LWE: You said earlier that about limitations and how they can unleash creativity. Do you think this applies to a lot of the original Chicago and Detroit guys?
John Daly: Absolutely, yeah. I’m really glad you asked me that, actually. Those guys were obviously blazing a trail, but I think what really — you know, you take me, right? Or any producer my age, my generation. Right now we’ve got — fuck, what is it, like 25 years of house and techno to reference? These guys didn’t have that. They were making that shit up absolutely. I mean sometimes I try to get myself into their frame of mind. OK, these guys didn’t have a lot of Model 500 records to listen to or whatever, and they were just turning on the machines. And I reckon a lot of these guys weren’t even musicians. I mean don’t they say that some of those tracks are just the preset sequences from the 303 or whatever? And, you know, I think that there was — yeah, definitely they didn’t have it –- they didn’t have this history behind them, apart from disco.
“Feel merchant” John Daly in conversation with Little White Earbuds. It’s a long, meandering interview but there’s some really good stuff in there. Particularly feeling the above comment, all over the 808/303 limitation at the moment. Finding it very inspiring.
John Daly is a bit of a legend and he was deadly last time he was in Dublin. Due back soon I think and I’m really looking forward to that.