5 Questions with Rags #29 - Featurecast (!!!)

Featurecast is best. He’s held a top spot on my listening list since my good friend and Guide to the Cosmos introduced me to the groovy sounds of the mighty Featurecast a couple of years ago. Every time I’ve seen him live is a goddamned clinic. Featurecast embodies everything I love about an artist, DJ or otherwise – a willingness to try new things, to bring in new elements, a lack of regard for predefined definitions of their art and most of all, the ability to keep up a consistently high quality with everything they do. Dude is a breaks champion, rocks Ghetto Funk like no one’s business, even helped me start my journey in trying to enjoy drum ‘n’ bass. I always dig his drum ‘n’ bass. And even though he’s on the other side of the Atlantic, he’s a fixture over here on the Canadian West Coast. This past summer I missed him in my homebase of Victoria (I was in Vancouver knocking other legends off my list) and just the other day was opining of how long it’s been since the last time I shook my ass to the mighty Featurecast. Luckily for me, and all other Victoria funk-lovers, he’s going to be back here on Dec.3 with other awesome acts, and other 5 Questions answerers, Timothy Wisdom and The Funkee Wadd! I managed to get a few of Mr. Cast’s minutes in between his various DJ and dad duties, to get another round of delicious answers to the 5 Questions! Big respect to Featurecast.

Check out this chill mix. I think it will go good with reading what you’re about to read.

If you’re around Victoria, Dec.3, make sure you go to the aforementioned funkfest. Get tickets here for the mad value price of $12.

1. Do you remember the first album you bought with your own money? What format was it? Favourite track? Do you still have it? Anything else you may remember about it.

The first album I got was actually a Christmas gift and it was Run DMC's Greatest Hits on double vinyl and I have still shrink wrapped till this day. I must have listened to it like a 1000 times! I’m still a huge fan of Run DMC and find it funny that the Run DMC t-shirt has become a fashion accessory these days in the UK. As for the first record I ever bought myself....it was the Ghostbusters theme song that I got in a toy shop when I was a kid. I'm not sure I even knew what a record even was back then but I bought it with my pocket money just because of the amazing cover. 

2. When is the last time you did something for the first time?

Few days ago…going down a slide head first at a kids soft play centre with my daughter. So DJ, rock and roll, I know! Lol

3. Do you think technology has the ability to set us free to a Star Trek-like utopia, with humankind standing as one?

It can help bring people together for sure but also create a whole bunch of new problems. I think we can only help ourselves by loving each other and that's taught from an early age for most people but unfortunately not all get this experience. Love is taught without the aid of any technology so I don't believe it’s the answer. 

4. Can you think of a movie that had a genuine affect on the way you saw the world? 

Guess I'm not watching the right kinda films, cos no.

5. If you could spend the day with anyone living or dead, who would it be and what would you do?

Probably my granddad, and introduce him to my wife and daughter. I'd like to say someone great like Mozart or Einstein but I think the chance would just be wasted on me. Lol. 

6. Due to scheduling, I reached back into the vaults to get the guest question for this and I got it from the good homeys of SkiiTour…What’s your method for dealing with late hotel checkouts?

Why are hotel late checkouts something you need to deal with? Late checkouts are good. This question makes no sense. Pretty much like Dave's hair... so I can't answer it. 

Keep up with Featurecast over at his Facebook page.

Also, you should listen to this next, because this song got me through the summer. Like, I listened to it three or four times a day for a three-month period. People around me were not pleased.

And please don’t forget…Featurecast is best.