Boston based Techno/House DJ and producer Will Monotone will jet in this week to kick off his album tour with a performance in our very own Silver Street Bar.
Released only this week on Will’s very own Sub Society label, the album contains 21 tracks of house, tech-house, and techno with collaborations from Wally Lopez, Steve Porter, J Paul Getto, Demuir and Confute to name a few, and is the result of 3 years creative work.
We caught up with Will to find out what we can expect from Boston’s brightest star and to get the low-down on his new album In Colour.
You have just released your debut album ‘In Colour’, 21 tracks resulting from 3 years of hard work. It must be safe to say you’re happy with the finished result and great value for the listener too…
To be honest, I am usually super critical with my own productions which is one of the reasons why this took so long. But for some reason I am completely satisfied with each track on this album. And I hope my supporters will enjoy it just as much as I do.
Three years of creativity in one album… did you find it difficult to whittle it down to the final tracks?
That was one of the hardest parts. I actually had a total of 38 tracks and I went through, and chose each one wisely, based off of what made me dance the most. (For the record I'm a terrible dancer).
You are currently touring the album, what can people expect from your live shows?
I have a reputation of doing a lot of on the fly remixes. I really love to tear apart my own tracks and fellow producers tracks while I play, because it makes for a different experience each gig. The ability to do that had been much easier as of late with Native Instruments launching the stems line which I'm a huge fan of.
What would have been your musical influences growing up in Boston?
Well as far as house music goes, to start it would have to be Armand Van Helden as he is originally from Boston. Then I would have to say Danny Tenaglia & Steve Lawler. When it comes to other genres I would say Notorious B.I.G., Pearl Jam & Nas.
How good is Boston’s House/ Techno scene at the minute?
Boston’s scene is doing well. It's gone through some serious ups and downs in the last ten years with the closing of Avalon, and most recently this past April the closing of Rise, where I was a resident for 10 years. There are a few spots that are quite busy every week, such as Bijou, Re:Set, Make It New and a few others.
What else can we look forward to from Will Monotone this year?
Well, as far as original productions it will be a little bit slow seeing as I need to give the album time to make its way around. I have a few remixes I'm currently working on, one being for the legendary house vocalist Roland Clark. Outside of the studio will be mostly focusing on the tour to make sure each performance is just as good as the last and continuing to run my own label Sub Society.
You can check out a preview of Will Monotone’s epic 21 track album via Soundcloud and keep up-to-date with the Boston DJ through Facebook The album is now available to buy via Traxsource
The ‘In Colour’ tour launch will kick off at Silver Street this week, 6th February at 9.30pm with support from Derry’s very own Queen & Disco.