From fuzzy shoegaze to abrasive techno, ethereal ambient to off kilter IDM and everything in between, the sounds continue to expand, united only in their energy. Welcome to the world of Daniel Avery...
My dad is a huge record collector, so the house was never silent – there was always music playing. I became really interested in his vinyl and that’s where it all began. I never considered this could be what I did for a job, it was just a hobby. I always put musicians of any level on such a pedestal. They seemed to come from a different planet and I was in complete awe of them – any artist who was able to build a world, through their live shows, their music videos, their merchandise ... I was really drawn to that whole idea from an early age as a fan.
I started making music in my teens, just messing about in my bedroom with a 4-track recorder, guitars and a drum machine. Then came DJing. I didn’t really know what it
was until I came across a club night in Bournemouth, where I grew up – an alternative night playing lots of guitar music, some electronica and the more leftfield pop music of the time. I hung around there so often and was so taken into that world that I became obsessed
with it. It felt like a really exciting underground corner of the town where I felt I belonged. I began DJing there for the opening hour every week and completely fell in love with it, instantly. From there, I had a number of jobs within music – as a booker, a promoter, working in a record shop – and DJing was a constant throughout it all. Gradually, my hobby of making my own world defined my entire life.
Early influences and collaborators
I loved bands like Nine Inch Nails and Smashing Pumpkins, obsessed over directors such as Chris Cunningham and David Lynch – all while pouring hours into video games like Silent Hill and Metal Gear Solid. To me, all of this occupied the same shadowy space. Anyone that was able to beckon me into their world absolutely fascinated me and I still feel the same way now.
I was a huge Erol Alkan fan before I even met him. I used to go to his club night, Trash, and we gradually became friends. I signed to his label Phantasy Sound ten years ago, and I just released my sixth album for them – a perfect circle. Someone who was kind of my hero in many ways became my friend and long-term collaborator. I find it really important to keep those relationships alive, it invigorates me.
Two photographers have played a huge role in everything I’ve done in my career. One is Steve Gullick, my favourite visual artist without question. As a teenager I was obsessed with his photographs and I remain that way. Parisian photographer Keffer is perfect at capturing
the excitement of nightlife and he has followed me on the road for ten years. We have a mountain of tour photographs – not just of me but of the energy of the party, beautifully captured in black and white. Steve and Keffer are two huge figures in my career.