I was never in it for a career: Ian Fondue Interview

Interview with bootlegger (mash up artist) Ian Fondue (Ian Lloyd), who was a club Bastard stalwart and sometime Radio Clash co-host. We talk about dildo jousting and musical development.

1. How the devil are you? Not too shabby. Thanks for asking.

2. How did you get into music generally and bootlegs specifically? Music has been a phased thing for me – I’ll occasionally hear something that just amazes me and I’ll want to hear/know more.

First stuff I remember liking was rap around the time of Ice T’s Power and Iceberg albums.

Then rave from Midlands pirate radio, especially Acen.

Then Chemical Beats and the whole Annie Nightingale / Heavenly Social pre-big beat scene – first time I heard something and thought that was the sound I wanted to make.

Blur’s Girls and Boys got me into the Britpop thing.

Boards of Canada and Mogwai would have been next, and a couple of years later being amazed by the Beta band live.

Alan Braxe and Fred Falke’s Intro.

Bootlegs were sort of by accident.

Graeme Fondue and I were DJing at university and heading down to London for the Heavenly Jukebox, Big Kahuna Burger, Popscene, Automatic nights that mixed up indie and dance, with a no musical rules eclectic feel to them. We were hearing sets with heavily overlaid mixes going on and thought it would be a good idea to make some battle weapons in that style to play out.

Dave at Popscene (Later IDC on GYBO) was doing some segues like Soup Dragons – I’m free into Fatboy Slim – Gangsta tripping that he had pre-mixed using Acid. So we had a go at that and realized you could go the next step and make it a whole track rather than just an extended mix.

Around the same time we saw the Flying Dewaele Brothers in Camden (Soulwax’s first DJ alias IIRC) and heard a couple of 15 minute mini-Superchunks on the Remix by Freelance Hellraiser, and it was the same sort of thing we were making. Eddy TM mentioned on air that Freelance Hellraiser would be playing at something called King of the Boots so we went down to that, met Mike (cartel) and Johnny, enjoyed the sets and thought there was some fun to be had in making some more mixes.

3. What role did Boomselection / GYBO play? Boomselection was useful, when I discovered it. After hours of rummaging around the web to find tracks (I have memories of working out how to rip streaming Real Audio from the Soulwax site to get their tracks), it was good to have somewhere that was dedicated to putting up the things I was hearing and loving on the Remix, at Bastard, etc … They let us know when the next Bastard would be. They even put up some of the tracks we posted to them, so that was cool.

GYBO I got told about at Bastard, and lurked for a bit before getting involved on that. In terms of music it didn’t really make an impact for us.

It all gets a it blurry as to whether I spoke to people at Bastard or on GYBO first, but I am fortunate to have made some good friends from the whole thing. As I mention later, for me part of the whole fun of Bastard was having GYBO as a pre/post event forum to chat about the night. The banter and community were great to be a part of.

On a slight tangent, one example of the ways GYBO felt like a real community was the reaction to the 7/7 bombing in London. The site had a lot of smart, informed people who came from a multitude of walks of life. I was stuck out outside central London on that day, but I was getting better information and faster on GYBO than I could from the traditional news sites. After things like the Arab Spring, we rather take global community events for granted. That wasn’t the case then, without the reach of twitter and facebook. Seeing people from a global community coming together to find out if people were ok and what was going on was a truly great thing to behold.

4. How did club Bastard come about? And why was it’s location at the Asylum essential to its appeal? Bastard was the growth / evolution of King of the Boots I guess.

First memory of going there was walking around the area and not noticing it, because it’s down some steps in a basement under a newsagents.

I think the best clubs are not pretentious, and are dark and sweaty (See early Heavenly Social nights for the only other time I’ve felt the same vibe) and the Asylum delivered. Having it just north of Oxford Street and free entry helped, as did having no room between the floor and the DJs.

You’d get this incredible mix of online producers, clubbers and random people just hearing the sound from outside and deciding to come in and see what was going on. And having no care for the rules of what a club was ‘supposed’ to be like – playing off a couple of battery powered CD walkmen was certainly a first. I think Audio Shrapnel did one of the most fun takes on this for one of his sets – walked up to the decks with a carrier bag, took out a CD -R, put it in and pressed play. He then just stood there for an hour as the place went mental with a beatific grin on his face. It wasn’t about the gear or the technical skills, it was about the end result and the fun.

Part of the appeal to me as well was the whole event – talking to mates in the pub beforehand, having a fun night with lots of tunes you haven’t heard before, and seeing the photos / chat of the following days on GYBO. The ‘Last night of Bastard’ DVD is worth a watch as it sort of captures a typical night out at the Asylum pretty well – although a lot less hot and sweaty than the real thing.

5. Act of Dog has talked about Pope hats, paper hats made from hardcore gay porn, dildo jousting, bread, ‘Rich’s Dad’ playing harmonica, pole dancing and the ‘Specials’.”. Would you like to explain any of these?

More detail – yes. Explain would come under ‘You had to be there to see why it could have possibly made any sense’.

Another part of the fun of the Asylum was people like Jo Zephyr bringing along random props each month to give out to people. As far as I know, this was just because they enjoyed doing it. And it really added to the feel of the night. It isn’t something I’ve encountered anywhere else in London clubbing. It was these free props that explain the bread and the hats.

I have a vague memory of Dave Starsky wearing a military helmet with dildos taped to it (As you do when going to the Asylum …) that led to someone liberating them for some on-floor jousting.

The Specials were just that – one large glass topped to brimming with spirits. Great fun on the evening, maybe not so clever the next day. Probably led to more use of the dance pole in the Asylum than you’d otherwise expect. ‘Rich’s dad’ was exactly the sort of thing that only seemed to happen at the Asylum. You got this chap turn up (who if squinted at after a Special might just about vaguely resemble Stinkin’ Rich’s dad) stand next to the DJ decks, pull out a harmonica and start playing along to whatever track was being played, stomping his foot to the beat.

Other random things that jump to mind – the place going ballistic to Loo & Placido dropping NWA on the French invasion night, Matt Catt’s teapot dancing, Lumpy’s horse head.

6. What’s music’s role for you now? Same as it always has been really – still enthused and excited by hearing things I like, and making my own tracks.

I’ve got loads of ideas for electro filter house and hip hop tracks clogging up the hard drive, and need to get around to turning them into something more than 30 second loops.

Doing a bit of DJing for fun in east London.

Occasionally make something bootleg related; I was never in it for a career, just to make something that sounded good and was fun, so if something comes out that sounds OK then it gets posted.

Here’s a recent bootleg:

Gossip & Fred Falke Vs. Jessie J – Gossimo (Ian Fondue)

And a Free download: Ian Fondue – Kiss You

Katy Perry – I Kissed a Girl
Cee Lo Green – F**k you

And, finally, there’s a long mix he did following the closure of GYBO at Mixcloud.

~ by acidted on November 3, 2012.

2 Responses to “I was never in it for a career: Ian Fondue Interview”

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