There has been something of a revelation of sorts in recent years. A changing of the guard if you will. Tom is the man behind Blip Discs, a record label which seemed to explode incredibly quickly with sell out releases and wide reaching support. Often it can be hard to maintain momentum as a newly founded imprint, each release is judged very differently and the risk of failure is certainly higher. However, for those who manage to rise above the pressure the rewards are fruitful. Since 2015 the label has released an array of forward thinking club focussed music from the likes of O'Flynn, Glowing Palms and Spooky J. Tom himself has contributed a number of releases and demonstrated a maturity which stretches far beyond his youthful years.
We are excited to feature him as part of our Ransom Note mix series.
Listen and read the interview below:
Who are you, where are you and what are you?
Hello. I am Tom Blip. I live in London, I run a record called Blip Discs.
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)?
This reminds me of a question from the RBMA application form haha! My music thus far is afro on one, crunchy and housey on another, and fairly ghetto on the latest one. If I could draw it, it would be me eating a Crunchie off of a pair of congas in Baltimore. Crunchies are my favourite chocolate bar.
Where was the mix recorded?
At my mums house in Luton because I don’t have a place big enough to put my decks in London (don’t we all)
What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?
Through your headphones on the way to work. Walking feels good whilst listening to it.
What should we be wearing?
Probably what ever you wear for work.
What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format?
Brilliant corners complete with crowd noise of people dining and drinking in-between tracks.
Which track in the mix is your current favourite?
Mubashira Mataali Group - Obufumbo Bwa Kati… a special recording I made last year out in Uganda and coming out soon.
What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?
The one I’ve listened to the most is probably Jack J’s mix for Going Good. Seriously good mix for night time driving.
If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?
David Mancuso at the original loft parties in NYC. Just to see what on earth it was like and experience the inspiration for so many clubs nowadays.
What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?
It’s still exactly the same setup as my first… 1210’s, A&H mixer, serato for the odd Mp3 and genelecs for monitoring!
What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?
Definitely the track you end on! The last track I ended on was Sister Sledge - Thinking of You.
What were the first and last records you bought?
God… one of the early ones was definitely Vacuum Boogie by Floating Points! That record must have turned a generation of young music nerds onto electronic music. I can’t really pick a 'last one' because I always buy a few records at a time but a new record which I’m playing out a lot is Face To Face by Daphni.
If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?
If it was an animal what would it be?
One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?
Every turntable has a start/stop button! :)
Upcoming in the world of…
Just finished one record for Blip Discs, another one for West Friends and next up on my label is Mubashira Mataali Group - an ensemble we recorded out in Uganda last year!
Anything else we need to discuss?
Brexit (just kidding)
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