We are proud to present the 9th installment of A Handsome Mixtape put together by the ever-amazing Frames. Each month weâ€™ll showcase an amazing young DJ whose tunes are something special â€“ theyâ€™re all ridiculously talented, unbelievably cool and will have you breaking out your best dance moves in an instant. Read on to see Framesâ€™ interview.
Weâ€™r e loving this mix. What was the inspiration behind it?
A massive storm hit Sydney on Sunday night alongside my head enduring of a pretty ferocious hangover. The air was heavy with humidity inside our dense inner city terrace and all I wanted was to lose myself in some sort of mediocre light-hearted rom-com or bumbling jewel thief caper (come to think of it, After The Sunset with Pierce Brosnan and Salma Hayek would have done just fine).
Bam! The window in the lounge was gushing water, flooding the floor and soaking the TV and other various other lounge-room electronics along with my plans for the evening. So I got myself some gin, some beers and my broken-and-in-dire-need-of-a-service turntables and played some records to suit the mood.
It’s a balmy summer house mix done live in my living room while we struggled to stop our roof from leaking and keep water off the power boards. It’s not perfect, but in a way it endears itself more so to me this way. There is heaps of amazing Australian tunes (Iâ€™m a huge supporter/believer in local talent), an exclusive or two and a remix of mine in this mix as well.
When did you first get the music bug?
Not sureâ€¦ Young, definitely. Iâ€™ve just always loved music wanted to be involved with it in as many ways as possible.
Currently Iâ€™ve got my fingers in a bunch of pies with writing and producing music, DJing, my radio show (every week on FBi 94.5fm in Sydney), my weekly club night at FBi Social in Kings Cross, working closely with a very exciting emerging band (aBillion â€“ www.soundcloud.com/abillion) and working during the week at Central Station Records/Ministry of Sound. Plus a few other projects here and there I cant say too much about just yet.
What music did your parents play?
Records. They didnâ€™t really own many CDs. I followed suit (and stole most of their record collection â€“ albums from Chic, Bowie, Floyd, Beach Boys, K.C & The Sunshine Band, etc).
Who would you like to play with in the future?
No one in particular so long as the party is great. I love interesting parties the most â€“ on a boat or in a park. In a warehouse or on a rooftop. In a laneway or by a pool. Outside, underground or up highâ€¦ Anywhere new, exciting or different. A good soundsystem and an open minded crowd. And maybe Soul Clap is playing.
Whatâ€™s the next big thing in music?
Hereâ€™s hoping itâ€™s taste.
Any cool collaborations coming up?
Thereâ€™s a fair bit in the pipeline for me at the moment â€“ Iâ€™ve been working hard for months but havenâ€™t had much of a chance to put anything out of late due to record label politics.
There are forthcoming remixes for James Curd, Polographia, Lancelot, and Sirena (a new project from Mario Bassanov) plus a few more on a variety of labels all due out in next few months.
Then Iâ€™m working on some new original music with a vocalist from the US called J-Dub (who does soulful, ranty-style spoken word lyrics) and finishing tracks with friends such as Lancelot and Max Smart. Plus some new edits for the dance floor..
Is fashion important to music and vice versa?
Like it or loathe it theyâ€™re pretty intricately intertwined. Though lots of girls are into fashion thereâ€™s nothing that impresses me more than a girl with a defined, knowledgeable taste in music.
Do you prefer your ladies in a bikini or a one-piece?
This is often debated in my house and I have to say Iâ€™m definitely a one-piece man. Nothing wrong with a great bikini but itâ€™s a class act when you pull off a great one-piece.
Whatâ€™s the strangest thing thatâ€™s ever happened to you at a gig?
The impromptu pants-off party at FBi Social a few months back was pretty fun. Thereâ€™s a video somewhere on my collaborative household tumblr. Having said that though, pants-down DJing seems to be becoming a pretty regular occurrence whenever Iâ€™m playing at with my mate Felix Lloyd.
What do you think is the one quality that makes a DJ great?
Technical wizardry helps, but the only thing that really matters is track selection. And I love someone who takes chances on exciting and new music.
How would you describe your self and your style in three words?
Talks too much.
Whatâ€™s the best advice youâ€™ve ever received?
Thereâ€™s an amazing quote from Ira Glass that inspires me â€“ google â€˜Ira Glassâ€™ and â€˜Nobody tells this to beginnersâ€™. Itâ€™s applicable to every form of artistic output.
Whatâ€™s your signature drink?
Iâ€™m a simple man who likes almost any beer that isnâ€™t VB.
Perseus – Russian Girlfriends
Architecture in Helsinki – Escapee (Frames Remix)
Tornado Wallace – Insect Overlords
Jimmy Edgar – Hot Sharp Touch
Death On The Balcony – Cruel Banana
MAM – Reel Sweet
Art Department – We Call Love ft. Soul Clap & Osunlade (DJ Harvey Remix)
Fantastic Man – Look This Way
Miguel Campbell – Something Special
Infinity Ink – Games
Storm Queen – It Goes On
Danny Daze & Young Edits – Million
Mark E – Call Me (Tensnake Remix)
Polographia – Righteous Hit
If you like the mix as much as we do, then check out Frames’ Facebook soundcloud, twitter or tune into his radio show on FBi (94.5 fm Sydney) on Saturday nights, live from FBi Social in Kings Cross, Sydney.
Bonus: Snare a free download of a remix Frames knocked out of Kylie Minogue with friend and collaborator Felix Lloyd â€“ one to get you sweating on the dance floor – http://soundcloud.com/framesmusic/slow-frames-and-felix-lloyd