Introducing Micky Baxter aka Proper Sandwiches, a DJ and producer born and bred in London. This high-tech minimal DJ has just released a single via Beatport, and it’s completely taken us by storm. Regular Neighbourhood contributor Mia Clark caught up with him to see where he is at now.
Hi Micky! So, tell me a little about you and when and how did you first become interested in becoming a producer?
Hey Mia! I’ve always been musical, I’m classically trained and grew up listening to so many different genres. I was lucky that I got to go to a really well funded 6th form that had a proper recording studio and loads of equipment, so that’s when I really got into producing…and I’ve never stopped since then. I love experimenting with different sounds.
Love your name, how did Proper Sandwiches come about?
Thanks! Previously I’ve put all my music out under my real name, but with this project, I really wanted to get away from it being about me or my ego, so I needed an alias. The first dance track I truly fell in love with was ‘Sandwiches’ by Detroit Grand Pubahs, so my name pays homage to that.
“I still work a day job at the moment so time can be a challenge. But I enjoy making music, so I would rather stay up late into the night and be tired the next day than not do it.”
How would you best describe your sound and who would you say are your main musical influences?
That’s a hard one, I didn’t start out making my tracks with any strict genre within the electronic spectrum in mind, but I guess it falls somewhere between minimal tech and techno. It’s been described as ‘high-tech minimal’, and I like that. I have so many influences, and they’re not all in the same genre as me, but artists like Heartthrob, Berg Nixon, Konrad Black and Gaiser have all inspired me massively.
What do you personally consider to be the incisive moments in your career?
Definitely when I first put this single out there. I had worked on it for a few months and during that time not really played it too many people, so I had no idea how it would be received. I got a lot of interest, and some record label offers to release it, which was reassuring.
What are currently your main challenges as a producer?
I still work a day job at the moment so time can be a challenge. But I enjoy making music, so I would rather stay up late into the night and be tired the next day than not do it. It can be hard to find that creative spark after a long working day too. I was travelling for a month earlier this year and made four tracks while I was away because I had the time to do it, one day that will be my life, but for now, I just drink a shit load of black coffee!
So we have this new single, and it’s made us hungry, what’s next for you?
My next track should be out early 2018. I want to take my sound out more and play in lots of different cities, but if life has taught me one thing, it’s that you can only make plans to a certain extent, if the wind blows you another way, that’s where you’re going! But yeah, I will definitely be travelling around and releasing more stuff next year.
What advice would you give to up and coming artists?
Don’t pigeonhole yourself, and fuck the rules, make the sound you want, not what you think people want to hear, stay true to yourself.