Cowlin Presents: Bontan
Hailing from the North-West, DJ/Producer Bontan’s interest in music began with playing the piano at the age of 5, before coming to DJing around the age of 15. He has spent the years since, honing his own style and is now a rising star in the scene, coming to prominence in 2013 with his remix of Josh Butler’s ‘Got a Feeling’ . Since then he’s racked up an impressive list of achievements including supporting legends in the game such as Pete Tong and Carl Cox, that have done his reputation no harm. With support continuing to come in from some big names, the end of 2015 and beyond is looking bright for Bontan…
Lets start with talking about how you actually got into the underground music scene?
I have always been a fan of the underground music scene. Going to events and festivals since I was old enough to! It was the Southport weekender where I really got into the scene though. It was a local event that hosted people like Dennis Ferrer, Kerri Chandler & The Martinez Brothers. After seeing these guys I started producing my own music when I was 19. It took me a few years to really craft my skills and find my sound.
What does your music production set up consist of?
You’ve played all over the globe, but to this date, where has been your most memorable set?
Have you had any gigs in countries you wouldn’t think would have booked you to play?
What was your first release that was signed to a record label?
You’ve worked alongside your friend Josh Butler, but how did you two actually meet?
You don’t currently run a record label, but do you have any plans in the future?
If you could work with a rapper, who would it be and why?
What’s the process you go through when starting a remix? – What’s your favourite remix you’ve worked on?
Your track ‘Move On Out’ dominated the ‘Deep House Charts’ as well as your remix of ‘Nice7’s’ ‘Time To Get Physical’ which was supported massively across the scene. How does this make you feel after the short time that you’ve been in the scene to have a track dominating the charts?
Another remix that you magically created of Clean Bandits ‘Extraordinary’ was supported massively on their national UK tour. The remix even got incorporated in their live show. How does this make you feel that other artists use your music in their shows?
What’s your process when you get into the studio? – And how often do you get yourself in the studio in a week?
When you’re Djing, what does your DJ set up consist of? – Would you ever consider going down the route of a live show, using hardware with Ableton or something along those lines?
Whilst you were midway through your and Josh Butler’s ‘Be True’ tour, Nile Rodgers came across your music and got in contact. – How did he get in contact with you and what was the exact words he said to you two? – What was this like to warm things up for him?
Being supported massively by the likes of Pete Tong, Annie Mac, Danny Howard and Toddla T from Radio 1 is massive. – What was your first track that was aired on Radio 1 and who was it that played it?
My first track on Radio 1 was my first Bontan record I ever released. It was played by B.Traits. I assume she got the promo through via email but I had no idea it was going to be aired. I woke up the next morning to a load of messages from people letting me know it had been on the night before!