A skweee showcase introducing one of the best known labels in the genre, direct from Norway and in the UK for the very first time to launch the debut Dødpop artist LP, ‘Kosmik Regn’ by Beatbully. Having sent the dancefloor into a mass skweee sprawl at Unsound, By:Larm and Øya last year - this gig will deliver live sets from key members of the Nordic imprint: Beatbully, Sprutbasss & Melkeveien. With DJ support from DO IT! residents (Uraki Riddim, Kid Bell & White Chocolate) and Hush Hush honcho Giles Walker, visuals by Uber AV and a Funktion One soundsystem - the event promises to be an exciting introduction to the conflict r’n’b and synthetic funk sounds of this Scando analogue movement that has gathered international interest. Poster by Alexander Horne. McSKWEEE LIKE A PIG ABERDEEN!!!
The Introducing series aims to introduce the opinions and inspirations of our residents and the artists we admire and collaborate with at events. We kick off the series with a quick overview of the visual duo M.O.C. and Ben,Über AV, who have been involved in the collective since we started in 2008. Since founding DO IT! with myself (Alexander Horne) and Jonathon Brown - M.O.C. (Jon Reid) has gone on to produce visuals with Ben for the likes of Hot Chip, LCD Soundystem and Green Velvet. They mix 80s nostalgia with vibrant colors and abstract shapes, predominantly using analogue equipment and are also heavily involved in the cities developing art scene. (image: Über AV installation at Cellar Bar, Neil Henderson photo)
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Q: Your both Aberdeen lads, how has growing up in the city influenced your work? How did you start out? What else influenced your work outside of your hometown?
A: Being in Aberdeen has given us opportunities to work closely with clubs and promoters like Let It Bleed and Snafu, who have given us the chance to expand the scale of our VJ set up and test out ideas. If we were in a bigger city like Glasgow or Edinburgh then we’d be part of a bigger network of artists. At the moment we are the only people pushing the visual elements as far as club nights go here, we hope that we open the door for more people to have a go and get on board though. Visually, 80s cartoons have been the biggest influence on VJing, Ullyses 31 in particular - I love the look and feel you get combined with the analogue video mixer and the effects.
Q: How do the two of you work together - before and during events or just the latter? Your work has involved anything from setting up multiple projectors to full television set installations - what is your creative process for such great ideas?
A: Set up wise I get a bit ocd, sort mall the cables and connections out and make sure that everything is working as it should be! The biggest set up so far has been for The 2 Bears at The Forum: 2 back projectors, 3 roof projectors and 10 tvs along the front of the stage - 3 hours to set it all up.
Usually we prepare our videos individually, Ben runs most of his visuals through Arkaos which are then fed into to mixer where it will meet whatever random dvd I have chosen to play, then we mix them with the music. I use Premiere to make dvd loops with logos etc which I have flying across or scrolling up and down the screen, Ben is a bit more high tech and has spinning 3D logos which do tricks and all sorts. Very much high & low tech approaches. Time is always a factor as well, we like the last minute rush!
Q: There has been much debate in music about the merits of digital or analogue equipment. Does that argument affect you guys? It seems you mostly use analogue equipment (with installations etc.) but, some other VJs use programs that just require a projector and laptop - would you ever change your methodology or is it not an issue what you are using (digital or analogue)?
A: I think we manage to find a balance between them both, I love the hands on approach with the mixer and dvd players, it is easier to make mistakes but it keeps it fun. With the laptop stuff you can do a bit more with effects but you need a bit of both to make the visuals dance to the music. My back is straining from carrying all the gear so no doubt a change to laptop is coming but, I’ll probably still use the trusty Panasonic mixer for a smooth cross fade!
Q: Two years of shows with DO IT! and countless other gigs in Aberdeen, what has been the most memorable show for the two of you? Who would you most like to see at one of our future events?
A: One of my favourite events was DO IT! # 2 when we got ahold of a high spec video mixer and managed to blend Akira with classic David Attenborough footage and a heart shaped video mask! The Christmas tree installation at the last DO IT! was cool for trying to bring a more creative element to the visuals and the Star Wars AV set for Lamplighter in the summer was also a great experience. For future events I’d really like to work with American Men, tailoring visuals to their music would be a lot of fun.
Q: Who do you think is going to make a mark on a visual or music tip for 2011?
A: For me this year has started with the discovery of Bibio, I’m usually a year behind everyone else when it comes to new sounds so yeah, Bibio ftw!
Q: Finally, what should we look out for in 2011 involving either of you?
A: Hopefully be working with Let it Bleed and Snafu, to try and help up the visuals stakes for them both. We are also running an Audio Visual Experiment for 1 month down at 26 studios along with Jim Ewan, Andy Smith & Murray Horne. The idea is to get us all in one space, set up all the audio and video equipment and see what happens, see what direction the music and the visuals take. We might set themes for each practice like Natural History or Space!? The main thing is the journey, we’ll see what comes of it.
DO IT! was a collective of artists and a club night that arranged live music, audio visual and art events from 2008 - 2012 in Aberdeen and Oslo. This site represented our tastes, trends and insights from some of the artists we collaborated with and aspired to book. All content written by DO IT! and Fine Grains Records founder, Resident Advisor and Vice contributor Alexander Horne. Previous guests include:
IKONIKA, MWESLEE, RUSTIE, FLAKO, DORIAN CONCEPT, PURSUIT GROOVES, ONRA, BUDDY SATIVA, GOLD PANDA, OFFSHORE, AUNTIE FLO, TELEPHONES, SPRUTBASS, MOTHER NORTH, BEATBULLY, TOBII, INKO, VKTR, SNASEN, DJ WOO, ALL CITY RECORDS, AM$TRAD BILLIONAIRE, REWOLMER, TIMBER, LEIF AND THE FUTURE, LAMPLIGHTER, BOBBY BRAZUKA, STUDIO CEE, PROVIANT AUDIO, INDIAN RED LOPEZ, PYHUFNT, TOM WILSON, HALVOR BODIN, CUPOFILL, VIXEN VJs,
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