Two years ago, Graeme Sinden and Dave ‘Switch’ Taylor decided to knock heads on a bimonthly residency at FABRICLIVE in the shape of a club night named, quite aptly, Get Familiar. At the time, they described the night thus: “It’s an anything-goes eclectic club music blaze of the best in everything forward-thinking and party - from the booty popping sounds of Baltimore Club Music and Rio's Baile Funk to JA's upfront Dancehall riddims, hyperactive Hip Hop to House/Electro and everything that’s good in-between. Expect familiar DJ faces and live bands at the top of their game to kick it alongside the hottest up and coming acts from around the world, as well as over-looked scene legends.” And that’s exactly what they’ve done. Since January ’06, Get Familiar has grown from strength to strength, showcasing immense live performances from South Rakkas Crew, Buraka Som Sistema, Kid Sister, Spank Rock, Plastic Little, Bonde Do Role, Kool Keith and Boy Better Know; jam-hot DJ sets from DJ Funk, Diplo, A-Trak, DJ Assault, Toddla T, The Rub, The Heatwave, Sany Pitbull, Dexplicit and Hot Chip, among countless others. Showcasing an all-embracing variety of sounds and styles, their programming for Get Familiar mimics Switch & Sinden’s unconventional creations as a production duo. But let’s back up, before the pair joined forces for Get Familiar; before they teamed up for their Counterfeet label (which has released Radioclit, Sinden, Count Of Monte Cristal and Solid Groove); before, as A Brucker & Sinden, they created scene-shaking remixes for the likes of Lady Sovereign and Bugz In The Attic; before the duo concurrently stormed the world with a twisted, glitchy house beat that beggars description (‘Fidget House’ being the moniker that journalists keep inaccurately clinging onto); before Sinden went on to extend his remix credentials (which include Mark Ronson, Björk, Crystal Castles, Chromeo, Estelle, Santogold, Sam Sparro, Alphabeat, to name but a few); before his weekly Kiss 100 show became a cult sensation; before The Count & Sinden blew up the underground radar (with their club smash ‘Beeper’); before Sinden’s Machines Don’t Care project (with Hervé, Trevor Loveys, Fake Blood, Detboi, Drop The Lime, Toddla T, Serocee, Affie Yusef and A-Trak) turned into a worldwide takeover...Let’s go way back and way east to Essex, where a young Graeme Sinden was zealously collecting records and attending Def Leppard shows with his mum (true story).
"I’ve always been interested in the idea of world-music-meets-dance-music - I explored that a lot on the mix. I decided to make a very current, present-day CD, there aren’t too many old classics or throwbacks; it’s really about what’s going on in clubland right now. It’s just future jams, the kind of new world sounds you’d hear at any Get Familiar night at FABRICLIVE." Sinden
On FABRICLIVE 43: Switch & Sinden Present Get Familiar, the ever-unstoppable Sinden provides a bumping, thumping representation of the no-holds-barred mindset Switch & Sinden bring to each Get Familiar club night. Sinden delivers a flawless blend of upfront exclusives, pushing music from streets all over the world - from the gutter sound of Baltimore (reppin’ scene legends King Tutt and Scottie B) to the hooky wonky synths of Africa (bigging up Mujava with Sinden’s own exclusive remix), from the percussive energy of Kuduru (with Lisbon’s heroes Buraka Som Sistema) to the low-slung bass-heavy sounds of London’s grittiest corners (featuring all-star bangers across bassline, dubstep and grime).