How did you two meet?
Gigs, nights out, on the Leeds scene and then in London. Mutual love of good sounds. can you tell us a bit about bands been in together?For a couple of years we played together in Riddles, a somewhat notorious psychedelic rock band from London. Fun times. More recently in Magic Moss – watch this space!
So, your musical adventures started when playing in a band together, how did the DJ’ing come about?
The Raven: A couple of reasons: we both yearned for a night that would play 60’s grooves into heavier sounds to rock out to… and then we missed taking records out to a night, feeding off a crowd, making people dance and freak out.
Acid Alex: Totally agree with Dave. It’s that thing… you want to rock out… but then again, you also want to dance! Most nights/venues don’t get this ratio right, and as the two of us both have a serious vinyl addiction, the time felt right to start spinning tunes together again.
Magic Moss at The Jonesing Jams ‘Fireball’ – by Ben White
What kinds of music do you guys listen to?
The Raven: As a guitarist I’m hugely into Hendrix, Page, early Clapton, Jeff Beck, Dave Gilmour. But, I love everything up to present day. Good music is good music. I love the ‘feeling’ of a track, regardless of genre, which is what I enjoy most about DJ’ing, especially with Alex where he’s on the same level and surprises me with something I’ve not heard before but totally carries the vibe.
Acid Alex: Big big into anything cosmic, groovy + experimental. Lover of psychedelic rock, progressive rock, garage, krautrock, spiritual jazz, fusion and world music. Although I love all formats of vinyl, the humble 7″ will always remain my favourite, with all my selections for this playlist coming direct from my 7″ box!
As DJs you must always be on the look out for hidden gems, whether that be new or old tunes. How do you hunt for new music?
The Raven: Record shops, gigs, online. Whilst it’s never been easier to discover new music, with Spotify etc, still nothing beats going out crate-digging, uncovering rare gems or take a chance on something because you know the label or producer. That moment when the needle touches the record, a physical connection between you and the music coming to life… it’s a special magic.
Acid Alex: Again, agree with Dave totally here… Apart from the Spotify thing – Spotify sucks! They didn’t have half the tracks I bloody chose today. When it comes to physical though, it’s all about Discogs in my eyes, I’ve discovered so much obscure music on there, and as a result managed to buy many different records from all over the world!
Your playlist – what can we expect?
A scenic trip of 60’s cuts through to 70’s and beyond – Rare and heavy sounds, mystical beats, groovy stuff to freak out to! VINYL ALL THE WAY, NO COMPROMISE!
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