DJ Panzah Zandahz has released a 12″ with Radiohead remixes, entitled ‘Radiohead; Breaks & Beats’. The DJ and producer, who has named Radiohead as one of his influences, talks to Rapnews.co.uk on the release:
“I wanted to put some of my favourite artists in to a more suitable arrangement for djs by preying upon the potentially break worthy aspects of their work. This is my first attempt and depending on the legal trouble it gets me in to I’d love to do more of these things. I can tell you that if all goes well Beck, Bjork, and RATM are on the horizon.”
How big a Radiohead fan are you? Did you ever feel nervous or daunted by the task of recreating something by a band which has such a hardcore fanbase?
“I have to admit I’m not a hardcore fan. Hardcore Bjork fan, YES, but I am still a Radiohead fan. I owe it to my buddy White Lotus for getting me in to them. Growing up I never could figure out why people were so crazy about them, but finally with “Hail to the Thief” I came around. I was worried about people’s perceptions of this record, thinking that it was more of an “original production” then anything else. It’s not. But for those same people I was unsure about I decided to create a mix cd that features myself
reconstructing their work with the 12″ and some remixes that didn’t make the record. That will be out a little later this year.”
What era of the bands discography does the 12″ borrow from the most, or have you taken stuff from all over their work?
“I’m definitely all over the place with the source material. There is a lot from OK Computer on there. A little from Hail to the Thief. There was a lot of stuff that I deemed too obvious or too complete to put on the 12″. I figured that tracks like “National Anthem” and “Idioteque” can stand on there own if you just rock doubles of the originals.”
What kind of use do you think those that purchase it will get from it? Simply something to listen to, to DJ with, to rhyme over?
“I am hoping that people will get creative with it. It’s a versatile record with a lot of artistic potential. It works well for the tablists
looking for something different to skratch & drum. It works well for dj’s backing up emcees at shows. And there are a few segments that I guess could stand on their own as listening experiences, but the mix cd I’m dropping should fill in that gap.”
Make sure to check out DJ Panzah Zandahz’ website where you can hear a preview of ‘No Surprises’ and order the limited edition 12″.
Panzah Zandahz: “Originaly slated for an August 04 release, this fucker has been in the works for some time now. My goal was to create a more hip hop friendly approach to Radiohead. I know that there are some hip hop heads in love with Radiohead, and I know that there are some djs in love with Radiohead, so this seemed like the next logical step. I spent many a sleepless night pillaging stacks of Radiohead to bring you this 12″ chock full of weird noises, bangin’ drums, and strangely familiar beats. Its in your standard dirtstyle break record format, a few beats on each side and a couple of skratch sentences. Its perfect for use under an emcee, holding its own on a mix tape, or for skratching something different at a show.”
Radiohead news on this day..
- Atoms For Peace play Amsterdam in July – 2013
- Thom Yorke to guest-edit Observer Magazine – 2008
- Thom updates from the studio in la la land – 2006
- Radiohead String Quartet interview – 2004
- ‘The Music and Art of Radiohead’ released in 2005 – 2004
- Spanish & Portugese dates on sale NOW! – 2002
- Official Radiohead website updated – 2000