Cheeba set for Mixed Bizness date
Although he’s been doing it for more than a decade, Simon Luscombe’s big break as a DJ came in 2008, when he won Solid Steel’s Mix of the Year award. Most DJs would be grateful of the associated glory and set about getting on with their own thing, but for Luscombe, aka DJ Cheeba, the Solid Steel and Ninja Tune ‘family’ of artists was precisely where he wanted to be. Taking his DJ Food-influenced three turntable and two laptop set a step further, he has now followed in the footsteps of his heroes Coldcut by producing a DJ set which merges audio and visual mixing.
‘I work with a company from New Zealand called Serato,’ says Luscombe, who is based in Bristol but originally from Devon. ‘They have a product called Video SL which basically enables the user to scratch live videos using coded records, very much like scratching a DVD. So I can make my own films or re-edit old movies and then add my own soundtracks to perform with. The options with it are endless.’
Musically, Luscombe plays a style which will be familiar to any fans of Ninja Tune, a blend of breaks, hip hop and classic samples which come together in a sound that’s intelligently composed and dancefloor friendly. Despite his intention to eventually create his own artist album, he finds building a set using samples and visuals is currently a full-time creative challenge. ‘Making a set like this is my favourite way of working at the moment,’ he says. ‘For so long my ambition was to build some sort of narrative by mixing music together, and now it’s become really easy to do that effectively.’
Mixed Bizness at the Art School, Glasgow, Thu 18 Feb