GYBO Interviews Redux: “Doing remixes exposed me to the mash-up community” Robb Idiotech Pt 1


And another in the slight return of GYBO interviews. Here we have another artist – Idiotech (Robb Masters) – inspired in part by Soulwax on XFM, who ended up on GYBO and thence to club Bastard. But unlike most, he did mash ups as a by product of remixes.

1. How the devil are you? And what’s the weather like in Camden?

I’m good, thanks. It’s cold, but no snow here yet. Although naturally a few flakes is enough to disrupt the UK’s airports, so I’m hoping I can get to Barcelona tomorrow…

2. How did you get involved in music?

I took a few piano lessons as a kid (which I hated) then one guitar lesson, before deciding to teach myself. I joined bands on keyboards, guitar, bass, vocals, whatever (regardless of whether I could really play) and just kept at it. Then one day I discovered The Remix on XFM, while driving across London on a Sunday afternoon. (I think Soulwax had done a half-hour mix for the show.) And I was hooked.

Soon afterwards, I heard Aqualung’s “Strange & Beautiful” on a TV ad, and decided it needed a remix – so had a go at putting one together. XFM played it. Aqualung’s label loved it. And I thought “hmm, maybe I’m onto something here…”

3. I don’t know how you feel about mash-ups these days. But how did you get involved in doing them?

Lots of people seemed to go from mash-ups to remixes; I went the other way around. Doing remixes exposed me to the mash-up community, so it was inevitable that I’d make a few myself…

4. What role, if any, did Boom Selection or GYBO (in any of its various guises) play?

While Boom Selection also played a key role in getting bootlegs to a wider audience, it was from listening to The Remix on Xfm, I heard about GYBO, and from joining GYBO that I discovered Bastard. So, for me, The Remix, GYBO and Bastard were the three essential pillars of “the scene”. The radio show where we’d hope to hear our tracks get played, the online community where we’d get to know who else was doing the same thing (and hear each other’s tracks), and the club night (and the pre-club drinks) where we’d meet up in real life – and get a chance to DJ.

5. You used the Pop BaSTARd alias for a couple of classic bootlegs, as if doing pop bootlegs wasn’t cool even then. Was that the case?

It wasn’t that they weren’t cool, but they were very different to what I was doing as idiotech. I was also talking to a couple of labels about official remixes, and didn’t want that to be compromised by some cheeky mash-ups. (Ironically, they’d probably have helped more than they hindered!)

Tomorrow, we talk about favourites and club Bastard.

~ by acidted on December 7, 2012.

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