Podcast #104 – Jane Fitz

Voici un podcast ultime pour rentrée fade et morose. Jane Fitz, activiste de l’underground londonien, organisatrice des soirées Night Moves et présentatrice radio sur My House Your House, nous offre une heure trente de petites perles. C’est du yoga ce mix, on prend un malin plaisir à respirer calmement baigné dans une bulle deep aux remous acid d’une sincérité singulière. Elle jouera le 20 Septembre au Batofar pour Bastion avec à ses côtés Resom & Alienata, une soirée immanquable car aventureuse. En prime, une interview plus bas pour en savoir plus sur cette talentueuse anglaise!

INTERVIEW :

 

- Could you tell us where do you come from and where do you live now?

 

Jane Fitz : I live in Hackney, which is about 15minutes away from where I grew up, in Barking. In between I’ve lived all over London, and in Hong Kong.

 

- Do you remember your first contact with music, the oldest one and your first contact with electronic music?

 

JF : Either hearing my older brother’s records, or my mum’s, or in my dad’s car. Electronic music? Not sure, but I remember my dad having one of those demonstration cassettes made by Elka synthesizers, so that is probably it. My childhood was mid70s-early 80s, so there were lots of disco and early synth pop bands on TV or radio every week back then. I loved any bands with banks of synthesizers, the more the better really.

 

- The thing in music you’re the most proud of?

 

JF : Probably standing on stage doing a recorder solo when i was 9. I had the balls for that back then. Right now I’m super proud of Night Moves, the party i co-run in London with my friend Jade, and more than anything else, the people who come to it – the dedication and support we’ve had from our crowd has built with each one, and the parties just get more and more special because of that. You have to be proud if you make people happy, through something as personal as music. That’s a buzz.

 

- Could you compare share music through radio and through a sound system?

 

JF : To me there really is no difference. Playing music for other people to hear, rather than just for yourself, is a direct communication between you and the listener. It doesn’t really matter which medium I use, because the message is always the same, meaning, it’s from me and no-one else. The difference is the response you get. Through a sound system, you can actively see people respond physically to what they hear. You don’t have that with radio, you don’t know what people are doing while they’re listening. Or if anyone is there at all.

 

- Your definition of “deep”?

 

JF : If you mean in music, I can’t really define it for anyone else but myself. It’s an abstract warmth and feeling, not a strict set of parameters. And what I think is deep someone else might disagree with. Right now, sadly, it’s an over-used term some people use to sell music, that is usually anything but.

 

- You played awesome djsets at Freerotation Festival, how did you built them?

 

JF : Thank you. Glad you enjoyed it. I spend a lot of time choosing records for each set but I never know what order in which they’re going to come out of my bag. But I do try to pack records with a crowd and party and venue and location in mind. So for this year at Freero I thought, it’s friday night, everyone will be excited as it’s the first night, and I didn’t want it to be too serious – I wanted to make it a party. This was my fourth year playing so I thought I would set myself a challenge to just play records 20-25 years old, but still with surprises, so trying to avoid obvious ‘classics’. I packed a lot of old UK and Italian house, a little bit of bleep and hardcore, quite a few oddball acid records. People seemed to like it – the room was packed. I had a really good time as a lot of my friends were in the crowd too, just really going for it. At one point I remember just shouting ‘It’s a rave!’ because that’s what it felt like. I had fun. I played on Sunday too, and that started out a bit weird and electronic and downtempo, building up to house by the end. I was on before Matt Pond, who is a friend, and he told me I was knocking out the balearic dream music. It was a pisstake, but in all honesty he wasn’t far off.

 

- What’s the best dj you saw and why ?

 

JF : That’s easy. United Future Organisation, Ministry of Sound, 1995, on a Thursday night. That was the first time I heard Djs playing absolutely anything and making it work. Layering percussion and strange tribal noises, sound effects, spoken word with jazz and soul and house so i couldn’t really tell what was going on, on the best sound system in London, with very strange film projections. I don’t think anyone will ever beat that, it was a one-off. An inspirational set and one I still think about to this day, almost 20 years later.

 

- You gonna play with Resom & Alienata for BASTION in Paris, what do you expect of this gig? is it your first time in France?

 

JF : I’m excited. Batofar has such an amazing history so I’m very excited to play there. I’ve played in Paris before, and I used to run an annual 3-day party in Provence too, but this will be something special I’m sure. I have never heard either of them live so I’m very keen to check them out too.

 

- Any advice to be a good dj?

 

JF : Take risks. Play from the heart, not the head. And buy records you like, not what you think other people will like. Obvious things, if you give a shit.

 

- Your projects to come?

 

JF : More Night Moves parties (we have our first one in Berlin on October 5 and another one in London this winter). More writing (i’m researching a book about radio and this is coming together now). A new party called Normal Behaviour that i’m starting with two friends who are both Djs I really rate, Carl Hardy and John Hanley. It will just be us playing records together, but definitely not just straight up house or techno, so we’re hoping to attract open-minded people so we don’t have to compromise, and so maybe we can go a bit out-there. It will be a Sunday afternoon at Dance Tunnel for the first two, which is a great space with a great system. The first one is October 20. And also, releasing records with my friend Dom Ahtuam as Invisible Menders. We have a few coming soon.

 

Thank you Jane, rendez-vous at Bastion!

 

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