Ahead of the second event in Overflow’s trio of fifth birthday bashes at Wire, we spoke to FD – an internationally renowned liquid DJ who finds his home on Lenzman’s The North Quarter label.

 

Name(s): Freddie

Producer name: FD

Hometown: London

 

First record ever bought

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yueN6Ghe68I

All on the same day: Ed Rush & Optical – Wormhole LP, Jonny L – Magnetic LP and RAM Trilogy – Chapter 3. So not a bad way to start the D&B collection really! One of my mates had been DJing for some time already, so I luckily had someone showing me the good stuff right off the bat. I’d also already been listening to D&B for quite a while before I started buying records, so I already had a chance to develop my taste a bit – but I wish I’d started buying records straight away, I would have some killer mid 90s bits (and not have to chase them all up for lots more money!)!

 

Best floorfiller

Ooh hard one. I guess it would depend on what day you ask me what I’d say but, Calibre – Redlight often does the biz!

 

Best crate dig

Time to get nerdy – I love Kemal & Rob Data – Linear. Those guys were so sick, way ahead of their time.

 

Sleaziest record

Haha what? I do miss the sleazy skankers, but I’m not sure that’s quite what you mean. Sleaziest, I guess would have to be one of my UKG records probably. I used to have ‘Sweet Like Chocolate’ on a brown vinyl promo before it got massive (honest) – that’s pretty sleazy!

 

Best warehouse/stadium filler

I’m thinking warehouse so I’d probably go for something a bit harder – ‘Rock Tha House’ by Ed Rush & Optical is coming to mind for some reason (well i can see the LP spine poking out the shelf) – but I’d like to think that vocal would get people into that vibe!

 

Most nostalgic record

They’re all nostalgic! I guess that’s one of the main reasons I keep them these days – you could have them all digitally sure, but to me, my collection is kind of like a diary. I can remember buying many of them, the excitement when I finally got my hands on them if I’d been waiting a long time or marvelling over the artwork. I think that’s partly why making a physical product is still so important to me – I remember how much I loved it and what value it had, a real record, proper artwork, it’s a vibe.

 

Most valuable record? (monetary or sentimental)

Well, I told him it was a bad move, and that he shouldn’t do it, but I once swapped with a friend and got his copy of the Calibre remix of Chinese Silk by Un-Cut. I love that tune, it’s so great and you don’t hear it much at all. Also, they really didn’t press many and it only came on white – so that’s worth a fair bit, both monetarily and sentimentally.

 

Weirdest record?

Probably that Marlene Dietrich album I’ve got…

 

Last record you bought?

Think it was a Robert Hood or Ben Klock thing, but can’t be sure. Try not to buy too many these days, after finally kicking my habit!

 

Record you wish you could own?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6O1A5it0cY

Really after the live version of Erykah Badu ‘Baduism’! It’s so bloody good, and so bloody expensive!!

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