Sunday, November 19, 2006

November 19, 2006: Dsico

November 19, 2006: Dsico

For those of you who are staying on top of the podcast via iTunes, I apologize for whatever technical issue we were having this past week. A few emails between myself and a couple of (highly educated) friends later, and I was able to add some code in somewhere and make the problem magically disappear. Glad to report it was something that we could fix. Stay tuned for episode 121, to be posted next - and it should be available at iTunes shortly therafter!



Dsico was one of the first mashup artists I came across. I got a disc in the mail shortly after someone else had sent me the Best Bootlegs in the World Ever compilation, and I listened to them both for quite awhile, as I slowly warmed up to the idea. Believe it or not, I wasn't too sure I liked it, at first! When we had The ECC out to play at Theatre de la Jeune Lune a few years ago, I DJ'd for about an hour, warming up the crowd, and spun mashups (in homage to Mark Gunderson's title as "Godfather of Mashup"), and it was the aformentioned CDs which made up the bulk of my offering that night. The crowd was quite appreciative.

Dsico is another mashup artist who has since gone on to produce more traditional music, choosing to move beyond his role as mashup artist. Although of course we'll focus on his work as a sample-based musician here, Dsico has become a band with a live line-up featuring Luke Collison on Guitar & Vocals, Michaela Davies on Bass and Reef Gaha on drums. Collison continues to do remixes as well, though based on his answers to the SAR Q&A (below), I doubt he'll be doing any more mashups...

Without further ado, here's the SAR Q&A with Dsico!

*Name: Dsico

*Members: 1-3

*Founding Member: Luke Collison

*Tape manipulations, digital deconstructions or turntable creations: These days it’s just a "band.” I suppose I’m more a singer/songwriter for lack of a better term. I don't do that mashup rubbish anymore. Thats all just plagiarism anyway.

*Location: Sydney, Australia

*What is your creative/artistic background: Well, I'm living in Sydney, Australia at the moment and have been here for the last 10 years or so. I played a bit of guitar in high school, as I imagine a lot of people did. But it wasn’t until I was at Uni that I got into electronic music and started playing with synthesizers and that stuff.

*History: Dsico, has been going for a few years. Initially it was just a Pseudonym I was using for doing Mash-Ups and Plunderphonic type work. This was all around 2002/2003 I suppose, DJing and "net-releasing" unofficial remixes etc. These days I don't do any of that though. And Dsico has now become the name for my original music output. I have a couple of albums out on my own little vanity label "Spasticated Records." I've also now put together a 3-Piece Band for live gigs, with Vox/Guitar + Bass + Drums & Electronics. We've been doing a few gigs around Sydney this year.

*Born: I've been working under the pseudonym Dsico since around late 2002 or so, and I'm old enough...

*Motivations/Philosophy: I just write songs. Its amusing. Oh and I like the mixing/ production side of it a lot too. It’s always interesting learning how to get a better or smoother, fuller sound. Lately I've been trying to get into producing other bands more as I think I have writers block with my music. My recent songs have been a little lacking. But the production side has been coming along. Although you always want more gear. More preamps / microphones, fancy synths... It’s terrible.

*Web address:


Thanks to Luke Collison of Dsico for being the focus of our feature this week at the SAR Blog. Check out episode 121 to hear one of his mashups - or "rubbish," as he calls it! Check out the Dsico website when you get a chance as well.

Hopefully this new episode uploads to iTunes this week and we won't have any further problems getting the show out. If you have any problems, please feel free to get in contact. You can post a comment here at the blog, or drop me a line at my email address (listed at our Contact Page). Also, if you have any ideas on how we could better promote the podcast, I'm all ears. Still quite new to this and, as you can probably tell, much more interested in the production and musical direction of the show, as opposed to learning all the ins and outs of the technical side of podcasting, but I'd love to find the show more exposure so if you have any ideas on where I should be listing the program, or promoting it in other ways, please don't hesitate to make your suggestions...

Tune in next week for our feature on DJ Zebra. Until then - thanks for listening!
Jon Nelson


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