It's officially summer and many of us will be lucky enough to grab wellies and glitter for a music festival between now and September. The perfect chance to get in the festival mood with this mix from Liverpudlian DJ and producer James Organ. Brimming with lively cuts fresh from Steve Lawler, Ronnie Spiteri and Made By Pete.
2017 is heating up to be Organ's biggest summer yet and he's set to come out of it this autumn as a definite one to watch. Attracting the attention of bookers for Creamfields, Reading and Leeds and We Are FSTVL, James has a string of festival dates across the UK and beyond. In the last month, James has gone from hitting Parklife in Manchester to appearing on the shores of Croatia for five-day event Hideout.
A dedication for music and solid releases on Saved, Decay and Brobot has brought him here. Starting out within the thriving nightlife of his hometown Liverpool, including for Yousef's Circus imprint. "A lot of people these days fall in love with the club itself and the whole VIP culture, but for me, it has and always will be about the music." Press play on the mix and find out more about James in our Q&A with him below.
EARMILK: Firstly, please tell us about this mix you have crafted?
James Organ: Hey guys, what's happening? This mix I have recorded especially for Earmilk is a festival-style mix curated using some of my favourite tracks at the moment.
E: Which tracks in the mix are you expecting to be big ones for summer 2017?
JO: Out of the tracks from the mix, I'd say the Harry Romero track 'Chromium' on Circus Recordings is going to be popular amongst a lot of DJs this summer. I've already heard this getting played out quite a lot. It's really weird and trippy, and sounds ridiculous on a big club system – I play this one often. One of the tracks from my forthcoming EP on Junior Sanchez's label Brobot seems to be doing the damage too. It's called 'The Underground' and is due to drop at some point in the next few months, keep an eye out for it.
E: What have been your highlights of the summer so far?
JO: I am still at the early stages in my career so at the moment everything feels like a highlight. Musically, I would say my set at Parklife in Manchester was a good one for me. I'd seen pictures of the 'HANGAR' tent beforehand, and it looked pretty big, but I didn't actually realise how big it was until I got there. It's always a pleasure to play first, but with that comes pressure, though sure enough, almost straight away the tent was full. Manchester is always a great place to play but Parklife, in particular, is fantastic. The crowd seem really musically educated, which allows me to get away with playing quite cool music making the gig even more enjoyable.
E: You fly out to Hideout Festival this week, how does Croatia compare to the UK?
JO: The obvious factor for overseas festivals is the sun and beaches etc. seem to be in 'holiday mode' at these types of festivals and tend to get a little excited and let loose a bit more.
E: How do you prepare for a set abroad?
JO: As with lots of gigs, it generally depends on the crowd on the day. I'll always go in with a range of different playlists and with the mentality that you can never be too prepared. Sometimes you can bank on a certain set of tunes and it will go completely the other way.