Ibiza Voice Podcast 563 :: Ejeca
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A life in dance music must feel a world away from his old job working in accounting. But for Belfast’s Garry McCartney aka Ejeca, his path as a DJ and producer has taken him to the forefront of a new generation of UK and Irish house and techno producers. He rose to prominence in 2012 thanks to a collaboration with fellow hometown act, Bicep entitled ‘You’ and his Horizon EP on Needwant. Like many other producers of his generation, he’s grown up as a producer on the job, moving from soft synths and working in the box, to becoming a hardware addict and playing live shows. As his production techniques have expanded, so to has his production sound.
A recent foray into the vinyl only edits world as Trance Wax in 2016 proved exceptionally successful with copies of the first release appearing on Discogs for hundreds of UK pounds and the fourth release about to hit shops in June. It’s an unsurprising cocktail of influences for anyone familiar with the Belfast rave scene. The city has long been famous for soaking up house, techno and trance with a ferocious appetite in equal measures and it’s this trident of influences that is now beginning to dominate the modern dance musica agenda as spearheaded by McCartney and his fellow anthem toting hometown friends, Bicep.
What have you been up to this year, of note?
This year has been pretty hectic for me between my Ejeca productions and Trance Wax [label and alias] really kicking off, it’s been non stop. I was back down in Australia in February for two weeks then Brazil in March but glad I managed to finish most of my releases for the year at the start of 2018.
And what's upcoming?
In the upcoming months I have an EP coming out on PETS at the end of July, I finished an EP for Richy Ahmed which will be out later in the year plus a remix for Special Request. I also released a track on Stil Vor Talent a week ago and a remix for Jeremy Olander in February. As Trance Wax, I have the next EP coming out on the first of June plus quite a hectic touring schedule throughout the summer.
How did you record the mix and what equipment did you use?
I recorded this mix on CDJs and with the recent heatwave [in the UK] I thought I would deliver something a bit summery.
Where do you get your music from?
I sort of split my time between going through old mixes and music to looking at new releases, there's so much electronic music around now sometimes you can get lost. Hardwax, Discogs and charity shops are the fun places to go for me.
The first release on Ejeca’s label, Trance Wax.
What record by another artist have you learned the most from and why?
Without a shadow of a doubt Burial has been one of the main influences for me over the years. It’s quite difficult to pinpoint why but the frequencies and sampling techniques I feel are just out of this world. I would love to see him do a movie score or some sort of live show, here's hoping!
Tell us about the scene you came up in, how did it influence you?
I grew up in Belfast, and Shine has been the club I've been going to for 15 years. I've been lucky enough to headline some of their shows in recent years but it's sadly closing this summer so it’s a bit of an end of an era. So many hazy memories!
Ejeca teasing his Facebook fans with a video of a work in progress.
Can you recall any standout stories from this time that illustrate why you were so heavily influenced?
Most of the good ones I can't remember. I can remember seeing Carl Cox when he was on three vinyl decks when I was 18 and being blown away. His music has changed since then but he still is a great catalyst to a party, I'm lucky enough to play with him in Belfast in June for an outdoor Shine event.
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