Trance DJ Simon Patterson, notorious for his hard-hitting productions and destructive sets, stopped by to talk with us at Nocturnal Festival about his love of psytrance, his upcoming vocal tracks, and his close friendship with Sean Tyas.
Simon Patterson - Whiplash (Original Mix Edit) [Enhanced]
LessThan3: Where do you draw your inspiration?
Simon: Psytrance. I’ve been following psytrance for ages. Also, Nick Sentience is amazing. His productions and technique is second to none. Astrix is another obvious answer to choose. Again, his production skills are amazing.
LessThan3: Do you have any interest in changing your sound up?
Simon: I’ve always tried that, but when I play events, since I’m playing so late it’s sort of expected for me to play that stuff. When I have those moments when I love it, I always look back and think, this is what I’m good at. I never get the chance to do a warm-up set though. I always think the grass is greener on the other side.
LessThan3: Would it be useful for you to have a forum for you to demonstrate these new sounds?
Simon: Yeah, on my podcast I always play stuff I love that I would never play in a club. That’s the best way to do it because it keeps it interesting. If I always played the stuff I played in the clubs on my podcast, people would know exactly what I’m gonna play. It’s good to put stuff up on a radio show to open yourself up to different markets.
LessThan3: We’ve seen you working with Sean Tyas a lot recently. Is there a real sort of collaboration we should expect from you two soon?
Simon: I work with Sean because he’s my best friend in dance music. He’s so talented and I learn so much from him every time I see him work. He has a totally different style of production from me–really messy but way better. Sean is one of these people who is just naturally talented in the sense that he can just hear something, then he’ll recreate it within twenty seconds, then he’ll make it better, whereas I’m the sort of person that will listen to something and be like “how did you do that?”
LessThan3: We’ve also heard that you are working on a couple of vocal tracks. Is there a sound you’re going for?
Simon: I have about three vocal tracks almost finished. They’re sort of Coldplay poppy vocal tracks. I think I’m probably going to release at least one of these tracks then concentrate on doing an album, because everyone is doing it now.
LessThan3: How do you think the genre of trance could improve itself?
Simon: There are just so many really talented sound engineers who make the songs sound great, but in comparison to other tracks, yeah they sound better, but it’s the same thing. People on the dancefloor don’t realize that. I mean I realize that because I’ve been listening since 1990. Every track is the same! I want to hear something fresh! I think that’s what trance needs.