PHIL GAFFNEY

LECTURER | PLYMOUTH

 

What is a memorable musical memory from your childhood?

Breakdancing in my best mates garage with his older brother and his mates to hip hop and early electro, good times!!

What was your most embarrassing music-related moment? 

Was DJing at a Packed Sunday night before a bank holiday. The club was at it's full 400 capacity. I followed the last DJ at a perfect 12 o'clock slot. I cued my record up, Bass Toy - Runnin, thought I would hit em with a good one to start and just as the break was ready to drop I took the needle off the wrong record, SILENCE!!! I promptly put the needle back on and hit behind the DH Booth for a few minutes. I recovered and played a great set, very embarrassing though!!

What three albums would you take to a desert island (and those you'd really take, not those that'll impress the readers!)? 

Happy Mondays - Pills Thrills and Bellyaches;
Caribou - Swim;
Bonobo - Sweetness.

What would your super power be? 

Invisibility.

What pop legend would you dress up as for a party? 

Ian Brown.

Music software, what's your weapon of choice? 

Logic Pro.

What's your fave piece of music tech hardware?

Korg MS2000r.

What are you most proud of? 

Winning a breakdancing competition in Woolecombe against a rival stag do and DJing on the sacred island of Ibiza!

What are your three favourite music tech techniques? 

  • Izotope ozone on master and mix within it, don't just bung it on at the end.
  • Camel Space for vocal chopping effects.
  • Using the same MIDI regions on different sound generators to create different textures.

What is your favourite thing about dBs? 

I LOVE IT ALL…We get to play with the best equipment!!

If you could go back in time, where would you go? 

The Warehouse - Chicago, early 80's. Birthplace of House Music!!

What single thing would improve the quality of your life?

A good woman.

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