Commonly known as the nicest guy in the scene next to being a dexterous producer, London-born producer Silky boasts all the necessary traits that will undoubtedly see him continue on his pathway to a high level of success in the dance music industry. For our 169th installation in the DHA mix series we feature the amiable LA-based Brit who treats us to a fitting contribution.
Silky’s depth of knowledge and appreciation for the roots of house music stem from his youth, when he became enthralled with electronic music – at the time, in his local area, it was still virtually a ‘fringe’ genre, and he was isolated from many of his peers at school for being into music that wasn’t considered ‘the norm’. Despite this, he stayed ardent in his love for house and techno, following his heart to become a DJ. At one of his gigs he met Frankie Knuckles. The two hit it off immediately and Frankie became a mentor to Silky, passing down his outlook and ethos to the next generation.
In the years since that relationship was formed, Silky has worked tirelessly to establish himself as a formidable artist and immediately found himself associated with several high-profile labels. With a background in piano playing, his production skills set him apart from many of his peers in originality. His track record contains remixes on labels such as Lower East, Alola and Superfreq. More recently, Silky has also appeared on No.19 Music, My Favorite Robot, Akbal, OFF Recordings and Culprit (with his disCerN project). His sound ethic focuses on the deeper, more emotive side of house music with a driving and uplifting atmosphere and occasion dalliances with the dark side.
In between his studio sessions, Silky also tours heavily, sharing his passion for house and techno with the rest of the world. Having spent much of his youth mixing with vinyl, his technical know-how and musical knowledge are of an exceptional level and he regularly wows crowds from Hawaii to Hong Kong, still utilising vinyl in all of his sets. In fact, Silky has been booked to play at several of the world’s most influential club spaces and festivals including; Lost Beach Club Ecuador, Output New York, Watergate Berlin, Kee Club in Hong Kong, Spybar Chicago, The Standard Rooftop Los Angeles and Mexico’s BPM Festival. He was also recently selected for a much-coveted place on Mixmag’s Los Angeles Lab sessions, performing a scintillating live mix.
Running in tandem with his musical endeavours, Silky has also set up his own label, Faceless Recordings, which has been off to an impressive start with its early releases being picked up by the likes of Dixon, Ame, Mano Le Tough, Thugfucker, and more. He also received praise from within the industry and fans alike for his collaborative project with Jonny Cruz, disCerN.
See also: disCerN Podcast