The Arch Interview: Darren Emerson, talking Detone, Born Slippy & Art Department

Darren Emerson’s techno label started their bi-monthly residencies at The Arch in Brighton in October last year. Setting a high bar so far with Drumcode’s Alan Fitzpatrick and techno Jedi James Zabiela, next Saturday on the 25th of February, Detone host No.19 Music main man Art Department. We caught up with Detone label owner and host Darren Emerson to find out a bit more about him, his music and what we can expect next week:

What should people know about Darren Emerson – producer and DJ ?

I started mixing Electro /Hip Hop records at the age of about 14, and by 16 I was DJing and playing Chicago House – Acid and Detroit Techno at local clubs in Essex. From then I started getting gigs in London and UK venues.

I joined Underworld in 1990 after a introduction to Rick & Karl. I was with them for 10yrs and in that time we had great chart success with the 3 albums and many singles over that 10 year period.

In 1994 when I was still in Underworld, I started my own label Underwater. Underwater became a great success over the years also making great parties around the world and having a Pacha residency in Ibiza for 4 years.

After splitting with the boys in 2000 I released compilations on Global Underground and Detone launched in 2012.

The music that Underworld released before and then during your time with them differed quite a bit. Can you tell us a bit about what you brought to the table for tracks like the iconic ‘Born Slippy’ which has once again featured in the Danny Boyle films Trainspotting and Trainspotting 2?

Groove. Dance beats and groove, that was my main thing. Those two guys are very talented musicians, but maybe it was a little bit of a dance music groove they were missing. When I DJ I like to wiggle my arse a little bit, especially with some of the Detroit stuff. Even though there’s a lot of energy there, I still like to have a bit of a shuffle to it.

What can we expect from you in 2017?

Well recently I’ve released ‘Fanfare’ a collaboration with John Digweed & Nick Muir on Bedrock and a remix of Matador’s ‘The Resort’ on Ruckus. In 2017 I’ll be releasing a number of tracks on Carl Cox’s label Intec Digital, Eats Everything’s Edible label and more Detone releases. We’ve also got the much anticipated launch of my new label The White Lamp, first release will be ‘Harmony’ with a great remix from Maxxi Soundsytem.

What’s special about The Arch as a venue? Why did you choose Brighton over an event in London?

I really like the intimacy of the club. We deliberately sacrificed ticket sales to ensure that we are DJ’ing right down on the stage with the audience so that we are part of the night. The Funktion One soundsystem is one of the best in the UK which makes techno sound so much better.

Is Detone all about Techno? What can we expect from your set next week? Can you share with us your current top 3 tracks for the dancefloor?

I wouldn’t say that Detone is all about techno as just like the label it’s about good quality dance music. Of course I play techno but it doesn’t mean to say I won’t play a good solid house track every now and again.




You can catch Darren Emerson with Art Department & Enzo Siffredi under the Arch at Detone, this Saturday. Get your tickets here

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The Road To Ibiza

This Saturday, we invite you to join us for yet another massive night at The Arch! We have Sidney Charles, Darius Syrossian & Santé on their Road To Ibiza Tour. Ahead of the big night, we caught up with them to pick their brains on all things music, DJing and tour antics.


So The Road to Ibiza Tour is well underway, and we are excited to have you play at The Arch this Saturday! Do you have any funny memories from the tour so far?

Sidney: Hahaha yes a lot! The whole tour makes [me] laugh so much. I have the impression that Darius, Santé and I have a similar humour. I can’t really tell any details but we are definitely laughing a lot 😀

Santé: Great long DJ Sets with my bro’s, no sleep and massive fun!

Do you find that going B2B with each other inspires you to push the boundaries of your DJing skills, or allows you to be more creative in a collaborative way?

Sidney: Yes you could say so. i think the main thing about the b2b is also to be more spontaneous and react to each other with more care for the set…maybe i have a track in mind i want to play already for 4 tracks but sante and darius played something similar already than id rather put myself in the background and play something more toolish and weird to get more spice into the set.

Santé: We know each other quite good so it´s pretty easy for us to play long B2B´s.

What can we expect from your set this weekend?

Sidney: You can expect some pumping grooves and also a lot of unheard tracks.

Santé: Banging underground house music!

Sidney CharlesWhat are your top 3 favourite tunes at the moment

Roy Davis Jr. – Im Hungry (DJ Duke Edit)
Solimano – Factor H (Solimano Tool Remix)
Marquiks Hawks – Peanuts

Solimano – Factor H (Solimano Tool Remix)


Going waaay back to the start of it all, what got you into DJing and how did you discover House music?

Sidney: In 2008 I finished school and I was also forced to stop making sport as i had a really bad injury. So i stated to focus even more into djing and production. One of my mothers DJ friends wanted to get rid of his vinyls which include mainly house and funk records. I bought them all. Before I thought house is a very commercial genre and you can only hear it in posh clubs. The collection of my mothers friend were quiet old. Lots of White Lables, Strictly Rhythm, Traxx Records and so on. I loved the grooves and the bass sounds they used. After this I got more interested and I wanted to get deeper into House & Techno.

