Fresh from revealing another formidable line-up for Ram's follow up to the awesome celebratory party for their 100th release hosted here back in August, we have more good news for fans of the imprint's head honcho Andy C - he'll be headlining our forthcoming collaboration with the world renowned Warehouse Project on Friday 19th November. Not only does this mark a first for us as FABRICLIVE ventures out beyond the capital, travelling due north to Manchester, but Andy will also be playing a very special set, showcasing a new live show called Andy C: ALIVE.
For many drum & bass aficionados, the sheer notion of Andy C upping his game on the decks seems incomprehensible - he’s not called The Executioner for nothing: having won countless awards for his DJing and rightfully gaining legendary status as a master of three deck mixing and a king of double drops over his career to date. However, as we know, Ram Records are exceptionally blessed when it comes to the prestige maneuver. They’re great at keeping their cards close to their chests until the last moment possible, then delivering the next best thing to shake up and reset standards throughout the world of drum & bass. So, news of Andy C: ALIVE has got us giddy with excitement, full of wonder as to what the performance will actually entail.
In a bid to find out more and quell the rumours of just what Andy really has in store, we caught up with him to get the lowdown on what we can expect when he joins a stellar roster of bass music selectors including Rusko, Breakage, Roska and Loadstar for FABRICLIVE at the Warehouse Project this November...
Your schedule during this year's festival season has been absolutely nuts, non-stop, packed with gig after gig, and now you've got your Andy C: Alive tour coming up - how are you feeling?
Yeah this year has been relentless but great fun non-the-less... I don’t think I’ve done so much work abroad in one summer! Some of the schedules have been crazy, like driving eight hours each way from the airport to a festival in Romania, and having to hitch a lift when I got to Burning Man recently due to my driver not having a ticket! I’ve got a couple of weeks off in September which I’m looking forward to but that is just time off from DJing as a lot of the time will be spent finalising the ALIVE show.
Speaking of which, rumours about the show have been flying around like crazy, with many d&b heads wondering just how you'll be able to present a bigger and better set than the quality ones you already play - so can you spill the beans?
I can't really spill the beans just yet but I will still be using 3 turntables amongst some new gadgetry, which will be housed, along with myself, in a purpose built stage set. I’ll be interacting with the crowd via the visual element of the show… We’re just trying to enhance my set and take the whole experience to the next level.
So the live element is more to do with visuals and interaction rather than a live musical performance?
Well, first off I’m not performing any music live, it’s a DJ based show. The premise is to bring my DJ sets alive via a visual representation of my performance. We’re using brand new technology within the show which is quite difficult to explain but will hopefully look amazing when you see it... or at least I hope it does!
There's also been speculation over the past couple of months, that you've been back in the studio working on new material, is that true? Might we be hearing fresh dubs on the 19th November?
Yes, I’ve been in the studio and am working on a few new things. I’ve just finished a remix for Laidback Luke & Example and their 'Natural Disaster' track, which has, thankfully, been getting a great response and a lot of support. With regards to other music, it's just a case of watch this space, but I should hopefully have some more bits floating around very soon.
The ALIVE tour will be wrapping up another mammoth year for both yourself and Ram Records; having reached several milestones including Ram's 100th release, what have been your personal highlights of the last 12 months?
Ram 100 was a big achievement for the label and is something I’m extremely proud of. We took over Bailey’s BBC Radio 1Xtra show for 3 hours to celebrate it and gatecrashed Zane Lowe's Radio 1 show for 30 minutes to promote the whole thing also - both of which are pretty much unheard of for a label to do. Getting back in the studio is also something I’m very happy with as I’ve been wanting to do so for a very long time now. ‘Nightlife 5’ was another great moment for me and achieving No. 12 in the compilation charts with it was a great feeling.
To be honest I’m very lucky to be doing what I’m doing so I make sure I take it all in as much as possible as its one big special moment... Is that too cheesy? Either way, it’s true.
As a fabric resident and being no stranger to the Warehouse Project lineups, what do you think about the one off pairing to present your show in Manchester?
I think it’s going to be amazing… I can’t think of a better partnership in club-land. Warehouse Project is always a highlight in my diary each year and fabric is without doubt one of the best clubs in the world so quite simply I cannot wait to do the show!
Catch Andy C: ALIVE at the FABRICLIVE presents at Warehouse Project on the Saturday 19th November.