Having run his own successful London club night for just over two years and the recent launch of his NoN Music label, The Pushamann has come a long way from messing around on the decks in Kingston. And this is due to his unique blending of soul, funk and garage styles into his deep tech house sets.
The Pushamann has spent the last few years playing at some of the most crucial underground venues across London from the notorious Fabric to shoreditch’s East Village, spreading his infectious sound throughout the capital. Something that has clearly stood-out enough to attract the attention of Fabric resident, Terry Francis.
His Nature or Nurture night, which he runs with Terry Francis, is all about spreading this deep, infectious sound. Having been on the go for two years, recently celebrating it’s 2nd birthday at Fabric back in February, Nature or Nurture has already enjoyed appearances from some truly unique underground DJs such as Nathan Coles, Tim Sheridan, Hector, Kenny Hawkes and Moodymanc, whilst also boasting the rest of the NoN DJs each night.
The Pushamann is due to play some very interesting events to say the least, with this weekend seeing him join Nathan Coles, Eddie Richards, Terry Francis, Shaun Reeves and Peter Herbert for a massive Wiggle celebration down at Rivington Studios. At night which is sure to be one to remember, but if you’re unfortunate enough to miss the Wiggle 17th birthday, The Pushamann will be joining Lee Foss for Trouble Vision down at Corsica Studios on 11th June.
With such a growing profile and unique sound, Guerilla Sounds just had to get an exclusive from the man himself, to which he kindly obliged, as well as providing the next installment of the G-Sounds mix series, which perfectly follows on from Lewis Ryder’s series opener. A mix that is infused with a deep, funky and soulful vibe…
Tell us a little bit about how you first got into DJing?
Friends of mine were DJs when we were younger playing house and garage and we used to sneak into Club Coliseum in Vauxhall for Liberty on a Friday night to see EZ, Martin Larner, Matt Jam Lamont. It wasn’t until I was older I started DJing in a local pub playing anything I could get my hands on; funk, soul, reggae. I got a lot of my records from charity shops.
I didn’t start taking it seriously until a friend and I started a night called Soundclash 100 in Kingston on a Tuesday night every other week and we used to ram it. Don’t know why, we couldn’t mix.
And what would you say have been key influences in all this?
Club Coliseum in the early days and of course Fabric. I love all music but you hear a lot of garage in the music I play and make I think!
What DJs or Producers would you say have influenced or played an important part in your style and the music you play?
Craig Richard and Terry Francis at Fabric have always amazed me week in week out. They kill it every time for over ten years… Legendary.
How does it feel to be involved in the Wiggle 17th Birthday?
I played at Wiggles last birthday and had a wicked time. The crowd was well up for it and Nathan and Terry let you do your thing. Playing with Pete Herbert in the disco room is a bit special. Pete has made some great music over the years. I can’t wait. It gives me a chance to play some music that I wouldn’t normally play out.
How did the whole concept of your “Nature or Nurture” night come about?
We started the night off on a Thursday because of Terry’s commitments at the weekend and the concept was to get people in to hear DJs on the cheap, sometimes even free. We had some great guys play for us; Marc Ashken, Moodymanc, Hector, Inxec, Kenny Hawkes, Gamal Kaber, Santos Resiak.
How has Terry’s involvement influenced the general vibe of “Nature or Nurture”?
Terry plays a bit tougher than me so it works really well. I warm up, guests play, then Terry comes on. The flow of the night is always important.
Can you give us an insight into what’s coming up for the next “Nature or Nurture”?
We have a a series of events coming up over the next few months to promote releases on our new label N.o.N MUSIC and hopefully another date at Fabric towards the end of the summer.
Tell us a little bit about the concept of your NoN label?
It’s really an output for people who have played for us and friends. Terry will remix for us from time to time. Our first few releases are my tracks that I’ve had for while but I’m more interested in the remixes.
What do you have planned for the label in the near future?
We have remixes form Mark Chambers, Lewis Ryder and some original materiel from Zeitgeist and some more tracks from myself.
What DJs are really making an impression for you at the moment?
Sam Russo is wicked. He played for us at our last Nature or Nurture… Class!
