If Patrick Topping wasn't a name you knew before, it will be now. The UK talent had been DJing and producing for about 4 years before being discovered by Jamie Jones. Since then, he has gotten international attention and toured some of the world's biggest festivals, from Stereosonic in Australia to Movement in Detroit. Most recently, Topping, along with Toronto-based DJ/producer Nathan Barato, is featured on the new "Paradise on Earth" DJ mix series set for a Dec. 2nd release through Hot Creations.
Billboard Dance recently caught up with Topping to discuss his upcoming US tour, meeting Jamie Jones and what he wants fans to take away from his music.
When did you first start producing?
It was about 2009 just after I got some decks, but I didn't really know what to do with them. I felt like I needed to learn production first. I was messing about on my own initially, reading magazines and online tutorials, then in summer 2009 I enrolled on an online 4 week course with Point Blank. This was so helpful in getting to grips with Logic. I even went to couple night classes at a college in Edinburgh to learn production too, whilst I was living up there for Uni. Then really I just did it as a hobby for next two years whilst finishing my degree. It wasn't until I graduated and moved back home to Newcastle that I had the opportunity to really put the time in.
How did you cross paths with Jamie Jones?
I'd actually first met Jamie in Edinburgh at my Uni flat, but he can't remember it (laughs). He had been playing and I knew the promoter so we had the after party in my kitchen. I think I only really said hello to him. It wasn't until 2012 when a mate of mine sent one of my tracks to Hot Creation's SoundCloud page that we got talking.
What was your creative process like when you created "Dem A Pree"?
It's strange because that remix came about quickly and it's actually quite simple, but it's been one of my biggest tracks. A similar thing happened with Forget, which is quite a simple track too, as there's not that many elements to them. As soon as I was sent the original I knew how catchy the vocal was and thought I could maybe do something with it. I didn't have the chance to work on it for ages, then one morning I eventually sat down with it and the track was basically done in 3 hours! I just started off listening to the vocal and straight away the idea of looping it came to mind. From there, everything luckily fell into place. I say luckily because sometimes I can be working on something for ages and I just don't get anything I'm in love with. I was just thinking about playing it in my sets, there wasn't any thought about trying to make a hit.
What would you say your biggest inspiration is?
DJing and hearing music out in clubs, I get massively inspired by the tracks I play out and hear others playing. After a stretch of DJing and not making music for a while, I'll have a list of ideas, which have usually come to me when I've been listening to music in clubs and hearing them in that environment.
What do you want fans to take away from your music?
I just want people to enjoy it and have fun and dance. I think with my productions and sets I just try to make them as fun and exciting as possible without being cheesy and always trying to be serious and forward-thinking.
You've toured in Australia, South America and Europe. What's most exciting about your upcoming US tour?
This tour is going to be really special because it's not just me on my own, it's me and Nathan Baratto playing each night and it's called the "Paradise On Earth" tour. It will celebrate and promote our new DJ Mix which is also called "Paradise On Earth." We are playing seven dates in the US and on two of the dates Jamie Jones and Lee Foss are also playing, so that's going to be perfect way to tie in with the Hot Creations boss' to help launch the mix series.
What trends do you currently see in your area of dance music?
Some of the big EDM DJs seem to be playing a little less hard electro sounds now and more into that future house and tropical house music, as well as the occasional track from the world of proper house and house techno. And within house and techno, there seems to be more people enjoying to the harder/ more techno sounds too, but at the same time people seem to really be grasping onto good solid house tunes with big prominent vocals, but I suppose people have always liked those, so fuck knows (laughs). In my own sets I think people just seem to be gravitating more towards the more memorable tunes.