Ahead of his headline slot at the fast approaching Northern Electric Festival 2017 in Newcastle, we spoke to Carl H about this quite honestly sublime mix he put together for us. We already knew him to be a killer DJ, one of the best we have ever met, but having something archived under backdrop of this quality is a real privilege. You can catch Carl on Friday 21st July in Cosmic Ballroom for the opening party of the Festival.
Carl H is a proud Cleethorpes native with a huge contribution to the electronic music scene. He’s a record label owner, promoter, radio show host and most significantly a DJ. He is a widely respected selector with a vast and interesting record collection that he’s been collecting for just under 10 years, and which spans every aspect of electronic music. Anybody that has heard carl play will confirm his sets are full of weird, wonderful, rare and unheard of gems ranging right across house, techno, electro, rave, acid and everything else in-between. He has promoted and held residencies at parties such as Northern Purpose, Collective Minds (Birmingham) Sub:System (London) as well as hosting his own parties at Chalet club in Berlin. Club der Visionaere, Grelle Forelle, Field Maneuvers and Nightmoves are amongst the many places he’s played across the UK and around Europe. Recently Carl started his own record label Animals On Psychedelics where he is proudly showcasing music by his friends and favourite producers. His radio show that bears the same name as his label on Leeds station KMAH is currently going from strength to strength, on a monthly basis he showcases his record collection and invites his friends from around the UK for guest sets.
Hello Carl, thanks so much for taking the time out to record us this mix. It is a real deep and wonderful masterclass this one, arguably my favourite podcast to date, with constant drive and some electro therapy in there too. Where and when did you deliver this beauty?
Hi guys, thanks for the kind words, it really means a lot as you already have some wicked mixes in your podcast series from the likes of Ben Boe, John Shima and many more. This mix was recorded in the booth at /Ku:p/, which is my little night club in Cleethorpes. I had just received a nice sized batch of records from Juno as a treat for myself as I could not make it to Freerotation and though they may help cheer me up. So the mix consists of them records and one or two older bits.
The only record I recognise is the opener, Alpha Delta Division. What a true beauty. I think I recognise it because you showed me it, but I cannot remember, I have picked up so many great tips from you its hard to recall. Any other records in there you want to give a mention to?
Yeah I think we have discussed this Alpha Delta Division record before. I picked up the repress, the original was to expensive for my bank balance ha. I enjoy sharing records / discussing records with people like yourself. For one I did not make these records so I don’t see it as my duty to hold them tightly to my chest, and secondly I hope that I get to find something new that I have not come across before. So the electro records you mentioned is http://www.juno.co.uk/products/shinra-ball-chain-ep/591356-01/. All four tracks on the ep are great and pretty pacey also. There is a record by Neel on there, I love his production – it really draws you in and you can loose yourself in them. http://www.juno.co.uk/products/neel-the-vancori-complex/652448-01/.
We are really over-excited to have you come join us at backdrop for Northern Electric Festival. We first heard about your DJing through Jane Fitz, who was raving about her mate in Cleethorpes. You have a very recognisable DJ sound while still managing to sound diverse and spontaneous, much like Jane, what’s your secret?
Thumbs up to Jane for the hook up, The secret is to have your own personality and your own approach to djing, sure you pick up inspiration from people, who doesn’t. But I see so many people trying to sound like the latest trend dj’s. You guys have loads of personality in the way you play, Thats why I LOVE YOU x
You have run numerous parties in multiple European spots over the years, from Berlin to London. Could you give us some highlights?
Hhhmmmmm high lights. I really enjoyed playing at CDV in Berlin, purely for the extensive set times. And the amazing watermelon man drinks they sell.
I always enjoy playing in Birmingham, NYD 2016 was a great party in SpotLight. And obviously any Night Moves / Field Moves related madness is always a huge treat to play at.
But my favourite event i have ever thrown was without doubt Sub:System with my brother from another lover, Tom Saunders. We will be doing more Sub: System parties next year and we have a new resident joining our team, so keep your eyes peeled for that news.
What is it about DJing that you enjoy so much? It is evident to anyone who sees you play that you really live for it.
I guess after spending countless hours looking for records and only playing them to yourself in your bedroom, then finally getting to play them to people and see them lose their self control, its pretty hard not to lose your own. I love going out dancing and I think that sometimes shows in the way I play, who knows? Ha.
You also run the youthful yet fruitful Animals On Psychedelics record label. Could you tell us a bit about what you have released so far and what is upcoming?
Yes I started the label a while back – 2014 I think i came up with the idea. It’s now 2017 and the second release is ready to drop in August. So as you can see we are pretty chilled here at AOP hq.
The 1st release was from Invisible Menders which consists of Jane Fitz & Dom Ahtuam and it was the perfect EP for us to get things going and give the label its direction. The Genie is such a great dance floor track! The 2nd Release is from Miro SundayMusiq with the Butter Ep. Totally different pace to the 1st release, but still sends me into that same head space. This will be dropping in August, and I believe we are doing an AOP in-store at Rough Trade London in August with myself, Miro and Jane.
Which other record label’s, producers or DJ’s are really keeping you inspired currently?
DJ-wise I get inspired by pretty much my dj friends I have surrounded myself with, You guys, Jane and my Friend Tom Saunders – known as Remove-Me – are all fantastic DJs.
What else are you most looking forward to this year?
The birth of my second child and my holiday with my wife and my Daughter in September. Oh and obviously coming to see you guys.
What can people expect from your set for us on July 21st?
I am asking myself that same question ha, ENERGY.