We welcome Manchester local and man of many talents, Rudosa to the mag to chat about his hometown haunts, his ‘Make Me A DJ’ school, label, what’s coming up & more.
You?re from Manchester. Which part of Manchester, exactly?
Originally from Oldham but I moved into central Manchester for 8 years and now have a home in Monton, just outside town.
Would you say that growing up in Manchester has influenced your sound?
100%, so many musical influences in Manchester. The Techno Scene has always been strong here and is only getting better. It?s really easy to go out and be inspired by the sounds playing in the city.
You’ve been a resident at both Sankeys, Manchester and played for The Warehouse Project, tell us a bit about your experiences of the clubs and why they mean so much to you?
Sankeys was huge for me! I started off clubbing at a young age and watched many other artists there but knew very little about performing week in week out at the venue. I was educated in all styles of electronic music and after a while, I plucked up the courage to chat to David the owner and asked if he had any space for a studio upstairs in the offices. This led to the start of my DJ School and the residency at the club. While this was all going on I?d also go clubbing at WHP and saw it develop. After Sankeys closed I started to play sets at store street, normally on the Drumcode event and in the final year, I got to open the main room – still one of my favourite shows to date.
Is there anything that significantly separates the nightlife in Manchester from that in other cities across the UK?
To be honest, all cities have a strong scene at the moment. Liverpool is flying with lots of small parties but I’d say venues like Mayfield Depot are pushing Manchester forward and setting us apart from others.
You founded a music school ‘Make Me A DJ’ in Manchester back in 2008. Why was it important for you to build a creative hub like this in your home town?
Manchester has always been a creative city with tons of talent. The school was something that was originally set up to help me pay for a studio but it grew into a successful business helping people achieve goals and dreams in the scene. We now have 3 staff, our own building in Ancoats with 4 amazing studios. It?s a real hub of talent and activity and a really fun place to work and create in.
You recently launched your own label ‘Moments In Time’, will we be seeing any other Manchester natives on the imprint?
Sure, it doesn’t really matter where the artists are from, the label is a platform for me to put out music from friends and peers who feature heavily in my sets.
What?s next from you in terms of releases for you this year? And any upcoming shows in Manchester we should look out for?
Release wise it?s super packed out, I?ve just dropped my record ?Dominance? on my label, which is part of a various artists compilation and the imprint?s second release to date. Next up will be a remix on Christian Smith?s label Tronic, followed by a single on Terminal M and some more remixes.
In Manchester, I have been asked to play a huge Easter show, however we are still waiting on confirmation. If not I?ll be doing a Moments In Time label showcase event in the city to show off some of the immense talent we have.
For someone who hasn?t yet been to Manchester ? tell us your favourite hang out spots:
Best Burger in town – Almost Famous.
Best Coffee in town – I don’t drink coffee believe it or not! The best breakfast place is Ezra & Gill though so I imagine the coffee there is also banging.
Top 5 eating joints – Rudys, Veit Shack, Australasia, Foodwell, Cottonopopolis.
Where do you go to relax? Studio haha, joke. I play some golf and sometimes go to the local gym.
Where do you go to party? Mayfield, Soup Kitchen, Joshua Brooks, White Hotel.
Favourite part of the city? Northern Quarter is cool, definitely worth checking out.
‘Must try’ food or drink native to your city…? Hmmm we have loads! Have to say Fish & Chips or a curry on the curry mile.
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