#53 - Rory Hoy
Lets get one thing straight. Rory Hoy loves big beat. And his new mix for the EPM Podcast series shows us that the bombastic beast has grown up, grown legs and influenced a new wave of enigmatic and ingenous producers. Mixing up the likes of DJ Shadow, The Wiseguys, The Saxon Scoundrels, CeCe Peniston, The Freestylers, Wildchild, Fatboy Slim, plenty of his his own productions and even Etta James.
Rory is a multi award-winning music Producer/DJ and film maker. Rory’s music career has seen him produce 5 critically acclaimed albums (on Freddy Fresh’s Howlin’ Records) and numerous EPs, singles, remixes and collaborations with other artists worldwide on various labels. Rory covers many genres including House, Funk, HIp-Hop, Big Beat, Breaks, Chillout and many more. He has seen praise from artists like Fatboy Slim, Craig Charles (who regularly plays his tracks on his BBC6 Funk & Soul Show), Mr, Scruff, A Tribe Called Quest and more. He has DJed around the world and featured on many festival lineups across the UK. He has been featured many times on British and American TV including the NBC ‘Today’ Show (USA), ITV, BBC and Sky. Rory has featured many times on UK radio stations and worldwide press and magazines. As a film producer he has made 38 short films to date, 3 shown on BBC TV, Royal Television Society nominations, a UNICEF award, 6 National Awards, including one from Film Director Guy Ritchie. His film ‘Autism & Me’ was released worldwide on DVD and is widely used in schools and by professionals worldwide to promote the understanding of autism. But don’t just take our words for it…even several Doctor Who’s are in on it. “Totally Cool” Fatboy Slim (Norman Cook), “Awesome Talent” Freddy Fresh, “I love little Rory! He‘s a young kid and he‘s rockin’ it! Go out and buy it” Craig Charles, “Many Congratulations on your awards and for doing so much for other people along the way . . . a true achievement” Stephen Fry, “I’ll be watching out for you . . . I wish you lots of luck in your career” David Tennant, “Rory, What a start! Music and film and autism - and Doctor Who! Lawks, you are certain to be a big success.” Tom Baker
EPM Podcast 53 – Rory Hoy tracklist
DJ Shadow - Interlude
Rory Hoy - B-Boy Theme
The Wiseguys - Start The Commotion
Rory Hoy VS Lebrosk & Afrika Bambaataa - Get Up And Funk Jam
The Saxon Scoundrels - The Take (C.F.W.U)
Box Rocket - The Way
Rory Hoy - Party On This Ride
Deeds Plus Thoughts - The World Is Made Up Of This And That (Fatboy Slim Remix)
CeCe Peniston - Finally (Acapella)
Wildchild - Renegade Master (Fatboy Slim Old Skool Mix)
Scanty Sandwich - Slam Dunk
The Freestylers - Breaker Beats
Rory Hoy - Baby Likes It Phat
Star’n'Garta - Star’n'Garta
Cut + Paste - Forget It (Original Krinkle Kut)
Rory Hoy - Ready, Set, Go!
Rory Hoy - Hands In The Sky
Fatboy Slim feat. Riva Starr and Beardyman - Eat Sleep Rave Repeat (Calvin Harris Remix)
Rory Hoy - Vibes
Rory Hoy feat. Freddy Fresh - Dotcom
Etta James - Something’s Got A Hold On Me
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Q&A with Rory Hoy
1. Please give us a quick run through the music in the mix. What inspired you to choose these tracks?
Well, as you can see from this mix - I’m a bit of a fan of the 1990s Big Beat scene, so this particular mix is quite heavy on the Big Beat stuff. The reason why I prize Big Beat over other genres I think is because of the general feel-good factor of the genre as it doesn’t always take itself too seriously, has very few rules and is rather eclectic.
2. Your biography at such a young age is insane! Someone should make a film about you. Oh you already did! How did that come about?
Autism and Me (my multi award-winning film) came about around mid-2005 because there were no books or documentaries at the time speaking about the subject actually coming from somebody from the spectrum - I wanted to do something that was short, and to the point, and could actually be understood by everyone. It’s something that groups of people can sit and watch and learn, in a short space of time, what it’s like being autistic on a day-to-day basis in more simple terms. I’ve won awards from Film Directors like Guy Ritchie and have won Royal Television Society and UNICEF Awards. I’ve had worldwide recognition for the film since it’s DVD release, and I get e-mails from grateful families and people from all over the world - In fact one American Mum said having watched my film, she felt she knew her son for the first time, which is pretty awesome.
3. All five of your albums have been released on Freddy Fresh’s Howlin’ Records. How did you come into contact with him?
In July 2007, when I first set up an account with MySpace (remember that?), I sent him what became my first album, ‘Cosmic Child’ - He loved what I did, said he didn’t normally do chill out stuff like this, and it was a bit of a gamble for him, but he liked it so much, and to quote ABBA, took a chance on me - and the rest they say…is history!
