A Sit Down With DJ Dick Trevor
Throughout the years, Dick Trevor proved his never-ending creativity by joining forces with numerous Psytrance/Goa-Trance pioneers and forming projects such as the Bumbling Loons (with James Monro), or Slinky Nuns/Seeka with George Barker. On Twisted Records, Dick did collaborations with Simon Posford as Infernal Machine and Tristan as Trickster. He also did a Western Rebel Alliance Remix track with Jules Evans for the Shpongle Remix album. On Phantasm Records, there were collaborations with Chris Boing as the Bisto Boys and John Ford as Mindfield/Bisto Boys and then with Johns son Junya (Eskimo) as Jumanji.
He developed his incredible fat production by being at the cutting edge of the early nineties with his first trance hits with the legendary Green Nuns of the Revolution who dominated the fullon scene in the mid nineties. He has been in the process of working with projects like the Green Oms album at the turn of the millennium and more recently Jumanji (with Eskimo) and his own solo project Dickster as well as the countless classic collaborations with the likes of Simon Posford, Tristan, Lucas and house remixes with the likes of Danny Howells.
Tell me a bit about your background, before the formation of Green Nuns of the Revolution?
I was always interested in music, having been in a band at school and learnt various instruments whilst I was growing up. After leaving school and working in a couple of jobs I went to art college and was intending to go into graphics and illustration. One of my art teachers, who I used to hang out with, introduced me to a course in sound engineering. I decided to drop the art and head into music. I figured I wanted to be a sound engineer/producer in a professional studio working with all kinds of music. So I started working as a tea boy and tape-op in a large studio in London whilst meanwhile going to raves and festivals on weekends which got me turned on to dance music. After working there for about a year I started the sound engineering course and during that time we started up the Nuns.
You have been a part of the Green Nuns of the Revolution, AMD, Green Oms, Circuit Breakers, Burn in Noise, and many more groups. What is it that you enjoy about working with others?
On a practical level it also means you have a deadline to finish it with that person within the time you have together otherwise on my own Ill just go on for days umming and aaring about sounds.
What are some of your other important projects that had a big impact on your career, including those outside of Psytrance?
A few years ago I did some work with Danny Howells, a pretty successful house DJ, under our own names and under the name Science Dept. This was more house orientated music which was a welcome departure from my usual trance music. We managed to make a couple of hits, even getting one in to the national UK Top 40 which it really wasnt planned for. We released music on John Digweeds label, Bedrock, Deep Dishs label, Yoshitoshi and on Renaissance, even some of our tracks were released on a few Ministry Of Sound compilations. We did loads of remixes for all sorts of people, the most commercial ones being Destinys Child and Madonna which was quite amusing for me at the time. Working with Danny was great as it was something very different for me and got me into a different angle of dance music as Id felt Id got a bit stale with my trance at the time.
How did the partnership with Burn in Noise, and the Circuit Breakers project?
Gustavo came to stay in London with Swarup, whom I had known for a long time. We wrote a song for The First Stone, and another one for Dickster, which was great fun! Gustavo and I got along really well, and we thought we should do some other tracks ... We completed each other in the studio, so we made music pretty fast, because we lived on the other side of the planet. I hope to release a new album later this year.
How do you decide which ideas work best for which project?
By the light of a full moon, in my attic studio in west London. Seriously though, most of my work is done in my studio which Ive had for 15 years now, so I know it very well sound-wise although Im having a refurb right now, which is going to be a good change for me although Ill have to relearn the sound of my room! As for ideas for which project, we just sit down and write and see what comes out at that time.
"If I write on my own I take ages to finish anything; you never know when to stop. Thats the art."
Tell me about your involvement with psybient project Shpongle...
Ive known Simon and Raj for years, since Simon was an in-house engineer at Butterfly. Hes also taught me a few tricks along the way! But when he wanted to get the fully live Shpongle show on the road he asked me to help prepare some of the tracks, which took a couple of painstaking months. After that, he asked if I could be on stage during the shows to be in charge of the computer and the onstage mixer adding in a few FX during the show. Its been a fun experience working with a 10 piece live band. Last year I missed a few of the shows as I have been too busy with my own music but next year there are a few planned which Ill be a part of. I also did one of the remixes on the Shpongle remix album under the name Western Rebel Alliance.
What are your three favorite albums of all time?
It's too complicated to answer that! I love so many different styles of music, it depends on what mood I am, however, ACDC - Highway To Hell, and Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon, came to my mind. I've been overjoyed over the years listening to Orb's first album - Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld.
DJing vs live, what do you prefer?
I love DJing, in fact you are not limited to just playing your own music but the live thing is getting more fun with exploring the new technology available and tweaking it about a bit.
What are you passionate about in life besides music?
I better not say it here, but I'm passionate about traveling and getting to know the world ... And my wife, of course, is Brazilian.
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