Burlington Project speaks to the musical force behind London’s notorious mulletover parties, Geddes, who also founded murmur records has stamped out a unique sound and continues to push boundaries. The label has already become a home for other fresh talent such as Nick Curly, Tom Demac, Bearweasel and his own Rekleiner project. We ask him the pressing questions of the day….Q: In an era when music producers dominate the bills of almost every club night I think it’s fair to say that only a tiny percentage of djs are booked on their merit as a dj alone. What is your opinion on this trend, do you think a good producer qualifies as a good dj?
A: The days of DJs being booked because they rock a crowd everywhere they go have gone, these days more is required and expected, DJing is a global thing and running up and down the M25 isn’t exactly the tip of the iceberg. Reaching far away audiences comes from releasing music. Depends on where you want you carrier to go I suppose… a good producer not always qualifies as a DJ, seen many examples over the years.Q: I think it’s fair to say you established yourself as a dj before you ventured into production. Did you feel that you had reached a plateau with your music before you started your production project with Audiofly?
A: I did establish myself as a DJ before being recognized as a producer but that came hand in hand with running mulletover, that was my focus for many years and its paid a major part in my carrier so far. I wouldn’t say my music reached a plateau, it happened at the right time, I was ready to take that step into the studio and try something that I’d never really thought about before, it was a great experience working with Ant and Luca and I learned an awful lot from themQ: Has your music production opened you up to a much wider audience?
A: Of course on a global level I wouldn’t have played the places I have if it wasn’t for the records.Q: You formed your record label murmur with David from Air London last year. Is there a musical ethos behind the label or a defined sound you want the label to encapsulate or is it just a platform for you and your mates to release music?
A: It’s a house label and doesn’t conform to strict guidelines of how our music should sound. For me its about good music and stuff that really floats my boat and works on the dance floor. For sure it’s a platform to release music and hopefully it helps those artists to achieve their goals and be successful in something they love doing.Q: There seems to be quite a big hype about genre’s like dubstep in the dance music press right now, do you find it strange that magazines like mixmag or websites like resident adviser or FACT are paying so much heed to a style of music that some might say is a very close relation to 2-step garage or drum & bass, neither of which received much kudos in the media?
A: I can’t really comment because I don’t really know enough about dubstep. I’m sure its just a fad in the press they’ll get over it when something else comes along to excite then ;-)Q: Could the hype about Grime, Dubstep, Niche, Jigstep… what ever; have something to do with the homogenisation of house/techno/tech house and its increasingly subtle differences between genres?
A: I’m confused just reading the question ?!?!Q: How would you define your musical style, what genre’s does it fall into?
A: House in a roundabout wayQ: What producers impressed you most in 2008?
A: Nick Curly, Einzelkind, Reboot, Seth Troxler, Nima Gorji, Grace Jones, Portishead Q: What can we expect from your mulletover parties in 2009, any surprises?
A: In 2009 we’re doing a summer residency in Croatia we’re really excited about, we’ll be doing three Eastern Electrics, Lovebox, couple of parties in Ibiza and some crazy London events. Q: Can you tell us a little about your forthcoming releases on murmur?
A: Not yet you’ll need to wait and hear…
You can catch Geddes with Matt Tolfrey, Anja Schneider, FB Julian and Future Boogie for their recession session! On the 31st of this month at secret location. Location will be announced on here closer the time of event mulletover