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The fourth guest mix in the podcast series is from Kate Doherty a DJ from Sydney, active for over 10 years supporting a diverse range of underground acts like: Alienata; Tolouse Low Trax; Headless Horseman; Volte-Face; Xhin; DJ Sprinkles; K-Hand; Peter Van Hoesen; Luke Slater; Eric Cloutier; Randomer; Paula Temple; Delano Smith to name a few.
Kate is just at home playing hip hop at a bar gig as much as sharing a festival stage playing industrial strength techno. I'm very excited to share this mix that is experimental in the approach to DJing as much as the actual musical content.
1. Chapter M (karenina) - Thomas Fehlmann (Kompakt)
2. Soft Channel 003 - Giant Claw (Orange Milk Records)
3. Do I (Original Mix) - DVA Damas (Downwards)
4. Twilight Anesthesia - Azar Swan (aufnahme + wiedergabe)
5. Airstrike feat. Shannen SP - Nazar, Shannen SP (Hyperdub)
6. Macho Man - Mr. Incognito (Uncanny Valley)
7. Cloned I (9) - AtomTM (AtomTM Audio Archiv)
8. Deadlock - Objekt (PAN)
9. Level Zero - Max Graef (Tartelet Records)
10. Dignity (Remix) - NHK yx Koyxen (DFA)
11. Fdhiha - Deena Abdelwahed (InFine)
12. Ritual - Boxwork (Shades Recordings)
13,Parallel feat. Buttechno - Flaty, Buttechno (Gost Zvuk)
14. Dazzle Anew - Objekt (PAN)
15. Spitting Brass - Demdike Stare (Modern Love)
16. Shuka - Boxwork (Simply Deep)
17. Dust Storm (Si Begg Remix) - Oliver Way (ePM Music)
18. You See? - Smerz (XL Recordings)
19. Fuck Air Canada - Revlux (Cosmic Tones Records)
20. CauseTheLove - Jongpadawan (Real-Time Solutions)
21. G Step - Roza Terenzi & DJ Zozi (Planet Euphorique )
22. YEK 132-11 - Burnt Friedman, Mohammad Reza Mortazavi (Nonplace)
When I stepped into the techno scene, it was a whole new world. I was around 20, so at the time everything and everyone influenced me; the music; the DJ’s; the parties; the promoters; the punters.
Around that time, my circle of friends grew exponentially and most of my new crew knew a shit load about techno with many already DJing - I learnt a lot from them!
Fundamentally that’s still the same now. I’m still influenced by my peers and the music they produce; the risks they take; the way they challenge themselves and their approach to mixing.
The only difference now is I’m truer to myself if that makes sense? I’m more in touch with what I like; the sounds that absolutely resonate with me. I don’t want to sit in a pocket of predictability, so I look for diversity and movement when I approach my sets. When I first started DJing, it was just straight up techno and it took years to deviate from that one sound; that major influence! I’m now much more interested in creating variety.
I’m also really influenced by my mood and I try to pay a lot of attention to how music affects me/my mood and vice verses as well as how that plays out in my sets/mixes and how I can learn from that and use it to create something different each time.
What was the inspiration for this mix?
You, of course!! When you first mentioned you wanted to start a podcast series, you said you really like the idea of hearing a mix from DJ’s that is different, left of field, a vibe or style that perhaps might not be played at a party.
I haven’t played a set like this out before and while the overall sounds/vibe still sits within the space of the type of music you might know of me, the way I approached the mix is different. It’s not totally seamless, it chops and changes (sometimes dramatically) and some tracks are dropped in completely flipping the mood.
It’s a bit dark and moody too which accurately represents my vibe at the time which was just after the Gillette ad was released and all the comments and grossness that followed. I mean, seriously, what’s the issue with dudes saying to other dudes - don’t be a dick?
You are one of the resident DJ’s for the excellent Sydney promoter House of Mince and you also play regularly at a variety of gigs with varying styles of music, which this mix showcases quite nicely. How do you approach preparation and music selection with these different types of events?
It’s all about the party really. I make sure I have a good understanding of the vibe the promoter is going for. I’ll check out the stuff the other DJ’s are playing, whether that’s listening to mixes they’ve uploaded or if they’ve released music, what they produce and obviously the time slot I’m given plays a massive role in music selection.
In preparing, I’ll always work out the first few tracks and then move from there. Sometimes I pre plan and play exactly the set I’ve planned – that might be because I want to do something really specific for an opening set or I might pre plan if I’m playing before a headliner. At the end of the day, I’ll always make sure I’ve got playlists that span numerous styles so I can easily move through genres and intensity based on what’s happening on the floor.
What are you listening to right now?
Well I’m at work and I have my headphones on but I’m not listening to anything… I’m just trying to tune out all the office sounds so I can concentrate on writing these responses ?
What or who is inspiring you musically and otherwise at the moment?
When I first started playing, my inspiration came from the local DJ’s and it’s the same now. The likes of Andy Garvey who is absolutely nailing it both nationally and internationally (with a release on Lobster Theremin coming out in March) and Magda Bytnerowicz who recently played at Panorama Bar!
And then there is a massive number of people who really are working tirelessly to fight for our nightlife and dance community/culture! Much respect!
Where can we see or hear your next project? Any upcoming releases or gigs?
I’ve got a couple of great gigs coming up!
Friday 15th Feb – Rhapsody’s 2nd Birthday at the Sly Fox with Assembler code, yourself and Abi.
Friday 22nd Feb – Secret Garden Festival (the last one ever) featuring a massive line up, including Femanyst AKA Lady Blacktronika
Saturday 23 Feb – Control featuring Anastasia Kristensen; Lady Blacktronika; Sveta and Estee Louder
Anything else you would like to share?
What is going on in our beloved city is a shitty state of affairs but people power can and will turn things around! We all just have to get involved! There are a couple of ways to keep up-to-date with what is going on and how we can contribute: Join the Keep Sydney Open facebook page or subscribe to their emails.
Sign the Don’t Kill Live Music petition and join the Don’t Kill Live Music facebook group.
There is also a rally on 21st Feb at Hyde Park in Sydney from 6pm.
Also most importantly the NSW state election is coming up March. Let’s VOTE these mother fuckers out!