Wonderland Festival Podcast #003 By Josh Butler
From the North of England to dance floors across the globe, Josh Butler has made serious headway with his high caliber house sound. Cut from the outspoken West Yorkshire club circuit and propelled towards the forefront of global club land’s next generation, an early affliction with solid club hits has made his name an essential one. Two stints for MTA Records and remix duties for both Chase & Status in tow, Butler is leading the charge towards a new precedent in the underground sound.
For no less than 16 hours (from 4pm until 8am) Westerunie, Westerliefde and Transformatorhuis in Amsterdam’s cultural Westerpark are turned into a promised land: Wonderland Festival. With the best in house, deep house and techno with major artists like mr. Butler himself, Sidney Charles, William Kouam Djoko, Beesmunt Soundsystem, De Sluwe Vos and many more, this is a sure shot and all-night dancing. A place where mad things happen and nothing is what it seems, and where a long list of local and international DJ’s will make this a mezmerising trip down the rabbit hole.
The sound of Josh Butler is a club lover’s affair. Infatuated by the prospect of making people move and taking like minds into the early hours with intense club cuts, a packed room and a good vibe is what truly summoned Butler to the cause. At the dawn of 2013, there was no intention of global explosion behind stripped back MTA debut “Got A Feeling” In foresight, the track invariably proved to be Josh’s breakout into the industry’s field of vision, racking remix duties from Ben Pearce and Bontan along the way. Likewise, the Leeds-based breakout had little time to consider that eight months down the line, his “Closer” / “Keep Movin” would receive a heroes welcome from tastemakers at every possible avenue. The industry perked an ear, Pete Tong gave his seal of approval on the BBC airwaves and before long, Butler had become the household name that everyone from Steve Lawler to Heidi was championing.
On home territory, Josh has become something of an ambassador to the next generation of integral house advocates. True to the momentum of his releases, the past two years have seen global ears have prick to this groove favoring talent. Scaling Ibiza, Lyon, Vienna, Kiev and Switzerland with his concentrated clubbing experience, Butler’s playing field is growing bigger by the month – much like the size of the crowds now flocking to hear what all the fuss is about.
Championed for underground impact and savored for his ‘less is more’ approach, the year ahead is showing little sign of slowing down for Warrington’s worst kept secret. From here, Josh Butler is all about building that positive momentum towards new and compelling heights. Past the No Thrills EP for MadTech, his is timeline racking impressive aspirations for the global dance community. He’s got global ventures on the mind and high brow remix duties and more original productions too. Keep a look out for this lad.
Stage 1: Sidney Charles | Josh Butler | Prunk | Beesmunt Soundsystem | William Kouam Djoko | Piotr & Zhan | Buurman & Buurman | FULL LINE-UP |
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