The London-based DJ releases his first solo production with the arrival of his new Mixed Fortunes series
Having been a resident for some of London's biggest parties including Trash, Durrr, and Bugged Out as well as remixing and collaborating with countless artists, DJ Rory Phillips is finally set to release his own original material this 2012. Entitled 'Mixed Fortunes', Phillips presents his Singles Club of six 2-track 12" records made to reflect his genre-defying DJ sets.
I chose to have it as a series that reveals itself over the course of the year, rather than something you can scan across in iTunes in a couple of minutes
Besides showcasing his own productions, the Singles Club will also see an array of secret collaborators for each limited edition 12" - with a no remix policy. Every two months, subscribers will receive each record with the option of a free digital download of all of the tracks in the series.
Dazed Digital: Why do you think the format of albums is so outdated now? Shortening attention spans? Is this a good or bad thing?
Rory Phillips: I don't think the format of an album can ever be outdated, it's more that it didn't seem like the right approach for this project as it's quite a mixed bag. Musically, I'm a fan of albums that sit together and make a whole and create a mood over 12 songs, but with this I chose to have it as a series that reveals itself over the course of the year rather than something you can scan across in iTunes in a couple of minutes.
DD: Why are there no remixes? Is it to limit availability of a track or working off buzz names etc?
Rory Phillips: It's a pretty simple and insular project, adding remixes would just send it off in other directions and muddy the waters a bit, especially because there is no 'lead' track here. Also, pressing vinyl is proving stressful enough without having remixers with busy schedules to chase.
DD: How will you pick your tracks to release, and will there be an underlying link between each one?
Rory Phillips: The series is called Mixed Fortunes because they aren't necessarily all linked. I initially tried to make an EP but found it hard to get 4 tracks that sat together without it seeming gratuitously eclectic or just a plain old mess. The best thing about doing this whole thing DIY is that I have no real commercial pressure from anybody, so I'm picking the tracks that are the wildest and that I'm the most proud of, and I'm still making new ones as the project goes on.
DD: If you were participating in an actual singles club, what would be your opening line?
Rory Phillips: Hello, I must be going.
The first release from Rory Phillips' Singles Club is out now.