#62 - Gareth Whitehead / ADE special
Rising from the dark depths of Plaster’s live set for EPM Podcast 61, we have enlisted Glaswegian producer and Bulletdodge Records head honcho Gareth Whitehead to mix the next installment. Curated to coincide with 2014’s Amsterdam Dance Event, EPM Podcast 62 is an energetic journey through EPM’s new compilation ‘EPM Selected Volume 03’, a label snapshot that focuses on remixes from some of the leading lights in modern techno. Out now on all good digital outlets.
Gareth Whitehead is amongst those luminaries. A vastly experienced producer, remixer, DJ and artist, his success in the UK underground led him to found techno imprint Edit/Select in 2007 with Soma legend Anthony Scott (Percy X). In 2008, he went on to set up his own label, Bullet:Dodge, as an outlet for his increasingly prolific output, as well as creating a suitable platform from which a wealth of international talent could freely express itself. As a producer he has established his own signature brand of deep and dubby tech-house and minimal techno, with an extensive back catalogue across a slew of scene-leading labels. His debut album, forthcoming next year on Bullet:Dodge, features collaborations with legendary figures such as Juan Atkins, Marshall Jefferson, Lenny Dee, Robert Owens, Frankie Bones and many more.
Whitehead is in similarly prestigious company on EPM Podcast 62, mixing up remixes and tracks from the likes of Robert Hood, Ben Sims, Marcel Fengler, Silent Servant, John Heckle, Legowelt and more. Whilst techno forms the backbone of the mix, its subtle deviations into house, disco, electro and acid territory are testament to the diversity of the artists involved in the compilation.
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Q&A with Gareth Whitehead
1. Talk us through a few of your standout tracks in the mix.
For me The Pubahs’s remix of Luis Martinez’s Do Me is superb!! It boasts a great feel and groove. Vince’s remix also is fantastic, in true Vince fashion he’s administered soulful strings with incredible sub and percussion. And how could I not forget Mr Hood’s remix of Debbie’s Groove, an all time classic!
2. How did you find working with a predefined track selection as opposed to drawing for your own selections as you would on a normal mix?
I actually really enjoyed it, sometimes its nice to be given the tracks and to make them work in the mix. Was certainly more of a challenge.
3. You must have had some interesting party experiences at ADE over the years. Any memorable stories as a performer or punter you’d like to share?
There’s loads really, I always say that it’s not a decent ADE unless at some point I piss and shit myself! It’s all about pushing those boundaries and ADE certainly does just that!
4. Your debut album is due for release soon. Can you give us some information about when we can expect it, how it will sound and the concept behind it?
The album has been delayed slightly, but should be released early 2015. The logistics behind it all have proved quite difficult. I’m mixing the album on a Neve desk so getting everything prepped, sorting studio time out etc has been very demanding. The concept was to create an album that reflected the house and techno genres from their inception to present day. I wanted to collaborate with the pioneers of the genres, those that have shaped it to the up and coming new wave of talent.
5. You’ve worked with some proper industry legends on the release. How did these collaborations occur and what were the experiences like?
Most of the collaborators I had worked with previously in some capacity, so proposing this project was made easier. For the ones I had’nt worked with previously the concept and others I think sounded enticing. With regards the experiences, most were created remotely by sending parts back and forth online so the experience was kind of self-engrossed. I quite liked that though, because it made you work in your own space.
6. Which other electronic music pioneers would be on your dream list of collaborators?
I think Laurent Garnier, Carl Craig and Mike Banks would have been a very nice angle too!
7. What’s coming up for Bullet:Dodge once the album is released? Any exciting artist projects on the horizon?
The album concept wont just stop at the release date, as I plan to release an album with all the tracks remixed, a mix using selected tracks and a film documentary about it all and then hopefully a tour. I want it to focus strongly on the concept! That’s what I’ve tried to create here. After that I’d like to concentrate on releasing more music from my core artists, kind of stripping things back to basics for a while.
8. Name the two most precious records in your collection, in terms of both sentimental and financial value.
Timmy Mallet – Wackaday
Technohead – I want to be a hippy
Two absolute classics!
9. So Scotland is still part of the United Kingdom. What do you feel the fallout (both positive and negative) from the referendum has been?
Mmmmmm, an interesting question. Its all just a blip now, so that probably answers your question! The referendum did nothing but fuel romantic nationalist pride, bigotry and futile political idealist notions. Contrary to what many believe it was not a revolution, that’s for sure. The whole campaign, yes or no was a farce, conned again by the ruling elite! Wake up to the bigger picture that’s what I say. For real change to occur political and economical structures have to change, just appointing new puppets wont make a difference. Its not the politicians who are governing us, its the banks and multi nationals who dictate what’s happening. Withdraw your money from the banks, don’t buy petrol or boycott Asda, its steps like these that will make changes to our society, but people wont cause they are too comfortable and apathetic really! People are dumb!
10. What was your all-time best night out?
Probably my 12th birthday, what a night!!!! Hookers, booze, and as much powder a pre pubescent could put up his nose!! What a night! Them were the days!
EPM Podcast 62 – Gareth Whitehead EPM / ADE Special tracklist
1. Esteban Adame - Home Sick (MGUN Crunch Time Remix)
2. Luis Martinez_- Do Me (Detroit Grand Pubahs Remix)
3. Paul Mac – Hotel Insomnia (Marcel Fengler Sleepless Remix)
4. Kristian Heikkila – 02 (Vince Watson Remix)
5. Greg Gow & Gareth Whitehead – Vacant (Silent Servant Remix)
6. Paul Mac - Drums & Breaks (G Flame Remix)
7. The Third Man – Pipes at Helios Canyon (Legowelt Remix)
8. Lee J Malcolm - Oh Yeah (Ben Sims Remix)
9. The Third Man - Double Dawn (John Heckle Remix)
10. Carl Taylor – Debbie’s Groove (Robert Hood Remix)