I’m a professional construction commercial consultant as a day job which sounds boring but I’ve been involved in some fairly interesting projects over the years. I’m a life long Nottingham Forest fan have been married for a few years now to Hayley and have two nippers Jared and Miles. I love playing and watching sport but less playing and more watching these days!
Who/What has influenced you musically growing up?
My parents used to play a lot of music in the eighties that was heavily synth orientated and was the era when electronic music was breaking through. I was fascinated with bands like Kraftwerk and artists like Jean Michel Jarre. Pop wise aswell there were bands like Erasure, Depeche Mode and Eurythmics that popularised synthesised music. In terms of trance music I absolutely idolised PVD and Ferry Corsten in the late nineties/ early noughties and was well tuned in to their sounds.
For many DJs/Producers there is a journey that leads them to where they are, how did you get into music, producing and DJing?
I’ve always been obsessed with music tech and always wanting to know the latest synths in the early days and latterly vst’s and plugins. My brother was the guy who bought the first computer and hardware for making tracks originally. After a very long break though I hooked up with my now good friend and business partner Liam Wilson and he helped me with my digital set up and was a huge influence to get back into producing again. A rare and massively underrated/under appreciated guy in my humble opinion.
Lots of geeks on here, so give us an insight into your studio setup?
Sooo.. I work out of three studios at the moment.
I have my home studio in Warrington where I sketch out and get my base projects done. I also have a mobile set up on my MacBook where I work on the fly. A while back Liam and I decided to invest in our studio at Mass HQ in Accrington so everything tends to get finished there as it’s acoustically the right environment and we have the ideal reference monitors and gear there for making sure everything is bang on. DAW wise it’s Cubase all the way for productions and I use the usual trance VSTs and plug ins but we are always adding to the tools to keep everything sounding fresh. A lot of legacy hardware is being released as virtual kit now and it’s always good to get your hands on them. Would love to buy some original classic synths going forwards.
Whilst we are on the theme of production, what is your thought process when you guys are in the studio starting a new track or remix?
The emphasis is usually in trying to make something fresh and original. Last year we made waves with some unusual and more techno edged tracks and it made a massive difference in respect of trying to sound different. Template trance is everywhere which is sad really. When I do make more traditional sounding trance though for me it’s got to stand out.
How would you describe the ‘Corin Bayley’ sound?
Clean, big, interesting and precise! 😂😂
Which of your releases is you favourite and why?
How would you like to see the sound in the trance scene progress?
More originality and creativity is desperately needed and also labels being a bit more open minded
Do you have an artist bucket list of people you would like to collab with, and who are they?
Working on collabs regularly with Liam is a dream come true as the guy is a genius he really is. Other than that I would love to collab with Rob Stevenson (Activa) as I’ve always loved the clarity of his productions and think there’s similarities in our respective sounds. He actually did the final mix and master for ‘State Your Intent’ on Degenerate so kind of a collab I suppose!?
When we spoke you told me about all the projects you have been/are working on, can you tell us about them?
Working on a new label concept under Mass Music which is much more techno orientated which is a shared love of ours and a nice outlet for other styles and tastes. More big trance tracks also to come on Mass going forward so watch this space I suppose!
Do you have an event or venue in the world that is top of your wish list to play?
Transmission in Prague looks insane and would also love to go over to Argentina and going back to LA for Exchange would be also be cool!
What is the current track of the moment in your box that you can’t get enough of?
Ooh it’s one of mine (haha!!) a collab I’ve done with Sequence Six (Giovanni Gioia)
Are there any artists you think we should be on the look out for?
Ok So I up and comers wise I think Thomas Crossley (Renegade System), TASSO (Dean Badger), Dee Henry (Kinetica) are all smashing it on Clandestine and other labels and think Giovanni Gioia (Sequence Six) also has a great future. On the uplifting side I’ve always loved Dan Stone’s sound and obviously most of Liam’s output is constantly on my radar. Sean Tyas is probably my favourite producer all round though. Incredible.
If you could hand pick a line-up to play on, who would be on it?
Following on from that, is there anyone that you would love to do love to play back2back set with?
Do you have any future plans/releases in the pipeline that we should keep an ear out for in 2020?
Big remix on Armada and hopefully a coupe of others. Plenty on Mass aswell. Lots of new productions going out as demos too in the next few weeks so label managers keep your eyes open!
You run the MASS Music label alongside Liam Wilson, how did that come about?
Lots of planning, hard work and dedication! We wanted an outlet for our own style of music without compromising to suit other labels in all honesty and Mass allows us that.
What can we expect to hear from MASS going forward in 2020?
A lot more quality output and different sounding music!
Theoretically you are given the option to put on your own festival called ‘MASSive’. Who is on the line up? Would you host multiple genres, and what are they? Where would it be hosted?
We would definitely be supporting our roster and also other DJ’s who have actively supported our tracks.
Big mention To Dan Skyver who has supported us from Day 1 and always give honest and genuine feedback.
Where? Who knows!? Watch this space!!
In the old days you had DJs and you had producers. Now it seems like everyone needs to be both. Thoughts?
I’m more of a producer to be honest due to time limitations but happy to turn out to support new nights especially when they’re local!!
You are given the opportunity to pick a none trance related artist to collaborate with, who would it be and why?
Enrico Sangiuliano definitely! Love his tracks!
Looking into other music genres, what is your guilty pleasure music wise? Who or what music do you like that people wouldn’t expect from you?
80’s synth pop! Human League, Giorgio Moroder.. unadulterated synth heaven!
First gigs can be a nerve racking experience, do you remember your first live gig and how did it go?
Yes it was about twenty odd years ago at a recreation ground in Nottingham in front of about a thousand people! Took it in my stride obviously!😂🤪😳
How do you go about preparing music for a gig?
A playlist of my tracks, a playlist of older favourites, a playlist of current favourites and a selection of classics and crowd favourites (just in case it isn’t going to plan!) 😂
DJ appearances from you are rare, will we see you play any gigs in 2020?
Nothing concrete. Possibly back out to USA later in the year but honestly it’s tricky to dedicate the time due to other commitments. Do love to play out though.
See you there!
OK time for a few fun questions…
• If you weren’t a DJ, what would your dream job be?
• You’ve won the lottery, what is the first thing you spend it on?
If it’s a tenner five more lotto tickets..
If it was many millions I would probably book a nice trip away for my family to think about what a new life with shit loads of cash would loo like and how I would want that to impact on my life!? Would be a blessing and a curse this in equal measure I think if it was a lot of money.
• A movie is made about your life; which actor would you pick to play you?
Brad Pitt! 😂😂😎
• What bad habits do you have?
Me bad habit’s!? Noooo.. ask my wife Hayley! 😂😂😎
• Have you got any funny stories from being out ‘On The Sesh’ you can share?
Me!? No… clean living lad!?.. 🤨😳
• How does Corin Bayley recover after a heavy night out?
Hair of the dog usually and plenty of kip. Nice Chinese takeaway some time much later on on the Sunday.
Massive thanks for taking the time out and having a natter with Carl for On The Sesh Corin
No worries thanks for having me on again!😎🙏❤️👌
Corin has given us a special CODA Promo Mix to get you all in the mood for Friday 7th Feb, listen on the player below or click here to go to our SoundCloud