With the second installation of the “Escape From Chicago” worldwide footwork compilations due out on his label Loose Squares on Monday (10/03/14) and with a Loose Squares label showcase coming up at the massive SXSW event in Austin, Texas on Friday, we are very excited to present to you this exclusive mix from Chicago footwork long time producer, promoter, label owner and all round bad man Chrissy Murderbot. It’s a mix full of hyperactive party vibes, fast and tight mixing, and brilliant tracks spanning genres such as footwork, jungle, hardcore, booty and beyond.
We caught up with Chrissy to ask a few questions about Loose Squares, footwork’s global domination, his influences and more.
Hi Chrissy! On Monday 10th March you will be releasing the second Escape from Chicago compilation on your label Loose Squares. You made your own “escape” from Chicago last year to move to Brooklyn, we were wondering, what prompted the move and how are you finding your new home?
I moved from Chicago to Brooklyn to try and push forward in my career, meet some new people, get to know a new scene, and have some quality time with all my great New York friends. But Chicago is my home and I definitely plan on moving back someday. That having been said, I’m really enjoying Brooklyn.
Being previously based in Chicago and one of the early people to be producing and running footwork nights around the world, what do you think about footwork’s explosion in popularity worldwide and how producers globally are shaping footwork around their local influences?
I’ve really worked hard over the last several years to push footwork outside of Chicago to a global audience, and I’m really proud of how footwork has gone global and reshaped the larger dance music dialogue. I’m not taking full credit fort hat by any means—Mike Paradinas, Addison Groove, Devin Landau at Surefire Agency, Om Unit, Kaptain Cadillac, Big Dope P…there are a lot of people who also fought hard to expose this music outside Chicago. I am thrilled to hear new producers taking footwork influences and tailoring it to their own local sounds and experiences and coming up with new hybrid forms. That’s how music culture moves forward and I am always excited to hear it.
Your music and your mix reflect an almost chameleon like history and musical output, taking influences from many different styles. Can you tell us which genres do you hold close to your heart and how do you find they mix with footwork rhythms?
First and foremost, the closest thing to my heart is and will always be disco. Chicago House is a close second, followed by classic UK Rave and Jungle from 1992-1995. I think the cross-compatibility between Jungle and Footwork has been well explored, and since footwork is derived from Chicago House there is a lot of overlap there too.
You have made links with people all over the world making footwork and music influenced by it, as seen in the Escape From Chicago compilations 1 and 2. How do you come across these producers? Are you always on the lookout for new artists or do they generally get in contact with you?
I get a lot of producers sending me tracks via email, and I’ve found some great things that way. The other way I find people is playing at shows around the world—sometimes the opening act or just people in the audience will come up to me with a thumb drive or a record, and I get home and listen and it’s really great! Those are the two main ways I discover new musicians.
You will be bringing Loose Squares to the massive SXSW for a label showcase this Friday, that must be an exciting prospect! Tell us a bit about what people at SXW can expect from Loose Squares and the artists you will be bringing to represent it.
I am REALLY excited for this SXSW showcase. Bringing Slick Shoota (for his first US gig), Umbertron (a great up-and-comer from Chicago), Sinistarr (a Detroit guy who has released D&B material on Metalheadz but is now making more footwork-inspired stuff), Calculon (really talented producer from San Diego), and Pawn (from LA’s legendary Smog crew). I’d say to expect footwork and classic jungle and juke and Chicago ghetto house and whatever else we feel like playing, frankly. I try to keep it very musically open.
What do you have planned for the future, any tours or forthcoming releases/projects you can tell us about?
For the future, I’m working really hard on the Chris E Pants stuff (that’s my house & disco alias), and my new house label with Alex Burkat, The Nite Owl Diner. Also still pushing hard on Loose Squares stuff—we have an EP lined up from Druthers & Drips with a Sinistarr remix that I’m very excited for.
Finally, can you tell us a bit about the mix you’ve put together for us?
This mix is basically everything new that I am really liking right now, from many of my fave producers. A lot of tracks from the new Loose Squares comp, as well as a couple of tracks from the new Trancework comp that I’m really enjoying (cheeky footwork remixes of 90s trance anthems), and some other new bits from various places.
INFLECTMIX 004 - Chrissy Murderbot
Download the mix HERE. (Updated working link)
Leatherface - Take Flight
Supraman - Spaceport
Ticklish - Sum 1 Like U
DJ PayPal - Whisper Zone
Sidney Looper - Soundin So Mean
Umbertron - Sibley Style
Ghosts of Venice - My Love (Chrissy Murderbot Remix)
Sinistarr & Oktored - YSL
DeVille feat. Parly B - Hotta Than That
Jumping Back Slash & Spoek Mathambo - Night Time Business (Chrissy Murderbot Remix)
DLX - Coming Correct (Calculon & Austin Speed Remix)
Fragma - Toca’s Miracle (Ticklish Reboot)
Sinistarr & Tim Reaper - Riff 2
Pawn - Your Words (Moresounds Remix)
Chrissy Murderbot - The Original (Calculon & Austin Speed Remix)
Age of Love - Age of Love (Chrissy Murderbot Remix)
Coleco - Ghost Rhythm
Slick Shoota - Blaze It VIP
Loose Squares - Escape From Chicago 2 Compilation
Loose Squares “Escape From Chicago 2” will be available to buy from Monday 10th March 2014.
And if you’re lucky enough to be in Austin for SXSW this coming Friday 14th March, be sure to catch the Loose Squares label showcase! Details at the Facebook event here.