20 August 2012

Interview with Terry Farley ahead of their Eric's Gig on the 1st September

Terry Farley

Interview with Terry Farley ahead of their Eric's Gig on the 1st September

Eric's and Mestura presents.. A Junior Boys Own special with Farley and Heller
Support from Andy Carroll & Rob Harnetty

Eric’s Mathew St, Liverpool - Saturday 1 September 2012
10 till 4am - £10 Tickets  box office 0151 236 9994/ 3b Records/ or 12.50 on the door

Farley and Heller take control alongside Andy Carroll and Rob Harnetty at Eric’s on Saturday 1 September.

"The Junior Boys Own label is one of the respected labels in the industry. Terry Farley and Pete Heller will be bringing their distinctive sound in Liverpool for an evening of pure House Music of the highest quality" promises Mestura promoter Derek Hazell.

“Expect some new and old, well known classics and stuff made a week ago in some 19 year old kids bedroom” adds Terry Farley.

Although prominent house DJs and producers individually, London-based remixers Terry Farley and Pete Heller enjoyed their greatest notoriety working as a duo. They first surfaced in the early '90s as part of Andrew Weatherall's  Boys Own collective, making their debut with a hugely popular remix of the Farm's Groovy Train; hits for Espiritu ‘Francisca’, Sunscreem ‘Perfect Motion’, K Klass ‘Don't Stop’ and Secret Life ‘As Always’ followed.

“We’ve got some mad memories of Liverpool going back to the first few months of Cream when we did a Boys Own party for 300 in the Annexe, we have some good friends up there”  laughs Terry “After a big Farm do in 1991 John Kelly took me to Quadrant Park in Bootle, complete pot house. Cream was great for us in the 90's with its big pianos and goal scoring roars.  The characters in the VIP out the back could get on top though ' here lad get on this, '  you had no choice! ”

What clubs in the UK are doing it for you at the moment? “I love hanging out at Secretsundaze, my mates Giles and James run that and of course Horse Meat Disco a Sunday weekly party that has amazing DJs such as Morales and Derrick Carter playing just disco to a packed gay crowd . Playing I always feel at home at East Village in Shoreditch it’s a great system and you always get a good mix of Heads, kids n’ girls. A small gay club called East Bloc is also a wonderful new space, great system and a colourful crowd with a big energy and love of House.”

What young blood DJ’s should we be looking out for?   “We had Jamie Blanco play at our Boys Own summer party at East Bloc – he’s a young Londoner who plays Acid House live not from a computer but the  OG boxes , here’s the recording from the night

Tell us about your “It’s 
been going for 10 years now - the forum can get spikey and downright arsey but it’s fun . We have a new issue of our printed magazine out this week - details of where it’s free from can be found on the website”

Any plans for new releases?  “I have new music coming out of Mood Music, a track with a Ashley Beedle mix called ' Ballard of Hard Rock, ' ,  Roach Motel release on NY label Get up records ( that’s a Heller / Farley thing of course ) also I’ve a double A side 12" out at moment that Ii hooked up with Severino from Horse Meat Disco and a couple of NY legends on vocals it’s called 'Diva Snap, ' oh and a newie on Batty Bass records called 'Fire ' with Dalston superstore head honcho Dan Beaumont on mix duty .”

Who's playing your next Boys Own party? “Dixon.. it’s in Feb , we try to let people wait,  helps the Drama”  

Terry lists his inspirations as London DJ’s  Steve Lewis, George Power, Mark Roman and all soul / jazz DJ’s from his ‘ ill spent teenage years.’  He went on to  earn wide renown  with the release of  the Farley and Heller mix of M People's ‘Open Your Heart’, which topped Billboard's club charts in 1995.

A year later they reunited to assemble a two-disc entry into the Journeys by DJ's beatmix series, with their own ‘Ultra Flava’ 12-inch appearing at much the same time. In addition to working under the own names, Farley and Heller additionally recorded as Roach Motel, an outlet for their more underground projects; they also joined producer Gary Wilkinson in the lush garage techno trio Fire Island, as well as teaming with Weatherall and Hugo Nicholson in Bocca Juniors. Their other pop remix projects include work with U2, New Order, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Kylie and Pet Shop Boys.

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