German Scottish Trance Producer Andy Duguid
German Scottish Trance Producer Andy Duguid was born on November 16, 1982, in Gutersloh, Germany. His hometown is New Pitsligo, a small village in Aberdeen, Scotland. His aliases include Reeves, Corsie, and Emilio Fernandez.
Childhood Musician To Stardom
I am a child of the 80’s, I was born in Gutersloh, Germany, although my parents relocated to England very soon after. I remember being drawn and influenced by music from a very early age, not least Jean Michel Jarre, so when my parents bought me a keyboard, the circle became complete. I remember spending hours practicing, first teaching myself the musical basics and then developing an obsession and desire to create weird and wonderful sounds. Nothing in the house was safe; everyday objects were all fair game; I even made a Xylophone out of a water bottle!
Young Andy started to play keyboards and piano when he was ten years old. By the time he was fourteen, he had produced music. In the following ten years of learning and experimenting, Andy released his first track, ‘Hypocrisy’ in 2006 on Tiesto’s Black Hole Recordings. ‘Hypocrisy’ reached number 5 on the Dutch Dance Charts and was popular with trance titans Armin van Buuren and Paul van Dyk. His next single, ‘Don’t Belong,’ was also very well received and featured on ‘In Search of Sunrise 6: Ibiza.’ Andy went on to become a frequent remixer for some of the most prolific artists in trance and progressive such as Tiësto, Johan Gielen, Phynn, Filo & Peri, Richard Durand and Mr. Sam.
In October 2007 Black Hole Recordings requested an album from Andy. Andy enlisted fellow Black Hole Recordings artists Julie Thompson, Esmaye, Mr. Sam, and Solarstone, as well as his longtime friend vocalist Leah. The resulting album ‘Believe’ released in 2008 to critical acclaim. The first release ‘Wasted’ featuring the vocals of Leah became a signature sound.
Personal Tragedies Came in 3s
Andy’s father passed away prematurely in 2005. This personal suffering, however, had an unexpected effect;
something snapped inside me. I knew I had to seize the – albeit sad – opportunity and go for it, so I quit the nine-to-five and focused on music full time.
Ninety days after his father’s passing is when Andy signed with Dutch giant Tiesto’s Black Hole Recordings. The next twelve months saw Andy’s career skyrocket.
The dream was interrupted by a nightmare when Andy learned of his brother’s diagnosis of terminal cancer. Andy confirmed he wrote the last track ‘White Sands’ with his brother. He told VH1 India
This track means so much. You can lose pictures or videos of your loved ones but this is something that will be around forever, and it makes me very proud of my brother.
Andy’s brother passed away two days after the release of his first album, ‘Believe.’
But so proud he managed to live long enough to see the release of my first album, even if it was by two days.
Andy’s friends, Steven and Lauren Downie had a daughter, Olivia. Olivia received a diagnosis of Neuroblastoma was she was just four years old. For the next three years, Olivia suffered unimaginable agony. Her parents traveled with her to Mexico’s Hope 4 Cancer Institute for treatment but ended up stranded. After news reached Scotland, the public raised 150,000 pounds for air ambulance transport back to Scotland. Olivia returned to Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital where she passed away peacefully in her sleep on June 29, 2012. She was 7 years old.
Olivia was the inspiration for ‘7Even,’ a collaboration between Andy and Jaren. ‘7Even’ was released on October 14, 2013, on Andy’s second album, ‘On The Edge.’ He announced all of his royalties from the track were to be donated to cancer research in Olivia’s name.
Known as one of the unique electronic artists of his time, Andy Duguid is a name recognized globally. His sound is his brand, and his brand is why he is unique. He is different; he is the master of his trade, he is Andy Duguid.
Alongside his productions, his DJing has taken him to every corner of the world, through Europe, Africa, and Asia and onwards to the United States. He graced the decks in cities from Los Angeles to Miami, where he joined Andy Moor for his WMC 2010 event, Andy Moor and Friends.