Terry Mullan and Tommie Sunshine: Meet your Bassgasm DJs, Vol. 4 (MP3s)

Categories: DJ Q&A

Minnesota's own self-proclaimed "genius of fun," ESP Woody McBride has long been one of the Midwest's techno sages and is again channeling the elusive old rave spirit with part deux of the Bassgasm saga tonight. As he did with Bassgasm 1, the second will lure old heads (who have grown up, started families and begrudgingly took real jobs) with his Wall Of Bass system, something ravers from here to Madison, Milwaukee, Chicago and back again remember with intense clarity: A ridiculous rig of speakers so shockingly loud it could settle wars. We've experienced this big bassy bully that barely lets anyone within earshot gulp down a beer, the real phenomena being that electronic music fans actually live for this stuff. We aren't happy unless we're hurling at light speed toward deafness.

That said, all the good boys and girls best take cover, because the rest of us are boarding the crazy train tonight for nine full hours of dancing at First Avenue like the world's on it's way out -- and after this party, it might as well be.  First, though, let's hear from the night's two major headliners (out of some 70 odd DJs), Chicago's acid house legend (and we do mean legend) Terry Mullan and indie-rock's favorite longhair behind the decks, Brooklyn's Tommie Sunshine.

Let the man jack / Denis Jeong Plaster for City Pages

Getting to know ... TERRY MULLAN
Downloadable mix: May 2010 (HQ)

Gimme Noise: What are your current creative projects?

Terry Mullan: I'm starting a new digital label called Coin Slot and am finally getting back in the studio to finish some slower bpm acid trax and other club stuff.

Why do you think you were booked to play BG2? 

Aside from being the Tila Tequila of dance music, hopefully at this point in time my name equals great music.

Ha! Touche. So what's your favorite memory of Minneapolis? You've been playing here for like 15 years.

Wow, kinda hard at this point to remember one MPLS show that super stands out as they all had great vibes. All I think of when I do think of MPLS is ridiculously powerful, quality LOUD sound -- and no-one does it like Woody. I'm super stoked to be coming back and can't wait to put it down on the booming system.

Girls on bins via Bassgasm #1 / Photo by Denis Jeong Plaster

What kind of vibe are you playing this summer?

Full-on face melting party bangers, same as it ever was, really.

What artists are you currently into?
Recently I've really been into Flying Lotus, Figure, Gaslamp Killer, Excision, Reso, Subfocus, Janelle Monae, and Jared Wilson, to name a few.

What's one thing that you've noticed has really changed in the EDM scene over the years?

It seems to me that DJs get by now more on image and not on content or actual skills. I know we're living in the world of reality TV, but come on. I always fought hard against the notion that dance music was vacuous but now it seems to be semi-true.

Are you inspired by any artists from the Twin Cities?

Besides the obvious answer, I've always dug Morris Day & The Time, Information Society, Atmosphere & Husker Du.

Are you aware of First Avenue's legend?

Absasmurfly, Purple Rain say what?

How do you feel about the industry going digital?

Man, it's a complete trade-off. I love how clean everything sounds being digital and I don't have to worry about handling and storing my CD's like I would with vinyl. I also get a lot of music sent to me before it comes out which is cool for me BUT I absolutely miss record shopping. Now, anyone with a pulse and an Internet connection can download till their heart's content and the scene is inundated with poseur DJs.

With all this technology now at our disposal, styles get thrown in the blender and then the crock pot. Dubstep basslines existed in drum & bass forever, maybe they're more accessible now with a slower tempo and all the more flexed upon with our understanding of things circa 2010. I personally don't get trance and it's appeal which out-draws all the other genres put together. I guess Ecstacy is to blame as I can't understand it otherwise.

Give us a quote from someone inspiring.

"People will forget what you said and they will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel" ~Maya Angelou

What's your all-time favorite party memory?

My craziest/best memory is from the festival Trans Musicales in Rennes, France. I had just started to travel overseas and there were 15,000 people in my arena going the eff off! I was and still am beyond thankful that a Midwest kid from the suburbs can make it that far. I had my own trailer to hang out in and played after Daft Punk Live and before DJ Sneak. Carl Cox and Laurent Garnier also played that night and if I could do the Groundhog Day thing and have that day go on forever it would probably be then.

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