We wanted to do something a little different for our next mix, so we enlisted the collective behind Bristol’s freshest garment outlet (Donuts) and one of the city’s most forward-thinking clubnights (Crazylegs). We have actually been in the process of chasing it since June – I see you Jamie! The reason I wanted to have them curate a mix is because I found it very impressive that some young guys were running a retail shop off their own backs.
I’ve got massive respect for Turntablelab, and Donuts seems to be their British equivalent. Since the Donuts lads are so busy, I wasn’t too fussed with the six month delay. To be honest I thought they had all but forgotten my request. But then when I posted pics of BTG015, our signature tee, they got in touch straight away.
And to make things even more interesting, after agreeing on an interview I thought it would be cool if they repped their city through the mix. That was the only criteria to be met in the brief – that it be 100% Bristol. Three hours later I had a mix in my inbox thanks to Crazylegs resident EFA. Its focuses on new sounds from the UK bass scene, but is a bit more special than your average mix of said variety due to its geographical focus.
Download: EFA (Pollen/Crazylegs) – BTGMX006
Exclusive interview and tracklist after the jump
How was Donuts started?
Tom: We started the store three years ago with the intention of bringing a collection of brands to Bristol that we loved and were currently unavailable.
Jamie: We’d worked in clothing stores prior to opening Donuts and felt that if we were to continue doing that it had to be for ourselves. It’s clothing I love as opposed to retail so it really seemed the only way to progress for me.
What’s the grind like, running a retail shop?
J: It can be pretty tough but also really rewarding. Donuts is a very personal thing for us so when people appreciate what we do I take that as a big compliment. It’s a really good feeling to go to a club and see a bunch of people rocking stuff that I know has come from our store.
T: Yeah the shop is a strong reflection of ourselves and so often feels like my home away from home – in that respect it’s great. It is a lot of work though and it doesn’t just end at 7pm when we close.
J: Like A-Ron says, never not working. Haha.
You also run Crazylegs, one of Bristol’s best clubnights. Can you tell us a little bit about that? Why the need to differentiate between Donuts and Crazylegs?
J: Our Donuts nights grew from the idea of putting on a party for the people that shopped with us and we ran them monthly at this great little club called the Tube (RIP) until 2009. Crazylegs had launched in the meantime and to be honest we stepped on each others toes a little in terms of bookings, so when Tube closed Andy (DJ Shandy) came to us, and some other promoters, to suggest we join forces. More people involved gave us the scope to put on the shows we wanted to with less risk so basically that’s the difference; Donuts is just Tom and myself where as Crazylegs is a kind of all-conquering, 10-headed promotional beast.
T: We (Crazylegs) all come from fairly different musical backgrounds and we’ve never really had a booking policy – essentially we just want to throw great parties people will remember! Venue magazine made us their Club Of The Year 2010 and we’d love to make it two on the bounce.
What trends fade quicker, music or fashion?
J: I guess trends can be pretty fleeting with either so hopefully we don’t get too caught up in them. What we do is (we hope) very current but at the same time I want to be able to look back and be proud rather than wonder what the hell I was thinking.
What does Bristol have that London doesn’t?
T: Without sounding too lame, Bristol has a strong sense of community. Despite the fact it’s a large city it can feel quite small sometimes and this definitely works in it’s favour. Promoters, clubs and bars all work well together and the same goes for the healthy independent retail scene. Oh and it has Donuts.. ;)
What can we expect from you for the rest of 2011?
J: We’re stepping things up again this year and putting some parties on at Blue Mountain. It’s a legendary venue in Bristol that’s slipped a bit in recent years but it’s just had some money spent on it and Dirt Sounds have just put a monster new Funktion 1 rig in there. We’re doing a party there on Friday (18th Feb) with Joker, Superisk & Tomb Crew and Crazylegs touches down there on March 19th, but we’ll still be doing parties in smaller clubs too and hoping to keep people on their toes with our bookings. We want to make sure that bigger nights don’t equate to more restricted lineups.
T: On the shop side of things we’re welcoming in a few new brands for 2011 which we’re really looking forward to. We also have some amazing exhibitions planned for the coming few months which are definitely worth looking out for. Our store doubles up as a small gallery space so if you miss the launch of a show then drop in and take a look any other time.
Describe the mix.
J: EFA put it together and it’s all tracks from Bristol artists or released on Bristol labels.
EFA: I really enjoyed having a theme for this mix, I usually select on the fly but this allowed me to pull the tunes 1st. Had a few key matches near the end which were completely unplanned. PS, Conjecture by Hodge is out on March 21st from all the big online record stores.
J: Big up team Crazylegs: Jonny, Gwyn & Shaun, Shandy, the Kelly Twins, Daz and everyone that comes to our nights.
EFA – Up Your Gums (Dub)
Kowton – She Don’t Jack (Idle Hands)
Julio Bashmore – Ask Yourself (PMR)
Hodge – Hackers (Forthcoming Well Rounded)
Kahn – Like We Used To (Forthcoming Punch Drunk)
Pinch – Qawwali (Planet Mu)
Andy Mac – Every Time (Dub)
Geiom – Luna (Soul Motive)
Shortstuff & Hyetal – Don’t Sleep (Punch Drunk)
Velour – Kick It Till It Breaks (Night Slugs)
Artifact – Comin’ Up (Forthcoming Car Crash Set)
Hodge – Conjecture (Forthcoming Pollen)
Smith & Mighty – B Line Fi Blo (Punch Drunk Unearthed)
Al Tourettes & Appleblim – Lipsmacker (Deadboy Remix) (AUS)
Peverelist & Hyetal – The Hum (Punch Drunk)
Peverelist – Roll With The Punches (Punch Drunk)
Guido feat. Aaryao – Beautiful Complication (Punch Drunk)
M.I.K – Duppy & Leave (Kahn Remix) (Dub)
Joker – Stuck In The System (Earwax)