You never know exactly what you’re going to hear with Jackmaster. The element of glorious surprise is crucial to his sets: from the lost Dance Mania gems he spends his time unearthing to forgotten Disco tracks to straight-up house and techno sets, the Numbers co-founder has more options up his sleeve than just about any other DJ out there – and a rare knack for connecting seemingly disparate style..
What you are guaranteed to get is a master selector’s instinct for creating and riding the energy of a crowd: few can get a dancefloor as hyped as Jackmaster. “I don’t think about music in terms of genre, I think about it in terms of energy levels,” he says – and as his star has risen over the past few years, this has been on perfect display at parties from Glasgow to Berlin to New York, and from superclubs such as Berghain and Fabric to legendary underground warehouse parties.
He’s also proven that populist tendencies can have longevity, if done right: unbelievably, it’s now 10 years since the Numbers club night was founded, forging a tight-knit and loyal scene in which Jackmaster and like-minded Glaswegian’s could hone their skills. Now, the world can’t get enough of their sounds: the Numbers influence has spread across clubs and into the mainstream, with names such as Jessie Ware, SBTRKT, Rustie, Hudson Mohawke and Jamie xx all having released material with the label.
At the heart of Jackmaster’s wide-ranging sensibility is a fundamental honesty: he believes in neither following trends nor the concept of guilty pleasures. His commitment to both honesty and energy encapsulates what can make dance culture life-changingly thrilling: it’s about the clubber on the dancefloor reacting instantaneously and truthfully to the music. Few cater to that dancer as effectively as Jackmaster – no mere “crowd-pleaser”, but someone always guaranteed to please the crowdplease the crowd.
2015 was the year Patrick Topping cemented his status as one of the most in demand names in dance music, securing his 5th Beatport Tech-House number 1, tirelessly touring the world’s biggest festivals, from Creamfeilds in South America to Stereosonic in Australia, to the main stage at Movement in Detroit, whilst completing his second summer as resident at DC10 in Ibiza for Paradise. Back to back sets with Pete Tong (Storey Miami), Eats Everything (Coocon Ibiza, Jamie Jones (Radio 1 Ushuaia), Green Velvet (SW4 London) and Skream(Glastonbury) show how highly regarded a DJ he has become, as does his jump of 32 places in Resident Advisor’s Top 100 DJs poll to #48.
Having topped Beatport’s Tech-House Chart 3 times in 2014 with ‘Get Beasty’ and ‘Forget’ both released on Hot Creations and then together along side techo legend Green Velvet, on ‘Voicemail’, Patrick delivered two more smash hits in 2015. Firstly his remix of Coyu & Edu Imbernon’s classic ‘El Baile Aleman’ reached no.1 in Beatport’s Pulse (Streaming) Tech-House chart, and then his second collaboration with Green Velvet – ‘When Is Now’ reached the top spot in the Beatport Tech-House Chart. In-between those he also debuted on Adam Beyer’s Truesoul label with an acclaimed 3 track EP. 2015 also saw Patrick cap off a stunning rise to fame with a debut Essential Mix for BBC Radio 1 (18/04/2015) – almost a year to the day after being hailed one of Pete Tong’s ‘Future Stars’ in 2014 and exactly 2 years after his debut release.
Patrick’s accolades also count two DJ Awards for ‘Best Newcomer’ and ‘Track Of The Season’ for ‘Forget’, as well as DJ Mag’s ‘Best Tune’ in their Best of British Awards and a debut at #80 in Resident Advisor’s Top 100 DJs poll in 2014.
Renowned for his ability to craft infectious, dancefloor-ready rhythms that first saw him championed by Hot Creations label boss Jamie Jones. Now 26 years old, Patrick first built a DJ career around playing at his own popular club night, ‘Motion’ at Digital Newcastle where he booked and played alongside some of the biggest names in the business. First coming to the dance world’s attention with critically-acclaimed debut EP ‘Walk On’ via Hot Trax in 2013 – followed by equally successful follow up EP ‘Any Amounts’ on Hot Creations.
Patrick’s far-reaching appeal has also seen him complete many tours of the US, 3 Australian tours and as well as countless shows in South America and Europe, including appearances at major international festivals such as Glastonbury, Hideout, Tomorrowland in both Brazil & Belgium, and TomorrowWorld in Atlanta. With his productions being championed heavily by Pete Tong and Annie Mac on their legendary BBC radio 1 shows, Patrick performed live on Radio 1 as part of their 20th Anniversary in Ibiza show on August 1st 2015, DJing b2b with Jamie Jones to millions of radio listeners and viewers on the Red Button TV.