Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Nativespeaker presents: Night Light Lines of Flight
Well, I finally recorded a mix that I thought was worth publishing, after a few months of others that I went cold on.
Been going in a funny direction with DJing. I can't afford to buy much vinyl. The Australian peso is being punished against the euro, which makes buying off Hardwax, well, punitive.
Not only that, but I find it hard to justify buying (very expensive) records I actually play much less than the (much cheaper and less fiddly and cumbersome) digital files I have. Not only that but, as the thesis winds on, I have less and less time for DJing, and certainly now that I've given up any pretention of being a 'Saturday night in the club' kind of DJ (not least of all because of my deep, deep ambivalance about nightclubs), so there's been a long period of drift in which I've had to question why I'm continuing to do this at all.
...which I barely am. If I have to play out, I practice. But if not, I don't mix much... mostly because I don't have a large number of new EPs to integrate into the collection like I used to. I've really racked my brains about this. I don't want to DJ digitally – quite profoundly. Even Final Scratch etc kind of turns me of. I feel that DJing should be – for me – about curation and presentation, and I firmly believe that the months and months (and oodles of talent) in a good record far eclipse all but the most inspired mixing. I make no claim to mad skillz (and if I did, that claim would be undermined by the evidence of hearing my sloppy, slapdash mixing): what I wanted to develop was an ear and an eye, all around the ideas that:
(of mixing) If you can, make it good; if you can't, make it fast
(of DJing) Mixing is overrated, track selection is not
...so with all that in mind, I made a mix where I spent 90% of the time really sweating 'what comes next'. Most of the tracks are from EPs that have found a faithful, implacable place in either my box or the pile of EPs that's mixed through with newer stuff I've bought and older stuff I can't do without. But, of course, once I hit record, there were several totally unanticipated selections that impulse or intuition demanded that I find, which meant (at two stages) frantically going through my racks of records looking for 'it' (then trying to frantically weave it in just in time)... you'll notice that some of the mixes are out of phase for this reason... but actually it shifts the groove in interesting ways (I think).
In the new SSG spirit, the tracklisting will be witheld for a week or two.
Here's the link, hope you enjoy.