This months ‘In The Mix’ comes from Soundman Chronicles head honcho and all round vinyl head Parris. Repped as “a talented and emerging 130 DJ” by Keysound’s Blackdown, he’s one of a handful of talented young DJs and producers who are successfully balancing out daytime activities (in this case working at record shop-cum-vinyl institution BM Soho) with a busy extra-curricular schedule of DJing, producing and generally being a man about town. It’s paying off as well, with his tune ‘Cold Night’ featured on Oneman’s critically acclaimed Solitaire Vol. 2 mixtape, collaborations with Wen, Etch & E.m.m.a forthcoming and then a growing DJ schedule that finds him playing all over the country.
We caught up with him earlier in the week to chat about the mix, his dedication to vinyl and dubplate culture and what he’s got coming up in the next few months.
Can you tell us a bit about the mix?
The mix works up in tempo throughout, so that I can get a wider variety of music and tunes in there. I also wanted to play my friends more than anything. Everything I play is quite spacious I would say so I try to maintain that throughout the mix while also having a heavy emphasis on low end frequencies.
It’s vinyl only I take it? Every time I see you play your record bag is an endless collection of white labels…
Haha! Yup, all vinyl and dubplates as usual
Is that a personal reaction against Serato or are you just attracted to the physical aspect of vinyl?
Nah, for me it’s just because I haven’t owned any other formats to DJ on really. I learnt on vinyl by endlessly mixing the same records in and out, and its where I feel most comfortable. Playing with dubplates and vinyl means that I have to be a lot stricter with my choice on tunes and records. As I’m making an investment into someones music, I have to truly believe I will play it to have it on a dubplate. I have nothing against Serato or CD users though, but also for me it’s about producing the best sound quality; if someone’s mixdowns ain’t the best, having it on dubplate means it can have a light mastering and sound at its best quality.
Which producers are you repping at the moment?
Beneath, Wen, Facta, E.M.M.A, Etch, Epoch, Mumdance, Logos, Acre, Gantz, Strictface, Livity Sound (Main and Sister Label) – These are probably the people who are at the core of everything I do at the moment.
You collaborated with Wen for a track on his forthcoming Keysound album ‘Signals’, can you tell us a little bit about how that came about?
It was when Wen had come back from his Australia Tour in the summer. After working with Epoch out there he was more keen on collaborating and making tracks with others so when he came down for a booking we got on a tune. After that I went to his house and we pretty much completed the beat in about two sessions. Once it was done we sent it over to Martin (Blackdown) and he liked it so much that he wanted it on the album! Since then we’ve carried on collaborating and just been creating a heavy arsenal of new beats together.
What’s this year got in store for Soundman Chronicles?
I have quite a few releases lined up with some of my friends so it’s just spending the rest of the year lining them up and getting them out. I don’t really like announcing them until they’ve been mastered and I have TP’s in hand because the tracks on releases are very prone to changing quite often. We currently have Epochs release which is out now. It contains 2 original tracks from him as well as the Steppenwolf remix by Gantz, the original was featured on Keysound’s ‘This is how we roll’ CD.
Where can we catch you DJ’ing?
14th March – Wen album launch, London: on.fb.me/1fsS4RU
29th March – Reconstrvct, New York: on.fb.me/1fsS5VI
16th May – Fabric, Keysound takeover, London: fabriclondon.com/club/listing/899
Finally, is there anything else you want to big up?
Just have to big up the supporters really. Always a special thanks to Dusk and Blackdown who have always been so supportive of everything I’ve done, and have opened up great opportunities for me such as playing fabric, doing a mix and interview for the blog and just generally looking after me and guiding me in the right direction. My closer friends: Etch, E.M.M.A, Wen, Epoch and Facta; couldn’t really imagine going through this game without them, they’ve probably been some of the most supportive people out there. The producers who allow me to cut and play their music out. Also got to shout out Snooks at BM Soho. Sorry if I’ve forgotten anyone out!
01. Pev and Kowton – Vapours (Livity Sound)
02. Beneath – Luisa (Dub)
03. Sigha – Where I Come to Forget (Hot Flush)
04. Batu – Spooked (Livity Sound)
05. Acre – Burning Memories (Forthcoming Cold Recordings)
06. Pev and Asusu – Surge (Livity Sound)
07. Facta and Hodge – Tungsten (Forthcoming)
08. Beneath – T.H.I.N.G (Dub)
09. E.M.M.A – Glitter (Dub)
10. Logos – Menace VIP (Dub)
11. Wen – Celestial (Dub)
12. Etch, E.M.M.A and Parris – Purgatory (Dub)
13. Gantz – Free Focus (Commodo Remix) (Dub)
14. Gantz and El Mahdy Jr – Exile (Dub)
15. Facta – Ize Kashmir (Dub)