When did you start Djing?
HS – I’ve been buying records (for better or worse) since highschool but only started DJing when I sold my trumpet for a Made 2 Fade GM-25 Mk II some time around 1998. Then saved up and got some beaten-up 1200’s a bit after that.
P – I could trace it all back to my parents playing lots of music when I was young. I started playing their records, then buying my own. My inspiration to take up DJing came from listening to genre-crossing radio shows like The Breezeblock and Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide, as well as going to events like NY Sushi at The Unit, Mr Scruff’s Keep It Unreal, and Friends & Family at The Roadhouse. I got my first turntables in 2001, but didn’t start playing out regularly until 2005. In 2007 I moved to Sheffield and began a monthly weekend residency at The Harley that would last 7 years and give me the opportunity to play alongside some of my favourite DJs.
What is it about thing the makes it interesting for you?
HS – It keeps me hunting for music that’s new to me that I want to share.
P – The shear and vast amount of music out there. Even if you devoted your entire life solely to listening to music you could never ever discover it all. Finding incredible music you’ve never heard before that somehow remains obscure is a real joy. Finding and sharing that music onto others is what keeps it fresh and exciting.
What makes you decide to play a certain record during one of your sets?
HS – On the radio, I might have a rough idea of what I’m going to play for a bit then eventually just pick a record at random. That’s why I love doing the show, it’s a cliche to say “there are no rules” but there really isn’t. We play what we want and tell people “If you don’t like the song that’s playing, hang around as the next one will be different”.
P – I like to play on variety, joining the dots across many genres, countries, and eras. How I link them is down to the tempo, rhythm, or vibe of the records. I love a seamless mix as much as anyone but sometimes you can’t beat a dramatic transition to switch things up.
What’s your opinion on the importance of roots, traditions, respecting traditions and sources?
HS – Going back to the source seems like the only logical thing to do. You hear a song, notice a sample, find where that comes from and you’re then turned-on to another artist, genre or track that you can’t believe you didn’t know.
P – It’s all about tracing the music you love back to it’s roots. Whatever music you like, there is a long and rich history into how it came to being. It’s only natural as a music lover to pull that thread and just keep on going and going. We are proud to say we play music from the last 100 years, and that’s no exaggeration.