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Trus'me live in New York
Time-length-icon 54m 50s
Publish-date-icon September 8, 2009
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Hang The DJ is 2!
Yes it's our second birthday, so to celebrate we've got a very special mix from Trus'me, who was on hand to help us celebrate our first anniversary a year ago at the launch of A Mystic Brew.

For now the Brew has been put into hibernation, but we'll be back at our new residency, every Sunday at the fantastic new DISTRIKT bar.

No tracklisting I'm afraid, so here's an interview that our very own Officer Boogie did with Trus'me instead.

When Kzm Kzm Kzm met…TRUS’ME.

The thing about Dj names is they are famously hard to get right. A good Dj name can be the difference between a good Dj who plays locally in bars and clubs and an internationally recognised Dj. Of course I am joking, of course the success of the Dj is very much down to his ability behind the turntables, in front of the crowd and behind a production desk in a studio making music. Needless to say though that as a brand package, a good Dj name is pretty essential, that’s not to say that bad Dj names can’t be successful, look at Fat Man Scoop.

David Wolsencroft also known as Trus’me, hails from the Musical Mecca that is Manchester and is responsible for one of the best Dj names I have come across for quite some time. “It all stems from the saying "Trust me" which is often used as a confirming close to a sentence by various people in all genres of soul music, especially in the UK. When spoken it is abbreviated to "Trus'me" hence the name. The idea being that I would like people to trust in me as a DJ and as a producer.” Trus’me is very much a producer and a Dj who we can trust. Pre 2007, David ‘Trus’me’ James was still very much under the radar, in fact it would be safe to say no-one had even heard of him, but since the release of his debut album ’Working Nights’ Trus’me has become the Dj’s Dj and has received more hype than anyone in the dance club seen. Pioneer of the British music and world wide beats, Gilles Peterson even exclaimed that “if there was ever a house record made for him it would be this one [Working Nights]”. the question is though, what was Trus’me doing before he became one of the most sought after Dj’s on the planet, literally overnight? “I've always been into this music shit! Soul, Reggae, Disco, Hip-Hop, Techno, house and so on. I guess my constant obsession with music has helped me become a better producer. I Started like most DJ's do playing around the bars of Manchester, learning what music works a crowd and more importantly which music doesn't. It's practicing your craft like any art form, these new producers out there, big names who suddenly have a list down there arm of DJ dates hit the road with zero experience and it shows. So next time your nagging a Bar DJ to play your request or even looking down on them in some way as there playing your local boozer you could be knocking the next Derrick May”

Then came Trus’me’s first EP and his full length debut album which replicates a lot of 70’s and 80’s Funk, Soul and Disco. It is very easy to spot Trus’me’s musical influences, however the problem is there are too many. Although his album would be considered a House record, there is no doubt that it is also a Soul record and at times Disco record and later a Jazz record, it is obvious that Trus’me is a true ‘crate digger’ and his musical knowledge is evident. “The records I cherish the most are the 6 to 7 track LP's from the likes of Roy Ayers and Marvin Gaye. These were lp's that were made with one goal in mind to produce a cohesive piece of music that tells a story form start to finish.” Working Nights has the same feel, it is an album. Although there are stand out tracks on there and tunes which are floor fillers, it is an album which to be appreciated fully needs to be considered as one piece of music. “To many records are made with the intention of just putting hits together but for me this a tired method. I wanna sit down with a cup of tea and listen through a full length not noticing where one track ends and another begins, apart from when the record needs flipping”.

It is obvious Trus’me is destined for great things but it would be futile to ignore the fact that within a couple of years he has gone from a little unknown Dj playing in bars around Manchester to headlining some of the most prolific clubs on the planet playing along side some the most revered Dj’s on the planet. Trus’me recently played in Leeds at ‘A Mystic Brew’ and I wonder which gigs apart from his Leeds date have been most memorable. “Ha Ha the Leeds party was great, just how I like it an open crowd, who come with an attitude to dance and hear new music, what more can you ask from a crowd. But there is one gig that really stands out in my mind. It's no secret that Detroit is a huge influence and building block to my sound as the music of Detroit and Manchester have been interlocked way before I was even alive. So growing up and clubbing in Manchester you couldn't help but be inspired by these big DJ names from Detroit. So when I visited Detroit it was kinda like a priest perfroming a Mass in Rome. They were all there Theo, Rick, Kenny, Malik I mean all of them. So here I am playing in Detroit tearing it up with all these heavy weights dancing there tits off in the booth with me. A feeling of acceptance by your peers I guess can't be beaten.”

It is easy to forget the colossal impact Trus’me has had on the dance music scene over the last few years, most probably because he himself seems so unaffected by it all. Predictably so, the future looks bright for Trus’me, his new, very eagerly awaited LP is in the pipe line. “The new LP "In the Black" should drop In February with Guests Amp Fiddler, Paul Randolph, Jose James & Monique Bingham. Also an LP with Third Ear for later in 2009 and countless remix's also on the way.”

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