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Meatbreak's Epic Summer Sundae Adventure

Meatbreak - 2007-08-21 00:18:21

My Not For Resale Summer Sundae set aired on BBC 6 last night. If you didn't catch it, click this link, 'listen again', then come back here and read. No actually, don't divide your attention, do one after the other.

www.bbc.co.uk/6music/shows/listener_6mix/

So I DJ'd at Summer Sundae in Leicester last weekend, the 11th/12th August, after winning that BBC 6 competition.

It was interesting but I feel there's some kind of story to tell. At the risk of alienating anyone who doesn't like blogs over a couple of sentences here we go, though I suggest you stick with this for a bit at least.

I had two sets to play on Saturday and I was even listed in the programme which was a nice surprise. Listed as DJ Maz that is. Which was a nice surprise. So 'DJ Maz' it turned out, wasn't DJing on the main stage as promised, but at the indoor stage in a venue a bit like a larger Corn Exchange, or smaller Dome (Brighton), so a big capacity. Unfortunately, the bands were on consecutively, rather than staggered, so when the band finished indoors everyone left to go see the band outside, leaving me with an audience of about 10 people. Ahhh, just like NFR then, felt like home (err.....that's not always true I hasten to add). It was good because there was no audience reaction to distract me from the task in hand (you already know I'm not a 'normal' DJ, right?). First set was after Martha Wainwright and before Low. Interesting. After wrestling with a mixer that was far more complicated than any I'd used before and mangling Parker and Power Up! I got my shit together. I thought I would hook Martha's fans in with some Parker and The Miserable Rich, but as about 1000 people managed to clear the venue before the (remains) of the first track had finished I thought fuck it, I'll just go for the jugular straight off.

Here's my first set:

Set 1:

Parker - Barbara (Demo) Power Up!'s Radical Not For Resale Jingle Bucks & Gallants - Paid Professionals (Mark, Hey Person) Milk - Don't Eat The Sweets (Sweet Tooth Demo) Turbowolf - Do Me Wrong (Demo) Iron Pirate - Shark (Demo) Sick Buildings - Drug Problem (Demo) Coin-Op - Favourite Subjects (Demo) The Tumbledown Estate - Voodoo Wave (One Inch Badge Split Series Volume One 7") Kotki Dwa - Pad (Demo) Wooden Shjips - Shrinking Moon For You (10", Self Released)

Oh man, do these tunes ever rip through a large PA. Wooden Shjips, WOAH!! 3 minutes into Wooden Shjips I asked the BBC sound engineer who was taping it all how long I had left. "5 minutes". I took my headphones off and relaxed into the groove. "You've still got 5 minutes" he said, concerned: "That's o.k. this has got 6 minutes left." Wish I had a photo of his face.

The compere coaxed a round of applause for 'DJ Maz'. Quite a big one actually and I hope it was for the tunes they heard rather than because they were told to. You can never tell. A BBC Leicester DJ was doing some vox pops and told me someone said they knew me. Knew DJ Maz. Really well, obviously. Quite why the BBC guys didn't tell the compere to say my right name is a mystery that I'll let slide because I quite like such terrible organization like that.

My second set was after Low and before !!!. An organizer/technician came outside to tell us that my set would have to be postponed until Sunday because !!! didn't want any music playing during their soundcheck because it would put them off or something. No point arguing, though I had every right to since 'I' was listed in the programme and had as much right to play as they did, surely? So I went in to get my records, which I'd left by the decks only to discover that !!! had their own shitty tape playing over their soundcheck. Hmmm. I met and spoke to Justin Spear when I went to get my stuff. He does Freak Zone with Stuart Maconie on Sunday evenings, probably the best show on BBC 6. He was amazed that someone into Heavy Winged, Jackie-O-Motherfucker, North Sea Radio Orchestra and all this freaky stuff could have won that Listener's Mix competition. Yup, me too, but that was the idea all along, right? I'll be hooking him up with as many mind blowing bands as I can.

So my second set was rearranged for Sunday after 'T.B.C.' in the listings and after I did some interview stuff with Sam the producer (who reminds me so much of my old boss at Lloyds that I can no longer picture either person distinctly). I had to do some trails/info for some tunes I was going to play and had played, which went o.k. I thought, but after hearing them back on the radio I realise that I sound a bit deadpan, but then we were sat in the front seat of my car in the camping grounds carpark on a Sunday morning - I was hoping to do it when I was a bit half-cut. I did manage to put out a request on behalf on Revenge Of Shinobi, saying that "Timbaland, if you're listening, these guys want you producing their beats" which I thought would make it on to the radio, but it didn't, alas. No idea why, it's good isn't it??

