#16 – Will Atkinson

Will Atkinson in his own right, continues to explode through 2012 at quite a speed. The 21 year old, originally from Orkney, now based in Glasgow began mixing records at the age of 7 and producing at 14. Last year, he went on to claim two number 1 spots (in two separate genres) on Beatport – The Trance chart and Psy-Trance chart. He also regularly releases music on arguably some of the biggest labels in the business: Paul Oakenfold’s infamous ‘Perfecto Records,’ Holland’s dominant Spinnin’ label,  Discover Records and Borderline Music. He also had 5 tracks which appeared on 4 compilations – 3 of which Will engineered, the other 2 were ‘Side By Side’, and his remix of ‘Type R’. His unofficial remix alongside good friend, Nick Callaghan, of Simon Patterson’s classic ‘F16’ turned ‘official’ having been dropped in front of hundreds and thousands at various events from Trance Energy in Holland, to Eurofest  in Mexico, Beyond Wonderland in California and even Buenos Aires in Argentina! To top things off, Will played an exclusive 4 hour set in Buenos Aires, Argentina to a packed out Niceto Club. The set received excellent reviews, and Will is constantly asked about his return. This remains one of Will’s favourite experiences ever. So far this year, he has already finished remixing Giuseppe Ottaviani and John O’Callaghan’s ‘Ride The Wave’ which has generated a huge response. He also has releases lined up on Perfecto Fluoro, Night Vision and Borderline all set for release in the first half of 2012.

Will regards Judge Jules as one of the 2 reasons he got into Dance music. (The other reason, his mother). Will struck up a relationship with Jules after his mum took him down to the local club, where he stood for 2 hours outside the backdoor waiting for Jules to finish his set. Jules found the time to sign a rare white label copy of  Dj Elites remix of ‘That Fuct Camera’ and also pass on his email address. From there, Will was constantly sending him music. Jules somehow found the time to respond to every piece and at the start of 2008, Will had his first ever airplay -  ‘Perpetual Sunrise’.

In 2009, at only 19 years of age, Will made his debut appearance at the legendary Digital in Newcastle alongside his childhood hero & connoisseur, Judge Jules. The show was recorded live as part of Radio 1’s In New Music We Trust! This still remains a dream come true for Will.

Infact, since the start of 2008, he’s racked up over 70 Radio 1 plays from the likes of Judge Jules, Pete Tong, Kutski & Eddie Halliwell… His track ‘Cloud Surfing’ managed to rack up 6 plays in consecutive weeks.

Over the last 4 years, His productions have been showcased through some of the world’s leading dance events: Creamfields, Trance Energy, Global Gathering and Judgement Sundays and his previous releases are home to some of the world’s strongest labels in the electronic scene: Armada, Vandit, Spinnin, Maelstrom and Ultra to name a few.

Will has also developed a string of A-list fans since 2008. Dj’s like  Armin van Buuren, Tiesto, Simon Patterson, Judge Jules, John Askew, Eddie Halliwell, John O’Callaghan, Paul van Dyk, Sander van Doorn, Kutski, Dave Pearce and Pete Tong have all shown support to his music! And, his work continues to appear on world renown mix compilations: Gatecrasher Classics, Judgement Sundays, Dave Pearce’s Trance Anthems and more recently, John O’Callaghan’s  2011 ‘Subculture’ compilation.

As if holding down his own career as a producer wasn’t manic enough, Will is also heavily involved behind the scenes, co-writing for a handful of up and coming artists in scene. He was responsible for over five separate Number 1’s last year alone and 3 tracks were included on worlwide compilation CDs: Paul Oakenfold’s ‘Nevermind The Bollucks’, John O’Callaghan’s  2011‘Subculture’ CD and ‘Passion, The Album’ mixed by Bryan Kearney.

Here’s what some of the top player have to say about him!

Anne Savage:- “Future legend in the making.”

Armin van Buuren: “Another massive track from Will Atkinson.”

Dave Pearce: “He has managed to create an energetic tech-trance sound, fuelled with flavour of rave and euphoric trance moments. His tracks are a regular feature in my sets.”

Judge Jules : “I probably play more of his productions than any other producer. (Radio 1) ”

Simon Patterson:“Going to be massive!”

John Askew: “Genious”

At only 21 years old, Will has achieved things only some producers can only dream of… this is probably down to his undeniable passion for the industry, and constant hardwork.