Rewind to April 2003 and Mixmag runs a feature about the ten best new DJs in the UK. One of these is a young guy from Manchester called Andy Price and one month later heâs in Mixmag again. This time itâs because heâs been made a Mixmag Future Hero alongside the likes of Nic Fanciulli, Louis Edwards, The Trophy Twins, Demi, the Beat Monkeys and a small army of likeminded youngsters breathing fresh air into the UK club scene.
Not surprisingly, the last two years have been pretty good for this young northerner. Following recognition from Mixmag there have been regular gigs at that infamous Manchester institution Sankeyâs Soap, Drama at The Cross in London, Soundworx in association with The Gallery at Turnmills and countless other quality venues. There also the small matter of Andyâs debut gigs in Ibiza. Mr C was so impressed when Andy Warmed up for him at the Music Box in Manchester that he invited him over to play for his Supafreak night at Underground. This was followed by playing to around 2000 people on the terrace at Amnesia for the Cream Ibiza 2003 closing party where Andy took the roof off!
Itâs not all been about the last couple of years, however, as Andy has been DJing since 1997 and this DJ career is based on some strong foundations. Spending his university days in Hull, he did what all good students do and blew his grant on a brand new shiny pair of Technics and taught himself to mix. In no time at all he found himself getting gigs in some of the cityâs best clubs as well as a weekly residency at Peach at The Room followed by the legendary Deja Vu. Alongside these Andy was also resident and co-promoter of the hugely successful Lojik, spending over four years at the forefront of Hullâs underground scene. Returning to Manchester in 2000, he then spent three years as resident at tribal house monthly Solarphonic based in the intimate surroundings of Zumbar.
Playing in clubs alone was never going to be enough for Andy, however, and in July 2001 he created the âBack to Our Houseâ radio show alongside fellow Mancunian DJ Crooky. For nearly three years it was the North Westâs number one Saturday night dance show aired every week on the cityâs largest radio station, Key 103. The show sadly finished in March 2004 falling victim to major line-up changes at the station but fear not, the guys aim not be off the airwaves for too long! Over the years the show not only played host to some of the worldâs most famous DJs but was also a platform for young up-and-coming DJs and producers.
Andyâs partnership with Crooky has extended into both club nights and other music projects. In 2002 the guys were signed up by React to mix their âReact to Rhythmâ sampler CD which showcased the labelâs latest material. During this time he was also the progressive house reviewer for underground dance music magazine Wax.
Things have gone from strength to strength for Andy over the last year with further bookings across the UK including Empathy in Bristol, Garlands in Liverpool, Goodgreef House Party @ Phillips Park Hall and Ascension in Manchester, as well as overseas trips to Salzburg, Stockholm, Romania, Dubai, Ibiza and St Petersburg where Andy Played the huge DJ Parade in a 25,000 capacity Ice Hockey Stadium!! In 2003 Andy was invited back to the Tribal Gathering Weekender in Southport for the second year in a row where he had the VIP room jumpinâ to his dirty house sound.
2003 also saw the beginning of a new residency with S.T.U.D. The Manchester collective had been throwing wild parties for over three years and chose Andy to become their new resident at their monthly parties at Manchesterâs newest venue Paparazzi, where he joined fellow resident Kriss Knight and guests including Tom Neville, Sonny Wharton, insignificant Others and Tania von Pear. Across 2003/04 the S.T.U.D. boys hosted the house room at all Goodgreefâs events, as well regularly hosting Sankeyâs Soapâs intimate Soap Bar.
2004 saw another new residency as Andy became a member of the âSmugglersrun Soundsystemâ alongside Miguel, Kriss Knight and Zander Gibbs. The guys provide the soundtrack to exclusive monthly boat parties in Manchester that are fast becoming legendary, as well as their monthly mash ups at Sankeys Soap. Look out for the 2nd Birthday in July 05 and this summerâs Tribal Gathering event at Luton Hoo where the boys will be destroying the VIP Tent.
2004 also saw a return to Amnesiaâs Terrace as Andy played for Cream in July and the closing party in September with Andy classing both sets as possibly his best experiences behind the decks. Thereâs been three guest mixes on Christian Hornbostelâs House Pacific show on Italian radio station Rete 105 along the way as well as mixes for Tula and DJ Paulette on Ministry of Sound Radio.
2005 has seen things build further with a debut trip to play the 3000 capacity Peppermint Club in Dubai, more return visits to Russia, repeat gigs for Going Places at Turnmills and sets already in the diary for Dusted @ Eden in Ibiza and Guilt in London amongst others. Andy is also currently working on a brand new house project which will arrive in Autumn 2005! Watch this space!!
Over the last eight years, Andy has graced the decks of clubs across the land playing alongside everyone from Seb Fontaine, X-Press 2, Peace Division and Tom Stephan to Danny Howells, Mr C, Circulation and many more, never overwhelmed and always performing at the height of his ability. The futureâs looking very bright for this young northerner; you owe it to yourself to check him out! Heâs not been made a Mixmag Future Hero for nothing!