The Durrr, Trash and Our Disco resident mixes up a fresh batch of tracks and catches up on what 2010 was all about
Having made his name with his residencies at cult London clubnights Durrr, Our Disco and Trash as well as world tours, Rory Phillips' knack for discovering new sounds had caught the attention of Erol Alkan, who running Trash allowed Phillips' signature sounds to be played out. Finding gems in all genres from Post-Punk, Rock, Electro, Disco and Synthpop, Phillips ad hoc approach has prevailed in his own productions. With a stock of remixes under his belt from Chromeo, New Young Pony Club, The xx's Crystalised to Riton's Eine Kleine Nacht Musik project, and the Units 1982 classic 'High Pressure Days', he went on to produce his own work as Solar Breakfast released on In Flagranti's Codek label. Having played out alongside the likes of Simian Mobile Disco, Soulwax, Andrew Weatherall and Tiga, this Friday sees him hit the new Kill Em All night at London's Fabric.
Dazed Digital: What were the highlights of 2010 for you?
Rory Phillips: Playing Womb in Tokyo, touring Australia for the first time, being complemented on my work by Martin Rushent.
DD: Are you running any new clubnights at the moment?
Rory Phillips: We've started doing Durrr again as a more regular night at XOYO and I'm working on a post punk only night, provisionally titled as 'Creatures' for a little later in the year.
DD: Who are you listening to now? Any favourite acts/DJs?
Rory Phillips: I've had Connan Mockasin, Tonetta, Ariel Pink, Anika and The Magician's 'Magic Tape' series on constant repeat.
DD: How would you describe your work?
Rory Phillips: Production wise, I don't know what adjectives to use but I do try and make it sound like there's a group of people playing in a band rather me in a room with no windows doing everything by himself. I think using analogue gear helps achieve that but it also makes my life a hundred times more difficult. I've described it as 'difficult pop' in the past and I think that works.
DD: What are you most looking forward to next?
Rory Phillips: Warm Weather and finishing my first EP.
Rory Phillips will be playing this Friday 21st January alongside the likes of Renaissance Man, Shadow Dancer, Clock Opera, Django Django and Stopmakingme at Kill Em All night at Fabric, London