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Wednesday 07th, September 2005
Adam Sheridan

In 2004, Adam Sheridan was voted at number 136 in DJ Magazine's poll for the best DJs in the world. Adam is quite possibly the youngest entry into the DJ Magazine Poll and the 21-year-old is also the youngest ever DJ to record a BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix (Jan 04), which was commended for its diversity and innovation and has well and truly launched Adam on the world stage. Adam Sheridan has received such praise as "one of the UK's best trance DJs" from Pete Tong and "I rate Adam Sheridan as a DJ, he's got a great future" from Paul van Dyk and so his Essential Mix marked the beginning of a breakthrough into the league of top British talent. Adam Sheridan was deemed the Best Undiscovered Talent by two of the top five DJs in the world Ė Paul van Dyk and Ferry Corsten, in 2003. Throughout 2003 and 2004, Adam has risen through the ranks and has now become one of the most accomplished and sought-after new talents to emerge from the UK. His unique style of three deck mixing and crossing genres from trance to techno, as well as his highly acclaimed production, has grabbed the attention of clubbers, promoters and his DJ peers and has propelled Adam from undiscovered to distinguished. Adam's technical ability and polished production has resulted in ongoing support from some of the world's biggest DJs and the music press, having been voted Mixmag's Future Hero by readers at the start of this year. A Trance Award followed in March and Adam compiled a credible mix CD for July's M8 Magazine, containing exclusive material. He was handpicked by Paul van Dyk to play alongside him at the first Vandit party outside Berlin, at Heaven in London and also after TiŽsto at Cream at the breathtaking Amnesia, Ibiza last July. There are few young DJs who can boast playing alongside, and receiving support from, the biggest DJs in the world. This summer, Adam has a further four dates at Cream Amnesia and will be performing on the main stages of all the main festivals, including Dance Valley and Impulz in the Netherlands and Creamfields, Coloursfest and Escape in the Park. Adam regularly plays the biggest and best clubs in the UK such as Gatecrasher, Godskitchen, Turnmills, Inside Out, Slinky, Passion, Garlands and of course Goodgreef, where it all began. All of his sets feature exclusive tracks and remixes, making his performances fresh and original. Adam also frequently performs at various clubs around the globe and is signed to Dutch record label Purple Eye.

Trance.nu: Your first release was in 2003 on the Purple Eye label ĎTatsumakií. On that label you released the pumping and uplifting trance track ĎLektrikí. Where did you get the inspiration from to make this one?
Adam Sheridan: The inspiration came from my favourite producers around like Ferry Corsten and Paul van Dyk. And also some of the real older stuff, the more mainstream bands like Faithless and The Prodigy. They were they guys that first got me into the electronic dance music and obviously I really loved the uplifting trance sound. So thatís where the inspiration came from to make the track.


Trance.nu: How long did it take you to make ĎLektrikí?
Adam Sheridan: We actually wrote the theme and the melody in a day or so, but to get the actual structure and format of the record right, that took us one to two months. We had to send the track across to the record label a good few times, they were unhappy with certain things and then we were unhappy with certain things. So it took a while to get it all right, but when we finally got it right we knew it straight away. So all in all it took us around two months to finish the whole track.


Trance.nu: And how were the reactions on the track? Like which DJís played it for example?
Adam Sheridan: We had everybody right from Paul van Dyk and ferry Corsten, to some more harder DJís like Scott Project etc. Johan Gielen played it as well. We also did a more tougher remix on the other side. That was more of a electro dirty remix to hit the harder dancefloors. So we had a wide range of DJís who played ĎLektrikí, which was cool!


Trance.nu: Your new single ĎAnother Tomorrowí will be released pretty soon on ĎTatsumakií. What can you tell us about this track?
Adam Sheridan: It has a real nice summer vibe to it. Itís got quit an unusual hookline in it which is really nice, it helps give the track a fresh feel. We have done 3 mixes of the track, weíve got a commercial vocal mix. Thereís also a some more dark and dirty remix which is aimed at the club floors. This one is doing very well at the moment on the dancefloors and has support from some great DJís including Marco V.


Trance.nu: For when is the release date schedueled?
Adam Sheridan: It came out on the 5th of September, so itís out now!


Trance.nu: Can we expect some other new releases made by you in stores soon?
Adam Sheridan: At the moment no, because our studio is actually down for the meantime. We are moving the studio into different accommodation, so itís a bit difficult to make new tracks now! We are still waiting to get all the equipment set up again, so we can get back on the track. Iím hoping to have something new out before the end of the year! Fingers crossed!


