You don’t often come across DJs or producers with more experience than our next LaGaSta guest, Ray Mang. Having collaborated with Bill Brewster, The Idjut Boys and Foolish Felix as well as remixing for the likes of Gorillaz, Shirley Bassey and S-Express, it’s hard not to name drop when speaking of his incredible career! He has honed his skills as a producer over decades releasing on legendary labels Noid, R&S, DFA, Eskimo to name a few, and we can’t wait to see where he takes us at LaGaSta! We caught up with him in between remix requests, touring and his own productions to chat about what he's got planned for Friday!
Where are you up to at the moment?
When did making music become your job?
Some time towards the end of the last millennium.
What is your source of inspiration?
It can be pretty much anything but mainly music of all kinds, people, nature, love and these days quite a lot of tea.
-Which are your favourite tracks at the moment?
Something old, something new....
Mariah - Shinzo No Tobira
TYV - Miau
What’s your earliest musical memory?
Spinning nursery rhyme classics on my Fisher Price.
We know you as one of the most prolific contributors to the UK disco/house canon. You teamed up with lots of artists, collaborated with even more, while you're part of bands, projects and other imprints. What do you enjoy the most?
I always love working with super talented singers and musicians, that’s very inspiring. Travelling the world to DJ, meeting amazing people and seeing beautiful places is very enjoyable.
What are three things you must always travel with?
Passport, music and an open mind.
What is the weirdest place you’ve ever played?
I always find doing Shibuya FM a surreal experience as its got a glass front to the studio and is in a shopping centre so you end up watching people trying on shirts while you play.
Track to rescue a waning dance floor?
The brilliant Recloose - Dust (Induceve mix) seems to work for most.
Which is the last song you remember yourself singing or whistling lately?
Womack & Womack - MPB (Knuckles Folk Mix) for the last week or so.
Catch Ray Mang at LaGaSta this Friday 21 April from 9pm-3am at Dalston Superstore!