‘This Is Amateurism, Do Not Panic’ – The Ransom Note Mix


Amateurism is a collective of record diggers and DJs who abide by the mantra: "It's our passion, not our profession", something most of us could take a leaf from in our everyday lives.

With over a decade of music industry experience behind him, Leo Walton has been DJing solidly and this labour of love doesn't look like it'll be stopping any time soon. He's scheduled in to play alongside the likes of Gerd Janson, Ewan Pearson, Man Power, Mark E, Jackmaster and the like at the Beat Hotel at this year's Glastonbury Festival – with a decade of experience playing the festival behind him so don't be surprised when you're treated to a well-polished performance. Before he heads off to the fields, Amateurism is already thinking about what it'll be like to be at the festival and has curated this mix that'll bring the festival vibe into your home.

So sit down, tune in and read on while Amateurism tickles your ears;

Please introduce yourself: who are you, where are you and what are you?

I'm Leo, I'm based in London and I'm an amateur.

Where does the word festival come from? When was the first festival?

Chile? 1970.

What's the biggest field you've ever seen?

The million dollar question right there.

If you owned your own field, would you grow crops, breed animals or do something less farmer-like?

Grow crops.

How many blades of grass are there at Glastonbury?

Before or after?

If you were a Mr Men, what would you name be and what would you look like?

A sphincter says what.

When did man learn to walk on two legs? How many legs will we walk on next?


When was the last time you played a good game of table tennis?

Good question. I tried my very best against Billy Leggatt last summer in Ibiza, I nearly beat him once or twice, but he's too good.

What do you think a day in the life of a bell boy is like?


Do blondes have more fun?

I do my bit.

Who is the most famous person in the world?


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

In my own villa somewhere nice, poolside, all the best shit, all formats.

Where was the mix recorded?

I recorded the mix at home – my happy place.

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

On headphones.

What should we be wearing?

Dress fancy.

Which track in the mix is your current favourite?

Allez Allez – Hideous Racket (Scrunge version)

What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?

Big call, I'll go with Optimo – Kill The DJ.

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

Looking back, it's less about who I'd want to go back to back with, but standing alongside there's loads… I'd love to have experienced Kool Herc's early sets in the Bronx.

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

2x Technics 1200's and a mixer. Same now, although better mixer and better sound πŸ™‚

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

The one you start on.

What were the first and last records you bought?

First: Wu Tang Clan – Wu Tang Forever. Latest: Roy Ayers – Mystic Voyage.

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


If it was an animal what would it be?


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


Upcoming in the world of… 

… Pilton: Annual cleansing.

Anything else we need to discuss?

Can you sort out tickets by any chance?

See Amateurism at Beat Hotel at Glastonbury on Saturday 27th June, find out more here.