Skip to main content

Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem / DFA Records) @ Snafu 2009!


Pat Mahoney is better know as being the beat maker behind the incredible LCD Soundsystem but also co founder of one of the hottest labels on the planet, DFA Records. DFA have released pressings for LCD Soundsystem (obviously), Hot Chip, Black Dice and a hoard of other cool artists.

LCD Soundsystem in their own right hold a special place in my musical world after seeing the video's for Tribulations, Daft Punk Are Playing At My House and the amazing All My Friends, the last one especially so after a freind sent me a link to it while he was away in Canada finding out about life, it was nice to know he hadnt forgotten about us all.

So last June Let It Bleed asked me if I could do some visuals for Pat Mahoney. I can honestly say I'd never heard of him before but had heard of LCD. So a google search later and I was armed with all the info I needed for creating some disco appropriate visuals. I only had 4 small tvs infront of the decks to show stuff on but that was fine. Sadly I lost it all from a dodgy hard drive and didn't have a back up so I couldn't include any of it in the video below. Easy come, easy go!
Funky Transport opened the night with his cool vibes followed by original headliner The DJ QBurns who had my head bopping throughout his set, on his own he would have made for an excellent night! But when Pat took over the music went up a level, this was disco but forget your white suits & fancy dancing, this was deep & dirty disco, funky & soulfull, un comparable to what is classed as disco by the masses. He still plays vinyl which I found suprising, that was a full bag for sure. Pat has travelled the World playing his unique blend of disco to small club audiences and giant fields full of hip kids.

I had a camera set up through out the night but was filming more for fun than to actually make a video but decided to put something together, it doesn't show how the good the night was but hopefuly is a nice reminder for the folks who were getting down on the night. 

After the gig I met a lovely lady whos daughter had bought her a ticket as they were both LCD fans. She asked me about some of the sign language hands I had used in my visuals and then told me her daughter was deaf, I felt bad since I had sign language hands making swear words! But they were loving it, Pat even signed a poster for them and passed his email address so they could join him onstage next time LCD paly in Scotland as deaf people can feel the music better. This was unbelievable kind and shows the measure of Pat and his kindness.

We spent a good few hours speaking about life & death of all thing's and hes was so easy to talk to, this was very soon after losing Moose but he even told me of some of his own experiences and it was quite incredible. I guess it shows for all he's done and all that he's achieved he's still just a normal guy, but one with incredible talent. Have to say a massive thanks to Let It Bleed for letting me get involved with so many of his nights and for giving us that boost and also to Pat Mahoney for the tunes & the chats.



Popular posts from this blog

Painted Doors 2017 - Year 2 Recap!

It's been a busy old year and I for one cannot wait for the christmas break. I'm lucky to be off til the new year and I'm hoping it'll be a chance to catch up and take stock. Its certainly been another busy year for art and culture in Aberdeen and especially putting art into the public realm. Nuart Aberdeen, Look Again Festival and Painted Doors both provided lots of incredible opportunities, and the artworks were nae bad as well. But with famous street artists and international design stars on the programme, what makes Painted Doors special?

Firstly all the artists are from or are based in Aberdeen. And many of them are new faces to me which is a good sign that we have a healthy creative scene in the city. I pride myself on getting out and meeting artists and creatives and spend a lot of time trying to help promote and shine a light on their work but even in the big village of Aberdeen where everyone knows everyone its fantastic to come across new faces. The artists fo…

NUART Aberdeen - Part 1, Production Week!

By now the sight of a giant yellow cherry picker at the Indoor Market is a common sight with hundreds of photos appearing across Instagram and Facebook. NUART Aberdeen kicked off last week with the arrival of our first artist Martin Whatson. I had the pleasure of seeing Martin at work up a cherry picker in Stavanger for NUART 2014, a sight that definitely makes you stop and stare. Having initially met team NUART on their first few visits to Aberdeen I'd offered to help in any way I could and was given the role of artist host. I would be meeting them at the hotel, showing them around and hopefully giving them a little insight into our fair city.

So on a sunny Wednesday we headed to airport to meet the infamous Martin Whatson. Being the first to arrive I was a little unsure what to expect, after all I've been a huge fan of street art for 10+ years and to be honest the whole concept of NUART in Aberdeen has been blowing my mind for months. So when this tall blonde Norwegian appear…

Painted Doors Aberdeen Project Recap!

With spring upon us new artists will be added to the painted doors line up and well have a fine selection of large scale walls by the NUART Aberdeen which is kicking off tomorrow with a host of international talents. I wanted to share all of the completed doors to date and shine a bit more light on the door artists, collating them all before part 2 kicks off. Already the doors have had a big impact on local business and the people who frequent them such as Contour Café and Cafe52 on the Green. With a clear view of Katie Guthrie and Cosmic Nuggets doors, Contour is the perfect spot to get some lunch and a perfect view.
With the doors stretching from just off the Green to the far end of Langstane Place you can have yourself a nice little walk along the back streets, avoiding the bustle of Union Street. Its a nice way to connect up some Aberdeen's more overlooked areas and really conveys for me what art can do, in making us look at our surroundings a little differently and seeing the …

'Darkness Can't Exist In The Light' by Jo Muir at The Anatomy Rooms!

If you've been in town recently then you'll certainly have seen the banners and posters proclaiming "Art is the new Oil" although I think its less a proclamation as it is a question. The poster is part of a campaign by Citymoves Dance Agency to promote their 3 week festival of dance which finished a few weeks back. Now partner organisation with The Anatomy Rooms (Citymoves have taken on the large open plan dissection rooms) they aim to bring contemporary dance to the forefront of Aberdeens cultural offering. I'm sad to say I couldn't make it the various events but did get a look at Jo Muir's exhibition, organised to coincide with the festival.

Jo is one of the numerous artists based in the Anatomy Rooms studios and has spent the last 12 months hiding from day light and working out her ideas. She was finally ready to present a new body of work which seemed like a perfect fit with Dance Live and so over the course of 3 weekends the show was open to the publi…

'Markings' by Jo Mcintosh at Parx Cafe!

'Markings' is the current show on display at Parx Cafe in Aberdeen's West End. Located just off Rubislaw Terrace. 'Markings' showcases the work of print maker and book maker Jo Mcintosh and features a lovely selection of work from editioned screen prints to hand stiched accordion style paper books. Although Aberdeen isn't short of galleries it's quite nice to be able to grab something fine for lunch while checking out what's on the walls. Its probably one of the things I miss the most about the EARL of Sandwich, that and the fact they gave me a panini tab!

Parx Cafe has been a regular spot to check out new artists and its refreshing to find an artist like Jo who's got an extensive background in the arts and I'm only just discovering her work now. From her degree in fashion design to running creative workshops and now in her current capacity as a lecturer, Jo has certainly been carving out a unique style and approach to her art. Although her work …