• Gregor Burney

Artist Spotlight - Ryan Hamblett | Shapes

In this month's Artist Spotlight we welcome Stirling based DJ and Promoter Ryan Hamblett who heads up Shapes, a club and event series that has been on the go in Stirling for over five years now.

1. Hey Ryan! Always great to get a chat in about music and DJing! Let’s kick things off with a bit about yourself – tell us how you got into DJing, the style of music you play and what or who your biggest inspirations are.

Hey, so I got into DJing back in 2006. It was my first holiday to Ibiza and seeing all the DJs playing amazing music, giving off this amazing vibe just thought that’s what I want to do! I have a broad spectrum of music I love anything from Disco, House and Techno and even Trance. I prefer being able to play a variation of music. But right now loving a lot of the Nu-Disco / Dark Disco stuff. My inspirations have proper changed over the years. I loved the energy that Eddie Halliwell brought to his DJs sets however seeing the likes of Carl Cox, Sven Vath for the first time was amazing. Today though it’s the events/parties that inspire me, the likes of Cocoon, Soma, Circoloco and obviously closer to home Platform 18, Subculture, Nightvision / Terminal V. DJ wise you just can’t get better than Gerd Janson!

2. Tell us a little bit about the mix and how you approach doing them. Do you plan ahead for something like this, or just go in totally winging it?

Recording a mix for you guys I just bought tunes this morning then sort of had a flow I wanted to go with so hit record and away I went. Been thinking of creating an alias so I can concentrate on the dark disco vibe which I have do