DC FSLMan: The ‘Shine A Light On’ Mix

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The First Second Label boss steps up with a bunch of forthcoming heat.

Daire has worked tirelessly for many years – first behind the scenes at Dublin’s infamous All City Records shop and now in London at Phonica. A friendly face – his own label has been an outlet for local musicians, friends and artists he believes in and he has released music by the likes of Elll, Lee Kelly, GEO Corp and more.

Since moving to London he has established a crew of tight knit associates and seems to always be working on one project or another.


Now for the mixtape itself. When we peeped the tracklist for this we were delighted to see a host of exclusive up and coming music on First Second Label had been included. However, there are also treats and bits and pieces from the likes of Dekmantel and Mood Hut thrown in there for good measure.

This one runs wild and spans an array of styles, sounds and genre. DIY vibes for punks.

Please introduce yourself…

Hi I’m Daire and sometimes play music to people under the name DC FSLMan (or pronounced Dick Fossilman to some of my close All City friends). I also run First Second Label and work in Phonica in Soho.

Who are you, where are you and what are you?

I’m from Dublin residing in east London.

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)?

That or THIS.

Where was the mix recorded?

I stress so much about mixes and I really overthink them so it ended up being recorded at my home late at night right before the deadline haha. I literally had asked all of my friends for music for this and tried to fit as much of it in but also trying to make sure the mix still made sense in my head (sort of).

What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?

It’s a little bit of home and party. A mix of two halves as Andy would say.

What should we be wearing?

Whatever ya want!

What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format?

I actually remember popping into the Despacio(James Murphy and Soulwax) DJ tent at Electric Picnic many years ago with Olan(All City Records bossman) and thinking the set up was great. The sound was amazing, it was dark and the dj booth was hidden away and on the ground level with several record boxes behind them. Seemed like a lot of fun and just a stress free environment . So something like that, I started a party in the Bernard Shaw(RIP) garden area before I moved and would just carry 100’s of records with me and play there with my friends all day. Literally some of my best memories of DJing are there so if I could go back to that time It would also be a dream setting.

Which track in the mix is your current favourite?

The Phil Lynott track. I actually only got reminded of it this weekend. It’s too smooth just like Phil!
Another honourable mention is Alien D. He’s this killer musician and producer from New York I’m in the process of working with at the moment.Just really nice slow breaks and his music just has this amazing air to it.

What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?

Shackleton’s fabric is a work of art.

If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?

Weatherall of course. I love to play with people for a long period of time who take a lot of chances and are happy to send the crowd on a little bit of an all over the shop kinda journey, DJ’s like Joy O, Sotofett,Vladimir Ivkovic, Upsammy, Oceanic, Powder or Lena Wilikens. That kind of DJ, I feel like Andy was very about that too. Good all rounders.

What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?

Two sound labs and a Behringer mixer…two sound lads and a behringer mixer.

What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?

For this mix it’s obviously the ender but for me I’ve always been warming up for someone or playing long sets where I start and close which most of the time would mean I’m playing to a room that starts empty or is just filling up so considering that the first track is essentially for me and can always set you off on the right path for the night if its something you’ve been looking forward to playing that might not suit later in the night.

What were the first and last records you bought?

It was like this hip house record called “I can’t believe it”, I can’t remember the artist off the top of my head as it’s back in Dublin gaining dust now. I bought it in a market and I’m pretty sure I ruined it by playing it on my dad’s shitty record player. The last record I bought was that Genetic Factor Sampler on Artificial Dance, its so good!

If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?

A fruit bowl, bitta everything!

If it was an animal what would it be?

Obviously a dog!

One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?

The Clash “Sandinista” but still gets the love!

Upcoming in the world of…

First Second Label should have some stuff out this year if the pressing plant delays allow. New 12″ from Dublin artist: Plus One, got nice stamped white labels coming via FSL too for GEO Corp and Der Opium Queen aaanndd starting a new label called Long Gone, the first release on that will be from Herron. Probably with the way things are at the moment, most likely all in the somewhat distant future!

Anything else we need to discuss?

Yeah, down with Putin!