Mixtaped! 035 with Tactik/Kit Weate - (The Pockets Factory/Acoustic Weaponry - AUSTRALIA)
Like every Wednesday night in Mumbai, once again Mixtaped! keeps it fresh this week with another rare-performance-slash-debut-of-sorts. Kit Weate & his wife (Juhi Sharma) have been regular supporters for our nights since last year. After being introduced to him by his lovely wife, I quickly realized that Kit had recently shifted to India from Australia & had dabbled with DJing & music production in his younger days. After some discussions with him on each other’s listening preferences, I immediately offered him a slot at Mixtaped! Kit aka.Tactik (sick moniker name :P) was born in South London where he grew up listening to old school drum n bass, jungle & techstep that dominated the UK soundscape in the 90s. After shifting to Australia his musical palette gradually evolved by exploring eclectic pastures. He also learnt to use a small collection of analog gear & sampled sounds through extensive crate digging. Kit & two of his friends later started the brilliant vinyl pressing & event company called Acoustic Weaponry. They’ve made thousands of dubplates/promos for an international clientele. Now you know who to get in touch with if you (or any other DJ/producer/musician) ever need to cut any music/edits/DJ battle tools on wax ;) Besides that, they threw a lot of parties in & around Melbourne. Since he shifted to India with his photographer wife, they started The Pockets Factory & have been using their design & production skills in documentary films, photographic work & music events. They are huge animal lovers too & have sheltered & taken care of a lot of stray cats in Mumbai. We’ve been talking to each other a lot about the music for this Wednesday since some weeks and every time Kt has politely asked me on how “wild/left field/experimental” he could get on his night. And every time I’ve told him that there are absolutely no limits on that. Lol. I know one thing for sure. There is going to be all sorts of breaks…. & lots of jungle :) He told me more when I asked him our 5 questions….
1) What is your name?
"that odd scruffy white guy"
2) Best known for….
.Rescuing kittens and getting into arguments.
3) What can we expect from you this Wednesday?
It’ll be a real mix and exploration. I’ll be there early running a quieter, expansive set of music with blues, swing and triphop tunes. Then surely mixing in a little rock and raw funk with a blend of hiphop and big beats from around the world… and onwards to a mash-up of debauched IDM, d&b, ragga jungle and assorted hefty tunes.
4) Which has been the most influential mixtape and/or album in your life?
Tape-packs from jungle raves (World Dance, etc) - these were sent out to Australia by junglist friends in London and cemented my adoration for raw and rugged jungle.
MA3 (aka DJ SS) ‘Those DJs’ - one of my first records and a more jump-up, techstep style.
Amon Tobin’s ‘Bricolage’ + ‘Permutations’ + ‘Supermodified’ (or anything really) - just genre defying skills. Flawless.
Mr Oizo ‘Analogue Worms Attack’ - the dirty Frenchman providing my serious dose of filth in 1999.
Kutiman’s album ‘Thru You’ - created solely from Youtube videos, and just a wonderful tour de force of sampling and ingenuity.
The Gaslamp Killer (sets) - really opened my eyes to mixing my full range of music into a set… and for being a crazy motherfucker.
5) Who would you like to listen to as a featured artist in any of the upcoming Mixtaped! sessions?
After some discussions I realized I’d like to hear everyone’s most odd or screwed up music. Those guilty pleasures, unmixable experiments and dark corners that all DJs and producers have - and hide ;)
Click here to listen to microlist035 compiled by Tactik (Kit Weate). microlists are 8 track playlists/samplers compiled in advance by the featured personality performing at Mixtaped! each week. Here is the track list….
- Foreign Beggars (feat. Noisia) - Contact
- Prizna - Fire (Urban Shakedown Mix)
- Amon Tobin - Four Ton Mantis
- RJD2 - Two More Dead
- Manifest - Someway Bi
- Eddie Bo - Check Your Bucket
- Pazant Brothers - New Orleans
- The Sonics - Have Love, Will Travel
For more info on Tactik/Kit Weate, visit:-
The Pockets Factory:- https://www.facebook.com/thepocketsfactory
Acoustic Weapnory:- http://www.acousticweaponry.com/
Catch Tactik do his thing on Wednesday, July 30th 2014 at Mixtaped! - 9pm onwards at The Den (Bandra, MUMBAI) - Click here to RSVP to the FB event page.
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