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Tuesday, 21 January 2014
AN INTERVIEW WITH BOBBY O'DONNELL
For those who don’t Bobby O'Donnell, can you introduce yourself?
My name is Bobby O'Donnell. I live in Leeds, hail from
Blackpool and I'm a Gemini.
have been stalwarts of the music scene in Leeds for some years, how has it
changed musically for you? Has it been a positive shift in direction in terms
I think living in Leeds has introduced me to different
styles of music but nothing has changed, I still like music that is soulful in
its ways and that can cover all genres, tempos etc. It's just the music I make
and play has a certain functionality to it now. That's due to a djing context
more than anything. It's definitely a positive thing.
about your long association with Mint Club? What makes the Mint brand so good?
The Mint Club is pretty much part of the wallpaper in
Leeds now, the club has been going for ages and long may it continue! It's just
one of those special places to go and lose your mind, body and dignity in. I'm
associated with it due to me being good friends with Shane and the people who
run System. They're really sound and they have given me a massive opportunity
by letting me play records there. The Mint brand is so good because they go the
extra mile whenever they put on an event. Both clubs sound systems are
testament to how much they care about getting it right.
have recently started your label, Strobewax apart from Fullbarr what else has
Just Fullbarr mate. Seriously though, I am more inspired
by seeing someone excel in his or her chosen field. While I obsessively listen
to and respect a lot of people who make and release music, I tend to try to not
be inspired too much by other musicians and record labels, as it often breeds
an unhealthy sense of competition and can ultimately lead to imitation. I find
it best to clear my head and try to do my own thing. I'm probably more inspired
by Chris Morris, Steve Coogan and Armando Ianucci.
interesting things have you got coming up?
I have a release on Catch Recordings coming very soon,
which I’m really happy with. It's got a proper nice remix by our good friend
Bob Barker. I'm doing the next Strobewax release, which just went to cut - It
will be out early February - and Fred P has chosen my tune, 'The Shards of Our
Childhood' to put on the 'Selected' compilation for his Boards label, which is
out 28th January. To say that I am happy with that would be a complete
understatement. I have long been into his music, so for him to want to use mine
is completely humbling.
tracks that won’t leave your box?
Rick Wilhite - Vibes - New And Rare Music on Rush Hour VA –
Earth Tones 2 on Soul People Music
Vakula - Leleka 2 on Leleka
tell us a funny story?
My Dad was behind the M.A.R.S./Acid House piss-take/pub
singing cover 'Pump Up The Bitter' as Star Turn On 45 Pints. It bothered the
charts in 1989 and he was on Top Of The Pops. He also wrote a lot of credible
disco stuff. It's more of an amusing anecdote than an incredibly funny story.
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