show which featured a different guest mix each week and had no great desire to play outside of that environment until I got offered a slot at one of the early legendary Creation raves towards the end of the decade. Once that had given me a little taste for playing out, I wanted more! Soon my first proper club gig took place at D-Fuse [formerly Fusion] in the basement of McGraths on O’Connell Street, which was a breeding ground for new DJ’s around that time.
What are you thoughts on the Irish electronic scene at the moment?
It’s probably the healthiest it has been in a while and unlike the rest of Ireland it looks like it’s going to get better before it gets worse! Lakker, Sunil Sharpe, Slowburn, TR One and Fran Harnett are just some of the producers who have begun to get the international recognition that the truly deserve and long may it continue. Lunar Disko and All City are already well established labels the world over. While I can see a new generation of producers like P-Hocto, Conan O’Donnell, Shane Linehan and labels such as Earwiggle and Apartment Records waiting in the wings. On the club side of things there seems to be more new nights [and days!] popping up now than during the boom times or maybe I was just oblivant to them back then. One thing the scene does lack at present is an active after hour promoter. It’s been too long since the last big warehouse or outdoor rave.
What changes have you seen throughout the years?
Internationally up until he went minimal AKA shit! Richie Hawtin was the best DJ I’ve ever seen. I was lucky enough to hear him the first time he played in Ireland at the best Thursday night club Dublin has ever had ‘Mars Needs Women’:) Each of his subsequent Irish sets went on to blow my mind that little bit more than his last with his first appearance in the Ambassador and his Homelands set doing particular long term damage. Oddly enough it was around the time that he played Electric City that I started to lose interest in him but I still always keep an ear out in hope that someday he returns to his glory days [a long shot I know!]
Locally Sunil Sharpe is the best Irish DJ I’ve come accross. When I first saw him play back in the late nineties I knew straight away that I was witnessing someone as cheesy as it sounds that was born to DJ. Just like Ronnie O’Sullivan makes it look so easy to play snooker, Sunil is one of those rare talents that make’s DJing look and sound effortless. Honourable mentions must go to Aiden Kelly who first got me into Dance music and Billy Scurry who was a major influence on me [and most Dublin DJ’s] in the years that followed.
Never work with children, animals or Simon Conway. Ha ha…only kidding! I suppose the whole process was one big learning curve. Neither of us had any experience or qualifications in putting on events before we started. We simply made it up as we went along, yes there were times when we learnt the hard way but there were also moments when it made us feel like we were on top of Liberty Hall. We had been influenced by clubs like The Temple of Sound, D1 and U:Mack but we never seeked advice from these promoters out of fear and respect. Anyway, we were always going to try and do it our own way. That was our buzz.
Finally, what can we expect from your set at Bump this year?
Firstly, I’d like to say a big thanks to Bump crew for inviting me down. I’ve heard nothing but good reports from their killer Micronite parties. I’ve played around the country many times over the years but this will only be my second time in Limerick [the first was a pretty forgettable gig in the Trinity Rooms] so I’m very excited to be finally playing at Dolans. I’m opening the night before Kr!z from the mesmerising Token Records so I will be building the techno up nicely
for him to bring it up a gear before Reeko totally destroys that famous Dolans dancefloor 🙂