Meat Katie - Meat Breaks
London breaks producer/DJ Meat Katie aka Mark Pembler has been a busy man of late. 3D’s Rezo has a chat on the eve of his Chinese Laundry set.
Mark Pember aka Meat Katie has been producing music for a long time. His success has always been a result of his unique ability to blend flavours of break beat, house and techno. Since the mid-90s, his fans have followed his progress with much enthusiasm, and to this day, he continues to surprise them with his ability to push the envelope and reinvent himself.
Weighing on Pemper’s mind is the latest Sessions mix, due for release on Ministry of Sound. He has taken to the project headfirst. “It has been taking up most of my time recently. I’ve also been stuck into the label and with that, I find it hard to get much studio time to concentrate on producing or remixes with everything else going on in the background.”
The label is Lot49, and features an artist roster as diverse as Dylan Rhymes, Alex Metric, D Ramirez and Elite Force. Like the label that is more of a hotch-potch of diverse sounds rather than a dedicated breaks imprint, the new double CD is for the purists, and for the weekend enthusiasts. “In reality, it’s representative of me as a DJ. The first CD is kind of something for the after-hours - it’s softer in its approach,” he says of the mix. “Both CDs are what I like to call multi-genre. It’s the way I have always played and it really describes me as a DJ as a producer. Some people might think that the CD is more in your face than something you would hear from me in the club.”
The CD features artists like Martin Eyerer and Plump DJs, as well as exclusive remixes. By the time you put in the second disc, your head is down and your focusing on nothing but making your feet move as efficiently as possible. It doesn’t matter what the genre, the venue or the party. Meat Katie can be relied on to create a fresh vibe. Whether it’s a re-edit or a rework that he tweaked in the studio the day before, there is never a dull moment in his sets.
Surely Pendon is the man to ask – ‘what is the state of the union in breaks right now-’ “I’m a really bed person to ask about breaks,” he admits. “I like some and I hate some. I play what I like and I tend to ignore what I don’t. At the end of it all, I just want to play music that sounds good. You can mix techno with breaks if you want to. I think it makes it interesting for the audience and for me. That’s where I came from, it’s all about embracing that diversity – as long as it comes with the big beat sound.”
“When an artist is born people take notice,” Pendon explains. “When they evolve the rules start popping up. When you’re writing tracks, regardless of what it sounds like, it will become to be known as something specific - whether its techno or breaks. I don’t want to be confined to that set of rules. When I get down there I want to play long and adventurous sets. I hope to reach that point where you do what you want, and the crowd is still happy. At the moment, I’m feeling more daring with how I’m playing. But I’ve also been more conscious in the past of what people think and whether they’re going to be scathing on the forum the next day.”
WHO: Meat Katie
WHAT: Plays Club Club, Chinese Laundry
WHEN: Saturday 16 August