It’s been a bit quiet here at FatKidOnFire HQ these past few weeks – but this week we’re back with a bang. We’ve got two new MakeItGood x FatKidOnFire features, another “New Music…” post and a whole host of new content – not to mention the biggest shout out in the history of the site to the one and only Mos Def. Our Ben Sherman write up got a cheeky shout out from the main man’s Facebook page on Saturday and has increased site traffic off the scale. It’s been mental!
Tonight we see the latest of our MakeItGood x FKOF features with Djs or Producers who’ve caught our attention. Chris, otherwise known as Airplays, runs a clothing brand called The Diggers who featured here on FKOF a few weeks back. We got chatting after the featured here on FKOF and it turns out he’s pretty slick behind the wheels of steel. We got him down for a chat and an awesome (if a little different from our normal style) mix. Find Airplays on Soundcloud, Mixcloud, Facebook and Twitter and peep the after the jump…
How long have you been mixing music? From around the age of 15 – I’m now 26 so an 11 odd years. I’m now capable of sounding old by saying “things were different back then”! My first mixtapes were on cassette and everything underground and exciting came out on vinyl not digitally.
What got you into Djing?It was mainly from hearing dance music as a kid and the Super Star DJ explosion that happened at the end of the 90s. I think it was, and still is more about playing music I think people should hear, than it is about mixing. That sounds like a crap excuse for being a bad Dj but you’ll have to check out the mix to see for yourself.
Turntables or CDJs? Turntables! My girlfriend thinks you’re not a real Dj unless you use vinyl. I don’t agree with her but it’s interesting to hear that from someone who has no involvement in Djing or the whole vinyl vs. digital debate.
How would you describe your style? Eclectic would be the easy way of describing it. Like most people who start Djing I ended up falling into playing one style of music for various different reasons. But like most people who start Djing, I was and still am into all sorts of music. When I started doing my radio show on brap.fm 3 years a go I began to play more of a variety and things have built from there.
Ever thought about producing? I’ve thought about it because it’s one of the only ways you can really get far as a DJ but I don’t have any interest in it at the moment.
Best producer/ Dj you’ve played with has been? Why? What music are you listening to at the moment – any recommendations? Best in terms of being a great Dj (there isn’t any other reason is there?!), my mate Crook. His mixing is super tight and he knows how to put a set together.
At this very moment I’m listening to Marvin Gaye – Trouble Man. It’s a soundtrack and features a couple of big funk breaks tracks. It’s particularly good because most of it’s instrumental; I’m not a massive fan of Marvin Gaye’s voice.
Where’s your favourite venue to Dj? Out of everywhere I’ve played probably my local The Lauriston in Victoria Park. I can’t go too mental but I seem to be able to get away with playing some of the weirder bits in my collection. It’s really laid back; I can sit down, drink my pint and eat a pizza while putting on some obscure hip-hop.
Any advice to upcoming Djs? I’d still consider myself up and coming so I could do with the advice! One thing I have learned from trying to get paid gigs in pubs and bars is that you’re wasting your time dropping off a mix CD. Ring them up and find out who it is who books their Djs and what their contact details are. In terms of technique I’d say that it’s more important to play great music that fits the mood than anything else. Just don’t make any horrible noises and people won’t care.
Airplay’s mix is an awesome selection of breaks and electro tracks and it comes in at 8 tracks/ 35 minutes. It’s great to get something a little bit different from the usual dubstep we peddle! If you like the mix and are feeling the feature, be sure to let Chris and us know.
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- Modeselektor – Art
- Geek Ghastly – Rage Against Terror
- Freeland – Mindkiller (Ils remix)
- Roxiller – Exorcist
- Hyper – We Control
- Guns ‘N’ Bombs – Riddle Of Steel
- Nils Noa – Stereo Style (Santos Metalizer remix)
- Freeland – Under Control (Alex Metric remix)
If you have any thoughts on what Airplays has had to say, or anything else you’ve seen – maybe you’ve got someone to recommend to FKOF or seen something you think we’d like. Get in touch via email, Twitter, Facebook or the FKOF TakesQuestions page.