An Hour of Downbeat Electronica with Hammer on Beats 1 One Mix [INTERVIEW]

Belfast-born, London-based Hammer went from blogging about music to creating and touring.

Welcome the weekend with UK manufacturer Hammer’s downbeat electronica combination on Beats 1’s weekly tv show, One Mix. Expect unreleased Hammer tunes plus music in Axel Boman, Mariah, and Arthur Russell.

Song in here, exclusively on Apple Music.Air Date: Friday 30th November 2018 – 21:00 LA / 00:00 NY / 05:00 UK

The Belfast born manufacturer got his start in the music industry as a top contributor of hot UK music site Feel My Bicep, together with youth buddies Andy Ferguson and Matt McBrian, who themselves gravitated towards performing and making music. You may have heard of them with using their stage title, Bicep.

While the Bicep boys headed to London to kickstart their musical profession, Hammer (real name Rory Hamilton) attended college in Glasgow planning for a career in rugby. In a previous interview using Mixmag, Hamilton said:

“We were trying to keep it together, but it wasn’t workable. . .It was hard as all of a sudden they just exploded. I was stuck in Glasgow trying to do — then I realised I didn’t really wish to do that at all. ”

Shortly afterwards, Hamilton committed himself to music full time. He ran Thunder Disco Club at Glasgow’s Sub Club while making frequent trips to London to work on audio with all the Bicep duo. Eventually, he moved to London, where he now resides.

EPs for example At Once and Canna indicate some of Hamilton’s best work, and last month’s Ozone is up there also. Hamilton embodies a house music sound brought to life by hot, rich synths, and a feeling of energetic energy.

We have to learn more about what pushes Hamilton’s musical sensibilities, because he shared with his fantasy collaborator, favorite throwback track, desert-island dancing record, and much more with us. Read on to see what he needed to say. First display expertise? 

Hammer: When I was 17, playing jazz within an old place named Auntie Annies that my college buddies and I set on.

The first time you brought your mom to one of your shows? 

AVA Festival for the Boiler Room place; it made me quite nervous!

The artist that inspired you to be a musician? 

Agree to Dave Clarke at Shine in Belfast.

Go-to areas for new audio? 

Clone has a wonderful online shop.

Guilty fun record? 

“A Lover’s Holiday” from Change.

Desert-island dance record? 

“The Sun Can’t Compare” from Larry Heard.

Dream B2B spouse? 

Carl Cox.

Favorite BPM? 

Easy as 123.

Piece of gear you need on the road? 

Phone charger.

All-time favorite festival? 

Love International.

Biggest misconception about dancing music? 

It ’so trendy.

How often do you get out and have fun, also where do you move?

I’m always having fun, but if I’m not at gigs I just hit some pubs along with my pals and possess the strange house party.

City using the most underrated dance arena?

Most cities in Ireland. Derry, especially, is awesome.

Industry forecast for the next year? 

DJs will start wearing shorts in winter.

Very best piece of advice for new manufacturers? 

Only make exactly what you enjoy and do something different.

Dead or alive, that would be your fantasy collaborator? 


What is among the special adventures you’ve had backstage? 

Umm maybe becoming stuck in a large barrel…

What is your favorite throwback monitor? 

“What You Need” from Soft House Company.

What is 1 track that fans consistently lose their thoughts to? 

My edit of “Love Somebody. ”

What’s the first record you ever bought? 

I was bought the Meatloaf record when I was nine by a friend – that ’s my friend! I was very confused and CDs were quite exciting at the moment. 

Name 1 remix which you think is better than the original. 

Bicep’s remix of “Higher Level” from Isaac Tichauer.

What song would you want (god forbid) played at your funeral? 

I loathe to taint the song for anybody but “This Must Be The Place” by Talking Heads.

What is the ideal sunset track? 

“Sunset People” from Donna Summer.

What song do you listen to cheer yourself up? 

Anything by Fleetwood Mac!

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