29.10.2009, Words by Ruth Saxelby

Dummy Mix 15 // Drop The Lime

If you’ve experienced the raw energy and pounding bass of DROP THE LIME at his Fabric residency, then you’ll know he has a thing for the original rebel sound of the 50s. Dropping rockabilly mid-set has become DTL’s Luca Venezia trademark. Download the rockin’ n rollin’ Dummy Mix 15 on the right and check out his favourite rockabilly joints below. When he’s not igniting dancefloors or remixing the likes of Little Boots to Buraka Som Sistema, the founder of New York’s Trouble & Bass collective/label has been keeping busy in the studio working on his long awaited debut album due early next year. Get a first taste with booming new single Set Me Free out next week.

So tell me about your mix. Was it quite a treat going full-on rockabilly?

Definitely good times. I tend to do a rockabilly/Motown/Northern soul section in all my club sets now and the crowd goes OFF. |t was fun to plan a proper setlist this time only of that.

How did you get into the rockabilly scene?

It all started at 7. My parents would play Roy Orbison, Elvis, and Ritchie Valens. They inspired me to learn guitar and sing. One thing led to another and I naturally got into the more obscure and originators of the sound.

Does it influence your production style? How?

The attitude and raw vibe of guys like Gene Vincent definitely has a partial inspiration on my tunes… no holding back.

You’re always over here playing. How does the club scene in the US differ to the UK?

The UK is a club culture, and people are open-minded. They let go and dance to songs they aren’t even familiar with. The US is beginning to pick up and be less stubborn about dancing, but we’re definitely more of a rock/rap culture so dance music never goes off quite as strong as in England.

Who goes more mental – the crowd at Trouble & Bass or at Fabric?

Trouble & Bass is always a unique group of people. We get a lot of out of town heads mixed with locals so the energy reminds me of playing in the UK. T&B is hosting Room 2 at Fabric on November 6th so the two crowds will collide!

What new music have you been getting excited about this year?

Afrojack, Harvard Bass, Supra1, MJ Cole, AC Slater, Star Eyes, Chairlift and The xx have been up to some great remixes and original releases this year.

And finally, what can we expect from your debut album?

I’m singing a lot and working with guest vocalists as well… A lot of melodies inspired by Ennio Morricone and John Carpenter. It’s an album beyond dance music. Something that can be played at home or in the club.

Drop The Lime’s Rockabilly Top 5

Carl Perkins Dixie Fried
I love this song, because of the irony in Perkins singing “Rave on”… and being a DJ that plays club music and also rock-a-billy, blues and soul.

Johnny Burnette Tear It Up
This one is a classic… Johnny Burnette at his best. It quickly conjurs up imagery of greasers and greaser gals losing it on the dancefloor.

Gene Vincent B-I-Bickey-Bi, Bo-Bo-Go
Gene Vincent always had a raw and dirty vibe to his music. Listen to the rowdy party happening in the background… so much yellin’ and screamin’ and wild partyin’!

Roy Hamilton You Shook Me Up
Listen to how bad ass his voice is. I think Roy Hamilton’s style of singing kills Elvis, and you can hear him really “Shakin” up from the girl of his dreams.

Roy Orbison Ooby Dooby
Roy Orbison had one of the most beautiful and unique voices of his time. My dad would play him all the time as a kid, so I grew to love his music and 50’s music at 7. I immediately wanted to play guitar and sing songs like Roy Orbison.

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