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Simon Caldwell - Primal Simon

Author: Huwston
Sunday, 9 December 2007
The pending arrival of producer/DJ Andrew Weatherallhas the 3D office very excited, so much so we’ve asked Huwston to get the scrill to all the support DJs. This week our man speaks to SimonCaldwell, who was “there when ithappened…” Caldwell is the DJ’s DJ. He effortlessly blends betweenfunk, hip hop and cutting edge electronic sounds and his Mad Racket parties arethe stuff legends are made off, so it’s no surprise he got an upbringing in thecertified ‘place to be’ circa ’89. “I’ve been afan [of Weatherall] since the late ’80s,” he says. “It was that Primal Screamalbum the turned everyone on, and I was living in the UK in the late ’80s to early ’90s when allof that Madchester stuff came out and it sort of made rock music cool again. Although,it wasn’t really rock music because there weren’t really any discernableinstruments in the music necessarily there.” In this case,the producer was more important than the band, “because there wasn’t much ofthe band involved in the record”. All of thisconjures up the idea of great characters and performers who are not necessarilythe best musicians, however, great results can be achieved when you have geniusat the helm. This was not necessarily echoed years later when bands like Oasisand Pulp took the fore. “Those bandsdon’t sound anything like a good Primal Scream or Stone Roses record,” he says.“This was the kick-start to making guitar music cool again and Primal Screamended up being able to be quite a good band as well.” Indeed it was arenaissance period for music, and the first time that ravers and rockers gottogether. “It was wild atthe time because of these people who had been football louts, getting pissed,and listening to crap music, your sort-of Chumbabwaba equivalent, startednecking pills and going to The Haçienda,” Caldwell quips. “It was prettyamazing [to go] from all of the violence, the public football violence andhooliganism to people being loved up…it was a cultural revolution.” Class mightjust be in session for younger readers (or, ahem, journos), who may firstassociate Weatherall with his projects for Warp, like Two Lone Swordsman. “People who aremy age associate him with Primal Scream, and Screamadelica, [because] it is the pivotal album,” he says. “It wasa big, big album – that’s probably what put him on the map, but people [who]know that record may not know he is Two Lone Swordsman. I was into all of thatelectro stuff he did and the dubby stuff, the Audio Emission stuff, then theywent electro, then they went to more slower grunged-out stuff. The sound ofthat one group evolved over the years.” Caldwell congratulates Weatherall’s success saying, “Prettymuch anything he’s turned his hand to has been, if not massively commerciallysuccessful certainly, then critically successful.” WHO: Simon Caldwell
WHAT: Supports Andrew Weatherall at
OxfordArt Factory
WHEN: Saturday 12 January
MORE: oxfordartfactory.com
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