Underhill Exclusive: Interview with Richy Ahmed

Richy Ahmed is at the forefront of a new wave of British DJs, who are re-defining house music taking cues from disco, techno, funk and hip-hop.

Over the last year British house music has been through a renaissance with a whole new generation of DJs and producers like Robert James, Julio Bashmore, Russ Yallop and Maya Jane Coles quickly making names for themselves. In the midst of this surge of homegrown talent is Richy Ahmed, Hot Natured resident and part of the Hot Creations inner circle. Richy has spent the last two summers cutting his teeth at some world’s best parties including, Detroit’s Electronic Music Festival, Sonar in Barcelona, The Nexus at Burning Man in the middle of the Nevada desert, Glastonbury Festival’s 40th Anniversary, We Love at Space in Ibiza and the Get Lost and Hot Natured parties in Miami. Playing alongside some of house music’s biggest stars, Richy is regularly tipped as one to watch by the likes of Jamie Jones, Damian Lazarus, Clive Henry and Seth Troxler. Hailing from Newcastle in the north of the UK, he still makes regular appearances at events across the UK such as Below in Birmingham, Sankeys in Manchester, MuMu in Liverpool, The Breakfast Club in Bristol and London’s notorious Sunday afterhours institution Kubicle.

Richy, the last couple of years have seen you travel the world from Ibiza and Nevada to Sydney. Where have you most enjoyed playing?
Club Wise, I’ve most enjoyed playing Fabric. I had the priveledge to play there twice in 6 weeks, once in Room 3 for the Hot Natured party and then In Room 1 with Art Department both amazing experiences for totally different reasons. For the one most amazing gig it has to be the Nexus arena in burning man last year.

You have been a rising star on the house scene for while now, where do you see this rise taking you?
I’m not sure hopefully to the top of my game or at least around there. My main aim is to improve all the time and get my sound to as many ears as I can without having to compromise any artistic integrity. playing to big arenas for massive fees is one thing but if it means not playing what I want or at the least what I’m comfortable with then I’m not interested. It’s not all about the dollar with me.

It’s clear you have a wide appreciation for music in it’s varied forms, but who have been your major influences?
My major influences are House, Hip-Hop and Disco. I’ve found that you really pin point your influences when you start producing music then it really becomes more specific what influences you as you work out where certain sounds and grooves come from.

Any plans for an album in the future?
Yes definitely. I want quite a few more strong releases under my belt and to work hard on mastering my keyboard and production skills then in a year or 2 I’m going to start on an artist album. I’ve already started thinking of ideas now and it is going to have plenty vocals from me so that should be interesting, or scary depending on which way you look at it.

As a regular punter what was your best dance music experience?
Probably my summers spent at DC 10 every week from 2002 2005 It is where I developed a real passion for the music and met so many friends still close to me now and who I’d say a good 50-60 % of them work within dance music in some form or other now. Including the person who gave me this interview.

If you could collaborate with anyone dead or alive who would that be?
If I had to name one person it would have to be Notorious B.I.G.

Doner or shish?
Shish

Ice cream or sorbet?
Ice cream

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