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DJ October

YouTube Sessions: October

Holding the fort down for Bristol’s House and Techno scene several years longer than many of his more celebrated contemporaries, Julian ‘October’ Smith first made his bow as a producer more than 10 years ago. Never one for doing things strictly by the book, Smith’s releases on Will Saul’s AUS and his own TANSTAAFL have distinguished themselves through their uniqueness. Drawing from a bottomless pool of influences, Smith is always looking to progress and develop his style, and as such has won a small but devoted following of admirers including sometime collaborator Appleblim and NYC House figures such as Fred P and Levon Vincent.

Combing through a choice selection of his most loved YouTube clips for us before appearing at Fabric on Saturday, Smith opens a window on his musical influences. Dub and Reggae feature heavily with some great BBC sponsored clips making an appearance, whilst there’s also room for early footage of The Cure, proto-techno and one very disappointed Hercules…

The Disciples – Militant Lion Dub

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Named by Jah Shaka – couldn’t find a video for this track but it had to be on here. A big inspiration for me in understanding engineering and production techniques.

The Space Lady – Radar Love

The Space Lady has been around since the 80’s and is from San Francisco and is a cult star. Her greatest hits were released last year on Night School. This is a cover of Radar Love by Dutch band, Golden Earring. Far superior than the original in my opinion.

Jah Shaka Soundsystem – Babylon

I saw this on tv real late at night sometime in the late 90’s but couldn’t remember what it was called or who was in it. I was reintroduced to it a couple of years ago and found out it was Babylon. Produced by the BBC in 1981 and stared a young Aswad proto ‘Shine’ era. Such an inspiring movie and the vibe and soundtrack is just killer.

Sharevari @ The Scene, Detroit (Remastered)

The birth of Techno? A record I feel everyone needs to hear if they don’t know it already and this video is just the best. Why can’t TV be like this anymore…

Chez Damier – You Ain’t Dancin’ (A Paris Is Burning Montage) 1992

Such an amazing way to record. My whole way of recording these days is based on Dub techniques so this video inspired me a lot. Again BBC made if I’m not mistaken and I saw it years ago at a university lecture.

Lee Scratch Perry – Studio Black Ark

Such an amazing way to record. My whole way of recording these days is based on Dub techniques so this video inspired me a lot. Again BBC made if I’m not mistaken and I saw it years ago at a university lecture.


Front 242 – No Shuffle (Live 1980’s)

Belgium’s finest. This record either goes off or completely clears the floor every time I play it – there’s never a middle ground.

The Cure – Play For Today

One of my favorite Cure songs complete with VHS flutter. Check out a young Robert Smith minus the make up and hair.

Big Black – Bad Penny (Live 1986)

Steve Albini’s first “successful” band and I have loved this since I was a teen but only this song as it was on a Touch and Go cassette comp. The first time I heard a drum machine and guitars that noisy together. It’s not my favorite song of theirs but it’s responsible for getting me into drum machines.

Hercules – Disappointed

Because I think this is the funniest thing on the internet.

October plays Fabric on Saturday alongside Kyle Hall and Craig Richards. Buy tickets here.