Colin Theall is amongst the younger talents in the Dallas DJ scene to emerge in the past few years. Theall is very much a product of the newer generation of DJs. That's not always an advantage, but in Theall's case he has a gifted ear for solid floor tracks, tracks that are current enough to be relevant to the younger demographic and still funky enough to keep an old jaded house head bopping his head all night.
Theall established himself as a local fixture with his Vibe residency at Beauty Bar, which ended this past November, along with an increasing number of guest spots all over town. Nowadays you can find him in Uptown at Tate's for his weekly residency, and at Crown & Harp for his monthly residency, affectionately referred to as "DOAP." For this week's Mixtape, Theall reveals some of the inner details of his brief but fruitful journey as a DJ.
DC9 at Night: How did you get started DJing? How long have you been at it?
I started learning to DJ right before me and some friends threw a Valentine's Day Party in 2011, so almost four years ago. We were looking for someone to DJ this party but we didn't know anyone and we didn't have any money [laughs]. I decided I would take a crack at it and pirated Traktor. I've since purchased a licensed copy and gotten only a little bit better at mixing.
How was this mix made? Is there a particular theme for the track selection?
This mix was recorded in Traktor and later edited in Audacity. There isn't really a theme: This is a rough translation of a set I played a few months ago at Red Light Lounge as a guest DJ. One of my friends took the time to tell me while I was mixing that it was his favorite set he'd heard me play. I went back and found the tracklist in my history and did my best to re-create the set.
Where do you dig for tracks for your sets?
Soundcloud, blogs, producers' social media, DJ mixes. I'm also notorious for trainspotting other Dallas DJs while they're playing out.
Do you have a preference as far as genres go?
I like a lot of different particular sounds that most of the time fall under the same genres, but I don't necessarily pay attention to genres unless I'm describing a track or style to someone else. When I'm digging for tracks I pay more attention to labels and artists.
How did your DOAP residency at Crown & Harp come together?
Sean came to me with a really clever idea and me and him fine-tuned the art and style. The actual event has been a breeze to put together; me and Redsean getting together once a month to play some of our favorite tunes. It's very eclectic and laid back. We have a sort of unspoken tradition of squeezing as many older R&B and hip-hop tracks into the last 30 minutes of the night as possible.
Who are some of your biggest DJ inspirations?
The Magician has taught me more about DJing and dance music than any DJs I can think of. His "Magic Tape" series are always pure gold, and it used to take work to track down all of the music in his sets. Other favorites as far as DJs go are Perseus -- whose recent set at It'll Do blew me away -- Carl Craig, Claude Von Stroke and Seth Troxler.
What other types of music are you into outside of dance music?
My tastes haven't evolved much from high school, haha. Radiohead. Indie shit from the '00s. DFA 1979. Le Tigre. Nick Cave. I'm into some noise, I was fortunate enough to have been dragged to a few House of Tinnitus shows by people that were cooler than me back in the day.
Who are some of your favorite producers, locally or otherwise?
Locally, Left/Right, Fashion Replicas, Zach Witness. Otherwise: Salute, Kastle, Disclosure, Giraffage, anything off of French Express, anyone with the first or last name of "Jay" producing music lately.
What gigs do you have coming up?
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I play at Tate's Uptown every Friday, and me and Redsean's monthly, DOAP, happens every second Monday at the Crown & Harp. I've got some big one-off shows in the works and hopefully some big announcements coming in the summer. 2015 is gonna be an exciting year no matter what happens.
Tracklist: Deep Inside Intro The Pretender - Noir and Audio Junkie Leave Me - Hot Since 82 & Habischman What's In Your Head (VIP remix) - Disclosure Big - DJ Q Pwoin Pwoin Pwoin - The Alexanders The Worm (Erol Alkan Extended Rework) - ZZT Creep - Hostage Tarantula - Pleasurekraft Body Acid (KiNK's On Acid Remix) - Gingy, Bordello Hyer - Jay Robinson Fade (Club VIP) - Jakwob ft. Maiday Au Seve - Julio Bashmore Tear the House Up - Herve, Zebra Katz 2 On (DJ Q Remix) - Tinashe Nasty Girl (Navy Shade Edit) - Notorious B.I.G. Gully - Spank Rock Fast Car - Tony Quattro Rock the Boa (Ethane Remix) - Ethane/Aaliyah Dial Tones - Joedan Can't Leave You - Maceo Plex Sunlight (Mr. Rich & The Bumpy Fool Remix) - The Magician Like a Child (Carl Craig Remix) - The Junior Boys Camino Del Sol (Joakim Remix) - Antena
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