If NYC's underground Techno community could be likened to a three ringed circus, Taimur Agha, 31, would be Master of Ceremonies. Between juggling his notorious Blk|market Membership events, producing The Bandwagon, halcyon's popular podcast series, and working tirelessly as the head Techno honcho at the city's top vinyl emporium, Taimur somehow holds down an increasingly in-demand DJ schedule.
Ahead of his fabric appearance this weekend, here's what Taimur had to say to us...
I'd say the proper first musical experiences were VHS recordings of Top of Pops show in the UK. Was a show which would have perfomances by all sorts of artists like Billy Idol, Michael Jackson, The Cure, Boy George, Madonna, Elton John, R.E.M, INXS, Duran Duran and more. Was a long-running music chart show featuring videos and performances. My parents used to rent these shows from our video rental shop and bring them back home every week. They were literary on repeat when I was a kid. So that for me was my first proper introduction. We didn't have record shops. But we did have music shops that sold cassette tapes and CD's. So then I started to collect albums on what ever I could find in the stores. When I was 11 they whole grunge sound coming form Seattle was big and heavy metal as well. I went from listening to Pop to Soundgarden, Nirvana, and Alice Chains. Then to listening to the heavy sounds of Sepultura, Judas Priest, Slayer and more. From then it was pretty much mainly those genres which I collected music for. Thing is everything in Abu Dhabi was pretty much commercial music. You had to kind of go out your way to find the good stuff. Same thing like today. Hunting for records that you want to play is what makes you stand out as a DJ.
I live and breath it everyday.
I would say a full drum kit. Need all the 'Elements.' (I am listening to Danny Tenaglia's 'Elements' as I write this...)
Always take vinyl with me and always will buy vinyl. Im pretty much ordering records everyday, either for halcyon or my personal orders. Discogs as well. I love it when packages arrive for me ;) I do take cds with me as well so as to balance what I am carrying, vinyl wise, with me. Every place I visit, I ask if there are record stores. Its a must that I check the stores out. In Tokyo when I was there 2 months ago, I came back with 150 records. Im in London now and already on my 2nd day went record shopping to 6 stores yesterday and came back with quite the artillery.
Believe in yourself and accomplish your dreams. A favorite quote of mine is "The world is yours."
Right now production has been in the works. Been working with a few people on some music. Have a few tracks with Shadi Megallaa. Have another track that we both have been working on with Craig Richards. Another one with Fahad. And 3 other tracks that I have been working on with Jordan Poling aka JD who is part of Fred P's Soul People Music label. Thats my main focus right now. Label is to follow soon after.
I would have to say visiting Costa Rica and Tokyo this year for me. Both were amazing experiences on their own. Also marking our 6 year anniversary for Blkmarket this summer was another.
Its when keeping it real goes wrong. Ones that just keep annoying the shit out of you and don't stop at doing it. Won't go into detail, but they think they are your best friend and just keep pestering.
Silent and no ring tone.
I don't get that high.
Black persian cat.
Working at my college in the library for minimum wage.
Collecting different record bags.
Funny you ask this question, we were at a friends (Sigu) afters a few years back and the DJ setup was not working. it took 9 DJ's in the room to fix the setup because the wiring job was so bad. And for other reasons as well. It must have taken at least an hour. So the question came up, how many DJ's does it take to change a light bulb right after. Was hilarious.
He is one of the biggest wankers alive. I can go on and on about him. He is a joke, he looks like an idiot, and has the worst teeth ever. When someone thinks they are God, you have a serious problem.
I'm still stuck on a Blackberry phone, so couldn't tell you about that .
Educate. You want to educate the crowd with music that is forward thinking.
Taimur plays Room 1 at fabric this weekend alongside Craig Richards, Reboot & Robert Dietz: 'No Hit Wonder' LIVE and plenty more elsewhere too.
Full details here.