Pigeon Steve: The ‘Shine A Light On’ Mix

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The Glasgow based producer and DJ delivers an impressive mixtape built entirely of his own music.

Pigeon Steve is a familiar face amidst the Glasgow underground, as the co founder of the long running Partial parties and as a stellar producer.

He has been involved in the music scene for many years and has developed a keen reputation for his work in the studio which is perhaps best highlighted by his bold decision to present this mix which consists entirely of his own productions. No small feat.

Last year he released his debut EP via Future State but by the sounds of it there’s a whole shedload more to come.


In terms of style, his music sits somewhere between disjointed Dub, Slo-Mo House and Downtempo which makes for a drugged out trippy excursion on the dancefloor. This mix demonstrates a well rounded approach and impressively carves its own niche.

Listen and read the interview below:

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

Hey I’m Adam or Pigeon Steve, I’m a deejay and producer from Glasgow. I run record label called Seated Records that loosely focusses on unearthing old Scottish new wave and post-punk music. I also co-run a party called Partial which is turning 10 years old this year! I do a lot of radio stuff in Glasgow too, big shout out Clyde Built Radio & Radio Buena Vida!
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)?
Always find this a difficult question. This mix is 100% my own productions. I would say my music is usually quite chuggy, dubbed out and trippy. Not sure if I have anything more wanky to say about it. Call it Trainwave (s/o Fraser).
Where was the mix recorded?
The mix was recorded on an old Numark controller in my flat in Glasgow as I left it too late to record it somewhere proper.
What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?
Its quite a club focussed mix, so maybe late night/early morning in a small smoked out club as the crowds thinning out a bit so there’s plenty room to dance/sway around like a swamp monster.
What should we be wearing?
The raver uniform. Check it out in this video if you didn’t know already.
What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format?
Vortex bar Tisno. Jäger bombs on tap.
Which track in the mix is your current favourite?
I’m really pleased with the 4th tune in this mix called ‘A Pretty Big Stretch’. Its built around a weird haunting vocal sample from a tune my pal Nico sent me years ago. I have been trying to make it work in a tune ever since and it finally clicked recently. My pal Jonny (Wheelman) helped me mix it down last week so its sounding extra chunky. His ear is second to none.
What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?
I always come back to this Pilotwing’s Test Pressing Mix. Full of killer oddball Balearic jams.
If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?
Reckon Timmy Trumpet or something would be pretty funny and also well paid haha. But tbh going b2b with close pals will always been the funnest for me.
What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?
Some Numark belt drive turntables and 2 channel mixer that clipped every time you set the bass EQ above 9 o’clock.
Currently, I have 2 Technics, an old Xone 62 with the studio style faders and Numark controller
What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?
What were the first and last records you bought?
First record I bought when I was getting into DJing was Tessela – Hackney Parrot. Still a banger tbf.
The last record I bought was this: Percy Pavillion – Gower Power. Its a weird new wave/synth pop tune about some Cricket player (lol) which i found via the amazing Floor Length Skirts youtube channel. Really loved it but then my partner Emma said it sounded a bit like puff the magic dragon and I cant get that out of my head so I might have to sell it haha.
If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?
A strangely moreish cask ale that smells like 2p coins.
If it was an animal what would it be?
A slug.

One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?
Primental by Ministry is always an absolute train wreck, tempo is all over the shop.
Upcoming in the world of…
The next Seated Records release is out next month. It’s an 8 track archival compilation of mostly previously unreleased music from the early 1980s by Stirling band ’22 Beaches’. Their music is amazing! Its kinda like A Certain Ratio meets Orange Juice with two vocalists and two percussionists. Follow Seated Records here to stay up to date on that one!
Also, hopefully some tracks featured in this mix will be coming out too, so look out for that.
Anything else we need to discuss?