City vet­eran mak­ing his mark on global scene

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Ticket -

La­nark­shire Live speaks to An­i­mal Farm DJ Quail on his ris­ing global sta­tus, work­ing for Soma, his In­verse de­but and set­ting up home in East Kil­bride.

We hear you are now a fully fledged East Kil­brid­ian and about to be­come a new dad. Is this the rea­son for set­ting up home in the town? Pretty much, yeah. We’d been on the hunt for a while and lots of places had popped up in the area we now live and we were lucky to get some­thing fairly quick.

It turned out to be a fairly pain­less process in the end so quite happy with that. My wife has fam­ily in the area too so that is handy with the im­pend­ing ar­rival.

And you’re now just along the road from the Arts Cen­tre, where you’ll be head­lin­ing In­verse for the first time. Are you look­ing for­ward to the gig?

Yeah, def­i­nitely. It’ll be handy to ac­tu­ally be able to walk home in five min­utes rather than the long wait/ jour­ney in taxis.

The guys seem to be on to a good thing with In­verse so I’m pleased to be asked to play at some­thing that ob­vi­ously means a lot to the guys be­hind it. How did the book­ing come about and what can we ex­pect from your set? It was ac­tu­ally a mu­tual friend of my­self and promoter John Bishop, Dave Clarke (Soma/Slam Events), who sug­gested we get in con­tact with each other as I was mov­ing up to East Kil­bride and John was pro­mot­ing par­ties up there.

I’m not mas­sively fa­mil­iar with the area or the folk there so thought it would be a great op­por­tu­nity to meet peo­ple up there who love techno as well.

I guess I’ll just do my usual thing but I hear the crowd are pretty in-the­know so I’ll have to be on top form. You’re set to make your de­but in Ber­lin at the Sui­cide Club later this month. Do you feel this mile­stone ce­ments your sta­tus as a more es­tab­lished artist? It’s cer­tainly helped make me feel that the hard work and ef­fort is pay­ing off and that I’m con­sid­ered wor­thy of be­ing asked to play over in Ber­lin for sure.

I feel I’m still find­ing my­self in terms of my pro­duc­tion work, which has been a lit­tle slow of late, but with a new stu­dio be­ing put to­gether I’m cer­tainly pro­gress­ing in the right way. What other stand-out events/fes­ti­vals have you got com­ing up over the next few months, both on your own and with An­i­mal Farm? As well as the usual An­i­mal Farm/Head­strong at Sub Club and The Art School there’s some re­ally ex­cit­ing things com­ing up over the next cou­ple of months.

I’m tak­ing a trip over to Malta for the first time in May to play for the Scale Fac­tor event and then the fol­low­ing week An­i­mal Farm play at the River­side Fes­ti­val, where we open the Soma25 stage on the Satur­day. We’ve played the River­side (in­clud­ing pre­vi­ous in­car­na­tions of The Elec­tric Frog) a cou­ple of times now and it’s great to see this re­ally tak­ing off. The line-up this year is huge and it’s amaz­ing to be a part of it.

I’m also play­ing at The Club, Pais­ley, which is new in­car­na­tion of the leg­endary Club69. Al­ways a great vibe in there. You’re now work­ing with the Soma team. What sim­i­lar­i­ties are there with work­ing at Soma, run­ning An­i­mal Farm and tell us about about the ex­pe­ri­ence you have gained work­ing at one of the big­gest un­der­ground la­bels in the world? All the skills I need to run An­i­mal Farm Records I’ve learned at Soma. It’s been in­valu­able. Glenn, Dave and the Slam guys are a real in­spi­ra­tion for not just me but loads of as­pir­ing la­bel own­ers I think.

They’ve never com­pro­mised on qual­ity and it re­ally shines through on Soma and their ethos has what’s kept them go­ing for 25 years now. It’s a fan­tas­tic place to work. It’s re­ally chilled and there’s a real cre­ative at­mos­phere flow­ing all the time. With such a small team we have fun but al­ways get the job done Re­turn­ing guests for AF in­clude Ben Klock as well as newer un­der­ground acts like Blue Hour. What do you look for when you book some­one to play at an AF party? The guests we have are al­ways on the cut­ting edge of the scene. We’ve al­ways looked to the big­ger names and the emerg­ing ones as well and tried to strike that bal­ance of the artists every­one knows and the ones who are more for the heads.

Be­ing DJs our­selves, we’re al­ways hunt­ing for the new tal­ent so we’ve been lucky to pick out some of the newer guys just be­fore they’ve went big time.

Rød­håd and Ko­bosil are two of the most re­cent ones who de­buted in Scot­land through us up to three years ago and are now re­ally mak­ing their mark on the techno world. What’s your process for find­ing tal­ent and what kind of mu­si­cal style do you look for on an AF re­lease? It’s got to be techno. I mean, there’s vary­ing strengths but, as we play fairly tough, we do tend to pick out the more edgier ma­te­rial. We are look­ing at some more at­mo­spheric releases but we’re re­ally fo­cus­ing on the dance floor It’s a great thing. I think it will only ben­e­fit the scene as a whole if peo­ple feel they’ll have a plat­form to show­case them­selves lo­cally and be able to get in­volved with at dif­fer­ent lev­els. The clo­sure of the Arches was a real blow to the dance com­mu­nity in Glas­gow but, as ever, the city and its club­bers have ral­lied be­hind some­thing they’re pas­sion­ate about and haven’t let the spirit die. Places like the Sub Club, SWG3 and The Art School, pro­mot­ers and pun­ters alike, keep the fire burn­ing bright.

In de­mand And now in East Kil­bride Your track‘Blunt’fea­tures on the Soma com­pi­la­tion al­bum. Can you tell us about that and how you feel about ap­pear­ing on such a leg­endary la­bel with so many other tal­ented Scot­tish artists such as Gary Beck? In­verse has brought the un­der­ground sound of Glas­gow’s Sub Club and the Arches closer to home for La­nark­shire fans of house and techno. Do you think this emerg­ing lo­cal scene is a good thing, es­pe­cially fol­low­ing the clo­sure of the Arches?

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.