Opinion: How music spices up my life - chef

Sam Lightwing.
Sam Lightwing.

Music has a voice and it speaks to people in many different ways. Mine is electronic music and I got into dance and house music when I was 16, in my first full time job as a chef.

Working with different chefs each would have different music on which could be anything from Trance to Club land. Trance is a genre of electronic music that emerged from the rave scene in the UK in the late 1980s and in early 1990s in Germany before spreading into the rest of Europe, as a more melodic offshoot from techno and house.

A common characteristic of trance music is a mid-song climax followed by a soft breakdown disposing of beats and percussion entirely leaving the melody or atmospherics to stand alone for an extended period before gradually building up again.

Trance tracks are often lengthy to allow for such progression and commonly have sufficiently sparse opening and closing sections to facilitate mixing by DJs like myself.

The more research I did and the more different electronic music I listened too, the more passionate I got.

I got my first set of decks when I was 17 and have had various different CDJs – a specialised digital music player for DJs.

I also have had several DJ controllers which help me mix music with DJ software using knobs, encoders, jog wheels, faders, backlit buttons, touch strips, I love creating my own music using these devices.

When I moved to Newcastle to a new kitchen job I got the opportunity to go and see lots of superstar DJs, and met loads of people who share my interest in it.

Newcastle hosts some of the UK’s best clubs including Digital which is voted the 11th best club in the world.

Having venues like this, encourages promotors to host events making it a hotbed for house music.

I regularly visited Digital, Cosmic Ballroom, MSA, Boiler Shop and the 02 academy which hosted regular events, starting superstar DJs such as Eric Prydz, Jax Jones, Danny Howard, James Hype and Don Diablo.

My favourite music to listen to now is house/deep house but I also enjoy techno and electro house which all can hear in the kitchen I lead at Dunsley Hall Hotel.

House music is electronic sound created by producers using electronic instruments and synthesizers.

The tempo of house is usually between 120 to 138 bpm.

It was developed in Chicago’s underground dance clubs in the early 1980s, giving more of a deeper baseline to the already popular disco tracks.

The genre spread internationally to London where clubs such as Fabric and Egg continue to host events dedicated to the genre.

Many variations including deep house, future house and electro house started as a result of the success.

DJs such as Swedish House Mafia, Avicii, Martin Garrix and Oliver Heldens became a huge success, creating some of the much-loved music played regularly on the radio today.

I’ve never imagined myself being a full time DJ but always fancied it as a side job to what I do now.