The next day I upload the mix to my webspace and make it available for download. Sometimes people comment, sometimes nobody comments, sometimes I listen to the mix everyday the next week, sometimes I never listen to it again. In a way I let myself be controlled by the music, rather than controlling it. As a radio host I think this isn’t a bad approach, you become a conduit for good music for others. In any case, I know I have my own style, which even if I wanted to, I couldn’t subsume. Where my control ends is that, in playing an entirely new set every week, I never really know which values will be given more emphasis on a given week. I never know how I’ll feel as I play the set, what direction I’ll go or for how long.
Yet when I look at other mixes, around the net or on CD, I sometimes feel I’d love to just play whatever I wanted, to gather all the absolute best records from all the shows and present them in one really great mix. When I DJ in clubs, I get to try and do this, but there’s pressure to fit whatever mould that the club fits. Sure, you can play with individuality and take risks, but even the timeslot of nightclubs dictates things like tempo.
So for this mix I’ve tried to just play some of my favourite records of the last few months in an order that feels right. It took me months (and then a day, and one take) to actually complete this, as Rayna will attest. I think this is because I had to readjust to life outside the prison of my usual format! I became insitutionalised from playing 14 or 15 or 16 or 17 tracks on a radio show, every week for almost a year. The way I created those mixes was a bit like a British TV show called Ready Steady Cook where chefs are given a surprise set of goods and have to make a meal (I think Americans have a similar show called Ironchef, interesting cultural differences in the names there). I gathered ingredients and made the best mix that came to mind.
Choosing some favourite tracks and trying to create something with no real rules or restrictions was actually much harder. Another analogy would be to compare me to that stereotypical military man that can’t exist without rules. As such, entire record collection at my feet to choose from for every mix was far trickier than just 15 new tracks. But eventually I did a mix that I’m happy with, after lots of overplanning and writing lists. I wonder if casual listeners will be able to tell the difference between it and the radio shows.
These aren’t necessarily my 14 favourite records, of the year, or of right now, but this is my favourite mix. Or at least, it should be!
01. Luna City Express-Absent Minded (Aerobic Studio
02. Sten-Undercover (Lawrence Mix) (Dial Records)
03. Liebe Ist Cool-Gluhwurmchen (Cassy Mix) (Electric Avenue)
04. Daniela Stickroth/Walter Ercolino-Giant’s Sleep (Ripperton Mix)(Meerestief)
05. H.O.S.H.-Themes, Rhythms and Harmonies (Diynamic)
06. Argy-The Storm (Deeply Rooted)
07. Chugga-Theme For The Buck Rogers Light Rope Danec (Shinedoe Mix) (Mule Electronic)
08. Deetron featuring DJ Bone-Life Soundtrack (Radioslave Mix) (Music Man)
09. Rejected-Lost (Rejected)
10. Simon Baker-Confused (Viva Music)
11. Mountan People-Mountain 003 (Mountain People)
12. Paolo Olarte-Solo Tu (Isolée Mix) (Fresh Fish)
13. Henrik Schwarz-Walk Music (Mood Music)
14. Roland Appel-Dark Soldier (Sonar Kollektiv)