Jamie McHugh is an artist who has been attracting a lot of attention in the dance music industry. His recent productions have found favor with some of the world's best known DJs. His track "Arcadia" was featured in a recent BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix and in Pete Tong's Essential Selection. It was also signed to David Duriez's Brique Rouge label and has already received support from Sasha, John Digweed, Hernan Cattaneo, Nick Warren, the MYNC Project, Nic Fanciulli, and James Zabiela. Jamie's follow up "Yeah," which he co-produced with DJ Ricky Stone, is on track to mirror Acradia's success when it's released later this year on the MYNC Project's CR2 label, home to the likes of Eric Prydz, Steve Angello, and Skylark. Jamie has also collaborated with the talented DJ/producer Dave Robertson to produce the track "Glitch," which Nic Fanciulli has already signed to his Saved label. In addition, Jamie released the killer track "Dropout" on James Harcourt's Twisted Frequency label and found time to remix the progressive classic "Pure" by Hawaii.
In addition to his productions, Jamie has gained a great deal of recognition through his DJ-ing. His mixes have drawn strong support from artists such as Tom Stephan and Tall Paul and have earned him recent guest appearances on Proton Radio, Mercury Sessions, and the Ministry of Sound Radio. In fact, DJ Magazine just gave a glowing review of Jamie's latest mix, which he has provided here for Resonant Vibes listeners!
In light of his many recent accomplishments, you may be wondering how Jamie's career started. He got into the house music scene in the late 80s, around the time when it first kicked off in Europe. In 1991, Jamie joined the army and moved to Osnabruck, Germany. From there, he had the opportunity to witness the explosion of dance music on the continent. In 1992, Jamie worked with a few friends to take over a dying local disco called "Hollywoods." Within four weeks the club was packed, and people were traveling from all over Germany to visit. It was at this point that Jamie knew he was destined to be a DJ. He spent the next year learning the basics and cutting his teeth in front of live audiences at Hollywoods. Jamie's tenure at the club lasted for about a year, until the authorities closed it down.
By the time Hollywoods closed, the house music scene in Germany had grown tremendously. New nights were opening everywhere, and Jamie was spinning whenever and wherever he got the chance. A year later, Jamie moved to Dusseldorf and secured a residency at the premier local spot "Poison Club," which later led to a residency at the "Tribehouse" in Neuss. Poision Club and Tribehouse were two of the biggest and best dance clubs in Germany. Playing house and techno, Jamie managed to gain respect at these clubs and at various events across Germany. In 1994, after a visit to the legendary club Renaissance in the United Kingdom, Jamie got into the progressive sound. His acquired passion for progressive music inspired him to spend all of his money on new records and to become a progressive pioneer when he returned to Germany. After this artistic shift, Jamie’s bookings increased ten-fold. In the following years, Jamie earned a strong reputation and played alongside such DJs as Carl Cox, Westbam, Paul Van Dyk, Timo Mass, and Da Hool.
Today, Jamie has returned to the UK (London) and has played at many different events and at some of the country's best clubs including the Cross, the End, Fabric, Hidden, and Turnmills. In the recent past, Jamie has played alongside DJs ranging from Rui Da Silva and Seamus Haji to Nick Warren. His radio show mixes have earned him featured spots alongside such artists as Nic Fanciulli, Paolo Mojo, Justin Martin, Greg Vickers, and Demi. He also recently started a personal show on Proton Radio.
Artistically, Jamie refuses to confine himself to any particular genre. In his own words, he plays styles ranging "from deep house to electro, tech house to twisted breaks, and everything in between." He likes to begin his sets slowly and to incorporate mood teasing effects and acapellas before picking up the pace. Jamie also uses technology to stay on the cutting edge, embellishing his sets with scratching, effects, and live loops.