Next up on the FMB Mixtape Series we have Amsterdam-based producer, live act & DJ Timothy Clerkin. Timothy recently released Psalm EP on Insult To Injury, his own imprint jointly run with Ransom Note. As always, we asked him what he’s been up to and what the idea is behind his mix:
As you can probably guess, I’ve mainly been staying at home of late! And trying not have an existential crisis. Fortunately, however, my studio is on the top floor of my building, so I’ve been spending a huge amount of time in there, keeping my mind and body busy. One silver lining to this whole thing, if there is one, will be the amount of great art created as a result. Once it’s safe to get back on the dance floor, we’re going to be spoilt for choice.
The mix end recorded in my studio with my home set-up. I don’t tend to do a huge amount of mixing at home, so it’s very modest! I’m not really a DJ that’s into ‘the art’ of it or anything, I’m definitely more about selection. I enjoy it when DJs fuck up or it all goes wrong, that human element provides me with more joy than hearing a perfectly mixed set. And I don’t mean that in a Schadenfreude kind of way haha, I just mean I like imperfections.
With all the time I’ve had on my hands recently I’ve been discovering a huge amount of music, new and old, so I tried to limit myself, stylistically, here. It’s mainly stuff from the ravier and breaksier (they’re words, right?) end of the spectrum. For me, it’s a condensed club night; starts off nice and slow like a warm-up DJ and is full on, face-melting closing DJ by the end, with a few dynamic ups and downs in between.
Good question… who knows! I think the musical landscape is going to look quite different for a little while. I’ll have a tonne of new music to put out, however (rightly) nobody is signing anything at the moment, so I can foresee quite a lot of it coming out through my label, Insult To Injury and my Bandcamp page. I’m also working on some very exciting collaborations that I’m hoping will see the light of day before the end of 2020 too. Other than that I’m just looking forward to getting back to playing in clubs again. The human connection you get on a dance-floor full of likeminded people is has never been more missed more.