Adam Shelton: Interview

Next up we have the underground house beatsman Adam Shelton. A little over a year since the release of his debut ep "Air Trax" on Air Records, Mr Shelton has decided that the only way is up. Numerous collaborations with heavyweights such as Subb-an and tracks being played by the likes of Seth Troxler; Adam Shelton is certainly nowhere near the top of his musical mountain.

1) Tell me a bit about what you do, who you are and your background how you got started etc

At the moment Im mainly focusing on my label One Records, which I run together with Subb-an. Im still putting on my Below parties that have been running for nearly seven years now, and, of course, working on music ranging from solo stuff, to mine and Subb-an's S.A.S project, along with some other projects with Subb-an.

I got started back in 2000 playing in Ibiza whilst living there, then things really started to move forward once back home in Birmingham with setting up Below. It was a good learning curve for me, to play alongside our guest DJs as the resident DJ, which also meant I could play at lots of different times, really learning how to play warm-ups, main set and after parties. This I believe is something that makes you feel more comfortable as a DJ, rather than just focusing on one sound for a certain time.

2) Who were the local DJs/promoters you looked up to when you were younger, and the nights you went to?

In Birmingham I would go to Wobble, Atomic Jam and various different parties at the Que Club. These were always very reliable in terms of putting on really strong guests, but also for seeing good local talent, like Phil Gifford and Jem Atkins. Later on, when these parties died down, I found that going to London was really where I felt at home: the early secretsundaze parties, Jamie Jones' DJs Can Dance warehouse parties, Vertigo at the Cross.

These were all nights where you could go and listen to forward-thinking music and see the DJs you wanted to, like Damian Lazarus, Dan Ghenacia, Ivan Smagghe, Terry and Dyed Soundorom for example.

3) Best club night youve played at (past and present)?

I have been very lucky to play some great clubs. My best set to date is probably at Back to Basics for our first ever One Records party the crowd and the vibe was just amazing, and I just really played my heart out. That night really stands out.

4) Whos your tip for hottest up-and-coming talent?

Two artists that stand out to me, that are young, keen and very talented are Samu.l and Peter JD. Two great guys doing their own thing, which have both featured on my label and are ones to watch, for sure.

5) What would your big tip be for young DJs/producers?

To stick to what you believe in, to put everything in to what you are doing, and not to be too pushy. Its a timing thing and OK, you get people that hit it big early, but then you get people that have been doing it for years and dont see the results they want for years. Stick with it and it will come.

6) Can you tell us your top 5 tracks at the moment?

My top five tracks at the moment are

Samu.l - Innocent
DJ Ali - Make it hot (Bodycode remix)
Tiga - Pleasure from the bass (Subb-an remix)
Chris Carrier - Planet patrol
Shonky - Columbia