Chester (Mr Promotions for the DPs) is jumping as he's just
confirmed DJ Food for 23 April and it's fair to say he's something
of a fan.
one of their (Ninja Tunes) flag-bearers and he's still bringing
out CDs that are ground-breaking and set the style,"
the Ninja website it says "DJ Food is best described
as food for DJs" - Oh really that's so helpful - Ed.
is a really long and complicated explanation on the site but
frankly life's too short, just go and listen and decide if
you like what you hear- Ed).
how did he get Food? Well it comes down to dogged persistance
in the form of nagging emails.
"I wore him down and emails are far less intrusive than
phone calls. There's a big contract still to sign but it'll
be worth it."
started out three-and-a-half years ago putting on a charity
night to support a mate.
always been talking about putting on a night but you need
someone to take it that step further and grab it so I went
to what was then the comedy pub on Stokes Croft and spoke
to the manager and got us a Thursday night for free,"
said Ross while braving a cup of BBC coffee.
got a huge group of friends so we all pulled together, filled
the venue, made £500 on the night and decided to give
it another go.
became monthlies, then we got a Saturday which worked really
well and we started picking up more DJs and musicians who
wanted to play because of the vibe."
the pub turned into The Croft they had to badger the new manager
because he already had a lot of nights he wanted to put on
but this is team who don't give up easily.
people's enthusiasm it's grown and we bump into people like
Billy (Nasty) - turns out a mate said he wanted to play so
he came down," Ross continued.
was a bit untouchable at the start because we were small-scale
and you could tell we hadn't got the high production levels
at that time so he was a bit exclusive but he's come back
to do another set and he loves it."
of the bands the Detectives are about to put on is Arkane,
a Welsh hip-hop group of boys and girls who're all vocalists,
lyricists or have turn-table skills.
couple of the core crew of the DPs are Welsh, so through word
on the street and the guys at Bristol Stage who put on Ashton
Court it seemed everyone has been talking about them since
last summer," Ross explained.
done a couple of London gigs and just done an EP so they're
about ready to let rip and they're doing it with us."
play The Croft on Saturday 27 March.
their early days the scale of production the Detectives of
Perspective put on has changed radically.
have a ledger sheet with all money spent from day one which
makes interesting reading. We spent £10 producing b+w
posters at the start now it's £500 for a couple of nights."
sound is described as "eclectic" but that really
dnb, funk, Asian beats, breakbeats, techno, house and then
venture the DPs tried recently was putting on live music in
the city centre.
were at Timbuk2 and went out flyering Ibiza-style and got
a strange mixed reaction," said Ross.
of people just don't want live music in the city centre, they
told us they only want 80s stuff and to go out drinking tons."
said that the club was rammed by midnight and Ross rates the
manager of club as "probably the nicest person to do
with a club that I've ever had to deal with," so all
ended well for them.
going to be a busy few months for the Detectives - this is
what's in store till mid-May:-
Friday 2 April Billy Nasty at Timbuk2
Friday 9 April
Shambala Fundraiser at Lakota
Saturday 17 April Crash DJs at The Croft
Friday 23 April DJ Food at Thekla
Sunday 2 May Bank Holiday garden special at Bar Latino
Friday 7 May Blackout at Timbuk2 (check
our interview with the band)
Saturday 15 May Mo Funk at The Croft
have more on each of these nights as they come up.
Detectives of Perspective's work ethic is to try to keep it
cheap, to fill a venue and make sure the night is not for
word to Ross:-
rather make sure everyone in there is having a good party
- we don't chase the money all the time."