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Brexit. It's a word that has been repeated to the point of meaninglessness, tea tea tea tea tea tea tea tea tea tea tea tea tea tea tea (see?). But with little progress made in the negotiations (regardless of when this is being read), a no-deal exit looming, and our 'functionaries' flapping, you'd be forgiven for thinking the B-word was beyond satire.
Enter DJ Brexit, a secretive Donk producer and MC whose recent releases include 'Hard Brexit Anthem' and ‘Shove Your Brexit Up Your Arse’. But is he an erratic critic of Brexit's mishandling? An Oxbridge-born character actor mocking the working classes? Or perhaps just a satirist aping the mania at either side of the political spectrum? We tracked him down to discuss his bouncy technoeuvre and find out.
¶ How long have you been making music?
‘For about 12 years now and it hasn’t got much better since I started!’
¶ Which donk artists were an inspiration for you?
‘Ben Suff Donk, DJ Fingerblast, Blackout Crew, the Planet Fun crew, the Off Me Nut crew’.
¶ What makes Brexit a good subject for 'the donk treatment'?
‘Because it’s loaded, current, a bit divisive and full of funny stuff to sample’.
¶ What're your ambitions for these tracks?
‘A triple album deal with a major label and a world tour that doesn’t include Europe’.
¶ Have you shown your music to your parents?
‘They’ve heard it. I think they see it as yet another pointless waste of time, but mildly humorous. I don’t think it will make it into their Christmas newsletter this year’.
¶ The conclusion of your bar in 'Hard Brexit Anthem' ends ‘you will get triggered like Article 50’. Who are you taking the piss out of here?
‘No one in particular really, but I guess anyone remotely offended by the DJ Brexit project. There are far more important things to get upset about, I reckon’.
¶ What more can be done by ‘the mainstream media’ to understand Brexiteers’ justifications for voting leave, rather than characterising them as ill-informed yobbos who fell for the propaganda?
‘I suppose the old adage of “walk a mile in someone else’s shoes before you judge them” applies. But I also think the media are in the business of making judgments about people, and then selling it back to them... so I don’t think it’s about to change anytime soon’.
¶ When we first encountered Hard Brexit Anthem, we thought that it was part of a larger, Al Murray Pub Landlord-esque piss-take of English nationalism, but your latest release ‘Shove Your Brexit’ represents the other extreme position in the Brexit debate. What was your motivation for voicing both positions?
‘Well I feel like anything and everything is up for parody, it’s all fair game. Whilst it’s impossible for my own political prejudices not to seep into my work, I wanted to poke fun at both sides of the debate. The sound of white, metropolitan, middle class “Remainers” chanting in an innocuous tone had good remix potential’.
¶ 'Guide me OOOO, thou grey-heet-ree-hee-dee-mar!' What song is next?
“Man Like Nigel”. I found a great clip of Farage singing Rule Britannia. It’s screaming out for the DJ Brexit treatment’.
¶ Have you thought about a music video?
¶ There seems to be a discrepancy between the high quality of your music’s writing and production and your promotion of it. Have you considered doing a campaign and circulating a press release about the project?
‘I’ve considered it, but honestly, I don’t have the means to do any real promotion, other than whacking it on Twitter and crossing my fingers. If anyone wants to help they should get in touch!’
¶ Where are you from? You
‘No comment officer’.
¶ What is the shittest/best thing about your town?
‘Shittest: They got rid of Poundland.
Best: Good transport links with other towns’.
¶ Any celebrities from your town?
‘Toploader apparently, and DJ Brexit of course’.
¶ So East Sussex then, I must say, you don't sound like it. Who is your next target?
‘I think big dadda Jezza Corbyn is one fuck-up away from being parodied’.
¶ Who deserves taking down a few pegs and why?
‘Piers Morgan, does anyone like that guy? Really??’