Hot Since 82 was sporadically born in 2010 at an Ibiza afterparty. When the music unexpectedly cut out, Daley Padley plugged his iPhone into the speakers in an act of salvation. One of his work-in-progress house tracks played, and the crowd loved it. That work-in-progress, “Let It Ride”, would eventually be released on Noir Music and hit number three on Beatport’s deep house charts. While this playful party anecdote may make a good inception story, the truth is that Daley Padley has been DJing under his own name long since the birth of Hot Since 82.
In his hometown of Barnsley, England, Padley began spinning in his hometown club at age 17. Despite his ripe young age, he became revered for his marathon 12-hour-long sets. As Daley Padley, he started his own residency at Cream Ibiza in 2006 when he was in his mid-20s. The early 2000s over-commercialization of dance music took a toll on him, and he resigned from his position as dance floor master. It wasn’t until our aforementioned party that he jumped back into the scene, this time as Hot Since 82.
Within five years, he was featured on the BBC’s Essential Mix series; he released his debut album Little Black Book; he graced the cover of Mixmag; he headlines Creamfields in the UK, and he started his own record label. Through his imprint Knee Deep in Sound, he focused on uplifting underground house artists and iconizing his energetic yet smooth tech house sound.
These days, Hot Since 82 continues to sell out clubs around the world and maintains a revered presence in Ibiza. His 2020 album Recovery–and aptly named self-described “healing album”--features big names like Miss Kittin, Boy George, Jamie Jones, and Rudimental. It's interesting to think what may have happened if the music never cut out that night at the Ibiza afterparty. One thing is for sure, we’re certainly glad it did.