hope you enjoy! Link
the exploitation of drug deaths to serve the interests of the very rich by those who are supposed to represent us feels too grim to be real
i'm getting asked about b2b DJing quite a lot at the moment, as i guess i DJ with other people fairly regularly - a lot of people seem to be writing it off as gimmicky, or as a cheap tactic to sell festival tickets (which it undeniably often is!) but it's something i enjoy and feel quite passionately about so i'd like to address the question briefly
a lot of people say it only works when you're playing with someone similar, and that different DJs shouldn't attempt to play records together, but i think almost the complete opposite. obviously there needs to be a connection between the two people playing, but it's amazing to see DJs who have slightly different takes on things working to create something that neither of them could on their own.
of course it can go wrong, but that's half the point - playing this way forces you to step outside of your comfort zone, to react spontaneously to things that are outside of your control, and to maybe reassess habits of your own that familiarity can blind you to. these are things i value, and this kind of collaboration has really helped me maintain a positive attitude towards playing music for other people. i grew up playing music with friends and in groups, learning to listen that way and participating in something that was bigger than any one person. i think that's cool, and ive learnt a lot from everyone ive DJed with - whether jackmaster or morphosis, joy o or helena hauff, call super or lena willikens, zip or four tet, and obviously the hessle guys going back over ten years now
the next thing planned is a long set with Hunee at ADE, which im excited and nervous about - we are quite different DJs but i think our attitude is similar and im confident we'll find an interesting path!
here's a lol pic of me and joy playing tunes together at space for we love years back :)
if you're tweeting about how grime's 'coming back' from SXSW of all fucking places do us a favour and set yourself on fire
im in a tree
would rather hang out with kids who understand safe space policy and what it's for than a grumpy old cunt who writes for the spectator
???? Long Promised Soundcloud Update ????
3 hours recorded live at Twitch, Belfast
4 hours recorded live for Club Museum's 13th Anniversary at Unit, Tokyo
So I'm heading off on this trip around the US and Canada on Saturday. We've had a lot of guests on the radio show lately, and I won't be able to do it myself as regularly as usual for a while, so I thought it'd be a nice opportunity to finally deliver on my promise of using Soundcloud a bit more.
I've ended up with two nice recordings from recent shows, and couldn't decide which of them to upload - so I've decided to post both. There's a little bit of overlap but not much - the shows were very different, and each set obviously called for a different approach. Where tracks are played twice, I think they're played in pretty different ways, which I guess is interesting if you are a nerd like me.
The first recording is from Twitch in Belfast, around six weeks ago. There's a reason Twitch has become such a huge favourite of pretty much every DJ that plays for them. It's not that the place has particularly exceptional sound (although it's definitely pretty good!), it's not because there's some fancy custom DJ booth or flash backstage, and it's certainly not down to the room itself which is a students' union bar - it's because the crowd are consistently incredible and they dance super hard. I hope that energy comes across in the recording!
The second recording is from Unit in Tokyo last weekend. I was invited to play by Club Museum, who were celebrating their 13th anniversary. It's an amazing club space with the kind of great sound-system that allows and encourages you to take your time and dig a bit deeper. The club fits around 400 people, but it wasn't rammed and the DJ booth was set up in the middle of the dance floor - so I was surrounded by people on all sides, all of whom had room to spread out and dance. I was also hearing exactly the same audio feed that everyone else was, which is really unusual and makes DJing even more of a pleasure. It was super fun, and I'm looking forward to going back already!
Hope you enjoy the sets! x