As we draw ever closer to Bangface Weekender, the enigma that is DJ Bad Eror Lad provides us with a mix that is as fucking hilarious as it is donking. The Waveform Transmitter’s Ste Knight takes a listen to what the DJ has in store at BF this weekend.
One thing that has always been apparent when it comes to the Chemtrails crew is that they adopt a seriously tongue-in-cheek approach where putting a mix together is concerned. DJ Bad Eror Lad has contributed the second in our Messyside Mix Miniseries which is hyping the Merseyside take-over at Bangface Weekender this Thursday. If you want to hear trap versions of Sonic The Hedgehog‘s Green Hill Zone smashed firmly into the face of an EDM cut of t.a.T.u‘s All the Things She Said, then you’re in the right place, and it makes a refreshing change to hear something that is actually fucking fun instead of boring black-tee techno. Zing!
To enter into a serious monologue for a moment, mixes like this demonstrate how art – if we are to consider music an art – should be confrontational. It should make us think. It should stop us, arrest our attention. DJ Bad Eror Lad,and Bastardcunt last week, have both demonstrated this. Their mixes are totally against convention. If you think this shit is silly, you’re right, it is totally fucking bananas × ∞. That’s what makes it so good – its party music with a cheeky twist, dropping base speed in everyone’s drinks and hoofing a gram of ket in one go.
On a personal note, that is exactly why I have always loved this kind of music – it is abrasive. It is the mate your Mum always called “that boy” because he was a bit of a prick and she didn’t like him. I’ve always been a fan of Shitmat‘s off-kilter mash-ups (Informer‘s Snow fried up with the Thomas the Tank Engine theme will always hold a special place in my heart), and Venetian Snares‘ warped breakcore. That’s because they were aggressive and absolutely fucking ridiculous. Bad Eror Lad has taken me back with this mix, reminiscent of Sickboy‘s remix of Party Hard, and all the other perverse mashups I’ve heard over the years.
Prior to his set at Bangface Weekender Bad Eror Lad had this to say. Fuck knows how much of it is true…
“When I think of Bangface I can’t help but think of Skrillex. For me, you can’t really have one without the other. I remember meeting him a couple of times at Bangface 2012 in Cornwall – which is where he’s from. One time he seemed a bit antsy, even though I was offering him some Buckfast. The other time he seemed really nice and down to earth – but then he was sitting on the floor hahahahahaha. Anyway I am made up he’s playing this year again and I’m so excited I’ve done this mix of Mostly Internet Music as a tribute to Skrillex, RIP m8 tbh.”