In the latest of our series of features and interviews with artists representing the electronic music underground in the north east of England, we present: Cass Lamb.
Welcome to Tunnel Club. Tell us a little about yourself and your music….. How did you first get into DJing?
The Internet gave me the opportunity to get into dance music, I started listening and researching it about 10 years ago now, and I soon realised that most of it is released on 12” singles and EPs. I started buying the odd record, then a naff turntable to listen to them on, then quite a few records, then a pair of turntables and mixer, then even more records.
Could you describe your musical influences?
Hessle Audio, Long Island Electric Systems, Optimo, Legowelt, Four Tet, Anthony Naples, Tama Sumo, Omar S.
How would you describe your sound & style?
Loosely it’s house, but it’s pretty broad and eclectic. Sometimes introspective, sometimes a bit out-there, sometimes just fun.
What’s your view on the vinyl vs digital debate?
I like records, but I appreciate they’re not available to everyone, or that it’s not everybody’s cup of tea. I’m also a bit of a nerd so I like looking for records, and I don’t
get as much pleasure mixing on CDJ’s / controllers as I do with a pair of turntables, but I can’t say I haven’t heard great sets by DJ’s on digital equipment, and I understand that a lot of styles really champion the rapid style mixing that CDJ’s allow, and I dig that approach.
What’s your view on the electronic scene in the north east at the moment?
I haven’t been around too long so I haven’t got much to compare it against, but it’s pretty healthy I’d say. There’s a lot of big and interesting bookings at the moment, and
the homegrown scene is really coming into its own.
Which other artists are doing it for you at the moment?
From the North East? Flamingo Tripper by Edmondson is the best EP I’ve heard from anyone with links to up here. It’s right deep and that.
We’re looking forward to you joining us at Northern Exposure on April 21st. Tell us a little about what people can expect.
It’s going to consist of Chicago house, New York deep house, acid, rave and ’91 bleep techno. (LFO – LFO (Sunderland Independent Mix))
And finally, where can people find out more about you?
Thanks to Cass for joining us; catch him live in the mix at Northern Exposure on Saturday April 21st, and check out Cass in the mix on his recent podcast for Kaneda Records.