And The Winner Is... 2018 Produce A Track With Andy Farley Competition

And the winner is...?

Now in its third year, the Produce A Track With Andy Farley competition is now firmly established as part of the annual Pure Andy Farley event. Each year the popularity of the competition grows as does the global reach, we had submissions from across the globe and as with previous years, the judges (Andy Farley and Ben Stevens) have been blown away by the standard of entries, many of which are clearly the result of a huge amount of thought, and each worthy of full consideration.

Andy and Ben receive each entry, minus the details of the person who submitted it. Individually they go through every entry and then through a series of review sessions they discuss each one. Despite allowing more time this year, the sheer volume and the quality has meant the process has taken much longer than we envisaged. But we prefer that than rushing to make a decision.

As with previous winning entries, this years winning submission displayed a respect for hard-house history whilst a desire to create a modern sounding track.

And the winner is.... SIMON HILL!

When we called Simon to give him the good news he was, to be fair, rather shocked. One, partly because he'd put the competition to the back of his mind, but also to receive a call that he had won a competition that would see him go into a studio with Andy and Ben was "a real honour"

Simon went on to say "I have massive admiration for them [Andy and Ben] as both Djs and producers. Andy has been a huge influence on me musically over many years ever since first hearing him play as resident Dj at Sundissential at the legendary Pulse nightclub in Birmingham.

I have been listening to house and techno since the late 80s and djing for well over 20 years including having played at some quality club nights back in the 90s including Cheeky Monkey and The Country Club. More recently I am now resident Dj at a night in Bristol called Deluded which is run by two friends of mine Simon Coles and Simon Myles-Watkins. The focus is very much on quality house, hard house and trance music from the 90s in a friendly and intimate club environment.

I am very much old skool and continue to Dj with vinyl so the chance to have a record pressed is like a dream come true. I have never done any production work in the past which I do regret so this is a fantastic opportunity and will allow me to express myself and my musical  influences over the past 25+ years. I am sure we will come away with an absolute barnstormer!"

Simon will join Andy and Ben at Fireball Studios in Manchester over the next few weeks and the track will then be mastered before being sent to our friends at Cut2Vinyl in Hungry, where a hand made process will see the tune cut onto high-grade vinyl. The 12" will be produced and in the UK in time for Pure Andy Farley where the track will be played.  Simon will receive the vinyl at the end of the Pure event on Saturday 10th November, at XOYO. The track will also receive a commercial release during 2019.

Congratulations to Simon.  And thank you to everyone who took part in the competition.  As Andy and Ben will testify, each entry was worthy of full consideration and we are extremely grateful for the amount of thought and effort behind each entry.

21st June 2018

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