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Warp20 (New York), the second of our birthday spectaculars, will take place on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th September, with exclusive concert performances and Film screenings.
Bleep will be present and selling exclusive Warp merchandise at the majority of these events… so come over and say hi!
The flagship live event takes place at Terminal 5 on Friday, September 4, headlined by Battles (first preview of brand new album material and their only North American show of 2009, ), alongside !!! (ChkChkChk – in their only NYC show of the year), Flying Lotus (just added to the bill!), Pivot (US debut show) with Warp DJs filling in around with classic Warp music. 6pm doors / 7pm show – TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.
The next day on Saturday, September 5, The World Financial Center Winter Garden and Wordless Music host a free live event with performances by Clark (live), Hudson Mohawke (live), other special guests and Warp DJs. (7pm Doors/8pm Show).
A late night Warp20 Closing Party then follows at Le Poisson Rouge, with newest Warp signings, surprise invited guests + DJs. (11pm doors). TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE
From Thursday 3rd Sep to Sunday 6th Sep, The New Museum of Manhattan hosts a series of free screenings from Warp Films’ award-winning catalogue of feature length, documentary and short films, as well as classic Warp artist music videos from the past 20 years.
To win a pair of tickets for the flagship event at Terminal 5, simply e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with an answer to the following question:
What is the name of the forthcoming solo album from Tyondai Braxton?
To get a sneak preview of Hudson Mohawke’s album, check out this free download of the Rising 5 track from the album. Don’t miss the chance to get the new HudMo album, exclusively packaged in a custom made buttertub, Hudson Mohawke t-shirt and limited edition vinyl sticker!!! … only available on Bleep.com.
We decided to catch up with the man himself to talk about his influences, what he has planned for, and just how and what he does does to create his own unique buttery sound.
What’s behind the name of the new album, ‘Butter’?
I just wanted the title to reflect the production and I felt that word was the perfect description in so many different ways, whether you interpret it literally or you think of a more far out buttery concept.
It’s also partly just because I just really love short-bread.
We heard a rumour that you were asked to put forward some tracks for Michael Jackson. Is this true?
well… it was discussed at one point…it was very much just in initial stages though… but who knows what could have happened if it panned out….quite gutted about that…I am working on submitting tracks for a few other major artists though
In an ideal world, who would you like to collaborate with?
CeeLo, Grace Jones, Busta Rhymes, Tunde Adebimpe, Jay Z, Dexter Wansel, Andre3000, David Bowie, so many…
How did you end up collaborating with Dam-Funk and what was he like to work with?
We were just fans of each others work and I decided to go to him with some tracks to try and involve him in the record. He was great to work with, amazingly humble and genuine guy, we’ll have some more joint goodness coming soon with any luck.
From what we can hear your music has incredibly rich texture and multiple layers of sounds. Can you give us an insight into your technical process of making beats?
Its not a really complicated process, I keep it quite simple, nothing more than just whats flowing out of my head at the time, once I have 1 or 2 elements I kind of get an image in my head of where everything else has to sit on the track and from there it just flows. technically speaking, its all sequenced in fruityloops, I have a few keyboards, a piano and a load of drums and percussion instruments, and also just got a talkbox hehe. I used to be really into sampling but at the moment Im trying to kind of create my own samples, making sort of mini/condensed tracks playing all the parts and melodies myself and then chopping those mini tracks up as if i had sampled them off vinyl.
Who are your top 5 producers of all time?
tough question…theres more than 5, but in no order, 5 of my classics; Quincy Jones, Just Blaze, Timbo, Premier, Neptunes…
How do you feel your music, your aspirations and yourself as an artist sit amongst being part of Warp Records?
For me I think Warp is my ideal home, Its the only place I can get away with basically doing exactly what I want musically, right accross the board, and still know that the label will give me full support and artistic freedom or at least some good crit if its total shit heh. It’s also just a good home for the more twisted end of a genre and so while I sometimes think my my music doesnt necessarily sit with alot of their previous releases, it does definitely fit the principles and ethos of the label and I think that is more important. In terms of my aspirations Warp are right behind me and are helping to push me continually so that hopefully soon I’ll be able to do these collabs and everything else that only exists as a dream in my head at the moment, and even if i end up broke and homeless next year, I at least got to release a record on Warp and a couple of years back even that wouldve been a completely unrealistic aspiration for me, so its alll gooood!!
Seeing as how we like those Brainfeeder guys so much, when they told us that Gaslamp Killer was putting out a brand new EP names “My Troubled Mind”, we jumped at the chance of speaking to the guy and getting a little glimpse at what goes on in that troubled mind of his…
Where did the name “The Motherfucking Gaslamp Killer” come from?
