The Dissolving Dancefloor
When we asked all our previous guests for ideas of other DJ's to invite to the studio, Mark "Mother" Maxwell was the unanimous recommendation. Mark has recently been developing a hybrid live/dj set up, combining records and hardware, which he is going to be showcasing from 9 til 10.
Mark's 2013 mix and interview for Dummymag is as good an introduction as any. There are a number of insights in there that really resonated with us:
"If I’m playing a warm-up slot or in a place where you’re afforded more liberties, then I do a healthy amount of preparation. That usually involves going through a lot of records, finding ones that blend well with other ones, looking for entry and exit points and so on. It can be pretty time-consuming but I like doing it. There’s an element of craft in that method. If I’d gonna be frank though, I don’t really buy into all this “you gotta read the crowd� shit. I think that’s a throwback from the golden days of Ron Hardy etc. The reason why Ron Hardy could read a crowd like an open book is because half the time he played he knew most of the people in the room. The reason he was the fucking man is because he was challenging audiences that were ready and willing to be challenged, and did it with flare. When I go and see someone play, I wanna hear what they’ve got to say, not what I want them to say."
The full interview and download link are available here-20:00 - 22:20