On Good Friday the Guardian Guide published a Harangue The DJ feature with Karen Gwyer. The published article had been edited, with Karen’s answers including female artists cut from the final version. Here is the full text, with the sections mentioning female artists restored.
The track that currently gets the most rewinds
So effortlessly beautiful and driving with the sickest, crafty chord combinations. How I would have loved to be a fly on the wall during the production of this track.
The track I wish I’d signed to my label
Comprehensively swamping the two biggest bases in my quest for dancefloor badness, this track is at the same time quite weird and very banging.
The track that’s been unfairly slept on this year
To be fair, A2 is gorgeous as well on this brilliant Meakusma release.
The track I’d play to show off my eclectic tastes
A drifting journey through 70’s Africa, full of overwhelming generosity and occasional tragedy: the story behind the recording of this and the rest of the tracks on the wonderful double LP “Moshi” is as incredible as the music, and the lovely liner notes don’t even tell it all.
The track that got me out of bed this morning
This particular piece among Carl Stone’s many masterpieces helped iron out the chinks just a little bit.
The track I wish I’d never played
Everything about this track is exactly what I would give my right arm to be able to do and it kills me that I can’t even touch its shifty little details. Like a teasing, greasy piglet.
The track I’d play at my auntie’s wedding
Judging by her bafflement turned enthusiasm for the profusion of dancefloor oddities at my wedding, my aunt would be happy to lose a few degrees of dignity to this one.
The best track by my favourite new artist
Oof, it’s just pure heat, this one. Needs a proper release!
The ideal festival track
One of the meatiest, most beautiful techno tracks there ever was, this would be my ideal big dance crowd tune in a parallel world where I’m a big dance crowd DJ. It whips up a frenzy, then it’s time for a little breather, and finally the whole thing pounds back in like a heavenly hailstorm.
The track I’d play at my funeral
When I was small, my mum would often play this and the other Nocturnes on the piano, and it’s one of the first pieces of music I can remember hearing. And still so beloved. Perfect to go out on.
Alongside yesterday’s announcement of our Bloc Easter Thursday line up, Crack magazine have shared an exclusive stream of another track from Differ-Ent’s upcoming DBALP002. ‘Gem In Eyes’ is a Bone vs Diff-erent production offering up an experimental dance floor hybrid, yet another taste of what’s to come next month at Autumn St, alongside Karen Gwyer, Batu, rRoxymore, MGUN, Semtek, and Jayson Wynters.
We’ve been looking forward to announcing the line up for our next London event for quite some time, today we can finally let you in on who will be joining us at Autumn St. Studios on the 13th April…
Karen Gwyer (Live) **
MGUN b2b Semtek **
This event is likely to sell out and we would love all our DBA friends and family to be here so don’t sleep on tickets!
With Bone’s third release under alias Differ-Ent looming on the horizon, we’re itching to share his first full length DBA release with you. In the run up Bone has shaped an hour long high speed mix for FACT magazine featuring a number of releases from the rest of the DBA family, including rRoxymore, Karen Gwyer, and Dyad.
Thursday 13th April
Autumn St. Studios, London
DBA Recommends starts 2017 with a beautiful, transcendent LP from Ohio’s, Gabriel S. Schray. Littered with echoed guitar trills and diaphanous synths, the album unhurriedly explores soft and gentle dream-like sounds with a rare expertise. Forthcoming as Last Resort Record’s debut release, Gabriel is the gentle ease into the new year that we all need.
Showcasing the versatility of her music earlier this year, Karen Gwyer soundtracked Loewe’s Spring/Summer collection at Paris Fashion Week, taking ‘Prophase Metaphase Anaphase Telephase’ from the dancefloor to the catwalk.
“C Powers was raised in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. He lives in Savannah, Georgia. He is resident DJ for “performance art drag collective” House Of Gunt. He has also been resident DJ at clubnights Cape Fear in Savannah, Hunger in Atlanta and No Pain In Pop in London. He works in a library and is cat dad to Peppers, Bucchi, and Baby D.
His releases include the Oysters EP for Proper Trax in 2015 and the Up Neck EP for CGI Records in 2014. He produced the single ‘Crow’ for the group 18+ (from their album Trust) as well as songs on their album Collect.
Fitness Check shows C Powers’s experience as a DJ as well as his growth as a producer. From the drum programs to the arrangements, it’s obvious that the EP was written and produced by someone who can work a dancefloor. On ‘Wysh’, which he says is an “exit reaction” to “morose and morbid” techno, subliminal speech and warped vocal stabs transition from centered to alert. On ‘Fresco’ he dices and scatters a song over loops of itself, a technique he calls “a grey area between sampling and editing…I break it up into bits, resequence that shit then stuff that shit back into the track.”
DJs may get even more service from the ‘Wysh Key Beats’ and ‘Fresco Beatapella’ versions, which give jacking rhythm tracks and sub-bass extra room to do their thing. The heavily dubbed ‘Ask Less Kick Beats’, lighter on drums but with a booming bassline, may prove useful as a set-opener or closer.
The EP has been mastered for club play by Helmut Erler at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin.”
Don’t Be Afraid & Bio Rhythm Records are teaming up with promoters across the UK to present the Dream Cycle tour.
Proceedings kick off in Glasgow with Stereotone, then we head down to Bristol and Cardiff to host with Happy Skull and Palette respectively before concluding in a secret London location with DBA & Bio Rhythm only.
MUTANT HOUSE ACID JACK EBM RAVE NO RAVE
GRAVITATIONAL MYSTICAL SEXUAL ALCHEMY FOR LIFE
Karen Gwyer shares an hour long mix as part of Groove’s podcast series. Easing in with a ghostly release from Martijn Comes, before weaving harder beats into tracks from Kikmora Tape’s ‘Knock Knock Who’s Dead’, then taking things even darker with industrial, acid sounds from Dual Shaman.
Gwyer discusses her latest release with DBA, being happiest playing music that gets people dancing, and looking to shake off people’s perception that she just plays ‘meandering, textural music in churches’. This mix, her recent set at Simple Things festival and our last London party down at Rye Wax; go a long way in proving otherwise!
Last Friday, as part of the Be Very Afraid weekender, we headed to NTS Manchester for a spOoky session in the studio. Joining us for the afternoon was rRoxymore, Samrai, Jayson Wynters, and Semtek; bringing tracks from Nonku Phiri, 777 recordings, First Second Label, and forthcoming DBA releases.
Detroit’s Club Creeps perform a live pa with DJs Roman Debnar , Mel Wonder Ryan Spencer & Charles Trees. Nov 5 10pm-4am. $10 entry @ Leland City Club, Detroit