From tear gas to teeth: Feed Me looks back over his strangest live shows…
In an interview with UKF, Feed Me shares memories about his first-ever performance in support of deadmau5.This article originally appeared on UKF
Feed Me is staring down the barrel of a lot of exciting plans, releases, shows, sounds and ideas this year.
And it starts next month – February 11 – as he headlines our first party at brand new London venue Printworks. A cavernous industrial maze of a space, it’s the perfect playground for Feed Me’s teeth-baring musical mischief as he joins the likes of Sub Focus, Friction, Dimension, Mollie Collins, Holy Goof, Taiki Nulight and many more at one of our maddest events to date.
We called him up to find out about any particularly interesting, weird or pivotal events he’s experienced over the years – both as Feed Me and Spor. It starts off with tales of tear gas and riots and ends with some serious future speculation by way of his debut Feed Me show where he played after Deadmau5. Get to know…
It would be cool to get tales of your weirdest or freakiest shows over the years. What stories have you got for me?
I wish I had loads of great stories off the top of my head. It all mashes into one strange blur sorry. My memory is terrible. Once I get going I tend to remember them.
You told me once about a really early US show that was memorable for all the wrong reasons.
Oh yes, it was in the desert and got shut down. It was really unpleasant. There were dogs jumping on people, tear gas, police with batons. It was chaos. Really horrible traumatic chaos. I’ve had a few shows shut down in the US. One in an ice hockey stadium where the police chased us out then one in Baltimore that got shut down by the fire department while I was actually playing. I’d never seen an American firefighter before and this guy came into the booth and was messing up what I was doing… I was like ‘what you doing mate?’ I thought he was in bright yellow fancy dress – turns out he was a fightfighter, he wasn’t happy about me not responding to him.
Ha! Can you pinpoint any particular early shows right at the start of the Spor days where you’ve felt progress or felt things go up a level?
I should have done but it was all very natural, slow and incremental. Just a long steady grind – I enjoyed the shows and each one was a total lottery. I played for all types of promoters; super professional ones and rag-taggy piratey ones. I never set expectations for the gigs and enjoyed them whatever the circumstances. And I did that for a lot of years. I think the first Feed Me shows was when I could really see potential for elevation in that way. I was supporting Deadmau5 so I could see the scale of the world I’d found myself in. The scale was so much bigger, the production was custom, it had a crew and roadies. It felt like a touring operation rather than a DJ rocking up to a club like I had done for years before. It gave me ideas about my own show and what I might be able to achieve one day.
What was the first ever Feed Me show like?
Quite strange. It was very last minute – I was supporting Joel (Deadmau5) at Brixton Academy. I didn’t have a set planned and most my tracks were unfinished. I just wanted to hear what they sounded like through a big system. Joel ended up choosing a different slot, too, so I ended up playing after him which was weird. It felt very experimental. I remember thinking ‘this is odd’