Profile - Fred Deakin
Name: Fred Deakin
Also known as: One half of the now defunct Lemon Jelly
Occupation: Successful DJ, music-maker and arty type, Deakin is also Creative Director/Founder of London-based design company Airside.
Where is he from? Deakin started his music career while studying in Edinburgh, organising and DJing at a variety of bizarrely-named club nights. After moving to London he formed Lemon Jelly with Nick Franglin in 1998, and the pair went on to release three albums with XL, the second (2002’s Lost Horizons) earning them Mercury Music Prize and Brit Award nominations. Last offering ‘64-’95, guest starring William Shatner, was based entirely around samples from songs released – yep, you guessed it – between 1964 and 1995. Earlier this year, after selling half a million records worldwide, they announced that they would not be working on any new projects as a duo.
What next? Deakin gets even busier. He continues to work with design company Airside, regularly DJs with Tom Middleton at Cosmic Fury and has put out acclaimed solo work in the form of last year’s triple CD boxset The Triptych and 2008’s post-disco compilation Nu Balearica, a Mixmag album of the month.
What might I have heard? Any number of his Lemon Jelly offerings. ‘Nice Weather For Ducks’ was the twosome’s most successful single but many of their tracks were used for TV on such programmes as Jamie’s Kitchen, Spaced and CSI Miami.
Any other business? Mumbo Jumbo is a complete musical mix, from funk and hip hop to house and electronica, care of resident disc-spinners Trendy Wendy, Colin Millar and Steve Austin, so Fred Deakin should fit right in. He recently claimed to have whittled down his vinyl collection from 22,000 to 12,000 records and cites a diverse list of musical inspirations, from The Beatles and Todd Terje to Kimya Dawson, The Beastie Boys and De La Soul. Eclectic stuff.
Fred Deakin plays Mumbo Jumbo at The Bongo Club, Edinburgh, Sat 13 Dec.