Dauwd

Dauwd makes the kind of textured dance music that owes as much to the ultra-efficient techno of Basic Channel as it does the dirtier side of the UK bass scene. Motorik beats and deep bass rub alongside decayed samples and vocal echoes to produce a sound that’s both mechanical and organic.

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 8 Mar 2013
  • min read
Dauwd makes the kind of textured dance music that owes as much to the ultra-efficient techno of Basic Channel as it does the dirtier side of the UK bass scene. Motorik beats and deep bass rub alongside decayed samples and vocal echoes to produce a sound that’s both mechanical and organic.

Early releases Could It Be and What’s There gained support from the likes of Benji B, Gilles Peterson and Jamie XX while his new, more housey sound has won him love from prestigious New York imprint Ghostly International, home to Matthew Dear and Dabrye.

Dauwd’s newest material brims with dancefloor energy, as influences from his recent stint DJing at huge parties around the UK and Europe begin filtering through. Ghostly International and Pictures Music will release his new EP Heat Division on Monday. The title track and opener rips the EP wide, laying the ground for a complex house record, enriched with analogue synth lines and contagious rhythms.

Next week he’s taking his unique sound to South by South West, having received PRS for Music Foundation funding to attend. We caught up with him before he left to find out what’s he’s looking forward to most about his trip and what makes him tick as a musician.

I first started making music because…  
I loved music.

I have been making music since…
1997.

My music is…  
A reflection of my feelings and influences.

You'll like me if you listen to...  
Music from the Kompakt or Ghostly International record labels.

My favourite venue is…  
The Panorama Bar in Berlin.

Music is important because…  
It makes me feel good.

My biggest inspiration is…  
Brian Eno.

My dream collaboration would be…  
Prince.

To try me out, listen to my song…  
And

If I wasn’t making music I’d be…  
On a boat.

In 10 years time I want to be...
Alive.

What I’m most looking forward about SXSW is… 
The Tex-Mex barbecue.

If I could perform with anyone onstage at SXSW it would be…
Stevie Wonder.

Going to SXSW? You can catch Dauwd playing live at the Ghostly International showcase on 14 March, Holy Mountain, Austin, Texas.

Picture above by Dan Medhurst.