Resident Advisor describes Boxia as ‘mysterious’. When you Google his name all that will come up is his Soundcloud and RA page – so that would be an accurate way to describe him. Having only been releasing music for 18 months, he has had huge releases and remixes on Sound of Sumo, Food Music and Waveforms. Now he is making his way through playing some of last year’s biggest parties such as New Year’s Day at Tobacco Docks with LWE. The Week ID caught up with him ahead of his biggest gig this year, Junction 2.
Introduce yourself to us, what is your background and how did you get into producing and mixing?
I’m Boxia, you might have heard some of my music over the past year if you’re a raver. If you haven’t, then I can tell you that I’ve been releasing music for around 18 months and playing various raves. From around the age of 12 I have had a huge interest in electronic music. Going into production was a natural follow on from that, as I went from listening to and Djing tracks – that I then felt like I wanted to make.
It is very rewarding to see ravers getting their rocks off to your track on the dance floor.
Were you surrounded by music whilst growing up? If so, how do you think this has shaped your taste and style?
Yes for sure, my Dad was into a lot of eclectic synth kind of stuff from the 60’s and 70’s and my sister was a dancer at some of the big raves of the day. Naturally I gravitated towards those sounds in my most impressionable years. These factors have definitely played a part with shaping my taste and style.
What draws you into the electronic music scene?
It’s hard to pinpoint precisely why I’m drawn to electronic music. It’s something I’ve always done in one-way or another and it has always been the thing in my life that I’ve been the most passionate about. What keeps me coming back for more is the people around me who are as passionate as I am. And having the chance to create music that is an accumulation of my influences. It is very rewarding to see ravers getting their rocks off to your track on the dance floor.
How do you go about producing a track? What’s your thought process and do you go to certain sources for influences and inspirations?
I would love to be able to say there was a method or a reason to it, but I’m not really sure there is. I often come up with ideas from really strange place. For example, this really weird noise inspired me recently that my fridge makes from time to time! Other times its more normal, such as hearing something in a film or on the TV, which triggers a thought, and I’ll write that down. Then get into the studio and try and interpret it into something usable and work it into a track. Also just listening to other people’s music, from all sorts of genres helps too.
Do you have go-to songs that you know will instantly get the crowds attention and make them go wild?
Sure do, and they are all top secret! If you come down to a party I’m playing you’ll hear them.
Is there a song that you wish you made? If so, why that song?
Right now I have a big crush over Monoloc “Try Some” on Hotflush Recordings. It’s a real work of art and a total banger too. Not an easy combination to achieve.
Are you a raver yourself? If so, what are your favourite parties?
I can be a bit of a raver when the mood takes me. The best parties I’ve been to in recent times would be a few of the LWE raves at Tobacco Dock in London. It’s hard to pick a favorite but their Halloween and New Years Day events were really something else. Also, the Drumcode event during ADE in Amsterdam last year was The Gashouder venue Awakenings use is incredible.
You are supporting Adam Beyer and his Drumcode crew at Junction 2 festival in London on June 4th. That must be incredibly exciting and also a bit scary?
I’m thrilled to be supporting the Drumcode crew at Junction 2! I actually love the whole process of doing the warm up set for a party, but its not often I get the chance to these days, so it will be an honour for me to kick things off on the Drumcode stage. I have had the pleasure of working with the promoters, LWE, before which was actually also the first time I played with Adam Beyer when I played before him at Tobacco Dock on New Years Day. That was an amazing party!
The Junction 2 line up looks amazing. Will you be hanging out all day and checking out other acts?
You are right. The selection and programming of the stages looks amazing and I will for sure be hanging tuff for the day! I’m definitely looking forward to seeing Modular Pursuits and Mr G’s performance is always a joy to behold, but I am also hoping to catch Alan Fitzpatrick, Dense & Pika and Marcel Dettmann so it’s going to be a busy day!
You had an amazing year, in 2015 with releases and remixes on Food Music, Sound of Sumo and Waveforms. What can we expect from you this year?
In the early part of this year I had a release on Flashmob LTD that received great feedback. Coming next for me is a remix (VIP) on Alan Fitzpatrick’s Fabric CD, which I’m really pleased about. I’ve also signed an EP to Huxley’s new N.I.O. imprint, which will be out in the summer. I have a few other tricks up my sleeve if you keep your eyes peeled you will hear about at some point.
What are your top 5 favourite tracks of all time?
This is such a difficult question to answer, but I’ll have a go. So in no particular order: