Christmas Special: Andy Farley Talks Trade

Andy Farley

Merry Christmas!

As a thank you to all of my readers to your support over the last year I would like to present you with a nice Christmas present – an Andy Farley Trade special!

Over the past couple of years hard house legend Andy Farley (above) has put together two massive tributes to Trade, perhaps the most famous (or infamous) London gay club event of the last twenty years. Each tribute has included eight mixes covering over ten hours of Trade classics, from groovy US house through to full-power nu-nrg. Before today, these mixes were only available from upload sites like Megaupload, so I have now provided them with the permanent home that they deserve. The other thing that I have done is to split each mix into individual tracks, so now all of the mixes are now available as both a single mp3 and as a zip file of the individual tracks, with each mix series now also featuring a cover that I have done with the help of some Trade dancefloor images sourced from Flickr, the photo website.

To accompany the mixes, Andy very graciously agreed to be interviewed over the phone, and you can read the transcript of our conversation below, where he talks about his memories of Trade, his favourite Trade dj’s, the influence of the Trade ethos on his own career, as well as the story behind these mixes.

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Guest Mix Gallery now added

I hope you’re enjoying your weekends!

Today’s little post is just to alert you to the fact that I’ve now added a gallery on the right-hand side to collate all of the guest mixes I’ve posted. It’s well worth checking them out, since the selection includes techno, breaks, freeform hardcore, and hard trance.

However, if you’re feeling lazy and don’t want to shift your eyes to the right, you can just click here to go straight to the gallery. 😉

December at Sonicrampage

So, 2011 is almost here!

Phew, what a great year it’s been here at – a bunch of new mixes from myself, some great guest mixes, and a solid growth in pageviews have made this an excellent year, and one to build on for the future.

But the year’s not over yet, so I thought I would put in a little post to tell you what I’ve got planned for December. It’s going to be a really exciting month!

I’m planning on posting four mixes, two from myself and two guest mixes. What a way to finish the year!

Firstly, I’ve decided to post my Cold World mix, because my wife and I moved about a month ago and I’ve been so busy setting up my own company that I’ve not yet had a chance to get my decks set up:

This being the case, I’ve obviously not had the time to re-do Cold World like I said I would. Not that it really needs redoing – the mix is absolutely fucking savage and (in my opinion) possibly the best drum n’ bass mix I’ve ever done, but it has about six little skips in it from the new recording setup that I used for it. The skips were annoying, so I thought I would re-record, but since I physically do not have the setup to do so, instead I have just used Soundforge to cut out the gaps in the audio, which should make the skips less noticeable.

An example of one of the skips

So, since I’m going to be putting up Cold World probably sometime next week, if you are a photographer and want to participate in the accompanying post, where I will be posting people’s favourite winter shots, now’s your last time to get them to me!

Besides Cold World, I also am planning on posting another mix by myself, probably around Christmas. Of course, to do so, I’ll need to get access to someone else’s set-up, so hopefully I can sort that out soon.

When it comes to guest mixes, I’ve got two quality mixes from two great dj’s to post this month. If you enjoyed Flip’s Freeform Mix, which I posted a few weeks back, then you’ll be very pleased to know that the man himself has found another one of his old freeform mixes for me to post, featuring classic tracks from the likes of Pain On Creation, Carbon Based, Kevin Energy, and many more. Amazing stuff!

The other guest mix is by Paul Zykotik who has given me a fantastic hypnotic techno mix. It’s been a while since this site has featured any ‘proper’ techno, so I’m very happy to have it, and if you love techno, you will too!

It’s going to be a great month, so please keep coming back to Sonicrampage. 😀