​i-DJ: Joker

Press play and let the purple reign with genre bending sounds of bass king Joker.

by i-D Team
20 February 2015, 10:30am

Joker has been bending the rules of bass since 2008 when he dropped Grimey Princess. Fusing grime and dubstep with his own particularly pinch of otherworldlyness (often referred to as 'purple), the Bristolian producer and DJ behind sublime instrumentals like Tron and Snakeater is back with a brand new album, The Mainframe and after hearing the single Midnight, we can't wait to get our ears on it. To celebrate the release of The Mainframe, we asked the musical manipulator to create an i-DJ to end all i-DJs. 

Tell us, in 25 words or less, about your new album, The Mainframe.
The Mainframe is a cinematic, grimey, romantic, ghetto flex running thru Studio Ghibli back into a Sega Mega Drive into one movie journey.

You always manage to subvert expectation and challenge expectation. How does The Mainframe do that this time?
This is a compliment I guess and not really something I can answer. But big up, I'm glad you think so and I hope The Mainframe gives you the same feeling.

Are there hints of purple on it or have you taken it elsewhere on this record?
I mean, yes, purple is still there but it's a bit different from your Tron's and Purple City's. I couldn't keep on making them everyday.

Of all the tracks you've produced, which has been the closest to the perfection, to the sounds you hear in your head?
Hmm. I would say Midnight and Mixed Emotions off of this LP. I made them when I was super high and now that I don't smoke no more I can still feel that feeling I was getting when I was high. They're still not perfect, yet. I'm yet to make The One! But they are as close as it gets.

Which track do you wish you've produced?
That perfect one that I ain't made yet (laughs).

What are the top three tracks getting heavy rotation in your sets?
Joker, Midnight
Mystry, Pulse R (Dub)
Kromestar, Dutty

What's the most hedonistic party you've ever been to?
It was an Ohoi night in Copenhagen back in 2009.

What's the most phenomenal clubbing venue in the world and why?
I can't just say one because they all have something special so I'm going to name:
Berghain: Germany
Stengade 30: Copenhagen (now closed)
Terminal 5: New York
Motion: Bristol

If you could go back to back with any DJ, at any venue, who would it be and why?
I'm going to have to say EZ.

...because DJ EZ .

History is made at night... what was the best night of your life?
The night I was born?

What's the most debauched thing you've ever seen on the dance floor?
Skream… love you Ollie xx

What would your dream rider consist of?
PS4 with Gran Turismo and project cars with a wide screen 70 inch TV, with steering wheel. Backstage,

What does your actual rider consist of?
Fruit and a bottle of JD, I think.

What's your favourite party anthem of all time?
I have to pick three:
La Roux, In For The Kill (Skream Remix)
Emalkay, When I Look At You
Rustie, Raptor

Do you think music subcultures are losing their definition? 
I don't care about genres, they make everything very confusing. There's three genres of music 1. Sick music 2. It's ok 3. Don't like it.

What producer are you predicting big things from this year?
Me, me, me! Joker! Liam McClean! Nah, I don't know.

Where do you go when the record ends and the lights come on?
Nine times out of ten, either the hotel or home.

What track would you end the night on when everyone's still awake and it's time to go to sleep? What's your party trick?
Prodigy, Out Of Space.
Rustie, Raptor

Finish the sentence, the music sounds better with...
Good fucking speakers!

Joker's new album, The Mainframe, is out on Monday

The tracklist, explains Joker, isn't entirely complete. "Anything that's not listed is either unreleased and unfinished bits that I'm working on, or new bits dropping on my label Kapsize... watch this space!" 

1. Joker - Midnight
2. ???
3. Joker - Mixed Emotions
4. Preditah - Red Bull
5. Joker - Scene 26. Joker - Scene 17. ???
8. ???
9. ???
11. ???
14. ???
15. ???
16. ???
17. ???
18. Zak Abel & Joker - Lonely

the mainframe
liam mclean