Nature or Nurture returns with another spring party
Nature or Nurture is back once again and this time with an even more special celebration. The newly founded label N.o.N. Music brings forth the latest release of The Pushamann and Daniel Button and this special Nature or Nurture night is all about the launch of their release, with a promise of “real House sounds for real House heads”. Whilst remixes will be coming from the likes of Terry Francis, Mark Chambers, Zeitgeist and Lewis Ryder.
The Nature or Nurture Rhyme or Reason release party will feature some very special guests. As well as providing remixes to the release, Terry Francis and Mark Chambers will be joining the line-up, along with Dodha plus The Pushamann going back to back with Seldom Seen Smith. Appearances from S_M Music, Matt Hesseltime and Gazebo DJs is also on the cards and with things kicking off at 7pm and carrying on right through until 4am, the night is likely to be grooving all the way through.
Wiggle celebrate 17 years of being fully submersed in the music scene, so you would expect a great lineup to ensure a truly memorable night,…. which is exactly the case. As if having the Wiggle trio hit the main room wasn’t enough, they obviously thought they should provide an even more mammoth lineup by adding an enigmatic pioneer. One that is on a trailblazing quest to export his unique brand of cosmic underground house and techno from his hometown of Detroit to Europe and beyond, which is bringing him international acclaim. His name being Shaun Reeves.
Alongside best friends Ryan Crosson, Lee Curtiss and Seth Troxler he has helped put a warm, esoteric spin on the city’s musical heritage taking it away from clinical minimalism, back towards warmer, more spiritual party music. Together they have formed Visionquest, a genre-busting four-piece DJ combo, live act, record label and forward-thinking school of thought. The last few years have seen Shaun blossom in the studio as ‘The Royal We’ with Seth Troxler for Crosstown Rebels, alongside Guti and Miss Fitz for Wolf+Lamb and Raum…musik and most recently as Visionquest remixing Tracey Thorn.
Pete Herbert will be a main feature of Room 2 with a mix of Balearic leftfield disco/house/italo/dub/funk and beyond where he’ll be joined by an extra appearance from Terry Francis. The Pushamann will also be jumping in on the action, adding his ‘Nature Or Nurture’ style of music to night, which he seems to be doing at countless venues all over London.
Saturday 23rd April is sure to be a memorable night. But keep your eyes on news releases from Wiggle as the venue is being kept a secret for the moment!
‘Nature or Nurture’ present us with yet another outstanding night of music…
After a superb 2nd Birthday at Fabric with a surprise set from Terry Francis, Nature or Nurture follow-up with what is guaranteed to be another great night of music. Joining residents The Pushamann and S_M Music for the N.o.N ‘The Spring Lean Up Pop Up Rave’ comes once again, Fabric and Wiggle resident Terry Francis, as well as the man most associated with warehouse and beach parties, Tim Sheridan.
Terry Francis needs no real introduction, he’s been doing what he does best on London’s underground house scene for as long as underground house has been around. With his residency at Fabric it’s clear that when he hits the decks he’s a class act, not to mention being part of Wiggle where he teams up with the other Tech-House legends such as himself, Nathan Coles and Eddie Richards.
Tim Sheridan best known for crazy parties in Ibiza; on beaches and at DC10, is someone who has played with some of the finest DJs at some of the craziest nights in some of the greatest clubs in world. But he’s a DJ who thrives on those nights which are different, really underground, in venues which don’t resemble too much of a club. And with his own label called ‘Veryverywrongindeed Records’, you can just imagine the kind of parties he loves play at.
With two such DJs who really seem to resonate the underground vibe joining The Pushamann, who himself is a pusher of that authentic underground feel, seems almost too perfect for this ‘Nature or Nurture’ night.
So make sure you get yourself down to Nomad, Old Street, London for what is going to be one crazy Nature or Nurture party indeed.
As Nature or Nurture undertake final preparations for their guaranteed to be an energy filled 2nd Birthday at London’s Fabric, they have kindly put out a mix which is tantalisingly teasing.
The mix starts off magically smooth with Loco Dice’s ‘Menina Brasileira’ gently helping you to float to the surface of something which will undoubtably be driving directly to a deep place. The Pushamann blends this magical start into Niner’s ‘My Friends Don’t Understand (Russell Ventilla Remix)’, which just seems to work like bread and butter. That deep steady paced bass just pulsating through the mix.
