With 10 years of Shogun Audio on the horizon, the tightly knit label have harnessed the talents of some of the finest specimens in bass music and DnB. Touring the sounds of the label in every crevice of the UK, whilst flying the flag for bass music internationally the crew are back in London this April for a special showcase at Fire London. Technimatic have been part of this expanding ship for some time now, and will be a big feature of the 10 years celebrations so we thought we’d ask them about their festival experiences as spring is just around the corner. Here’s what Andy and Pete had to say over a quick cuppa tea…
What’s the first festival you ever went to as a punter?
Andy: First festival I ever went to as a punter was Creamfields. Fantastic fun, if not messy!
Pete: I went to Tribal Gathering at Luton Hoo in 1996, which had the most incredible line-up. But at that time I was such a jungle snob I actually walked straight in and out of Daft Punk live and went and watched Adam F sing through a vocoder instead.
What is the first festival you played at as a duo act?
Pete: It was actually the Signall_FM festival in Slovakia. Absolutely fantastic from start to finish and involved us playing under the shadow of a traditional Slovakian castle. It also featured traditional Slovak food (and lethal booze), live fish in Tesco’s with LSB (long story) and Andy meeting his girlfriend. Eventful to say the least!
Best and worst festival memories?
Andy: Best festival memory for me has to be hearing S.P.Y play at Sun & Bass under a star filled sky. It was like something out of a music video with people just loving the fact they were alive, all coming together for that one moment. That is something that will always live with me as part of drum and bass culture and music. And the fact that I was dancing on a table! Worst festival memory would be losing our inflatable crocodile in the sea after a big gust of wind took it hurtling out towards the horizon. RIP.
Pete: Watching Jamiroquai at The Ministry Of Sound festival at Knebworth in 2001 whilst coming up on a particularly strong pill was quite special. And Norman Jay at the Big Chill 2007 on Sunday morning in the sunshine will be pretty hard to beat. Impeccable selection. My worst festival experience was also at the Big Chill, trying to fill a bottle of water under an outside tap in the dark, and ending up sliding down into a mud filled ditch. Got out and carried on raving though, despite looking like the Tollund Man.
Which festivals will you be playing at this year?
Andy: We’ll have to wait and see!
Which DJs have you enjoyed playing with the most?
Andy: Top picks would have to be the Spectrasoul lads, LSB and Friction. All are such good fun to be around and we have a mutual sense of humour. It just makes for a great experience together.
What is your ideal festival line up?
Andy: Calibre, Nightmares on Wax, Fink, The Prodigy, Chicane, Too Many DJs,
If you could have anyone MC/host your set, who would it be?
Andy: I think SP every time. Still smashes it for me. Or perhaps Sir David Rodigan. The ultimate Hype man!
What makes your perfect festival?
Pete: Of course the music is a must, but like a lot of experiences in life it’s more about the people you share it with. It’s the people that make a festival what it is. That and sunshine!
Shogun Audio London
10pm – 6am
South Lambeth Road
London SW8 1UQ
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Fourward b2b Joe Ford
SP:MC, Linguistics, AD, Mantmast.
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