Sunday, November 05, 2006

November 5, 2006: IDC

November 5, 2006: IDC

The featured artist this week is British Mashup artist, IDC! Read on for the SAR Q&A with IDC, and check out episode 119 (uploading now), to hear 13 sound collages by artists from around the world, including a mashup by IDC.

Well, I can tell you that I'm pretty proud to have stuck to my goal of featuring a new artist every week this year. Only two months left to go, and with very few exceptions we've featured a different sound collage artist each and every week, here at the Some Assembly Required blog. If you haven't been keeping up, scroll back through the archives to read all about a few dozen of the hundreds of artists we feature here on the show. Check out the links page at the SAR website for hundreds of additional references as well!

Can't say I've been too prolific though, blog-wise. Aside from these weekly features, I haven't had too much else to say! Maybe I'm kidding myself, actually. I'm sure it's the SAR Q&A's with featured artists which brings you here, if you're in the habit of visiting us weekly.

However, if you would like to learn more about me... Chuck Olsen at MN Stories has teamed up with to do a monthly video feature on Minnesota artists and I was his first subject! Check out the short video feature HERE. I'm quite flattered to have been the subject of his first venture with Special thanks to Chuck Olsen for being such a gracious videographer and editing out (almost) all of the dumb things I said and did on camera!



Thank god for the internet. I'd say 99% of the mashups which get aired on Some Assembly Required are either sent via email or downloaded directly from the artist's websites. IDC is one of the many artists I've found during random searches for new sound collage on the web. His mashups have been featured on the radio and in nightclubs everywhere, as well as online.

has been producing mashups since around 2002, along with official remixes and mix singles. IDC routinely plays out in the clubs and has been featured on MTV, and on radio programs such as Pete Tong's Essential Selection Buzz Chart, Lamacq Live, Rob Da Bank's Blue Room, John Peel's BBC Radio One program, XFM shows The Remix, The Rinse and X-posure, Scotland's Beatscene and Ministry Of Sound, and of course... Some Assembly Required.

The IDC track featured in this week's episode (episode 119) was personally selected by Outkast's Andre 3000, who insisted that the mix up of "Hey Ya" and The Streets "Don't Mug Yourself" be cleared for MTV broadcast. That particular track had the most repeat broadcasts on the program MTV Mash and was the tune chosen to end the series. Check out this week's podcast to hear it! Without further ado, here's the SAR Q&A with IDC...

*Name: IDC

*Are there any additional names used to describe this project: No

*Members: Myself and my self-built computer and for "on the road" dates I'm joined by my band of CDRs.

*Founding Member: David IDC

*Tape manipulations, digital deconstructions or turntable creations: Of those three "digital manipulation creations."

*Another genre descriptor: I like "21st Century Rock'n'roll", believing that the ancient spirit of rock'n'roll manifests best through the most contemporary means of production and creation that are available to it.

*Location: London, UK

*Original Location: same

*What is your creative/artistic background: writing about music for a national music weekly whilst at school, playing guitar and touring with a band straight after, having a couple of books on music history published, becoming a DJ/club promoter for a few years, then mixing the lot up in a new thing for a new century with IDC.

*History: IDC tentatively surfaced in mid 2002 when a bootleg/mashup track I made was featured on "MTV Select" in the UK. Shortly after a couple of remixes for labels followed and then the whole bootleg / mash-up side of things I was doing picked up a lot of interest. A white label original tune appeared on vinyl the following year and things really started kicking off from then on.

*Born: London, in the 20th Century.

*Motivations: I think everybody should have some outlet for their creative desires, whatever form it takes and however good the results are. I do the things I do and make the things I make because I want to do them and they make me feel good, purely and simply.

*Philosophy: Do what you want to do, then if you can earn a living and pay the bills from doing what you would gladly be doing for free, things are going nicely.
*How would you like to be remembered: Too much yet to do to be thinking in those terms.

*Web address:


Thanks to David of IDC for being the featured artist this week at the blog! Be sure to check out episode 119 to hear his mashup along with 12 other sound collages - and check out IDC's website, while you're at it. Now go download episode 119!

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


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