Texture Tape 015:

Tom Batchelor

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Sheffield-based Tom Batchelor gifts us with a selection of loose chuggers, tastefully balancing smoothness and swagger.

Tell us a bit about your night in Sheffield – Front & Back.

The idea of Front & Back is simply just to put on great parties with DJs that we’d like to see and know will put on a killer show. It’s been great to have been able to give Sheffield debuts to some of our favourite DJs like DJ Sports, Baba Stiltz and Orpheu the Wizard. It can be a lot of work putting on the nights but we’re always reminded of why we do it when the music comes on and we see everyone having a good time.

You’ve DJed with your brother quite a bit – what’s it like playing with someone you know so closely?

Joe set up Front & Back over 3 years ago with a few uni mates, and I only got involved when I moved up to start uni in Sheffield. We now live in different cities so playing out at clubs is pretty much the only times we do get to play together, but we’ve got pretty similar tastes so it’s always a fairly easy process.

DJing with Joe is always really enjoyable and I started learning on his decks when he was home from uni for the holidays. He’s always influenced my music tastes for as long as I can remember, and was the reason I got into dance music. It’s nice now that I can dig for my own music, and always feels good when I’m showing him some stuff that maybe he hasn’t heard before.

What were your ideas or plans going into the mix?

I originally planned and recorded a completely different mix, but ended up not liking it very much.  So I did this one pretty much completely off the bat, and was happy with how it turned out.

What have been your favourite recent releases?

The URA album on Collect Call is probably my favourite release so far this year, some really good downtempo and jungly sounding stuff. The last two ANF releases on NAFF and Pacific rhythm are great too. Basically anything coming out of the Canadian labels at the minute!

How do you organise your music?

It’s pretty boring I’m afraid. I just use Rekordbox and make playlists based on genre and divide it into the different bpms.  Any records I plan to play out I just have sorted in a rough order that I think I might play them.

A track you’ve always wanted to play out but never had the chance?

It’s not been out for long but pretty much all the songs from Anz EP, particularly ‘But at Least we Have This’. So good!

Your dancefloor saver?

I haven’t strictly got one, but I play Maizena – ‘Especial’ most times I play out and it always seems to go down pretty well!

Your favourite club?

Think it’s got to be The Night Kitchen in Sheffield. It’s where we’ve put on lots of our nights and the pipes room there is wicked.  I’ve been able to see RAMZi play live in there and Detroit in Effect just the other week.  Shoutout to The Harley as well which has very sadly just closed down, but I enjoyed many nights out there in my first year of uni.

The soundtrack to your funeral?

Frankie Knuckles – ‘The Whistle Song’

And on a lighter note, the tune you’ll still be listening to in 50 years?

Manmade DeeJay – ‘Club V-Bee’.  I’ve listened to this track so much over the last 2 years since it came out and I doubt I’ll ever stop.

Tracklist ~
Yu Su – Tales
Klein Zage – Womanhood (DJ Python remix)
Beta Librae – Pink Arcade
Skee Mask – Session Add
Denham Audio – 7th Sense
URA – Shagwize Dub
Piezo – The Mandrake
Equiknoxx – Last of the Mohicans
Missy Elliot – The Rain (Benedikt Frey Tribute)
Kelman Duran – Con Calma
Dave – Disaster
Dinamarca – Nena
RAMZi – Safe
Errorsmith – Retired Low-level Internal Server
Burna Boy – Sekkle Down
Joy O – COYP
Rihanna – Bih Better Have My Money (Kelman Duran edit)