I got my start deejaying in the gaslamp district of san diego. its where all the pretty people like to go to look at each other and get drunk in there button up silk shirts and high heel shoes. they dont go out to listen to music, the music is simply in the backround & “that outfit” or “thats my team” are whats important. So for the first 6 or 7 years of my musical life, i was being ignored / hated on by these fucking good looking jock morons & theyr cheerleader girlfriends.
i remember one of the first gigs i had in the gaslamp district, when the hottest girl in the whole club approached me and told me that i was ruining her night. whats new. reminds me of high school, minus the tiny paycheck i got at the end. i think force feeding the people is how i got my name. i made them all suffer for years & killed them softly i guess. now everything is the same & no one has to worry about their atmosphere being disturbed.
‘My Troubled Mind’ and your previous releases all share a similar disturbing, nostalgic sound, which is also reflected in the artwork. What has made you take this direction with your music, and what inspires you?
I am a scorpio & a nuerotic jew, born from a turkish lebanese mexican imigrant & a new yorker. I was a “surprise” baby born to older parents.
They let me do whatever i wanted most of the time & i learned the ways of the world by banging my fucking head against a brick wall every day.
Thats why i take this direction in life & in music. I love that dirt. That raw Unfiltered Dirt. Simple as that. that is what inspires me.
Tell us how you became a part of Brainfeeder? What is Brainfeeder?
Brainfeeder is the SQUAD ~ I think it started out as Flylos Dublab.com radio show & then turned into a party featuring some of his musical friends & heros. Then he decided that so many of his talented friends didnt have a home for their music that he would start a record label to put some of this filth out! We have evolved as a traveling freakshow since. its fun. Flying Lotus & i became friends a while ago … since then we have been building an EMPIRE of Beat Freaks.
When you DJ you play a lot of dubstep, which is very different to the music we hear on your records. How did you discover dubstep and tell us how you feel about it?
I LOVE DUBSTEP! It brings me back to my rave roots & it makes me feel excited about deejaying again. I cant remember the first time i heard it or who introduced me to it but it was love at first WOMP. Im still into all the same music that i put on my mixes & my 10″, but i have been really into playing dubstep in my sets as of late. Its Freakin’ Live Shit You Know!
Your mixtapes have been known for a mashing together of eclectic styles and genres of music – if you could make your ideal music group of musicians, producers, singers, MCs, etc, etc (dead or alive) – who would it be?
Jimi Hendrix / Erkin Koray / Bernard Purdie / Malcolm Catto / Herbie Hancock / Lonnie Liston Smith / Les Claypool / Thunder Cat / Gonja Sufi / Beth Gibbons / Miguel Atwood Fergason / L. Subramniam / Todd Simon / Pharoah Sanders / Dorthy Ashby / Richard Wright / & ME!
Thank you and goood night!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Top B&W image by Ilias Panayiotou
What with Strut Records having just released a brand new brilliant compilation from the Horse Meat Disco guys, and us doing a special Strut disco bundle – we decided to catch up with Mr Horse Meat Disco himself (Severino) and talk about the dirty “D” word.
Can you tell us about the beginnings of Horse Meat Disco and why you decided to start it?
Horse Meat Disco started five and a half years ago in a gay pub in Chinatown. After a few months, we moved to the Vauxall area [of London] and started a monthly party, but after three parties we decided to go weekly. James Hillard and Jim Stanton are the main promoters and djs. Myself and Luke Howard (Filthy Luka) are the resident djs. We decided to start Horse Meat Disco ’cause we were a bit bored of the electroclash scene at the time; the music was bit boring and not so fun in gay ‘circuit’ clubs.
Disco is clearly “taking it’s revenge”. Why do you think that such a sound has become so popular again? Do you think that in two years time, people will again be burning their disco collection on football pitches? Will it become a ‘dirty’ word again?
I think it’s a combination of the time we are living in now – the recession and stuff. Disco is very uplifting, and clubbers need to cheer up a bit. It happened at the end of 70s. So, mainly, I think it’s the need of some good uplifting lyrics and melodies. At the moment the word DISCO is everywhere, we know that, but i think we’re popular ’cause we were a kind of pioneer of this. But, yeah, we know that maybe it’s gonna go too commercial…
What’s the secret to a successful discotheque? Can let us know about some of the classic HMD moments?
It`s successful ’cause we are an open minded gay night where everybody is welcome. The NYC DOWNLOW tent at Glastonbury was a good crossover for us. A great party and great energy. Also having big djs like James Murphy [LCD Soundsystem] (see video below), Derrick Carter, Dimitri from Paris, Todd Terje, Prins Thomas, Lindstrom and [Daniele] Baldelli as guests is a great honour. There`s one left: Harvey (for me) – hopefully soon!
You have the club, the label and now the album. What next for HMD?
Keep doing what we do; playing music, having fun (especially!). Show this to other clubs all over the world, like we do already in Berlin at Tape; the Honey Soundsystem in San Francisco and Special Disco Version in New York.
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