Q&A with Shit Robot and How You Can Win Tickets to the Show

We had a five minute chat recently with Shit Robot (DFA Records) to hear a little bit about his penchant for vinyl, a look back at DJing in the early 2000s and his upcoming set at Public Works.
Why did you start DJing?
I think it was just a natural progression. I’ve been buying vinyl for as long as I can remember. I started out buying punk records when I was a teenager and when I had a brief bout with breakdancing, I discovered the likes of Kraftwerk and YMO. Then I got pretty addicted to acid house in the late eighties and immediately began buying 12”s every weekend. My mate was a dj in Dublin at the time, so I watched him learn and picked up all the tricks as well as having an in to find out what all my favorite tracks were. When i moved to NY in the early nineties, I found all my favorite records in the bargain bins of the many great record stores there was there at the time. So, I quickly built up a pretty decent record collection and when I was introduced to some friends who were throwing a party in the east village, I said “yeah, I’m a dj” and basically blagged my way into my first gig.
Could you describe what the scene was like in NYC in the early 2000s?
I might not be the best person to “describe” the scene as my memory of that time is a little hazy to say the least. It was pretty full on. Myself and Dominique Keegan from Plant records had opened Plant Bar at that time and it was a DJ hotspot for a while. We had a dfa soundsystem designed by James murphy and Luke Jenner from The Rapture was the bartender. Any dj or artist that was in town usually stopped by and played a set or just hung around afterwards for the lock-in which we had almost every night. There is so many good stories from that time, everybody played there from erol alkan (djing on acid and on his knees on the dancefloor), felix the housecat (came by everytime he was in NY and we had a lock in after hours with gangs of girls drinking cosmos) to fatboyslim (james, not knowing who he was at the time, introducing himself and saying he liked what he was playing and should come by and play his party sometime).
How did you get working with James (Murphy) and involved with DFA?
Myself and James shared an office space in the west village. This was before DFA had started, James had his studio in the basement and I was friends with david holmes from back home in Ireland. I told david that he needed to use this great new studio to do his next record and when he came over, he brought Tim Goldsworthy with him as his programmer. The rest, as they say is history.

What inspires you to make such grooving dance music?
I have no idea really, I guess usually I’m chasing the vibe or atmosphere from when I went to my first raves. It’s almost always the older stuff that inspires me.
Who have you enjoyed collaborating with the most?
I think the most amazing for me was working with Ian Svenonious, that was pretty incredible. But I guess if you can call it a collaboration, working with james is always a lot of fun and it’s definitely where I’ve learned the most. He’s pretty talented; it’s kind of upsetting.

Are you excited to play Public Works and what do you think of our scene here in SF?
Yes, I am actually; I’m really looking forward to this one. I was there recently when myself and James played a festival just outside San Francisco. James was playing the after party, which was at public works and it was great fun. I’m also playing with Jacques, so there’s going to be no shortage of fun party time there.
Where is your production heading and what can we expect from you these days?
I’m working on a few collaborations with friends that I’m pretty excited about. I’ve a few different things in the pipeline, some 12” dancey stuff and hopefully a new album next year.
What is your obsession with Robots anyhow?
To be honest I don’t think I have a real obsession with robots. Well, no more that anyone else really. I mean, everyone loves robots, right? The Shit Robot thing just started out as a joke and now I’m stuck with it. I still think it’s a fun name, but it does cause its problems and can be a little embarrassing every now and then, especially with the in-laws.
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