#106 - Dixon Avenue Basement Jams
The hardworking pair of Dan Monox and The Wasp (aka Kenny Grieve) like to keep things simple when it comes to their appeal. For them, their rugged and honest approach to music and DJ-ing can be expressed by their ethos and desires to bring “real rockin’ raw shit from the streets for the clubs”. Catch the real deal here as the boys take us from Adapta to DJ HMC, Unit Moebius to DJ Stingray, Sleeparchive to Donato Dozzy and D'Marc Cantu to Timothy J Fairplay. Rough, ready and jammin’ in your basement!
Dixon Avenue Basement Jams was launched in late 2012 after both Dan and Kenny had gained reputable respect as DJs in their own right. Since then the Glasgow based label has established itself as one of the most exciting and influential imprints to emerge from the house and techno scene. DABJ have honoured a quality over quantity approach with each of the releases on the label, working with show stopping underground talent like Marquis Hawkes, Vernon, Denis Sulta, Big Miz, Jared Wilson and TX Connect. Both Monox and The Wasp are expert selectors and technical DJs, having had long standing connections with Rubadub and the surrounding Glasgow nightclubs. Their mixes have found incredible acclaim on Rinse FM, Boiler Room, XLR8R, Juno Plus whilst being able to hold down an array of the best clubs across the rest of the UK, Europe and even the Middle East. Ahead of this weekend’s trip to Berlin for DABJ Open Air at Else, the DABJ team give us a taste of what to come…!
Q&A with Dixon Avenue Basement Jams
- How did you approach this mix as opposed to a normal DJ club set?
To tell the truth... not that differently! The main thought behind this mix was our long standing relationship with EPM to be honest. Before DABJ there was Monox and we dealt with you guys as an agent / artist manager a lot back then, in fact some of our best parties ever wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for you guys... [DJ Funk, Robert Hood and DJ Stingray are just 3 that spring to mind] and seeing as its 18 years since we first started Monox, why the hell not do a mix inspired by that time and with that vibe? This mix is basically an attempt at cramming a 6 hour Monox party into just under 90 minutes. It gets fairly fierce at points…but still [after] party vibes :)
- Having been around the Glasgow dance scene for sometime, what were the parties that really informed your baptism into the crazy world of clubbing?
69 in Paisley, Subclub, Outdoor raves across the land [some legal, some not so legal...]
- Dan, how did you first come into contact with Rub-A-Dub and then end up working there?
I'd been buying records from Rubadub for a while, but I also used to run another record store called Sidetrack Records... when that went bust Barrie offered me a part time job and, as they say, the rest is history. That was 18 years ago. I've worked at Rubadub almost half my life now and wouldn't change it for the world.
- What is it about the community and spirit of Glasgow that makes it so unique?
Glasgow is a pretty friendly city in general [or so we are told on a regular basis!] People look out each for each other, people work together, play together, people like to help those around them. It’s just a cool place.
- How central is Rub-A-Dub to that community?
If it wasn't for Rubadub, we and a lot of other people wouldn't be able to do what we do. Cliched as it sounds, its Glasgow’s hub for the electronic music community. The knowledge of the staff and a lot of it's customers can't be rivaled. Sharing the knowledge has always been key at Rubadub.
- 2018 has been a big year for DABJ and saw the labels first album delivered by Big Miz. Did that feel like a milestone or just the right thing at the time?
He just had so many quality tracks, we didn't want to have to sit on them for 2 years [what with the turnaround times pressing up records], so it made sense to do the album, Miz was up for it, and looking back on it, it was a great decision... we had always said we wouldn't be an "album label", but your allowed to change your mind right?
- What’s the most outrageous track you have dropped mid-set and got away with?
Too many to mention... old rave tracks... "sperminator - no women allowed" etc... not sure if we got away with that one or not... more recently, in this mix Unit Moebius "Beat That Perculator" got played... it sounds like it was recorded in a shoe box, and is a nightmare to mix into anything even slightly mastered but it fucking rocks, so it went in... hopefully we get away with that one ;)
- Artists that you have worked with from the beginning like Denis Sulta, Marquis Hawkes and Big Miz have really broken through in the last few years. Does that success make you want to expand the label or is it still very much about a tight-knit group of friends?
It's still very much about nurturing what we have and building on that, we have no interest in changing what we do to fit with a bigger label / distributer / managers demands...
- What’s your favourite Glaswegian saying of the last year?
hmmmm..... Yer maws got baws and yer da loves it... that’s an old one, but still relevant :)
- What’s next for 2018?
This weekend we take DABJ back to Berlin for DABJ Open Air at Else with a stellar line up. Link to event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2060105330981044/
We've also been working on a DABJ release [Kenny and I], a couple of remixes and a collab EP with Big Miz in our new studio... exciting months ahead!
EPM Podcast 106 Tracklist – Dixon Avenue Basement Jams
Adapta - MKS-50_04
Todd Bodine & Ludwig Coene - Globetrotter
Timothy J Fairplay - Autoduel
Cursor Minor - Clockwork Banana
Lucretio - Deliver
Konstantin Tsechow - Controllers
Frak - Machines Drifting Away
DJ HMC - Marauder
Donato Dozzy - Sotto Ma Sotto
Unit Moebius - Beat That Perculator
Jerome Hill - Plastic Jam
Sleeparchive - Letter Of Resignation
D'Marc Cantu - The Will & The End
Savas Pascalidis - Kontext
The Subdermic - The Scrub
DJ Stingray - Acetylcholine
Claude Young - Dark 1
Dirty Criminals - Batteries Not Included
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