State in association with Clampdown presents Vol 2 of 8, a series of mixes showcasing the diversity and abilities of the Clampdown crew plus family and friends. This time around we have Marcus Lambkin better known as Shit Robot who can probably claim to be the only Irish member on DFA’s label offering up a mix of disco and house for your delectation.
There’s also an interview where he tells us about meeting a trench-coated, dance music-hating James Murphy for the first time and moving from Dublin to New York and back to Stuttgart. His mix features the current single ‘Simple Things (Work It Out)’ out now on DFA.
State Mix Series Vs Clampdown – Shit Robot
- Shit Robot – Simple Things (Work It Out)” (Todd Terje remix)
- Chicken Lips – Feast of Freaks (Kotey’s Tape Edit)
- Suburban Knight – The Groove
- Black Meteoric Star – Death Tunnel
- X-Ray – Let’s Go
- Crazy P – Love on the Line” (Unabombers Remix)
- Bangkok Impact – Premature Ejaculation
- Joris Voorn – Sweep the Floor
- Cobblestone Jazz – Traffic Jam
- Crazy P – Stop Space Return” (Unabomber Dub)
- Shit Robot – Simple Things (Work It Out)
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Interview with Shit robot
What kind of music were you into before you left Dublin?
House and Techno mainly, I used to hang out with Johnny Moy and pretty much went to wherever he or Liam Dollard were DJing. Those guys were a big influence on me and probably the reason I started DJing.
Why choose New York?
Well, I was originally going to San Francisco, but my cousin Trevor was playing football for a college in NY at time and he said ‘you better not go to San Fran without stopping off in NY first. So, I thought I’d go to NY for a little bit and then make my way out to the west coast. I never made it, I didn’t leave NY for 12 years.
How did Plant come about?
I met Dominique Keegan through a mutual friend in NY and we started DJing together a little. He knew this guy, Tyler Brodie who had this great building in the West Village and he was starting a film production company there. He was also putting a studio in the basement and he wanted to have a record label there too. He asked Dominique to start up the label and Dominique said he would only do it if he could do it with me.
Was the scene healthy there and what was different about it?
I don’t know if you’d call it ‘healthy’, but there was a great scene. The club scene was very weird for me at first, totally different from Europe. There was some good nights like seeing Dee-Lite at the Sound Factory, but overall it was a bit disappointing to be honest. Back then the scene was really in the bars. This was pre-Guliani so there were bars everywhere in the East Village and most of them had turntables, dancing and shady goings on in the back rooms. It was really crazy. Before Guliani cleaned it up, the East Village was like the Wild West.
How did you meet James Murphy? Where you aware of his stuff?
I met James through Tyler Brodie who I mentioned before. James was setting up his new studio (later to become DFA) in the same building as the Plant Records office. This was all pre DFA, so James was just the ‘Rock Guy’ back then. It was pretty funny, I had pretty much just disregarded him as some American Indie Rock dude, he was wearing a trench coat and army boots (not kidding) and he hated dance music. Before James and I started hanging out all dance music meant to him was C&C Music Factory. So, you know, thanks to Johnny and Liam, etc. I was able to play Mr. Murphy some good dance music. I’m proud of the fact that Dublin had a big influence on DFA.
Another move – why back to Europe and why Stuttgart?
I married a nice German girl and she’s from Stuttgart.
Does the German scene suit you better?
Not necessarily, but being in Europe does. I live in the south of Germany, far away form Berlin, so I’m not really part of that scene. It does make it a lot easier for me to travel around Europe DJing though.
How did you come to work with Ian Svenonius from Nation Of Ulysses on the new EP?
Luckily for me, James had wanted to work with Ian for a while now and they had both talked about doing something together. Myself and James were in the studio working on the track and James just called Ian and he happened to be in town. He came by the studio the next day, we played him some old Chicago house, he listened to the track once and did three takes, job done. He was amazing.
What do you think of the dance / electronic scene in Dublin?
I love it, I think it’s really great, you have a really healthy scene there with lot’s going on and a really smart, musically educated crowd. I love playing Dublin. Along with Glasgow it’s one of my favorite places in the world to play.
Would you ever think of moving back?
Yeah, I’ve thought about it, but we’re pretty settled here and we just had a baby last year, so not for the moment. Don’t think I could afford to live in Dublin now anyway, it’s as expensive as NY.