Introducing: John Bourke

John Bourke is one half of Oklahoma City's thrash/electro group Trash Yourself. You may have heard their track 'Touch' in a few mixtapes recently along with their reworking of Blur's 'Song 2' with Toxic Avenger. Bourke took some time out from working on their debut album to answer some questions and to share some mixtapes and music with us.

So how long have you been Djing?
I have been Djing since around 2001.. but have been writing music much longer. I got my first guitar for my 6th birthday, and bought my first synth when I was 13.

How did Trash Yourself and begin when did you first begin making music?
Trash Yourself began by me DJing around down in Oklahoma City. I was throwing and DJing at some underground highly illegal parties at this warehouse stop. The other half of Trash Yourself, Heidi, came out to one of the shows. It turned out that we had a class next to each other the following week and we started talking in the hall before class. She was getting into Electro music and wanted to start rapping or something. At the time Toxic Avenger had sent me a clip of Song 2 that he started. She recorded vocals over that and it just kinda worked. So here we are.. The journey is just beginning.

Can you name a record that first sparked your interest in dance music?
DHS - House of God
Nine Inch Nails - Closer
One of Dieselboy's old albums
Orbital - Halcyon
Prodigy - Smack my Bitch Up
Chemical Brothers - Setting Sun
Daft Punk - Around the World

Do you have any DJ residencies or events you organise or play regularly?
I do a Wednesday night in Oklahoma City called Robotic.

Which is your favorite club night/venue to play and why?
I don't know if I have a favorite really. I always have fun where ever I go. My last trip to LA was fun. The electro scene is jumping off there.

Do you prefer to remix other artists tracks or produce original material?
I take more pride in making something thats all my own heart and soul. Remixing can be fun too though. I love to work with other people and share ideas.

Who would you most like to work with on a track and why?
I would like to work more with my friends, shiny toy guns. They are amazing song writers and I have learned a lot from them.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
Probably still DJing and writing dance music. Traveling the world.

What are your plans for 2008?
Writing nonstop / gigging non stop. We have a lot of new material that is being horded, which will soon be released.

John Bourke (Trash Yourself) - Summer Mix 08.mp3 (zshare)
1. (Intro) Sebastian - Motor
2. MSTRKRFT - Bounce
3. Muscles - S..y (Shazam Remix)
4. Classixx - Cold Act Ill
5. Cut Copy - Lights and Music (Boys Noize Remix)
6. Tegan and Sara - Back in your Head (Tyler Fedchuk's 1/2 Alive Disco Remix)
7. Rye Rye - Shake it (John Bourke Edit)
8. Black Kids - I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend how to Dance (Twelves Remix)
9. Budy Akai - Cut Me Up (Villains Remix)
10. Klaxons - Gravity's Rainbow (Guns n Bombs Remix)
11. Dusty Kid - The Cat
12. Fake Shark Real Zombie - Fake Shark Real Zombie (Designer Drugs Remix)
13. Kid Cudi - Day N Night (Crooker's Remix)
14. Treasure Fingers - Come True Tonight
15. MGMT - Kids
16. The Ting Tings - Great DJ (Calvin Harris Remix)

Bonus beats:
Trash Yourself and The Toxic Avenger - Song 2.mp3 (zshare)
Trash Yourself - Touch.mp3 (zshare)
Trash Yourself - Touch (AC Slater Remix).mp3 (zshare)
Trash Yourself - Fuck the Police.mp3 (zshare)
Harry Belafonte - Jump in the Line (John Bourke's Bmore Remix).mp3 (zshare)

Trash Yourself Myspace
John Bourke Myspace


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