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.
The next international guest featuring in the Jump The Q series of the blog is Dj Law; an old school specialist, the mastermind and curator of drumtrip.co.uk, sharing some personal trivia with the blog. A short bio, information about Drumtrip and respective links can be found below the Q&A.
Law Jumps The Q
Let’s get started:
Set 1: The man behind the mask
Q1: Favourite travel destination?
A1: America, specifically Denver / Colorado. Beautiful part of the world, great people.
Q2: Favourite dish?
A2: Tough one, probably either a fine ribeye steak, or typically British: a dhansak curry.
Q3: Favourite drink?
A3: Not really into spirits. I do enjoy a beer, but it changes frequently. Currently I always look for Brooklyn Lager.
Q4: Dream car?
A4: Not a fan of cars. I drive one out of necessity. Comfort over style really.
Q5: Favourite movie?
A5: Cliché I know, but probably Blade Runner.
Q6: Favourite sports team – domestic and international?
A6: Tottenham Hotspur. They have their ups and downs but are never dull!
Q7: Favourite pair of trainers?
A7: I’ve always been an Adidas man, and you can’t go wrong with the classic Superstars.
Q8: Feared but not respected, or respected but not accepted?
A8: Respected, always.
Set 2: The man behind a set of decks
Q9: First record you bought?
A9: First tune I ever bought myself was Coolio – Gangsta’s Paradise on cassette in 1995. The first vinyl I bought as a ‘DJ’? I bought a few in one go, but I think Bad Company – Book of the Bad was one of them.
Q10: Most valuable record you own (sentimental value not financial)?
A10: Probably Jehst – Premonitions EP. Jehst is probably the best rapper / lyricist to come out of the UK and this was his very first release. Vinyl only, very limited, it took an age to track down. Other than that, probably my own tune, which is (so far) my only release on vinyl called ‘Sophine’. Quite proud of that.
Q11: Favourite piece of musical equipment?
A11: Although I have produced in the past, I never really had much outboard gear. I have to see my turntables which have seen me though for over 10 years, without any trouble.
Q12: Favourite track (non genre-specific)?
A12: Goldie – Inner City Life.
Q13: Favourite label?
A13: Moving Shadow. Apart from the amazing music they put out, the label was born in my home town. My mum even went to primary school with Rob Playford.
Q14: Favourite dj/artist/producer?
A14: Goldie, a creative genius, a visionary.
Q15: Track you wish it was yours?
A15: Such a tough one. Rufige Kru – Terminator perhaps.
Q16: Vinyl or digital?
A16: Vinyl, every time.
Set 3: The man behind the scenes
Q17: Favourite venue worldwide you have ever attended?
A17: Might get some heat for saying it, but regardless of where it was and who attended, Matter at O2 London was the best rave venue I have been to. The sound system was simply astounding, great cavernous layout and beautiful view of the city from the smoking area.
Q18: Best live performance/dj set you have ever witnessed?
A18: Portishead at Alexandra Palace July 2011. I still get chills thinking about it now.
Q19: Worst live performance/dj set you have ever witnessed?
A19: I have seen too many terrible DJ sets to mention! I once saw MGMT at Lolapalooza in Chicago. They were on before Arcade Fire (a great band). The sound, performance and everything was just terrible. Not a fan.
Q20: Dream line-up for a festival (5 names)?
A20: People who are alive…. Portishead, Goldie, Tribe Called Quest, Arctic Monkeys, The Prodigy.
Q21: If you had a magic eraser who would you extinguish from the musical map?
A21: Haha, too many. David Guetta would be a good start.
Q22: Future plans?
A22: Continue growing Drumtrip.co.uk and put on a Drumtrip night in London, sometime.
The previous installments of the Jump The Q series are available following the link below:
Drumtrip is designed to be your complete destination for all things hardcore and jungle, focusing on the golden era from 1990 to 1997. Bringing you all the best mixes, links, repress information, bargain tune recommendations, interviews and anything else you can think of.
Law has been mixing since 1998 and after dalliances with garage, house and even a little trance, it was obvious D&B was the way to go. Over time, he found himself more and more drawn into the period between 1992 and 1996, as he became less of a DJ and more of a collector, scouring second hand record shops across London, as well stalking eBay and Discogs relentlessly.
Since then, he has played the odd gig around London and his home county Hertfordshire, as well as holding stints on pirate and internet radio.
In 2009 he launched a record label called Repertoire, which went on to have a single vinyl release as well as three digital releases. As of 2013 and beyond, the label is now up and running again and is managed by Ben CT, after a three year hiatus. For more details on Repertoire check out the Soundcloud page here.