While we don’t want to brag (ever), we’re pretty damn ecstatic to be Hijacked Festival’s official media partners. And we’re equally excited to be bringing you a whole host of exclusive mixes from the Thick as Thieves residents in the build up to the event this summer. First up, TaT All-star disc jockey Vandeleur takes to the decks with his brilliant HKD:001 Hijacked mix. Hugely popular during his time in Exeter, Vandeleur helped curate the Our House brand before ejoying a year long residency with Thick as Thieves, supporting thelikes of My Nu Leng, Waze & Odyssey and Josh Butler. He is now a central figure of Desert Island Disco and Bristol nightlife in general, and also finds time to play regular sets in his hometown of Cambridge.
If you foolishly haven’t got your tickets to Hijacked already you can purchase them here, but in the meantime, sit back, relax, and use Vandeleur’s Hijacked mix to soundtrack this interview with the man himself.
Hi Tom. Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions! Can you tell us a bit about your influences and DJ “style”?
My main influences are probably bands like Radiohead, Grizzly Bear, Foals etc. and I think you can definitely see that in the kind of heavily melody led house and techno I like – from labels like Permanent Vacation, Hivern Discs, Innervisions, Scissor & Thread, LARJ.. On that level I really admire DJs like Mano le Tough, John Talabot, Prins Thomas, Dixon, Bicep etc. who have so much patience when they’re playing – I definitely try to emulate that when I play myself. On the flip side, though, I also am a big fan of DJs like Tama Sumo, Floating Points, Hunee, MCDE, Harvey etc. that play everything from Disco/Soul to Latin to Techno to Electro to House… It’s always amazing seeing the way those kinds of DJs control a room. The Desert Island Disco night I run with some friends in Bristol is a lot more in that kind of style – with a little less finesse in the mixing and a lot more classics being played.
Why did you select these particular tracks for you mix? And can you tell us a bit about your mix in general?
The opening track is a Mario & Vidis edit of a Little Dragon track called ‘Thunder Love’ – one of my favourites. It was released on the unofficial sister label to Innervisions, Philomena, and was super limited so I’ve never heard it out and had to save up to buy it on discogs. There are also some tracks from labels I really admire, Live at Robert Johnson and Giegling, for example, whose output is consistently exciting. I think the mix gives a good impression of the type of music I’m into at the moment, and I really try, where possible, to play as much of this kind of music out when I DJ in clubs.
Finally, what are you most looking forward to about Hijacked festival this summer?
Primarily it’s just great to get an opportunity to come back to Exeter in the summer, play in front of a fantastic crowd and be able to see lots of old friends.