Tim Deluxe - Deluxe House
Monday, 26 November 2007
It’s not so much the allure of a career mixing itwith good-looking people and jet setting around the world that impressed Tim Deluxe.Rather, it was the move to London from Ireland thatinspired him most, as 3D’s Rezo discovered.
“It was a different scene,a different life,” he begins. “My brother was buying a lot of records at thetime and he sort of introduced me to a lot of music that was around. Stuff likehip hop – Public Enemy, NWA. He was also buying a pretty broad selection ofrecords; artists like Tyree Cooper, Strings of Life and even other reggae actslike Burning Spear and Bob Marley, even some James Brown. The main thing isthat it was a real cross section from funk to reggae to house.”Being cheeky he would runto play those same records the second his brother left the house.“I got into music thatway,” he says. “We would listen to pirate radio which was popping up all overthe place. It was around 1986 and there were all these radio stations on theairwaves. I would phone in for shout-outs and by then I was bitten by the bugand I wanted to be in music. Actually, I wanted to be a footballer but thatdidn’t happen. By the time I got a job in a record store that had a collectionsimilar to that of my brothers, I was convinced it was interesting and cool!” His first label projectwas the Ice Cream imprint that covered a broad cross section of genres, whileAT Records are now merely a newer outlet for music – something to be in controlof, but never to lose sight of the fact that a label should be fun.“Sure, we don’t releaseanywhere near as much stuff as other labels, but we do things on a one-offbasis,” he says. “We look for stuff that we want to play and all the releaseshave so far been my own. If it’s a new track of mine and if I’m happy with whatI’m putting out, then I’m sure someone else will be as well.”Indeed, his new album Ego Death encapsulates the notion that arecord shouldn’t be exactly what people think it might be.“I really do like toexplore and try different things; for example, it’s like the single where Simondoes a rap – it’s a pretty aggressive track,” he says. “And then you’ve got The Touch which is a cool disco numberwith sexy female vocals – they’re quite distinct from one another. It causesconfusion when you put out a record which isn’t like your other one, but I’malways moving about. One of the things I’m looking to do in the future is havesome aliases rather than doing everything under Tim Deluxe – maybe next year.Either way, the album is only out in Japan right now, that’s our biggest and strongestmarket. We wanted to keep the momentum rolling from the last album and we’ll bereleasing it in the UK next year. We’ve put out two singles and they’regoing great as well. The vibe has been very good.”Likewise, a lot of thematerial he has actually produced has had crossover success that he feelsdoesn’t border on the overly commercial.“I’m really lookingforward to coming out to Australia,” he admits. “I want to play a real cross sectionof good house. Some of the sets will be festival type stuff, others moreintimate. I’m playing a lot of German music at the moment; a lot of electro,house and techno with bits from everywhere else, right across the board.”WHO: Tim Deluxe
WHAT: Plays Sounds On Sunday at Greenwood Hotel
WHEN: Sunday 2 December