Disco Outcasts & the main stem
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In May 2006 Birminghams own Robert Johnston (Rob J) was invited to play in his home city at the Soul Mekanik presents...'Bish Bash' party. Out of towner Ben (Shenton or Benny Upsetter) from Stafford took on his residential duties that night and this was to be a beautiful if not slightly Balearic friendship. At this point Ben had his first edit under his belt, an edit of Orlando Johnson and his trance. Rob J liked this (thumbs up!) and it wasn't too long after that, that the two started cooching up in a loft studio at 'The Buliding' studios in Stafford. Utilising Rob's deep knowledge of underground dance music and years of DJ experience coupled with Ben's production knowledge gained from years of playing with bands and sound college placements, the two set about making edits/reworks/original productions taking all their influences from anything like Steely Dan to Japan and from Arthur Russell to Herbie Hancock or indeed Cat Stevens to Bobby Goldsboro, to create anything they felt sounded 'right'.
In the meantime both parties continued their DJ duties which have seen them playing alongside such jocks as Derrick Carter, Jazzy B, Todd Terje, Padded Cell, Lindstrom and Prins Thomas, Chicken Lips and so the list goes on, with each of these gigs being a great opportunity to try out new material.
Fast forward a year (2007) and one more person had to enter the equation before 'The Main Stem' were fully formed, step forward Tim Silver, very much like Ben ,Tim also brought musicianship to the table but with an extra serving of engineering expertise that surpassed the rough, slapdash throw together techniques that Rob and Ben had been labouring for the last twelve months, the band was complete.
Now, another two years on Mainstem have just had their first remix release, a lost at sea mix of the Deadstock 33's (Justin Robertson) out now on Is It Balearic? (their mix was no.1 in DJ Mag's guest top 10 (Emperor Machine) prior to it's release). This month they drop a mix for the same label, this time for The Project Club, with a Ray Mang remix on the same twelve. This year going into next will see releases for Prins Thomas Internasjonal label (with a PT diskomiks on the flip) lunar flicks (with a Mung edit on the flip), Jisco Music (with a Wild Geese mix on the flip) and much much more, hopefully culminated on the long worked on album due March '10, which features vocal expeditions from Charmaine Baines (Bizarre Inc, Soul Mekanik) and Eva Lazarus (remember that name!), also drums and percussion workouts from Alex Carapitis (Robbie Williams, Juliette Lewis and The Licks and currently Kelis).
The next chance too see the Stem live and in action will be at the Purple Pussycat, Manchester at the end of this month!
For future info see myspace/themainstem and mixes soon to be uploaded to luvradio.com also check 'Sounds from the top room' DJ mix on anothernightonearth.blogspot.com where you can also download unreleased TMS edits.
The night will broadcast live on awdio from 22:00-04:00 GMT to the world for our friends near and far... From Manchester with love!