Ed Braeling

ED BRAELING

London born and bred. Ed started DJing through a love of house and breaks in the mid 90s. Ed has appeared on stages and festivals across the UK supporting headline acts such as the Propellerheads, Plump DJs, DJ Yoda & Norman Jay.

Eds love of music passes from DJing into music video production and capturing portraits of his heros for publications in the international press such as NME, Mixmag and Vogue. He has achieved industry acclaim for his work on ephemeral radio shows such as ‘Friday Nite Flavas’ and the DMC championships.

Ed also has championed the rather unlikely works of artists like Ennio Morricone, Murray Gold and Hans Zimmer through his work as a key artist on productions for film and TV. His live sets are a fusion of genres with one solid bass line driving the dance floor. Always digging in crates to find obscure beats and rarities, never seen with a laptop he opts for a mixed bag of vinyl and CD’s, a self confessed technophobe, Ed is a more the fan of audio fidelity through analogue records and mixing technique than gadgetry and gizmos.

We asked Ed a few questions about his Djing career

HR: So what was the strangest gig you’ve ever played?

Ed: It’s an even win for some of the early So Solid gigs and an odd night spent with Tony Blackburn. If I was going to have to give one answer it would of had to of been witnessing the transformation of mild mannered Tony Blackburn backstage supping red wine and eating grapes to a crazy wild man dancing around a stage in-front of a crowd of students. Very strange night and a very pleasant man. I have a lot of respect for the guy, he’s been a great advocate of British music for decades although I would say leave the medallion at home – nearly had some poor girls eye out!

HR: Any odd song requests at gigs?

Ed: Only the usual really, “Oi bruv, got any old school…”. To which I reply “Punk or Rock?” faces usually look glazed then a rock a little Rat Pack and they go away.

HR: What can we expect to see you up to next?

Ed: I’m going into the studio working on a collaboration album doing my usual genre bashing. I think we’ve seen such huge changes in the music industry over the last 5 years or so and it’s time to look at things a little differently. It won’t be the usual 12 track hour long playlist. I don’t want to give too much away right now but it should twist a few minds and will be very experimental in places.

HR: What’s your all time favourite DJ ?

Ed: That is possibly the easiest thing anyone has ever asked me. John Peel without a doubt. Superb man, super DJ and all round nice bloke. He left us too soon.

Affiliate DJs

Mex Blackgrass, Ray Hurley, Wrongtom (Hard-Fi), Cash Money, Cutmaster Swift, CJ Mackintosh, Nigel Benn, DJ Lottie, DJ 279, Tony Blackburn, Terry Francis, Pusherman.

Clubs

Fabric, The Cross, Ministry.

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