Something would have been amiss if I hadn't said anything stupid, so I need to write some corrections:

> I said 'awesome' twice about Turbowölf, and what I did say was just plain crap. Regrets. They are awesome though.

> I played Wooden Shjips' 'Shrinking Moon For You', not 'Dance California', like I said I did. I got confused as to which one I'd played, and they both sound the same really, but apologies for that. They are also much more 70's psych than 60's psych so I stand correcting myself on that too.

> The Tumbledown Estate is one man, not a "band" (Jim Morrison, allegedly. Really?). It just annoys me that I said band

> I undersold Power Up!

Thanks for indulging my anal retentiveness.

After that it was time for my second set. Helpfully, no one had told the guys at the mixing desk that there'd been a change of plan and there'd be a DJ after 'T.B.C.' (who were actually a very fine African band who had some heady grooves going on with their kora's and stuff). So when I started DJing after the band the desk guys turned on Enya (I shit you not). Half way into Liars, producer Sam strolled over to the desk to see what the problem was and they switched the faders over. We then argued with a technician about our levels being all left and no right, but it weren't us guv, honest. After the band had finished soundchecking all over my set (fair enough, that's what happens I guess) they started playing - but the mixing desk guys didn't fade out Revenge of Shinobi! Only the violinist noticed and kept giving us death stares, but we couldn't switch it off because we were recording it for the Beeb, so the desk guys had to do it. They only noticed once the band's first song finished and they had their arms in the air going 'that music is not us!' I still played Curtis after ROS in case the Beeb needed more stuff, but after that, it was over.

This is what I played:

Set 2:

Power Up!'s Radical Not For Resale Jingle Liars - Plastercasts of Everything (Liars, Mute) Heavy Winged - Dark Spring (Bored Fortress, Not Not Fun) Lords Spiritual - I Am The Satellite (Demo) The Flesh Happening - Masochismo (Demo) Bone Awl - Culture Denied (By Ropes Through Dirt, Klaxon) Loveteam - Rats N Cats (Demo) Revenge of Shinobi - Champ (Demo) Curtis - Lucky Star (Demo)

With all that ordnance deployed onto the BBC's laptop I went home thinking they'd probably cut out the heavier noisy stuff like Heavy Winged and Bone Awl, the long stuff like Wooden Shjips and Revenge Of Shinobi and realised Coin-Op was full of 'Fucking's so was probably going to get cut too. What will be will be. I was pleased with those sets though, I played everything I wanted to and that's all I ever want to do.

During the week I got all excited because Sam emailed me to ask me to upload him Iron Pirate and Bucks & Gallants because they didn't tape so well. Amazing! I thought. Iron Pirate on national radio!! Then on Thursday night he asked for a long song and a normal one as we didn't have enough to fill the hour. Really? So I knew for sure a lot of stuff was going to get the chop. I gave him One Unique Signal - Dravy and Black Strobe - Brenn Di Ega Kjerke. That should do it.

This Sunday was truth time. Sweaty palms and all that. Here it is:

BBC 6 Set:

Bucks & Gallants - Paid Professionals (Mark, Hey Person) Milk - Don't Eat The Sweets (Sweet Tooth Demo) Turbowolf - Do Me Wrong (Demo) One Unique Signal - Dravy (Tribe, Castle and Nation, Genepool) Coin-Op - Favourite Subjects (Demo) The Tumbledown Estate - Voodoo Wave (One Inch Badge Split Series Volume One 7") Kotki Dwa - Pad (Demo) Wooden Shjips - Shrinking Moon For You (10", Self Released) Power Up!'s Radical Not For Resale Jingle Liars - Plastercasts of Everything (Liars, Mute) Black Strobe- Brenn Di Ega Kjerke (Burn Your Own Church, Playlouder) Lords Spiritual - I Am The Satellite (Demo) The Flesh Happening - Masochismo (Demo) Bone Awl - Culture Denied (By Ropes Through Dirt, Klaxon) Loveteam - Rats N Cats (Demo) Revenge of Shinobi - Champ (Demo)

Wow. Check THAT out - can you believe the stuff I got on National Radio!!! Holy shit, Bone Awl! The Flesh Happening, finally! Wooden Shjips! And the rest, of course, I'm totally chuffed about, but those were among the ones that looked dead certs to hit the cutting room floor. I am happy. My talking bits were dreadful, as anticipated and I still can't believe I got the Wooden Shjips song name wrong, but at least it got played and since both their releases were limited to about 50 copies whose going to know....How good does Champ sound on the radio?!

 

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