Ever since leaving school, Andy Compton has had a massive urge to make his life musical. And he has. He is one of the most accomplished producers in house music today with the kind of consistency and staying power rarely seen in this industry. Whether it be solo, as The Rurals, on his own label Peng or on any one of the countless other labels he has been featured on, Andy is as versatile as he is talented. And it’s probably this quality that is the basis of his success.
“I like to think I’ve tapped into some sort of universal vibration,” he says before noting that this statement makes him sound like a right hippie. But, in a sense, it’s true and it’s easy to see where he’s coming from. The life he is currently living is literally his dream come true. His music reflects that, in the studio and the DJ booth. It’s always a good vibe, just like the one that runs through his own soul.
When Andy was 16, he moved to Midlands, Nottingham with his metal/funk band. As you might have guessed, that didn’t work out so well, but it was there that he discovered deep house, which he notes as a game changer. Almost immediately, he began making house, but from a very musical angle, and in 1995 used a bank loan to produce his first vinyl release. He’s always kept music writing a serious part of his life and career; now, all these years later, the hard work has paid off. The Rurals and his other projects are known and respected worldwide.
Compton has more than 135 EPs and 31 albums to his credit. Those are some serious numbers in a game of one-hit wonders and DJs whose stars fade just as quickly as they rise. “I’m very relaxed when I’m working in the studio,” says Andy. “I think it’s what I do best. Every morning when I wake up, I’m itching to get into the studio and make new music. I have a few different projects and I’m not limited to just house music, so that keeps things fresh and exciting.” Indeed, he is suited to the studio, but that hasn’t stopped him from traveling the globe as an in-demand jock. “DJing normally means a lot of traveling, but the end result is a huge buzz,” he continues. “Playing the music I’ve made to a crowd that digs it is the best vibe ever. It’s a different energy but very connected to my studio life, as they both inspire each other.”
It’s fitting that Compton makes an appearance at this summer’s celebrations of 21 years of Futurehouse. Its co-founders, Leonard Donjuan and Lillyanne, were the first to bring him to the States and he’ll always remember that and love them for it. While he notes differences about the various places he plays, he loves Los Angeles in particular. “I have so many amazing friends there and the vibe is always amazing and full of love,” he says.
As per usual, Andy has tons of stuff in the works. He is just wrapping up his 20th South African tour since 2011. He’s working on an 80’s/disco/South African-style album collaborating with artists there. He’s also close to wrapping up a Rurals soul album as well as his next solo LP. As if this wasn’t enough, he also has an EP about to drop on Tony Humphries’ label, another vinyl release on Detroit-based Motor City Wine plus one on his own Peng imprint. His Acid Andy project was just released on vinyl and will see its digital release soon. For fans of The Rurals, there’s also a forthcoming album comprised of unreleased music Compton recently found on DATS from 1997-2003.
In addition to the production work and his stop at Futurehouse this summer, there are also more gigs lined up in the States and in Europe. And of course there’s another South Africa tour