Joseph Edmund is an producer from the musical city of Manchester. He has been hailed as one to watch by two major players in the circuit, Solardo and Mark Jenykns.
He already played at some of Manchester’s top venues including Gorilla and Sankey’s where he often stole the show with his passionate and very unique sets. This was until he decided to start making the music he was immersed in nearly three years ago and taken to it immediately spending countless hours learning his craft and finding his unique sound. In this very short time his music already catching the likes of Jamie Jones who continually supports him and even signed a 3 track EP to his label ‘Hottrax’. We had the chance to talk with Joseph about his project, his upcoming release and a lot more. Enjoy !
WWD: For those who don’t know, please tell us who is Joseph Edmund?
Joseph Edmund is me and I am him, haha! My full name is Daniel Joseph Edmund O’Neill… Proper Irish! At an after party my mate said that it should be my DJ name… at first I shrugged it off but after 5-10 minutes I actually really liked it so decided it was perfect for me.
WWD: Your next release is on Solardo’s label Sola, what can you tell us about the release?
I am really excited for this release, it’s had huge support from the likes of Jamie Jones, Andrea Oliva, Solardo, Latmun… the list goes on! I’ve been sending them my tracks for ages and they both have really supported me this year so to release on their label is huge. Sola is doing great to… this may be the first of many EPs…. 😉
WWD: What’s it been like knowing Solardo are tipping you as a name to watch?
It’s a massive complement and it really resonated with me… it’s just given me that little bit of confidence knowing such big artists are into what I’m making
WWD: You have a strong relationship with Mark Jenkyns too, how did that come about?
We played on the same line up a few years ago and I really wanted to send him some music but didn’t really know him so I just pushed to have a conversation with him that night but after that party I sent some music and he actually liked it and from there I’d just send him music to listen to and hopefully play! Since then he has really helped push me in the right direction and getting my music to the right people and now we are making tracks together! It’s mental! and every time I come away from making music he shows me loads. Absolute wizard.
WWD: Could you talk us through the creative process of putting a track together, and does that change when collaborating with another artist?
Usually I start with the drums and build if I don’t have an idea but I could be doing something completely different and get a baseline idea or synth then I’ll have to get it down straight away and if I’m not with my mac then I’ll have to use my voice recorder and hum the pattern haha
WWD: You are from Manchester, what’s the scene been like there recently?
It’s WHP season now so its buzzing but that aside there are other parties that are smashing it like MVSON YOU&ME etc… but I think from a few years ago it has gone a little quieter. Especially with a few clubs closing down too.
WWD: What has been your biggest musical influence(s) growing up?
Growing up I was always into bands like the Stone Roses, Oasis and The Smiths also hip-hop had a big impact on me I’d listen to Tupac, Nas, Eminem, Snoop Dogg then when I was 14-15 I caught wind of some Ibiza classics but I had no idea what it all was I just loved what I was hearing.
WWD: Steve Lawler just announced you as a resident for Warrior in 2019, what more can you tell us about that?
It’s unreal, I went all the viva warriors parties at Sankeys in Manchester I even travelled up and down the country going to the parties too! When Steve said he wanted to bring me in as a resident I was completely shocked and speechless! Warriors has some huge stuff coming and I can’t wait for it all to unfold!
WWD: Apart from your forthcoming release on Sola, do you have any other new releases or forthcoming gigs we should be looking out for?
Yes actually, my next release after my Sola EP will be a Single on Underground Audio called “Double Drop” this is really different and quirky… it’s had a really good reaction on the promo so far, Solardo and Detlef have been hammering it all over! After that I have my VIVa MUSiC EP which in my opinion is my best work yet! I won’t give the rest away 😉 Gigs, yes! I have some huge news to announce soon but the next time I play will be for Solardo Sessions! This will be my first time playing for the Solardo lads and also first time playing in Birmingham! I can’t wait for it!
WWD: Thanks for chatting with us !