But Even when i began DJing with about 16 years i was more attracted to the roots of certain styles of music. Back then especially hip hop and r&b had a lot of their roots in funk & soul and sometimes also disco. From there you can also easily get into house music which has got a lot of parallels in the past with the mentioned styles. In general I found that mostly modern music is very hype orientated and it gets kind of cheesy to get more into the commercial area. I’m simply not a fan of that and so my love for the roots of certain styles have always been a part of my inspirational energy. I would not say that all modern music is like that. Of course not. But the characteristics that can describe my feeling that belongs to the classical styles is always more authentic and somehow truthful.

What inspires you to produce the sound that you have created?

Sidney: I always get my inspiration from all kind of sources in my surrounding: environment, friends, conversations, emotions, movies, other kinds of art. Berlin takes a big part in this role as it gives heaps of creative energy. Something that i can definitely say is that i sample much less music. In the beginning where my knowledge about production was not as far as it is now i tent to sample more from older tracks. Nowadays I’m more familiar with more kinds of productions software and hardware: But i think this is a normal development that a lot of artists went trough.

Being a DJ that is also into vinyl, what is your view on the progression of DJing into the world of Digital DJing?

Sidney: I’m never a friend of taking an extreme side to a topic. Especially with the new technologies. A lot of people in the scene behave like “racists” to people who do it differently to them. I think the technology nowadays is great and it gives everyone its own possibility to create their own specific way of performing. I prefer two CDJ’s, a mixer and 2 turntables because for me personally this how I can have the most fun in performing and be happy behind the decks. If others have the same feeling with a laptop then I don’t mind.

Do you have any upcoming releases for this year?

Sidney: Yes, I have quiet a lot coming out…There will be a release on Drumcode and as well Truesoul which also belongs to Adam Beyer. I was experimenting a lot with harder and darker sounds lately and seems like it worked out. There will also be a follow-up on Hot Creations together with my bro Santé. I’ve also remixed Basement Jaxx. This will go more back to my roots of classic house.


sante1  Santé, you released your album “Current” last year, an album full of musical crossovers. What inspired you to make such a diverse album?

Santé: I wanted to show a bit of diversity in my productions, also wanted to create a long player which you can listen to from start to end.

Do you have any favourites on the album?

Santé: At the moment it´s ‘Awake feat. J.U.D.G.E’ it´s still one of my favourite tracks on the album.


What sparked your love for DJing and producing?

Santé: The creativity in electronic music is fantastic, as a producer you have so much freedom! It’s totally different from other music where you have to stick to certain musical rules.

What is your all time favourite track?

Santé: It’s hard to say, I think it´s “This Must Be The Place” – The Talking Heads.

And are there any tracks that have really caught your attention in the past year?

Santé: There are so many but one outstanding track is ‘Cave Rave’ from my bro Sidney Charles.


So I think it’s safe to say we not only have a lot to look forward to on Saturday but also that these guys have more exciting things planned for us all! They are a perfect reflection of what House music is today, and they’re consistently evolving and shaping their sound; never doing what’s expected and always doing it for the love of the music. And that is what House music is about.  _uploads_2015_02_The-Arch-Favicon-Red1

Tickets are still on sale for The Road To Ibiza at The Arch this Saturday 2nd May.




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The Arch interview wAFF

We interview wAFF ahead of his gig at The Arch this weekend…

Can you tell us about your first contact with music – what kind of music you were brought up on and which artists really influenced your style?

wAFF: Well I used to be into all sorts, I used to love Bonkers and Happy Harcore when I was younger ha, I loved it. Even Gabba which is basically proper fast hard house with some crap white guy rapping a load of shite over the top of the tunes, but it was MINT!!! Loved it. But then I really got into Indie music for years, loved it and still do but that was all I used to listen to, but I used to be a trained dancer so I then got into Hip hop & R&B. The artists that influenced me had to be Luciano – Loco Dice – Tania Vulcano & Marco Carola. They are a huge impact on how my style and music taste is

And then how did that move to the place you are now – in the world of electronic music?

wAFF: I used to love listening to minimal when it first came about, Stephan Bodzin, Oliver Huntemann, Booka Shade, Minilogue, Audion, Troy Peirce and all the stuff Luciano used to play in like 2004-2005 to name a few. And then its just went on from there, going to Ibiza massively moved me through the sounds and I just fell in love with the different genres of dance music!

Whose idea was it for you two to share production duties and collaborate [with Cuartero]? How did it all come about?

wAFF: You know what I actually don’t remember, maybe I asked Cuartero… but I can’t remember. It was in ibiza when we said to do it so we just sent a track each back and forward to each other and worked on it a bit at a time till we had what we wanted. We have another BIG track we made the same time as Break a Sweat called How We Roll which is a BOMB! It’s a massive track just nobody has picked it up yet. We’re on the look out again now for a home for it! I also have my solo EP coming out on Hot Creations on April 8th.

