D&B: Andy C
Unsurprisingly, when The Executioner answers the phone he tells me he’s getting in gear to once again bring the noise. Andy C is in the middle of preparing for another trip to the United States, his second excursion there this year. “I’m just getting ready to go to America so you’ve caught me in packing mode.”
Drum & Bass’s premier DJ is always moving, a whirlwind life of gigs, tours and festivals at home and beyond. When he’s not in a car he’s on a plane. He undoubtedly clocks up some serious air miles over the course of a year. Does he ever use them for an actual holiday? “Every now and again I treat myself.” With a hectic schedule which has taken in the likes of Hideout Festival and Glastonbury, surely he must get a little tired from constantly being on the road? Tiredness is a natural human trait, even for a man who appears in-human with his DJ powers as he does. “The lack of sleep doesn’t really get to you until you slow down. So I try not to slow down. But I see it as a good thing if I’m out there and I’m travelling. That means the music is really healthy and it means people want to hear it so that’s a massive positive.” It’s clear from hearing him talk that the enthusiasm is still there and clearly hasn’t waned. Not simply during the course of a non-stop 2013 but over a career that’s spanned over 15 years.
While Drum & Bass was originally a ‘London ting’ its worldwide popularity has taken it to far reaching corners of the globe. Andy was brought out to Asia for a series of gigs, which according to him was “the first multi date tour they’ve had over there.” Eight countries, eight cities in ten days was the schedule, though the scale of it was a bit of a daunting prospect, unsurprising when there’s no time to get comfortable in one place for too long. “When my team were getting it all together and told me I was gonna be playing in this city one day and this one the next I was like, “You do know Asia isn’t a country it’s a continent!” he laughs.
Ever the professional though he blazed through all the shows, culminating with him playing on The Great Wall Of China. Countries like South Korea and Malaysia aren’t territories known for their understanding of all things 170+. How did he find playing to not so familiar crowds in some of those places? “It’s a completely different vibe to say Europe or America,” he explains. “I didn’t really know what to expect, especially in places like Singapore. But they went crazy! It really exceeded my expectations and I was really blown away.” When Andy landed in Jakarta he was treated like royalty. “I got there and I had a police escort and everything!”
I ask if he feels like he’s a flag bearer for D&B in some regard. Taking it to a part of the world that very rarely, if ever, gets to hear or see such DJ’s is a pretty big undertaking. “I wouldn’t say I’m the flag bearer that goes round the world doing this. Drum & Bass DJ’s travel round the world every weekend don’t they? But while you’re there you’re representing trying to put on the best show possible and making sure everyone has a great time.” Either way he’s certainly helped pave the way for other artists to reach places with the music they never thought possible.