Fabric resident DJ Craig Richards carried out an email interview with Skrufff this week about the imminent return of his acclaimed party Tyrant to the East London club and ordered Skrufff to be careful what we write.
Could you please refrain from editing my grammar, Craig insisted, I have kept things deliberately succinct. (Unedited) questions and answers are below.
Skrufff (Jonty Skrufff): The return of Tyrant: why now, in particular (and in what way will it be different from a regular Saturday with you headlining alongside guest DJs?
Craig Richards: There has been much discussion as to why we the parties stopped for a while. Tyrant has been dormant resting in a dark cave plotting the next move. The fact is that Lee has been traveling the globe with his box of records and I stayed at home and made an album with Howie B. I hate traveling and Lee enjoys it. Lee bought a hat and I grew my hair.
Skrufff: What do you make of comments by the likes of Trentemoller on minimal, who said last week "I'm so bored of the whole minimal sound. I think it's going more mash-up and rocky and thank God for that." (he now likes Justice and Ed Banger Records more)
Craig Richards: For every person who becomes bored with a minimal sound another is blown away by Maurizio for the first time. Surely its (sic) all about contrast, listening to or making the same style of music is exhaustingly dull and repetitive. Keen ears need to be satisfied by change. Minimal is a marketing term - marketing terms are for weak-minded people who care too much about how they are perceived. A good record is a good record.
Skrufff: How much are 'maximal' or 'new rave' records creeping into your set? (eg Kitsune, Ed Banger, Fine releases)
Craig Richards: I hate these f**king stupid marketing terms. I dont really care about the next big thing. The press always seems somewhat desperate sounding to me, by the time journalists start writing about new trends in fashion or music the end is usually near. Ill say it again a good record is a good record in whatever genre.
Skrufff: reuniting with Lee: how much do you two still share similar tastes and interests (do you ever have blazing rows, any matters you agree to differ?)
Craig Richards: Lee and I are very different people with different ambitions but we like each other and we make each other laugh.
Skrufff: Chatting to Skrufff last year Craig said 'There is a total hierarchy of well known DJs who want everything for themselves, I can't deny it. Some of them fear the advent of new names, because they know they're rubbish and may be swept away': how much do you agree with that perception?
Craig Richards: For a long time dance music in Britain was very poorly represented. It took a long time for the truth to come through. I feel very proud that Fabric played a very large part in that shift. The scale of what we have achieved for underground dance music in this country is undeniable. These changes could never have come about without the acceptance of new names and new sounds. I have always supported new artists and DJs and will continue to do so. They generate excitement and energy.
Skrufff: How much easier- or harder- does it become to maintain your own status as ever more new DJs emerge?
Craig Richards: Im more concerned with my status as a person than my career status. As a DJ Im fairly well established by now and comfortable with what I do. I love finding music and playing it on loud sound systems, I work as much as I want to and I please myself. My popularity is based on my feeling for music and skill in selecting it, The level of popularity I have achieved is relative. I dont see new DJs as a threat we all have different ears.
Craig, Lee Burridge and Clive Henry headline Tyrant at Fabric, on Saturday March 10, London.
Jonty Skrufff (Skrufff.com)