From time to time we are presented with a mix which takes us by surprise, in this day and age everyone's a dj... However, then there are those who can pick and choose with the utmost precision, Ty Abiodun is one.
He reached out to us early this year with a humble email, a mix attached and a reccomendation from a previous upload. We were wholeheartdely impressed by the music he presented and were instantly keen to include him in our 'shine a light on' series. This site has never been about the biggest names but about showcasing musicality and talent from whichever source it might appear from. As a graphic designer by day Ty Abiodun simply has a deeply rooted love of music... it shows.
Listen and read the interview below:
Please introduce yourself… Who are you, where are you and what are you?
My name is Ty Abiodun. I was born and raised in Manchester. Now residing down by the sea in Brighton. A Graphic Designer by day and occasional collector/DJ the rest of the time.
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)?
Where was the mix recorded?
At home in the office on a sunny Friday morning.
What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?
Somewhere with your feet up or down, with a nice vista.
What should we be wearing?
Some Loose clothing
What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format?
See ideal setting but with access to an amazing collection. And my feet down!
Which track in the mix is your current favourite?
Half-Man, Half-Machine - Peace Within. A track which seems to fit many genres.
What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?
That’s a toughie! Usually can’t go wrong with one of JAZ’s. So how about his White Girls Cant Rap. Synth Pop, boogie galore! >>
If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?
Erm, Loads. Mancuso! Levan, Knuckles, Jamie Tiller, Orpheu the Wizard, Abel, JAZ, Phil Mison. How about putting them all on the same bill.
What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?
First set up was a bad one. A belt-driven midi hi-fi turntable. An old direct drive turntable, which had no previous careful owners and A Realistics mixer. Now 2 Technics 1210’s, Numark Mixer and a CDJ
What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?
I’m gonna be awkward and say the track in the middle. You’re in to it then, and you know where you’re going.
What were the first and last records you bought?
Embarrassingly, first one was Cliff Richard and the Young Ones - Living Doll. Most recent Marlene - Deja Vu LP
If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?
A Fruit Salad
If it was an animal what would it be?
A baby Giraffe - Tall with room to grow
One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?
Nothing wrong with a fade out and then playing a record from the beginning. But that scratch sound on Floating Points – 'Love Me Like This' has always bugged me!
Upcoming in the world of…
Soon to be moving house. So thinking that would be a good time to final organise my collection properly. Organising more guest mixes for my Radio show - "Through The Trees". And working on the next part of my design/charity project - “A Sense of Place”
Anything else we need to discuss?
You should all be talking about how good 1BTN.fm is getting. Great music and shows. (Of course my show is on there)