Ahead of our eagerly anticipated event ‘Painting By Numbers’ we decided to get to know DJ and student Ross McGregor a little bit better. Here’s what he had to say…
How did you start getting into DJing?
I started when I was about 16; I got a couple of DJ lessons for my birthday that year and I’ve not stopped since.
What was the first event you played at and how did it go?
The first proper event I played was at Basement 45 during freshers in 2015. It was some wee generic freshers event run by the club and at the time I thought it went pretty well but looking back the tracks I played make me feel pretty uncomfortable now.
What kind of music do you like to play?
It really depends on what the night is and what the crowd are dancing to. I also try to play some of my own productions out, which at the minute has been breaks based techno. Recently I’ve been wanting to play more darker stuff… so I guess at the moment I play breakbeats, techno n some good ol' house.
Who’s been the biggest influence on the kind of music you play?
I guess it’s a variety of DJ’s I’ve looked up to really. If I had to choose one though it would probably have to be my man Ben UFO.
What’s your go-to song for pumping up an audience?
My favourite one at the minute is either Underground Resistance - Hardlife (Aaron Carl Remix) or Kings of Tomorrow - Fade II Black. They're both bloody perfect jackin’ house tracks that get fists flying and fingers pointing.
Do you think the music scene in Bristol has influenced the stuff you play?
100%. I’ve been exposed to so much good music being here and I definitely think it’s helped with DJing and Producing.
What’s your earliest fond memory of listening to music?
Probably in the car with my parents and my brother on holiday listening to Bill Withers - Lovely Day.
If there was a TV show of your life which song would be your theme song?
Hmm, that’s a good one. I’m not sure to be honest, probably any music from Limmy’s Show - he's the man.
If you could play to anyone and anywhere, who would it be and why?
My parents and brother to be honest. I’ve still not played at an event and they've been there, so that would be pretty sweet to play some tunes for them.
What are you most excited for at the ‘Painting By Numbers’ night?
I’m super excited to play obviously, but what I'm most excited for is the live art installations throughout the night. I’ve never been to an event that has both banging tunes and art at the same time. It’s going to be a night to remember I think.
Check out Ross’s set on Friday the 27th of April at ‘More Than x Helicon x Inter:Mission: Painting By Numbers’