August 10, 2012
Mixed In Sheffield
is a platform for Sheffield producers, bands and visual artists to collaborate and showcase their work. Since launching in 2009, each year has seen the ‘Re-Mixed In Sheffield’ competition challenging the city’s electronic producers to remix the city’s bands, earning a spot on a compilation available either as a free download, or as a limited edition CD. With a different theme each year, 2012′s concept is – what else? – The Olympics, in celebration of London hosting the world’s best sportsmen and women for two weeks this Summer. A host of Sheffield visual artists complete the package by providing artwork for the release.
Reading like a roll-call of Sheffield musical royalty, artists involved in the past include Heaven 17, Reverend & The Makers, iMonster, Rolo Tomassi, Toddla T, Chris Duckenfield, Matt Helders (Arctic Monkeys), Wet Nuns, Winston Hazel, Walter Ego, The Squire of Gothos and many more. Each compilation is toasted in warm fashion with a launch party for all artists involved, who exhibit, perform and DJ on the night to sold-out crowds. Check out a few photos from this year’s party :
The mastermind behind Mixed In Sheffield is Liam O’Shea (aka Loshea), a Sheffield-based producer and musician who loves and understands his city. He aims to capture specific snapshots in time of the Sheffield arts and music scene, and in doing so form a scrapbook of musical trends and identity that’ll endure for years to come.
This year’s Olympic-themed compilation is entitled ‘Crossing The Line’. Given that the Olympics hosts 39 sport disciplines, 39 tracks from Sheffield artists have been remixed by 39 electronic producers, and are accompanied by 39 original pieces of cover art from Steel City visual artists. These visual artists include; Matt Jones, The Designers Republic, Geo Law, Danny Beck, Nick Deakin & many more. The full tracklisting can be seen here.
Make sure to keep an eye out for future Mixed In Sheffield events, and be sure to support the city’s many blossoming creative talents wherever possible.