Interview: house/techno DJ and producer Deetron
The in-demand producer talks to us ahead of the launch of his Fabric mix
This article is from 2014.
‘I don't think I've enjoyed myself as much working on a mix in the studio before,’ says Deetron of his Fabric 76 mix, released on 16 June to a gaggle of excited dance fans. A swift glance at the tracklist, and you can see why: recorded after one single take, this is as close to one of Deetron’s pleasure-seeking DJ sets as you’ll ever get pre-recorded. No white label one-upmanship, no showing off, just an instinctive, impulsive act of love.
The sweep of styles not only mirrors the Swiss producer’s own eclectic output – choosing to remix artists from Hercules & Love Affair to Gorgon City – but his rather admirable position in the dance world, straddling techno and house but still, after 20 years, never belonging to any particular crew or scene. ‘It's a conscious decision,’ he says. ‘I don't want to be really affiliated with anyone in particular. Not just in terms of my career, but because it would be too boring for me to do that. I prefer to try different things and work with different people.’
It’s also indicative of his position as a true master of the craft of DJing. Like so many others before him, it was a love of hip hop which led to a passion for turntablism, and an eye-opening set from Jeff Mills in the early 90s which cemented a fascination with techno. Like not so many others, he continues to perform from three turntables. In a scene continually threatened by cut-corners wannabes, this is a man who knows how to hold a dancefloor. With his Glasgow date landing on the eve of the official compilation launch at Fabric, consider this the exclusive warm-up set, and consider yourself lucky to experience it.
Saint Judes, Glasgow, Fri 27 Jun.