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Alternative Jungle Interview: 5 Minutes with Nu:Tone

Alternative Jungle Interview: 5 Minutes with Nu:Tone

Ahead of his exclusive Jungle set alongside SPY at this year’s Hospitality in the Dock 2018 we caught up with DJ and Producer Dan Gresham aka Nu:Tone for our next interview as part of our Alternative Jungle Interview Series.

Hailing from Cambridge, Hospital Records’ Nu:Tone is one of the most widely respected artists across the drum and bass scene. Signing to Hospital Records in 2003, Nu:Tone has quickly risen to the top, his tunes being supported by the likes of LTJ Bukem, Sub Focus and many more. Whether it is his own productions, or remixes of some of the biggest tunes across the dance world, Nu:Tone has consistently been releasing fresh drum and bass music and we spoke to him to get an insight into his music career and his love of Jungle music.

Thanks for taking your time to speak to us Dan. How is 2018 treating you?
It’s been a busy start, but that’s the way I like it!

So you’ve been at Hospital records for a very long time but I understand it all started with University radio. What are some of the funniest moments you experienced whilst at university as a student?
We used to host a night at a small club in Durham, bringing up DJs and MCs to play.  The booth was raised and very small, quite a squeeze for a DJ as well as an MC.  One night Warren G was MCing for DJ SS and fell down the stairs of the booth mid-lyric.  He managed to keep going somehow, but the sound over the PA was quite unique.

In regards to the show, what sort of music were you playing and what was the response like? Was there much of a jungle / drum and bass scene in the city?
I started off playing rare groove, soul, that sort of thing.  It used to go down really well, although there was always someone who was a bit confused with my selection.  There wasn’t any DnB when I arrived, but that soon changed.

Having played student events across the country, what is it that you think has changed most about the raves since you were a student yourself?
Durham was (and probably still is) a bit of an island culturally.  It’s such a small city, things often end up being reduced to the lowest common denominator.  I see so many huge student nights with quality lineups.  That just didn’t exist when I was a student really.

Where do you think the future of Jungle music lies now the way young people listen to and experience music has changed so much? Now that it is so easy to hear tunes on the internet do you feel like some of the magic has gone away from the feeling of first experiencing a new track?
It’s definitely different now, but I wouldn’t say that the magic has gone away.  It’s just the way its experienced is so completely different.  I remember hearing DJs play a tune that I was desperate to have, but I wouldn’t have any idea what it was called.  Every week I would be at the record shop at 11:45 on a Friday, waiting for the delivery van to turn up with the following week’s releases and promos.  If I wasn’t there in time, someone else would beat me to it and get the best of the bunch.  Going home on Friday with a carrier bag full of new promos and finally getting to have a mix with tunes that I loved, but didn’t know properly.  That was special.  But the ease of access to music nowadays means that people have so much more at their fingertips.  And they don’t have to spend extortionate amounts to listen to it!

If you weren’t a successful DJ and producer, what do you think you would be doing right now?
I have no idea.  It would be to do with music, that’s for certain.

Whilst the name Nu:Tone is not synonymous with Jungle, many artists of your generation were brought up listening to Jungle. Can you remember your first Jungle record you picked up?
It was Mellow Song/Turn Dance by Scorpio (which is Roni Size and DJ Die).

Which are your current favourite Jungle tracks at the moment? Are there any artists you’re particularly keen on right now outside of Hospital Records?
I’m loving the work Dead Man’s Chest is doing – simultaneously forward thinking and reverent to the past.

We were lucky enough to catch your set B2B with SPY last year at Hospitality Bristol BBQ. Can you explain what it is like going B2B with someone like SPY and what can we expect from you guys this year at the Dock?
I love playing with Carlos, we have a lot of crossover in our musical tastes.  We haven’t planned our set (in fact we never do), but I’m guessing that there will be more of a range of classic and contemporary jungle this time.

What is next for you this year? Are you able to give us an insight into what you have been working on in terms of your own productions and collaborations?
I’ve been really busy with my A&R work at Hospital recently, working with new and established artists, to help them release the very best music that they can.  It’s something I really love to do, and get a lot of satisfaction from.  That said, I can’t wait to start writing again!

Finally, you’ve been in the scene for a very long time now so without a doubt you have had the pleasure of hearing and working with a lot of the other artists on the star studded line up. Who are you most excited to see this year at the dock?
I haven’t seen Etherwood Live yet, so really excited to check that out.  Also Inja’s Fully Fueled Flex will be huge!


Catch Nu:Tone in The Little Gallery for Jungle Jam’s return to the Dock. Dan will be joining Congo Natty, Mala, Randall, Micky Finn, Aphrodite and many more for the biggest party of 2018 so far. If last year was anything to go by, this is going to be a roadblock session! Get your final tickets here – HospitalityInTheDock.lnk.to/tickets2018JJ.

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