In an alarmingly short space of time, Patrick Topping has risen through the ranks to the status of international tech house icon, thanks to functional dancefloor hits like ‘Be Sharp Say Nowt’, ‘Forget’, and a widespread reputation as a formidable DJ. Releases on staple labels like Jamie Jones and Lee Foss’ Hot Creations, Adam Beyer’s Truesoul and Green Velvet’s Relief Records, coupled with remixes for the likes of Booka Shade, Tiga and Matador have afforded Topping no less than 11 Beatport number ones, and his appearances at The Warehouse Project, Ultra Music Festival and more earned him a spot at number 15 on Mixmag’s list of the top DJs of 2016. Still just 28 years of age, it’s no stretch to say his rise has been meteoric.
Topping’s DJ career began when he started his own club night, ‘Motion’, at Newcastle’s Digital. There, he booked and learned from some of the biggest names in dance music, including Solomun, Tale Of Us and Sven Väth. Seemingly absorbing their skill, Topping’s accolades are now numerous, scooping up a DJ Mag ‘Best Tune’ for ‘Forget’ at their annual Best of British awards and delivering a flawless Radio 1 Essential Mix in 2015, almost almost a year to the day after being hailed by Pete Tong as a ‘Future Star’, and exactly two years after his debut release.
And it’s not just the UK to whom Topping’s appeal is limited. He has countless international shows under his belt, including four Australian tours and appearances at major festivals Hideout and Tomorrowland (in both Belgium and Brasil). With such an impressive résumé and routine backing from Radio 1 staples Tong and Annie Mac, Topping continues to maintain his position right at the top of his game.
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Patrick Topping is launching a record label, Trick
Patrick Topping is marking the launch of his new label Trick with the release of a new EP