Dicky Trisco is a DJ who lives and breathes what he does. His passion for music and desire for good times is well known, and is based on years chasing that sound and that feeling around the globe. For him music is all about people and one thing Dicky loves is people. He is particularly addicted to the way music connects people and makes for better days.
After initial experiments in the Deep House scene of the late 1990s and early 2000s, Dicky really broke through in the Nu Disco and Disco Revival years from around 2004. In particular, his run of releases alongside his production partner and fellow DJ Pete Herbert on Disco Deviance and Maxi Discs led to him becoming an increasingly in demand DJ with a busy international touring schedule.
Since those early days, Dicky has toured constantly around Asia, Australia, Central and South America, the USA and of course all around Europe and the UK sharing the music and the sound he loves. He has also become a regular at a long list of high profile festivals including the legendary Glastonbury, Electric Elephant, Mareh, Love International, Festival No 6 and many more.
But it’s not all been about Disco. Dicky also ran and curated the well-respected Home Taping Is Killing Music imprint for many years putting out a run of amazing House music releases. Home Taping broke a number of great House artists who have gone on to become household names in the scene including The Black Madonna, The Revenge, Nicholas, Borrowed Identity, Eddie C & Medlar amongst others.
Dicky continues to discover, produce and remix music for a number of quality imprints including Home Taping, Razor-N-Tape, File Under Disco, Barefoot Beats and many more. He has also remixed major artists such as Bryan Ferry, Belle & Sebastian, Edwyn Collins (Orange Juice), Danielle Baldelli, Faze Action and Tensnake down in his basement studio.
As a disc jockey, DT packs a little bit of everything into his sets and is committed to the idea that music and club nights should be all about pure escapism and the joy of dancing.
Catch him if you can and dance.
We have been lucky to feature Dicky a few times on Gouranga – including this edit of Ian Dury’s ‘Hit me with your Rhythm Stick’:
Dicky Trisco – 12th May 2017:
“The first 45 single I ever bought was by Ian Dury and The Blockheads and was called ‘Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick’. I bought it in a newsagent store called John Menzies, which had a black weekly chart board with plastic letters on it that was updated by hand each week.
I can’t really remember how I came across the track, or if it was just potluck. I probably heard it on Top of the Pops, or on the weekly chart show on the wireless as it used to be called back in those days. Anyway I bought it and to this day it is a song that I love and would be happy to hear any time, any place and it introduced me to the music of Ian Dury and The Blockheads.
Ian Dury for me reflected what pop music and music in general was all about back then – a longing to be different and to make a difference. He was a fascinating character. My Dad said he looked like a bloody idiot, which only made me admire him more. When he performed he had a real edge and his singing style was more like someone talking, or at times even shouting in his own London accent rather than something shiny and polished. And you have remember these were the days of The Bee Gees, Barbara Streisand, Leif Garrett and other such highly manicured artists. He also had a tremendous amount of personal style with his hats, braces, rolled up trousers and boots. And it was all this difference literally rolled together as well as the great music he made alongside The Blockheads, which pulled me in as an admiring youth.
And the music…I couldn’t quite explain it at the time. But it was unmistakably ‘New Wave’ although I wasn’t exactly sure what that meant either beyond a handful of artists I was into like Blondie, Talking Heads and The Specials. It was a bit ‘Punk’ and DIY for sure and that was definitely a good thing. But it also had the funk. The Blockheads were a groovy outfit of great musicians. Much later I discovered that Chaz Jankel of The Blockheads went on to make some excellent disco influenced solo productions and that these tracks plus songs by Ian Dury and The Blockheads were played by groundbreaking NYC DJs like Larry Levan in the Disco scene out there and graced the floors of seminal clubs like the Paradise Garage and The Loft. My musical journey from awkward youth to being a DJ myself had come full circle all thanks to Ian Dury and The Blockheads.
Anyway I can’t say I am an expert on Ian Dury or The Blockheads to be honest. I love a lot of their music and it has now been with me my whole adult life while many other things have come and gone. In fact at one stage I used to buy any copy of ‘Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick’ on 45 that crossed my path. But the thing that seems of significance to me and that I wanted to share here with you is the DIY spirit and original style of those times. And they were great times! Acts like Ian Dury and The Blockheads did things differently and did it their own way and gained recognition for what they did via their music around the world. I salute them for that and it gives me, and I hope you, more than a few reasons to be cheerful.
So as a tribute to the genius and spirit of Ian Dury and The Blockheads and as my own personal way of saying thanks for the influence it has had on my life, I would like to share this rework of one of my favourite tracks on this his birthday. THANKS IAN DURY AND THE BLOCKHEADS! Your music really has made me feel like a lucky bastard x “
We asked Dicky if he would contribute to our Mixtape series and he cited his love of Brasil as a good theme to explore.
His Brasilian Beats Mix has been one of the most talked about mixtapes in our series and one year later he decided to deliver a second edition!
What was the first record you can remember buying?
What was your first musical composition, edit or remix?
The first song I made up was as a teenager in a band in my folks basement using one chord and three bars (not the drinking kind) and very little skill. I was a drummer after all.
Gouranga is a Harre Krishna mantra meaning ‘be happy’ - where are you most at peace?
With the people I love full stop. Doing what you love is amazing. Beautiful places are great. But it’s all about people in the end.
If money was not an option who would play at your wedding or birthday?
Well actually it’s about to be my birthday! A big one too! Some of my best friends are playing with me in a wee basement in my city. JKriv from NYC, Beaten Space Probe from Tokyo and The Revenge is popping over from Copenhagen too. That’s about as good as it gets really. I can’t ask for anything more.
If you could have the audio stems to any track what would it be?
Really not sure how to answer that? Mostly you would say the stems to one of your all time favourite tracks, but I kind of like most of them just the way they are and often I find stem mixes just make them longer, more dragged out and lose all the magic. They’re not for me. Edits and remixes are best done to the tracks that really need them done. But if I have to give an answer then I would love to mess about with the parts to Olhos Coloridos by Sandra Sa and make an even more extended and dubbed out version.
I would probably just mess it up, but it would be a fun week in the studio and I could wear my Brasil football shirt and drink caipirinhas while doing it. Vamos! I am however quite happy playing the original extended version just as it is as forever as I wait for my favourite part, the break, and then just enjoy it’s fleeting musical perfection. That feeling of wanting that part to go on forever, but it doesn’t, is what life is all about.
Which musical acts do you feel have not been dealt their fair hand in the annals of time?
Well music is a cruel master and there are so many individuals and acts that didn’t get the credit they deserved or anything at all back in some cases. The list would be too long. But that’s why you should never do music or anything really just for the money or the fame. Do it because you love it and then if it works out then it’s good. But if it doesn’t you still end up having done something you love, visited great places, made friends all over the place and didn’t die in the process (hopefully). That is ok.
What song do you put on when you wake up or need to get cracking on with the day?
If you could ask any musician alive or dead one question, what would it be?
To Kid Creole. So who was Annie’s Daddy then??? x
What song do you put on when you want to relax?
Azymuth – Last Summer In Rio