Fred Deakin set for Mumbo Jumbo
With their motto of ‘quality retro to future classics, party rockin’ tunes and good time grooves’ Fred Deakin sounds like the perfect guest for Mumbo Jumbo. He’s best known as one half of burbling electronica types Lemon Jelly and Edinburgh club legend with his inimitable nights Thunderball, Going Places and Impotent Fury: nights that stepped out from the dull monotony of the four-four beat with games, films, the notorious ‘Wheel of Destiny’ (which chose the night’s playlist) and the infamous ‘soft rock’ lounge.
‘I’ve deliberately chosen not to do much DJing this year, but I couldn’t refuse playing with old friends,’ explains Deakin. ‘Sometimes I’ll do a night at other people’s clubs and it’s a bit disappointing. But that’s never the case when I DJ at [Trendy] Wendy’s nights, cos we’re on the same wavelength and the crowd at Wendy’s seem to be into what I do. It’s nice to have that common spirit.’
His eclectic approach should fit in nicely at this Christmas warm-up. ‘My goal is to play as many different songs as possible in the course of an evening,’ adds Deakin, promising everything from dubstep to pub rock, and he’s just treated himself to a new bit of kit, an Akai APC 40 Ableton. ‘I’ve not used it outside my bedroom yet so it’ll be the grand unveiling of my laptop set.’
As for Lemon Jelly they’re still on an indefinite hiatus. ‘Me and Nick [Franglen] have regular conversations about it, we’re certainly taking a break but fingers crossed there may well be something soon.’
Mumbo Jumbo at the Bongo Club, Edinburgh, Sat 12 Dec