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Production duo, Daniel Avery and The Deadstock 33S, aka Justin Robertson, answer our Big Questions and give us a download of the lead cut from their next single. What dudes.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Justin Robertson: When I was tiny, I think I had a hankering to be a fighter pilot. My Dad had been in the RAF and I dug the uniforms. In my teens I wanted to be a leading figure in the counter culture so I sat around looking miserable.
Daniel Avery: Definitely not a DJ!
What’s the worst club you’ve been to?
Justin Robertson: Chalfront St Peter Youth Club. I got chased out by the Chalfont Rucking Machine!
Daniel Avery: I'm from Bournemouth. That's a tough question.
What’s been your worst job?
Justin Robertson: I did a stint in the basement of Manchester Royal infirmary. The medical records department sucked the joy from the first 'Summer of Love'.
Daniel Avery: 'Produce replenishment' at a supermarket. Basically putting bananas on top of more bananas.
What are you obsessed with right now?
Justin Robertson: 'Turn Off Your Mind', by Gary Lachman.
Daniel Avery: Bob's Burgers
And what do you hate right now?
Justin Robertson: Apart from international capitalism, and the decline of civilisation, I'm pretty upset about this insidious creeping plant that's fucking up my yard!
Daniel Avery: Hate is a strong word.
When and where were you your happiest?
Justin Robertson: On holiday as a wee kid on Hailing Island. I sat on a tractor. There's a picture of me grinning like a mad thing grinning like a young Brian Jones, with red wellies on and not a care in the world!
Daniel Avery: In the DJ booth of Room 1 at Fabric. Every time.
How do you describe what you do to someone who doesn’t know you?
Justin Robertson: Sonic exploration with a deplorable lack of sleep and morals.
Daniel Avery: A music obsessive who gets to play records to others every week.
Have you ever been arrested? And if so what for?
Justin Robertson: I was apprehended on an American airbase once, I had actually just taken a wrong turning, but my somewhat cosmic garms did not lend themselves to understanding from the irate G.I.
Daniel Avery: Nope
What's the best record ever made?
Justin Robertson: Well that is impossible to say. So many records for so many reasons! But I have just been listening to 'Who Do You Love' by The Preachers. For a summary of the human condition you could do a lot worse than listen to 'Fixin to Die' by Bukka White. Production inspiration of the highest order goes to the 'Black Panta' by The Upsetters, Lee Perry showing everyone how to make very strange outwardly music.
Daniel Avery: My Bloody Valentine - 'Loveless'
What’s the coolest thing in your house?
Justin Robertson: My dog Monty and a portrait of my late Mother.
Daniel Avery: A photo of Beck by Steve Gullick.
What's the best piece of advice you've ever had?
Justin Robertson: Hey raver, get off the speaker, your blocking the laser.
Daniel Avery: Don't look at what other people are doing.
Who's your all-time hero and why?
Justin Robertson: Scott of 'The Antarctic' went to the South Pole armed only with a pair of stout brogues and a pite.
Daniel Avery: I guess Weatherall is the closest thing I have to a DJ hero. He has always played by his own rules.
What do you collect – apart form records?
Justin Robertson: I am a bit of a clothes obsessive. I have a lot of shoes and leather jackets, scarves. In fact a lot of cloth in general.
Daniel Avery: Films. And lots of 'em.
What’s your vice?
Justin Robertson: I live a life of extreme moderation, like a franciscan monk!
Daniel Avery: JD and coke.
Who was your first love and what happened?
Justin Robertson: Hazel, she moved to Scotland and went out with a Hells Angel.
Daniel Avery: Street Fighter. I'm still pretty good at it, thanks.
What were you doing at 2pm last Sunday afternoon?
Justin Robertson: Playing very strange Balearic records at the Lock Tavern.
Daniel Avery: Travelling to the Lock Tavern to watch Justin play a masterful balearic set.
What's your answer to everything?
Justin Robertson: You can't go wrong with tweed.
Daniel Avery: Mars Bars.
On a scale of one to ten, how good are you in the sack?
Justin Robertson: Oliver Tobias.
Daniel Avery: I take it you mean sack racing? I'm pretty good at that.
What's your most prized possession that you've still got from when you were a kid?
Justin Robertson: My Grandad's maracas.
Daniel Avery: My Super Nintendo.
Have you ever had a homosexual experience?
Justin Robertson: I had some impure thoughts about Johnny Marr on Saturday.
Daniel Avery: I've got some pretty gay records.
What was your last treat for yourself?
Justin Robertson: A PRL neck scarf.
Daniel Avery: The curry I just ordered.
What do you spend your money on?
Justin Robertson: Records, books and threads.
Daniel Avery: What money?
What's your drug of choice?
Justin Robertson: Swedish pick 'n' mix
Daniel Avery: Rennie Rapeze
What can't you live without?
Justin Robertson: Studio One records.
Daniel Avery: My bloody laptop.
Do you have a recurring dream?
Justin Robertson: All my dreams take place in my childhood home. I often dream I'm onstage with a major rock 'n' roll combo, but I can't remember the chords.
Daniel Avery: Bob from Twin Peaks is a pretty permanent fixture.
What would you change about yourself if you could?
Justin Robertson: I'd love a flamboyant haircut.
Daniel Avery: That I wasn't such an arrogant Englishman and could speak more languages.
What's the worst item of clothing you've ever worn?
Justin Robertson: In the rare groove days I had a majorly shit brown suit. I loved it, but everyone told me how bad it was. I wouldn't listen, they were right.
Daniel Avery: I had a bit of a thing for Adidas poppers as a teenager.
If you had a Tardis, what time would you go to?
Justin Robertson: The Regency period: bawdy and experimental behaviour, Lord Byron, Willia, Blake and outfits by Beau Brummel.
Daniel Avery: I wish I lived in London at my age now when Trash was at its peak. I would go every week.
What’s your lamest claim to fame?
Justin Robertson: Jimmy Page gave me a Lasso.
Daniel Avery: That I've made another record with Justin Robertson!