BC: You have been DJing for over 10 years now, what still excites you about playing after this many years?
HWP: One of the most exciting things about DJing is that it gets more exciting the more you do it! I’m always on the hunt for new records or artists I haven’t heard before, even within genres that I feel well acquainted, so that really helps to keep my passion for DJing fresh.
BC: You play at Big Chill Brick Lane every last Sunday of the month. What can people expect from your sets?
HWP: I play for 8 hours, spinning my favourite Funk, Soul, Rare Groove, Rhythm and Blues and Disco records. Everything is on vinyl and the intention of my sets at Big Chill are to take the listeners on a journey through all the genres and sub-genres, whilst ensuring they’ve got something they can either dance or chill out to.
BC: You post some great looking photos of your record covers online, how’d you think artwork relates to the music you buy?
HWP: I think artwork is massively important for records. For instance, when I was young, maybe 11 or 12, I used to buy sale albums with pocket money from a local record shop. Because there wasn’t internet, I usually had no idea what I was buying so a lot of the time would buy an album based on the look of the cover! I often think that the beauty of vinyl is that it’s so big and with a great cover you’ve essentially got a piece of art as well as a piece of music.
BC: You run nights in London and Brighton that focus on a variety of music genres from Soul to Rock to Hip-Hop, what’s your favourite cross genre collaboration? (Ours is probably Run DMC’s Walk This Way
HWP: I’d have to say my favourite would be the early Jazzmatazz albums by Guru, of Gang Starr. They’re a series of collaborations of his with famous soul and jazz musicians, from Roy Ayers to Lonnie Liston Smith. The first two albums, specifically, are brilliant.
BC: It would have been David Bowie’s 71st birthday last month and they just released an early demo of Let’s Dance. What’s your favourite Bowie song?
HWP: They are so many! I’m a big fan of his Berlin period and the work he did with Brian Eno during that period. However, I’d have to say my favourite song of his is Station To Station from the album of the same name. It’s just absolute genius! It builds and builds, it’s eerie yet exciting. I just love all the layers and progressions in it.
BC: We’re a big fan of your Weekend Song
HWP: Well, the idea was that each Friday I’d choose a record that would get people feeling excited about the weekend. Wether it be something they might not have heard before or maybe something that they knew but had completely forgotten about.
BC: What can we look forward to from you in the future?
More of the same, to be honest. All the same nights that I do, plus a few more to come! I’m really keen on the idea of an 80s, 90s and 00s night, so we’ll have to see if that materialises!
Explain That Gram
We’ve taken inspiration from a Big Chill favourite Hot Ones, [check it out if unfamiliar] for this segment called “Explain That ‘Gram,” whereby we’ve checked out your Instagram and selected a number of pics at random that we would like you to tell us the bigger story behind each one?
This photo was taken about a year and a half ago when I supported DJ Yoda in London. It was such an honour to support such a brilliant DJ and one that I’d admired since I was about 13. He was such a lovely and humble bloke too. We had a quick chat about some of my records that he was admiring and about his “How To Cut And Paste” mixtapes that I’m a long-time fan of.
This is me and my older brother before our flight to Barcelona in 2013 for Primavera Sound festival. One of the best times of my life! It was such an amazing line up that year and one that (although I’m probably biased) I don’t think has been beaten yet. Highlights were Wu-Tang, Goat, Om and Tame Impala.
This was an interview I did for Sub TV about my record collection. It was part of a series about vintage, so there was somebody interviewed about vintage clothes, another about vintage homeware and then me about my records. It’s always fun being able to talk about my music collection because I’m normally boring the life out of my girlfriend and friends about pretentious-sounding details of specific records, so it’s nice to be asked instead!