Next up on the Bottom Forty mix series is this relentlessly fierce vinyl mix from New York’s SPRKLBB, this one really pushes you fucking hard and it feels so good, a definite favorite from us! More info below-
Brooklyn-based SPRKLBB is Andy Egelhoff, a vinyl-only DJ and a founding resident of New York’s Ostbahnhof party. His current nightlife project is a new experimental dance party and afters series called Collapse Factory, where he is a resident selector alongside Lauren Flax of CREEP and Kimyon of Metroplex.
Why do you play music?
Playing music and collecting vinyl are sort of a hand-in-hand process for me. I collect records in this sort of parallel space of my emotional life and the events happening in the world, and after doing that for years I started to see these sorts of patterns and narratives building up. There’s these areas of darkness and stretches of just sluttly thoughtless fun. I love it. Records are like my diary, and playing music is just this abstract storytelling method. I show up to the club, get a little buzzed, and let the dance floor know where I’m at today. And the best part is that it’s a totally collective journey. When you’ve got one hundred people dancing in front of you the mood swerves and turns and by the end everything you thought you were feeling is just a collection of new emotions. It’s like therapy.
What do you see as your role in the music world going into the future?
I think that one of the reasons I began doing this was one that’s been shared by a lot of DJs and that’s this sense that what you want to hear isn’t being represented in the spaces that you frequent. I definitely feel that in the last decade a lot of gay scenes have been sort of shepherded into consuming music that isn’t very substantive, and I see myself as a part of a resistance pushing against that trend and encouraging a more underground sound. It’s just more in line with the history of this artform and the culture that surrounds it. But I’m also interested in raising awareness of the history of this craft, and playing vinyl is a huge part of that.
Favorite label or artist from the past year?
The Corner has had some really great releases the last few years, but I still have Beau Wanzer and Shawn O’Sullivan’s joint project Civil Duty in my play bag a year out. I think I heard Phil Moffa did some technical work on the album as well. It’s just such a terrific set of tracks, especially if you find yourself in a club or party where the line between techno and house is a bit blurry. It’s hard hitting and straightforward but surprisingly melodic. The whole album has so much subtlety and nuance, and one tiny EQ shift opens up all these other tones and sounds. It’s genius. I always have it with me and it never gets old.
What are you looking forward to most this year?
I’m excited to see where my sound is going to travel, because I’ve been moving a lot the last two years, from trash pop to vocal house, and then to industrial house to this Berlin darkroom vibe. I’ve been moving to mostly contemporary music the last few months and am pretty happy with that direction, but I think I’d like to start figuring out how to bring some of the trash pop flares back into my work. One of the reasons I love music so much is that the major music scene of my generation was this epic commercial machine that churned out all these impossible pop stars and inevitable tragedies. That stuff can really sound like nails on a chalkboard when you play it in a club, but I think there are some themes in there that might be worth exploring. I’d like to start producing techno and industrial house using that kind of material as a starting point, and I’m really looking forward to making some of my own music this year.
RR Cook “Road Recordings” Series – Aboard the USS Columbus
Cory James – Stairs
Dub Tech Soundsystem – Aridium
Mike Dehnert – Star Base
Atom™ & Tobias. – Physik E7532
Mike Huckaby – Wavetable No. 9
Idriss D – Rip Ouarda
Young Male – All R
Anthony Parasole – Intel
Spencer Parker – Rights for Men (Adriana Lopez Remix)
Sterac – Primus
J Slusher – Artificial Scarcity
NJB – Untitled
Vapauteen – Fully Automated
Will Azada – Illuminati Traqckx
Phil Moffa – Elevation
(reprise) RR Cook “Road Recordings” Series – Aboard the USS Columbus