Squarepusher, Photek, And Source Direct In A 1996 Documentary

A Dutch documentary with the aforementioned coming straight out of 1996, interviews in english.

Squarepusher: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96PfTcGHZ4Q
Photek: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyKuzY52hWU
Source Direct: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVnm5cdNcus

Some thoughts:

  • If you look for a 2006 BBC interview of Squarepusher you’ll see he has aged terribly. Me too, Dad Chartrand, me too.

  • Source direct come off a bit chav IMHO, mixing on earphones and going deaf in the process. What the fuck are they thinking? But damn, legends and only 20 years old. Respect!

  • The video is from 1996 and is, thus, more than a decade old. It’s the difference between the 60s and 70s, the 70s and 80s, the 80s and 90s, etc. If you rewind on Photek he stills calls it “jungle” when talking about his beats and showing off his atari (Which I think is awesome.)

  • Sick cars that Photek and Source Direct are driving at the start of their part which has to do with it being 1996 and them getting a good chunk of label money i.e. it’s 1996 and they are three of a dozen people making their style music in an era before rampant MP3 distribution, where Black Market Records was king, and mix tapes cost money.

  • The interviewer asks Photek “Do you meet people when you leave London?” and he pretty much answers with “No, why would I? Everyone making the music lives around here.” which showcases the strong regional influence of the sound. This same kind of influence kick-started the Dubstep scene.

  • As a Canadian living near Toronto (at the time), first I heard of Photek was probably in 1997. A few months later, I remember listening to some local radio, some UK guys came over and they were confused as to why we were a few years behind? Music wasn’t instant back then. It had to be moved, physically. That added value to the tunes. That added value to the experience. Now it’s all throw-away rampant downloading? (Notable exception: the .MOD scene)

Anyway, just some things I needed to share. Could be worthless. Great videos though.

cool thanks for sharing

Nice watching. I did “computermusic” almost a decade before them, and Photek drove Ferrari in -96. Now what does that tell about me :)

Two Ferraris?