DJ-ing began for Vince Watson at his school’s weekend discos with a selection of hip-hop and early house records filling his box. He worked up a collection unlike any other young DJ, in between visits to the Royal Academy for Art, Music and Drama in Glasgow for piano lessons, before electronic and ambient music grabbed his attention. These influences are all clear in his productions which are elegant and seductive with emotional ambiences generated by his skills of manipulating a keyboard, to bring complex multi layered chords and dense yet fully melodic patches to contemporary dance music.
While the Summer of Love was in full swing, Watson was in his bedroom honing his skills and immersing himself in electronic music, taking influence from some of the genre’s greatest composers like Herbie Hancock and French showman Jean Michel Jarre.
After experimenting with a new technology at College, he slowly gathered the necessary equipment needed to record his own tracks. Dave Angel picked up one of Watson’s first demos and signed him to his label Rotation in 1995 and shortly afterwards the pair set-up a residency at The Arena in Glasgow – opportunities which saw his name make waves in the techno scene and play alongside Jeff Mills 3 times in the first year.
Vince was one of the house-techno crossover pioneer’s and helped facilitate the tech-house genre’s appeal to the masses. At the end of the Millennium it was time for his debut LP Biologique. It carried with it Bubbles and seminal track Mystical Rhythm, selling in big units, a track which still holds classic status on dance floors across the world.
His work caused a catatonic impact in the global electronic scene around that time for setting a personal hypnotic perspective of groovy, melody and atmospheric sounds, a unique signa- ture sound. He followed this up in with Moments in Time on New York’s legendary Ibadan label, gaining worldwide recognition as one of techno and house’s leading producers and live acts.!
Two years later Watson released a mix cd ‘Echoes From the Future: View to the Past’ and experimented on his 3rd LP ‘Sublimina’, demonstrating his diversity and dexterity by trying, successfully, to breathe new life into electronica, and this theme continued with ‘The eMotion Sequence’ on Delsin which was originally signed to Derrick May’s legendary Transmat label.
Meanwhile his own label, Bio Music, has consistently produced quality techno, with support and high profile licenses from the likes of Carl Cox to Laurent Garnier. 2010 saw the labels relaunch with ‘A Very Different World’ featuring FunkdVoid, with Dj Rolando, Alexander Kowalski, Psycatron, Ian O'Donovan, Paul Woolford, Octave One and Steve Rachmad all featuring on the label since.
And like with his own productions, Watson was keen to vary his output as label manager with the brand new sister label, Everysoul. The label focus is versatility and creativity - his 7th studio album ‘Every Soul Needs a Guide’ being one of the first releases and was a further push into electronic jazz symbolism and layered rhodes and organs combined with deep house themes running throughout.
Shortly after this, Vince became resident DJ at Berlin’s legendary Tresor nighclub, running his very own Radio Drama night. Guests who have joined him over the last 3 years include Jimpster, Aril Brikha, James Ruskin, Jeff Mills, Kenny Larkin and many more. Vince has also now released 2 singles on the Tresor label, ‘Atom’ in 2010 and ‘Interference’ in 2011, both of which are trademark solid slabs of club music.
In a rare feature request in 2012, Vince released an 800sample DVD free on the front cover of Computer Music Magazine worldwide, selling over 1 million copies and also just recently had his music featured on Sky One's TV Series Mad Dogs series 2. Following the success of this, A Sonic Acadamy Tutorial came shortly afterwards in 2013 and has caused quite a stir, being praised very highly in the media with its in-depth look into his unique recording techniques and studio work.
Late 2013 Vince started working on new projects and signed record deals for 2014 with labels Poker Flat, Planet E, Ovum, Yoruba, Rekids, and Bedrock with a further massive label to be announced soon. A new collaboration with Aril Brikha entitled ‘Viral’ will also launch in 2014.
To reflect the new body of work, Vince will debut his new liveshow in the coming weeks and with regular trips to Berlin, Tokyo and his native UK, his demand is set to soar in 2014 and beyond. Currently available to play Live with hardware and controllers or for DJ sets. Read more