We get an exclusive mix from the International Feel producer ahead of his set this weekend at ReviveHER
As a teenager in the mid 90s, Gatto Fritto - aka Ben Williams - spent most of his weekends warming up for legends like Derrick May and Juan Atkins, while slaving 9 to 5 in London’s Music Exchange record shops. Since then he's turned to production with his debut “Invisible College” vinyl-only release on Dissident in 2007, and a debut LP on the Uruguay-based International Feel label.
This Friday, he'll be joining the likes of new Scottish producer Lord Of The Isles for a night of classic house, techno, disco, and Italo at Voices Agency, Men & Machines and ReviveHER residents at their monthly event at Dalston Superstore.
Dazed Digital: Last time Dazed spoke to you, you were looking for a wife, have you found her yet?
Gatto Fritto: Not yet... I think I'm going to hold an open audition sometime this summer... possibly at Brixton Academy or Shepherd's Bush Empire.
DD: You tend to have sampled your own voice mostly, are there any dream vocalists you'd like to work with, alive or dead?
Gatto Fritto: Liz Frazer, Jamie Principle, Jose Mauro, Gene Clark, Marvin Gaye, Kate Bush, Mary J Blige, Noah Lennox, The Cables, The Wilson Brothers, Damo Suzuki, Klaus Blasquiz....thousands more besides, but they'd be a start!
DD: Tell us a bit about your mix for us?
Gatto Fritto: It's mostly records that I've been playing out over the last couple of years. A couple of recent favourites and some oldies. The Hunnee track "Folga" I just think is amazing... really nice rhythmically with a brilliant stop-start arrangement and great melody lines.
Gonno - Acidise Nr.2 was something that my little label Frittomorto put out in conjunction with International Feel. It's brilliant, euphoric techno... reminds of the best moments of F comm or Microworld on Transmat. I wish I still took Ecstacy just to listen to this.
Octave One - Nicolette is a perfect, sad eyed, romantic Detroit classic that I've been playing since the mid nineties... and of course there's the mighty Hungry Ghost with the absolute world smashing, synapse frying, classic for the ages "Illuminations"... (even if I do say so myself).
DD: What are you most excited about right now?
Gatto Fritto: A sunny summer, finishing new Gatto Fritto and Hungry Ghost tracks, exploring regional memory banks with Nick Papademitriou, playing on friday and Rebekah Wade going to jail....hahaha!
Dalston Superstore, 117 Kingsland Road, London. Friday, May 25th, 9pm - 5am: £5 all night