Desert Sound Colony

Desert Sound Colony is a DJ, producer and label boss who plays, makes and releases music focussed firmly on the dance floor. Well, that’s the simplest way of describing what Liam Wachs does. If you’re familiar with his outstanding releases on Holding Hands, his much-loved label, or you’ve caught him playing at leading clubs and festivals like Panorama Bar, Love International, fabric or Dimensions, you’ll know that it runs much deeper than that.

An enduring love for house, garage, breakbeat, techno and electro are all vital parts of the fresh, modern DSC sound. If you’re not familiar yet, that’s OK, let’s get you up to speed. A great place to start is with his standout tracks: check out Aunt Wendy’s Wedding In Wales, Fast Life, or Taking It Out For A Rip. Not bad, eh? Then move onto Holding Hands. With the label, Liam has assembled an artist collective who also aim to write forward-facing music that guarantees a good time. Breaka, Adam Pits, Baby Rollen and Guava have all released killer material on Holding Hands, and there’ll be ample opportunity to catch the crew playing together as they increase the frequency of their raucous label showcases.

If you live in London, you may also like to come to one of the Holding Hands charity parties that happen quarterly to raise money for the label’s own Future Music Foundation. It’ll be helping new producers who need a hand up with buying software and hardware to get started in their career. The endorsements of what Liam is doing have been widespread and pleasing. He’s become a key artist on Nick Höppner’s Touch From A Distance label, has released with imprints like Futureboogie Recordings, Snap Crackle & Pop and Me Me Me, and has EPs coming up for Moxie’s On Loop and Scenic Route, an exciting new label out of South London.

And what do Midland, Raresh, Lena Willikens and Andrew Weatherall have in common? They’ve all been playing DSC tunes (and that’s just the beginning of a pretty long list). All that we’ve talked about so far is something of a second chapter for Desert Sound Colony. The project began back in 2014 with a lovely run of melancholic house music, informed by ’60s psychedelia and his pastoral surroundings in the British countryside, for Francis Harris’s Scissor And Thread label. Back then, DSC wrote music and toured as a three-piece band. But ultimately the lure of mind-bending, transcendent dance floor experiences proved too great for Liam not to return to. Book him for your next club show or festival and you’ll get plenty of these.