Welcome to the tenth instalment of the Construct Mix Series, an irregular series of DJ mixes devoted to the world beyond the dancefloor.
From experimental electronics and dark ambient to psychedelic pop and blissed-out indie, the direction of each mix is completely of the artist's choosing.
In keeping with the series' broad remit, featured selectors will include label owners, journalists, promoters and collectors as well as DJs and producers.
Mix Ten is from producer, DJ and head of the highly respected Voyeurhythm, Tyson Ballard.
Tyson Ballard (Voyeurhythm)
Currently presiding over an empire that includes a successful label - the impossible to spell but highly respected Voyeurhythm – a DJ and production career spanning over two decades, and a sideline in producing some of the world's very best rotary DJ mixers, making music comes as naturally for Tyson Ballard as walking upright. Born and raised in Adelaide, Australia, but now settled in Berlin after living in various locations around the world, his father was involved with a rock band, his mother a violinist and before them, his grandfather was in the army band – so with musical notes dancing around in his bloodstream before he was even born, Tyson's destiny had been decided.
Early success came as a drummer with hip hop group The Fuglemen in the nineties, before he began to pursue his love of techno in the early 2000s. He picked up a residency at Adelaide's best-known club, Minke – where he warmed up for Australia's 'Godfather of Techno' HMC (AKA Late Nite Tuff Guy) every week. In 2008 he relocated to the UK, where he hooked up with London party promoters Love Fever and conceived his label Voyeurhythm with friends Ben Sun and Mostyn.
Tyson is now settled in Berlin with his own family. There he frequents flea markets, adding more and more records to his huge collection - which is made up of everything from library sounds to psych-rock - on a weekly basis. Constantly on a forward march, he has launched a brand new venture with the enigmatic vocalist, Sheff, called Son Of Son. Their partnership has already given birth to several raw, Chicago-influenced cuts, with a live stage show in the works and festival bookings flowing in already. If that wasn't enough, his Condesa line of rotary mixers are currently amassing a growing fanbase from all over the world. With the emphasis on craftmanship and exemplary sound, they truly are the Rolls Royce of mixers and another notable high point on Tyson's impressive list of achievements.
Music is in Tyson Ballard's genes, his neurons sing to each other, every beat of his heart is like a kick drum, each footstep a snare. His only motivation is love for the art with a firm focus on the highest quality. With this mentality he has already achieved what so many of his peers yearn for... timelessness.
ABOUT THE MIX
"Since moving to Berlin last year I’ve been obsessed with the Flea Markets, they are goldmines for all kinds of gems. The tunes in this mix are all a result of the last 12 months digging. Mixed on a cold Friday night with a nice bottle of Pinot Noir.
The mix tells the story of John Wintergreen a motorcycle cop who patrols the highways in rural Arizona with his partner Zipper. Wintergreen has aspirations to be transferred to homicide and when Crazy Willie tells him of an apparent suicide he get’s his chance. This chance is short lived as Wintergreen falls off the rails trying to solve the murder."
Francis Monkman - Getting Ready
Paul Hart - Prospect
ELO - Another heat Breaks
Andre Popp - Ophelia
Francesco De Masi - New York One More Day
Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway - Mood
Frank Ricotti - Vibes
Milan Bilinksi - Pills
Edgar Frosse - Specific Gravity of Smile
Milan Pilar - Gliding Seagul
Pyrolators Traumland - The Trophotical House
Edgar Frosse - Pinnacles
Voyeurhythm / Website
Melbourne Deepcast / Interview
My Beat Fix / Feature
Mavrik Productions / 5 Tracks