We haven’t covered an Out Of Order in a while, but that isn’t to say that Humanaut hasn’t been throwing legit events as of late. They’re still breakin it down on a regular basis, bringing proper techno to Pittsburgh. April’s Out Of Order guest curator Chase Smith, who is a local producer from the Technoir Audio/Machine Age crews, reached out to us regarding this month’s special guest Will Burnett and wrote up some questions to ask him. Before we get to that, though, we must give him a proper introduction.
Will Burnett AKA DJ Speculator AKA Willie Burns as he’ll be going by on Saturday, owns and curates the label W.T. Records, and is releasing Chase’s music in the coming months. His repertoire spans many genres, from folk to deep house and synth jazz, perhaps the best glimpse into Burnett’s tastes can be found during his weekly show, WTBS, which is broadcast live from Brooklyn on Newtown Radio every Monday at noon. Now let’s get to the good stuff.
Have you ever been to Pittsburgh? What are your impressions or expectations?
I’ve been to Pittsburgh 3 times. Each was different. The first time was with the Bunker team and it was in some big old theater and it was pretty ok. Next time was in the same theater with Magas and Luke Eargoggle and it was pretty much empty. Then another time with Orange Sunshine playing in some warehouse. I don’t really expect anything. I just want to have a good time and meet some people, listen to music and play records.
Some of your recent releases on L.I.E.S., Creme Organization, Rush Hour have been called “outsider house,” what are your thoughts on this term?
I dont care what anybody calls it. If you think about it too hard or worry too much then you will stop trying and I’m not gonna stop trying anytime soon, so it doesn’t bother me either way. I’m just happy to have some people notice and hear things that I like too.
You release under a number of different aliases – Willie Burns, Grackle, Speculator, Black Deer – what makes something a Black Deer track rather than a Willie Burns track?
Willie Burns is supposed to be house music made on the SP12, Black Deer is more psychedelic with guitar and synths, but recently the lines are blurred.
Your radio show, WTBS on Newtown Radio, spans a wide range of electronic music. What do you like to play live? What types of tunes might we expect at the upcoming Out of Order?
I normally just play whatever I am into that week or whatever new thing I’ve heard, bought or stumbled on, so it depends on the week. Lately I am more into new releases, but also some 90s UK stuff. I’ll probably try to make people dance if I can during Out Of Order.
You have three releases coming up on WT Records, when can we buy them? What’s next for the label?
Good question. It’s at the plant, so I’m at their mercy. Could be a month, could be a year. Hopefully before summer.
What are your top 5 records right now?
I listened to The Falcon and the Snowman Theme by Pat Metheny and David Bowie “This is not America” a lot lately. Also been revisiting J.J. Cale’s “V” and all of the new WT stuff – Tagwell Woods, Chase Smith and Sabre.
Willie Burns is hoping to make the crowd dance Saturday night, but he’s probably unaware of how warmed up everyone will be up to that point. W.T. Records labelmate and frequent collaborator Entro Senestre will be playing a live set, as will Chase, and the night will open with Machine Age’s own Ky Zizan’s highly-anticipated set from the young buck.
As usual, this takes place at Belvederes and starts at 9. It’s free before 10 and $5, after, but if you head to the Xanopticon show at Kopec’s beforehand, which is located a few blocks away, you get $3 off your already dirt cheap admission.
You’ll have to cough up $15 to head to Hot Mass afterwards, though. But it will be well worth it because you get to enjoy the sounds of two of Pittsburgh’s most talented and revered DJs – Tom Cox from PTA and Paul Fleetwood of Humanaut.
So get with the program, cancel all your Sunday engagements and plan on staying up until the sunrise Sunday morning. Ain’t nobody got time for sleep when there’s this much music to be had.