Jack Savidge – The Ransom Note ‘Shine A Light On’ Mix


"I am partially culpable for Friendly Fires and Deep Shit"

So says Mr Savidge of the aforementioned Friendly Fires and purveyor of the excellent Deep Shit parties with Edwin Congreave of Foals – a dance music project from the duo which "focuses on pumping house jams". By the sounds of what he's put us together it's a far more than that tho. 

He's playing Sunday Love this weekend @ The Old Queens Head with Auntie Flo for a paltry quid entry and he's taken time out to put us together a rather fine selection for his Shine A Light On… mix on the site. 

Let's get it on here and get asking him some questions below…

Please introduce yourself…

Who are you? 

Jack Barnaby Savidge

Where are you?

London, E17.

What are you?

I'm the drummer in a band called Friendly Fires, I put on parties and DJ with my pal Edwin under the banner of Deep Shit and I produce, co-write whatever in whatever capacity anyone wants me to. 

How did you first get into making music? When did you decide it was what you loved doing? 

Just as result of playing in bands with friends, it was always about fun and collaboration rather being super technically amazing. I still think that's essentially what turns me on most in any music project- playfulness and the 'becoming-more-than-the-sum-of-your-parts' thing.

Who were your first great inspirations? 

Probably Oasis, Supergrass, Super Furry Animals, Belle and Sebastian, Mogwai… I was the indie-est kid in our year. 

Describe your sound without using the letter e.

I'm still looking for it.  

What does 'DOOF DOOF' mean to you?

It is the siamese twin of 'Oonce oonce'.

What's the deepest shit you've ever been in?

I'm genuinely in it right now. 

If you could drive any vehicle (real or fictional) what would it be? Where would you drive it?

Probably a massive digger over some beautiful sand dunes. Or be a track cyclist… a really good one though, none of your shit. 

Enough of our nonsense, onto the mix…

Where was the mix recorded?

At home and at my studio in Homerton.

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

Friday evening commute home with a pre-mix G'n'T, while texting your mates about weekend plans. 

What should we be wearing? 

Tails, top hat and white gloves.

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

I don't really know- I'd say in front of a baying crowd but often those situations just don't translate well when recorded and played at home, so anywhere where there's a bit of isolation and plentiful instant coffee and green tea. 

Which track in the mix is your current favourite?

The Eno and Cluster one. Since we've been putting on nights it usually falls to Muggins here to play the very early warm-up, so I've dug deep into all manner of ambient, new age and beatless music. Its now become my favourite time in the whole process of putting parties on- a solemn commune of mindful energies between myself and the barstaff soundtracked by wonderful stuff like the first two tracks on this mix.  

What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?

Michael Mayer – Fabric 13 or Ewan Pearson – We Are Proud Of Our Choices.

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

Its two Technics and an E&S DJR400, and that's been my only one. I was begging/stealing/borrowing before that.

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

The track you end on. The first track of any set you're just probing the crowd for what they like so you know how to proceed. 

What were the first and last records you bought?

Christ, I think my first trip to Our Price yielded a 'Get Wild' cassingle by Prince and The NPG, and a CD single of 'Old Pop In An Oak' by Rednex, so from an early age I was traversing the boundaries of good and terrible taste over a wide range of physical formats. The last record I bought was DJ Shante 'Turn Around' and two things on a French label called Lazar Hoche. 

Who would you most like to play back to back with? 

Well since Edwin and I are playing b2b with Auntie Flo on Sunday, I'm going to attempt to butter him by saying him. Its all a motivational tactic, mind. 

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

A 3 course dinner of broth, curry and sorbet washed down with 4 margaritas. A bit of a mess, but you've got to like some of the ingredients.

If it was an animal what would it be?

A capybara. They are my current fave animal- trying hard to find one to meet up close in the UK. They seem so zen. 

Upcoming in the world of Deep Shit?

We're playing up in York for some very nice chaps called Black Box on 1st May and then at The Old Queens Head on Sunday back to back with the amazing Auntie Flo. He played at our club a few months ago at Basement and it was monstrous. 

Anything else we need to discuss?

So so much but let's take it private babes. 

See Jack, Deep Shit and Auntie Flo at Sunday Love at The Old Queen's Head on 3rd May, click here for more information.

Mix Tracklist

1) East India Youth – Montage Resolution
2) Eno & Cluster – The Belldog
3) Hackman – The Blue (Rampa remix)
4) Miajica- Wild Barrabas
5) Konk – Your Life
6) Luca Lozano & Mr Ho – Hot Trak
7) Blake Baxter – Our Luv
8) Mr Marvin – I Want You
9) Kasper & Abstraxion – Origami
10) Eddie Mercury – Rim Cow Shot
11) Christian Piers – Offf
12) Matrixxman & Vin Sol – Real Fresh 
13) Da Posse feat. Christa Jordan – In The Heat Of The Night (Jimpster Stretchdit)
14) Ralphi Rosario & Linda Clifford – Wanna Give It Up (Lego's Dub)
15) Marius – Discomaginifique (Pete Herbert remix)
16) Red 7 – Lost My Shoes On Acid
17) Hot Chocolate – Mindless Boogie