Already a universally respected DJ, and producer, there can be no doubting Alan Fitzpatrick’s position, as one of the most influential electronic artists of the moment.
Highlighted by another series of head-turning productions and DJ sets over the last twelve months, the Englishman’s profile continues to transition rapidly from the techno underground to the electronic music main stage, attracting significant attention from BBC Radio 1, Mixmag, and Resident Advisor, and elevating him to the position of global headliner.
He has also succeeded in carving out his own musical niche within the ever-expanding genre of techno, earning him the reputation of a seemingly unstoppable source of hit music, and his latest track, an update of the classic Patrice Rushen classic ‘Haven’t You Heard’ on FFRR Records, is set to become his biggest yet…
Whether it be his own productions, or DJ sets, Alan Fitzpatrick knows how to move your mind, body, and soul…
Balance Selections Q+A
Name: Alan Fitzpatrick
Location: Southampton (UK)
Labels affiliated with: We Are The Brave, Drumcode, FFRR, Circus Recordings, Rekids
My last 3 releases:
Alan Fitzpatrick vs. Patrice Rushen – Haven’t You Heard (Fully Charged Mix) [FFRR Records]
Alan Fitzpatrick – The Hole [Unknown To The Unknown]
Green Velvet – Bigger Than Prince (Alan Fitzpatrick Remix) [Circus Recordings]
What music did you listen to as a child?
I loved music when I was younger. From middle school I started to get into my parent’s records and recording tracks I heard on the radio, mainly chart stuff and compilation albums. From this I progressed into tape packs. I had racks filled with tapes, everything from pop to dance, hip hop and Motown, soul and all the 80’s classics. I was really into New Romantics and David Bowie, still am!
When was the first time that you realized that you liked electronic music?
I always had a thing for rave tape packs, collecting those one definitely one of my passions. When I was 15 years old I went to my first clubbing experience with friends and was instantly hooked. I fell in love with the music and the atmosphere, everything about it spoke to me. From that point I knew I wanted to be a DJ.
When was the first time you saw a DJ in a club?
I was 15 and went to a club in Bournemouth (UK) called Opera House. I got to see DJs like Carl Cox, Scott Bond, Pete Tong, Boy George and Tall Paul. It was so different back then, before there was, so much genre segregation. I got to see a real mix of styles.
Which producers/artists/acts inspire you?
For me, inspiration comes from outside the dance music scene. To keep my ideas fresh and unique, I wouldn’t really listen to that music to get inspiration for my tracks. Life experiences and listening to music from all genres helps generate ideas. I love artists like Thom Yorke, Ben Howard, anything from the 80’s or derived from rave culture sparks my creativity.
What was the last album that you downloaded/bought?
Recently I’ve bought Foals new album, it’s amazing, I’m really excited to see them live in London in May. FKA Twigs new album is also great, Nicholas Jarr produced it and its fantastic, worth a listen.
What is your current production and DJ set up like?
My studio must haves are Reason 11 suite, Roland Juno -60, Elektron machine drum, Moog grandmother, DJ – Pioneer DJS1000, CDJ2000NxS2, and an Allen & Heath Xone92 mixer.
What releases do you have on the horizon?
My release schedule is pretty hectic this year, I’ve just had two huge releases in February, my Patrice Rushen remix on FFRR Records, and a follow up EP on DJ Haus’ Unknown To The Unknown label. Next up I’ve got an EP on Rekids, with a Planetary Assault Systems Remix, and a collaboration EP with Jamie Jones on his Hot Creations imprint. I’m also celebrating my 50th release on my label ‘We Are The Brave’. Three originals from yours truly with remixes from Brennen Grey, Mark Broom, and SAMA – that’ll be coming in April.
Where can we hear you perform?
Tune in to ‘We Are The Brave Radio’ for weekly studio mixes, and live recordings from me. You can find me popping up all over the globe. I’m doing my first Australia tour in February, which is a real buzz for me. I’ll be back in Miami mid-March for WMC, and doing my usual Ibiza residency with Paradise during the summer.
Friday, February 21st – Adelaide, Fat Controller
Saturday, February 22nd – Sydney, Electric Gardens
Sunday, February 23rd – Melbourne, Babylon in the Park
Tell us more about the podcast you made for Balance?
It’s a 1-hour mix recorded in one take, just straight up techno, a bit more fast paced than usual. I’m really into the energy of a lot of the stuff being made at the moment. It includes a lot of new music I’m feeling at the moment, and some forthcoming bits from me.
The top track in my DJ wallet currently is:
Ronnie Spiteri – Déjà Vu (A.S.H Remix)
If I could recommend only one of my tracks for you to listen to it would be:
Alan Fitzpatrick – Step Away [Rekids]
If I could recommend only one track for you to listen to it would be:
The last Floating Points album is sick. It’s edgy, modern, the most interesting arrangements. I’m loving the entire album.
The last movie I watched that I really liked:
‘The Gentlemen’ directed by Guy Ritchie
My favourite TV show:
Loads here, but most recently, the new series of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm‘
Balance Selections 117: Alan Fitzpatrick
1. Alan Fitzpatrick – Step Away (Intro Mix)
2. Troy – Closure
3. DEAS – Index
4. Mella Dee – Rockport XCS (Original Mix)
5. James Ruskin – Consumer Patterns
6. Vil – Field
7. Matrixxman – Tango Down
8. Keith Carnal – Chasing Ghosts
9. Jay Clarke – The Right Time
10. Flug – Hyperventilation
11. KUSP – Exhale
12. MRD – Lights
13. KUSP – Follow Us
14. I AM BAM – Kit Kat
15. SHDW & Obscure Shape – Hinter Dem Horizont (Original Mix)
16. Alan Fitzpatrick – Unknown