Head Front Panel
A new audio mix series where we call upon the most interesting artists/DJs/record labels and ask them to peer into the near future. How they take it from there is entirely open to interpretation. This week, Tabernacle Records regular John Heckle fronts a mix of totally live, analogue style techno for their Head Front Panel sub-label.
About this mix
This session was recorded using the following: Roland Juno 106, Roland Sp808, Korg Polysix, Eventide ModFactor, Waldorf Blofeld, Roland SP404, Roland Tr-8, Jomox Xbase 09, Waldorf Microwave XT, Alesis Microverb 4, Kawai K4, Doepfer Maq 16:3, Roland Juno G, Studiomaster Trilogy 206 and a Zoom H2 recorder. We’ve been booking John since 2008 for our Slabs parties in Glasgow and I’m from Liverpool so knew him from techno circles back there. In fact I think I first spoke to him watching DJ Bone, we were both trying to i.d. this track.
In terms of allies, I guess as Head Front Panel, both John and Tabernacle have worked most over the years with the Lunar Disko lads in Dublin, and Signals in Newcastle. Our parties, releases and general outlook on this whole music thing are pretty similar. With the HFP project, we just let John do his thing and take it in whatever direction he wanted, whilst discussing different ideas and concepts for each 12". So some have been spacey (HFP#008); some more experimental (HFP#006); others utterly relentless in a Hood/Mills style (HFP#005), plus a few epic dancefloor pleasers (HFP#004).
As a series we are delighted with how it has been received, it has given us encouragement to try a new electro / oddities focused sub-label for 2015, whilst at the same time keeping the Tabernacle releases coming. By simplifying things, we reduced costs and focused on self-distribution as a new approach. With the presentation, although our main aim was just to try and release as much of John’s music as possible in a way we could afford, we still wanted each release to be more than just a white label. The tribal inlays were the perfect compromise and have given each release a visual identity, although I’m sure most people just use them as beer mats!
Our weekly audio mix series where we call upon the most interesting artists/DJs/record labels and ask them to peer into the near future. How they take it from there is entirely open to interpretation.
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