Baby Ford - (fabric 85)
Bolton, Greater Manchester.
Music was always around in the house growing up. For instance, as a youngster, my first memories were the Beatles and the Stones. After that came the 70s and 80s, which were very interesting and inspiring times for art and music.
I began to learn instruments as a youngster. I taught myself the guitar and keyboards, and started recording songs on a two-track reel-to-reel. When I was at school, I was in a band with a few friends, around the age of twelve. A few years later, we had residencies in various Working Men’s clubs, pie, mash, peas, and a pint included at the weekends. We lived near Wigan in the mid 70s, and I was introduced to Northern Soul music. The first proper album I bought was Stevie Wonder, ‘Songs in the Key of Life’. During my early years I was also into David Bowie, T-Rex, Velvet Underground, Barry White and The Love Unlimited Orchestra, Chic, Curtis Mayfield, Santana, Kate Bush, Todd Rundgren, and Marvin Gaye, amongst others. Which then evolved into disco and the electronic stuff like Brian Eno, John Foxx, Depeche Mode, Human League, Peter Gabriel, Kraftwerk, Giorgio Moroder, Patrick Cowley, Donna Summer, Joy Division, and New Order. At that time I went to clubs around Manchester, Bolton, and occasional visits to Wigan Pier club; and then in the early 1980s The Hacienda, eventually playing there live in 1990. Consequently, leading me into the world of house and techno music, from the US.
The first Baby Ford release was ‘Oochy Koochy’, twelve inch single, in 1988, with ‘Flowers’, on side B; which was pioneered by DJs like Mark Moore (S-Express), Colin Faver (Kiss FM), and played at London clubs like Shoom, Spectrum at Heaven, and Trip. There was an ‘Oochy Koochy’ launch party at the Mud Club, hosted by the legendary Philip Salon, crazy times. Followed by ‘Fordtrax’, album, through the summer of 88. See discogs.com.
"...I picked a bunch of my favourite records, some new tracks, some in-house productions, and some classics. Pressed record and went for a take, “Good luck studio”, that kind of vibe. Trying to capture the moment in the mix..."
LABELS & PRODUCTION:
After those heady days with a little help from my friends, I started some independent record labels, Ifach, Trelik, and Pal SL, working closely with Ian Loveday and Mark Broom. Followed by projects like Sunpeople and Soul Capsule, with Thomas Melchior, as an in-house production set up releasing records through the labels. At the same time maintaining 100% creative freedom in our music. All of these distributed through small distributors like Kudos, Neuton, and more recently on Juno. Trelik began as a more-funkier platform for trax that we had been producing. For example Minimal Man was a collaboration with the late and great Ian Loveday, also known as ‘Eon’, who produced a lot of the early Trelik releases.
I first played at fabric around 10 years ago in room two. And more recently in room one, with the likes of Zip, and Soul Capsule. It’s a great club, with great sound, and superb technical staff (thanks). Also, as I live in London it’s always good to play local.
The mix was recorded at “Ifach Studio”, here in London. I borrowed an E&S DJR400 rotary mixer from a friend (thanks again Piers). Then I picked a bunch of my favourite records, some new tracks, some in-house productions, and some classics. Pressed record and went for a take, “Good luck studio”, that kind of vibe. Trying to capture the moment in the mix, then I tidied it up with some edits afterwards.
More “Soul Capsule - Presents” and “Trelik” parties, working with good clubs, good promoters, and like-minded people. Collaborations with all the usual suspects: Thomas Melchior, Mark Broom, Zip, Och, Alex Celler, Jonno & Tommo, Ion Ludwig, Desert Sky, and many of whom are featured on the mix.
fabric 85: Baby Ford is out now.
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