James Murphy and his drummer Pat Mahoney step up to the plates for the latest Fabriclive mix.
The dance-punk pair explain the method behind their mix: “We’re pretty excited. We find doing mix CDs horrifying to a certain degree because there’s nobody there, so it’s just like, ‘What are we doing?!’ It’s like you’re just yelling into the air. We bought an old Bozak for this – the first DJ mixer ever built, hand-built. It sounds incredible. Everything sounds nicer and bigger and smoother and beautiful. The mix itself will have a little bit of stuff that isn’t necessarily what we’d play in a club. But we’d like it to be fun. So we’ll just do it a bunch of times live. Do it until you like it, that’s actually our motto."
Murphy and Mahoney started DJing together relatively recently, around two or three years ago, but Murphy has been DJing since 2001 when he formed LCD Soundsystem. At first he took to DJing disco records at rock shows, convinced that “rock n roll is dance music”, later setting up monthly DFA parties at APT in New York, booking 2ManyDJs, Optimo, Blackstrobe and Headman among others to spin.
James: “That’s the thing - the big DFA party Pat first came to there was a bunch of techno kids, some really smelly punk kids and Rosie Perez. On crutches. She rolled in on crutches! That was a good time. The only problem I have with the modern DJ world is everyone wants to DJ for an hour. I used to DJ for like 6 hours, I’d literally have like 500-600 records behind the decks for those APT parties. The party would start at 9pm, it’d be rammed by 10pm, and it’d be over at 7:00 in the morning. You would’ve been forced to play every single record you owned. I love that."
Pat: “I do a party in Brooklyn three or four times a year and play for like 5-6 hours, and then you can really stretch it out. You can take it up and then take it way down...”
Pat: “We just did a DJ tour in Canada with Al Doyle from Hot Chip. Al plays straight-up minimal techno. We did a couple gigs where we were bouncing from disco to minimal, and back again, which was cool. There was a nice arc, going from pretty choppy old disco to more electronic disco to full-on minimal techno, some serious German shit. It was pretty fun.”
James: “With a band, you have to read each other because you can’t talk. But with DJing, you put on a record and turn to each other like, ‘Are you wasted?’ ‘Wanna put on this track next?’ You don’t have to read each other; you can actually talk to each other.”
Pat: “It is fun when either of us gets a new record and drops that into a set. We both have a love for some pretty gay-ass disco.”
'Fabriclive. 36' tracklist
01. Peter Gordon and Love Of Life Orchestra – Beginning of The Heartbreak – Lust/Unlust
02. Baby Oliver – Primetime (Uptown Express) – Environ
03. Donald Byrd and 125th St, NYC – Love Has Come Around – Elektra
04. Instant Funk – I Got My Mind Made Up – Salsoul
05. Chic – I Feel Your Love Comin’ On – Atlantic
06. Was (Not Was) – Tell Me That I’m Dreaming – ZE
07. GQ – Lies GQ
08. Mudd – Adventures In Bickett Wood (Layne’s Head Stash Re-roll) – Rong
09. Elektrik Dred – Butter Up (Gimme Some Bread) – Sounds Of Florida
10. Lenny Williams – You Got Me Running - Geffen
11. Daniel Wang – Like Some Dream (I Can’t Stop Dreaming) – Daniel Wang
12. Gichy Dan – Cowboys and Gangsters – ZE
13. Still Going – Still Going Theme – DFA
14. City Of Women – Tablakone – Sähkö
15. Babytalk – Keep On Move – Stickydisc
16. Love Committee – Just As Long As I’ve Got You – Salsoul
17. Mouzon’s Electric Band – Everybody Get Down – Mouzon
18. Punkin’ Machine – I Need You Tonight – JC Records
19. LCD Soundsystem – Hippie Priest Bum-out – DFA/EMI
20. Junior Bryon – Dance To The Music (Dub) – Vanguard
21. JT – I Love Music – Vanguard
22. Jackson Jones – I Feel Good Put Your Pants On – Jackson Jones
23. NYC Peech Boys – Life Is Something Special – Island Def Jam
24. Peter Gordon and Love Of Life Orchestra – Don’t Don’t - Lust/Unlust
Fabriclive. 36’ will be released on October 2nd to Fabric First members, on November 11th in the US and on October 15th elsewhere.