Northern Revive gets the low down on one of Manchesters best DJ’s of all time.
2017 saw the first Summer Charity Ball hosted by Go Brutal with tickets selling out fast due to a collaboration of local northern musicians and artists. Northern Revive pins down one of our best and beloved DJ’s and here’s what he had to say…
How did you get involved in the Summer Ball in the first place? I got a call from a lovely man with a big beautiful smile called David Charlesworth. How could I say no?!
How do you feel about the internet in the music business?
It’s an amazing tool. Or more like …it’s hundreds of amazing tools at the click of a button. I feel so lucky to live in an age like this. As a musician, the internet has made things easier, faster and more accessible, from the way we listen to music, to the way we make
it and the way we sell it.
What new music do you like?
I love the Sleaford Mods, Cabbage. Kasabian just get better with age. New ‘unsigned’ stuff I’m loving right now…Control of the Going (Manchester), No Hot Ashes (Stockport), Sauce (Manchester). Liam Gallagher’s new solo stuff is some of his best work in my opinion.
Tell us your guilty pleasure
I’ve never been a fan of the phrase ‘guilty pleasure’. If something gives you pleasure, you shouldn’t feel embarrassed about it. I do understand the idea of it though. Nicki Minaj’s ‘Moment 4 Life’ is a track which I love beyond words and I reckon it’s probably the nearest thing I’ve got to a ‘guilty pleasure’ track.
What are your musical icons/influences?
Elvis, Buzzcocks, The Fall, The Doors, Beach Boys, Philip Glass, The Seeds, 13th Floor Elevators, Pink Floyd, Doves, Lee Scratch Perry…..
Who would play you in the film of your life?
What are you currently working on?
There’s no plans for any further Inspiral Carpets activity at the moment. We’re still trying to come to terms with the death of our drummer, Craig.
I’m lucky to have lots of other stuff to keep me busy, club djing (I recently celebrated 16 years of djing at South Nightclub every Saturday), presenting the weekday drive time show for XS Manchester, a cool film project called ‘Bickershaw’ where I’ll be playing the lead role and a live music streaming app called Beatstream which we’ll be launching soon.
I wrote a few new songs recently which I’m very proud of. No idea what I’ll do with them yet though. They don’t sound like Inspiral songs. Maybe I’ll put out a ‘dance’ inspired EP under a pseudonym? I’m enjoying all the time I get to spend with my family.
What’s your favourite type of food?
That’d have to be a draw between Mexican and Indian. Generally though, my wife is a fantastic cook and never ceases to amaze me with her creations.
Why do you do the thing you do?
I’ve always felt that artists in general (writers, musicians, painters, poets, sculptors) do what they do partly because it gives them (us) a degree of immortality. I just get a big kick out of creating something that wasn’t there when I got out of bed that day.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Manchester
Interview by David Charlesworth