A mini-interview with 22 short questions (some personal, some tricky) looking for equally short answers, addressed to artists, producers, promoters, djs, friends and affiliates of the blog in general.
Today Runner (d2, Subbed Out) Jumps the Q
Let’s get started:
Set 1: The man behind the mask
Q1: Favorite travel destination?
Sailing the Greek Islands (mostly Aegean side), London, San Francisco/Bay Area and the biggest project for the future, sailing with a team of friends in French Polynesia/SW Pacific. An area that when you look at pictures of that side of the globe from space, all you see is water.
Q2: Favourite dish?
Not a food fetishist really but I love oysters cooked with garlic, lemon and oil, also Japanese food in general, crab cakes from the Bay Area and Greasy Spoon diners in the US. And eggs! lots of them in any shape or form!
Q3: Favourite drink?
If you want to enter the twilight zone I suggest the Zombie cocktail menace. Otherwise any upper cocktail like Ginger Smash is always a winner. When the winter kicks in (= now) a fine glass of smoked out Lagavulin Single Malt. You can feel the ‘ash’ in your mouth. Finally I discovered award winning Ozumo restaurant in SF and their immense collection of Sake bottles with all sorts of crazy flavors a mind can conceive. Just take a look at this list.
Q4: Dream car?
Not a car person really. Dream car is any car that takes you from A to B safely, has enough interior space, proper engine which you could take it through tons of mileage, bears a nice sound system and is not a Fiesta, Scoda, Seat or any other clone-copycat car out there.
Q5: Favourite movie?
You’re talking to a movie buff and it is impossible to pick one up but every time this question comes up Kubrick’s 2001 Space Odyssey comes to mind in its director’s cut version with all the added documentaries that came with the special edition release.
Q6: Favourite sports team – domestic and international?
Not so much a huge team sports fan anymore but I’d say I’m an Arsenal supporter, I love the way Barcelona exists in this world & I utterly hate anything that has to do with GR football as opposed to my long standing love of basketball after having spent 12 yrs of my life dedicated to it back in the day. I don’t follow it anymore but I naturally love the sport
Q7: Favourite pair of trainers?
Air Max 90 & Air Max 1 classics in as many variations possible, CLAE footwear and Adidas Originals Sneaker with the red sole which I lost 2 yrs ago and can never find anywhere anymore.
Q8: Feared but not respected, or respected but not accepted?
I’d like to quote our 900 yrs old jedi master here “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering”
Set 2: The man behind a set of decks
Q9: First record you bought?
Actual personal vinyl purchase would be either Future Sound Of London’s Cascade or something like classic R&S eg. Outlander’s Vamp, can’t remember anymore.
Q10: Most valuable record you own (sentimental value not financial)?
Miles Davis – In A Silent Way LP original copy in all its worn-out-sleeve glory. Also I’d say Enforcers Vol. 11 & 12 10” picture disc purely for Lemon D’s “Break It Up” and what it used to do @ MDZ nights in London 97/98
Q11: Favourite piece of musical equipment?
My 1210s, I am a DJ all the way, first & foremost, more than anything.
Q12: Favourite track (non genre-specific)?
I’ll skip obvious choices from my past like Dillinjah – Deadly Deep Subs or anything jungle/dnb related but a few more things for sure, for example Bill Evans – Peace Piece for its sheer and unprecedented piano mood (all improvised). After all, the music that I or we play or played in the past is dance music that usually stems from influences which translate into samples. Jazz is right at the core of that function. Jazz is the teacher. Oh and very recently, that masterpiece by none other than Kassem Mosse – Staat Aus Glas (whole EP really). Last but not least, anything Joe (Hessle Audio/Hemlock) has released in the last 2 years like what just surfaced which goes by the name R.E.J. bit.
Q13: Favourite label?
Just too difficult to answer here with one name.. Used to be militant and devoted to labels like Metalheadz, Reinforced, Signature, etc. back in the day, today it’s primarily about Loefah’s Swamp81, Hemlock & Hessle Audio, recent ventures like SunkLo, Boddika’s NonPlus+, in general though it’s more about the artists than the labels and the fact that as a DJ you just gotta dig and filter through 20+ yrs of quality back catalogue music across tempos and genres. Now is the time to play it all and to make sense at the same time.
Q14: Favourite dj/artist/producer?
Hard answer here. OK I can never forget Photek, Source Direct or Calibre as producers, Grooverider as a DJ up to 2001, Randall of course, Doc Scott (Blue Note era) and more recently Hatcha FWD early mid naughties era, Loefah as per always, Joy O these last 2 yrs(obsessed) but also there is a strain of DJs out there right now that are ‘reinventing’ the art like Oneman and Klose One. Errrr… All from the UK so to be fair I have to also name Tama Sumo from Berghain residency fame whom I believe is one of the best DJs on this planet. Then there’s tons of artists from the 90s as well. a nightmare to answer this question really
Q15: Track you wish it was yours?
Too many to mention man.. I love DJing and when I get a new piece of wax in my hands that makes sense and moves me, all I think is how to cue it in a mix that exists in my head. Up until the very current moment I never aspired to be a producer cause I simply had the ear but never had the equipment or the skills although some aspects of this statement are changing, more info soon
Q16: Vinyl or digital?
Vinyl all the way-ish. Being DJing for more than 10yrs and the physical relationship of vinyl on decks in conjunction with the raw output of a solid groove press through a proper sound system, just can’t be replaced for me. I’d say I am 85% vinyl, 15% digital on my sets these days.
