Basement boys reckon their Standon gig is a good Korea move
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Korea, Hollywood, Herts – when you’re a world-renowned electronic dance music duo, criss-crossing the globe is part and parcel of your working life.
All those dates are inked into this summer’s tour schedule for Basement Jaxx, with the Herts appearance headlining Standon Calling at the beginning of August.
Felix Buxton, who with partner Simon Ratcliffe has created music which has filled dancefloors all over the world and been featured in films as diverse as Bend It Like Beckham and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, is no stranger to high profile festival slots.
The duo took top billing on the Pyramid stage at the Glastonbury Festival in 2005, and if Standon Lordship isn’t yet in the same league as the giant gathering at Somerset’s Worthy Farm it has established a name with A-list artistes.
Felix told me: “I’ve heard Standon Calling is a good festival, which is why we’ve agreed to do it.
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“We’ve got a busy summer – we’re doing a handful of UK festivals including Standon but we will also be playing in Korea, and at the Hollywood Bowl.
“It was nice being involved in a feelgood film like Bend It Like Beckham – my goal has always been to uplift people, to move them, and give them something special, something different, something interesting.
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“We started playing at venues in Brixton around 1994. I remember for a while every party we went to was like the best party ever – but then the next party after that was even better.
“Early on I could be sick with worry before we played because I was worried no-one would come. It was all very much on a budget because we had to pay the venue hire, it was a balancing act.
“I always used to start the dancing. People will always dance if there’s other people dancing first.
“It was a case of: ‘Get there, be sick with worry, then start dancing by myself!’
“Back then we did so many gigs in so many places. People will come up to me and tell me that I was a DJ for a party at their house, but it all just merges into one. It was all great.
“When our first album Remedy came out in 1999 things really took off. Someone said to us we should do a live show and festivals and it went from there as the live shows built and built to many different forms and shapes.
“We have a lot of experience in playing in different countries and different places, connecting to what the local culture, vibe and fashion is – and then trying to find something with depth.
“I’ve always been conscious to enjoy things. You always meet DJs and other bands who moan about touring or the industry but my view is we are in a blessed position because lots of people would love to be in our shoes.
“I’ve always had a positive attitude, but I’ve learned to say no to things, you can’t just say yes to everything.
“It’s about trying to do things you believe are good things – which is why I’m looking forward to playing Standon.”
Standon Calling runs from Friday, July 31 to Sunday, August 2, with Basement Jaxx on the bill for the final day.
Adult weekend tickets for the festival at Standon Lordship on the outskirts of Standon are priced from £117.
Organisers are also asking for £20 pledges as they look to open on Thursday night for the festival’s official 10th birthday party.
Visit www.standon-calling.com for more details.