Thursday, July 30, 2009

Midnight Energy

Saturday I will be joined by my very good friend Midnight Energy for a DJ set at Too Much Love. For a preview, check out Midnight Energy's new mix, Have You Ever Been Alone in a Room?, and then read this interview:

Who is Midnight Energy?

I'm James Brooks. I play in a band called Elite Gymnastics. I also DJ.

When and where did you start DJing? Where do you play now?

I don't know how much of the answer to this question I'm comfortable discussing in a public forum, but one thing to remember is that many common, over-the-counter cold syrups like Robitussin and it's generic derivatives contain a chemical called Dextromethorphan (DXM) that has been known to cause dissociative, psychedelic states when exceeding label-specified dosages.

Describe your sound in five words or less.

Remember "Tarzan Boy?" Shit ruled. [ed. note: see here]

Can you tell us about your latest mix?

My latest mix is called "Have You Ever Been Alone In A Room?" and was posted on the popular BMX blog Defgrip for some reason. I don't even know how to ride a bike. Seriously, never learned. I tried the other night and I totally fell off my friend's fucking fixie in the middle of a downtown crosswalk.

It contains tracks by Runaway, Cold Cave, HEALTH, and Yamataka Eye from the Boredoms' "tribal house" project the Lift Boys. I like noisy, weird dance music.

Also, my band, Elite Gymnastics, which includes Peter Lansky (Sovietpanda) [ed. note: that's me], Josh Clancy (Moon Goons) and Dominique Davis (Dearling Physique) will be playing the Clapperclaw Music & Arts Festival on September 5th.

Five of your favorite tracks to play out?

The Lift Boys - Anarchy Way
Syclops - The Fly
Shit Robot - Simple Things (Serge Santiago Remix)
Animal Collective - Brothersport
Crystal Fighters - Xtatic Truth (Renaissance Man Remix)

And finally, your drink of choice?

Stella Artois, bro. Europeans think it tastes like piss, but Europeans have never had Bud Light.


1. Teengirl Fantasy – Hollywood Hills
2. HEALTH – Die Slow (Midnight Energy 12″ Edit)
3. Lemonade – Big Weekend (4AM Remix)
4. Lift Boys – Anarchy Way
5. YACHT – Summer Song
6. Roxy Music – Angel Eyes (Serge Santiago Epic Edit)
7. Runaway – Use Me
8. The Juan Maclean – Happy House (Chateau Flight Remix)
9. Cold Cave – Love Comes Close
10. Shit Robot – Simple Things (Serge Santiago Remix)
11. Syclops – The Fly

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