Are these like, DJ do-it-yourself enthusiasts?
Depends what you mean. Ain’t no home improvement going on here, but the house they do live in is seriously deep. Now you’ve totally lost me. Look it’s simple. DIY are Nottingham’s finest export since Robin Hood. Not hard to beat really, but the DIY sound system has been rocking dance floors since house music was invented. Known for free parties and disco bashes alike.
A few run-ins with the law then? One or two, especially around the time of the Criminal Justice Act. And Castlemorten, of course.
Castlemorten? Oh yes, the biggest organized breach of the peace (although there was plenty of peace and love going on there, I can tell you) for quite some time. The country’s biggest rave ever, with over 50, 000 people occupying Castlemorten Common in Gloucestershire for four days. DIY were one of those sound systems.
All smiley t-shirts and dungarees? No, just deep, deep house music. Their ‘Floppy Disco’ nights have become a showcase for house DJs around the world. The ‘Bounce’ nights in Nottingham were also the stuff of legend. And the ‘DIY Discs’ and ‘Serve Chilled’ labels consistently put out superb music from the likes of Derrick Carter, Canada’s Fred Everything, Charles Webster and Phil Asher.
Any of their own artists? Most of the releases are from homegrown talent. Producers like Simon DK, Digs and Woosh, Nail (one half of Bent) and DJ Emma all contribute, not only in the studio, but also behind the ones and twos. The collective itself was set up by Harry, DIY’s father figure, and thanks to all those lovers of real house music it’s still rocking on today, celebrating its tenth birthday not so long ago too. Don’t say: “Ello, ello, ello, could you turn the music off please, sir? This here constitutes a breach of the peace.”