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Ones2Watch Mix | Friend Within

This weeks Ones2Watch mix courtesy of the Urban Nerds comes from Friend Within and trust us it’s BIG, starting on a perfectly apt sample this mix is top of the pops. With releases on Dirtybird and PETS and remixes for the cream of modern music talent such as Fenech-Soler and Mausi already under his burgeoning belt, this is one producer already impossible to pigeonhole and difficult to ignore since bursting onto the scene in early 2013. Seemingly arriving from nowhere, Friend Within has made a lot of friends in a very short space of time. From guesting on T.Williams Rinse FM show to radio plays by Skream & Benga, Annie Mac, B Traits, Mistajam, DJ Cameo and Monki as well as having already DJ’ed in pretty much every major city in the UK, there’s no denying the dent this mysterious producer has made. More info HERE.

Not only did they get this massive mix from the rising star but they also managed to grab a swift interview.

What has Friend Within been up to as of late?

Spending Monday to Thursday in the studio and DJing at the weekends. I’ve been a busy boy.

How did your name come about?

It comes from a cat that comes into my garden that I started to call Friend like off The Inbetweeners. I stole his name and stuck ‘Within’ at the end. Thanks cat!

Whats your favourite track at the moment?

Bondax – Giving It All (Friend Within Remix)

What is your favourite track of all time?

Wildchild – Renegade Master

What was the first Vinyl you ever bought?

Wildchild – Legends of the Dark Black pt. 2 on 12” from HMV

What music was played in your house when you were growing up?

Funk, Soul, Disco, Motown

Who are your inspirations in music?

Shadow Child, Kyodai, The Phantom, Deetron, Disclosure, Julio Bashmore, Justin Martin, Claude VonStroke, Leon Vynehall, Eats Everything, Zinc, Dusky etc. etc.

Who would you like to collaborate with?

All of the above mentioned.

Whose sets do you like to catch at a rave or on radio?

Whoever is warming up. That’s the hardest one to do.

Whats been the highlight for you so far?

My track The Renegade getting so much support in clubs and radio.

Top 3 artists to watch?

Celcius, Kyodai, Ennio

What does Friend Within like to drink?

A good ale, single malt whiskey

What are your favourite past times outside of music?

Playing football, going for walks with the Mrs., pub,

One thing that nobody knows about you?

I have no secrets

5 things you always carry on you?

Receipts, phone, wits, Boots advantage card, Tamagotchi

Whats your biggest fuck up/embarrassing moment?

Playing the same track twice in a set. I did that once many years ago. I was testing out new tunes I’d made and forgot what they were called and ended up doubling up on one. Strangely it went down better 2nd time around.

Top 3 guilty pleasures

Shorts with socks, Kym Sims “Too Bling to See It”, Beauty and the Beast.

Any other AKA’s?


If you were on death row what would your last meal be?

A Fillet steak with sweet potato mash followed by cheese cake

Whats next in the pipeline for you?

I have a plethora of remixes coming out for John Legend, Bondax, Wankelmut, MAUSI, Lethal Bizzle, Mike Mago, Defected records and Rebirth records. Still to come out is my EP on Hypercolour.

In-between all that I’m trying to work on original music for the end of the year and I’m gigging all over the UK and hoping to hit Europe soon!

Friend Within – Urban Nerds #Ones2Watch Mix by Urban Nerds on Mixcloud

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