Initially working behind the scenes as an A&R guy, Simon Patterson quite quickly sought the forefront of the trance elite, drawing on his knowledge and unparalleled passion for music to successfully forge a career grounded in hard-hitting productions and genre-defying sets.
His collaboration with Richard Kayvan under the titular Dogzilla shook up the noughties, but it is during his time as a solo artist that Patterson has learnt most about the art of self-conviction.
Before you were a DJ you were an A&R guy. Do you think this experience shaped where you’re at today or was producing and performing always in your blood?
No, I came the long route. Producing is part of the job but I learnt a lot in A&R and know the key ingredients to making good tunes.
In past interviews you’ve described fans as ‘picky’. Do you think they’re more discerning or just less patient with music?
I think that they have a right to voice their opinions. They pay for the events. Sometimes music is too throw away, which I guess is the just the way it is now.
In terms of music as a business, has the Internet and in turn the decrease in actual sales made commercial ventures and collaborations with big businesses more valid for musicians and DJs? Would you snap up an opportunity if it came along?
This is what I mean with 'throw away'. The Internet has made it so accessible that the tunes that you spent weeks making become meaningless. There are so many released and readily available that it’s hard to stand out. There are so many podcasts and so much access now that it’s hard to remain special. People can get bored. But at the same time it's opened up a far easier way to spread yourself.
You’ve also worked in a pair; what's it like working solo as opposed to working with a partner as you did with Richard Kayvan in Dogzilla?
I love working with people. It brings out the best. When you’re solo it’s hard to sometimes believe this is good enough or make sure you don’t get lost in loops and melodies. Two pairs of ears are better than one sometimes.
Your label Night Vision is a relatively new addition to your CV. Is it something that you’ve allocated more time to while giving the DJ side a rest?
No way. It was just something I always wanted to do. I was grateful spinnin’ gave me the opportunity to do so.
As well as releasing your own tracks you also sign other artists. What are three things you look for in a potential signee?
Just good solid music. That’s all.
Growing up who did you listen to?
Metallica, Pantera. Machine Head.
Who's your biggest musical influencer now?
Looking back - my Grandfather.
In three words describe your music?
Driving, dark, trippy.
If asked, what would your Mum say you do?
(Laughs). "DJ in clubs", but she doesn't know too much about it. Bless her.
You’re playing Sankeys for Goodgreef on 15th Feb. How important is the visual aspect of your live show?
I just got new visuals done. I think it’s very important to stand out a bit and not just let the music do the talking.
Will you be using hardware or software?
Last song you listened to?
My own tracks this morning.
Finish album and get new website live for 5th Feb.
Catch Simon Patterson at Sankeys on February 15th for Goodgreef Full on Fluoro with Paul Oakenfold. Tickets are available now below.
Interview by: Jasmine Phull
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