Margie: The Ransom Note Mix
Now it's time to welcome an unsung hero of sorts. Some might know Margie from her role at Rush Hour in Amsterdam where she continues to work on press and in the curation of the 'House Of Music' magazine. As a disc jockey she has amassed a firm array of knowledge learnt across many years and she digs deeper than most. Bending the narrative between genres she is not one to be pigeon holed and her show on Red Light Radio demonstrates this in fine style. She weaves a tale of musicality through storytelling, an intricate presentation of sound and experience.
We are delighted to be able to welcome her to our Ransom Note mix series, something which we've been trying to accommodate for far, far too long. She contributes in fine style with a blend of house, electronics and beyond.
Listen and read the interview below:
Where was the mix recorded?
In Masalo’s studio in Volkshotel, Amsterdam. He has an E&S mixer and CDJs, which I don’t have. I don’t mind using slider mixers, but I thought the E&S would work better for this mix. Masalo’s studio is a nice little space in the basement of the building with plants, equipment and records.
What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?
I think on an early Sunday morning. A slow, but not a lazy one.
What should we be wearing?
Something comfortable and fun.
What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format?
It would be great to play on a system that couldn’t be effected by environmental conditions other than acoustics and sound. I mean.. imagine to be on a desolate hot sunny beach with friends and family where the sun doenst melt your records and the sand can just slap onto the turntables and mixer without any consequences. Or imagine to have a featherlight soundsystem that’s easily transported to the top of a mountain? That would be pretty amazing. I mean, I'd never want to escape great music, but don’t we all want to escape city life sometimes?
Which track in the mix is your current favourite?
The first one.. it’s a song by a group from my home town. The sleeve is covered with newspaper-style ads of places I went to when I grew up. The rest of the mix actually is an outcome of that track.
What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?
Good question… I wouldnt know. I mean, would you know where to find the best fried egg in the world?
If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?
A personification of Kate Bush and Marcellus Pittman combined.
What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?
It was and it still is your average home set up really. However, I am pretty content with my amplifier (heavy, warm sounding 90s Harman Kardon HK6800), turntables (original sliver technics SL 1200) and speakers (light, crisp sounding 80s Audiolab).
What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?
Hmm.. all tracks should be equally great.
What were the first and last records you bought?
My first vinyl purchase was Rakim’s comeback record, ’The 18th Letter’ 'the last thing I bought was ‘Lay It On Me’ by Sylvia on a 7” for the instrumental.
If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?
Like a smooth whiskey without added water.
If it was an animal what would it be?
The keyboard cat on an overcast day.
One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?
Any track on Bobby Brown – 'Prayers of a One Man Band’. It’s one of the most peculiar records in my collection, by a man who writes love songs to his dog. He has a very unique way of using his voice.
Upcoming in the world of Margie…
Winter is over! I am looking forward to play at a few festivals this year, with Dekmantel Lentekabinet and Strange Sounds From Beyond as highlights. I am joining a booking agency that represents a few of my favorite artists of all time. A great honor, details tba very soon. And I am working on Rush Hour’s sixth House Of Music magazine.
Anything else we need to discuss?
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