Darius Syrossian is on a mission to seek out the north's greatest new DJ

When DJ Mag reaches Darius Syrossian at his dwelling in Manchester late one November night, he’s given up making an attempt to sleep. That’s regardless of having simply returned straight from a gig at Juarez, Mexico membership Hardpop, a grueling journey dwelling that included fog, flight delays and an Uber from London. “You know once you’re so drained, however for some purpose you simply can’t sleep?” Darius asks, sounding a bit much less buoyant than regular.

By Syrossian’s account, the exhaustion was effectively price it. “It was completely unreal man. One of the perfect gigs I’ve ever accomplished.” Despite the border metropolis’s fame — it’s ranked the 20th most harmful metropolis on the earth — Syrossian says he felt relaxed, and thinks its troubles are probably why the get together was so refreshingly good. “It’s about escapism,” he says, a launch from on a regular basis troubles. Which in Mexico, will be unimaginably dangerous.

“The scenario in Mexico’s fairly difficult, I noticed a lot poverty,” he says. “But the youth within the membership completely fucking loving it.” Syrossian says he will get comparable reactions throughout Argentina, and sees similarities between what clubbing means there and in Mexico, and what it meant to Brits throughout Margaret Thatcher’s infamously austere reign within the ‘80s, or what it meant for the oppressed homosexual and black youth of Chicago and New York throughout the early days of home music.

It’s the identical spirit Syrossian remembers from his youthful rave days, a spirit he thinks has been misplaced in a lot of at the moment’s clubbing music. “So a lot music sounds prefer it’s made for the Beatport Top 10. There’s no soul in it. There’s a number of gimmick components made to make individuals have that low cost, on the spot gratification.” Syrossian — whose huge break got here in 2008 following 15 years spent working at a file retailer — believes music at the moment is being moulded to work particularly for social media. Instagram and Facebook video clips with out huge drops hardly ever go viral. But people who do might help artists change into well-known, inevitably spurring copycats. “But music doesn’t at all times want huge drops,” Syrossian says.

Darius Syrossian is on a mission to find the north's best new DJ

Enter Moxy Musik, the brand new label Syrossian is launching, partially, to face firmly towards the noise. “I’m trying to launch music that may nonetheless be round in 10 years time,” he says. The first launch, dropped in mid-December, got here from Syrossian himself with ‘Dance Of The Shaman’, a pumping deep home groove that includes an eerie organ melody and euphoric-yet-melancholic shouts and screams.

The single comes with 4 remixes from hand-picked artists, together with American deep home hero Doc Martin, UK minimal swing skilled East End Dubs, and Me Me Me boss Man Power, who delivers a trippy 13-minute slice of piano-laiden bliss. “I mentioned to him, ‘Be as artistic as you need’,” Syrossian recounts gleefully. Syrossian has already lined up the likes of Christian Burkhardt, Seb Zito, Ray Mono, Dense & Pika, Cassy and Ben Rau for future releases. Each one will come out on vinyl, with hand-drawn, bespoke paintings made by UK artist Charlotte Archer. “I’m placing loads into it,” Syrossian says. “It’s a challenge which for me means much more than simply releasing tracks for DJs to play.”

He’ll be bringing that particular feeling to golf equipment too, with a month-to-month Moxy Musik residency lined up for 2019, beginning 1st February at Manchester’s Joshua Brooks, a 25-year-old, 500-capacity membership which hosted the fi rst-ever Chemical Brothers residency. Darius received a style of the area this summer season when he was invited by the membership to play there. He agreed, however with a particular request. “I mentioned, ‘Okay, if I do that I wish to do a six-hour set’, considering they have been going to say no, and so they have been like, ‘We’d love you to!’” he says.

Not wanting his many Manchester followers to overlook out on tickets, he requested the membership if he might tweet out the ticket hyperlink to his followers first, earlier than the rest was introduced concerning the present. “I received a name three hours after the tweet saying all of the tickets had gone,” he says. No occasion web page or paintings had even been created. Darius ended up taking part in from 11pm to 5am, mixing the kind of music he says he hardly ever will get an opportunity to showcase. The power was simple. “I used to be like, I’ve missed doing this,” he says. “This is what DJing is all about.”

Darius Syrossian is on a mission to find the north's best new DJ

The thought got here partially as a response to the mass of warehouse-style occasions cropping up throughout the UK. While Darius loves taking part in large-capacity reveals, they usually include shortened set occasions, as a number of stars play side-by-side, jockeying for headline slots. But don’t anticipate any headliners to play alongside him at Moxy. Instead, Syrossian is looking for native, principally undiscovered expertise to heat up the evening, and a fortunate few will earn a 90-minute set earlier than him. Aspiring DJs can both submit a mixture to the Moxy Musik Instagram account, or personally hand Darius a USB on the Joshua Brooks residency, and he’ll take a pay attention. “I imply, I can’t please all people — I’ve been despatched a whole lot of mixes, actually — however I’m listening to them on flights and I’m going to choose one DJ who despatched in a mixture to play with me each month,” he says.

Part of his need to pay it ahead comes from how he first broke by way of. Out of a job on the file retailer, which had shuttered its vinyl part in the post-Internet period, Darius hit the studio extra decided than ever to succeed. And when Sankeys founder David Vincent requested him to heat up Tribal Sessions for Steve Lawler, he had a number of stable tracks able to play. Lawler heard them, cherished them, and signed them, asking Syrossian — who was then largely unknown exterior of Leeds — to affix the VIVa boss on tour. The relaxation, after all, is historical past.

Whether or not the Moxy Musik residency or label will launch the subsequent Darius Syrossian stays to be seen. But Darius says he’s already scouted Ray Mono, who's “very a lot into that minimal type of Romanian sound”, and produced one of the vital asked-about tracks Darius performed all summer season, he says. That observe is now signed to Moxy Musik, and Mono will likely be becoming a member of Darius on the debut Moxy get together in Manchester. Moxy can be going worldwide, hitting small golf equipment around the globe in 2019, together with Berlin’s Kater Blau in March, adopted by City Hall in Barcelona, Toffler in Rotterdam, 93 Feet East in London, Mint Club in Leeds, a gig in Liverpool and a return journey to Hardpop in Mexico. “These are all going to be six hour units and reveals for the label in small intimate venues,” he says.

What captured Darius most concerning the crowd in Juarez was how arduous they danced. “Not simply at drops, which is what occurs loads lately,” he says. “But I used to be going housey, which didn’t have any stops for at the very least an hour, it simply continued with rhythms and grooves.” It’s this spirit that Darius hopes to transmute to his Moxy label and residency. And having grown into one of many UK’s most globally recognised DJs, Syrossian now seems able to step additional out on his personal, bringing that very same spirit again to clubbing across the globe. It’ll simply take slightly Moxy.