With a name like Hot Since 82, you've got to be able to ooze confidence. Which is no problem for the man behind the moniker, Daley Padley.
Born and raised in England, Daley had long had a passion for house music years before finding his home in the DJ booth at some of the world's premier nightclubs. Having first charted his course at the age of 17 with his early exposure to Ibiza, Daley's career began as a bedroom producer who had a lucky break that has since given him the opportunity to play for fans across the globe.
Now several years into his career as Hot Since 82, there's not much that Daley hasn't seen. But these days, the most important thing is to find new ways to keep his love for house music alive. Whether that's being the sole A&R agent for his label Knee Deep in Sound, or seeing a new generation of faces finding a home on the dance floor, Hot Since 82 knows how to keep it in perspective.
Leading into his first ever residency in Ibiza at none other than famed nightclub Pacha – which is celebrating it's 50th year in 2017 – Hot Since 82is gearing up for one of the biggest projects of his career. Taking place across 20 weeks on the Balaeric isle, Hot Since 82 is bringing his Labyrinth concept with a curated lineup that is sure to satisfy fans from all dimensions of the underground.
Announced today, Hot Since 82 is bringing old-school and new school alike to Labyrinth for a party packed with talent. Featuring names like David Morales, Goldie, and Erick Morillo, alongside Maya Jane Coles, Adam Beyer, and Dubfire, Labyrinth is making Pacha a destination every Friday night from May through October.
We had a chance to sit down with Hot Since 82 at Ultra Music Festival to get his perspective on the return of house music, why he's always on Discogs, and the best way to keep things fresh when you're always on the road as a traveling DJ.
EDM.com: I know that you’re playing Coachella again this year. What is it like performing at Coachella?
HS82: I love Los Angeles, and getting on the Coachella lineup is bit of an honor as well, it’s extremely difficult to get on there. I think we’ve put a lot of time into North America, we’ve been playing there for quite some time. So to be back on the lineup is great, we’re doing the Yuma stage again and the production inside was pretty on point. I’m looking forward to see what they have in store this year.
"Before I’d go to a club and play underground music and people would get down to it but you could tell that they didn’t actually know the records as such, they just liked the sound of it. And now you play the records and they know the lyrics or the bass line, or whatever. So yeah, it has really grown."
Coachella also sets the tone for music festival lineups. With Hot Since 82 as well as Dixon and Loco Dice, there’s definitely representation from the Underground…
That’s what I was about to touch on as well. Obviously from that lineup you can see that. I think in North America when EDM first got big it was the all the more noisy, whatever you want to call it. And especially over the last 18 months, I think that the underground has really started to come through. And people didn’t know the records. Before I’d go to a club and play underground music and people would get down to it but you could tell that they didn’t actually know the records as such, they just liked the sound of it. And now you play the records and they know the lyrics or the bass line, or whatever. So yeah, it has really grown.
And obviously the lineup at Coachella emphasizes that. So yeah, I’m happy. Like I said I’ve been coming out here for like five years now and we’ve spent so much time with shows, tours, media, radio shows…we’ve really gone hard. And we’ve reaped the rewards really well. It’s one of my biggest markets and I thoroughly love coming out to North America. So thank you to you guys for having me!
"To have your name above the door at a place like Pacha in Ibiza is just crazy, it’s still not properly soaked in yet. But Jesus, I feel blessed. And I’m gonna grab it by two hands and kick its butt and I hope that we do really well."
This year is also going to be your first residency in Ibiza at Pacha, titled Labyrinth. Anything you can tell me about that?
Well the whole concept is exciting. This is my first residency in Ibiza and what better place to do it then at Pacha, the world’s most famous disco club. I’ve been going there since I was 17, 18 years old… I’ve been going to the island for 17 years – getting old aren’t I? (laughs)
To have your name above the door at a place like Pacha in Ibiza is just crazy, it’s still not properly soaked in yet. But Jesus, I feel blessed. And I’m gonna grab it by two hands and kick its butt and I hope that we do really well. The concept is good, I think media-wise we did really well. Visually I think it looks good. The lineup not even complete yet but I think we’ve done extremely well.
You’ve got to understand that this is its first year that the DJs that are quite high, the headlining kind of DJs, are not always going to commit obviously with it being a first year. But I think we did really well. There’s a slight nod to some old school DJs that I love, that I wanted to add in there – which I did – which represents the background that I come from. So I managed to include them.
That will be exciting!
Yeah it is exciting, it’s five months – 21 weeks! A lot of bloody work! It’s tough, but I’m confident that we’re going to do well.
