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45 Live Lowdown #5 - DJ Food

45 Live Lowdown #5
DJ Food

To describe Kevin Foakes aka DJ Food as anything short of a national treasure would be plainly wrong. A man of many talents, and many obsessions which fuel his talents, or is it the other way around? Anyways, DJ Food sits at the top table.

1. Where are you based?
South East London, United Kingdom

2. Why 45s?
I needed a challenge a few years ago after using Serato for a decade, Scott Boca 45 asked me to play at an early 45 Live night in Bristol, I loved it and have been back on the vinyl DJ wagon since.

3. Your inspiration/mentor/hero?
Mentor: Mixmaster Morris, Coldcut and PC, inspiration: Kid Koala, Cut Chemist

4. Your most elusive 45, what is it and how long have you been looking?
Ken Nordine & his Rubber Frogs 'Bachman / Crimson & Olive' (Dunwich), How long? Maybe 20 years.
(ed’s note: can’t find a sound file!)

5. Best ever dig?
Hymies, Minneapolis, Saturn, San Francisco
hymiesrecords.com/ - www.saturnrecords.com/

6. All originals pressings?
Nah, life’s too short, so is the cashflow

7. Do you hoard or buy and sell?
Buy & sell, got to weed the collection occasionally.

8. How many 45s have you got and how do you catalogue/store them?
About 1,500, very roughly catalogued by genre, label or artist but it’s a constant mess. I have bespoke drawers that house a lot then various boxes and DJ bags for the rest.

9. Cover up or share the love?
Share the love, you have to be a special kind of sad to cover records up once you have a copy yourself.

10. What're your top 3 LPs tracks that you wish had been pressed onto 7”?
Beastie Boys 'So Whatcha Want?'

Phuture 'Acid Tracks'

Kraftwerk 'Home Computer'

11. Biggest disaster whilst DJing?!
Drunk guy in Ireland falling on the decks and tipping over the table, I managed to catch the decks and mixer before people came to help.

Delve further into the inner workings of Kev on his amazing blog: www.djfood.org/