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He is adept at producing anything from slick techno to classically informed house music and is someone who never steers away from a pounding groove.
His forthcoming ‘Chronographic’ compilation, which will see the London based producer donate all proceeds to an LGBT shelter in New York City that offers help to the homeless, the mentally ill and anyone suffering prejudice because of their sexuality.
Created in 2008, the mission of New Alternatives is to increase the self-sufficiency of homeless LGBT youth and to enable them to transition out of the shelter system and into stable adult lives. They do this by providing case management, education services, life skills training, community-building recreational activities, opportunities for self-expression, and support services for HIV+ youth. Their guiding principles are those of harm reduction, youth development, and empowerment. Every night, thousands of LGBT youth and young adults are homeless in New York City. Whether they have been kicked out by homophobic families, forced to flee conservative communities, aged out of foster care, or come from families torn apart by poverty, AIDS, drug abuse or eviction, these youth sleep in the City’s parks, on the subway, and in public facilities such as Port Authority and Penn Station. A fortunate minority find a safe haven in one of NYC’s handful of housing programs and shelters designed for this population, facilities so underfunded that youth wait months to get in or sleep on concrete floors and countertops. Another portion of the homeless youth population finds not-so-safe shelter in large, City-funded institutions or the men’s shelter on Ward’s Island, where they are subject to homophobic harassment- and even violence -at the hands of both staff and peers. The least fortunate of all find themselves practicing “survival sex” — trading their bodies for money or a place to stay.
Along with 3 new cuts, the album release pulls together a wealth of legendary material from his vaults, including collaborations with and remixes by the likes of Agoria, Jerome Sydenham, Luciano, Timo Maas, DJ Gregory and others. He drops in on this weeks podcast with a very special Disco Classics mix recorded at Output in NYC.
Sum up this podcast in 10 words…
I could give you two words and they would be Chicago-NYC. Specifically Output NYC is one of the few places left that you can throw a party with this kind of music and people would rave like its a techno party in Italy. Harvey played a day before me there and I happened to be at the club so that really got me in the mood for the day after.
What’s your personal favourite track on it?
One of my favourite tracks is Peven Everett’s “I can’t believe I loved her”. It’s a really long cut, there is a 4 minute intro of instrument solos and then the vocal comes in so its meant for those with musical patience and an ear for that type of thing. Peven’s music was always very special.
What’s the special ingredient in this mix?
Some mixes are slow and some are more like transitions, depending on the vibe. In this case most of the songs are 80s and early 90s so the drums are either live or the drum machines are really really loose. I feel like this type of set demands a certain kind of flow that would avoid tiring the floor as its easy to overwhelm the audience within such context, so you should provide small oxygen breaks and less intense groove moments throughout. So the special ingredient is “understanding”.
What’s the best gig you’ve played recently?
I loved playing in Tbilisi/Georgia. The scene is relatively fresh and the Mtkvarze club is now an addiction. I heard that Tbilisi also has a very good arts university and I really think its shaping up to be the most important music & arts city in that side of the world. People are very generous and the food is fantastic.
What have you got coming up?
Chronographic is out on the 16th of May on my label These Days records. Its a decade collection from my back-catalogue, remixes and collaborations with Kerri Chandler, The Martinez Brothers, Jerome Sydenham, Agoria, Alan Fitzpatrick and many more. Also features new versions, new tracks and re-mastered versions. All proceeds go to the New Alternatives charity organisation.
And finally, do you have a special message for our readers?
A few words about the fundraiser party at Output NYC in connection with the New Alternatives project. Created in 2008, the mission of New Alternatives Organisation is to increase the self-sufficiency of homeless LGBT youth and to enable them to transition out of the shelter system and into stable adult lives. They do this by providing case management, education services, life skills training, community-building recreational activities, opportunities for self-expression, and support services for HIV+ youth. Their guiding principles are those of harm reduction, youth development, and empowerment.