THE FLIGHTCAST: FR001 – ROMULUS SCHWARZ
Who are you and where do you come from?
I’m Romulus Schwarz otherwise known as Simon Hall and I’m Nottingham born and bred.
What are you working on currently? What are your plans for the future?
Currently I’m working in quite a few things, I run a very humble label called She Wolf Music that takes up a vast amount of my music listening time, which I love.As well as SWM I’m launching a new imprint called Melk Records which will be heavily based around Jazz and LoFi experimental electronic music, I’ve found some amazing artists from all over the world and I’m really excited about a certain Parisian I have just signed, watch this space! Back in ’09 I co-founded an underground (literally) warehouse party in Nottingham known as ‘Wherehouse?’ which I continue to run, promote and handle bookings for….. as well as work behind the bar, audio engineer and clean the toilets when required, not joking!
I’m constantly working on new music under my Romulus and Foxfeet guise and have a small list of remixes I’m also working my way through. As well as this I’m also working on a project that is a real labour of love, along with my jolly good friends Dampfe and Jem Cooke (who’s taking over the world right now!) we’re working on a whole host of tracks for a few EP’s and an album that we’re all very excited about completing and getting out there….. just as soon as we’re 100% happy with every single element of every single track.
What was the inspiration behind this mix?
Well, I guess I was inspired by the brief I received from Flight Rhythm, that, and the idea of choosing a selection of music that has influenced me, keeps me doing what I’m doing and simply getting the chance to play some music that I love. I decided that I wouldn’t attempt to be cutting edge or try to play just the music I’ve signed (shewolf-music.net) that so many people do these days, so I kept it similar to my DJ sets by not playing ‘anthems’ (or whatever people consider them to be). I just selected a handful of tracks I love now, and those that over the years I’ve continued to play, just to remind me how good they are!
Those huge ‘hands in the air’ tracks don’t do much for me and don’t really have a place in my sets, I like to create dynamics by simply selecting the right music that fits at the right time, creating that tension and release throughout in order to keep the floor moving.
How was the mix recorded?
What started out as a straight forward request to almost tell a story through the audio, turned into a small labour of love, and so the only way I could think to start was the make an ‘influences intro’ and then simply go into a straight up solid mix.
For the intro I edited a ridiculous amount of tracks and fused them together over about 10 minutes to present the music that I feel has shaped me as a producer, engineer and DJ. I thought about not only what tracks I was going to add to the intro, but also what techniques I wanted to use that I’ve learnt over the years. So, from creating my own reverb to using some microphone placement theories (to record a well-placed gramophone in the middle of my warehouse space, playing some seriously interesting Parisian Jazz) it’s all in there!
Somewhere throughout the first part of the mix you should be able to hear elements of Jurassic 5, Josè James, St Germain, 1930’s French Jazz, Immer, Armand Van Helden, several of my own track parts, Foxfeet, Christopher Rau, Dubbyman, Waldeck, Toni Rubio, Amon Duul, Les McCann, Lafayette and even some 10cc. Maybe I should offer my apologies for the 10cc, but what it lacks in credibility (in some peoples opinion… not mine) it makes up for in utter reverb and delay genius!!
Once I’d created the intro I rendered it all down to disc, and took it, a selection of records, and some friends to the warehouse, had a Sherry or two, played exactly what I wanted…. and recorded it, lights off and volume up.
Fri 1st March, Paradise, 281 Kingsland Rd