Liam Doc is one of the many new talents emerging from the Glasgow scene over the last few years. In IOM 011, you can’t help but be consumed by the intensity of the pumping choices that Liam compiles, or have your interest piqued by the familiar sounds in the glimpses of the unreleased tracks. We had a brief chat with the man to learn more.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a producer, I run a record label based in central Scotland called Eyeangle Records and its sub label Roux Records (alongside le Frenchman Chris Roux) and I'm a resident at Sub Club for RARE Wednesday.
What is this mix comprised of?
It was inspired by my own experiences being a part of the IOM group, songs I've found from threads, songs I've ID'd myself, some gems I think everyone should know, as well as a few unreleased numbers from some friends of mine.
How long have you been producing?
About 5 years now. I've muddled my way through a variety of styles. I started off recording some bands when I was younger and then I moved on to working with some hip hop acts. Over the past three years I've gradually gravitated towards house and techno.
You've been releasing tracks online for about a year now. When you look back on your early tracks, what are the main areas of production you think you've progressed?
I think the stuff I've been writing recently that is currently unreleased is my best work to date and miles apart from what I've done in the past. In terms of the quality, the way it was made and the the vibe, I feel like I've found "my sound".
I think as a producer, looking back at past productions, you'll always notice things in your mix that the average Joe won't really be looking out for. Even though I've always tried to be super critical of what I put out, there's a number of things I'd change if I could go back - mainly silly shit like "that hi hat should be lower" or "I should've saturated the kick more".
I think one of the most important things I've learned in my 5 years making music is not to make rash decisions, sometimes you need that few months of sitting on a track just to make sure its as good as it can be.
How have your recent releases been received by the community, locally and internationally?
To be honest, I was surprised how well they were received - especially the edits I've been doing. Initially I wasn't even sure if I was going to release them and then Big Miz started playing my Voices Of East Harlem one and then through him, Denis Sulta got in touch with me and wanted to sign four of them to his new label. That still feels surreal... I remember waking up for work one morning and seeing a friend request from him and a message asking me to send over the tunes - it was such a mind blowing moment. Three of my songs have turned up in the group as a result of that and, as a producer, to see some of the biggest DJ's in the world playing your tracks to thousands of people... there's not much more you can ask for.
Who are your inspirations for both your DJing and your production?
There's so many I could name that have had a profound influence on my sound and style.
If I had to pick one for each category, I'd say my main influence for DJing - or at least the main artist that got me interested in DJing - would be Jamie XX. All of his Boiler Room sets are unbelievable, and I still watch them regularly. I love the way he can effortlessly mix across genres, from house to grime, to ambient noise, to disco and out of nowhere pounding techno. I saw him at T in the Park a few years ago and can genuinely say it's one of the best sets I've ever seen. The emotion and the vibe he conveyed across those two hours was amazing.
In terms of a producer that inspires me, I'm going to go with Kamus. He's one of the artists I've been working closely with on the label and has recently took over the distribution side of things with Eyeangle. The boy is a MACHINE. Every few days he'll send me over whatever he's working on and its consistently shit hot. If I'm having a bit of writers block or not really feeling like I can be bothered going to the studio and he sends me a track, it always gives me a boost. There's so many intricate parts he adds in. His method and work flow is rapid and he's a genius when it comes to sampling. I genuinely don't think I've played a gig in the past year where I've not dropped at least one of his tunes.
Is there anything specifically unique about the sound coming out of Glasgow currently?
There must be something in the water in Glasgow because the amount of talent that's pushing through is amazing. Everyone brings their own unique style to the table and you can be quietly confident that if you're turning up to a party in Glasgow, it's going to be a good one.
There's so many producers and DJ's that are making a name for themselves on an International level and I find it so inspiring to see so many doing well. With class acts like DABJ, Sofay, Fear-E, Harri & Dom and countless others paving the way, Glasgow is well and truly Scotland's hub for great house and techno.
What are 3 music staples that everyone has to go to if they're traveling through Glasgow?
La Cheetah, Berkley Suite and last but definitely not least... the mighty Sub Club.
What's currently on the cards for 2019?
2019 is looking busy. As well as my Sub Club parties with RARE Wednesday's, I've been booked for a couple of festivals; Shapes at the Jail in Stirling, Electric Fields and I'll be getting my Boiler Room debut at Fly Open Air in May which I am absolutely buzzing for. It's been a dream of mine forever and I can't thank the team at Fly enough for the opportunity.
Release wise, I've got an EP planned for my label Eyeangle Records, as well as an edits EP which will be out on Denis Sulta's new label, Silver Service. I'm also curating a VA compilation album called Choose Life alongside the Eyeangle's event series, where 100% of the profits will be donated to the Scottish Association of Mental Health. I've already got two VERY big hitters confirmed as well as a host of local talent.