Daniel Avery and Twitch guest at Edinburgh club night Wasabi Disco
The leftfield techno producer and Optimo DJ play back-to-back set at Sneaky Pete's
There's a certain scene emerging at the moment but no one has given it a name yet,' explains Daniel Avery ahead of his set at Wasabi Disco. 'It's rooted in techno but is as inspired by Kevin Shields' [My Bloody Valentine] psychedelic drones, Neu!'s hypnotic repetition and post-punk's punch as it is by the usual dancefloor names.' As you can imagine from that statement, Avery's not an easy man to categorise.
That refusal to be pigeonholed stems from a deep love of music beyond just electronica. 'Before I knew I liked dance music I was fully into guitars,' says Avery. 'It was only through DJs like Andrew Weatherall, Richard Fearless and Erol Alkan – guys who publicly occupied both worlds –that I started to become interested in techno. Of course, New Order played a huge part in this along the way.'
It's funny that Avery should mention Weatherall, Fearless and Alkan as major influences as he's now worked with all three. In particular, releasing music via Alkan's Phantasy Sound label while Weatherall very publicly praised the young DJ. 'It felt bizarre but also absolutely amazing. He is such an inspiration in so many ways that it really spurred me on to keep pushing myself.' Weatherall even went as far as producing an exclusive track for Avery’s FabricLive mix ('Dry Heat' as The Asphodells, his collaboration with Timothy J Fairplay).
It should come as no surprise that Avery is also a fan of Scotland's own Optimo. He released a track on the Glasgow club's record label in 2012 (Daniel Avery & Deadstock 33s 'The Magnetic') and this special festival date will be a back-to-back set with Twitch. 'Optimo were another huge influence on me growing up and they remain so today. There's a huge difference between having no rules and just simply being eclectic for the sake of it. I hear too many DJs at the moment playing "wildcard party" records at random points, I find it cheap and totally boring. Optimo couldn't be more different to that, every decision they make is considered. Listening to their sets is an education yet one that can smash any dancefloor.'
With these two mavericks manning the decks it's almost impossible to predict exactly what you'll hear on the night. 'You can never tell and that's the beauty of DJing,’ says Avery, ‘every time should be unique. Saying that, I've just finished my first album so I'm looking forward to road testing some new stuff in that room.'
Sneaky Pete's, 225 1757, 17 Aug, 11pm–5am, £5.50 (£5).