Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Moving deeper into the heat of summer 2013, on JULY 17th, STUNNA presents yet another very special edition of 'THE GREENROOM.' For this installment, we're treated to an exclusive guest mix by UK-based producer/DJ on the rise: PENNYGILES.
The story of PENNYGILES’ rise to success can be considered a whirlwind romance of sorts, having gone from an unknown WELSH lad to an internationally renowned producer in the space of just over a year. Having started DJing in 2006 (mainly as an escape to deal with the monotony of living in a tiny town in MID WALES) he originally found himself immersed in the HOUSE MUSIC scene, but the loveliness and brilliance of the music coming from CALIBRE’s SIGNATURE RECORDS and MARCUS INTALEX’s Soul:R imprint turned him onto DRUM+BASS.
After continuing to DJ, listen to, and love the sound of the genre, it was only a matter of time before PENNYGILES (real name STUART MACCALLUM) tried his hand at production, and having no musical background or any real knowledge of musical theory wasn’t going to get in his way. Picking up his first DAW in 2010, he began working on his first tunes, paving the way for what has been a hugely successful couple of years for him.
Though most producers spend years and years working towards their first release, some giving up before they see any recognition at all, PENNYGILES scored his first just a year later in 2011 and has since then created a constant stream of stunning DRUM+BASS. His list of artist support reads like a list of D+B legends: the likes of LTJ BUKEM, RANDOM MOVEMENT, MAKOTO, LOXY, and BAILEY all rinse out his tunes regularly; and they’re just the tip of the iceberg.
One look at his SOUNDCLOUD Page, you’ll find out why PENNYGILES is earning all this support and why labels such as INNERGROUND, DEMAND, LIQUID V, C.I.A., IM: LTD, ALIGNMENT, INFORM, MARS, FOKUZ, RUBIK, and more have released his music. It’s not just labels who are fighting to work with him, but other producers too: he’s collaborated with the likes of ROY GREEN & PROTONE, PHIL TANGENT, SPIRANT, MR. JOSEPH, and has plenty more projects with new producers and singers alike.
You may think that his speedy ascension to fame is almost impossible for someone who started producing just over two years ago, but it was his lack of musical knowledge, combined with his insane ability to sample almost anything from his vast and eclectic collection of music and make it work, that seems to have helped PENNYGILES become one of the quickest-rising and undoubtedly-talented new faces in DRUM+BASS today. In his own words, he says that: "not knowing the ins and outs of how music works I feel gives me more freedom than anyone with great knowledge of how chords should progress."
The future is definitely looking bright for this talent on the rise. Lock in to 'THE GREENROOM' to hear an exclusive PENNYGILES mix of upfront creations from the man himself as well as like-minded producers from around the globe.
For more info on PENNYGILES, visit:
• PENNYGILES on SOUNDCLOUD
• PENNYGILES on FACEBOOK
• PENNYGILES on TWITTER
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