With Warp, a lot of their stuff is know
to be quite dark and your stuff seems a lot more up-beat, was
that ever a problem?
Nightmares on Wax's stuff isn't dark, some
of Aphex Twin's stuff is really mellow and musically sublime,
also people like Autechre have their mellow moments as well, I
wouldn't call Plaid dark, or Boards of Canada, maybe melancholy
rather than dark for the sake of it, its more the textures that
are involved, the mood. It has its own idiosyncrasies its a bit
fiddly and stuff like that, but there is more texture than other
Does it ever bother you that being on such
an alternative label as Ninja Tune, you will probably never get
any chart success, maybe more recognition?
I am quite happy, I have progressed well
in the six years that I have been putting records out, that's
gone slowly and at my own pace, I am really happy with how I am
doing. I think the more in the public
eye you are the more under pressure you are, if you expand too
quickly for many people the first impression of you is your first
big record.Ê A lot of people who bought the Ninja Tune album or
maybe heard 'Fish' don't realise that I have had about ten 12"s
out before that. I am not pressured to tour or anything, so I
can mooch about at home, play records and drink tea.
Sounds great, do you have any new releases
in the next few months?
Possibly, I don't know yet. If I finish it, maybe something before
summer, but more likely in September, but its about time I put
something else out
your website it says that you have a show on student radio, is that
something you started when you were at uni?
No, no I only started about a year ago, with
Treva Whateva (Skint) who is playing tonight; we have always done
local stations.Ê It was a good excuse, we got good feedback 'cos it
was silly and we had our own spoof adverts and daft jingles and play
loads of really good new music. Generally radio is so poor in this
country, the coverage isn't great, all the so-called 'independent
stations' are all owned by the same company. Music in the country
on the radio is terrible compared to ten years ago.
Where do you buy your records?
Everywhere, because I am into everything I prefer
to go to specialist shops, reggae shops, hip-hop shops, house shops,
drum and bass shops, garage shop. I buy loads of second hand stuff;
I can go into anywhere and come out with loads of good records. You
can go to a shop where they specialise, for instance I really like
ska, so I can say, "give me twenty really good ska records"
just as an introduction to it. Rob's Records in Nottingham is great
for that, when I go down he picks me 10 or 15 really good northern
soul tunes out, then you build up a good collection. I tend to go
for mad, old, thirty year old obscure records rather than new stuff.
Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years time?
I think you should just progress at your own
rate, I know what I am doing for the rest of the year 'cos I have
to plan in advance, but generally I am getting to DJ in my own clubs
and play all night which is what I want to do, more radio maybe. Just
enjoying it, my perception of what is enjoyable will probably change
as I get older anyway. I will just keep on playing good records and
having a laugh.
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