Premiere: Spinnin’ Sessions 199 – Will Sparks
Bringing the hottest tracks and the future hits every week, Spinnin’ Records return with their Spinnin’ Sessions setup to give us a sneak peak into upcoming releases and current chart-toppers. This week they’re showcasing the talents of Will Sparks, the Melbourne-Bounce pioneer who has always been one to experiment and test the boundaries of his production skills. With the success of his own Bourne Recordings imprint coming to the forefront in 2016, he has carried on this positive momentum into 2017 and is showing no signs of slowing down. Having just dropped his third release on Spinnin’ earlier this week in the shape of “MONSTA“, We Rave You are delighted to premiere his guestmix and catch up with the man of the moment.
Closing in on their landmark 200th episode, the 199th edition features music from the industry’s biggest names including Sam Feldt, LVNDSCAPE and Alok, whilst the Talent Pool release of the week is Mawi’s “CO2” – a track which caught Spinnin’s attention after pipping fellow demo-submitters to the top of the chart, making him the latest up and coming artist to get his music on the revered label. Equally impressive is this week’s Spotify track, Throttle’s infectious “Hit The Road Jack”.
With the regular air-time catch up, heads turn to our this week’s guest mix from Will Sparks. As we could not let this opportunity pass us by so easily, we made sure to catch up with the rising star.
Tell us about the origin of your music. How did you discover your sound?
Around the underground clubs of Melbourne, only a few djs were producing and playing it. It was new, different and SICK. I would do anything to get my hands on the rare records. So i decided to make my own.
Who do you consider to have been your biggest influences throughout your career that have made an impact on your productions?
Definitely Joel Fletcher. Everything he made i obsessed over. Before Joel was the other Jeol, Deadmau5. A lot of my chord progressions and melodies are inspired by him, i wouldn’t say they’re the same though.
Your latest release “MONSTA” is making big waves at the moment. Could you tell us how the track came to life?
It started off on a plane somewhere in North America. I was playing around with cinematic instruments pretending to score a movie. As it progressed, adding the leads, and build up, i went with the flow and did what came to mind really. All on my laptop over a couple of weeks.
Speaking of your latest tracks, “Crank It Loud” and “Flamenco” – both of them are quite different from your usual style. Although they have your bouncy signature sound they are more psy-oriented. Is that a hint on a new direction in your career or do you just like experimenting with new sounds?
I change it up naturally i think. I absolutely love Psy though. So that has definitely influenced me.
We really love your collaboration with KSHMR “Voices”, which was released at the end of 2016. How did it feel to work with such a brilliant producer as Niles? How did the track come about?
It was such an honour. He is seriously gifted and the most down to earth legend of a bloke. Not the slightest bit of ego. We got together through management.. He agreed and all it took was 2 sessions at his LA house. The rest is history and we love the record too!
You’ve been one of the most prominent names hailing from Australia for some time now. How has the journey been so far? What are the highlights and disappointments from the last year or so?
The best part of the last year has been going solo with the distribution of my music. Disappointments of what i do is probably measured by everything put together.. Being away and not having much stability as a person is the biggest challenge, life always has sacrifice no matter what you do!
What are some of your plans for 2017? Any follow-ups or upcoming singles? Any major upcoming performances?
I’ve never been happier with the shows i have coming up this year, its so exciting. In terms of music, I have a lot of solo singles and follow ups with previous collaborations. I’ve just finished another track which I’m really proud of which i sung on, similar to ‘Crank It Loud’
Check out Will Sparks’ guestmix for Spinnin’ Sessions below: