The iJamming! Daily Download #4: IDC
If you’ve noticed a theme to the iJamming! Daily Download this week, it’s that all the artists are connected one way or another to this web site and to the iJamming! Pub. (That includes members of Radio 4, who occasionally contribute in the Pub under pseudonyms.) Today’s offering is no exception. In the Pub he goes by the simple name of David, but professionally he’s known as IDC, a DJ, mash-up artist, producer and remixer of some note(s).
Personally, I find it hard not to think of him as Dave McCarthy, my old flat-mate from Cricklade Avenue in Streatham. I met Dave through his band the Pop Icons in 1985, and after Jamming! Magazine packed in early the following year and I finally had time to think about leaving home, a room came up in the house he was living in, and next I knew I was embarking on a life style straight out of the Young Ones. During that time, we co-formed a short-lived band with some of the Pop Icons and former Apocalypse vocalist Tony Page called TTTMD (Tony, Tony, Tatty, Mike and Dave?) which played maybe only the one gig (at Hammersmith’s Clarendon) but who live on into infamy thanks to a cassette tape that Tony Page unearthed a short while ago. There’s a song on there written at the end of the Apocalypse days that I was really proud of, and we had the audacity to cover R.E.M.’s ‘Superman’, from their Lifes Rich Pageant album, which was pretty much the soundtrack to that Streatham flat after its 1986 release. (Yes I know ‘Superman’ was itself a cover but we never heard the original. So we were covering R.E.M. as far as we were concerned. Anyway it might have been ‘Don’t Go Back To Rockville’ for all I remember. Dave?)
I then went on to manage Three Colors, an American band I brought over to London, and after some initial mutual camaraderie, my friendships with the Pop Icons suffered. I moved into a house in West Norwood with Three Colors, and by late 1987 had moved to the States with the band. There’s a novel in there somewhere, and I think I may even have written it a decade ago and put in a drawer, but if I do ever publish it, I will probably have to rewrite it first, given that Dave showed up via e-mail and then at the iJamming! Pub a couple of years ago and we’re all matey again, being much older and wiser.
The truth of it all is that some of us just have music in our blood and can’t not but be involved. I’d heard rumors over the years that Dave had rediscovered himself as a DJ, and the proof, as they say, is in the Pudding (“the proof is in the dessert” doesn’t have the same ring to it). Check out the downloads page on his IDC web site, and you’ll hear how he’s crafted some of the better mash-ups of recent years: if he had been witness to the reaction when I DJ’d ‘Hey Mug’ (Outkast vs. The Streets) at Tiswas one Saturday night about three years ago, he could probably have died a happy man.
Over the least year or more, Dave has been establishing himself as a producer/artist, too, and we’re proud to make available for our daily download his debut single, ‘Scratch’. When it came out, DJ mag said that it was “a number that DFA should be proud to release,” which provides a nice segue from yesterday’s track. Indeed, we had IDC remix Radio 4’s ‘Enemies Like This’ earlier this year, a version you can hear for the time being at R4’s myspace page.
Dave’s second single ‘Payola’ included an excellent sample from a certain Jamaican movie of great infamy; his new release ‘Stomp’ is available for exclusive download from the brand new Rough Trade Digital store until December 31, after which it will presumably be available in formats more familiar for us DJs.
IDC will be DJing at Razzmatazz in Barcelona on New Year’s Eve for anyone who figured on seeing in 2007 in Spain. Those confined to British soil can make do with dates in Brighton and London at the end of January. Those of us in the States or elsewhere still have the free MP3. Enjoy.