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STEPHEN RICHARDS

Ireland // DiscoDaze


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Biography


I’m from Waterford which is down in the South East of Ireland. I started producing music back in 1998 with Daz from Get Down Edits. We sort of taught each other at the beginning, cutting samples from house records and learning how to arrange and lay effects on them in Cubase which was the first software we used. We attended a music production course together back then and also played records together on many nights in our hometown of Waterford. Myself and Daz released an independent album back in 1998 called “Head Swap” under the alias Hi-Fidelity. The genre of music I was creating back then is probably pretty close to what I am producing now, albeit a little less technical due to experience. During the noughties, I experimented on my own with lots of different styles which included ambient, house, tech house and some tracks that touched on techno. A full-length album under the alias of Jax-Urh was released independently on CD in 2012 together with a number of single track releases around that time. In 2014, I began working on more house and disco based tracks under my own name and have continued in that vein since. The first release in this present chapter was a track called Get Up in 2015 which formed part of a compilation released on Deep Sense, Mexico. The track was passed on to the label by the other half of Get Down Edits, Martin Roche. In 2016, I released a full-length album on Alpaca Edits titled Colours Squared. The 17 tracks covered a lot of the soundscape I was very interested in at the time. For the past few years, I have been constantly trying to develop my sound with the focus always on writing original material where I get my greatest kicks. Other works since 2016 can be found on labels such as Hot Digits Music, Masterworks Music, Spa In Disco, Thunder Jam, Bandolier, Slightly Transformed & Rare Wiri Spain. A great moment for me personally was producing Making Music and Making Music 2 with Get Down Edits who are also from Waterford in Ireland. Both releases came out on Hot Digits Music in 2018 and 2020 respectively and show very nicely the full circle I’ve travelled with regards to my production work. Another very nice moment was collaborating with another fellow Waterfordian Jay Ru on Vibrations & Temptations which was released via Slightly Transformed at the beginning of 2020. Making Music with Get Down Edits and Vibrations & Temptations with Jay Ru both reached No.1 on the Juno disco chart. Gig highlights over the past number of years have got to be Brighton Pride Festival and a once in a lifetime trip to the north coast of Egypt in July 2018 to play Sachi By The Sea. Latest Release…….Left Hand Drive will be officially released on the marvellous Tropical Disco Records on the 1st January, 2021. I began working on Left Hand Drive in early summer 2020. When the track production progressed, I thought that it would suit the direction of TDR which is a label I really wanted to get on at some stage and that I admire a massive amount. I love the fresh positive up-tempo vibes of their releases and they have had a stellar first few years on the scene. I’m really looking forward to that one coming out which will hopefully kick-start 2021 for me nicely. DiscoDaze radio….The idea for the show was born back in early 2017 when a local radio station was seeking new shows for their schedule. A friend of mine Derek Thompson persuaded me to attend a meeting that the station was hosting in Waterford to discuss new ideas. The original idea was to play new material in the disco house genre together with older original disco recordings from the 70’s. As the show progressed, guest DJ mixes were introduced in May 2018 beginning as a 30-min slot and then extending to a 60-min at a later date to allow the DJ’s more room for creativity and character. The focus also shifted over time to all newly released productions, be it original tracks, edits or re-works. As the profile of the show grew, other formats were introduced from time to time which included birthday shows and end of year shows that incorporated the input of DJ’s and producers from around the globe. The show is just about to pass a half of million streams on Soundcloud and currently has guest mix DJ’s booked to the beginning of 2022. There have been some stand out mixes personally for me on the show but I would prefer not to single these out as every guest DJ that has joined DiscoDaze has put great passion and their own sprinkle of sound into their sets. In terms of favourite shows, I really like the end of year shows where the tracks are selected by other DJ’s and producers. There’s a special 4-hour show coming up on 1st January from 10pm to 2am (GMT), where I’ll be playing 50 tracks from 2020 selected by 50 different DJ’s and producers. That’s going to be a lot of fun.

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