101 with The Revenge

Graeme Clark, Scottish producer from Glasgow was and is part of many projects, but its main DJ & production name, The Revenge, is the one that keeps coming back.

After more than fifteen years of curating and cultivating quality music, releasing two albums, numerous musical projects; DJ & Live gigs in more than 35 countries in the world, awards, productions, edits & remixes - Graeme is still going strong.

For those unfamiliar with Graeme, let's return back; he began producing in his early teenage years, making a skewed blend of electronic music using a couple of his dad's old drum machines and a sampler. Influenced by his parent's collection of rock, soul, and funk aswell as eighties daytime radio and the burgeoning rave scene, he began the process of dissecting and re-imagining the music.

As a means to get some of these productions out, Graeme set up label Five20East Records UK in 1999 with brothers Scott & Ross Langley as an outlet for their own productions. His own productions for Five20East and his 'DJ-only edits' for L.E.S.S. Productions have had across-the-board support from scene heavyweights including: Danny Krivit, Jimpster, Radio Slave, Prins Thomas, Todd Terje, The Unabombers, Karizma, SWAG, Dan Ghenacia, Gilles Peterson, Ashley Beedle, Domu, Joe Claussell, Stuart Patterson, Bill Brewster, Phil Asher, Tim Sweeney and more. These days he curates his current imprint, Roar Groove.

Although his remixes and edits have been a staple of discerning DJ’s crates for many years, recent production work has cemented his reputation; with his remix for Auntie Flo being re-touched by Dixon for the Philomena label and his continuing collaboration with Craig Smith as 6th Borough Project showcasing his love for dusty disco and deep cuts.

We took a chance to quickly catch up with Graeme Clark before the release of his new EP, the fourth "Roar Groove meets Dirt Crew" installment which will be released via Dirt Crew recordings. Listen to the premiere of the first track Like an Ending below. It's a trippy, melancholic-euphoric track driven by a Moog Voyager bassline with classic House keys and vibe.

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

"Can you double the bpm?"

Can you describe your studio setup for us?

Moog Voyager rack, Dave Smith Prophet 6 rack, Roland MX1, Roland TR8, Moogerfooger MF104M delay, Keyfax Phatboy, Ableton Push.

Could you tell us the story about your first gig?

I played a ‘live’ show around 1996 / 97 at an under 18’s rave. I was still at high school and was making hardcore / gabber stuff at the time. My setup was my Commodore Amiga computer running Octamed, an old TV set, a Roland TR606, Roland TR505 and a Casio Keyboard. Nothing was synced up and I was playing from a backing tape so it definitely wasn’t live, but it was actually an ok gig. Everybody was high except me and my mate I think.

Name three artists that currently inspire you?

The Mole, Mr G, DJ Nervoso

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

I was running a club night with my mates about 15 years ago. We promoted a night at Halloween and decided to dress up as women. Nobody showed up and the club closed after an hour. It was a long walk home and my legs were freezing.

What do you do before and after your set?

Lie in a quiet place and contemplate my existence.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?

Delivering newspapers.

What are your favourite labels at the moment?

Analog Africa, Studio Barnhus, Fifty Fathoms Deep, Principe Discos, Foto Recordings, Rhythm Section, Dead Horse.

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

Kleeer "Intimate Connection"

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

"Don’t pick it. It’ll bleed."

Thanks!


One of the mixes from the archive.

By Blaz, edited on 21 July 2019