Interview: JD Twitch on the Optimo (Espacio) Barrowlands Revue
The line-up features Todd Terje, Golden Teacher, Ben UFO and Tim Sweeney
Glasgow tastemakers Optimo are decamping from their usual stomping ground at the Sub Club for a special all day event. ‘The East End Social, whose mandate is to bring music to the east end of Glasgow, approached us to see if we would be interested in doing a Barrowlands event,’ explains resident Twitch. ‘The idea was to put on a daytime event with a lineup of our choosing featuring artists who tickle our fancy.’
As you would expect, it’s a typically diverse bill reflecting Twitch and Wilkes’ own musical sensibilities. What’s important is quality, not sticking rigidly within specific genres. Headlining is Norwegian nu disco remixer Todd Terje who, despite 15 years as a professional DJ/producer, has recently released his debut album, the aptly titled It’s Album Time. The Barrowland Revue will also mark the first Scottish outing for his full live band playing out his Italo tropicalia meets future beats.
Golden Teacher will also be playing live and, in a departure from the usual Optimo formula, there’ll be several guests behind the turntables. ‘It is ultra-rare that we ever book DJs, as while there are oodles of great DJs out there, there are only a tiny handful who tick all our boxes and we would actually want to listen to,’ explains Twitch of booking Hessle Audio mainman Ben UFO for a dose of house, grime, bass, garage and dubstep. He'll be joined on the decks by Optimo themselves and Tim Sweeney (DFA/Beats in Space). ‘Tim is an old friend and, again, one of a small number of DJs we have booked before and has the Optimo seal of approval. We know he loves Glasgow and thought he'd get a kick out of playing the Barrowlands.’
Barrowland, Glasgow, Sun 25 May.