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On Friday 29th January, North Shields producer and DJ, Paul Tyson drops Eyes Down, the second release on his own label Turning Tide Records. All proceeds made from this EP go to NHS Charities Together and is available to purchase from Beatport

Here, Paul tells us what inspired the EP…

I have been investing a lot of time into learning synthesis and sound design and have been really trying to force myself to be able to write what sound enters my head.  I have moved away from sampling and for this release used Arturia’s Pigments and their software emulation of the Roland Jupiter 8 to design all of the sounds.

I have tried to recreate all of the sounds I like to hear in underground club tracks.  The sounds from my old clubbing days in Shindig and other local club nights.  Driving bass lines and lots of melody.

I think having lots of layers of chords, pads and arps, really gives electronic music its soul.  Throw in a few hooky vocal bits and you really get that emotive sound.  

I have been heavily influenced from producers from back when I was in clubs every week. Hearing those records week in, week out on huge systems in darkened rooms stays with you forever.  People like Sasha, Carl Craig, Joris Voorn, Deep Dish and Steve Lawler. The sound of 8 hour Danny Howell’s DJ sets. Just some incredible music coming out of the speakers. Really deep and complex music that i hope to be able to recreate one day on the same level.

I have also been massively influenced by what BICEP are doing with their live show and have just invested in my first round of hardware. The Roland TR8s, SH01A and Juno Boutique edition are on their way to my studio so I’m excited about that. 

Eyes Down: The title track has been designed with a deep, driving, roller of a house track.  It could be played at any time in a set.  Rolling bass lines and jagged Arp’s and just enough vocal hooks to keep the track addictive. 

Raging Water: This one is built around a nice vocal.  Again lots of melody and hooks.  Lots of emotion in this one.  You can’t beat a good vocal to give a dance track that human element.  One for the dance floor but could equally be played whilst warming a room up.

The Tale Of Eli: A more progressive affair. This was written entirely using the Roland Jupiter 8V. Lots of shimmery 80’s style chords, stabs and melodies. Definitely a nod to the old prog house days.

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