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"I’ve been around for 17 years now and I’ve seen it go around the table, all around the clock and I just feel like house is coming back in a big way."
Talking about curating the lineup, what is the sound that you’re going for?
The way I see it (this is me personally I can't speak for everyone else) I come from a very soulful and house background. I’ve been around for 17 years now and I’ve seen it go around the table, all around the clock and I just feel like house is coming back in a big way. More, like a slight nod to classic house - less is more, maybe a little bit of vocals, I’m not quite sure.
But I’m just pushing that really hard now, and like I said, I came from that. And Pacha has always represented good quality house music as well. So I’m just trying to implement this, my label is putting out lots of really good house records. So I feel like it’s all gelling together really well, and hopefully we can capitalize on that as well because I really do think that house is coming back. Maybe this time next year… Eh, I’ll eat my own words if not!
"And it’s great because these kids didn’t get the chance to play those records. I had the original records, so it’s nice to see what they’re doing with it. It’s quite refreshing!"
Of course you hear it crossing over in a lot of ways…
I hear it, obviously. But I’m the A&R for Knee Deep in Sound, I do it on my own. So I get sent like 300 demos as day, so I hear it. All the kids are sampling all of the old-school records now with the vocals and stuff. So I hear it all the time. And it’s great because these kids didn’t get the chance to play those records. I had the original records, so it’s nice to see what they’re doing with it. It’s quite refreshing! Because I think all of this tech-house is getting a little bit boring, a little too noisy for me. Maybe I’m getting old? Shit…
"Playing so many shows you’ve got to keep it fresh for yourself, and digging out these old records keeps it fresh for me."
Speaking of people bringing back these records, you often hear, 'Oh, there’s only so many records available…' What do you think is going to happen after that?
I’m just speaking from where my head’s at. All I’ve been doing lately is digging through all my old vinyl and I’ve been on Discogs. I’m on Discogs every day buying stuff and researching all the older stuff and it sounds so fresh, it’s amazing! And if I’m not playing vinyl I’ll digitalize it and play a .wav or .mp3, so I’m actually going back and getting all the old gems and replaying them and now the kids are like, “What’s that record?” And it’s 20 years old! So I’m really buzzing off that.
But where’s it gonna go? I dunno, I can only speak for where I wanna go and where I wanna push it and hopefully capitalize off that, or maybe not.
Playing so many shows you’ve got to keep it fresh for yourself, and digging out these old records keeps it fresh for me.
"When we first set the label up I wasn’t even sure if I had the time to do it but bringing new talent out and finding new tracks from bedroom producers is a good buzz. I came from that, we all came from that. Everyone needs a leg-up so to speak."
Tell me a little bit more about Knee Deep in Sound… are you the sole A&R for it?
Yeah, the sole A&R.
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Well it was my own mistake actually, it’s my own personal e-mail… Well here’s the story. The demo e-mail gets redirected to my personal one so I see everything that comes in. It’s all day long. But I do enjoy it. I’d change the redirection if I didn’t enjoy it as much. And I’ve kind of got this really good knack now of finding out what’s good and what’s bad. You can just see the way that people have presented themselves – links the grammar… I’ve just got a really good knack for finding good music between all these demos now.
99% of it is not right for the label, but when you find that 1% it’s worth it. I enjoy it. I love it. When we first set the label up I wasn’t even sure if I had the time to do it but bringing new talent out and finding new tracks from bedroom producers is a good buzz. I came from that, we all came from that. Everyone needs a leg-up so to speak. So yeah, I’ve signed quite a few artists and they’ve gone on to do other things which is good. So yeah, I enjoy it!
"Everyone I work with has been hand picked so I’m surrounded by good people…so it’s like a family. So everyday it’s not work, it’s just hanging out with family."
Aside from Labyrinth, are there any other exciting projects for 2017?
I have a new remix on Moon Harbour Recordings that’s a remix of Matthias Tanzmann that I’ve just finished a few weeks ago. I have another track on Moon Harbour called “Evolve or Die” which I’m very very excited about. It’s super tough. Very simple, but very tough. It’s one of my biggest records actually, I’m very excited about that.
And I’m always writing all the time, a bunch of stuff that needs finishing, but life’s good at the moment. Obviously Pacha, the label, I’m in good health. I’m not drinking so much these days. I’ve found that balance really well now. When you’re doing this job at this level you’ve got to find the balance. Everyone I work with has been hand picked so I’m surrounded by good people…so it’s like a family. So everyday it’s not work, it’s just hanging out with family.