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Exclusive squarepusher interview

Postby Electro Elvis » 02 Nov 2009, 17:35

Hi there
Here is an exclusive squarepusher interview. The questions we're asked by DJ Magazine for a feature all about WANG in the November 09 issue, but due to space constraints it didn't all get used and as we think Tom's answers are so brilliant, it seemed a shame to waste them and so I've posted them here for you to see.
Massive big up to Tom and to DJ Mag.

DJ mag: You've been a long time regular with Wang and one of its close
campadres... How did you first get involved with Wang and what was it
about their ethos that really struck a chord with you?

Tom J: I first got involved as a punter in the summer of '02, when Wang was
being held at 'The Premises' in Hackney Road. I got invited along with a
crowd of extremely attractive girls so it could have been Center
frigging Parcs for all I cared. But to my surprise, my attention was
swiftly relocated to the music ... it resembled the nights that my mates
and I used to put on in the early '90s ... just strobe, smoke and high
quality raving material of every shade. I was particularly enamoured
with a potentially inadvisable detour through the backwaters of '80s
Chicago House music by a Mr. Mark Broom, a man known by the Ravenoscenti
as a seasoned purveyor of fine beats and basslines. And as enamoured
with the crowd who were with him every step of the way!

DJ mag: While so many nights fall away, Wang is celebrating a decade of
underground activity in November and still going strong... What do you
think has been the secret to its longevity?

Tom J: I imagine the secret is just that they do what they like on their terms.
It's not exactly a recipe for popularity but it potentially is for
garnering respect and loyalty. You can obviously make a night much
bigger if you want through pummeling people with advertising, but then
you court the attention of people daft enough to take notice of
advertising. Wang keeps going because they've gained respect for
resolutely doing their own thing and not compromising it to make money
or hype. That is the central thing I've got in common with them and why
I'll play a gig for them at the drop of a hat (and they are the fairest
people when it comes to dosh.) Other people I've met in the 'Industry'
of that disposition I could number on one hand. Once you do everything
for a price ... well, then you can be bought can't you!?

DJ mag: Wang champions itself as more of a party than a club, how different an
experience is playing Wang to your other UK/London gigs?

Tom J: In general I feel completely out of place in the aforementioned
'Industry'. Lou and Nathan represent one of the rare corners of it that
isn't tiresomely obsessed with self -promotion and as such I feel at
home with them. Partially for that reason, Wang are the only thing
vaguely resembling a 'club' that I play at. Their nights are different
to what I perceive as the norm in clubland in the sense that the punters
aren't spoon fed a homogenous 'experience' that they only enjoy because
they think everyone else is enjoying it. It's different in the sense
that by the end of the night I feel happy and refreshed, rather than
somewhat distressed.

DJ mag: How would you best describe Wang to someone who had never had the
pleasure themselves?

Tom J: I'd describe it as a good place to meet members of the opposite sex who
are of a similarly genteel disposition. It's guaranteed to impress with
its extensive range of home -made cakes and pastries. And it serves a
wonderful cup of tea to boot!

DJ mag: What have been your most memorable experiences playing Wang?

Tom J: An amusing and refreshing experience was at the first one I attended,
when I tried to muscle my bag behind the decks. I was being a bit of an
arrogant git making various unsustainable assumptions about my inherent
right as a musician to do such things. Yet, in the end I find it
alienating to be treated differently because of my 'reputation' and
Nathan squarely made sure that I knew he wasn't going to be doing that.
(He told me to piss off!)
But the most memorable experience would have to be the last of the raves
that I did with them in Thetford Forest. Sadly, Nathan was arrested as
were various other esteemed and well -intentioned members of the outdoor
raving fraternity. At that point, we knew it'd be the last one as it was
being severely clamped down on upon. It was a happy -sad dichotomy. For
me nothing compares to hearing one's favourite drum and bass ditties
whilst supping a can of warm lager under the sweet countenance of the
stars!
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Re: Exclusive squarepusher interview

Postby ThE99THReDBallooN » 02 Nov 2009, 19:57

nice one
cheers
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Re: Exclusive squarepusher interview

Postby Five Alive » 03 Nov 2009, 09:31

:)
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Re: Exclusive squarepusher interview

Postby pd2h » 03 Nov 2009, 09:55

Cool nice to read :)
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Re: Exclusive squarepusher interview

Postby Magma » 03 Nov 2009, 13:25

Wicked, thanks!
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Re: Exclusive squarepusher interview

Postby Alfie » 04 Nov 2009, 14:24

cool, good read :)
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Re: Exclusive squarepusher interview

Postby dj_yt » 05 Nov 2009, 14:36

Good interview. The Thetford rave with squarepusher was certainly one of my favourite outdoor parties.

One of my friends kindly made me a printed Mug with photos from that rave for my 30th birthday :D
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Re: Exclusive squarepusher interview

Postby fletcher » 11 Nov 2009, 23:01

If DJMag had reduced the size of the photo of david guetta or tiesto, then they could have easily fit in this interesting and insightful interview about a proper underground party from a proper inspirational producer. Oh well, I guess they have to go with what sells....
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Re: Exclusive squarepusher interview

Postby Electro Elvis » 13 Nov 2009, 12:05

fletcher wrote:If DJMag had reduced the size of the photo of david guetta or tiesto, then they could have easily fit in this interesting and insightful interview about a proper underground party from a proper inspirational producer. Oh well, I guess they have to go with what sells....


Hey Fletcher
I'm not much of a trance fan either, but what you gonna do?

Fair play to DJ Mag, Alan wrote a really nice piece and they gave us virtually a full page all about WANG.
On the odd occasion in the past that we have been featured in the press, it has almost always been exclusively about the acts playing rather than about the party itself. So whilst we have never gone out looking for press, and have infact turned press people away at the door in the past, it was kind of nice to have some acknowledgment of all the hard work we have put in over the last 10 years
(and it's also nice to show my mum :D )


- And you never know, this time next year, you just might see us out in Ibiza playing 'epic' peak time floor fillers for all the cheesy quavers, and asking ourselves where did it all go 'pete tong' :haha: :wink:
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