DJ and producer with almost 20 years of experience, Ferreck has released many successful tracks on Spinnin’ Deep, but lately, he moved to more club-oriented productions, as its’ successful Robosonic collaboration “In Arms“, which has been one of the most played tracks of this summer.
Hello Ferreck, can you please introduce yourself?
Hi, I’m Ferreck, and I’ve been djing for about 17 years, now it’s for 4 years a full-time job. I did some tracks on various labels, lately on Defected, so I hope we can continue on this path. I’m super happy that they booked me for this event because there’s the chance to meet and talk with everyone at ADE.
What brought you to become a DJ and, lately I suppose, a music producer?
Well, I visited Sensation White in 2001, I was 16 at the time, and that’s when I figured out that DJing was what I wanted to do, so I started DJing. I used to play more hardcore stuff in the beginning, then I moved into House music. About 12 years ago I started producing my own music, because I realized that it was needed to play in different countries.
Which artists influenced you the most in the music that you produce now?
It’s not particularly one – I use a lot of vocal sampling, preferably female vocals from R&B and soul that have been cleaned or re-sung, because I love the vibe and the energy that these genres have, it perfectly matches House music. So my inspiration comes from a genre instead of an artist.
Why don't you tell us something about your two latest Originals, "In Arms" and "All Nighter"?
Sure… “In Arms”, my collaboration with Robosonic, born when he sent me the first idea of the tune, which was a dub version of it. I added vocals and piano, so the version you can hear now is my took over his version… we were lucky that it did so well, we’re very happy with the result.
Regarding “All Nighter”, I played it at Tomorrowland, then I met the vocalist, Shyam, and he told me that he wanted to do something together so I sent him the first draft. After he sent me the vocals, I forwarded all to The Deepshakerz, and eventually, we came up with the final result.
Talking about Robosonic, what's your relationship with him?
Yeah, we got in contact last year when I reached out to tell him that I really liked what he was doing, and to ask him if he was interested in doing something together. We came up with “Old Dollars” on Spinnin’ Deep, so we told each other “why not doing a couple more?”, and we ended up having ten collaborative tracks. Of course we’re friends as well because we talk to each other all the time.
You used to release Future House and Deep House tracks on Spinnin', but in the last year you definetely moved into more club-oriented stuff.
Before Spinnin’ I used to be underground. I released stuff on Toolroom, Material, and I also used to make tech house. After I got signed to Spinnin’, I had to adapt to the style of the label by making more commercial stuff, but then I started really hating it. So the stuff I did in that period, for example the track with Joe Stone, were decent productions, but I didn’t like them especially when I had to play at festivals; as a DJ, I didn’t like the direction I was going, so I reached a point when I told my family and friends “I’m so fed up with this kind of music that I could quit”. So we arranged a meeting with Spinnin’, and the guys from the label were very comprehensive: they told me not to feel forced to produce music that I didn’t like anymore. This happened two years ago, and that’s why I started making House music again.
What's your relationship with Defected like? You joined the family only this year with "In Arms" and your Finn's remix, and you also got another track coming up with Robosonic, can I ask you when?
Actually we don’t know yet… We wanted to make an EP on DFTD which will contain “Lovers & Haters” as well, so we’re working on the second track. I’ll know more about it as soon as we finish that one. Also, I have a solo track coming on Defected at the beginning of next year, and I’m pretty excited for that because I’d like to show to the Defected fans that I can also produce on my own, since I did only collaborations with Robosonic on Defected.
By the way, my relationship with Defected is still young, I’m pretty new to the label but I can see the familiar atmosphere around it, so let’s hope to become part of the family in the future.