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    Fri, 26 Oct 2007 16:23:03

    Break It Down: Layo & Bushwacka! - A portrait of the veteran DJ duo with a hot new mix straight outta Brazil

    DJs are getting the rockstar treatment nowadays, from private planes to arena tours. But all the young jocks enjoying the limelight should send thank-you cards to Layo & Bushwacka!—DJ duo Layo Paskin and Matthew Benjamin—among others. These two were around when global club culture was still a twinkle in the eye of house-loving European teenagers. They took the once-emerging sounds of dance music and crafted them into eclectic DJ sets that helped catapult the genre clear across the globe.

    Now with dance firmly woven into the musical fabric, Layo & Bushwacka! have been called on to bless the party with Global Underground: Rio de Janiero, the latest installment in GU's globetrotting DJ mix series. Drawing inspiration from the shores of Brazil, the veterans dropped a 2-CD set that combines classic gems with some of today's more heady cuts.

    They dig deep in the crates on the first disc, turning up the disco diva workout of Kym Mazelle's "Taste My Love" and Liasons-D's break beat, synth parade "Future FJP." Disc 2 is heavy on the atmospherics. The hollow tones of Hug's "Fluteorgie" press up against Tiga's casio runs on "3 Weeks (Troy Pierce's Move Until You Leave Mix)" and make for a solid headphone-listening experience.

    Impressed by their skills on the decks, we hit the duo with our patented Break It Down questions, and they transitioned from one to the next like club-hardened pros.

    What have you been listening to lately?

    Layo: My mother-in-law.

    Bushwacka!: Prince.

    Where are you currently living, and what¹s the best place to hang out in your neighborhood?

    Layo: London Fields, The George, The Film Store, N. Broadway Market, Buen Ayre Restaurant.

    Bushwacka!: Ladbroke Grove/Notting Hill.

    When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

    Layo: I never knew.

    Bushwacka!: Actually, I wanted to own my own eating establishment specializing in mushroom dished by the time I was 30. Since I was about 10. Or an architect!!

    What's the most dramatic thing you ever did to save money as a starving artist?

    Layo: I was never a classic starving artist, but the best thing I ever saved up for was traveling.

    Bushwacka!: I have never saved money in my life. I have always spent more than I earn. It is the bane of my life.

    Tell us one of your favorite song lyrics in the whole wide world?

    Layo: Ain't it just like the night to play tricks when you are trying to be so quiet / We sit here stranded though we're doing our best to deny it. ["Visions of Johanna," Bob Dylan]

    Bushwacka!: Embarrassingly, I don't know the words to a single song! Even if I wrote it.

    What's your most cherished musical instrument, paraphernalia, or accessory?

    Layo: My grandma's piano.

    Bushwacka!: It has to be my TB303, bought in 1988 for £30 from a friend... years of fun from that little baby.

    If you could change one thing about the music industry today what would it be?

    Layo: I don't have a master plan.

    Bushwacka!: Accounting made more simple to understand for the artist before they sign up.

    What's the craziest thing you've seen a fan do at one of your shows?

    Layo: A tatoo of Love Story on her neck.

    Bushwacka!: Take all of her clothes off, climb on the table where the decks were, and swing from the lighting rig before being removed.

    What never goes out of style?

    Layo: Integrity.

    Bushwacka!: Acid house. It hides for a while then comes back and bites you.

    Do you have secret skills we should know about?

    Layo: I am a jack of a few trades.

    Bushwacka!: Hopeless romantic. Great cook. And not a bad photographer.

    What's your favorite drink?

    Layo: Red wine.

    Bushwacka!: Hierbas with ice.

    What was the first song you would (or have) played for your newborn child?

    Layo: I still haven't had children so I need to be closer to the feeling to answer.

    Bushwacka!: "Just Say No" (the Grange Hill anti-drugs campaign song)

    What has been your sweetest victory to date?

    Layo: Arsenal beating Manchester United.

    Bushwacka!: My girlfriend... can't believe she is still here!!

    —The ARTISTdirect Staff

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