Set 3: The man behind the scenes
Q17: Favourite venue worldwide you have ever attended?
In the last 20yrs+ I am going out in Athens, UK, Europe and in the last 3 yrs in the US, I have seen many great venues that had a gigantic vibe in combination with a proper or state of the art sound system regardless of their size. It’s important to have these two elements together though. One without the other is not achievable no matter how much money you spend or how cool you think you are. Namely Paradise Club/London (93-94/AWOL nights), early MoS up until 94, Headz anywhere 97-99’, DMZ @ Mass/Brixton 06-07 purely for that jungle rave feeling that was nowhere to be found until I walked into the main room and felt that music & soundsystem, it was game over for me, Cable/London, Panorama Bar/Berlin each & every time, Cielo/NY, Plastic People/London (pre-revamp era, especially mid 00s), six dogs/Athens gig stage, Trouw/Amsterdam (the Dutch answer to Berghain), the legendary attic of Guru Bar in Athens aka Jazz Upstairs and I want to witness Robert Johnson/Offenbach at some point in the future as I only hear crazy good things about it for yrs.
Q18: Best live performance/dj set you have ever witnessed?
More than just a few. I’ll go for some quick fire highlights otherwise. Life changing moment: Theo Parrish & Moodyman, Outside The Fort Arena, Dimensions Festival Croatia this September, custom made 54kw(!) soundsystem, 3K people, 5hr set till dawn, Pat Metheny’s Orchestrion Live last December in Athens. Hugh Masekela’s 70th bday tour @ Palace Of Fine Arts in San Francisco (2009), George Clinton in Athens 2007, the whole night @ Cable in April 2011 for the 1st official Swamp81 party with Loefah, Boddika, Ben UFO, FaltyDL, Joy O, Mickey Pierce and Oneman for the sheer mayhem that went on with all those cats mentioned in the lineup from start to finish.
Q19: Worst live performance/dj set you have ever witnessed?
Don’t usually remember them cause they often deregister after a short while. OK maybe Photek in Athens a couple of years back was the most major personal let down from someone whom I always looked up to as a musical blueprint or manual in sonic innovation and context. Then again I kinda knew it was gonna be like that, anyway he is always gonna be Rupert Parkes aka Photek aka Special Forces and he means a lot to many of us plus he doesn’t have to prove anything to anybody but that is my answer to the question really.
Q20: Dream line-up for a festival (5 names)?
Theo Parrish, Joy Orbison, Seiji, Jackmaster, Ben UFO
Q21: If you had a magic eraser who would you extinguish from the musical map?
Nobody as every personal effort to express yourself is a step closer to your realization. Whether your reality is utter shite or not, it doesn’t matter.
Q22: Future plans?
Subbed Out getting more concrete than it already is (a bimonthly session of bass driven grooves), more channels to be created for it as well (watch this space..) Also Zed Bias finally in Athens Sat. 2nd of February with me & Black Athena. Also a very special comeback for those who go as far back as Ital Soundz nights that’ll take place in spring. My most important figure right now coming to GR in the next year (more info soon), Rotation crew growing stronger and healthier in 2013, special DJ mix projects, more digging and maybe a gigantic relocation at the other side of the pond in late 2013. Oh and Dimensions in Croatia next September, standardly
Runner’s really into playing music these days with all the scenes splintering and getting back together at a lower tempo reuniting past & present, going back to go forward and vice versa. With roots in jungle and drum & bass from the last 20yrs, having lived for 7yrs in the UK, being part of d2 project & Ital Soundz back in the day and heavily into bass driven tempos, he’s currently laying down the sounds involved in various projects. From the Subbed Out nights where Chicago, New York & Detroit meet Berlin meet the UK, to flying in select DJs from abroad once every so often with his friends, being part of the Rotation collective in Athens and planning for more in the near future.
- A classicist bass session for BigBangAthens with music from early 2000 till the middle of the last decade.
- The last recorded drum anb bass set @ Guy Andrews’ Phuture Frequency radio about 2 1/2 yrs ago.
d2.Runner::Reminder Mix for Phuture Frequency Radio
1. Instra:mental – Thugtronika [Exit]
2. Phobia – Guillotine (Breakage’s Joseph Ignace mix) [Coded Music]
3. Commix – Bear Music [Hospital]
4. Hidden Agenda – Channel [Metalheadz]
5. Digital – Far Out remix [Razors Edge]
6. M.T.S. – Hard Disk (Decoder remix) [Juice]
7. Commix – Rack It [Hospital]
8. S.P.Y. – Monochrome [Soul:R]
9. Instra:mental – Dead Zone [Darkestral]
10.Genotype – Tech Jazz [Renegade Hardware]
11.Nymfo – Common Gateways [Inneractive]
12.Spectrasoul – When I was 10 [Shogun Audio]
13.Subject Matter – Steel [Genetic Stress]
14.Breakage – The Shroud [Digital Audio]
15.Digital – B.U.R.N.Y [Violence]
16.ST Files – Crackden [Soul:R]
17.Digital – Natty Dread [Reinforced]
18.Amit & Outrage – Insane Bitch [Commercial Suicide]
19.Survival – Closure [Exit]
20.Calibre – New Cons [Exit]
21.Fierce, Break & Nico – Draw [Quarantine]
22.Future Forces – Strontium Jazz (Dillinjah remix) [Renegade Hardware]
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