[dB2015 MIX #3] Alan Fitzpatrick
Performing Saturday, September 26th at Q Nightclub as part of the 12th Annual Decibel Festival Showcase: dB After-Hours 3
A universally respected and in-demand producer, Fitzpatrick has succeeded in carving out his own musical niche within the ever-expanding genre of techno, earning him the reputation of a seemingly unstoppable source of hit music. Tracks such as ‘Truant’, ‘Skeksis’, ‘For An Endless Night’, ‘Always Something For Nothing’ and ‘Reflections’ all topped the charts over the last six years, drawing high praise from peers and tastemakers across genre divides for the vibrancy, originality and inventiveness that has come to characterize Alan Fitzpatrick’s music. We spoke with him on the phone about the exclusive mix he made for Decibel, his thoughts on the evolution of techno, and the influences on his music.
How and where was the mix recorded?
I chose to record one of my most recent shows and use that for the podcast. The show I recorded happened on Saturday 8th August at Insomnia beach festival which happens at Perla Beach on The Black Sea coast at Primorsko in Bulgaria. The party is hosted by Metropolis, a very well known Bulgarian promoter who have been working hard for 20 years to build a fantastic electronic music scene in the country and organize the best parties.
Can you tell us about the idea behind the mix?
As this mix was going to be broadcast as a podcast for you guys at Decibel Festival I wanted to give you something that comes close to expressing the experience of coming to see me DJ live. I knew I could trust Stefan and Jassen to throw an amazing event and I believe the energy and enthusiasm of the party really comes across in the recording so that people who are going to Decibel can get a taste of what is to come.
For over 30 years, Techno has remained relevant while avoiding mainstream popularity for the most part. What makes techno such a sustainable genre? How do you feel it’s changed over the years?
This is an interesting question to consider as I imagine if you speak to most people who have experience of techno during the past 30 years, or at least an understanding of the genre reaching back across that time period, they would say that right now techno is as mainstream as it has ever been and that as a musical genre and a movement it has changed an awful lot.
For me, I think the sustainability of the genre has a lot to do with the fact that the ethos of techno has always been to keep things simple. Everything from the minimalistic music structure to the preference for understated stylistics and approaches means that right at the heart of techno there is a desire to keep things simple and as everyone knows, if you keep things simple then it is unlikely that matters will get out of hand.
Regarding how much the scene has changed, I have to say that in the most part I am OK with the changes that have occurred. I have never been what you might call a techno purist. My musical background is way to varied for me to be able to adopt the single-minded attitude of a purist and I’ve always attempted to bring this varied legacy into my music, so having a dynamic and open-minded scene works for me. I will also be totally honest and say that as one of the generation of artists who has benefited most from the popularization of the genre I would be a hypocrite if I criticized the commercialization of the genre over the years, as without this happening it would not be possible for me to do what I love as a job and make a living from writing music and DJing.
Which artists/tracks have influenced your productions?
My productions are very much a product of the music that I grew up with. The artists I have been influenced by most over the years are Prince and David Bowie. Maybe not the most obvious choices for a techno producer but this is the reality. I listened to a lot of their music as a kid and I still do now. They are my musical heroes. I am also very inspired by the music that characterized the rave scene in the early 1990’s. This was the first electronic music I became hooked on and I try to capture the spirit of those pioneering records when I write my tracks.
Which artist(s) are you excited to see on the Decibel line-up this year?
I won’t get to see them as they play on a different day to me but I am a big fan of Bob Moses and Clark. Bob Moses played before me at Found Festival London in June and I saw some video of Clark’s new show at Bloc Festival in March and I really enjoyed both live sets. Right now I am very into finding ways to bring more of a live element into my performance and I will for sure be doing a live show to accompany my next album.
What are your plans for the rest of the year?
I am actually going to be in North American quite a lot over the coming months for some big festival shows including Decibel of course as well as Electric Zoo New York, Nocturnal Wonderland Los Angeles, TomorrowWorld Atlanta and Something Wicked Houston plus I will be fulfilling an ambition by playing all-night-long at the legendary at Stereo in Montreal and I get the honour of being the first guest at a new club in Washington DC called Soundcheck. All very exciting!
Away from life on the road I have lots more music to come in 2015 with a single due on the Whistleblower label I run with Reset Robot and Rhymos, an EP for Steve O’Sullivans seminal Mosaic label and another EP for Drumcode. There will also be remixes for Hypercolour and BPitch Control and Pan-Pot. Busy, busy, busy…
See Alan Fitzpatrick, Saturday, September 26th at the dB After-Hours 3 showcase with Drumcell, Truncate, and Raíz.
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