Talent spotted by Seb Fontaine, Richard Dinsdale sharpened his DJ skills at London’s long-missed notorious nightspot The Cross. Headhunted by Ministry Of Sound, his residency taught him the winning formula for grooves that chatter an international patter. A card carrying member of Mark Knight’s mighty Toolroom Records stable, his passport and dancefloors were both stamped heartily with approval no more than two years after his first release on Kinky Vinyl. Even Fatboy Slim has played a part, heralding a young Richard as a key peak time weapon merchant within just a handful of releases.
Back to the future and the leagues are getting bigger. With nine weeks at number one on the Beatport house chart this spring, we’re talking Premiership. ‘DJ You Got My Love’ has been the ultimate disco dance injection 2011 so urgently needed, racking up Dinsdale airplay with all the appropriate headliners. And the goals keep coming… Get ready for remixes on Strictly Rhythm, big bombs on Spinnin’ and Toolroom Knights and collaborations with fellow influential players Byron Stingily and D Ramirez.
Richard Dinsdale Interview:
1) Introduce yourself to our readers!
My name is Richard Dinsdale, I make house music for a living along with making backing tracks for the media. I live in a town called Surrey and love to collect models and watch movies with my girlfriend.
2) Wow! It’s been an amazing start for you with your first release “Kinky Vinyl” congrats. Now working with big names such as Mark Knight and Wally Lopez, what are we in store for in 2012?
We have big plans for 2012 with releasing some big tracks on Tanzanite Records and we are currently in the process of a great branding concept for myself which should be ready by April. I am in Miami at the moment for the WMC and have some great gigs lined up including Nikki Beach, H50 and Ultra Music Festival on Friday.
3) Being that you are signed onto about four other labels (Spinnin’, Toolroom Knights, Strictly Rhythm, and Chris Lakes label) how do you go apart managing doing production for each label? Does it ever get hectic at times?
It’s getting really hectic at the moment but I love it. I’ve just finished the Knaan and Nelly furtado remix and Kat Graham plus working on my album with some singles chucked in between.
4) It is evident that your vibrant house flavours have stirred up the public and your track ‘Boom Boom’ even was hand picked to promote South Africa in the World Cup. Was it exciting to hear it was selected to represent such a vast moment?
It was a real pleasure when I found out that I had my track chosen for the World Cup and hopefully more of that to come.
5) How does it differ from playing in Europe as opposed to the United States? Congrats on being booked for Ultra Music Festival which you will perform on the 23rd from 19:00-20:00!
It doesn’t really differ that much. I mean you have to change your style up slightly but I play 100% of all my music in every set so I guess it’s not much different.
6) Are you planning on touring more in the near future? Any upcoming gigs we should know about?
Yes we have plans for more US tours this year and a Australian one at the end of the year.
7) As your joint venture continues on with your brother Simon what do you guys want this brand to become and whats your approach? By the way we have twins of our own from the site… do you think two is always better than one?
Hahah two is always better than one as there will always be trust with each other and great to have a second opinion you can rely on. We want to eventually put on our own events with the label and continue to release great house music. We have some great artists lined for you this year. I don’t want to drop any names yet but all will be revealed after the WMC 2012 so check out www.tanzaniterecords.co.uk for more info.
8) In terms of producing and Djing, is there one you prefer over the other or any strengths or weaknesses you have to overcome? Also any other musical influences out there that inspired your tracks?
No I love doing both. Obviously I can’t dj for the rest of my life but I will always produce music. To tell you the truth I am very eclectic when it comes to music and try to stay away from house music when I’m chilling at home. I love waking up to Classical music as that really sets me up for the day and gets the creative juices flowing.
9) What setup/programs/equipment do you use for your lovely productions?
God…so many but really into the Nexus2 and Massive at the moment and I make my music on Logic.
10) Anything you wanna tell your fans out there?
I love you…haha yeah just basically thank you so much for sticking with me and supporting me plus I have some real treats for you this year.
11) What does music mean to you?
Everything. It gets me through the day and I just get great pleasure in making it. I couldn’t think of anything else I would rather do but music has been in my blood since the day I was born. I think I got it from my mums side