playgroup tactics

i really should have done this ages ago. check out this cool interview with trevor jackson of playgroup/output fame. talking graphic design, music, movies, it’s an interesting insight into someone who’s had a pretty profound effect on dance music over the last two decades.

You’ll have a hard time finding a gospel that Trevor Jackson hasn’t spread. From designing now classic record sleeves for S-Express, Jungle Brothers or Todd Terry, doing artwork for Soulwax, setting up a record label called Output or being one of the most adroit DJs on the planet with an unquenchable thirst for records, Jackson did it all. Starting out caring and sharing UK hip hop with bands like The Brotherhood on his Bite It! platform, Jackson also remixed artists like U2 or Massive Attack’s Protection under his Underdog alias, gave ‘80s music a cosmetic surgery with his adored Playgroup project, and most of all turned Output into one of the most important labels ever to come out of Britain. Think ZE Records 2.0 and you are halfway there. With a catalogue of hundred releases from the likes of Four Tet, MU, Lopazz, The Rapture and LCD Soundsystem, Jackson merged the approach of dance music with the dynamics of indie bands. The effects seem to last forever. He is for real!

Trevor Jackson lecture for Red Bull Music Academy

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