Anna Wall: The ‘Ransom Note’ Mix
DJ, radio host, label boss and music journalist Anna Wall is a master of all trades. From her home of East London, she runs her record label, The Bricks; the philosophy behind it built on communicating a musical narrative. Since 2016 she's welcomed artists like Sunrom, Module One and Corbi to the imprint, working closely with each artist to effectively tell their stories.
Alongside helming The Bricks, her radio show of the same name is a regular feature on Leeds' KMAH radio, acting as an avenue for Anna to share ambient sounds and forgotten gems from her record collection. In recent years she's added even more feats to her growing list of accolades, including warming up for Jamie Jones at his East London Boiler Room last year, landing a residency on Rinse FM and becoming named as one of fabric's residents, alongside Pleasure Club's bobby.
We're happy to have locked her in to provide this week's Ransom Note mix, a two hour long drift through Anna Wall's dreamland…
Please introduce yourself… Who are you, where are you and what are you
I’m Anna Wall, and I’m at my home in East London right now. I’m a DJ, radio show host, resident at fabric nightclub, part time music journalist, and I also dabble in music production
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)?
I think this photo taken by my friend Netti Hurley sums it up. Sometimes I think I live in dreamland and I guess some of the music I like to play sounds that way too
Where was the mix recorded?
In my bedroom
What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?
I usually put mixes on while I’m walking through London; so perhaps while roaming along the canal in Hackney Wick
What should we be wearing?
Whatever is your ultimate comfort clothing. You’ll probably find me in a tracksuit and hoodie
What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format?
I'd be a happy girl to record a mix in fabric Room 1. It’s one of my favourite booths in the world so any excuse
Which track in the mix is your current favourite?
They’re all favourites in some way. The idea behind the mix was to go on a journey encompassing all the sounds that I love through the ages; from when I first started DJing until now. There’s some tracks in there that I’ve played since 2010 such as Steffi & Baaz ‘This Is True’, and classics like Speedy J ‘Symmetry’ released in ‘94. A current favourite is Barker’s ‘Paradise Engineering’, played near the end of the mix for dramatic effect. It’s so beautiful and emotive
What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?
Hard to say! When I have a moment to listen to mixes I usually choose something different every time to change things up a bit
If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?
I’ve been asked this before and I’d say Grandmaster Flash back in the 80s. I obviously could never compete with his skills, but it would be a masterclass
What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?
I actually still have the first turntables I ever bought, my beloved pair of Technics 1210 MK2s. Back then I used a Stanton two channel mixer. Nowadays along with my turntables I have an Allen & Heath Xone:23 and two CDJ 2000s
What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?
I think they’re both paramount to the story that you’re telling
What were the first and last records you bought?
My first record(s) – I bought some guys whole garage/jungle/d&b collection. Sh*tloads of white labels and all sorts. The most recent was Gigi Masin’s ‘Talk To The Sea’ on Music For Memory, ideal for home listening
If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?
An exotic fruit salad
If it was an animal what would it be?
A white butterfly
One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?
I’m a bit of a chancer when it comes to mixing, for example I sometimes like playing records at the wrong speed. So I believe anything is possible!
Upcoming in the world of Anna Wall?
I’m currently readying the sixth vinyl release on my record label The Bricks. In fact, I’ve included my remix of Mat Playford’s ‘I Really Care’ in this mix. I hope you like it. I’ve been working on a lot of music lately that I hope will see the light of day. Lots of exciting gigs ahead too including fabric’s 20 year celebrations in October
Anything else we need to discuss?
Be kind to people, give without expectation, look after the environment, always vote in the election, spread love, and stay educated.