September 13 | 05:00PM - 06:00PM
Wheats aka David Wheatcroft (that explains the name then) is a mere 20 years old who’s introduction to club culture came as a young child watching his Dad DJ whilst peering over his record boxes in the DJ booth at his local gigs. It wasn’t long until aged 14 he was sneaking into bars before the bouncers arrived to DJ himself playing house music inspired by his father – a big fan of American house.
It was also around this age that he became a self- taught bedroom producer taking those classic house influences but adding a new twist for today’s dance floors.
Aged 18 he landed a residency with the highly popular Love Amplified in his hometown Portsmouth where he further developed his DJ skills in front large crowds. At one of his first festival gigs called Mutiny he met one of idols, New York house legend Kerri Chandler. The pair hit it off straight away so Wheats gave Kerri a USB stick with his productions which Kerri liked so much he started his set with “The Start” (you couldn’t make this up!) which got an amazing reaction from the crowd. Wheats then joined Kerri in Ibiza for his set at DC10 where he played 3 of Wheats’ tracks to the mammoth crowd leading to the signing of the aptly titled ‘Fate’ to his highly credible MadTech label.
Having only released music for the last 2 years Wheats has already dropped almost 20 tracks for the likes Amplified, Madtech, Cr2 and the mighty Toolroom Records who believe in him so much they’ve now added him to the roster for their Engine Room Management Company.
Wheats has DJ’d alongside the likes of Richey Ahmed, Kerri Chandler, Sandy Rivera (KOT), Youssef, Santé, Sidney Charles and Sam Divine and receives major support for his productions from Pete Tong, Mark Knight, Josh Butler, Sam Divine and of course, Kerri Chandler who’s been a key supporter from day one.
Continually breaking into the Beatport & Traxsorce charts and gaining support on Radio 1 from the likes of Pete Tong is no mean feat but this is a pretty incredible start to what looks set to be a pretty incredible career for the down to earth lad from Portsmouth.