on the record ~ daniel avery


there’s a good chance that fabriclive66 was many people’s first brush with daniel avery, because until then he had released only a few hugely esoteric records on labels like throne of blood and phantasy sound. they explored plenty of machine grooves, dub weight and psychedelic tendencies well away from the trendy zeitgeist, and latest ep water jump is no different.

while many djs and producers make up exciting back stories about how they came to dance music, avery is more honest, admitting that big bands like the chems and prodigy were what really turned him on in the early days. his ears may have matured since – they must have, he continues to be resident at fabric, has struck up keen working relationships with the likes of erol alkan and justin robertson and has his own monthly show on rinse.fm – but still the london based producer is happy to acknowledge his roots in this week’s on the record

 

first record you bought…

i vividly remember getting fat of the land by the prodigy when i was eleven and loving every single second of it. the first thing i bought with my own money, though, was probably holy wood by marilyn manson or metallica’s live s&m album. riffs all the way!




last record you bought…

the new atoms for peace album. i really love it, especially on headphones. i was a bit worried because i fucking hate the chilli peppers but flea seems to have brought something pretty interesting to the party in this case.

record you wish you’d written…

i like any music where it sounds as if no-one else could have written it other than that set of people at that precise moment in time. there’s so much identikit dross around at the moment. if you listen to a track like ‘heroes’ by bowie, it sounds like it comes from another planet and there is zero chance that anyone else could have written it or made it sound as amazing as it does.

record which makes you happiest…

oni ayhun’s ‘oar003-b’ is just about as perfect as electronic music can get. it’s such a special record that sounds equally incredible in a club as it does at home. i can’t describe how much i love it.

record which makes you saddest…

i wouldn’t say they make me sad but ‘just like honey’ by the jesus & mary chain and ‘sometimes’ by my bloody valentine get me every time. achingly pretty music.

record you put on for sexy time…

i wouldn’t know but i’m pretty certain that the way josh homme slurs “valium” in ‘feel good hit of the summer’ is enough to persuade anyone to do anything.

record you’d use in an emergency when the dance floor was empty…

an empty dancefloor is never something to be afraid of; i like the idea of warming people up. for that very purpose, i’ve recently been enjoying matt walsh’s remix of morgan hammer on clouded vision. a really interesting club track.

best after party record…

death in vegas – ‘soul auctioneer’. proper stoned-out bliss. most of fearless’ stuff is perfect in that scenario, in fact.

record you had your first kiss/dance to…

absolutely no idea! probably some utter shit. this is a pretty untrendy answer but ‘electric feel’ by mgmt totally reminds me of the time i met my girlfriend so i’ll say that.

record which had most influence on you…

the first time i heard the chemical brothers’ ‘electronic battle weapon 8’ (which later became ‘saturate’) i literally fell off my chair. i feel like i’ve had that moment so many times with their music over the years. they create such thoughtful, beautiful but always totally powerful dance music. every time i think i’ve finished a track, i put on a chems record and it will inspire me to push things further.

your own record you are most proud of…

i’m very proud of my water jump ep and the track ‘drone logic’ in particular. i’m not totally sure how i made it but the end result works. it’s a very good summary of what i’m about.
current favourite record…

the biggest record i’ve been playing recently is definitely the eskimo twins remix of ‘tvmr’ which should be out very soon. a huge techno track that constantly surprises you throughout. it works every time.

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