Will Saul’s two labels – Aus Music and Simple Records – have long been admired as bastions of high quality, lovingly curated house music that retain an open minded outlook. Next week Simple will celebrate its 49th and 50th releases – an impressive feat for any label, especially when the focus has remained steadfastly geared towards quality over quantity. Saul’s DJ sets have long incorporated dubstep seamlessly next to house and techno, and as such 2010 saw the likes of Appleblim, Ramadanman and Scuba all join Team Aus. Last year also saw what Saul accurately and proudly describes as a “landmark release”, namely the Carl Craig re-edit of Ramadanman & Appleblim’s “Void 23″, which served as the first occasion on which a certified Detroit legend had worked directly with the new school of UK future bass.
Tasked with questioning Will Saul in the days after a punishing return flight from Australia, Tony Poland was perhaps the perfect foil to sympathetically ease some answers out of the decidedly jetlagged Simple boss, having himself recently recovered from the sore end of a transatlantic NYE DJing oddysey. The resultant and lengthy chat touched on everything from stalkers and the correct pronunciation of ‘Aus’ to his upcoming solo album and more.