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295 – Simon Baker


Shhh. Whisper it quietly, but before tech-house became a dirty codeword for cheesy electronica there was a set of practitioners particularly based in the UK who were managed to seamlessly harness a cross-pollination of the best sounds  of electronic music biggest scenes – Techno and House.

At the forefront of the genre-bending was none other than Simon Baker. Releasing a series of category defying efforts on the sadly defunct Infant Records he founded both himself and by others such as Paul Woolford and Burnski; he’s a DJ and producer who’s been determined to do it his own way. Since Infant, he’s gone on to become one of the respected figures in electronic music and the Leeds man has gone on to play some of the worlds most illustrious clubs from  London’s Fabric to  Berlin’s Panorama  Bar and Watergate. So it was with great excitement that we nabbed a podcast with the London based maestro ahead of his upcoming gig at Return to The Future in the Capital with Derrick May and Boddika! Listen up as your ears are in for a treat!

Sum up this podcast in 10 words… A mix of some of my favourite tunes from past months.  What’s your personal favourite track on it?  I really love this……MMM Meets Tshetsha Boys. Heard it in Panorama Bar once, sounded amazing. What’s the special ingredient in this mix? Kept it slow and fairly deep for home listening vibes. That’s how I like them anyway. What’s the best gig you’ve played recently?  BPM festival in  Playa Del Carmen, even with the nora virus thing. Hot and cold sweats on the beach ain’t cool! What have you got coming up? A couple more releases with Sasha’s label Last Night On Earth. Also about to kick of nofitstate as a label, and also have some exciting new collaborations on the horizon. If you’re in London you can catch me playing at Return to the Future this Friday with Derrick May, Boddika and Robert James. And finally, do you have a special message for our readers?  Thanks for reading, hope you enjoy the mix as much as i did making it.

Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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