EDLX Spotlight #21: Alan Fitzpatrick -
We hooked up with Alan to talk music, studio, releases and have a good listen to his brand new electric deluxe podcast…
EDLX: How did you start producing and when?
AF: I started producing 10 years ago, at home in my bedroom. Then I enrolled on a music technology course for a year and bought a studio and started from there. I was really eager to get started so I took out a small loan and bought all the equipment I could afford. Even back then I was making music with Dave Robertson – he was on the same course as me so it made sense to work together as we were into the same things and started at the same time. Back then I was using Cubase with VFT’s and an old Akai sampler, a big Makki mixing desk and Yamaha NS10 monitors. Pretty soon after I started using Reason One.
EDLX: What is your approach to putting the tracks together in the studio?
AF: I usually start with a four bar loop including the kick, bass, percussion. Then I build on from that with synth lines or vocals and effects but get everything together in one loop and then id look at how I would compose the track from there. Once I get the loop together its quite easy to get the sound right but then the arrangement after that is harder. Sequencing is the real work. Making the loops is just fun. Sometimes I go into the studio knowing what I want to make but that often changes during the process. That said I find it is important to have some idea otherwise you can get lost and what you make sounds rubbish.
EDLX: Can you describe your sound?
AF: I really hate answering this question… but my management have been using the phrase “heavy funk” recently in my press releases.. Everything I do tends to have a heavy bass and strong groove with a good bit of wiggle.
EDLX: Can you reference some of your influences?
AF: For me my musical inspiration started in the 80’s listening to the first electronic sounds. People like David Bowie, Herbie Hancock, Phil Collins, Human League, Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk… when I first heard music that used drum machines and synths it was by these artists.
EDLX: What do you listen to when you are not producing music?
AF: All of the above plus some more modern stuff. Examples of things I’ve been listening to lately have been Gotye, Sub Track, Burial, The Black Keys, Little Dragon, Boards Of Canada and Crazy P.
EDLX: What have been your gig highlights of the last 6 months?
AF: Playing New York, Los Angeles and Detroit was a real experience. Drumcode shows in London on Halloween and at Berghain in November were amazing. Fabric on NYE was personally a big show for me being from UK and having been a punter at Fabric so many times. Just the other week I was in Colombia with Joseph Capriati and this was my first time in South America and now I have been bitten by the bug so I hope to be back there again soon.
EDLX: What is your electric deluxe top ten from the back catalogue?
AF: In no particular order…
Gary Beck – Egoist
Phil Kieran – Empty Vessels (Gary Beck Remix)
Back Pack Poets – Objective G
Speedy J – Shoegaze (Speedy J Tool)
Brendon Moeller – Wanderer (Jonas Kopp Remix)
Speedy J & Chris Liebing – Maggie
Terence Fixmer – Dance Like Paranoid (Marcel Dettmann Remix)
Phil Kieran & Jochem Paap – Paint & Chemicals Dept (Bonus Mix)
Terence Fixmer – Drastik (Planetary Assault Systems Remix)
Echologist – Freak
EDLX: Who surprises you the most when you play with them? Who is pulling out records that you don’t know?
AF: Well, I play a lot in Germany and there are a lot of guys there who only play vinyl so I am always picking up names of artists or labels that are new to me from the music they play. There is one guy who DJs under the name of Axel Foley in Pforzheim whom I was really impressed with recently. Other than that I’d have to say Adam Beyer. Whenever we play together I am always surprised by tracks he played and sometimes they are things I have already but they just sound different when he plays them!
EDLX: At EDLX one part of releases has been tools. Do you make tools for your own DJ sets are you playing lots of edits?
AF: Yeah, I’ve done a few bootleg mixes of things and a few special versions of my own releases. For example, I did a remix of Funk D’Void’s Diabla and Mark Broom’s Meltin Pot which never got released but always go down really well in my sets.
EDLX: Your EP on Dumcode is out now, ‘Life Through Different Eyes’, would you like to tell us about it?
AF: Id say it has been a really important release for me. I trued to make something which was a bit more mature than what had come before and I took a few risks too by using vocals etc but it seems to have paid off really well. It was my first solo number one on Beatport and all the feedback I have had has been really complimentary.