There's always that sense of hesitant laziness when asking someone what sort of music they're into, only to have them reply with the slightly frustrating old "you know, a bit of everything". However with Julian Raymond Smith, otherwise known as Bristol based producer October, a bit of everything seems like quite a fitting phrase to describe his vast background of eclectic tastes and musical genres. Having founded his own label Caravans back in 2007, October has been the mind behind debut LP releases from the likes of Emptyset, as well pushing out singles from Jilt Van Moorst, TG, Antoni Maiovvi and of course himself. His own productions see him combine elements of house and techno, with a truly raw yet emotional finish. Moreover, his love for analogue and hardware is as genuine as you can possibly get. After gracing a number of labels over the years, he's recently gone about setting up his own new label Tanstaafl Records with fellow producer John Osborn, which put out its third release last month in the form of a collaboration between both producers. Ahead of his appearance at Fabric London on the 23rd February for the AUS Music takeover in Room 2, we caught up with Julian for a lengthy chat and discussed such things as the Ganja Kru, gabba, growing up in Holland, a new sub label, the news of a forthcoming album on Skudge and much more. He also kindly delivered our 65th Truancy Volume which he's described as featuring a bunch of records "of what I can do in a club, but also what I like to listen to as well." At an hour and a half in length you can expect to hear a collection of cuts from the likes of Terrence Dixon, Levon Vincent and Mix Mup all mixed wonderfully by someone with years of DJing expertise under their belt.
Catch October playing Fabric London Room 2 on the 23rd February as part of the AUS Music takeover, alongside Will Saul and the debut of his Close live audio/visual show and Fred P. More info & tickets from www.fabriclondon.com.