IanExcession ....(its not my real name!)

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based in Lyon, France

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Quick details Age 37 (in 2006) - Grew up near Sheffield, Went to Cov poly, Hung around in Reigate, Moved upto London (Kennington) then moved to France in 1994. I have an 12 year old son called Trade. No pets, a pair of 1210's & a few records. I have a small group of close friends called :- Wil, Oliv, Gasp, Anne, Val, Loly, Aline, Fanny, Steph, Remy, Virginie & Ludo. I'm a computer technician by trade, though I did 6 years of bar work when I first came to france. Im a bit nostalgic, so I love old techno, tiswas & eighties stuff.. I love (obviously!) my family back in the UK and I love my way of life in France, all in all, I'm a happy bunny and even when things get bad .... they can only get better.

 

MY ELECTRONIK HISTORY


Im not in to any particular style, being around since 86 has allowed me to hear how electronic music has evolved - from a British point of view.  I mean ..Early USA and Acid house.. Steve Silk Hurley, Juan Atkins, Derrick May, Baby Ford .. UK dance hits.. The Beatmasters, Stakker, Bomb da Bass ..New Beat.. Jade 4 U, A Split Second, ..EBM.. Nitzer Ebb, Front 242, Frontline Assembly ..Bleep..  LFO,  Nightmares on Wax , 808 state ..Hardcore.. The Prodigy, Acen, Urban Shakedown ..Early Euro.. Joey Beltram, Frank de Wulf, R&S, stuff I used to listen to on Kiss when it was pirate, colin dale and colin faver .. and then it continues ... Italian beat.. Fargetta, Clepto-Maniacs, Cappella ..Garage.. Mr Fingers, Perception, Sly & Lovechild ..Progressive House.. Leftfield, ICP, The Aloof ..Euro Trance.. Cosmic Baby, Sven Vath, PVD ..American Techno.. Jeff Mills, Felix da Housecat, Robert Armani ..Hard Trance.. Commander Tom, Time Unlimited, Exit EEE  ..Hardcore from Rotterdam..  Drum & Bass, Goa Trance, progressive trance, nrg, hard house, big beat and on and on and on ...... I guess if youve walked a similar electronik path then you know what I mean when I say its sort of a way of life (or a bad habit). These days I sort of listen to whats going, most techno I like (Primate etc), I dont really go in for Electro stuff. Decent hard house, good examples would be the following tracks :-  Trauma Trax 2004 pt 1, Riot! Gear EP 2 - Hard Trance Edition, G&M Project - Sunday afternoon. House-wise i'm not really all that clued up, I know what I like (Sharp Boys, Basoski) and i'll buy it if I like it, but it's not really my forté. 

  • Techno Favorites (in no particular order)

  • Dj ESP - Wet Dirt (eXperimental)
  • Dj Hell - Sprung Aus Den Walken (Kickin)
  • Andrew Richeley and Ryan Rivera - Protect Your Soul EP (Primate)
  • Sonic Infusion - Unfuture (Eye-Q)
  • Star Power - Nothing Can Save Us, London remixes (Stay up forever)
  • TD5 - Future Classics EP - Cosmic Tones (Dataflow)
  • Nexus 6 - Tres Chic (Noom)
  • Sourmash - Pilgrimage to Paradise (React)
  • Holographic - Rejudging / Gone (80AUM)
  • Car & Driver - Two O'Clock (Force Inc)
  • Tribal Ghost - Paradise, Paradise (Overdrive)
  • X-102 - OBXA (Underground Resistance)
  • Lenny Dee - Baby (Etc)
  • Immaginazione 2 - La Musica del Futuro (Meet)
  • Insider - Destiny (Music Man)
  • Mark NRG - Military City (Overdrive)
  • Sperminator - No women allowed (Rotterdam) 

    I was obsessed with electronik music from 86 till 98, It was all I listened to, even to the point of NEVER hearing a song by Nirvana untill 98, I knew mr cobain had died (92?) but I didnt know any of his records. I cant remember what changed in me in 98 but eventually I  allowed myself to listen to other styles of music eg:  Stuff from my dads record collection - Janis Ian,  Paul Simon,  Roy Harper,  Fleetwood Mac, classical  Mozart stuff  and all that which  was cool, it made a change ( I think my electronik way of life needed slowing down, my son was three years old, and I had to stop acting like I was 18).

 

   When, at the age of 25 I moved to Lyon, France (in 94), it turned things upside down a bit. Discovering that the "electronic" way of life ( and life in general ) in France didnt really seem to resemble what I had known in Sheffield, Manchester, Coventry and London. Here, my life was completely different, the language, my friends, the money, the music,  and my social life.

