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Music producer and DJ Highup discusses his musical inspirations and his path to international success

Highup DJ (Mitch Woodward) is one of the most exciting names in the music industry right now. His recent song with Snoop Dogg and the DJ mag top 100’s ranked producer Aryue, released by Sony Music, has over 1 million streams and reached #1 on Taiwan iTunes in just one month.

He is set to release a range of exciting projects in the near future including Feel So High, a song coming out via Swedish label Loudkult at the end of this month. Highup has continued to make a name for himself both nationally and internationally and shares his love for music through his popular DJ sets and podcast Seeing Red. The man in red has a bright future ahead of him and is steadily becoming a household name.

Was music always something you wanted to pursue as a career?

Yes of course! At an early age music was my go too. I used to play piano, saxophone, tenor drum in a Pipe Band and side drum in a children’s band. I have performed in front of crowds and in competitions. Doing this I found that I could lose myself in the music. When I’m passionate about something I give myself to it 110%.

How would you describe the music you make?

Electro house, big room with a twist of my sounds. I love to experiment with different sounds to make something new. Doing this I have been able to create music that appeals to not just one age group. If the person connects to the song, I have done my creative job. Music is the universal sound of the world.

How did you get the name Highup?

I have been through a lot in my life and came back to producing music and DJing. Highup means; High on life and Up from here. It’s all about looking after me now, and doing what I want to do. But in doing that I try to get the listener to connect to my music in some way, it reverberates with them.

What would you say are the signature features of your music?

My Signature is my ability to appeal to my audience. I get them involved in what I’m doing without them realising it. Wearing all red outfits is a signature of mine as well. In this industry you need something that is going to stand out and I think I have done this by wearing red. The crowds remember the great music on the night and they definitely remember the guy in red. It stands out and gives me a point of difference to others in the industry.

You have a podcast called Seeing Red. Could you tell us a bit about that?

It’s a DJ Show I have been do every week for a while now. It includes all the latest and unreleased music in the industry before it hits the public. I try to cover all generations in my podcasts, as its not one age group I’m appealing too. I would love to be able to share this with the world!

What do you want people to get from your music? How do you want them to feel?

What I want is for people to connect, love and party with my music. It’s all about giving the listener a journey that they can connect with.

Finally, do you have any new projects that we can expect in the near future?

Yes, I have a lot of music coming up in the future. Musical Freedom, which is Tiesto’s label that’s out soon and a lot of other big labels.  I’m unable to say too much at the moment. I have a few things in the pipe line that I have been working on. I have been working and building everything up for many years. This is an industry in which nothing happens overnight. You have to put on the blood sweat and tears, and that’s what I have been doing. But now, at this stage in my career, it’s very exciting.

Thank you Highup for your time!