Man on Wax
Man on Wax
Russ aka MAN ON WAX, started DJ’ing back in the early days of the 1990’s playing on vinyl, he has a wide variety of genres under his belt from hardcore breakbeat, acid and Italian to techno, house and hip hop. This DJ has played across the UK whether it be on radio stations, both pirate and legal or clubs and festivals from Beat Herder (Capacity 8000) or Beach Break Live (Capacity 25000).
The more recent years have brought Man on Wax into the Techno spotlight in North West UK, known for his flare and creativity on Technics turntables, whilst incorporating the maximum use of Serato. His style is known for being very clean and creative in mixing whilst using effects, samples and some very minimal basic cutting and scratching to add to his distinctive style.
He runs a very successful brand in the UK, known as Achtung! The Morse Code events, these events have gathered huge amounts of momentum and respect since 2014. Russ ensures that the events are run similar or as close as possible to the way events are ran in Berlin.
If reputation and standing among your peers is a measure of what makes a good DJ then Russ is super dooper good, the reaction to his arrival at Housemasters and that of his supporters and fans via social media can only say this guy rocks! As some have already said,“A massive addition to the Housemasters team”.
The Housemasters Q&A
1. what made you start DJing?
The interest/ fascination of being able to mix one record into the other seamlessly.
2. Who would you say was your biggest influence on the dance scene and why?
At present and has been for the last 4 years, Ben Klock. His style of music selection, creativity and capability of working a crowd is inspirational, not to mention his production has its own very “heavy” signature, he hasn’t been moulded from the start, the guy started with nothing, he got a lucky break in Berlin. Well worthy of a salute.
3. Compare the scene now to how it was when you first started spinning. What differences, good or and bad, do you see. What do you see for the future of the DJ.
I feel that the “scene” back in the early 90s had much more heart and soul about it, the way ravers used to conduct themselves without bad attitude and were there solely for the music, Im by no means saying that the scene is full of attitude nowadays, however since the huge commercial giants have taken control of the “scene”, I feel that the passion is lacking. The future of the DJ is more competitive than it has ever been due to the vast amount of DJ tools on the market, making anybody a DJ over night. To stand out, I believe that you must create your own style/ signature.
4. Favourite label, Favourite artist, Favourite track
Artist: Joey Beltram
Track: Energy Flash
5. To date what has been the best experience you have had as a DJ.
It was a small, intimate “naughty” warehouse party I played at in Manchester in 2016, it went on all night until daylight hours, the people were middle aged and chilled, the vibe was truly “oldskool”. Awesome event.
6. If you could play anywhere, where would it be?
Tresor or Berghain in Berlin, Techno strongholds that have such a dope vibe at every event.
7. Your favourite Housemasters DJ and why?
Hahaha tough one, well.. Ive got to say Ade Holt, not because hes a personal friend. Ade has been on the scene for a long time, very experienced DJ that can not only mix seamlessly, his tune selection is bang on, a journey every time.
8. Biggest mistake, biggest fail, most embarrassing moment as a DJ at a gig?
I was asked to play a Strip joint in Blackpool at 15 years old, my box was full of breakbeat and techno… lets say the girls went down better on the blokes than my beats did on the crowd.
9. How do you keep check of ego?
Be real, big ego’s reflect an asshole, stay cool and remember I’m there to have fun and enjoy myself as much as the crowd is.
10. How do you find Housemasters, we like to call it your home of house music, do you see it like that and if not, how do we change that?
I was contacted by Housemasters and asked to play on the radio, so thank you for your interest. We’ll see what the future holds, I believe in teamwork, so if that is a mutual feeling, then yes… it will be my home of House/ Techno music.