 

  • Trance Favorites

  • Etnica - Tribute (Blue Room) 
  • Hallucinogen - Angelic Particles (TIP)
  • Juno Reactor - Feel the Universe (Blue Room)
  • Total Eclipse - Aliens / Sound is Solid (Dragonfly)
  • Astral Projection - Mahadeva (Smart)
  • Earth Nation - Alienated (Eye-Q)

     

     The first club I went to in france was the B52 - a student discotheque with a techno night once a month - it was all very normal, blokes wearing jumpers on the dance floor (it was quite hot), people in shirts - not classy shirts, just plain old cotton shirts, shoes, shoes that youd buy for you first job interview and trousers - people didnt really seem to be very electronik, there was no real excitement in the scene - nobody wanted to be first on the dancefloor!  WTF!  So that kind of dampened my spirit down a bit, whats more was that the music that Id been listening to since 91 hard house, belgian techno and more recently 93/94 Nu-NRG - (stuff played down at Trade, Chemistry, FF, DTPM and at Heaven) wasnt readily available, at the time there was just one techno oriented vinyl store in lyon, dishing out loads of stuff I wasnt used to hearing.

 

  • Old Skool Favorites

  • 808 State - Pacific State (Creed) 
  • Stakker - Humanoid (Beatbox)
  • Acen - Close your eyes (Production House)
  • L.F.O - L.F.O. (Warp)
  • Andronicus - Make you whole - (Hooj)
  • Dj Seduction - Hardcore Heaven - (Impact)
  • Cameo - Money - (Reprise)
  • Gat Decor - Passion - (Blanco Y Negro)
  • Zero B - Lock Up - (Ignition)
  • I.C.P - Free & Equal - (Raiders)
  • Joey Beltram - Energy Flash - (R&S)
  • 50% - I Hate Rock n Roll- (Bull & Butcher)
  • Dyewitness - What would you like to hear ? - (Watts)
  • Liasons D - Future FJP - (Deconstruction)
  • Model 500 - No UFO's - (Metroplex)
  • One Tribe feat. Gem and MC Nuts - What Have You Done - (Inner Rhythm)
  • Clepto-Maniacs - Positive feedback - (Ffrreedom)
  • Renegade Soundwave - Probably a Robbery - (Mute)
  • Roberta Flack - Uh-Uh-Ooh-Ooh Look Out (Here It Comes) - (Atlantic)
  • Mr Fingers - Closer - (MCA)
  • Perception - Feed the Feeling (Talkin Loud)
  • Xavier Gold - Solutions (House mix) - (Jack Trax)
  • T-Coy - Carino - (Deconstruction)
  • Twin Hype - Do it to the Crowd - (Profile)
  • Urban Shakedown - Some Justice - (Urban Shakedown) 
  • Meat Beat Manifesto - Storm the Studio - (Urban Shakedown)

     

I wouldnt let go of my London style Trade roots ( and still wont ), but it was getting hard to find the vinyl I wanted, so I kinda fell into a phase of buying goa trance tunes from The Man with no Name, Hallucinogen, Astral Projection - it was really energetic and full of sound which was what I liked with Nu-Nrg. That lasted for about 2 years, untill I got bored with its evolution. After that I got mates with a local vinyl dealer, who was well into that MAW , Tenaglia, NY sound, so I stated buying a few house tunes, some vocal, some french but mainly stuff with a slightly harder edge to them, stuff from the sharp boys, olav basoski and one off hard mixes of cheesey vocal house tunes. Which explains some of the cheesier tunes in my collection.

 

  • Seventies Favorites 
  • Paul Simon - Duncan 
  • Fleetwood Mac - The Chain
  • Janis Ian - At Seventeen
  • King Crimson - In the court of the Crimson King
  • Elkie Brooks - Mojo Hannah
  • Barry Manilow - Could it be Magic
  • Carly Simon - Nobody does it better
  • Dolly Parton - Joleen
  • David Bowie - The Man who sold the world
  • John Lennon - Give peace a chance
  • Olivia Newton John - Hopelessly devoted to you. 
  • Elton John - Rocket Man 

     

 I've never considered myself as a dj, even though I've had a fair few gigs, I just like the music and need something to play the tunes on. Back in 87, you had to buy records if you wanted the music, "Dance" cd's were n't readilly available, so it had to be vinyl or tape stuff off the radio. Dj-ing at the time was considered as a nerdy thing to do, like people into computers. So even at that time I used to go up to F.O.N. in sheffield and buy myself a few vinyls every now and again & i'd bring 'em back home to play on my record player - I never considered dj-ing. I had a friend who was a dj at the time but that didn't really inspire me either. It was only in 1991 when I shared a flat with Peter, Paul & Catherine that I started having a go on the decks. I think by this time I only had a few tunes in my collection plus loads n loads of tapes that i'd recorded off of kiss and other 'pirates' at the time. Eventually it got to the point of being on the decks most days and sort of getting the hang of it after a couple of months. It was about this time when I started buying records to put towards a collection of sorts, I never hung out in record shops, never tried to get friendly with the owner, I'd just go up to Choci's or at Trax's, sometimes silverfish & buy what I liked. No particular style, just music that I liked.


Now at the tender age of 39, I've been in France for a fair while and have sort of stopped mixing for the past couple of years. I've still got my decks set up and raring to go, but I don't seem to be inspired by mixing on my own. Get a mate round with a few beers and some smoke and that's a different story... My last tune was something I ordered from Banging Tunes.com - BK & Nick Sentience - My Life (RIOT!11) .. it came out in 2005 but I bought it in 2007 and recieved it in 2008!! Nah these days i'm going all cheesey... currently listening to Mr Blue sky by ELO :(