A Conversation with Patrick Topping: From Raving to Producing and Label Ownership

Articles, Interviews, Spotlight // Sat 4 Mar 2023 - 18:00pm

Patrick Topping is a globally recognised DJ, producer, and label owner from North Shields, England. He has become one of the most influential artists of the moment, releasing over fifty tracks on labels such as Hot Creations, Truesoul, Relief Records, and Hottrax. Topping has also produced hit remixes for artists like The Streets, Sam Fender, Tiga, and Madison Avenue. In an interview at his debut show with Tribal Warehouse at Hope Works in Sheffield, Topping shared insights on his musical journey, inspirations, and future plans.

Topping’s electronic dance music journey began with his love for Màkina music, also known as New Monkey. He was then inspired to DJ by “Just going raving and getting amongst a culture and loving it, and then wanting to take my involvement to the next level. Going to Ibiza actually, that was the moment,” he shared. Topping was gifted his first set of decks and began an online production course with Point Blank.

In terms of musical influences, Topping cited J. Cole, with his dream b2b performance being with either Sven Väth or Adam Bayer.

When asked about his process for selecting tracks for his sets, Topping said, “I like if I find an artist or a label that catches my eye, I then go down the rabbit hole of getting all the labels they have released on, the full discography of all those labels, exploring like that.”

Topping is not only known for his musical talents but also for his efforts to push up-and-coming artists to the forefront. In 2019, he launched his label TRICK to showcase his evolving soundscapes, which now promotes new artists emerging onto the music scene. “I’m trying to push some newer artists on it [TRICK] and then, obviously, continuing to develop my sound as well,” he said.

TRICK’s effort to carve out its own musical niche within the expanding dance community is paying off, earning itself a reputation as an unstoppable source of floor-filling tracks. The label actively champions a varied sonic palette, from electronica to disco influences and house, reflected in the line-ups curated by Topping.

In addition to his music career, Topping also enjoys working out and keeping fit. “I love training, running, sprinting, and bodyweight stuff, going to the gym, and training in my backyard,” he shared.

Topping’s commitment to producing exciting events and showcasing new artists has earned him a place among the most respected and in-demand DJs in the world. With no signs of slowing down in terms of his musical development, Topping is sure to remain an unstoppable source of floor-filling tracks for years to come.

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