101 with Frederick

Frederick is the alias of a DJ and producer, Peter Oakden, known for previous releases on labels like Local Talk and Soundofspeed. Emotive, cinematic, epic and space are some of the words used to describe his approach to deep house music production and also in his versatile DJ sets. He has been recording for Berlin imprint Miseriedits, a blink-and-you've-probably-already-missed-it spin-off label from Ewan Pearson & Klas Lindblad and also remixing for The Revenge's ever impressive Roar Groove and Atjazz. His debut long player Disruptive Pattern Material was released in March 2014 on his dwelling-label Fifty Fathoms Deep. We just premiered his remix of 6th Borough Project which can be streamed on our Soundcloud and you can get the vinyl here.

What was the funniest / most bizarre request you’ve ever had while playing?

This moment wasn’t request related but I remember playing in London years ago and one of the drunk punters came in to the dj booth, and while our backs were turned for a moment he started mixing a track in - haha! You could image our reactions at the time!

Can you describe your studio setup for us?

It’s really simple to be honest… An iMac, Komplete Kontrol S49, Komplete Audio 6, Yamaha HS5, AIAIAI TMA - 2 Studio Presets, Machine MK3. A bunch of plugins but I tend to use Arturia V Collection 6, u-he Diva, Komplete 11 and Waves the most.

Could you tell us the story about your first gig?

My first gig was as a trio act. Myself, my brother and my now brother-in-law. I was only 15 or so, we handed in a mix tape and got a residency. Unfortunately it didn’t last too long as the bar owners found out we weren’t 18! It was at a bar/club called Trinity’s in Stoke-on-Trent back in 1997.

Name three artists that currently inspire you.

Jullian Gomes; We’re working on a side project at the moment which is inspiring me.

6th Borough Project / The Revenge; Always love what my pal’s put out there.

Osunlade; A constant inspiration for me.

Recall the worst experience of ‘killing the vibe’ in the club.

Never really come across anything that bad to be honest, I guess that’s quite lucky.

What do you do before and after your set?

Before I usually eat and drink with friends. After… It depends, sometime you just got to carry on having fun but these days I tend to retire and try to get as much sleep as possible.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?

Washing pots in an Indian restaurant at weekends. It was my first job, I was just 14. It was maybe the worse but it was defiantly the most beneficial for me looking back. It taught me a lot at such a young age.

Imagine a cold winter, a fireplace and two glasses of wine what song would you play?

Yaw – Where Will You Be

Last but not least. What's the best advice you've ever received?

Trust and enjoy the process of life whether its personal, business or creative because nothing stands still, everything changes.

By Blaz, edited on 05 February 2019