It’s about time the UK festival scene welcomed a drum and bass heavy festival. Who better to rise to the occasion than Hospital Records’ world-renowned events brand, Hospitality?
Hospitality In The Park 2016 is set to be a landmark event for drum & bass, as well as a monumental and historical achievement for Hospital Records and a genre of dance music that is often underrepresented.
We briefly interrupted Etherwood from working on a banging tan for the low-down on all things festivals, drum & bass, and what to expect from Hospitality In The Park 2016.
‘Blue Leaves’ is mature both lyrically and creatively, did you grow up around music?
Yeah. Music has always been the only thing that ever really mattered to me since I was a kid.
The album seems to have a loose narrative, was that intentional?
Not really, I just started writing and the songs began to relate to each other which is always nice.
What’s the main focus for you when writing a track? Are you purposefully chasing that ‘experimental’ sound?
You can’t chase a sound. You have to let go and see what comes out. If it works, it works. If it doesn’t then leave it where it is. That’s the only way in my opinion. ‘Souvenirs’ is definitely a festival classic!
What inspired the music video?
We liked the idea that you never really know what’s inside the box. It goes on a little journey and it reflects the lyrics perfectly.
What are you working on at the moment?
A banging tan.
Fair. How does playing a festival compare to playing a club show?
They’re worlds apart. Both have their own vibe. Festivals are less personal, people are there to lose themselves for a bit and forget reality. Club shows are usually more attentive and intimate. I like both.
Do you think drum and bass is fairly represented across the UK festival scene?
Not at all. I understand that d&b has always had a more underground appeal than house, techno, hip hop, whatever. But I’d say if you go to most UK festivals, you’ll only hear about 5% drum and bass. I guess there’s a reason for that.
You’ve played lots of festivals with Hospitality. What’s your best memory to date?
I think Secret Garden Party last year was the best. The vibe was ace.
What’s going to make Hospitality In The Park so special, and what can we expect from your set?
I have no idea what Hospitality are going to do to make this festival stand out but I’m sure they’ll pull some treats out of their hat!
Who are you rating at the moment outside of drum and bass?
Tourist, Mura Masa, Peter Van Hoesen, Porter Ricks, to name a few.
You’ve collaborated with some amazing vocalists. Who is top on your list to work with in the future?
If you could select one track to get people hyped for Hospitality in the Park 2016 what would it be?
Danny Byrd – We Can Have It All (Sigma Remix)
Acts performing alongside Etherwood include an exclusive performance from London Elektricity Big Band (Live), plus the likes of High Contrast, Modestep, Tim Westwood, Dimension, Calyx & TeeBee, Dub Phizix & Strategy, Calibre, Rene La Vice & loads more, with special guests TBA.
Not only that, Hospitality In The Park will offer tethered balloon rides in Hospital Records’ own custom built hot air balloon, live graffiti and art installations, an array of London’s best independent street food and of course the one-of-a-kind, unbeatable Hospitality atmosphere.