Terry Mullan is one of my favorite DJs of all time, but such gushing was not popular among jilted ravers in the post-milennial rave days. Terry's reputation for blatantly skipping out on his DJ bookings always preceded his behind-the-decks prowess.
Rumors swirled about the Chicago DJ/producer, whether he was on drugs or depressed or just plain crazy. But even disrespect of his fanbase couldn't tarnish Chicago's acid house golden boy when it came to skill, heard clearly from his early rave mixtapes in the mid 90s (Live At Equal, New School Fusion) to his own jackin' releases on his Catalyst label. Warbly acid funk and mean-ass basslines had the nerve to flirt with classic disco, Mullan mixing Blondie just seconds from from a tweaked out remix of George Kranz's breakdance classic, Din Da Da, for example. Despite any drama, Mullan was a risktaker whose knack for burning up dancefloors with his unforgettable acid sound was worth taking a chance on back then -- be it with a favorable opinion or a presale ticket. Since those days, Terry has really pulled it together, and hit Gimme Noise to let us know he's "really looking forward to coming to town this Friday" to the Loft. Here's more of what he told us:
GN: You have a reputation for skipping gigs, but in recent years have come around. Do you have any regrets?
Beaucoup regrets to go around absolutely. This missing of gigs made for quite a shit sandwich that I had to eat for many years. People knew me more for being that d-bag that misses shows than for being a good DJ. I never meant to take such a great thing and completely invert it.
GN: New School Fusion and Live At Equal are two of my favorite pieces of mixed music ever. What was a memory surrounding making them?
Wow, thanks. Basically I was very happy to be back in Chicago after moving from there when I was 14. I had just finished college and got an apartment and was buying tons of records, and felt like I had to document some of the dopeness coming out at the moment with mixes that I would want to hear way down the road.
GN: How do you feel when you play the few-and-far-between raves around the U.S. now days?
Grateful and stoked to still be around and thought of as someone who drops quality party music.
GN: Where was your favorite place to play in the 90s and why?
Hmmmm.... it would either be San Francisco or Toronto. SF because in addition to it being one of the most beautiful places in the U.S. it had a really dope scene where people really appreciated house music. Toronto also was pretty up there for me because they had the biggest raves in North America and people got way down and had a real enthusiasm about the music.
GN: What's next for you? Any projects to report?
I'm working on lots of new music -- acid, wobble and dubstep type stuff that will be out later this summer. I'm also in the process of setting up a new digital label that will be announced soon on www.terrymullan.com.