Andrew Backhouse

> EXPERIMENTAL DJ
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> AN EXPERIMENTAL DJ

I am an Experimental DJ  and I use conventional tools to showcase the music I play on my radio show, The Parish News, and music that inspires me. I present an eclectic multi-tempo selection in a live setting. Preferring to DJ Digitally, I use the latest in Stem Mixing Technology and industry standard software. I’m willing to travel to where you where you want me to play, covering the UK & Internationally.

Slow Experimental DJ Mixes.

Fast Mixes.

Why I Am An Experimental DJ

The idea of a DJ plucking disparate sounds and styles and mixing them together is one that has enthused me for years. It is reinterpreting a collection of time-based recordings (media) afresh.

The archaic becomes contemporary.

Now that everything ever recorded is becoming available again, the recombinant possibilities are staggering. It started for me with the invention of the CD format and eventually Digital Culture. I choose to DJ Digitally. Choosing to DJ Digitally means that the world’s wealth of recorded music is available to me – as opposed to a rare dubplate that went out of press in 1998. Plus, I can drop a recording I made that morning of leaves blowing in the breeze.

But, Is Being An Experimental DJ An Art?

William Burroughs, whose cut-up technique is often cited in cross-cultural studies of DJ culture, was fond of quoting Hassan I Sabbah: “Nothing is true, everything is permitted.” New Wave, disco, hardcore punk, heavily orchestrated singer-songwriter, Prog rock, lone psych-folk, or jam band. These were discrete categories and opposing forces in 1982 when the quote was created. Now, they have all converged in artists like Animal Collective, record stores like Other Music, and magazines like The Wire.

DJ culture in the 90s, by replacing eclecticism with the art of the mix, helped make the current pluralistic musical climate possible. This is why I am an Experimental DJ. It is because self-referential, post-everything culture reaches its zenith in an experimental DJ Mix.

Is Being An Experimental DJ A Time-Based Practice?

Time-based media is something that intrigues me. I quite like field recording in that it divorces the soundscape from the environment and presents it afresh. This is what I try and do with my DJ Mixes.

So, whether it is a mix in the Imaginary Soundscapes series or one of The Gaffa Tapes, I create a mix that you know is going to be experimental, yet you are not quite sure how it will pan out.

You certainly can’t dance to my mixes – they are for winding down at the end of a day or warming up in deep winter; a balm of sorts. I hope they are met with the same intention that they were created. For they were created with love.

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