No Plastic: The ‘Monday Is Okay’ Mix
Monday is a day of self reflection, of poignant loss for the good times shared across the course of a weekend which have now been and gone all to quickly. As such it is appropriate that we offer a soundtrack which fits the state of mind – something thoughtful, easy going and ethereal.
No Plastic is an alias of George Patrick, a disc jockey from Glasgow who is now based overseas in Berlin. For many years he has worked tirelessly at a party called Bigfoot's Tea Party in Scotland – a longstanding event series which has played host to some of the most interesting, forward thinking guests in electronic music across many years. Bookings have included the likes of Objekt, Powder, Kassem Mosse, Helena Hauff and many more.
Overseas, George is also a resident at Refuge. A Berlin based party which takes place regularly around the city, guests have included Phuong Dan, Mor Elian, Nathan Micay, Arnaldo and more.
This mix is a somewhat abstract disconnection from the realm of the dancefloor. Ambient and thoughtful it is an eclectic mix put together by a hugely talented disc jockey.
Listen and read the interview below:
Who are you, where are you and what are you?
Who? No Plastic is an idea from George Patrick (me). Where? I'm sitting at my flat mate's desk in Berlin, working on fundraising projects and parties.
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 guess this mix sounds a bit like floating through another dimension, while being forced to watch very strange Nicolas Cage clips at half speed. Both soothing and really odd at the same time.
Where was the mix recorded?
At home, on Sonnenallee in Neukölln.
What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?
Maybe a huge, dark and cavernous concrete building, lying on your back and staring at the ceiling.
What should we be wearing?
Something light and comfortable.
What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format?
Hmm, a live recording of a future set that someone will let me play at Glastonbury? 🙂
Which track in the mix is your current favourite?
Probably the Rhythm & Sound track, 'Smile'. It's been said many times but the influence that those two guys have had on electronic music is boundless.
What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?
Nope, next question please 🙂 That is way too hard.
If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?
I'll say DJ Tasty but I'm definitely not telling the truth.
What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?
Same as I have now, 2 x 1210s and a PCV-275 mixer (shout out Vestax crew). The mixer was kindly given to me by Wrick, one of the Bigfoot DJs in Glasgow. Actually, I recently added a dub siren to the table too.
What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?
What were the first and last records you bought?
The last one was Questionmark Asylum – Hey Lookaway. The first I don't remember, which is a shame.
If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?
Haha, chocolate butter?
If it was an animal what would it be?
One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?
I'll have to come back to you.
Upcoming in the world of…
Refuge in Berlin has more parties lined up and will continue to fundraise for grassroots groups focusing on work with migrants, youth groups, and homelessness. At home in Scotland we have Powder (Beats In Space/Cocktail D'Amore) joining us at Bigfoot's Tea Party (26th July @ The Berkeley Suite), and I'll be playing dub and disco for All Night Passion in Aberdeen in September.
Anything else we need to discuss?
Changing our economic model.
Visit the Bigfoot's Tea Party facebook HERE.