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Avant Festival: Andy Votel DJ set at Gulpd Café – Fri July 6th

On 6-7 July, Triskel Christchurch hosts a special season showcasing the finest cinematic works of Jean Rollin (1938-2010). A filmmaker revered by fantasy and horror enthusiasts for his hauntingly surreal, dreamlike and outrageous imagery. The Films Of Jean Rollin is presented in association with Twisted Celluloid, Plugd Records, Cork Film Centre, The Avant, Redemption Films and Finders Keepers Records.

As part of this series, Andy Votel, co-founder of Finders Keepers Records (who have issued soundtracks from Jean Rollin’s films), will perform a DJ set in the Gulpd Café. He will also introduce the screening of Fascination on the 6th of July @ 8:30pm

Read a great piece here by Andy in FACT Magazine on the film music of Jean Rollin and the ignorance of the art-house establishment.

Andrew Shallcross, known by his stage name Andy Votel, is an electronic musician, DJ and record producer, co-founder of Twisted Nerve Records and the reissue label Finders Keepers Records. He is also a founder member of the B-Music collective alongside David Holmes, Bob Stanley, Belle And Sebastian, Cherrystones and Gerald Short. Votel has been the curator of a number of events including the 2006 event at the Barbican Centre celebrating the music of Jean-Claude Vannier and Serge Gainsbourg. This event reunited musicians who played on the albums Histoire de Melody Nelson and L’enfant Assassin des Mouches. It also featured a number of contemporary artists as guest vocalists including Jarvis Cocker, Badly Drawn Boy, Brigitte Fontaine, The Bad Seeds’ Mick Harvey and the lead singer from Super Furry Animals, Gruff Rhys. Votel is also a remixer of compilation CDs, including Music To Watch Girls Cry and Vertigo Mixed, a compilation of rare tracks from the Vertigo Records catalogue.

Respected internationally among DJs, record collectors and producers as a champion record collector of obscure psych-folk-prog-hiphop-jazz-trash-kraut-fuzz-tropicalia and funk, Andy Votel has co-existed as an omni-present 3-headed monster alongside his alter ego’s as a graphic designer, triple label boss, remixer / producer, writer and compiler who rarely surfaces above the underground for clean air.

Most commonly known for his collaborations with fellow ‘Twisted Nerve’  label owner Badly Drawn Boy – for whom he has produced LPs and exclusively designed record sleeves  – Votel has in recent years launched a second label ‘Finders Keepers’ as the vintage-vinyl ‘Yin’ to T.Ns contemporary ‘Yang,’ which has lead to him excavating hoards of unreleased,

un-obtainable and previously unknown slices of latter day global psych-pop.

Over the years he has unearthed a myriad of undiscovered ‘Folksploitation’ tracks (‘Folk Is Not A Four Letter Word’) Rescued various unreleased European soundtracks, repressed rebelious Turkish pop (Selda, Ersen) and compiled a maligned strain of Welsh Progressive Rock in collaboration with Gruff Rhys from Super Furry Animals (Welsh Rare Beat).

As well as a discography of solo-artist releases for XL recordings (featuring collaborations with members of krautrockers ‘CAN’) and a production CV and remixography consisting of more than 50 tracks (including work by Ian Brown, Death In Vegas, Lamb, Texas and The Avalanches). Andy has also received wide cross-continental acclaim for his DJ mix compilations ‘Music To Watch Girls Cry,’  ‘Songs In The Key Of Death’ and ‘One Nation Under A Grave’ which seamlessly mix more than 100 impossibly rare drum heavy vintage psych-funk records into hour long musical collages. Positive reactions have lead to Andy DJ-ing across the globe with regular visits to Central Europe, America and Japan and dream-come-true offers from seminal vintage labels such as ‘Vertigo’ and Brazil’s ”Som Livre’ to give their back catalogues the trademark Votel treatment.


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