DJ Counselling has grafted through many different genres under many different names over the years in a prolonged journey to find his musical calling. Fast forward to 2018 and he has found a lane in which he can claim maximum comfort, making slow burning house music that could serve as a backdrop to the haziest summer days, full of feeling and emotion. A perfect fit for Constant Circles.
So firstly, what is the story behind the name DJ Counselling?
The name came to me one night and it made me laugh as every DJ who has been doing it for a number of years needs a little bit of counselling I think 😉 The dictionary definition of the word is “the provision of professional assistance and guidance in resolving personal or psychological problems” and I think it really explains what a good DJ set does to people.
What is your background and how did you get in to music?
I come from a very musical family, my parents were in a band called ‘Formula Four’ through the 70s and they notably toured with the likes of Pink Floyd & Deep Purple amongst others. I was obsessed with the drums (still am) and started out in a marching band playing the snare drum when I was really young and then moved on to playing drums in punk/metal bands at the age of 13 till I was about 17, then got really in to drum & bass when the Platinum Breaks albums came out and me and my Brother started a record label called Jerona Fruits and released a number of records in the early 2000s, we produced music under the name ‘The Burbs’ and I also released music under the name AshJerona, my favourite of which is a tune called ‘You Got Me’ which came out on Med School. We are in a live electronic band now called ‘All The People’.
Where are you based and how has your home country or town influenced your music & career?
I am in South London, born and bred, I love the music scene in South London, It’s very grimy and I have a lot of respect for the people making music around here, In Streatham you’d be amazed at how many big name producers there are in one short stretch of road, one of which is currently in Malibu at Rick Rubin’s studio working on something very exciting.
How would you describe your sound – do you think your music falls into a particular genre?
I was a late starter getting in to house music properly and what drew me in was the side of house that sounded like it was being made by people who listen to Hip Hop, that’s the sound that I try to deliver, I started making quite lo-fi stuff but when I took it to the club the sound didn’t really cut it on the dance floor so my newer productions are a lot cleaner like the tracks I have made for you.
You will be making your debut on Constant Circles with “Be Here Now” – how did you approach this project and how did the idea come together?
I’ve been trying to capture that feel good, everyone together on a beach kinda vibe on a track which Is quite hard to do in gloomy London but with the amazing summer we had I made a string of tunes which have that edge to them, ‘Be Here Now’ is a prime example of that feeling and also has that Hip Hop influenced house vibe to it, I hope 😉
What is your production process – is each project different? And what are your key pieces of studio kit?
I try and start each project differently just so I don’t get stuck in my ways, could be something I sample from a record or a drum break I record in and cut up, or sometimes I just start messing around with some old analogue gear and see what happens, my favourite synth is the Siel Mono, I love the more random synths that producers get rather than hearing the same gear all the time, I love the Roland EP-30 which has such a unique tone and charm to it, it sounds very sad, I also love running everything through the Roland SDE-2000 delay which you can hear on all my records.
What’s your dream label to release on?
I don’t really look up to big labels anymore and I’d much rather work alongside smaller labels who really love what I do and are willing to put the hours in that the bigger labels are simply not in to unless you have a certain amount of followers etc, let’s not go there.
Tell us your deepest darkest secret?
I once ate a Mermaid, just the tail bit.
What do you have coming up in terms of releases and gigs?
I have a record which has just been released on the GUY imprint ‘Curt’s Jam/MYou Yeah Love’ and it’s done really well, and been supported by the likes of Tony Humphries and The Black Madonna and It has a stamp of my dog on the vinyl which I’m well pleased about:) You can catch me on Friday the 19th Otober with Simon Hawes from SoSure music at the amazing Number 90 bar, Hackney Wick for a night of pure bliss on the riverside, come on down for a dance, it’s free to get in, don’t miss this one.
How did you put together your guest mix for the radio show & what have you included – any exclusives or surprises?
I was going mix just really deep tunes but then I realised I wanted to include some of mine in there so the mix starts deep, then I make it a bit more sample/hip hop based then it goes really deep again;) there’s an exclusive tune on there from South London’s Zloot that really works the dance floor well amongst a lot of my personal faves I’ve got in to recently, hope you enjoy it 🙂
You can catch his guest mix on the Constant Circles Radio show –>