i-DJ: lixo & quays

The NTS DJs present an eclectic mix of musical greatness.

by Hattie Collins
05 May 2017, 3:48pm

Two became one when London based Lixo -- head honcho at GETME! -- discovered Quays lived just down the road. A fan of the producer's sound, he invited him over to play at a GETME! night and the pair hit it off; before long Lixo & Quays were officially a musical item, bagging shows on both NTS and Radar Radio.

Taking the musical marriage one step further, today the two release a brand new EP, IDA, six tracks of bittersweet bass, glitchy garage, experimental electronica and haunting melodies. The pair also just dropped the mercurial video for Infighting, a gorgeously shifting sonic that floats fantastically through space, time and the mind, picking up innumerable tempo twists as it roams.

To celebrate the release of IDA, the pair have created an i-DJ for us. Featuring everyone from Lil Silva to Grace Jones, press play and get ready to start your weekend right.

What are the top three tracks getting heavy rotation in your sets?
Omar S, Desert Eagle
Happa, Bum Trance
Fort Romeau, Secrets and Lies

What's the most hedonistic party you've ever been to?
Lixo: A friend's 21st at Hadspen House in Somerset. 
Quays: Lab.Oratory

What's the most phenomenal clubbing venue in the world and why?
Lixo: I would say The Shelter in Shanghai. It's now closed but was originally a WW2 bomb shelter, a really unique space. 

If you could go back to back with any DJ, at any venue, who would it be and why?
Lixo: I reckon Four Tet at Plastic People, an amazing venue (R.I.P), plus he's pretty eclectic. 

History is made at night... what was the best night of your life?
Lixo: I used to throw parties in Hackney Wick in 2006/7, they were very special. 

What would your dream rider consist of?
Lixo: Sainsbury's brand fizzy water and M&S classic fruit salad.

What does your actual rider consist of?
Lixo: Whatever I'm given / don't have one. 
Quays: The number of outputs from a mixer. 

What's your favourite party anthem of all time?
Both: Armand Van Helden, You Don't Know Me.

Do you think music subcultures are losing their definition?
Lixo: I think they are always morphing into new scenes but not ultimately losing their definition. Change is important and defining things is not helpful.
Quays: If you're only paying attention to what gets a lot of clicks on social media, then maybe it can feel like that, but proper subcultures are always developing underground.

Where do you go when the record ends and the lights come on?
Lixo: A 24-hour Turkish newsagent or similar establishment. 
Quays: Home. 

What track would you end the night on when everyone's still awake and its time to go to sleep?
Both: Aphex Twin, Stone in Focus.

Finish the sentence, the music sounds better with...
Lixo: ...shifting brain chemistry.


Joy Orbison, Fuerza
Bwana, Nightfall In Neo Tokyo
Benjamin Damage, Tetrapod
Lil Silva, Mask
Mr Mitch, Eiffel (Peace edit)
Walton, Aggy
Samo Sound Boy, What Can I Do
Champion, Tribal Affair (V.I.P)
Joe, Rut
Infinity Window, Skull Theft
Lydia Lunch, Mechanical Flattery
Dr. Octagon, Earth People
Nas, If I Ruled The World
Bad Mice, Hold It Down
Photek, Rings Around Saturn
Steve Reich, Come Out
The Black Dog, Further Harm
Dan Curtin, Disparate
Grace Jones, Interview 1980


Text Hattie Collins

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