Thom Green, the drummer from Alt-J will be DJing this week at Propaganda (Myth) as part of a tour in association with NME. I’m gonna assume that you know more than me about Alt-J so I won’t go in to them, but maybe some info on what to expect from Thom’s DJ set and the club night itself might be of use to you …
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If you check the material that Propaganda publish on their event pages and box office listings each week, you’ll see that the Arctic Monkeys, Daft Punk, Mumford & Sons, Bastille, Foals, and Blink 182 all appear in the list of music to expect (“plush much more”) from resident DJs. Also listed are a bunch of the biggest UK festivals (Glastonbury, Reading, etc), and bands like Oasis. The point I’m getting at is that the whole night is branded under the indie / alternative rock umbrella, as reinforced by the NME association, and as you may very well be aware.
With that in mind, it’s kinda hard to see where Thom fits in here because if you have a quick look at his solo output (i.e. remixes, interviews, etc) you’ll find an incredibly mixed bag of music … some of it great (in my humble opinion) and some of it outright weird. I imagine this is often the case when band members from acts such as Alt-J, Foals, or Bloc Party are booked for DJ sets: The chances are, they are very much into their music and the assumption that they’ll be DJing songs from their own bands and their peers should be avoided. They’re not necessarily “fans” of the music they make with their bands and often they run independent record labels or are involved with club nights delivering all kinds of different music.
Thom has actually DJd in Southampton before, he was booked for one of the parties during the opening season of RoXX. We did hear mixed reviews about the gig though, possibly because people had some expectations that weren’t met, something that may also be a danger with Thom’s appearance at Propaganda this week. However, he has performed at 10 or so other dates on this tour across the country, so things must be going pretty well else NME/Propaganda would have abandoned the tour eh? And, just to reiterate, the reviews were mixed, not all bad.
A recent guest publication on NME Radar reveals some more about Thom’s music taste. In the article he selects his favourite mixes from the last twelve months or so. Included are mixes from the likes of Clams Casino and Kanye collaborator Arca, as well as a couple of BBC Radio 1 Essential Mixes from both Rustie and Nicholas Jaar.
A lot of Thom’s material available via his SoundCloud page could be broadly described as experimental. He has work ranging from ambient remixes (i.e. the Moby remix embedded above) and cinematic pieces that wouldn’t sound out of place in The Book of Eli soundtrack by Atticus Ross, to stripped-down noise-infused dubstep tracks.
We’d like to hear from anyone who goes down to see Thom’s DJ set. If you fancy writing a review then get in touch via our Contact page. The same goes for any gig/clubnight in Southampton, incidentally.
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