Midland's output comes across as unassuming and surprising in equal measure, at once subtle, refined and totally raucous.
Since he first surfaced in 2010, Harry Agius (aka Midland) has been a chameleonic talent: a producer of surreal club cuts as well as modern pop songs; a house DJ always flirting with techno, disco and the sounds of his native UK.
Through his productions, DJ sets and record labels, Midland’s output comes across as unassuming and surprising in equal measure, at once subtle, refined and totally raucous. Midland’s production style has nimbly evolved from one record to the next.
For his multiple releases, each varied and nuanced in its own way, he has received a steady stream of accolades, but it’s possible he’s made his biggest impact with the other side of his craft: DJing.
Delivering his kaleidoscopic taste with a mixing technique that nods as much to his British lineage as it does to a smoother European style, he has distinguished himself with sets as classy as they are utterly party rocking. Late at night and early in the morning, aboard boat parties on the Adriatic or on the carpeted dance floor at Freerotation, via regular slots at Berlin’s Panorama Bar, Amsterdam’s Dekmantel Festival and London’s Fabric or his “all night long” events, he’s given countless unforgettable moments to innumerable people. Midland’s entries for mix series, from Resident Advisor to Beats in Space to Fact Mag, have become word of mouth classics. In 2016 this culminated with his entry for BBC Radio 1’s Essential Mix, which went on to earn him “Essential Mix of the Year” and was described by Pete Tong as “a real timeless classic from start to finish.”