The most exciting thing for me, at the moment, is about the huge emerging dance scene in the US right now—and Im loving being a part of it! -Doorly
Don’t you dare put Doorly’s music in a box because the UK-based producer and DJ will definitely set you straight. “I firmly don't believe in being restrained by genre boundaries, as you'll hear from my music and sets!” And he isn’t kidding. One listen to his music will showcase his tendency to lean toward the eclectic, not just in his own sets, but in his productions as well.
Taking a little bit from techno, electro, future garage, drum 'n' bass and dubstep, hip-hop and indie, (Martin) Doorly serves up a musically delicious hodgepodge of electronic jambalaya. But besides his music, Doorly’s retro presence behind the decks can really impress. With a scratch here, a splice there, his DJ sets provide seamless mash-ups that have helped him garner the description of having the skills to be “an old school block party DJ” with a new school technological twist.
April 2008 proved to be a turning point for Doorly, when he was invited by none other than Pete Tong to strut his stuff live on BBC Radio 1’s “Essential Mix.” What follows is a number of notable gigs at some of the world’s premiere electronic music spots, in addition to numerous remix joints for some big names like Kanye West, Groove Armada, The Prodigy and more.
While Doorly’s entertaining persona is at the top of his career, Martin can’t flip the switch into non-work mode. Traveling the world, playing practically every night of the week, any time off is usually spent still making music. “I'm a workaholic, but I love it!” he exclaims. Having toured with fellow UK dubstep DJ and producer Rusko earlier this year, Doorly is ready to work overtime, as he tours with electronic music’s newest summer tour, IDentity Festival.
How did you first become interested in DJing?
I was working as a bartender and the DJ didn't show up, so I volunteered since I had some records. I was a terrible DJ, but I was cheaper so they gave me the job!
After you got better, what did you do to really set fire to you DJ reputation?
I also run club nights and I've been DJing for about 12 years, so I kind of knew all the DJs anyway through booking them or playing alongside them. So as a well-respected DJ amongst my peers, when I started making music it was much easier to be heard and get support.
How has the scene changed since you first emerged?
Since I've been DJing the scene has changed and flexed. I've lived through deep house, funky house, electro, jungle, dubstep, garage, and now back to UK funky disco. When a new genre pops up, if I'm into it, I'll work it into my set and get involved. These days, there are far less boundaries for everyone in the UK, thanks to people like 2ManyDJs and Annie Mac’s Radio 1 show. The most exciting thing for me, at the moment, is about the huge emerging dance scene in the US right now—and I'm loving being a part of it!
If you were to describe your sound as a scent what would it be called?
Eu de partay!
Good one! What about its tagline?
“Expect the unexpected”
Would this different from your production/remix sound?
Nope I mainly make music for my sets, so exactly the same philosophy applies
It seems a lot of your remixes are considered dubstep? Would you say this is your primary favorite type of electronic music to make?
No, not at all. I think my more popular remixes in the States are dubstep remixes but that's just what's popular right now there. I prefer to make deeper, more subtle stuff these days; but still stuff that work as dance floor bangers.
Which do you think is your best remix to date?
I did a remix for Beardyman's track "Where Does Your Mind Go," which encapsulated exactly where I was at the time as a producer. But my favorite right now is one I've done for Utah Saints [“What Can You Do For Me”], which destroys any dance floor!
How would you describe your DJ technique or skills?
I try to throw as much action, energy and turntablism into my sets and make it as much as a performance as possible. I use 4 [Pioneer] CDJs and a sampler.
Is there a moment in your life/career that defined your philosophy or position on the state of the electronic music scene?
2ManyDJs, when they released their As Heard On Radio Soulwax CD. It made it cool to play any kind of music and make it work.
What’s your place in electronic music at this moment?
I quickly followed and have been pushing that ever since no matter what scene, country or club I play at.
Is there anyone who’s really influenced you?
I was hugely inspired by Erick Morillo in the early days. He was the first person to use CDJs properly, and manipulate the music beyond how it was intended to be heard in that way.
When can fans expect an LP, and what are you planning on putting into it?
I still feel, like, I need to release a few more small EPs and a couple of big singles first to put my vibe across as a producer because I've done so many remixes, but not so many original releases. Having said that though, I do have an absolute shit load of finished tracks—with probably half an albums worth of stuff I'd be happy to release now. So who knows? But when the time feels right, you'll hear them!
What is the most colorful/memorable incident you have involving a fan or fan relations? Change names to protect the innocent, if you care to.
I once played in Poland and two girls came with homemade "Doorly" T-shirts and brought me customized Kinder Eggs, which they had decorated themselves and put their numbers inside. But it was all a bit weird…they asked me to sign their faces!
What's your most memorable DJ experience thus far in your career, and why?
Possibly opening for the Prodigy last year at a festival in front of 65K people. I started the biggest mosh pit, literally, that I've ever seen!
From CDs to MP3s…music is always changing not only in sound, but how it’s heard. Look ahead for us, into the future. What will be/cause the next big shake up?
Surely it can't be long ’til they create holograms of us so you can simultaneously play in 300 clubs across the world at the same time!
Given many of electronic music's major names usually see each other at festivals, gigs, etc. Who would you say you're close to in terms of other DJs?
It’s mad because I play ALL styles of music, so I seem to know and get on with nearly all the DJs in the game. So this is a really tough one because I don't want to leave anyone out, but I suppose my most regular DJ crew (who I see the most in and out of work) are people like Annie Mac, Fake Blood, Toddla T, Rusko, Jack Beats, Jaymo & Andy George and Zane Lowe.