TRAINSPOTTING: DJ Q & A AND PODCAST WITH DAEDELUS
Daedelus will be performing a live set Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Broke Folk at La Cita. Please enjoy his exclusive podcast and this interview below.
Where are you from?
Santa Monica, California. Not so typical, I suppose, to have neither escaped elsewhere to Los Angeles, or left L.A. at the soonest age possible…
Where do you live now?
Now it’s the Mar Vista / Venice border. Let’s not say too much about the current state of Santa Monica—a little pricer then it once was, but there are still pockets of commercial resistance.
Are you digital or vinyl?
Anything and everything. I try not to say ‘NO’ to any sound source right away—perhaps I should draw the line at cheesy trance and nu-nrg, but I’m sure there is some redeeming value deep down in the genre. If anything, there is so much more vinyl possibility out there than digital. All the vinyl in the world is Everest vs. CDs’ Mountain High.
What mixer are you using?
I do a lot in the computer—mostly digital this and that. As a musician, I’m inclined to use odd things—anything with potentiometers, levers, switches and touchscreens. Someday some clever person will put them all together and we can leave the computers behind…
What needles are you using?
Ok, now you’re getting personal. I’m a fan of DJing, but someone once told me to not share needles—I think it was Ms. Reagan. Can you believe the American public once voted in office someone named Ronald Reagan?
What are your turntables of choice?
Technics 1210s, but you can rarely count on them being available, and as I DJ less and less, I appreciate that the best piece of equipment is often just a sturdy table at the proper height. Ever tried scratching on a rickety table that barely makes it to your knees? NO fun.
First time you ever DJed?
It is difficult to say. I think many times in high school, I’d have a few friends over and I would try to persuade them to hear this crazy record by Acen or DJ Hype—sometimes I’d even do programming for our little “explorations.” But real formal gigging wasn’t until I was in university and had a silly amount of jungle records that no one else really liked, and I would probably impose way too hard on listeners’ patience with no turntable skillz to speak of…
Weirdest DJ gig?
Can’t say during DJing what really counts, but a few from live gigging experience: playing in a ska group (One Legged Bob) while a pornstar (Annabel Chong) had sex on the dancefloor, or gigs at donut shops (mainly Spudnuts) with the Mashnotes, or playing live as Daedelus in Shizuoka, Japan, in a room the size of a closet to flamethrower-wielding high-as-a-kite ravers who sang along to tunes they had never heard before… best gig ever!
What are you playing in your set right now?
Anything people will allow me to get away with, but sadly mainly my own compositions—perhaps I am an army of one in this regard.
What are you listening to in your car?
KXLU, KPFK, KOLA, and KPWR from noon until 1PM.
Last record you bought and where?
MC Skat Kat and the Stray Mob, from a thrift store, and by the way, it’s awful.
Best record you scored for $1?
To be cheeky, I’d almost say the MC Skat Kat, but really it’s probably Power Pill by Aphex Twin. Regularly selling for hundreds, but I found it at Vinyl Surplus in the novelty section!
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BROKE FOLK PRESENTS I LOVE L.A. WITH A LIVE SET BY DAEDELUS PLUS DJs KONE AND TOP SHELF ON TUE., FEB. 19, AT LA CITA, 336 S. HILL ST., LOS ANGELES. 9 PM / FREE / 21+. MYSPACE.COM/BROKEFOLK.