Texture Tape 014:
International man of mystery and VIP MIX co-founder Document comes at us with a mind-expanding slew of tunes and ‘too much harpsichord’.
What were your ideas or plans going into the mix?
Oh lord, as I remember all I wanted to do was to try and square Johnny Cash with reggaeton. Everything else went from there, suddenly I found myself dragging an old coughing tool I made a few months ago in, then that absolutely risible, completely brilliant Boothroyd album from last year ended up bookending the whole mess.
Tell us a bit about VIP MIX!
VIP MIX is a funny sort of thing because it’s still more of a habit than anything serious. Originally I was just going to do it out of my halls – we still use a pair of fucked Geminis which me and Theo [G. Bird] bought for a pound three years ago – but when the three of us moved in together we decided to make it a bit more real.
Part of what’s so nice about it is that all the equipment’s in our kitchen, it’s our home that we’re opening up to people. I’m not sure what’s going to happen in the future with it: for now it’s the station taking us for a ride, not the other way round.
We’re starting to put together some events as we reach our first birthday, doing Sunday broadcasts, hopefully putting together the cash to do more than 3 hours an evening! I’m a notorious pessimist so I’m guessing we’ll run out of money and be shut down in six weeks tops.
How has recording regular shows affected the way you select music (if at all?)
The more I play the more I think I’m making more interesting connections, and that to me seems the point of all this nonsense. A perfectly mixed tech house set has almost no value to me at all, I’m much more interested in cramming as many bits and pieces together into something more expressionistic that still just about brings the dance.
What have been your favourite releases recently?
Jeremy Hyman’s new ‘Future Times’ is class. I’m really glad that music that makes you dance as if one leg’s shorter than the other is in vogue. Bell Towers’ ‘I’m Moving To Berlin’ makes me howl with laughter. The new DJ MM on Even The Strong is an absolute weapon. Anything on PRR! or Disques de Bretagne. And the LP from Huerco S.’s supergroup Ghostride the Drift has calmed me down on the DLR more times than I can count.
A set of performance from the past you wish you could experience again (and why)?
I saw Ennio Morricone conduct his soundtrack to The Good, The Bad and The Ugly at the O2 when I was 16 and I should have been taking bloody notes.
How do you organise your music?
My goals in DJing are, in order a) to destroy Rekordbox and b) to facilitate and frustrate the dance in equal measure. With that in mind I’ve got a set of roughly genred playlists, a set of playlists for new music each week, and from that I put together a playlist for each night which I decide on half an hour before I’m supposed to play, based on nothing but masochism.
They then get exported with metadata in the file name using a few custom scripts, and synced using some version control bullshit. It’s incredibly labour-intensive and completely pointless. Rekordbox has some time yet.
A track you’ve always wanted to play out but never had the chance?
There’s a few tracks made with early drum programming from the 1980s which I really want to crowbar into some footwork (Mikel Rouse – Quorum, David Linton – Lumbago Dub) but unfortunately I’ve bottled it every time.
On that note there’s also a recording of Martin Creed’s ‘Work 117’ which is just all the sounds on a drum machine played in order at 120. I think I might have played it by accident at 4am in Grow but I don’t remember.
Your dancefloor saver?
Bass Clef – ‘Transprism’
Your favourite club?
I’m a total snob and a real nervous wreck about crowds so I’ve always preferred really intimate venues where you can actually dance. We spent most of our nights out growing up in London going to Corsica but predictably what used to be a gorgeous place has suffered as everything’s been sold off around them.
It’s difficult to recommend places in London, I still have a soft spot for The Waiting Room, and maybe Unit 18 and Bunker Club cos they’re south of the river. Ankali in Prague is probably the one but I haven’t been back in a couple of years.
The soundtrack for your funeral?
OD – ‘Sol Baize at the Chinga’
And on a lighter note, the tune you’ll still be listening to in 50 years?
Heatsick – ‘C’etait un Rendez Vous’
Shelter – Variation abyssale (pt. 1)
Boothroyd – Dry
River Yarra – Sli Ggogg
Simo Cell – BalandBeat
Clara! – Meiga
Foodman – Tokai Desu
Bass Clef – worry and also somehow be happy
ELLLL – Febreeze
DJ NK – Ghetto Whistles
DJ Marfox – Cobra Preta
MM – Terrible Muscle
Burnt Friedman – 1994 Sorcier
Wahono – Prambanan
Maoupa Mazzocchetti – Private Investigator on a Guitar Men
A.r.t Wilson – Rebecca’s Theme (Water)
Boothroyd – Blue
v1984 – The Birth of Venus
UCC Harlo – Ceres
The Highwaymen – Highwayman
Danny L Harle & Pawel Siwczak – Bonus Track (Heaven)