We are proud to announce the forthcoming release of:
Craig Hamilton is a Glasgow-based DJ, House music producer, and Managing Director for the highly successful independent label Flatpack Traxx. With over 14 years of contributions and support for underground music, he continues to introduce talented, up-and-coming artists while showcasing his own quality sound through solid production work and DJ sets across the globe. Check this interview he did for 294 Records:
How long have you been involved with music?
Music has always been part of my life, I started buying records from a very young age & by the time I was 13 years old I had persuaded my dad to buy me a couple of belt drive turntables with no pitch control & a really dodgy mixer. I was involved with Glasgow Based Radio Magnetic for a number of years, hosting a show weekly Monday nights. I progressed on from there into production & had my first release with Control Recordings in 2007. Since then I haven’t looked back production wise & as a result I was able to set up my label Flatpack Traxx. For the last 5 or so years I have been involved with Chicago House FM, hosting the Flatpack show weekly Mondays.
Tell us about your release on 294 Records
The release consists of 2 tracks both of which take influences from the disco era. ‘What can I do’ is a nice string laden cut with tough skippy beats that kind of takes you on a journey. ‘Think about it’ is more of a stomping track, with some nice funky bass licks & some 80’s style synth stabs. Both of the tracks have a summer vibe about them. So I am looking forward to the release.
There are a few things in the pipeline from me, I remixed a track ‘Still Running’ from a spanish band called EBO which has recently been picked up by Dikso recordings. I did a track ‘Make Music’ for an Italian label Wound Musik who I remixed for last year. There’s a 3 track EP coming out on a new label based in the UK called Under No Illusion & a few remixes I did for Hardmix. I am also working on a track right now with another UK based producer David Glass for San Francisco based The Bomb Digital.
Next tour or plans for the summer?
I’m just recently, back from a tour of the US, which was my third time out there in the last year or so. It was good to get out there & come back feeling fresh ready for the summer. I’ll be playing in Antrim again this July, for the Mish Mash birthday party. I was over in October last year & it was a lot of fun. So I am really looking forward to that.
The summer is generally quite a busy time for me in the studio. I’ll be getting my head down & working on some new material for Flatpack Traxx, looking to do some collaboration work with some other producers. But I would love to work on an album at some point this year. So who knows?
Your Dj gear?
I have 2 Technics 1210’s, Pioneer DJM 600 & 2 Pioneer CDJ800’s plus a set of Technics RP1210 headphones. In my studio set up I have just upgraded to Ableton Live 9 & use some hardware, Microkorg which I run through a small Behringer desk & an Akai MPD32 midi controller. I also have a pair of Alesis M1 Active 520 Monitors, & an Edirol UA 25 soundcard.
5 Tracks that are hot at the moment
1. David Glass – I Wanna Know (Phil Weeks Ghetto Mix) – Midnight Music
2. Dale Howard – In Out – Local Talk
3. NG9 Project – The Blueprint - RSTLSS TRX
4. Joss Moog – Late Nite Beat – Robsoul Recordings
5. Nicholas – Forever Feel It – 4 Lux
I quite like to drink tea in my spare time.