Will Saul is the producer and DJ behind Simple Records and Aus Music. His sound
is based in deep dubdiscohousetechno with flashes of soul and irresistible melodies
that hark back to the early days of Detroit (from Motown to Planet E). Over the last
few years Will has gained an admirable reputation as not only a show-stealing DJ,
but also a talented A&R and producer. He’s remixed for Chicken Lips, Jesse Rose,
Manuel Tur, Cortney Tidwell, Solomun, Steve Lawler, Phonique, Appleblim, Scuba
and The Juan Maclean (DFA) to name just a few. Will was resident at the legendary
End club in London for many years before it closed it’s doors in January and has
recently mixed and compiled the latest in the renowned Balance series. The press
response to this was superb with Will featuring on the cover of DJ magazine and
receiving compilation of the month in DJ/IDJ and Mixmag whilst making the top 20
compilations of 2009 on Resident Advisor.
Will was born in Taunton, Somerset in 1978. Always surrounded by music, his
musical path has developed gradually. Growing up his parents encouraged him to
play the piano, sax and timpani, each of which he disliked at the time. He started
buying records at eight – motown, soul, R&B, film scores – and diligently recorded
the Top 40 on Sunday afternoons. Before his teens he’d begun collecting hip-hop
and by sixteen was into dance. Trekking to clubs across England every weekend
inspired him to get a job and save up enough cash for two turntables and a mixer.
For such a passionate collector, DJing was a revelation. Two years later he won
Muzik’s mixtape talent contest Bedroom Bedlam, having progressed his sound from
lush, jazzy grooves and Leftfield oddities to include deep, dubby breaks and brokenbeats.
After two years working in Sony International’s A&R department he left to set
up a label with friends. They called it Simple, to reflect their open-minded intention
to release good music, of whatever genre. It was while working at the legendary
Koobla records, and then the fantastic Phonica, that he had his eyes fully opened to
the wonderful world of house and techno. At the time the scene was being reinvigorated
by producers such as Mathew Jonson, who Will quickly employed for
his first remix.
Simple Records’ musical focus is futuristic house and techno for the deeper end of
the dance floor. The constant evolution of the label now sees Gadi Mizrahi (Wolf +
Lamb), Adultnapper, Motorcitysoul and James Priestley & Dan Berkson making up
the core roster. Over the course of 8 years Will has commissioned remixes from
Chateau Flight, Argy, Gui Boratto, Sebo K, Isolee, Konrad Black, Jimpster, John
Tejada, Tobias, Recloose, dOP, Michael Cleis, Dixon, Lee Curtiss, I:Cube and many,
many more of underground house and techno’s most respected producers. The
label rapidly approaches it’s 50th single release (nov 2010) which will see Will and his
long term production partner Tam Cooper team up for a limited edition vinyl double
pack EP featuring 4 new originals and remixes from Wolf + Lamb, Nicolas Jaar and
Jonny White & Kenny Glasgow (Art Department).
Will’s other label of love – Aus Music – explores more cutting edge leftfield sounds
and has developed into a home for a range of unique artists – from the live dub of
Sideshow (Fink on Ninja Tune), through to the layered, undulating techno of Sian via
the heart warming, richly textured grooves of Lee Jones & his MyMy project. The
label frequently touches on dub-step (and beyond) with Appleblim, Ramadanman
and Joy Orbison all having released on Aus in recent months.
Look out for Will’s second full artist album in Spring 2011, which will feature
collaborations with Joe Dukie (Fat Freddy’s Drop), Paul St.Hilaire, Charlene Soraia,
and Detachments amongst others.