Lost My Dog celebrates 10 years in business next year, and we’re catching up with some of the artists and tracks from our early years. In this feature we interview Matlock deep house superstar, and long time Lost My Dog squatter, Anthony Harrison. That name won’t mean much to those outside of the Peak District, but you’ll know Ant well as he releases as YSE and Rhythm Plate (the latter with his pal Matt). Ant’s first track with us was Not Wot You Got, a sleazy funk-laden jam we released back in 2006. He followed that up with the wonderful Bounce Back and Possible Word, both of which have been re-released this week as part of our 10×10 | 2007 compilation hit stores (including Traxsource) this week. We caught up with Ant to ask a few questions…
What do you remember about being 10 (or your 10th birthday?)
Hehe, errr… nothing really – I cant even remember what I did last week let alone •ahem*.. years ago… Having said that I would’ve almost certainly had some sort of party with my mates cos my parents were, and still are, amazing humans (shit, they raised the bar well high for me to even come close!). I once met Darth Vader at a local toy store with all my school mates, for one my birthdays – THAT was cool!
Tell us a little about your first tracks/remix for Lost My Dog
I wrote something from in my head, typically called music, or a track, and enjoyed doing it. Luckily other people did to.
Who would your dream collaboration be with?
Id probably most like to collaborate with some one whos most likely dead. Not in a sick/bad way, but I listen to a lot of random/unshazamable stuff music which most of the time Im unsure whether theyre still living or not.. When the Shazam app has a Ouija board upgrade maybe Ill know?
What was your best ever gig, why, and who else was playing?
No idea most times, but any warm up gig is best really. I love the lack of pressure to play a particular track/sound just in order to either get or retain the dancefloor. Give me a few seaters/head nodders well before a *insert next/current/latest fad DJ name* plays their Beatsource set and Im happiest.
What was your DJing setup 10 years ago … and now?
Well, having DJed out for more than 18 years (yes it was the only way I could get into clubs/bars without collecting glasses) I only got around to actually buying some Technics about 5 years ago. I really love the control of playing/mixing vinyl but Im actually just about to sell them before I move to Hong Kong, though I’ll probably need one if only to listen to my unnecessarily large vinyl collection (though about 99% of it will stay in storage!). So 10 years ago I was a deckless producer and in about 10 days or so Ill be back to square one.. hmmm :(
What’s the best music-related prank you’ve ever played on someone, or had played on you?
Ummm giving people music to put out?
What’s the maddest fan you’ve encountered, or weirdest gig experience you’ve had?
Can’t talk about it. I would do but my Solicitor says I can’t as it’s with the courts.
Other than your own, what’s your all-time favourite Lost My Dog track?
Too many. That’s not the name of a track, but there’s too many, seriously. The older stuff has a slight different sound to the new tackle, but that’s a good thing.
How is making music different for you in 2015 compared to 2005
I pretty much use the same method that I learned back in the 90s expect for the software has evolved. Ive been lucky enough to save all my day job money over the years to now be in a position to afford the outboard analogue synths that I lusted after when I first started; I literally NO £££ other than pence and student loans. One stalwart is the Yamaha sampler – started with a brand new A3000 and now have three second hand A5000 cos no millennials want outboard samplers; DAMN they require time, learning, loading and patience, “Fugg that!” they say.. so a £1k+ bit of kit back in the day, now goes for less than £100; Sweeeet for me hehe!
Have you got a dog?
Sadly no more. I grew up with three dogs at various points each one great in their own personalities. Invaluable cycle-of-life experience during my formative years.
You can check out Ant’s track Possible Word below, and buy it – and his smash hit Bounce Back – as part of our 10×10 | 2007 compilation which is out now, including at Traxsource.