The Revenge's Graeme Clark: "I Create Only For Myself"
Currently touring solo as The Revenge, Scottish producer/DJ Graeme Clark's 20-year career has taken on many aliases. Whether he's producing tunes with house legend Craig Smith as the duo 6th Borough Project or playing a live mix of house and techno in his electronic band Deportivo Street Team with Paul McGlashan, Clark's works reflect his experience in the broad spectrum of house music. This year, he dropped an album of disco re-edits titled Reekin'structions on Joey Negro's Z Records, and just finished up the second 6th Borough Project album. We caught up with Clark between tour stops about his latest projects, the Scottish music scene, and his favorite form of revenge. He performs at As You Like It's two-year anniversary Saturday, Aug. 18, at the W Hotel with Marc Kinchen, Dave Aju, and AYLI residents Mossmoss, Brian Bejarano, and Mark Slee.
You recently played Electric Pickle as the first stop on your tour. How was that experience?
Electric Pickle was great fun ... I had to leave straight from the club to go the airport unfortunately whilst the party was still going. Next time I'll stay longer!
What was the music scene like while you were growing up in Scotland? How has it evolved in your eyes?
The music scene has always been good here. The small town I lived in as a kid didn't have loads going on, but when I moved to Glasgow in my late teens (which is where I still live), I found a whole new world of fun. Glasgow has a very strong music scene with some great clubs and venues to see bands performing. It's still an exciting night out.
You have many aliases and projects. Which do you have the most fun performing and/or producing music as?
The main three are The Revenge, 6th Borough Project with Craig Smith, and my new live project, Body Fusion. They are all different in their own way, so it would be too hard to choose. Each one gives me a lot of inspiration.
You're currently almost finished with the second 6th Borough Project album. What direction did Craig and you want to go differently on this than the first album?
We've not felt any pressure from the label or from ourselves to do anything differently. Our main focus when we make a record is to make something we would play ourselves. We are constantly inspired by sounds of the past and the present, and the new stuff has a bit of both.
Can you give us a little hint of what sounds we can expect to hear on the album?
Well, we've just finished the first single due out later this year and it sounds really fresh to our ears, which is always a good thing. I think people will still recognize it as a 6th Borough Project release with its fusion of house, disco, and funk.
In an interview earlier this year, you stated, "I am quite single-minded in my music making." Can you elaborate on that?
I just mean that when it comes to production, I strive to please myself, as I don't think you can hope to please an imaginary audience. DJing has a different discipline because the audience is there in front of you, so you have a conversation. Production has always been cathartic for me, in the sense that I use it as a tool to convey my emotions.