Manchester’s Pirate Copy have been spending the last fifteen years rummaging for the perfect house tunes, adopting a DIY approach to their own productions to ensure that their output matches up to their own sky high expectations. Devotees to house music of the highest order, their dedication to prime party fodder has seen them championed by the likes of Hot Since 82, Anja Schneider, Pete Tong and no few others, and so it is no surprise that they’re favourites at places like Manchester’s biggest club night, The Warehouse Project, and have earned the affections of labels like Kaluki Musik.
Given the chance to converse with Mancunion house duo ahead of shows in their hometown in December and January, we thought we’d get them to sort our pre-party playlist, with ten prompts each getting a track as supplied by two men who know a thing or two about laying down party tunes...
The track where it all began - what was your first entry into dance music?
Back to the Northern Warehouse Raves of the Early 90s
The best edit you’ve done for another artist?
The best track to come out of Manchester.
What else, where it all began.
A track you love but couldn’t play in a normal set.
This is just an amazing piece of house music, we need more of this.
An unlikely influence on the Pirate Copy sound.
To be honest, we don’t have singular influences - just house music in general along with what works in our sets. We are slightly Ravey and love a good breakbeat so maybe The Prodigy ‘Your Love’ from 1991 on an amazing label XL. In fact, any of the early Prodigy music.
A Pirate Copy track that could have survived in the charts.
There isn’t one we don’t think, it’s all club music, but our recent release ‘Get Back’ has been getting a lot of love from the more accessible DJ’s.
Your favourite Kaluki release.
Patrick Topping – ‘Yes Chief’
It’s not out until the end of the year but it’s a tribute to Lee’s partner in Kaluki Nick and is getting amazing feedback in the clubs.
The last track to catch you completely off guard in a club.
This is a classic Techno record that most kids have never heard before! But, we’ve dropped one of our own edits a couple of times recently and it goes off!
A track that you will be playing out a lot over the next month.
Andrea Oliva – ‘Right Now’
This is an awesome track from Andrea which is coming out on Kaluki later this year, his whole EP is getting played every set.
Pirate Copy play at The Warehouse Project for Circo Loco on Saturday 19th November and at Kaluki’s New Year’s Day party at The Albert Hall, meaning they’ll be on home surroundings in Manchester this weekend. Tickets for both events are still available.
Interview by Andrew Kemp
Photo courtesy of Pirate Copy