Last Saturday saw XOYO take over The Coronet for the first of two XOYO Loves showcases across two back to back weekends at the venue with Crazy P [Live], Lindstrom, Aeroplane, Greg Wilson, Yuksek, Psychemagik and Justin Robertson providing the sound track.
Ahead of his appearance at the second installment this coming Saturday (30th November), Mylo let us in on his five top records, being a father, his upcoming art-music project in Tansania, Ecstasy, Passion and Pain and more.
Over recent years you seem to taken a step back with the releases. Can you let us in on what's happening with your producing at the moment?
There were some problems that I'm not really at liberty to discuss (and probably wouldn't really want to either to be honest). Everything is straightened out now. Also my hearing was playing up intermittently so I had to adapt to that. I did get a few remixes out over the last couple of years though. There is a (promo only) Niki and the Dove remix on my Soundcloud I'm proud of. I'm just going through the old hard drives at the moment and trying to get a quadruple album together.
You'll be playing alongside Hercules and Love Affair, Miguel Campbell and more at The Coronet for XOYO Loves this month. You brought your own night (Ecstasy, Passion and Pain) to XOYO back in August, what did you make of the club?
I got involved as a small shareholder when the venue changed hands last year so yeah I think it's great of course! I always liked the venue but I think the changes that were made to the layout and booth worked really well and it's now one of the best rooms around. Andy Peyton the bookings director has just slayed it too.
How have you found running your own night (Ecstasy, Passion and Pain) over the past couple of years?
It's been great and again I have got to mention Andy who has really been the brains behind it. We started just downstairs at the Dalston Superstore and called in some favours from friends like Thang (Villa) and Stephen (Magician) who I still need to pay back! ... and then grew it from there to bigger parties at La Scala and XOYO. I'm really grateful to our regular crowd and their good vibrations. I think the only bigger nights at XOYO since it changed hands were last NYE and the last ever DURRR which was just last weekend.
In an interview with Mixmag last year you described yourself as 'semi-retired'. What's keeping you busy in 'semi'-retirement?
Oh s**t did I? I bet my management company loved that. I think 'paternity leave' was what I was trying to get at. We've got an 18 month old toddler and he is what's keeping me busy. Yesterday he threw up all over me on the number 38 bus, great times. It was one of those new Routemasters too.
Last year, with the help of Bacardi, you were paired up with rising star Ronika as a mentor. Are you still involved with Ronika and her career?
I saw her recently and would love to work with her again. She's amazingly talented and down to earth.
Do you have your eye on any other up and comers we should be looking out for?
There are so many good producers now. Ghost Culture has signed with Erol's label Phantasy recently, he's great. He was the production and writing partner to Dan Avery on his album. I like everything on Discotexas label from Lisbon too. They've got a great compilation out at the moment called Picnic 2.
With the turn of year not too far ahead, what plans do you have for 2014?
I might have a trip to Tasmania for this art-music project I've been working on. It's a collaboration with Tamara from Freeform Five for the sculptor Conrad Shawcross, who is one of my good friends from Uni. There's a huge robot and it's all about Ada Lovelace, who was Lord Byron's daughter and a tragic scientific genius.
Finally, what five records are the first into your bag when you're prepping for a gig?
Jean Claude Gavri, Rayko, Terje and Lindstrom of course, and always some Prince. The one record which has literally never left my bag all these years is the Etienne de Crecy and Alex Gopher remix of Kraftwerk, it never got old.
Mylo joins Hercules & Love Affair (Soundsystem), Friendly Fires (DJ set), Klangkarussell, Miguel Campbell, Waifs & Strays and Horse Meat Disco for XOYO Loves this coming Saturday (30th November) at The Coronet Theatre, London.
Grab one of the last remaining tickets now.
Article by Alex Ogilvie
Images courtesy of XOYO Loves and fanart.tv