This week's Musical Host: Isaac Ferry
by Herb Essntls
A year ago
Today we have the privilege to introduce Isaac Ferry as this week's Musical Host. Record collector, Music Producer and DJ that plays across the world. Isaac also runs gourangamusic.com, a hub for all kinds of electronic music. Well worth a visit for many reasons, one of them being the lovely aesthetics. Let’s make the Internet fun again...Name: Isaac Ferry
Occupation: Music Producer & DJ
Resides: New York / England
First off, thank you so much for being this week's Musical Host! We ask all our hosts to “set the mood” for NYC - can you give us some background on your mix and the kind of mood you were striving to set?
Without access to decks - this collection of songs was pieced together on my laptop in isolation in upstate New York. I went through my music collection and chose a selection of tracks that were either made in New York, or had a strong association with the city.
How has living in New York City changed your relationship with music?
I love the way there are so many record stores still going strong throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn, I think this inevitably means one is always on the lookout for more music.
You run the music site Gouranga, can you tell us a little bit about it?
Gouranga started as a Techno night in Leeds, England - founded by my best friend Nick. We joined forces around 10 years ago and developed it into a hub for all kinds of electronic music, with a strong focus on Re-edits and producers that like to re-hash old classics. We’re now a label, promo-service for new releases and generally just a fun place to explore music. The imagery for the brand was created by a dear friend of mine Ferry Gouw who famously created the Major Lazer illustrations.
You have played at many different kinds of venues, from small to huge festival venues - what is your favorite setting for playing?
Although it may sound cheesy, I personally like playing long sets at wild weddings where everyone is there to have fun, let loose, and celebrate their friendships.
How do you think New York City will change in the coming months or even years because of what’s happening right now? Some people I’ve spoken to are thinking that it will go towards the feeling of the 80s and 70s and become the city of artists again…
It’s hard to say... perhaps if rents go down there is some hope!
How has being a Music Producer affected your record collecting?
I suppose once you become addicted to sampling and extracting pieces of audio for your own means - they any track becomes theoretically useful, and that is when the hoarding becomes extreme!
Your creativity spans over many different disciplines, music curation, production, DJing, modeling, running Gouranga, What is your favorite creative outlet?
I like problem solving. I’ve just started teaching myself Adobe Premiere and Illustrator, two programs I kinda knew about, but this lockdown has meant I can try and gain some new skills.
Listening to your mix makes me think of some of the best film scores I’ve heard - Is scoring film something you’ve done or thought about?
I think I’m a few years off something like that!
Tell us a weird festival story?
I was once at Glastonbury in the press pit watching Massive attack. I walked away from the stage towards the backstage compound to get some water. As I left the bright lights of the stage I was plunged into darkness and bumped into a figure, who stank of weed and I felt something wet on my leg. It seems this rasta was taking a piss on the scaffolding of the stage, and I had walked right into him. “Hey….sorry Mon….ah shitt….hey - where’s the stage?” I was pretty fazed by this and my leg was soaked...I replied “you’re next to the stage” and ran to the bathroom to dry my leg. Having got a bottle of water I returned to my spot in the press pit. ‘Angel’ started playing and there to my surprise was the great Horace Andy, on stage, relieved and ready to rock.