Friday, September 10, 2004

Lionel Vinyl

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Just for the record, how many aliases do you go by & why these names?

I like a load of different styles of music, & I like to produce things that represent that. The aliases are just a way of grouping the different genres, & hopefully giving people an idea of what to expect. At the present we have:

Lionel Vinyl - "Conventional" bootlegs, long mixes & bootleg DJ-ing.
FakeID - Original work, electro/house remixes & clubbier DJ-ing.
Gloomybear - Cheesy housey bootlegs, filtered vocals, pitched up, pitched down. The Don't Care Bear!
Geoff Carpet - Downtempo bootlegs & remixes. The sunday morning to Gloomy's saturday night.
half.arsed.beats - Breaks & electro DJ project in conjunction with EzLee.

Erm...think that's it at the mo!

What are you up to these days?

Having a bit of a rest. The day job insists on getting in the way! But coming up I've got gigs at Uprising in September, Brighton & Berlin in July, & some fun stuff lined up for later in the year, so I'm trying to get a lot of new things together. I've also been doing some remix bits & pieces, including something for a friend's band which may or may not see the light of day on the same label as Whitey.

What music are you currently grooving to?

At the minute in my Winamp list:

High Contrast - "Racing Green"
Fresh - "Floodlight"
Har Mar Superstar - "DUI"
Spankox - "To The Club"
Spektrum - "Kinda New (Tiefschwarz Mix)"
Annie - "Chewing Gum"
Plump DJs - "Soul Vibrates"
Girls Aloud - "Love Machine"

What, if push comes to shove, is the album that changed your life?

The Orb - Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld. The record that wooed me away from my exclusively indie world when I was a teenager. I remember hearing "Little Fluffy Clouds" from that album on Annie Nightingale (for those who don't know, kinda the female equivalent of John Peel). She'd always come on straight after the chart show on Radio 1 on a sunday & play these fantastic records, & "Little Fluffy Clouds"
sums that up...

Do you still remember what's the first record you ever bought? Where did you buy it?

Either "The Green Door" by Shakin' Stevens or "My Camera Never Lies" by Bucks Fizz.
Probably from a Woolworths in Derby. God knows how old I would have been.

Which artiste, other than yourself, have you ever wanted to be?

Ron Jeremy

What is the most embarrassing & bizarre thing that has ever happened to you while DJing? Tell us some stories please!

Fortunately not too many embarrassing stories, aside from the usual classics like taking the needle of the wrong record while playing, turning off the amp, wrong speed etc...Bizarre though would have to be the other month when I was DJing at
the Wolfman / Pete Doherty gig at The Scala in London. People are probably bored of this now, but the whole night was just so odd, with the most motionless, zombified crowd you can imagine, staring transfixed at the empty stage waiting for Pete Doherty to come on, while I played what I thought was one of the best sets I've done for around 3 hours. Very wierd gig.

What is the most outrageous rumour you've heard about you?

That I'm responsible for the "Lionel On Vinyl" Lionel Ritchie number doing the rounds in the UK. I've had a LOT of emails about that.

The Last of Lionel Vinyl:

Last CD you bought (or downloaded) = Young MC - Stone Cold Rhymin'
Last movie you watched that scared the hell outta you = Phone (Japanese chiller in similar vein to Ring)
Last book or mag you read that was boring = NME
Last concert you watched that gave you wood = Muse at T in the Park. Fantastic. Was down in the photo pit, so had a prime spot.
Last bootleg you heard that made you go "Shit! Why didn't I think of that?!" = Around 80% of Frenchbloke's "Back With A Big F**k You" long mix.

In your opinion, what is THE greatest bootleg of all time?

Impossible to pick out, as it depends on the mood I'm in, but I'd probably say some of the early Soulwax ones, back before 2 Many DJ's, & you had to catch them from the little spaceships on their website. INXS vs Beastie Boys, or Skee-Lo vs The Breeders...things like that. They just seemed so fresh then, & they still do now.

What is the most irritating thing about being a GYBO mod?

PMs from people saying "HEY YOU CHECKED OUY MY MIX MAN ITS GREAT WHY DONT YOU LIK IT UR ALL SUCKDICKS WHO JUST KISS EACH OTHERS ASSES MY MIX WAS THE DOPE STUFF MAN U DONT KNOW JACK AND THINK YUOR SO GREAT BUT YUR NOT HOPE YOU LIKE IT ANYWAY _ HOLLA BACK"

Which bootlegger deserves a kick in the gonads & why?

Churchill, cos hopefully he'll then finish some of those demos he's got littering his hard drive, all of which have fantastic potential.

Let's play word association. We mention a name & you give us your thoughts...

Vector Warrior = Frequently drunk, but a genius.
John Peel = Frequently old, but a genius.
Duran Duran = Jane Fonda naked.
50 Cent = Complete & utter wanksta.
Grant Robson = That's not perspective, he really IS that small...
AC/DC = Frequently used to rock me. Often all night long.
Visa = The evil force that lurks within my wallet.
Deep Throat = Possibly a job for Mulder & Scully.
Uncut = How I like my movies.
Pilchard = S'fish innit.
Bastard = Hotter than hell itself.

Which decade do you consider the 'dark ages' of music & why?

The 30s. The 20s were all about hedonism...kinda like the Ibiza generation of its time. The 40s gave us a new accessible form of Jazz. The fifties invented the "teenager", but what was the musical legacy of the 30s? Big Band...Big f**ken Band. Rubbish.

What's your favourite Saturday night record?

Bomb The Bass - "Bug Powder Dust"

And your Sunday morning one?

KMD - "Mr Hood"

What's the pros & cons of Elektrobank?

Pros: Everything under one roof, being able to offer space on the web for friends, & hosts who so far haven't noticed the level of bandwidth abuse...

Cons: The infamous valuehost server, & its habit of deciding 30% is more than enough of a download for you mister.

What are your plans for the future?

Well, the car needs a clean...I've got a lights wash to put in the machine, but other than that I'm clear for the evening. What did you have in mind?

Do you still see yourself doing bootlegs in, let's say, ten years time?

I would hope still be doing music, but would hope it's more along the original lines. But if I'm still DJing then there will still be bootlegs being made. After all, you don't wanna be just playing the same versions of records as everyone else...I was talking to a friend the other day who knows Erol Alkan well...& while it may appear he's turned his back on the Kurtis Rush bootlegs that kinda got him known, he's still making them on a regular basis. Just that he's doing them for DJing only.

What do you think the future for bootlegs / mash-ups / remixes would be like, given that being a home musician is so easy these days?

As long as there's imagination & inspiration, it doesn't matter what the tools are or how easy they make the process. Quality will always shine through, although we might need to get a bigger sieve to sort through the crap...

You can check out Lionel Vinyl's alter egos at the following:

1. Lionel Vinyl

2. FakeID

3. Gloomybear