“Midland has been a household name for a few years now. His first record came in 2010 with Ramadanman (Pearson Sound) and from there a relationship with Aus Music was born. It was on this label that Midland released his huge breakthrough track, ‘Trace’. With upwards of six releases on Will Saul’s label not including remix EPs, plus output on others such as Phonica, Feel My Bicep and his own brainchild, Graded, Harry Agius’ material has dipped into many genres, and this varied style of music is reflected in his DJing. Equally at home spinning and producing disco as he is with techno, Midland’s musical repertoire is varied; indicative of someone who isn’t afraid to step out of his comfort zone. Two of his most recent productions back this up perfectly: the experimental ‘Decompression Suite’ on Aus Music’s forthcoming Anniversary compilation on one side of the spectrum and Final Credits, a cracking disco cut set to be one of the tunes of the summer, on the other.
Aguis has moved around a lot – currently based in London and previously living in Africa, his cultural exposure is just as varied as his music taste. However, his musical path started to truly gather momentum when he held down a job at the Wire club in Leeds. It is here that he was exposed to a plethora of music, and said himself that he would wake up with little sleep after a long shift and immediately work on unleashing his inspiration. Thankfully for him and for us, all the hard work paid off.
Midland has challenged homophobia and brought attention to the gender imbalance that permeates the scene by voicing his opinion about unfair judgement of female DJs. He’s someone who has used his talent not only to better his own situation but also many others. As someone who has expressed the importance of remembering the queer roots of house music and pushed to make dance music as inclusive as possible, we are extremely delighted to welcome Midland to our TOTD family as we celebrate the final week of Pride in London.
Before you indulge in his selection, I will leave you with a quote taken from his conversation with Boiler Room and JD Twitch which perfectly illustrates what this Pride takeover is all about: “We shouldn’t care what gender the DJ is or that there are guys making out in the crowd or that there’s a guy in a dress or girls with shaved heads, we should be celebrating it.””