Interview with Sonny Wharton

Ahead of Whartone Records takeover at Elephants Grave this year we caught up with head honcho, Sonny Wharton. 

1)         Can you walk us through the career journey you’ve been on?

It’s been quite a surreal adventure to be honest – as a DJ it started by winning a good ol’ fashioned mixtape competition and becoming resident at Manumission and Renaissance in Ibiza and then things seems to snowball quite quickly playing shows all over the world, guest mixes for Radio 1 and international residencies in Barcelona, Seoul and Stockholm. As a producer things really picked up speed when I signed to Skint Records with Fatboy Slim naming me as his ‘Producer of the year’ and Carl Cox championing my record ‘Raindance’ whilst Radio 1 made it their ‘Tune of the week’… all sounds quite mad really when I try to write it down on here!

2)         What piece of advice would you give DJs just starting out?

It’s tougher than ever so try and stay focused on what you want to achieve and don’t deviate from that plan – quality over quantity counts for a lot so choose your gigs, releases and alliances carefully as these will ultimately shape your path as an artist moving forwards.

3)         What’s the biggest influence on your sound?

Its tough to say as I’ve such a broad taste in music but I guess predominately it’s the 90’s rave era that always plays a big part of everything I do.

4)         Whartone Records are returning to headline Elephants Grave 2018. What makes Nozstock special? Why do you keep coming back?

Nozstock IS special and I feel proud to be part of such a great festival year on year. Everyone involved really puts their heart and soul into making it an amazing event and this is clearly evident across the weekend when you look at the attention to detail across the site. This will be my tenth year and to host the Elephants Grave Arena is something I’m looking forward to massively!

5)         What are your 3 most essential things for a festival?

Good tunes, Good vibes, Good people

6)         Who is your DJ pick for the future? Who is one to watch?

Tricky one to answer this as so many wicked new artists coming through right now. Gotta go with my boys OC & Verde though as they’re really on fire this year – already tipped as Pete Tong’s ‘New Names For 2018’ they’re off to a flying start!

7)         Get Nozstalgic for us…give us your best festival memory / best moment of your career so far (whichever you prefer)

Soooo many great festival memories over the year and several at Nozstock (including a stage invasion during my set on the Garden Stage!) but last summer I got to play main stage at a festival called Beats For Love in Czech Republic supporting Fatboy Slim and playing tunes looking out at 40,000 people as the sun was going down is something I think I’ll struggle to top!

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Shakin’ Elephant’s Grave with skankin non-stop raves

Immerse your senses as you stomp and stamp up the dust where elephants once roamed, all whilst having your ear holes blasted with exhilarating dub, reggae and jungle under the gleaming sun. Then, when the creeping moon takes over, so will monstrous house and techno with a line-up promising the densest, clenching, animalistic grooves to get far more than your feet tappin.

2018 gifts us with Bristol’s legendary Rumble In The Jungle & Friends to fill your blood with skank-juice ’til the evening comes, featuring: Kelvin 373, Gardna, Pull Up Collective and Kamoh. Time to wind up that waist! If that wasn’t enough, Gorilla Tactics will definitely test your ability to ‘dance ’til you drop’, followed by Emotion who’ll be fuelling the day with phat rave bangers hosting hard and classic house.

As the stars decorate the sky, so will the tappy sound droplets of techno and house to power you ’til dawn. Whartone Records present ‘Kukushka’, featuring legendary DJs stampeding into the house hall of fame. Including, Sonny Wharton, Dom Kane, Dirty Secretz, Luke Stranger (just to name a few). Also filling your ears at Elephant’s Grave, Data Transmission will takeover hosting raw, rhythmic grooves from the likes of Ben Sterling, L.O.R.D.I.E, Archie B and Jobi

You can find the full line-up and stage origins here.

Groove to reggae by day at Elephant’s Grave

Chapman’s Circus may be long gone but the weird and wonderful vibes remain…

By day, you’ll be grooving to dub and reggae with the likes of Ital Sounds, who will be bringing everything from classic roots to modern scrub-a-dub sounds like Mungos Hi Fi and Steppas’ music.

Drumlove perform as a full drumming troupe, a sight and sound to behold. Go With The Flo, Juggla and DJ Shogun, bring a collective 46 years worth of reggae experience to the decks, so expect some winding grooves and plenty of dubby flavour. On Friday night DJ Feva is bringing his unique combination of hip-hop skills and reggae knowledge to drop bass heavy beats and live mash ups that shake up dance floors from Birmingham to Brazil. And expect something a little tropical from MadMax.

Ital Sounds will be joined over the weekend by Bristol-based Boom Sound, bringing underground reggae in the form of Fat Stash, who have championed artists such as Gardna and Uncle Dugs, are also joining the party to pump out some serious reggae, dancehall and dubwise tunes. They’ll be representing alongside KreedHold Tight Collective, and many more.

Find out more over on the Elephant’s Grave page ….


Mike Hale - dancer Nozstock 2016

Elephant’s Grave stampeding into Nozstock 2017

Elephant’s Grave will be coming alive for its first Nozstock appearance! Over three days, this brand new venue will be a haven for dub and reggae in the daytime and house and techno after dark.

Today, we’re profiling the house contingent…

Opening the stage is DJ, producer and innovator, House Meanz House, who will be charging our senses with his deep bass lines. With breaks as sharp as tusks, HMH’s synths and tech house style are beyond big league.

Hosting the Elephant’s Grave first night of Noz 2017, DJ and promoter collective From Berlin With Love are here to serve you a cocktail of all the finest minimalist house and techno, shaken up with a hearty dose of rough ‘n’ ready Bristolian clubbing attitude. Followed on Saturday by one of house music’s most exciting artists, Dirty Secretz, who will be serving a mash up of his legendary remixes that feature the likes of X-Press 2 and K-Klass alongside solo releases that have been unleashed on respected House music labels including Skint, Stealth and Nervous.

Fatboy Slim’s favourite, Sonny Wharton, who has established himself as one of the finest DJ/Producers to emerge from the UK, will be hosting the party on Saturday night. Sonny’s ability to captivate audiences with his energetic performance and diverse track selection prominently positions him behind the decks of the world’s biggest clubs and festivals. Joining Sonny will be DJ collective Forte who will be providing a smorgasbord of futuristic house and techno, trampling over borders and boundaries and blowing your socks off in the process.

This is certainly a line-up that will have you dying to dance in the Elephant’s Grave. For full billing check out the dedicated line up page here.


Mike Hale - DJ Nozstock 2016