FMB MIXTAPE 100 | JG WILKES (OPTIMO)

FMB MIXTAPE 100 | JG WILKES (OPTIMO) 

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It’s with great pleasure that we have one of our all time favourite selectors and good friend Jonnie Wilkes (one half of Optimo) step up to take number 100 in our podcast series. Jonnie (alongside Keith and Optimo as a whole) was one of our first real inspirations for the blog and FMB in general. Whilst we got a good introduction to techno and IDM in Belfast when we were kids, it was really only when we started getting the train up to Glasgow whilst at uni that we really had our eyes opened to a proper broad club experience and the stitching together of genres we’d never expect. We remember the excitement of some of the insane, adventurous transitions and just feeling we were watching real djing for the first time. Jonnie, as a fellow Belfast lad felt like a very obvious choice for the ole ton’ milestone. As always we caught up with him below to find out a bit more about what he’s been up to and the idea behind the mix:

I have been pretty flat out with our gig schedule and just had a baby girl, Jezebel Mary with my partner Esther so I’m mucking in, looking after her and the other children too of course. I get a few hours here and there at the studio when I can manage it and I’m obsessively restoring our old house which was previously used as offices back to a home. There’s plenty of general work that goes along with running Optimo of course with Keith that keeps us busy and we just opened a small coffee shop and bar called Bananamoon in Glasgow with a couple of friends. So aye, getting that off the ground as well which is fun. Never a dull moment. Thinking about swimming lessons, I always wanted to swim really well or even like those older swimmers at the baths who can do lengths all day, up and down the pool with hardly a ripple. My technique is a mile out. I look like I’m having a fit.

I have a small office / studio at home too where I can do mixes and rough out studio ideas so I put the mix together there over a few nights once the kids were in bed. It’s recorded off turntables and a CDJ through my old Rane 2016 Rotary Mixer then into a couple of tracks in Protools. This way, once it’s in, I can balance levels a bit better, EQ if it’s needed and chop bits out if I want to. The track selections, the running order, arrangement, tempo range and changes is something I’ll give a good bit of thought too prior to recording but really once I’m up and running with the mix, the tracks go in how they go in and that’s that – I don’t change it. On a mix like this which isn’t too tightly concept or theme based, it’s a way of getting some “DJ-ing energy” and surprise into something recorded at home and not in a club. Sometimes the quite hasty moves, ill-thought out mixes, quick cuts, brainwaves even, or insane digressions are the best bits. 

With the Bicep 100 Mix I pulled out a load of tracks that I thought Matt and Andy would maybe relate to somehow, on some level – old stuff and new stuff. I pulled tracks I thought would give the mix a sound that I would bring to a DJ set say if I was playing along with the Bicep lads – something we’ve done a few times. That’s as close as I got to making a plan… maybe I was thinking “What does Bicep say to me? Listen to this, it’s my way of describing something about them and something about me and putting it in one place”.

When Simon asked me to do the 100th Podcast I didn’t bother looking at the series online to see who’s on there and what kind of mixes the other artists had done. Don’t really care. There’s nothing particularly rare or difficult on the mix but I hope it conveys my energy and enthusiasm for DJ-ing and talks a little to Matt and Andy about any common ground we might share. Speaking of which – it ends with Orbital’s “Belfast” as I know we all share a great fondest for the place. This track seemed very relevant somehow.

Up next…

See Question above :-) And festivals, loads of festivals… After the summer we’re doing our first Optimo Tour in India which I’m really excited about. Maybe those swimming lessons too.

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FMB MIXTAPE 99 | DUNCAN MACDONALD

FMB MIXTAPE 99 | DUNCAN MACDONALD 

FMB MIXTAPE 99 | DUNCAN MACDONALD (iTUNES)

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This week’s mix comes from Duncan MacDonald, resident of The Villa in Oslo. As usual, we asked a bit about the mix and what he’s been up to lately.

So recently I’ve just been trying to get as many tunes made as possible and running a night at The Villa Oslo, also trying to play as many gigs as I can!

The mix was recorded in the basement at Jaeger here in Oslo on 2 technics and 2 cdjs. Massive thanks to Jaeger for giving me the opportunity to record down there!

It started of with me just trying to get some spotlight on my original tunes but it warped into something a bit more reflective, in particular relation to a night in November last year, and I’d like to dedicated this mix to Henry McDermott and the McDermott family in Roscommon.

Up next…

Next up I’m warming up for Fiedel at the Villa here in Oslo on June 29, before heading to Berlin where I’ll be playing at Golden Gate on July 13 then to Somewhere In The Distance festival on the 15th!

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FMB MIXTAPE 98 | RAW SILK

FMB MIXTAPE 98 | RAW SILK

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This week on the podcast series is episode 98, aka Raw Silk, aka Grace and Steph. We caught up with them to ask him a little more about what else they’re up to and about the mixtape…

We played at your afterparty in Camden after seeing the Bicep live show at the Roundhouse. Wow what an incredible show and fun party, those mind-melting visuals…! We spent our sunny May Bank holiday playing at the Percolate Queens Yard Summer party and the Field Day launch event in Shoreditch.

We locked ourselves in Steph’s cave/bedroom for a few days (pissing off her housemates) using her technics, and borrowed CDJs from the BBE Record store where Grace works.

Taking our name from an 80’s disco group, people may assume that’s all we’re going to play. We wanted to steer away from that but still wanted to keep our mix light hearted and fun, similar to our DJ style we hope. We’ve included tracks from friends’ labels and used artists that we really love and inspired us to start collecting and djing…Of course we couldn’t help ourselves and finished on a filthy, Italo-disco banger – a bit of a Marmite track but we love Marmite…

Up next…

This weekend actually marks the one year anniversary of us djing together as RAW SILK. We’re lucky to have a very busy summer ahead, so we’ve decided to keep the birthday party low key. We’ll be doing what we do best – slanging on records at our local Peckham pub, the Gowlett this Friday.

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AVA FESTIVAL 2018

This year’s AVA festival is fast approaching, so we’ve put together a throwback of a few of our favourite FMB podcasts from people playing this year.

You can head here to the AVA website to buy your tickets.

orlagh

FMB MIXTAPE 57 | OR:LA 

FMB MIXTAPE 57 | OR:LA (iTUNES)

TS

FMB MIXTAPE 67 | TIMMY STEWART 

FMB MIXTAPE 67 | TIMMY STEWART (iTUNES)

holly

FMB MIXTAPE 70 | HOLLY LESTER

FMB MIXTAPE 70 | HOLLY LESTER (iTUNES)

 

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FMB MIXTAPE 97 | HAAi

FMB MIXTAPE 97 | HAAi

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This week’s mix we invited HAAi, fresh from playing at Birmingham’s Boxxed for our live show a few weeks ago. First up, we found out what she’s been up to recently…

I’ve been playing a lot thru Europe and the uk. Also been in the studio non stop when I’m home. I have just finished my first ep and a couple of remixes that I’m looking forward to getting out. Also have just finalised my dream line up for this year’s coconut beats parties that I can’t wait to announce.

This was recorded at my old home of rinse fm just using cjds and a good old pioneer mixer.

It’s a mix of some of my own tunes and tracks friends have sent me, as well as some tunes that have influenced the ep.

Up next…

Loads of shows over the summer. I’ve also been working on an lp which will come out in the winter. Just playing and making. Hope you like it x

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