UK soulful house DJ and general musical bigwig Richard Earnshaw comes to Plan B. He reveals the truth and falsehoods about his life and career so far.
a) In his teens Richard was heavily into jazz. Subsequent experiments with his home computer led to his interest in dance music. ‘I just created a drum beat, played some jazz over the top and thought, “Ooh, that sounds good, I’ll stick with that,”’ he says. Only later did he discover US house.
b) Continuity error when mixing, Richard’s watch jumps repeatedly from his left to his right wrist and back.
c) Richard’s first album In Time, has just finished recording and will be released in the spring of 2009, and includes input from dance vocalist Jocelyn Brown and spoken-work artist Ursula Rucker. ‘It’ll satisfy the Earnshaw buyers because it’s quite dancey, but it’s not a dance album,’ he says. ‘Still, a good song’s a good song at the end of the day.’
d) If there’s one thing he cannot stand Richard says, it’s the numerous subdivisions of dance music that exist. ‘It makes it very difficult for the buyer. Is it deep house, is it tech house, progressive house, is it nose house, is it armpit house? I hate genres, basically. I’m an anti-genre guy. In Dubai, I’ll be playing armpit house, a bit of progressive bagpipe music, whatever.’
e) Richard Earnshaw’s life is based on a true story.
f) Despite sounding like an angry man when he complains about genres, Richard assures Time Out that he is very chilled, and spends most of his free time surfing on the south coast of England, where nobody can e-mail or text him. He also uses this downtime to plan his music.
g) As well as DJing Richard puts his musical experience to good use by playing keyboard accompaniment, though whether he’ll be playing them in Dubai could not be confirmed before going to press.
h) The birth of Richard Earnshaw was foretold by Nostradamus, a 16th-century soothsayer and populist predictor. He claimed that Richard is ‘the many-headed beast’ and will eventually bring about the downfall of mankind. However, Nostradamus was a zealous indie fan and so may be prejudiced against him.
Richard Earnshaw plays SessionS at Plan B on October 30