Could you please introduce yourself to our listeners?

I make and play music as Gramrcy. It’s not my real name, but it’s not far off.

What’s the idea behind your mix?

I really enjoy playing music that’s all about momentum and energy – that’s what excites me. Hopefully that can be heard and felt in this mix.

How did you approach that concept?

How it works at the moment is I’ll put together a playlist in iTunes made up of things I’ve bought or been sent digitally and records I’ve ripped. I’ll shuffle those around until an order starts to take shape. From there it’s a process of playing around on the turntables, adding and/or removing tracks and trying out different approaches until i’m happy. Then i’ll do a live recording and hope for the best.

When and where did you start djing and producing and how has it evolved over the time?

I started DJing while at university in Bath, playing fairly questionable dance music on a cracked copy of Ableton and a broken midi controller. Since figuring out how to beatmatch during a summer break I’ve moved onto playing what I hope are less questionable records.

I started producing around the same kind of time, with that same copy of Ableton. It all started from editing songs to play in my sets. Eventually the edits got more and more involved until at some point they turned into original productions.

Is there a record that triggered your interest in collecting music or even start to perform in front of an audience?

I always enjoyed dance music growing up, I just didn’t know it was ‘dance music’ at the time. My mother was a big fan of those clubby, poppy records from the 90s (M People, Ultra Nate, Shakedown etc), but because I only heard this stuff on the radio (and because I was not yet a teenager) I had no concept of clubbing or club culture. It was when that whole French Electro thing kicked off with Justice and Institubes and Surkin etc in the mid-00s that I dove in properly. It made sense to DJ with this music and play it to people – that felt like the whole point. Much of the music from that period hasn’t aged too well, but the intensity of it certainly rubbed off on me.

Where are are you living right now? (if you moved away from home, please tell us why and how it’s different now)

Originally from the UK, I’ve been hanging out in Berlin for the last year and a half now. I was living and working in London for a year before I moved, kind of as an experiment for myself. I quickly realised it wasn’t for me, and wanted to move someplace where I would have the time and space to do the things I want to do. At the moment, Berlin is that place.

Where there certain spots / spaces / places / clubs that had an early impact on you?

When I first started going out, it was places like Dusk Till Dawn (RIP) and Consortium (RIP) in Bournemouth, and Moles in Bath that I would go to dance, and later, to play. But I think it was moving to Bristol after university that really pushed me in this direction. It was here I met Shanti (Celeste) while she was working at Idle Hands. I ended up being part of Housework, a night run by her and our friend Alex (and now Daisy). We moved the party around a lot, but it was our time at a place called Motorcycle Showrooms (RIP) that really made me aware of the power and freedom that comes from getting people together in a room to dance.

What creative path do you follow for each label you release on?

I still feel like i’m trying to find my way when it comes to the music I make. As a result everything i’ve released seems quite wildly different (to me at least). But to be honest that’s something I’m cool with. Things change. Hopefully each release makes sense in and of itself though.

What are your projects for the next time?

A collaboration with Hodge should be coming out later this year, made in-between endless table-tennis sessions while he was visiting Berlin over the summer. Besides that, organising more Housework parties in Berlin and Bristol, and trying to turn all these loops into finished tracks, as ever.

Finally, what’s the last record before the lights are switched on?

At the moment, Nukumori by Petrichor has been my go-to ender. Provides just the right amount of hopeful melancholy to send everyone home with.

Tracklist

SW – Untitled B1
Fontane – Jungle Fever
Mathew Jonson – Decompression (Konrad Black’s ‘Decompresha’ Remix)
Ford Foster – Hold It In
Call Super – Migrant (Think Edit)
D-IX – All The Right Moves
Jeffrey Boomhauer – MANOSQUE
Buttechno – silent e
Will & Ink – First Fermat
Claudio Coccoluto – Dance On Merengue
Tube Jerk – Tube Jerk
Cadency – Here, Us
Borai – Energize
brokntoys – Tool Matter
Final Cut – The Escape
Tomás Urquieta – Koob
Throbbing Gristle – Persuasion (Happa’s Kind Of 4 The Floor Edit)
Skee Mask – Torpor 12 (Session)
Chase Smith – 342 Miles Away

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