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Shadow Dancer interview (part one)

Well this is something special. Normally when you do an email interview, the questions are adequate enough. Sometimes they take things up the wrong way and you’ve no way of qualifying your question. Sometimes they just respond with the bare minimum. In this case, I’ve got so much material that I’m actually going to split it in two rather than cut anything.

So, here you go. Two brothers, Paul and Al Farrier, better known to the world as Shadow Dancer, the formidable duo on Boysnoize Records. They’re not touring right now, but they’re making a special appearance at Transmission next week, and in advance of that gig, they were kind of to answer a series of ridiculous questions from yours truly. Enjoy.

You were born in Liverpool. You’re now based in Manchester. Fill in the gaps?

Paul: We went from Liverpool to Saudi Arabia to Liverpool to North Wales to Manchester (and then I ended back up in Wales, where I currently live, although a move back to Manchester is on the cards as there’s not much in the way of a music scene around here… the K-Klass days are over).

Al: We grew up in Wales, but I was really attracted to Manchester because I was obsessed with Manchester music – New Order. I always wanted to live in a big city, but London didn’t really occur to me. I wasn’t even particularly aware of London, but went to the Haçienda when I was 17 and I was hooked.

Is the sibling dynamic a hindrance or a help? Apart from touring/performing, how much time does the project mean you need to spend together?

Paul: It’s a definite help when touring and performing as Al provides extra hands and options for the live set, and he’s more outgoing than me… I can come across as the “moody DJ” sometimes, but it’s really down to my being shy and occasionally uncomfortable around large groups of people having far too much fun. We haven’t produced together for a long time now, so I don’t know how that would work now. There’d probably still be a lot of arguing.

Al: It’s never been much of an issue really, because we’ve also been best friends since we were kids and we grew up discovering and learning about making music. We spend a bit of time together when we’re not performing. I take a back seat these days in terms of writing and production. Paul’s always buying new bits of kit, and he generally shows me the ropes.
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two thousand and ‘i prefer the switch mix’ six

i’m going to kick this off with a disclaimer – over the last few years i’ve made a point of never copying a dj’s mixes, ie if someone mixes two tracks together that sound great, i’ll go out of my way to find other ways of mixing them. i don’t wanna jock nobody’s style. but i’ve done it in this mix. not as a ripoff, but as an homage. it was in 2006 that i first saw the great man that is erol alkan play, and his opening tracks that night were his own remix of i don’t feel like dancing by scissor sisters and trentemøller‘s remix of go by moby. after that, like many of his sets, i was completely stumped – it always seems that he kicks off with something HUGE, then follows it up with an hour of obscurity, and lays the bangers on thick for his grand finale. later on that night i heard him play some of the tracks that have come to define that year, half of which are included in this very mix. bump, sitwoc, magick. that was 2006. this was year zero for the current crop of electro kids who never before had any interest in “dance music” – rock and rave had already come together through the likes of soulwax and lcd soundsystem, now labels like modular and ed banger were, i wouldn’t say consummating that marriage – they were f*cking like rabbits. it was wild.
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bia for the soul

ended up somehow djing for a brief period in bia bar last night. good fun. most of the crowd were djs – you know how it is – so imagine my shame when one of my cds started skipping… i’d even spent half an hour getting from 128 down to 124, and sure enough the first track i find and throw in is 130… fml… anyway. i was pretty happy i got to play security – it’s been kicking around on a cd for a few months now so it’s about time i’ve played it!

empire of the sun – walking on a dream (treasure fingers remix)
uffie – mcs can kiss (zombie disco squad remix)
the beat club – security
tiga – pleasure from the bass (joakim remix)
eli escobar – glass house
cut copy – future (chromeo remix)
fully fitted – 50 ways

after this i went over to the twisted pepper for switch – alas, due to disastrous weather conditions he wasn’t able to make it over. nonetheless, mr jones residents shortie and frank sweeney rocked the place – the crowd was insanely up for it and the lads did not disappoint. boom.

now it’s back to work and the real world for me…

massive overblown picture post

so my major lazer cd arrived in the post today. buk buk. i checked out blue collar distro store again and found a few more ML tees which are pretty awesome. check them out.




now as you may or may not know, major lazer is a dancehall project from djs/producers diplo and switch, but it is also the front for a mysterious character.

Major Lazer fought as a Jamaican commando who lost his arm in a secret zombie war in 1984. He fights vampires and various monsters, parties hard, and has a rocket powered skateboard.

check out some pictures from his myspace:


south park

the album’s artwork was done by a guy called ferry gouw, who has also done artwork/posters/videos for the likes of simian mobile disco, bloc party, late of the pier and semifinalists.

this is probably my favourite track on the album. summavybz…

Major Lazer – Can’t Stop Now (feat. Mr. Vegas & Jovi Rockwell)

don’t be afraid


there are these signs over posters for cream and sankeys here in preston saying “CANCELLED” with stop fly-postering written around it. i’ll have to get a pic. didn’t know it was illegal! shows what i know…

the fader are killing it today (as ever) with tracks from kellz, holy ghost! and amerie. yeah no shame there, i love amerie! it’s a bit bizarre but this a. brucker (switch) and sinden remix of touch from 2006 is basically her vocals over busta‘s touch it. simple yet effective. still love it.

Busta Rhymes & Amerie – Touch (A.Brucker & Sinden Mix)

i <3 rcrd lbl

as above. i’m djing at soundcheck on thursday and i’m mulling over what i’m going to play. maybe the bloc party remix of needy girl which i picked up in city discs last week. maybe some liquid liquid.

or else some new mpfrees. like switch’s björk remix. or alex gopher’s kid sis remix (which i meant to play last time, and i only remembered when i passed a fruit’n’veg shop called get fresh on my way home). or the new amanda blank track.

the last three are all available to download, guilt free, at rcrd lbl. it’s awesome. obviously i have no problem sending money in the direction of artists i love, but when you can get tracks for free it’s even better. holla.