Tim Sheridan > Interview - 2007
Tim Sheridan's story started in 80's sampling dance pioneer's Utah Saints, officially the first ever D.J to play at Glastonbury. His 90's project the Dope Smugglaz had massive selling dance hits which in turn led to him touring the world with Paul Oakenfold. The first D.J to bring " electro " to Ibiza with his residency at Manumission in 2002 - then creating NASTYDIRTYSEXMUSIC alongside Smokin Jo which started off as underground parties in Ibiza and ended up worldwide in turn taking in We Love Sundays @ Space and culminating in the sell out NYE 2005 at Ministry, London. If thats not enough Paul Oakenfold has recently asked Tim to join him as his Associate Producer and writer for several new Hollywood film projects and Tim Sheridan is releasing his VeryVeryWrongIndeed record label to the masses.... we ask the questions to the man who has a lot of answers.......
1. Tim, hi there hope your well - writing a paragraph as a lead to your interview has been extremely hard, you've done so much in the music industry - including jouralism... so maybe we should start at the beginning. Leeds, the Utah Saints and that Kate Bush sample...
Hi yourself I'm radiant thanks. Thanks though. I think I spend a bit too much time talking about the past in interviews. The Utahs are great lads who gave me my first break. They are currently one of the most sought after breaks acts and No1 electronic act on MySpace. Still better than the rest! U-U-UtAH Saints!!
2. You are quoted as saying your massively inspired by Bowie and Eno, what else musically did you listen to as a child ?
A lot of classical from my Dad and my music lessons. Loved the Police particularly Stuart Copland, my favourite drummer and the musician who influenced me most I think in terms of making me understand the gaps between the notes. Earth,Wind and Fire... I go wobbly and still can't help but have a dance to certain of their songs. The Smiths are my favourite all round group and Morrissey used to be my No1 hero but I went off him a bit lately as he seems to have lost his humour. I like any great lyricist! Tom Waits, Paddy McAloon, Shane MaGowan, Shaun Ryder, Elvis Costello... it's a word thing. I love great producers as the sound is very important to me, I used to listen to sound effects records as a kid...such a loser! I love Sir George Martin, Thomas Dolby, Andrew Loog Oldham, Martin Rushent and of course the mighty mighty Trevor Horn! I'm dead into Dad stuff like Pink Floyd and weirdos like Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart. Elvis of course. Kraftwerk and Stakker Humanoid in later years. As a kid I was into the better Punk bands like The Stranglers and The Clash. I played the drums in my folk's cellar to anything containing funk. Trouble Funk, Chuck Brown and The Soul Searchers, Rare Groove...James Brown naturally. I dunno I could sit here all day and pour them out.
3. Tell us about your story of the " acid house " days - is it true your writing a book about your experiences ?
It's more a chronology of events not just mine. I'm interviewing pretty much every major player for the book. The Acid House days were my '60s. It was political and SO new and social. Me connecting with my generation. We was robbed!
4. Your views on Anti War in general and especially in Iraq are widespread in the media, also we've seen you involved in the Red Cross charity. Do you feel its your duty to be a voice for the younger clubbing generation in bringing these points to the foreground ?
Oh I dunno...Anti-everything if you knew me better! Duty is an interesting choice of word. I think it's everyone's duty, whether they choose to live up to that obligation is up to them. You and me included. I think if you have a voice however small you should use it. We live in the world like it or not, and this scene and my job is only a small part of it. I think it's pretty easy to use your platform to carp on about how ace you are in subtle ways or you can use it to prod and encourage thought and debate. It doesn't make you popular. Quite the contrary, no-one likes a pooper of parties. I think it's possible to have a good time AND make a difference. The Red Cross events are just shit-hot parties with DJs like Ewan Pearson and Mr C and the charity aspect is practically non existent in terms of affecting the night. But I hope it encourages people to think a bit. You'd be surprised, some tossers breeze in and and refuse to put even a penny in the bucket, they reckon they don't do charity. SO I don't do party for them. No pennies, no entry. Knobheads. I don't need to be a voice for the younger generation, they are just people the same as everyone else, some stupid and selfish, some ace and clued up. It's down to the individual but I think it's important these days with so much info flying about to remind gently that there is a bigger world outside yourself.
5. MySpace and YouTube are brilliant promotional tools especially at bringing lots of like - minded people together. What are your thoughts on the internet, download sites and the future it holds for us all...
It's not the future it's here right now. It dominates our scene already and rightly so. Essentially it eliminates a whole strata of useless twonks who clog up the process between artist and punter. Agents, managers, promoters, quantity surveyors, consultants, critics, magazines, public relations... basically it is steamrollering over all that and providing a direct line of communication. Ace!
6. NastyDirtySexMusic and VeryVeryWrongIndeed has been well documented but what have you got in store for us in the near future - music wise and club wise ?
Got the label and all that. Very exciting. Collaborations with Spektre, King Roc, Tom Mangan... lots of wicked spaz-freak tunes. Club-wise I'm gearing up for Ibiza. VERY big thing in the pipeline but don't want to jinx it by saying owt until the ink is dry.
7. You go a long way back with Mr Oakenfold who in the Guardian recently said he has 35,000 records in the basement of a house he rents out in London ! What do you do with all your records you've collected along the way and where do you keep yours ?
I'm actually not much of a hoarder I have shockingly few possessions. You'd be amazed. I do have a lock-up full of old tunes. I used to buy thousands at a time from mobile discos and that. Worthless really I should chuck em. Most dance music is disposable and very little stands the test of time. I try to look ahead.
Well thanks for you time Tim, we all look forward to catching you playing at Somewhere, Henry's, Norwich on Bank Holiday Sunday May 27
My pleasure. Come say 'hi' I don't bite. Well I might nibble a bit.