London resident and Solid Grooves founder Michael Bibi has made quite a name for himself over the last few years. Initially starting out promoting parties, he’s since earned his stripes as a producer with releases on Madtech and Lost Records. More recently he’s launched his own label, Solid Grooves Records, with close pal PAWSA, where his next release is set to drop at the end of December.
Solid Grooves, as a whole, has had an incredible year. As a newly launched label it’s played host to the likes of Wade, Kuo Climax and cofounder PAWSA, whilst as an event series it’s held opening and closing parties at Destination Ibiza and also celebrated a 3rd birthday with the likes of A Guy Called Gerald and Hector. I Voice caught up with the main man to discuss promoting parties, running a record label and the future.
We were playing a new sound that didn't yet have a genre attached to it and we ended up calling it a “solid groove”...You’ve said before that you acquired your first pair of decks at 14 years old, what made you get into DJing at such a young age?
I've always been around music. My dad is a guitarist - travelling with him to various festivals and gigs across Europe as a kid must off rubbed off on me!
Tell us more about Solid Grooves and how it started?
The concept started at a private after party in Ibiza. We were playing a new sound that didn't yet have a genre attached to it and we ended up calling it a “solid groove”.
You’ve had a remarkable year, what have been the highlights for you and the Solid Grooves brand?
This year’s highlight has to be the crazy summer Solid Grooves and I have had, including my weekly Sankeys Ibiza residency, SolidGrooves monthly in Berlin and our London Summer Solstice series.
The label’s still quite fresh, is there anyone you’re keeping an eye on at the moment? Who would you really like to sign to your label?
The label is still in its infant stages but we've been working hard and have a heavyweight release schedule in place for most of 2016. I can't mention any of the names as of yet but expect some top quality 'SolidGrooves'
The label is still in its infant stages but we've been working hard and have a heavyweight release schedule in place for most of 2016...What have been some of the best parties you’ve held? And what made them so special?
Definitely our off location events around London; we've been in disused railway arches, to old paper works factories, just trying to create something new and exciting for our “Groover” Family.
Last year we held a party at the Steel Yard, which in my opinion is now one of the top 3 venues in London. We were the first crew to host an event at this disused Steelworks factory and it was an amazing show - you can be sure we will be back!
You’ve really come into your own as a producer in the last year. Elaborate on your thought process while in the studio - how do you go about making a track from scratch? Any bits of essential kit you couldn’t live without?
I try to keep it as organic as possible; I hate working to deadlines or trying to recreate something that's being forced out. Sometimes you can be in the studio and everything just clicks, that's when you know you’re on to a winner and usually don't leave for another 48 hours! The kit I can't live without would have to be the Moog Minitaur.
With the year coming to an end we have some very big plans for Ibiza 2016...With 2015 coming to an end where do you see the brand heading now? Enlighten us on any events, releases or projects in store that you’re allowed to announce.
With the year coming to an end we have some very big plans for Ibiza 2016. Expect a big wave outside of London this year as we take the brand global. For myself I have some very exciting releases and collabs coming up, including one in particular alongside my good friends over at Moan Records early in the year.