Auntie Flo: The Ransom Note Mix
In 2011 Brian d'Souza released his first EP on Glasgow based record label Huntleys & Palmers, this was to be the debut of Auntie Flo. Some five years later his musical progression has evolved substantially. Last year saw him release the critically acclaimed 'Theory Of Flo' accompanied by a brand new live show. His sounds sees him dabble between the crossovers of world music, dance and balearic obscurity. He captures a sun kissed sound which you would certainly not associate with the bleak and rainy forecast which so often swamps Glasgow. He steps up to deliver us over an hour of percussion, exclusives, earthly samples and beyond: a real treat. Listen Here:
Please introduce yourself… who are you, where are you and what are you?
Hi, I'm Brian d'Souza aka Auntie Flo. I'm from Glasgow but live in London. I am a DJ and run the Highlife parties and label.
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 can't draw very well, sorry! This the artwork from my first album in 2012. I think it represents my sound pretty well.
Where was the mix recorded?
At the Mixcloud studios in London.
What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?
This mix is designed for summer! Driving to festivals, hanging out in a hot place.
What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location, system, format?
I hate doing recorded mixes as usually you do them in a studio all by yourself. So ideally I'd find a place with people who want to listen.
Which track in the mix is your current favourite?
We're putting out a series of remixes of my recent album Theory of Flo and I've included the Revenge's rework of Waiting For A (Woman). He's done an amazing job, really keeping the atmosphere and space that allow Anbuleys vocals to come through. I've played it out a few times and been one of those moments on the dance floor where time just stops.
What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?
Three mixes continue to infuence my DJing from when I was starting out: I-F Mixed Up in Hague, Jeff Mills Live at the Liquid Rooms, Richie Hawtin Dex, FX +909.
What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?
Two gemini decks and mixer. Now i only have one turntable set up at home for listening. I've recently moved to 3xCDjs for club sets, not too fussy on mixer.
What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?
I always think the track you start with is super important, more for yourself as the DJ rather than the audience. Picking the right first track can immediately get you in the groove, pick the wrong one and you have to play a few more before getting going.
What were the first and last records you bought?
Can't remember the first records, prob some old mo'wax thing. Last records I bought were a bunch of early Jeff Mills Purpose Maker records second hand in Madrid.
One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?
Any number of a load of african percussion records that i have.
What's coming up in the world of Auntie Flo?
Just finished some amazing Sun Ritual live shows where i've been working with Laurie the drummer from the band Golden Teacher. We're now working on new material and a proper live show. The album remixes will be coming out over the summer and i've also got EPs due on Mule and Sofrito.
Auntie Flo will play at Suncebeat festival this summer HERE. Follow him on Facebook HERE.