In a short space of time James Pople has risen through the ranks of deep house DJs here in London to become a respected name on people's lips. Having cut his teeth at Sunday day-party Creche, he's since gone on to release tracks on both Lower East and more recently Feast Recordings.
He's also no stranger to the Superstore lazer basement either having previously played at Kris Di Angelis and Jaime Ritchie's night Delirium. But he's back this weekend for deep house night Rubik alongside resident Albert Ess and special guests Spiro and DJ Rokk. In anticipation of Friday's fun he sent us this brand new exclusive mix and caught up with us for a five minute chat about the mix, new music and what's on his horizon...
Can you tell us a bit about this latest mix for us please?
This mix is very representative of the type of music I'm playing at the moment ... House music with lots of energy but still deep to the bone.
You've got a new track out on Feast called Who's That Girl with remixes by Inxec and Miguel Puente. Which version are you more likely to play out at Rubik?
The Inxec remix of Who's That Girl will be perfect for RUBIK. It's a belter of a track with lots of deep house and techno grooves in it.
What is it about our lazer basement that you enjoy playing?
The basement at Dalston Superstore is something special. I've been to all kinds of nights there and what I love about it is that it feels intimate, yet sometimes when you are on the dance floor you feel like you could be at a massive warehouse party!
What's the first record you ever bought?
I think the first electronic/dance album I bought was Daft Punk - Homework. That album really gave me an education in the sounds of electronic music and 4/4 beats. I've grown to love good old fashioned house music that is on the deeper end of the scale both emotively and in sound.
What inspired you to get into dance music?
One of my best friends back home in Cape Town was a very successful DJ called Shannon. We spent countless nights together over many great summers just loving the music she was playing. Looking back it was all deep house but we didn't actually know what to call it then as no one else seemed to play what she played. She inspired me to be a DJ early on but I was also given a lot of encouragement from my friends in London and in particular Kris Di Angelis.
What's your favourite record label at the moment?
There are so many! I love Realtone, Exploited, Needwant, OFF Recordings, Culprit, Hot Creations, Noir ... they are all pretty dependable and put out top quality stuff.
Who have you seen or recently played on the same bill as that really blew you away?
I played Creche a couple of months ago when Maceo Plex was playing. He really is in a league of his own both in his DJ set performance and in his productions. He is going to be a legend ... already is!
What's your musical guilty pleasure?
I keep my guilty pleasures top secret!
What's next for James Pople?
I'm working on a few collaborations with my productions, which I am super excited about! I've only been making music a year and feel like I have finally found 'my sound' with what I want to play and the music I want to make. It's a great feeling. Right now it's all about making a really solid EP of music that I love.
James Pople plays Rubik this Friday 31st August from 9pm - 3am alongside Albert Ess, DJ Rokk and Spiro.