Andy Dale (Soulmelt) born June 1972. At the early age of 11 years old Andy got his first synthesizer (Yamaha dx100). Even at such a young age he spent his time listening to UK, Chicago and acid house. Andy was influenced by artists such as Kevin saunderson (Inner City), Marshall Jefferson and Derrick May. Other influences included The Cure, Joy Division, Japan, Soft cell and general New wave music.
During the late 80’s +early 90’s Andy enjoyed clubs at weekend such as Back to Basics (Leeds), The Orbit (Leeds) and many other clubs. At this time of his live he was influenced by artists such as The Future Sound of London, Joey Beltram, the Orb, Slam, and Leftfield. By this time Andy was now using Synthesizer Juno 60, TX81Z and commodore Amiga to produce his music.
Once the Rave scene had slowed down in the 90’s Andy enjoyed going to events such as Southport Weekenders, this give him his passion for soulful and a more progressive sound of house music and became more influenced by a more mature sound like Miguel Migs and The Sounds of Blackness. Andy was also listening to a lot of experimental artists such as Pentatonic, Reload, Single Cell Orchestra and his favourite label were the likes of Reflective (Jonah Sharp), Warp and Soma Records.
In the mid 90’s Andy moved to Newcastle to study music technology and went on to live there for 10 years. Living in a city gave him chance to play live gigs and meet like minded people with the same passion for electronic music. He then was involved in a weekly night in the university called ‘electric Lounge’. This was a very atmospheric nights with candle lit tables playing experimental music ranging from Jedi Knights (Tom Middleton), Jake Slazenger, U-ziq to William Orbit. Andy then started playing live and was pulling in crowds of 300+, which was great for such an experimental music venue. Other friends who were involved in this night were Lee Sandwith, Dean Whitehead (Dj Obyvate) and Steve Conron. This let to radio work on Ice Fm radio station.
Whilst living in Newcastle Andy enjoyed nights out at ‘Shindig’. This is night still going strong today. A night dedicated to house music which plays upfront and deep house with great resident Dj’s Scott Bradford and Scooby. Andy spent most nights in the small upstairs room as they played deeper techy house, the likes of Soma and Ian Pooley. This was where Andy seen some of his favourite Djs such as Colin Dale, Jonah Sharp, Stacey pullen, Andy Wetherall, Steve Butler and Darren Emerson. Andy also enjoyed night at Bloated techno night in Newcastle.
Andy had a spell of clubbing after the turn of the millennium, but continued to produce music. He now lives in a quiet town and misses the city vibe. ‘Soulmelt’ now has a great following and has many releases and remixes. He has also just gained music contracts on various Labels around the world. His style is a varied of deep tech, soulful house and techno. Andy is now ready for Djing and live shows one again, and brings the ‘Soulmelt’ sound to the clubs and Radio.