“Evil” Eddie Refuses to Chase Hot Trends

"EVIL" Eddie Richards spinning as part of the NATION HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION with PHANTASM and MYKA at Life Nightclub (240.


“EVIL” Eddie Richards spinning as part of the NATION HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION with PHANTASM and MYKA at Life Nightclub (240 Richmond West), Saturday (October 27). $15 before 11:30 pm, $20 before 2 am, more after. 416-598-1221. Rating: NNNNN


Veteran UK mixmaster “Evil” Eddie Richards is widely regarded as the man behind tech-house. While some DJs would boast about being responsible for a genre of club music, Richards is reluctant to take the blame for the whole unfortunate fusionary thing.

“I’ve always had a problem describing what I play,” says Richards from his home in Milton Keynes. “Depending on how I feel, I might do hard techno stuff one night and then vocal-heavy house the next.

“When the press came up with the term ‘tech-house,’ it seemed like a good catch-all for what I’d been doing. But I don’t consider it an actual genre of music.”

That’s another thing about Richards. Don’t bother asking him about the changing currents within the club scene — he hasn’t the slightest interest. Yet his decision not to pay attention to trends is likely why he’s still an in-demand DJ after 20 years, despite having virtually no profile as a producer.

“I’m not the trainspotter type. I never take much notice of things like labels. Whenever someone comes up to the booth to ask what I’ve just played, I usually have to show them the record, because I wouldn’t know. I just play whatever sounds good.

“When I ran a DJ agency called dyna-mix, I found that clubs would book people simply because they had a popular track, even though they’d never DJed before. I felt I’d rather get bookings because people like the way I played records.”

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