Terry Childs: The Ransom Note Mix


There are few who can claim to have been around the block pre gentrification, pre luxury housing, pre pop up restaurants and pre juice bars. Terry Childs has watched the evolution of London with a beady eye, he has observed the rise, fall, rebirth and demise of club culture and has witnessed the passage of change throughout time. Mighty and proud, like a sort of club Jesus, he strokes his beard observedly and reflects upon what has come before and what is yet to be. There is a lot to be said about those who remain true to the music and art they pride and value, it's easy to be swept away in a tide of tasteless progression and pretension. As a resident behind the Nibiru parties in London he remains true to the cause and this commitment has not gone unrewarded, a fine DJ in his own right, he delivers the Ransom Note mix. Listen and read the interview below…

Please introduce yourself…

Terry Childs

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

Im a cowboy in Bethnal Green a long way off the prairie

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)?

Growing up, who were your early musical influences?

Growing up you say. The 80s synth pop scene Japan, Human League, Heaven 17 looked and sounded amazing.

Corbyn, for or against?

True man of the people.

What do you make of the London club scene at present?

Its all a bit safe and in danger of getting rather predictable, we need some fresh ideas coming through with a new agenda and maybe a bit more fashion coming back into clubs

Where was the mix recorded?

Bethnal Green Rodeo Club

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

Dark, smokey and hot.

What should we be wearing?

Whatever makes you happy.

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

East Bloc back room lights down low (great space to play music), with lots of rum, friends, playing on the old LOST rig (that sound was something else) on whatever format I can get the required music in.

Which track in the mix is your current favourite?

Deego Fresh 'Splice 1'

What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time? 

Chuck Parsons Halloween Saint Party. 

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

Chuck Parsons – he played all styles at The Saint but always with a touch edge.

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

It was 1986 two JVC decks and a Phonic mixer. Now its x2 Gemini turntables and DJM900 rotary, with a MAC/USB turntable and some software I do and dont use.

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 was Sad Cafe 'Everyday Hurts' and the last was Schacke 'Patterns of Susceptibility EP'.

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


If it was an animal what would it be? 

Wild Stallion.

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

Nothing a good chop wouldnt sort. 

Upcoming in the world of… clubland is our rather fine Nibiru Halloween party where we turn Bar A Bar into a dark descent into the underworld and we have Lord Of The Isles and Scott Fraser playing back to back for the first time ever and for 5 hours. 

Anything else we need to discuss?

No its lights out.

More details about the Nibiru party can be found HERE.

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