The #TourChronicles ft. Archie Hamilton

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Toronto’s Electric Island has become a prized event amongst the city’s electronic music community. Currently in its 6th season, the series has brought many of the usual suspects throughout the years; Richie Hawtin, Sven Väth, Maceo Plex, and the list goes on… but every so often there’s a new kid in town. A burgeoning talent whose name may be less familiar, but whose skill set must be praised. This Saturday, August 11, that person is Archie Hamilton — the man behind the cutting edge label Moscow Records. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Moscow Records has established itself as a frontier for pushing alternative sounds, while providing artists with a platform for exclusive limited-edition vinyl.

This weekend’s performance at Electric Island marks the end to Hamilton’s North American tour. After playing major cities like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles to name a few, Archie tells us that Toronto is in fact the city that he’s been most looking forward to on this tour. Thus, we were thrilled when he agreed to participate in our latest edition of the #TourChronicles. So before you hit up Electric Island, familiarize yourself with a true master of his craft– Archie Hamilton!

The biggest myth about ‘life on tour’ is

That it’s as glamorous as it seems…

One of your worst airport experiences was…

Sleeping in Moscow airport. Nowhere to lie down, just sat in a chair hugging my bag under my jacket zipped up for safety, sweating to death.

The best airport for a long lay-over is …

Miami at the American Airlines Flagship Lounge – the food’s pretty good!

Name one new city that you haven’t played, but are looking forward to visiting on this tour…

Toronto! I’ve been to Montreal a few times and loved it, so I’m looking forward to seeing what the city has to offer.

One of your favourite venues in the world to play is… why?

Space Miami. I played there over MMW and had one of the best experiences of my whole career!

Where is the weirdest place you’ve been given a demo?

Being pitched in the car on the stereo system while trying to sleep. Also, CDs?

What is on your rider? 

Vodka, apple juice, good tequila and plenty of water!

Besides your gig at Electric Island, you will try to do this while in Toronto…

I’d like to see Niagara Falls if I can! Otherwise just eat the local delicacy.

The last best meal I had on tour was…

In a small town in France, near Basel. It was so good, the promoters took me to a fine dining place near France, I ate so much I physically couldn’t get up for an hour before my gig, had to have a lie down before I played.

My #1 goal for this tour is…

Having as much fun as possible whilst also getting as much rest as possible, striking a balance!

“Life on tour” has taught you…

To expect the best, plan for the worst, and prepare to be surprised.


Grab your tickets to Electric Island here.

Archie Hamilton is on Facebook// Soundcloud

Keep an eye out for Archie’s ‘Swerve’ EP, out next month on Moscow Records.

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