Billy Turner is the rising UK artist whose bracing strain of techno is fast gaining recognition. From Laurent Garnier, Adam Beyer, Tiga to Norman Nodge, this young DJ and producer is finding favour from an array of figureheads.
Originating from Crawley, West Sussex, 24-year-old Turner started out as a music-obsessed teenager experimenting with guitars and drums – citing The Streets, Nas, and Frank Ocean as earlier influences. His love for electronic music became all-consuming after a spontaneous trip to Ibiza with his brother, where chance meetings with Skream and Dense & Pika would later have an impact on his career.
After traveling the world, Turner entered an intense period of reflection that coincided with record collecting and self-taught production. He found himself channelling a myriad of styles in his music, and what emerged was a steely and visceral techno sound far beyond his years – one that drew inspiration from the work of Truncate, Marcel Dettmann, Planetary Assault Systems and more.
2017 saw Turner release ‘Resolution EP’ on Dense & Pika’s Kneaded Pains imprint to much acclaim and support from Daniel Avery, Kaiserdisco & Nicole Moudaber among others. This was followed up with 'Nocturnal Subconscious' on Tiga's Twin Turbo label, as well as a second EP ‘Doomsday’ on Kneaded Pains in early 2018.
A voracious creator, Turner has a deluge of material at his disposal, having provided 100% production mixes for BBC Radio 1 and guest shows on Rinse FM. His tracks – hypnotic, throbbing, and filled with subtle detail – have garnered club support from Adam Beyer, Konstantin Sibold & Art Department to name a few, with his thunderous DJ style earning him sets at Nottingham’s Stealth club, Newcastle's Digital and London institution, Fabric.
Fully into 2018 Turner has several upcoming projects, including remixes for Anja Schneider and Dense & Pika, plus his debut on Drumcode’s Vinyl-only offshoot DC LTD. Brooding and emotive, Billy Turner’s music is still in its embryonic stages. The next few years will undoubtedly see this precocious talent reach greater heights.
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