Bootleg rollercoaster ride: Go Home Productions Interview Pt 1

Couldn’t really do this series of interviews without doing one with one of the most successful bootleg (mash up) artists – the mighty Go Home Productions. I’ve also come to realise that his site acted as a gateway to the GYBO forum for a number of other artists. In this first part we talk influences, being in a band and starting out in bootlegs.

1. How the devil are you and the family? And what’s the weather like in Watford (assuming you’re still there)?

Very well indeed sir! *said in my bestest English country accent whilst sipping on my second coffee of the morning*. It’s grey, overcast, slightly damp and exceedingly autumnal outside. The only noise from my current vantage point is birdsong, occasionally interrupted by the distant bark of neighbouring dog. “Not very Watford?” I hear you contest and right you are, as these days the Vidler household is in Northamptonshire, a million miles away from the terraced concrete nightmare that I endured back in Elton John land. We moved here 10 months or so ago and feel 1,000 times better for it.

2. How did you get involved in music, especially your pre-bootleg Chicane career?

Blame my mother and her side of the family for getting me hooked on popular music and my father for making me want to play it! 

I was raised on an excessively (un)healthy diet of Beatles, Stones, Beach Boys, Osmonds, Glam and Top of The Pops up until my teenage years when I finally discovered Punk, New Wave and a number of bands / artists that really made me want to join / form a band of my own and write / perform.

Post-education I followed the English tradition of Art School, with the main intention of meeting like-minded ‘musician’ souls to kick-start some kind of journey to pop stardom. *titter ye not*. Around 1987 I hooked up with an old school friend and joined his band ‘World Of Music’ as a second guitarist. We played all the  major haunts in London with the occasional trip to Brighton, whilst busying ourselves recording cassette demo’s to line management / record company wastepaper bins.

By the (very) early nineties we changed our name to Chicane and had become quite a decent live machine attracting a fair amount of interest, leading to signing a development deal with BMG and setting up our own label, Faith Records and releasing several 12″ EP’s. All of a sudden we were getting evening Radio 1 airplay, NME & Melody Maker column inches but being rather unfairly dumped in with the ‘Shoegazing’ / ‘Scene That Celebrates Itself’ bands like Ride, Chapterhouse, Slowdive, Catherine Wheel etc. But we never quite ‘made it’ to be honest. Don’t ask me why. I jumped ship in the mid-nineties with an envelope of press cuttings, demo tapes and happy memories, whilst leaving the ‘pop’ dream lying in tatters on the floor of the Kentish Town Bull & Gate.

3. How did you get involved in doing bootlegs (mash ups)?

In the World of Music / Chicane days I purchased a Tascam Porta One (4-track cassette, home recording machine) and when I wasn’t writing stuff for the band I often busied myself making ‘mix’ tapes, sampling bits from records and basically ‘blending’ them together for want of a better phrase. I’d take the acapella versions from 12 inches and ‘throw them over’ anything that musically worked. This was around 1988 i suppose and I was very influenced by the likes of Coldcut, Steinski and The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu in terms of execution but this was strictly just for the fun of it. No one outside the band got to hear this stuff.

12 years later I chanced upon XFM’s The Remix radio show with Eddy Temple-Morris & James Hyman where they played ‘bootlegs’ by The Flying Dewaele Brothers (Soulwax/2 Many DJ’s), Freelance Hellraiser, Kurtis Rush (Erol Alkan) and Girls On Top (Richard X). This was probably the year 2000 and it was Hellraiser’s ‘Stroke Of Genius’ that really gave me that ‘biblical’ moment and re-ignited my ‘musical mixing’ passion. 

Eddy & James show was also regularly name checking the ‘bootleg blog’ Boomselection / (Cartel’s) King Of The Boots and the likes of Osymyso, as well as the names above and it felt like there was a very cool underground scene starting to grow. Boomselection threw out a ‘challenge’ to bootleg Eminem’s ‘Without Me’ acapella so I saw this as a good opportunity to get involved and set about ‘knocking something up’ in Acid and sending their way. I came up with the name ‘Go Home Productions’ (based on Big Apple Productions / Boogie Down Productions in reference to the hip hop / megamix crews from the mid 80’s) and burnt 10 CD’s of my Eminem vs Wings bootleg and sent it (along with a mock press-release) to XFM’s The Remix, Chris Moyles at Radio 1 and others.

Within the week I had achieved daytime radio airplay and good write ups on Boomselection, BT3a and a healthy dose of interest from Aus / NZ thanks to it being playlisted there on national radio.

After this it literally went crazy for GHP. Bootleg rollercoaster-ride stuff from 2002 up to 2007…but that’s how it started. 

4. What role, if any, did Boomselection or GYBO (in any of its various guises) play? And are you aware of how many people from the early days got into bootlegs via your web site? 

As I said, Boomselection was VERY important in the bootleg culture building blocks and McSleazy’s GYBO took over from it, in terms of being a website forum ‘home’ for the bootleggers to rant, rave and share their wares. In London, King of The Boots morphed into Bastard and became the monthly ‘club’ home for the bootleggers and fans of the stuff, playing an equally important role. GYBO and Bastard went hand in hand and definitively spearheaded the whole explosion that followed.

On a personal level, these times were very fun, exciting, inspiring and It was great to meet in person, the faces behind the ‘bootlegs’. It was great to feel part of something that in essence was quite a revolutionary ‘changing of the guard’ in terms of how people listened to (and shared) music.  

Bootleg culture totally coincided with file-sharing / MP3 / iPod / Torrent / Digital Music and challenging of copyright issues. Definitely a media revolution. To be quite blunt, if it wasn’t for The Remix / Boomselection / GYBO / Bastard, I would probably have spent the last 10 years on a park bench drinking shared Cider and cheap wine (if i was lucky).

The GoHomeProductions website? Well, yes i’m very much aware that I gave a fair few people their ‘first taste’ of bootlegs during the initial thrust of The Remix/Boomselection/GYBO, if i’m to believe the emails and interview mentions via other bootleggers over the years. It’s not like I planned it in any way. I just wanted a ‘web home’ to upload my creations to, knowing full well that I was risking the wrath of labels / artists by uploading 50Mb of unsolicited tracks for ‘free’ download. I had some pretty hefty daily traffic in the early days...

~ by acidted on October 30, 2012.

2 Responses to “Bootleg rollercoaster ride: Go Home Productions Interview Pt 1”

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