The current music scene is always a hot topic for discussion. The Prodigy recently made a comment about there being too much nostalgia, with people referencing a lot of ’90s or ’80s music when producing. Should people try to move forward and venture into the newness. What are your thoughts?

wAFF: Yeah I really like futuristic sounding music, not like spacey trance or anything but new unique styles and sounds that capture its own vibe. Ive never been into the retro sound with 80’ stabs n shit…nah not bothered. Its cool when its done right but I’m not into it at all. House will always be house and will always bring back old sounds through the whole existence of house, but I much prefer to keep the grooves but add something new and exciting to it.

Dirty basslines, heavy grooves and powerful vocals are your trademark tunes. Will you be diversifying with other genres of house music this year or in the near future?

wAFF: Ive got so much different styles of music ready to come out this year and onwards. I produce a lot of techno but I might do an alias for this as its completely different and really hard and fast ha so it might not work so well for wAFF – but we’ll see. But yeah theres quite a lot of music you will hear from me this year that’s different.

You both transmit pure energy with your mixes, but can you describe what makes you a winning formula?

wAFF: I couldn’t say, but I guess I just have my own style and of how I play. I like to make my sets big and full of energy and for me its important to play interesting creative tracks that have something that can really lock you into the groove! I dunno its a hard question for me to answer but you’ll bloody get your moneys worth ha!

Do you get influenced by the gigs you play when in the studio?

wAFF: No I actually don’t, well not often at all. I find it hard a lot of the time to be inspired. I find the whole experience amazing and overwhelming with the travel and timing and intensitiy of being in a club constantly, being around endless amounts of people and loud music etc… I’m usually exhausted by the end of the weekend so I just like to proper chill when I’m at home. I don’t have a studio I just use headphones and my mac thats it! So I just make music as and when I feel and not force myself, which I should do more often, as sometimes I’m lazy and just play computer games or some shit ha! But I get tons of inspiration when I go listen to other DJs and take some time out to do this. At the moment, Jamie Jones, Ben Klock, Marcel Dettmann, Joseph Capriati, Marcel Fengler & Marco Carola have been my favourites to go listen to. I get exactly what I need from any of these every time I listen to them.

What can we expect to hear from you as a team in the coming months?

wAFF: Well we’re gonna try make some more music together and get, like I said, the other track we have signed to something big… and yeah see what happens from there! But definitely expect some more 😉


The Arch presents: wAFF, Cuartero and Mark Jenkyns – Saturday 14th March 

Price: £5 before 12 / £8 after
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The Arch interview Pan-Pot

Pan-Pot get intimate with The Arch ahead of their Brighton debut on March 7th

  1. You took your name from ‘Panoramic Potentiometer’, also known as a Pan-Pot — the knob that sends a signal either left or right on a stereo. Was there a notion behind this? How did it come about? 

– Thomas: Thank you for knowing this and not asking who is ‘Pan’, and who is ‘Pot!’ 🙂

– Tassilo: Well when Thomas and I were looking for a name for our project we were sitting in the studio and had a book with technical terms next to us, which we used for our school. So when we saw that name it really made sense to us, as it’s a signal with two different ‘outlets’, which sounds best when it’s balanced correctly. Just like us.


  1. What inspired you to set up your own record label and what are your future plans with Second State? 

– Tassilo: Second State is our home base, where can do what we want and with the people who we like and who we want to develop and support. It’s not only a record label but also a platform for events, fashion and our idea of a Techno lifestyle in general.

– Thomas: With the label we are surrounded by a lot friends and great artists, who constantly speak with each other and support each other. Everybody has his own strength and so it’s great to see that we can help each other. Clint Stewart for example is not only a great producer; he is the best person to put the feeling of a track into words so he became the responsible person for our press-texts also.


  1. Hub One being the latest release on Second State is focused on bringing collaborations between your label artists. Is this a formula that you are looking to carry through? Can you give us an insight of what else will be coming from the Second State HQ? What would be your dream collaboration?

– Tassilo: The Hub series is something that we started because when we do music together we always have great results. The concept is that the release will be focused on one artist, who does collaborations with the others. So with this first one Stephan Hinz did one track with Clint Stewart, one with Philipp Ruhmhardt and another one with us. We want to do this from time to time spread out through the year(s).

– Thomas: The next big project on Second State will be our album, which we are looking forward to release this year. It was very exiting to work on this and of course there are also some collaborations. There is more to tell very soon.


  1. Brighton’s launch of The Arch is concentrating on the music, an incredible state-of-the-art sound system and an injection of underground movement back into the city. What dark, delectable sounds are you going to showcase? Can you give us your top 3 dance floor destroyers?

– Thomas:  Acid & Chord (Original Mix) – The Welderz

Kill Switch (Original Mix) – Harvey McKay

Hak – Stephan Hinz & Philipp Ruhmhardt