Terry Farley & Stretch Silvester: "A lot has changed since then but not our passion for both producing & DJing."

Words by: William Wynne-Morgan
Posted: 17/12/15 8:58
Interview with UK DJs & Producers Terry Farley & Stretch Silvester

With a generation of experience behind them, house music proponents Terry Farley and Stretch Silvester team up for a release on the SoSure Music label. Farley’s known for collaborating with Andrew Weatherall and a few others on the Boys Own project, beginning as a label where Underworld and The Chemical Brothers are listed as some of its most successful contributors. They also published THE magazine for acid house and dance music in general, not forgetting the numerous parties they held in the 90’s. As for Stretch Silvester, he’s best known for pairing with Jules Vern in 1996 for the ‘I’m Alive’ single that famously sampled ‘Boogie Wonderland’ by Earth, Wind & Fire selling well over half a million copies.

A lot has changed since then but not our passion for both producing & DJing... SSA lot has changed since those early days, how would you describe your output now?
Terry Farley: A lot sparser - there is very little money in remixes these days and the download sites are deluged with 'DJ TRACKS'. It seems pointless to keep adding to the deafening noise at times

Stretch Silvester: Yeah - it's nearly two decades ago. A lot has changed since then but not our passion for both producing and DJing.
  

We have all appropriated their HOUSE MUSIC so supporting the situation is the least you can do... TFTell us a little bit about your release on SoSure Music. Inspirations? Idea? Meaning?
Terry Farley: Just a little sample we found and was easy to see what style would suit it. It’s a Freedom tune and with all the shit happening in Ferguson in the USA at the time we thought it would be our homage to the black American struggle. We have all appropriated their HOUSE MUSIC so supporting the situation is the least you can do.

Stretch Silvester: Terry is such a great inspirer. He brings out the best in everyone he works with. He played me the 'Wade In' vox and we were away... Couldn't fail with that... It was one for Frankie really.

Have you guys made anything with each other before? What brought you together?
Terry Farley: We did a track that Chicago Acid legend K Alexi used on his K Klassik label. Give Stretch some ideas and inspiration and he's off like Usain Bolt on crystal meth.

Stretch Silvester: We've made a few tracks for Paper Recordings and something for DJ Pierre's label Acid Trax. I put a few tracks out on Junior back in the day as Phender & Kid Gorgeous. We've known each other since then. I used to go to the Junior Boys Own nights and then Faith. It’s been a long time.

My favourite gigs include playing the uncovered terrace at the early years of Circo Loco at DC10... TFName some of the highlights from your careers over the last 20+ years. Best gigs? Best records?
Terry Farley: Junior boys own stuff with Pete Heller, Ultraflava and 'Shout It To The Top' (with the divine Lolletta Holloway). The latter 2 both hit the pop charts.

My favourite gigs include playing the uncovered terrace at the early years of Circo Loco at DC10 and travelling to Japan - a place I love and have played there around 15 times since around 1992.
    

My favourite gigs are probably being the guest of honour at Love Parade in Berlin & the Manumission residency in Ibiza... SSStretch Silvester: So many highlights from big tunes such as 'I'm Alive' and 'Get Up Go Insane.' Chart success including TOTP appearances with Stretch + Vern to having 5 Essential New Tunes under 4 different aliases (Stretch + Vern, Coloursound, ParadiseSoul, Sucker DJs). My favourite gigs are probably being the guest of honour at Love Parade in Berlin and the Manumission residency in Ibiza.

What are some of the best gigs you’ve experienced as spectators? What made them so great?
Terry Farley: Early Secretsundaze parties on rooftops in east London. Lawless and on the edge - I love that vibe.

Stretch Silvester: So many gigs I used to go to back in the day. Bedrock on Hastings Pier has always been a favourite in the old memory bank. It was magical and I ended up playing there twice for John too.

What are you guys getting up to at the moment aside from making and playing music?
Terry Farley:  Making excuses for Chelsea FC's shit start to the season mostly.

Stretch Silvester: My teenage daughters take up a lot of my time but they love their tunes too so it's all good on that front. I don't tire from hearing 'Dad, check this new tune out... It's a TUNE!!' (14 years young she is as well).

My influences are so varied. John Peel helped make me music mad - I miss his voice & eclectic taste... SSWho are your influences? How did you both get into music originally?
Terry Farley: It was always there growing up. London in the 1970s was jumping; Reggae / Disco / Punk / Funk; You couldn't not become obsessed with the culture.

Stretch Silvester: My influences are so varied. John Peel helped make me music mad - I miss his voice and eclectic taste. Larry Levan, Frankie Knuckles, Francois Kevorkian, Danny Tenaglia, Masters At Work, Murk and Grand Master Flash are a handful that spring to mind.

What do you have planned for next year now that 2015 is coming to a close? Anything you’d particularly like to share?
Terry Farley: Pete Heller and myself have a triple CD on Defected in their 'House Masters' series which is a is a great honour . Boys Own will have its own tent at the wonderful Farr festival next summer and Tedd Patterson has done some spoken words for a new Roach Motel track. Big year ahead.

Stretch Silvester: Terry and I are following up with a new Fall Out record. I've just finished a new Stretch + Vern tune which I'm dropping out a lot at the moment and I have a lot of solo tracks coming out on various labels as well. I spend a lot of time in L.A. and I'm building a nice network out there. Looking to expand on that next year both production and DJ wise. Keep 'em peeled :o)

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