Modcast #145: JD Twitch (Optimo)

Glaswegian DJ duo Optimo held onto their Sunday residency longer than Seinfeld pirated the airwaves. In the 10+ years at Sub Club, they hosted the veritable cream of the crop, including our own Cut Copy, The Presets & The Rapture.

One half of the group, JD Twitch, brings us this weeks Modcast ahead of some killer parties in Sydney & Melbourne over the coming days. Tune in and get settled, we're gonna be all over this shuffleboard court. More info, tracklist and a chat below.

Fri Apr 19 - w/Boris, Roland Tings, Andee Frost, Otologic @ The Bottom End - Melbourne [TICKETS]
Sat Apr 20 - HAHA's 8th Birthday @ Goodgod - Sydney [TICKETS]
Win a double pass via the Club Mod on Facebook.

It's impressive that you were able to hold down a Sunday night residency for over 10 years. Horse Meat Disco are close to doing the same but they've explained that the gay community can work on a comedown or hangover. Care to share the secret to your success?

Being bloody minded enough to do exactly what we wanted to do with zero compromise and having an amazing venue that had faith in it working (they had the faith, we didn't). After about 9 months, people in Glasgow got it and it was pretty much sold out every week for the next 11 years. So, living in an open-minded city with people happy to go out on a Sunday night definitely helped too.

You really hosted the who's who of live acts and DJs in that time. Who was the absolute highlight?

Tough to say but probably Liquid Liquid. Jonnie and I travelled to New York and talked them into coming over. When they played their song Optimo, I have to this day to see such a great reaction to a piece of music in a club.

What does your dream Sunday night consist of now that you've got it back?

A good dinner, a good film and an early night. I loved every single Sunday night we did but don't miss it at all.

Any films to recommend?

I had a bit of a 70s film night this past Sunday and watched Network and The Conversation again. Both excellent!

Can you list 5 records that best represent Optimo's current sound?

Well, in the spirit of the recent death of Margaret Thatcher, these 5 are currently our hottest jams:

Pete Wylie - The Day That Margaret Thatcher Dies
Crass - How Does It Feel To Be The Mother Of 1000 Dead?
Klaus Nomi - Ding Dong The Witch is Dead
Heaven 17 - We Don't Need This Facist Groove Thang
Robert Wyatt - Shipbuilding

What bands are you championing on the record label this year?

The main act I am championing are Glasgow's wonderful Golden Teacher who have blown me away more than any other act this year. I'm about to start a new label for more dance orientated tracks and am very excited by that although nobody has heard of any of the acts I'll be releasing yet.

Any holy grails set for reissue?

I hope so but I can never mention them in case they get bootlegged or someone else tries to beat me to it.

You've toured Australia enough to know it inside out. What are you most looking forward to?

Can't beat a good Australian crowd so very much looking forward to that, and the weather and the food and seeing old friends.

Joe - R.E.J. Bit
Skatebard - Way Out
Doubleheart - Crank
QX-1 - I Won't Hurt You
Alden Tyrell feat. Mike Dunn - Touch the Sky (Gerd's Double G Mix)
Inner City - Pennies From Heaven (Kevin's Tunnel Mix)
... some unknown tracks thrown in the mix as well

April 18, 2013 at 9:43am in modcast



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