Emerging Artist 001: Wain

Presenting the emerging UK techno artist, Wain. The artist has been making prominent strides in the techno within the UK and abroad with some great sounds on his very own, Rammer Records.

This week we host him in the emerging artists series, ahead of his proposed ‘Human Touch’ single on Friday. We got to know more about his sound, his influences and what we can look forward to on the new imprint.

‘Human Touch’ is out via Rammer Records on Friday – everything Rammer Records can be found here: https://linktr.ee/RammerRecords

How has 2021 been for you as an artist?

2021 has been a good year for me so far despite what’s been going on recently. I released my debut single ‘Eternity’ on Technologic Recordings at the end of February which is a heavy acid track, meanwhile I’ve been spending a lot of time in the studio just creating stuff. Ive completely upgraded my dj set up too so I’ve spent a bit of time sorting that out. Music wise I’ve got some new tracks coming out this year which I’m excited to announce and got some new stuff landing on my label this year too. I’ve also done a fair few livestreams but I’m now focusing more time in the studio, so things are looking good for this year. 

You are a new artist, head of RAMMER Records, tell us more about the ethos of the label?

I’ve always liked the thought of having my own label and my own sound so i thought why not? The name ‘Rammer’ is actually a slang term from where I am from which basically means a track is a banger, so the name fits well. It also acts as a platform for my own music which i will regularly be putting out under the label, also because there are a lot of talented people out there who don’t get a chance to show what they can do because there is so much competition nowadays, so I’d like to give them that opportunity to do so. In future i’d like to do my own events under the label which would be cool. But really it’s all about good techno music, rammers only. 

How did you first begin your journey into the world of dance music and in particular Techno?

I’ve always loved music ever since I was young but as I’ve got older I’ve gone through so many different genres and different kinds of music, but electronic music has always been the favourite. When I was younger I started listening to dubstep which then moved to house and disco in my teens. I was 18 when I went to my first music festival which was Parklife in the UK, I went with a group of mates for the last day of the festival which was the Sunday. I didn’t know everybody that was on the line-up but I knew a good few so I thought I’d go. From that day everything changed.

I still listen to different genres of dance music but techno is by far the favourite, it just has a certain feel to it that no other genre does. Nowadays i listen to techno non-stop, I’m always looking for new music to play and always creating new ideas i can implement into my own tracks, i don’t think i’ll stop listening to techno for a very very long time. I went to Awakenings festival in 2019 and I would say that was the greatest weekend of my life, the music, the atmosphere, the vibe, it was incredible. 

Human Touch is the next release to arrive on RAMMER Records – is the Single synonymous with the lack of human touch that’s been present over the past year?

Yeah you could say that, I originally wanted to create an absolute banger or ‘rammer’ that could bring people together after such a long time of no touch or contact. This past year has been so hard for everyone so if I can make a track that can change somebody’s mood or make them happy then I’m happy. This track has a lot of good elements in it and i can’t wait to hear it on a proper sound system, hopefully sometime soon.  I’m also really looking forward to getting this debut release out and getting things rolling with the label, there’s a lot of exciting times ahead. Hopefully the future is bright and we can be a lot closer together after such a long time, because that’s what we need.

Where would you like to perform when the world of events returns?

I’ve been to a lot of places for festivals and music events but in terms of playing I’ve always wanted to play for Awakenings whether that be at the Gashouder or any of the events and festivals.

I’ve never actually been to the Gashouder but to play there would be a dream come true. Timewarp is also one of those amazing events which I’d love to play, but realistically I’d be happy playing anywhere. The whole reason I got into this was because I love music and love playing music, the fact that a single track or a melody can change your mood instantly just shows how powerful it actually is. 

What is your studio setup like, any favourable pieces of equipment to highlight?

So in my studio i have quite a few things i like to use, for my kicks and drums i use the Auturia Drumbrute which is a great piece of kit for creating those powerful heavy sounding kicks. For my basslines I use the Moog Sub Phatty again a great bit of equipment, when creating acid lines in my tracks I’ll use the Roland TB3, and for other components I use Korg Minilogue and a bunch of other VST’s. I use a variety of equipment in my tracks but all under my own sound, it’s good to be unique with your music. 

What are the future plans for the label, or any other individual projects you are working on?

At the moment I’m just keen to get the label off the ground and get the ball rolling, We have releases lined up for the rest of the year with some local talent dropping releases and also some more music from me. In the future i’d like to do my own events and parties and hopefully can get some big names onboard but until then i’ll see how things go. In terms of other projects i have just started an event with a few friends called ‘Techa’ which is a Tech-House and Techno showcase, with the first event being held in Manchester at the end of july. We’ve set it up to help get some more normality back into our lives and get the scene kicking again, everybody misses the raves so why not do our own?

Please share with us one track which has touched you and will never leave your mind.

That’s a tough one, there’s so many tracks which are always going through my head but i think the one that overall resonates with me the most is  Adam Beyer – Your Mind. When you’re at an event or a rave and you start to hear them vocals coming and your hairs stand on end, it’s nothing but pure vibes. I’m glad to say I’ve been to a lot of places where I’ve heard it live and it’s always been a good one.