101 with Josh Baker

Josh Baker is a UK based producer and DJ that represents the new younger generations of emerging artists. It wasn’t until his teenage years when he found his love for electronic music. At first, DnB captured his attention however once being exposed to house music at 16 and then going to his first rave at Sankeys at 17 he was hooked.

Since then, Josh played some spectacular gigs, including Parklike, Warehouse Project, Pikes Ibiza, Mint Club and many more. In 2015 he curated his first and very successful event brand You&Me, which soon became one of Manchester’s strongest underground parties. You&Me has expanded into other locations such as Leeds, Newcastle & Ibiza with many more parties to come.

Over the past 12 months, Josh has worked on developing his productional skills which resulted in his recent release on the What NxT label with his track "Frustrated" that was premiered by Mixmag and played by Apollonia. His music was played by various successful DJ's such as Enzo Siragusa, Barac, Yaya, Ben Rau, Rich NxT and Richy Ahmed to name a few. In the next year expect to see releases on the likes of See Double, META, Dighop, Hedzup and Adult Only.

What was the funniest / most bizarre request you’ve ever had while playing?

The funniest request I can think of didn’t actually happen to myself when playing, instead, a friend of mine went up to the DJ in the famous Sankeys basement and tried to order a portion of chips from Steve Lawler haha.

Can you describe your studio setup for us?

My studio set up currently contains a newly purchased Komplete control s49, an Ableton push and a UAD Apollo sound card. I still very much do most of my work in the box but I'm in the market for a new synth as we speak. I think it is going to be the Korg Minilouge! Oh also my Genelec's, these are probably the best purchase in my studio.

Could you tell us the story about your first gig?

My first gig was actually in the bar area of the Deaf Institute in Manchester when I was 17! My first proper gig in a club was at the legendary Mint Club warming up for Josh Butler. I actually played Sankeys Spektrum two days later which is still one of my favourite gigs to date.

Name three artists that currently inspire you. During my time producing music I would have to say I take most of my inspiration from those around me, however, if I had to choose 3 artists I would go for: Dyed Soundorom. From both a DJing perspective and production. Since starting DJing I have always played his music and then production wise I been really inspired by his grooves. The way he approaches remixes and makes his music is really unique and special. Also, I would love his record collection. :)

Secondly, I would go with Infinity Ink. I'm actually working on a really special project with my friend JAXN which will involve much more synth-based music with vocals from JAXN. We hope to go for a live set and the current artists that have inspired us the most are Infinity Ink.

Finally, I would have to go with my longtime friend Brandon Darby. He's one of the best producers I know and has yet to be discovered. His music is really original and always unique which is something I aspire for my own music. You should definitely check this guy out. 

Recall the worst experience of ‘killing the vibe’ in the club.

Without a doubt, this is when I played for around three hours in room 2 at Mint Warehouse on my 19th Birthday. I got super drunk and 2 hours into my set I thought it was a good idea to play Outkast - Hey Ya. Yep, what a stupid idea I know, I don’t know why it was even on my USB.

What do you do before and after your set?

Before my set I tend to keep things quite chilled, maybe a beer or two, then I save the partying to after I have played.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?

Nothing too bad but it would have to be polishing cutlery and folding napkins at a restaurant all day haha. 

What are your favourite labels at the moment?

I would say I spend a lot of time looking for new music so there is a lot of labels which I really admire. An obvious one would be FUSE which is home to some great artists. Then also the likes of Imprints, Mosaic, Adult Only, Politics of Dancing, Apollonia to name a few.

Imagine a cold winter, a fireplace and two glasses of wine—what song would you play?

This is a tough one … jamiroquai - Everyday

Last but not least. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Be patient. Wait for the right labels and the music will fall into place. This is so evident with how my release schedule looks for the next 6 months. Some of the tracks were made 12-18 months ago but it took this long to find the right home for them.

By Saša, edited on 14 June 2018