Self-confessed "playful grump" Andrew Wilson brings a sense of calm and ease to his musical creations, whether it's his deep house and breaks-driven productions under Andras or his ambient musings as Art Wilson and Wilson Tanner.
As Andras he's charted releases for a wealth of labels, including regular appearances on Dopeness Galore and his own Punp imprint, and instalments for the likes of Public Possession, Superconscious and Beats In Space.
As well as his efforts under this moniker, individually as Art Wilson and, alongside Eleventeen Eston as Wilson Tanner, he explores the softer side of his production abilities, with releases via Growing Bin and Efficient Space showcasing this beautiful concotion of ambient, new age and experimental.
We invited him to take control of this week's Ransom Note mix which drifts through soft rock, downtempo r'n'b and house, promising to lift your spirits in this new week of lockdown...
Please introduce yourself… Who are you, where are you and what are you?
Andras, or ‘Andrew Wilson’, in Melbourne, Australia. I’m a playful grump who studied psychoanalysis and makes dance music.
What does your music sound like? Can you draw what you think it sounds like for us (an image from the old internet is acceptable)?
Where was the mix recorded?
On a sunday morning, at home on the couch.
What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?
Whilst this mix is mostly 'new music' it would be a good soundtrack for sorting through a box of old memories.
What should we be wearing?
What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format?
That question reads like a C: file directory. I’d love if someone could drive me around town whilst I put things in order in a Mac OSX folder.
Which track in the mix is your current favourite?
Sweet Whirl - Sweetness
What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?
I want to pick a deep house mix. DJ Sprinkles – Deeperama : Sally's II Tribute Tape 2012
If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?
I’d like to go back to back with Lewis Fidock (Instant Peterson) when we were about 19 years old again.
What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?
I was so lucky. When I was 13 my grandfather dropped off this 70s Australian built nightclub console, which was on wheels. two belt drive turntables, a monophonic rotary mixer, a gooseneck micrphone, work lamb, amp and two huge fridge sized speakers. It was $100. I destroyed the speakers when I DJ’d at my 15th birthday party.
What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?
The track you start on. The ending is always a compromise.
What were the first and last records you bought?
First: Warp Brothers - 'How do you like Bass’.
Last: Sally Sloan - ‘A Garland for Sally 1894-1982'
If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?
Canapes or 'finger food’ as we refer to it locally.
If it was an animal what would it be?
One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?
Nothing is impossible.
Upcoming in the world of Andras...
More dance music! Wilson Tanner album number three will be recorded in a vineyard. An electronic soundtrack for the Victorian Gold Rush 1851~1960. A ‘dark’ followup to my 'Art Wilson - Overworld’ album.
Anything else we need to discuss?
The world’s looking for a colder Ibiza. Scotland, Tasmania, etc. I think there’s a new ‘relaxation’ aesthetic. Maybe let’s call it ‘Old Age’ music.
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