Josh Hussaney is the latest Manchester producer whose sound we’re really digging. We put some questions to him recently, just as his latest EP, Come on Down, was about to be unleashed on Foreign Language Records…
What’s your earliest ‘musical’memory?
My earliest musical memory is from when I was around 6 years of age. My brother, who would have been 16 at the time, used to give me his Helter Skelter and Hysteria tape packs. I would just sit there for hours on end listening over and over again.
What was it that drove you to get into the music industry?
Well, ever since I was 13 years old I’ve always had a set of decks in my bedroom, but i suppose what gave me the real push to start producing & DJing was when I moved to Manchester. It just opened so many doors in regards to the music industry.
Who have been the most influential people in your musical development?
In all honesty I would say my Dad and brother. Growing up around these two was amazing; my dad has an unbelievable Reggae vinyl collection and my brother always had the best collection of hardcore, drum & bass and Techno and we would sit there for hours on end blasting out tunes.
Who inspires you outside of music?
My family: purely because they’re so down to earth, supportive and unique.
What are the biggest three challenges facing you at this moment in time?
Number 1 would be having to juggle full-time work and music it as it gets very stressful trying to find the right balance sometimes.
Number 2 would be finding the time to keep up with regular releases. I'm at a crucial stage where I could just drop of the map if I took my foot of the pedal.
Number 3 would be finding the time to spend with family and friends between work and music. As it is I have very little time for socialising.
What is the best event you’ve appeared at and why?
The best event I’ve appeared at would be AudioWhore at Mint Warehouse in Leeds, purely because I was DJing alongside a massive line up of big names and got to network with some of the other artists etc..
If you could collaborate with ANYONE in the world (past or present) who would it be and why?
That’s very hard to answer as I have so many Idols in the Industry, but I would probably Seth Troxler as I know I would learn loads from this guy - he's an absolute musical prodigy.
If you weren’t in the music game, what game would you be playing?
Well the only thing keeping me in this Country working 10 - 6 Monday to Friday is music. If I didn't have the music game I would definitely move abroad and get a nice chilled job maybe as a lifeguard or something.
Who gives you the most support in your life and work?
Definitely my family. They paid for me to do a Diploma in Music Production and they always show interest in my music. They constantly push me towards achieving my goals too.
If you only had 3 months to live, what would you want to do with them?
I would spend a month in Ibiza partying, a month in Jamaica chilling and a month with my family.
Any messages for our readers?
Yes…keep your eyes peeled for my upcoming releases and performances - you will see lots more from me in the near future. And anyone looking at becoming a producer or DJ - just go for it as you never no what could happen.
Josh Hussaney’s Come on Down is out now on Foreign Language Records