Trance.nu: Are there plans to release an artist album in the near future?
Adam Sheridan: I am hoping so, but thatís up to the label. We have not spoke about this yet to be honest. It depends how the next single does, but it would be nice!


Trance.nu: How long have you been into Electronic Music?
Adam Sheridan: Since I was 11 years old Iíve been a big fan of electronic music. It was really the first kind of music that I got in to. Everybody from my age group was into chart things and commercial stuff, but I got really hooked on the underground sound at an early age.


Trance.nu: How would you describe the Adam Sheridan sound?
Adam Sheridan: Itís very lively and energetic, containing a mix of house, trance and techno all in one.


Trance.nu: What do you consider to be your best production so far and why?
Adam Sheridan: Good questionÖ They have all had their own impact for me. When I sit down and create a track I like each one to sound different from the other. So my music never sounds the same. I think that the answer to the question has to be ĎLektrikí, my first release, thatís probably been the most successful release that I had so far. Plus the DJ support that we got on that in combination with the reaction on the dancefloors was amazing. When I play the track now, I still get the same reaction as it did 2 years ago, so thatís a good sign!


Trance.nu: And the best remix you ever did?
Adam Sheridan: I remixed a track by Nu-NRG called ĎDreamlandí, which was a big anthem back in 1999. I am a big fan of their work and it was a great honour for me to do the mix. I remixed ĎDreamlandí this year and I think that went down really well! I have to say though I have not remixed that many tracks so far, so maybe I can look at doing a few more in the near future!


Trance.nu: How long do you work on a track or remix?
Adam Sheridan: On a remix around one to two weeks. It all depends on how different we want to make the remix from the original. There are some tracks where you just have to use the original theme and then there are others where I always try to be a little bit clever and not do the obvious.


Trance.nu: Is there someone who you would like to work with? Other producers? Or some vocalists you really like?
Adam Sheridan: At the moment I donít want to do any collaborations in particular. I would like to work with some good songwriters, but there is no vocalist in particular that I would like to work with. I noticed a lot of artists at the moment are using male vocalists, so it could be quit interesting to work with a male vocalist maybe. But at the moment there are no plans for that.


Trance.nu: You have your own studio in Leeds. What kind of equipment do you use in your studio?
Adam Sheridan: Actually I share the studio with my best friend, so itís also his equipment as well! Weíve wrote music together since day one, thatís 3 or 4 years now. The kind of equipment we use is mainly hardware, we have a Virus, a Nordrack, a big 32-channel desk, all been run by logic on a G5 power Mac.


Trance.nu: On your website I saw that you work a lot with Ableton Live in your studio. What do you like so much about Ableton Live?
Adam Sheridan: Itís a real cool re-editing tool. For example: If I like a house record and itís a little bit to slow to fit in my sets, I can put it in Ableton where I can speed it up without changing the pitch of the record. I will speed it up from letís say 130 to 135 or 138 BPM. Then I can burn it onto CD and then I can play it in my sets. And because the pitch stays the same, it doesnít sound Ďshití, which is pretty cool. And also itís a really quick and simple way of editing music aswell. If thereís a certain part of a track that you donít like or that you want to change, you can put it into Ableton and break it up and rearrange yourself the way you want it really quickly!


Trance.nu: Do you prefer hardware or software to produce with?
Adam Sheridan: Definitaly Iím a hardware man, all the way!


Trance.nu: You are not only a producer / remixer. People can also see you as a DJ. When did you star with your DJ carreer?
Adam Sheridan: I bought my first turntables when I was 13 years old. The main reason being I wanted to collect vinyl. The only way to I could purchase the music I loved was on vinyl, so it made a lot of sense for me to buy a pair of turntables. And 2 years later, when I was 15 years old, I did my first appearance in a club. And from there on I got offered a residency at the famous ĎGoodGreefí night. So I have been DJ-ing in clubs for about 6 or 7 years now.


Trance.nu: What kind of music can people expect in your sets?
Adam Sheridan: The kind of music in my DJ sets is a mixture of nice trance melodies, dirty techno beats and also a little bit of house and breaks as well. I like to offer a wide range of music genres in my sets to keep things interesting.


Trance.nu: What are your Top 3 records from this moment?
Adam Sheridan: My 3 current favourite tracks are:
- Scott Mac - Damager 02 (Mac Zimms Remix)
- Adam Sheridan - Another Tomorrow
- CJ Stone - Shine (Paul van Dyk Remix)


Trance.nu: What is your all time favorite track?
Adam Sheridan: That must be ĎAlcatraz - Give Me Loveí.


Trance.nu: What do you listen to except for electronic music?
Adam Sheridan: Iím quit open minded when it comes to music. Thereís a new band called the Kaiser Chiefs who are from my hometown of Leeds, they are sounded cool at the moment and doing really well for themselves. Iím quit liking the rock sound actually at the moment. Thereís quit a lot of influences passing over from rock music into my own at the moment, which is quit exciting. I also like a bit of Leftfield as well.


Trance.nu: Early 2004 you had the honour to record an Essential Mix for BBC Radio 1. According to the info on your website, you are the youngest person who ever did an Essential Mix. How was it to do this mix?
Adam Sheridan: It was very touching! I was really in shock for a couple of days, It was a great feeling and such an honour that they asked me to do one. Because obviously the Essential Mix was something that got me into the music that I play and love today. I also listened to the show when I was a young kid, so to be asked to do one myself was also quite scary! It got well received and I actually got a personal email from Pete Tong saying it was all good, so I was really happy with that.


Trance.nu: How old were you back then?
Adam Sheridan: I think I was around 19 when I did the Essential Mix.


Trance.nu: For the July edition of the well known M8 Magazine you compiled an exclusive mix CD with some new track of you on it. Are there plans to release another mixcompilation in the future?
Adam Sheridan: I have been asked by an English company to do one, but I think we are waiting till after the summer, so thatís been put on hold. So at the moment there is nothing set, but hopefully there will be something out at the end of the year or early 2006. Fingers crossed!


Trance.nu: This summer you played at famous festivals like Impulz and Dance Valley in The Netherlands and last weekend you did the Creamfields festival in the UK. Can you tell something about those festivals?
Adam Sheridan: I just wanna say how good the Dutch festivals are! Iím being honest, the effort that goes into the production is simply amazing! I played Dance Valley for the first time this year and I just couldnít believe how special and amazing it was. It was a great feeling to be part of that this year. I also just finished Creamfields this weekend, which again for me every year gets better and better! The crowd is just amazing! 10.000 People at 5 Oíclock in the afternoon just going wild, thatís just a great buzz!


Trance.nu: You also played a few times in Ibiza this Summer. How is it to play at party island number one?
Adam Sheridan It has been amazing! I did 4 gigs there so far this summer and Iíve played with big names like Paul Van Dyk and Paul Oakenfold. It was a great experience for me! And ĎCream Amnesiaí is the best club night for sure!


Trance.nu: Any other nice events / parties scheduled yet?
Adam Sheridan: Iím doing the ĎVandit Partyí in Berlin in Germany, which Iím really looking forward to. Itís one of my favourite cities as well and I will play there with Deep Dish, Benny Benassi, Nick Warren and Paul van Dyk. Itís a very good line up in my opinion, so that should be one to remember!


Trance.nu: At the moment people can vote for the DJ Mag Top 100 list. Last year you were on a numer 136 position. What do expect for this year?
Adam Sheridan: Because I mainly play in the UK and in mainland Europe and I know that a lot of votes come from the USA, so Iím not expecting that much to be honest. If I get in the Top 100 Iím happy and if not, I keep my head high and carry on doing what Iím doing! As long as Iím having fun and the people on the dancefloor are enjoying my music then itís all good!


Trance.nu: What is you opinion about the whole DJ Mag Top 100 list?
Adam Sheridan: I think itís great! It creates a lot of hype and itís exciting for everybody involved. I will be very interested to see who gets the number one spot this year!


Trance.nu: Who are your own favourite DJís?
Adam Sheridan: Iím a big fan of Paul van Dyk, you always know your going to have a great night when you see him play and Iím also a massive Sasha fan, although I have not seen him play in years. And also Iím really into Satoshi Tomiie as well. I would like to see him a lot more in the UK to be honest and of course Ferry Corsten. He really rocks!


Trance.nu: What can we expect from you in the near future?
Adam Sheridan: I hope to finish an artist album and hopefully a mix compilatioin. I really would like to concentrate on my productions once the new studio is up and running again. At the moment Iím doing only one release a year, which is not really enough I think. So I hope to release more productions in the future. And of course I hope to play more DJ sets the globe!


Trance.nu: Thank you very much for your time and good luck in the future!
Adam Sheridan: Itís a pleasure man! Thank you too for the opportunity and the interview! Respect!



Links:
http://www.adam-sheridan.com
http://www.purple-eye.com


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