The Manchester-born musician may not be a household name, but his track ‘I Want You’ will be familiar to anyone who spends a decent
chunk of their weekend on a dance floor. He dabbled with the saxophone,
clarinet and piano as a youth, but it wasn’t until he
was getting a Master’s in
business and science that he became interested in
synthesisers and production.
‘A friend of mine was going to do a
course at a school for sound recording
in Manchester and I was like “Oh yeah, I’ll go along with that,” not realising it was going to completely change my life.’
then he has released four full-lengths along with multiple EPs on his Prime Numbers label.
The focus at Prime Numbers
is primarily on vinyl, and naturally Wolstencroft has a well-voiced opinion on the difference between digital and vinyl releases. ‘It’s like asking someone, “Why do you like smoking real cigarettes? Why don’t you smoke electronic cigarettes?” It’s not tactile. It’s electronic.’
While in Berlin he recorded his latest album Planet 4 (listen above with VPN on), which deviates from his previous records, he says, due to the influence of the collective consciousness’ preoccupation with Mars – the planet, not the chocolate bar.
Affected by the ideas of Carl Sagan and Elon Musk, he created tracks that are ‘influenced by this whole thing about wanting to go to Mars and the whole discovery of dark matter. All the dark stuff in space is actually controlling the universe and we just thought it was nothing.’ It’s intergalactic techno that ought to fit right in at Elevator.