Timothy ‘Heretic’ Clerkin: The Ransom Note Mix


Up next with the Ransom Note Mix is none other than Timothy 'Heretic' Clerkin – our beloved bearded and coiffured member of the R$N family – whose latest EP Serenade will be dropping on Ransom Note Records next week.

When he's not chowing down on a bowl of Tesco's finest tomato soup with a crusty baguette on the side (despite it being a balmy 27 degrees outside – are you mad mate?) he's busy pondering which of his superior tweed suits he should wear. Oh, and making music. Bloody good music too. As are the suits. 

Have a listen to the mix below, download and save for later, and read the Q&A. Do it now. It's Friday, we all know you're not doing any work.


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

I am Timothy, purveyor of beards, soup & middle-of-the-road acid house. I am in the studio & I am a humanoid.

What does your music sound like? Can you draw what you think it sounds like for us?

Like an occasional Orbital tribute act.

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

In the sunshine with a beverage, being jostled to & fro by some bright orange, muscled dude with a deep v t-shirt on. Oh no wait, that’s something else..

What should we be wearing?

Nothing, except perhaps a sports bra for humans with boobs & a dick sling for humans with penises. Or both if you have both & vice versa.

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

Inside your mind.

Which track in the mix is your current favourite?

So much good music around right now, it’s hard to choose, but the Seb Voigt mix of Moderna y Theus Mago is pretty fucking special. 

What's your favourite recorded mix of all time?

Tough to say… whenever I get asked what my favourite album I always go for something from my formative years like In Utero or Loveless. There are probably better albums than those two, but they started my passion for this nonsense… So, Ivan Smagghe’s Bugged Out! Presents Suck My Deck or one of the Colette CD’s from 2005/2006 were what I was listening to when I was first getting into club music. I’ll go for one of those.

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

A piece of total shit Behringer mixer & a laptop running Ableton, as it’s hard to mix with just one partly broken turntable. I’ve now got rid of the mixer / laptop nightmare & don’t DJ at home whatsoever. 

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

Depends when you’re playing really, emptying a room can be quite satisfying in the right context. But ending on something to bring the crowd together in rapturous euphoria is what we should really be aiming for as paid professionals. 

What were the first and last records you bought?

I think my first vinyl record was probably Definitely, Maybe – I was more into tapes when I were a lad in the nineties. The last one I bough was Mono Junk – Nolla3Nolla EP 

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

Like, one of those gobstoppers than starts off nice and sugary but is sour, bitter and unpalatable by the end? 

If this mix was an animal what would it be?

There must be some bacteria that has a life span of 1hr15? Answers on a postcard R$N readers. 

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

Nothing is impossible! Provided you don’t mind car crashes / making everyone in the club turn towards you with furrowed brows. 

Upcoming in the world of?

My new 12” is out next week on some label called Ransom Note Records (?), lots of remixes coming up for Concret, Natalie Reiss, Dark Circles, Konvex & The Shadow, Kali Ma, Fable etc & continuing to take my live show around the county, next stop being Farr Festival. 

Follow Timothy 'Heretic' Clerkin over HERE.

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