Music is a universal language that connects us all. Explore the playlists created by the Fred Perry community over the years.
Darren Tan, DJ and Co founder of Vinyl of the Day & White Label Records.
Describe your style in 3 words?
Dark, utilitarian, understated.
What does the Fred Perry Shirt mean to you?
Music subculture and how important it is for a brand to recognize what their brand represents outside of own brand story.
Which subcultures have had an enduring effect on you?
It will always be hardcore & punk, cause that’s how I grew up. But I have to say reading about these 3 great British movements:
1. The reggae soundsystem explosion
2. Acid house and the warehouse/squat rave scene
3. Jungle and Drum & Bass culture greatly influenced me
If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Which music genre defines you?
Hard one but I’ve grown to prefer artists / music that sit outside fixed genre conventions, and more often then not these artists get slapped with a “Post” prefix, be it post rock, post metal, post rave, or even vaporwave or event this lofi hip hop/house movement maybe I just still have ADHD.
A song lyric that has inspired you?
“We gotta boot down, boot down, boot down the door Smash their oppression - smash their law!”
Best song to turn up loud?
Ride now its gotta be Battles ft Sal Principato “Titanium 2 Step”
Best song to end an all-nighter on?
Tool – The grudge
Any new music / band you are into at the moment?
Bored Lord - Transexual Rave Hymns
DIY club music with mutated pop samples
Denis Sulta – A.A.S (Nite & Day Mix)
Best application of Smokey Robinson’s Being With You in a dance track I’ve heard.
Author & Punisher – Terrorbird
Pure machine aggression.
Equiknoxx – Move Along
Dub/Dancehall Mutated and evolved.
Lorenzo Senni – The Shape of Trance to Come
Bright synth stabs and pads.
Dorian Concept - Toothbrush
This one smashes dance floors.
Howie Lee – Hao Ri Zi
Always loved Howie’s productions and how he weaves Chinese culture into them all.
Nails – I don’t want to know you
Some days you just feel antisocial.
Earth Trax – Truth Main Street Mix
Bouncy classic sounding dance track.
Leon Vynehall – It’s Just (House of Dupree)
One of those feel good lofi house things.
Lone – How Can You Tell
Feelings of old jungle/92 rave seeping though.
Shigeto – MCW
Shigeto digging deeper into jazz roots.
Soundbwoy Killah – Burning
A modern rehash of a rave classic.