4. What were your first experiences of dance music?
Aaahhh, I got into Dance Music a very, very long time ago! It was the 1990s to be exact, the days when EDM was called Electronica, Lady Gaga was called Madonna, One Direction were called Take That, and Eminem was called …Eminem! My first record that I got was ‘Boom, Shake The Room’ by Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince back in 1992/3, when I was around 5, though I got into dance music serious in 1999, when Big Beat was at it’s height of popularity, probably explaining why I’m so into the genre.
5. How did you come to win a competition to remix Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip’s ‘Thou Shalt Always Kill’ on Sunday Best?
For a few years, I had admired the song, but after looking for the acapella online, I found out there was a remix competition, so I sent it in and what do you know…I won the competition! I also won a nice acetate, which is now on my wall.
6. Even funk and soul man Craig Charles plays your stuff. You seem to be able to appeal across many genres at will. Is that by design?
Craig Charles is my man! I first got in touch with him back in 2009, when I sent stuff from the ‘Standing On Dust’ album for his show to play and guess what . . . he played it! Although I’m not strictly Funk & Soul, he seems to love the stuff I do, and he regularly plays my tracks. I’ve met him a couple of times, and we get on really well! The reason why I dip into many genres is because I want to appeal to as broad an audience as possible, especially as sometimes, I’m asked to DJ at family-friendly Festivals, you have to appeal from people to 0 up to age dead. I also (mostly) try to avoid current trends and stick to playing and producing genres that have been tried and tested, as I have this tendency to jump on the bandwagon either too early before it’s trendy or too late when nobody cares about it anymore.
7. Who is your all time favourite DJ? And why?
This is a very difficult question…I have a few favourite DJs, though I would probably have to say Freddy Fresh first and foremost, and then followed by Norman Cook AKA Fatboy Slim, as they were the ones, who introduced me to the world of Electronic Dance Music back in 1999. I had the pleasure of meeting Norm on my 25th birthday, back in December 2012, and he is a lovely guy in real life. We still contact each other from time to time sending tunes back and fourth. In fact, he sent over a remix of his latest single ‘Eat Sleep Rave Repeat’ months before the record actually came out!
8. I have seen a five minute clip of your film ‘Autism & Me’. Not only is it totally charming and enlightening but you also seem to have a 360 understanding of autism, not only from your own perspective but also on how it effects the people around you. With all the feedback you have had from the film what is your view of autism now?
Difficult question. I hope I have made Autism a lot easier to understand; Everyone is individual, and every Autistic Person on the spectrum is different and individual as well. If everyone had a little more understanding and patience with people who’s world is very different from their’s, then the world would be a much better place.
9. Do you see your future in music or film production?
Definitely the music! Even though I did produce a successful film and all my music videos are made by myself (except the one for I’m Ur MF with Kitten & The Hip, which was done professionally), the film-making is mainly just a hobby, though I have produced 38 of these short films, with some of them even being broadcast on BBC2 back in the days.
Music-wise, I have some really cool new releases on the schedule this year. Firstly on Freddy Fresh’s Howlin’ label, I have re-recorded the track, ‘1929’ from the ‘Sketching Shadows’ album (which was released last November) with multi-instrumentalist, Sylvain Carton, and this is going to be released as a single with some remixes. I have also remade a tune I did with a Dutch DJ friend of mine, Floyd Crystal called ‘What Can You Do’, which will be released in March on Tall House Digital. I am also working on more stuff with these guys, and a major French Promoter has picked up on the I’m Ur MF Single I did with Kitten & The Hip, and will be promoting it heavily in France, Belgium and Switzerland (Freddy Fresh did an amazing remix for the single!). I’m lucky in that I often have tracks in Beatport, Juno Download and Traxsource Charts - some have actually got to Number 1, I’m working on another Big Beat E.P. I would love to have my first (proper) Top-40 Hit somewhere in the world or would love to get a track on a film, TV Show or advert, so wish me luck on that!
10. Please give your current top 10:
These are the tunes, I’ve been playing out the most, but I have a top 500, really.
Rory Hoy - Ready, Set, Go!
Rory Hoy & Floyd Crystal - What Can You Do (Floyd Crystal Remix)
Tonic - The Way
Rory Hoy VS Kitten & The Hip - I’m Ur MF (Freddy Fresh Remix)
95 Royle - Bend The Rules
James Brown - Sex Machine (pHaZe Project Remix)
Pharrell Williams - Happy (Bronx Cheer Remix)
Fatboy Slim feat. Riva Starr and Beardyman - Eat Sleep Rave Repeat
Box Rocket - The Way
DJ E-Clyps - Latin Bounce