Every so often, reference is made to dance being dead, or rock being healthy, or vice versa. It implies the two things have an inverse relationship; that they can't co-exist. It's a load of old nonsense, as the work of Andrew Weatherall serves to prove. A cursory glance at his discography - featuring Creation, Heavenly, Factory, Rough Trade, One Little Indian, Warner, Talkin' Loud, Island, Boy's Own, Deconstruction, Warp, Rotters' Golf Club etc - undermines the cliche further. Or put another way: trends don't sell records, artists do. Andrew Weatherall lives his life in small print, not bold text, always supporting the independents, and ever ready to back the underdog. He cares for fashion but not what is fashionable. Nothing about him is painstakingly planned, or coolly calculated.
"It's only in the last five years that I've considered myself a DJ, 'cos when I first started, I just played records. I thought of it as a job, but I never thought of it as a career. When you start thinking career, you start thinking 'game plans', and 'I've gotta be at a certain stage', and 'oh, why am I still doing this' if, you know, 'my career should be here'. I've never thought of it as a career. Call me an underachiever but I never... I think if you start thinking of it as a career, you start thinking you've gotta be here at a certain time, then you start taking shortcuts and start making the wrong kind of decisions. For a long time I put myself down and said it wasn't a proper job. But it is." Andrew Weatherall
'Fabric 19' is Andrew's second or third official mix CD (it's a little hard to tell for certain). Inspired by a DJ set at Fabric, in support of the band !!!, he began to stick any deep and sleazy house tracks he found in a separate pile at home. For the mix, he's blended them with a few deep and druggy records, and some sleek and poppy ones. It features electro, acid, house, techno, schaffel, synths, and electric guitars, and it provides many of his typical 'moments'; the Egyptian Lover crashing into Sexual Harassment, for example, or the Joy Division-inspired selection of The Emperor Machine, to precede he and Keith Tenniswood's cover version of Ricardo Villalobos.