Peaky Beats Presents
Peaky Beats Presents is a brand new mix series with the intent to promote artists & dj's we follow closely , and believe deserve your support due to their unique sound, artistic integrity, & music community work.
Peaky Beats Presents ASQUITH
Lobster Theremin founder Asquith has blessed us with an hour of uplifting, hi energy ukg to kick off the new year!
With a heap of new music scheduled to come out on his various platforms & artist names over the next 12 months - Asquith remains a constant force of positive energy.
How did you start dj’ing/ producing/ labels?
I bought a pair of Technics 1210s out the back of a drug dealers car while at uni in Newcastle in 2006. I didn't go to uni for like two months, I just practiced with the same 10-15 records everyday.
I started producing when I was in a band as we wanted a cheap and effective way to record. I had a trial version of Ableton and a little M-audio soundcard. At some point I was practicing in my room and was hitting the guitar and sat on the floor with the pedals just tweaking them and making these proper out there sounds and was like "I should probably buy a synthesizer instead". Shortly after I took my first pill at a friend's basement party and that was that. All I wanted to do was go out.
I promoted nights for years before finally deciding to start a label. When I did it was to release my friend Jay (Palms Trax)'s music and from there I just worked really hard and as smart as possible. Took a fearless attitude and just worked my ass off and carved out as many opportunities for myself as possible. It's crazy to think how far that has come :)
Why are you doing what you’re doing?
Nothing else gave me the energy to get out of bed. Following a bout of glandular fever at uni I definitely was way more fatigued and looking back definitely had undiagnosed depression and anxiety. There were a lot of difficult times in my family around then so it was just me in my bed at uni not going to lectures, reading solidly everyday and listening to music then going out a few nights a week. I promoted the first gig we did when I was in a band and I just got hooked on it. Nothing to do with organisation, management or being responsible had ever made me feel that way and I just wanted to keep doing it more and more. Then starting to DJ and produce gave me more drive and on top of that I was writing and editing the music section for the uni paper. I kinda did a degree outside of my degree if I'm honest haha
What have you got coming up this year?
Absolutely loads! I've done a whopper amount of A&R for Lobster and I'm now passing the bulk of my responsibilities on to Ian (A&R and Label Manager) and Rosy (Label Director and General Manager) so I'll be doing less day-to-day at Lobster. This then means I have more time to instigate longer term goals and projects, but also to have more time for solo endeavours, which leads me on to...
Tons of Asquith 2021 news. I'm announcing ASQ007 next week which is again a bit different from my previous work if not entirely detached. There are a couple of jungle tracks on there (one which is heavily Tim Reaper approved :) Shouts to Ed for the encouragement!) The A1 is a hefty stepped club jobby. Somewhere between 2009 Joy O and Ilian Tape with a splash of MIT blippy synth work - and that is being way too flattering haha.
I'm starting my new label Higher Power in April to showcase my own tracks and also that of other artists. I'm going to be more selective and there won't be any demo submission for this one/ I'm picking artists whose sound I connect to on more than just a label level and who I feel a kinship with to their sound, vibe, approach.etc.
There should also be more DJ Mountain Dad and Reehl records soon too and more sample packs and production work. Oh and the first Asquith merch too that'll be live from the next record!
On a personal tip I stopped drinking and partaking in other party extras for nearly a year so I'm feeling in great mental and physical health. My one piece of advice if you're feeling a stuck or regularly in cycles of being down is to try focus on a few life changes and you'll feel better: stop drink/drugs completely, go to psychotherapy at the very least once per week (check psychodynamic/psychoanalytic therapy as opposed to CBT), meditate at least 10 mins per day, go see your GP (med shave come a long way and are largely incredibly helpful with low risk). Optionally if you can eat more veg/fruit, exercise a bit (even a walk once per day) and just slow your life down things will start to get better.
If you have to pick one or two things to commit to start with psychotherapy and the GP. Then everything else will follow from there once you have that support.
Peaky Beats Presents Amaliah
London based DJ Amaliah has gifted us all with a break electro post X-Mas mix.
Head of 'London party collective' Borne Fruits, Amaliah has been collecting a varied collection of records whilst hosting her fairs radio show at uni. Now with regular shows on Balamii & Threads she is a frequent presence in the London scnene.
Catch her Every 1st Sat 7-9pm on Balamii Radio & new show Ripe & Ready on Threads Radio.
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Peaky Beats Presents Gunfinger Food
Independent Vinyl only Record label Based in London, Gunfinger Food has cooked up an absolute monster of a mix with a variety of sounds to take you on a tasty 2 hour trip.
What Started off as a monthly radio show in July 2019 to showcase all types of broken beats and underground rave sounds has now led into establishing the brand as an independent vinyl record label following the same ethos, with 001 out and 002 almost landing.
Lots more releases lined up next year, working with new artists and existing talent.
''Taking a different approach with this mix and making it into more of a challenge for myself. Packing out a UDG bag with 50 records and mixing everything in there. Plenty of new material and some older gems, varying with electro, breakbeat, acid, dubstep, trance, techno and ukg''
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Peaky Beats Presents Spin City (Tañ & Kimura)
Leeds based collective Spin City's Tán & Kimura have blessed us all with a post spook one hour 40 minute mix, consisting of some unreal ukg, speed garage, & 140/ Dubstep <3
Spin City formed as the result of an intoxicated conversation in Wire Club and a shared love of Garage Music. Unfortunately, COVID19 put the brakes on the events side of what we do, but we’ve still been able to connect with local DJs and producers and other crews further afield. 2020 has seen an amplified enthusiasm within the scene with Leeds, in particular, being a hotspot of talented producers. We're looking forward to being able to party again. But in the meantime, this mix is a representation of some of the music that inspires us, with a broader look into UK Club Music but still very much focused around Garage.
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Peaky Beats Presents ohmydais
Coming from a rich musical background and being exposed to a wide range of different genres growing up, Daisie's passion for music started at a young age and has helped develop her unique sound over the years.
Now based in London, she has hailed air time on Rinse FM along with some other respectable radio stations. performed at events such as Keep Hush and Das Booty, and hosts her own show on Threads.
ohmydais is someone to watch out for!
Peaky Beats Presents Eliza Rose
Born and raised in Hackney, Eliza started her music career as a singer at the age of 15. Mixed with years of working in a record store she has developed her own unique style.
Now a frequent resident in the underground music scene in London playing events and hosting regular radio shows on Rinse FM, Rhythm Sister, Jazz Cafe, Freshly Squeezed, Balamii, & XOYO.
Keep your eyes and ears on Eliza over the next few months with some extremely exciting projects set for release....
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