15 minutes into the mix you can feel The Pushamann gently pushing the mix to up a level with some brighter tones, but just as he does he drops it back down to level deep. The mix as a whole is a fine blend of deeply pulsating sounds and elements of soul coming from Spencer Parker’s version ‘Yes I Need You’ by Kid Culture and Thomas Robson. but it has to be said that the highlight of this mix is ‘Vibe Your Love’ on Crosstown Rebels by Maceo Plex. Pure class!
After a successful 2 years of raucous Nature or Nurture parties, they have put into motion the launch of their label and to launch it in style they are giving away a free download of their first EP. A great gesture by Nature or Nurture as the EP boasts four quality tracks by The Pushamann, S_M Music, Russo and Santos Resiak. ‘I Love You’ by The Pushamann would be the perfect way to start a set, teasing with a deep flexing bass layered with soulful vocals and organs before the bass stretches out and the track picks up pace.
Russo seems to push even further on the deepness with ‘Lot 28 Dub Version’ playing out as a minimal soulful track layered with both male and female vocals, this would be the ideal follow-up to The Pushamann’s ‘I Love You’.
Santos Resiak introduces a funky swinging groove to carry the soulful uplifting elements of this refreshing piece of work. ‘Jectile’ by S_M Music is an intriguing fusion of what seems like Dubstep/Broken-step meets Minimal Tech-House.
In addition to all of this Nature or Nurture material ahead of their 2nd Birthday at Fabric, Santos Resiak has also provided an exclusive Fabric mix ahead of his appearance this Saturday for Nature or Nurture. His 30min mix is a prime example of the rhythmic energy and groove you are likely to experience on Saturday night. Starting off with pulsating stabs and a funky vibe Santos Resiak doesn’t hold back with his quirky style of funky, soulful Tech-House.
01. Lil Louie – Bring Back that feeling (acapella) (The Pushamann Vocal Treat Edit) /// Unreleased
02. Loco Dice – Menina Brasileira (Original Mix) /// Ovum Recordings
03. Niner- My Friends Don’t Understand (Russell Ventilla Remix) /// Scenic-Tones
04. Cisco Cisco - If You Dont Want Me (Jay Shepheard Remix) /// Apersonal Music
05. James Teej - Night Time Story (Original Mix) /// Composite Rrecords
06. Axel Boman – Purple Drank (Original Mix) /// Pampa Germany
07. Maceo Plex – Vibe Your Love (Original Mix) /// Crosstown Rebels
08. David August – Beace of Conscience (Original Mix) /// Diynamic
09. Niner - My Friends Don’t Understand (Moodymanc’s Old’s Cool Mix) /// Scenic-Tones
10. Kid Culture, Thomas Robson – Yes I Need You (Spencer Parker’s A Gun For Hire Remix) /// Suara
11. Russo – Lot 28 (Dub Version) /// Unreleased
This weekend proves once again that the underground scene in London is still alive….
London sees yet another weekend of superb music and once again Londoners and visitors are spoilt for choice between, The Gallery, Cocoon, Global Underground, Nature or Nurture, Jaded and god knows how many low-key parties shaking up London Town. But we feel the main clubs which will be rocking the weekend are Ministry of Sound, Fabric and Cable and all very close to each other.
Ministry of Sound will be hosting The Gallery for a Friday night of Progressive House featuring Hernan Cattaneo & Danny Howells playing back to back for 4 hours, not to mention Henry Saiz and Guy J getting in on the action. While Saturday night leaves the way for Global Underground with Trafik and James Talk. Fabric puts on a special night of Cocoon where Sven Vath, Onur Ozer, Matt Tolfrey, Ilario Alicante and resident Craig Richards will be joined by a few other guests. This is a night worth getting in on, which is where we will be! But that’s not to say that Nature or Nurture won’t be rocking down at Cable with Terry Francis and Nathan Coles [Wiggle / Fabric] playing back to back. Followed by the Jaded “6th Birthday” bash kicking off at 5am in Cable.
And if you really need some good music to get you warmed up for the weekend, we can recommend this great mix by Benji which is just the right amount of deep moving tech house to get anyone in the mood for a good party!