How did ‘Gaialive’ start out?
Mr.C. - Gaia started after my partner inthe project, DJ Redz, a DJ on pirateradio station ‘Freak FM’”, was doingan interview with The Face magazine.Our technical advisor said that weshould think about using the Internet,that it’s the whole world, not just theone city. DJ Redz contacted me imme-diately, knowing that I’ve got someknowledge of the Internet. I said that itwas a good idea, but that we wouldhave to do it properly. We formed apartnership and started it.
What about when you first started out? I’m assuming that you were a “bed-room DJ” to start off with.
No, actually. I didn’t get a pair of decks in my bedroom until I wasalready at top level, which is quitebizarre, but I was one of those natural-ly talented mixers. I found it reallyeasy to put records together. So I start-ed DJing, doing my own parties, get-ting the best house DJs that were avail-able to work with me, and within sixmonths I was working at (one of) thebest clubs in London.
What was the first venue you played?
It was my own house music party, back in ‘85-’86. I used to do a party withone of LWR’s DJs, and we used to dorare groove parties where everyonewas made to dress up in flares. It washilarious, but I wasn’t mixing, justplaying track after track - all thegroove and funk stuff. But that’s not inthe same context as this. My first DJouting as far as ‘Gaialive’ is concernedwas organising my own club and get-ting in amongst it.
What, in your opinion, is the influenceof the internet on clubs and DJs? Doesit increase the attendance at the clubs?
I don’t think it’s even about that. It’sabout pushing information out, and thefact that we can actually broadcast themusic that we believe in and love topeople in remote corners of the worldthat would otherwise not have anyaccess to it.
How do you think the scene has actual-ly changed over the last couple of years?
A few years ago, people would be into just house, techno, drum’n’bass ortrance or whatever, but I think it’s allstarting to cross. I think it’s quite inter-esting the way the music scene isdeveloping with all these new genrescoming through and I think that’s real-ly healthy for the music, and for open-ing up people’s minds to electronicmusic. You can see it on ‘Gaialive’. Wehave people like Giles Peterson doing a jazz-funk show, Leah Paskin andMatthew.B. doing everything fromdownbeat to breakbeat and funky tech-no; Colin Faver, Brenda Russell andColin Dale sharing their shows over amonth doing techno stuff. We havetrance DJs, the UK speed garage peo-ple like EZ, and techno people likemyself and Dave Angel anddrum’n’bass people like Project 23,Rugged Vinyl or Toy Records. Sothere’s quite a cross-section of elec-tronic music.
Which DJ do you most admire?
Probably Laurent Garnier, because of his versatility. He’s got a lot of attitude,which is really good for the music.He’s a brilliant technician who’s notfrightened to move between differentgenres of music.
What do you think is the way forward?
I think at some point in the next one tofour years we’ll see more open-mindedpeople within different genres andwe’ll start to see music genres crosswithin one night, but it’s still going totake a long time. Even though the elec-tronic music scene is 15 years old, it’sstill in its infancy.
Where can we see you play nowadays?
I’m playing all over the world, but thebest place to see me is at ‘Sub Terrain’,which is my residency at The End.That’s “Sub” being an area of bass, and“Terrain” being an area. So it’s a sortof double connotation being as TheEnd is in a basement. ‘Sub Terrain’ isthe first Saturday of every month,where I play alongside DarrenEmerson.
I’ve heard that you’ll be playing onKiss FM, is this true?
Yeah. I’ve just been given my ownshow. I’m now on every Tuesday nightbetween 1 am and 4 am, broadcastinglive on The End website every week.
Matthew Beal chats with Mr. C about ‘Gaialive’, a newinternet radio station broadcasting dance music from 33 topDJs across the world wide web.
DJ Redz and Mr. C at the launch of ‘Gaialive’
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