Beats and Bass Society’s Mixathon: Who doesn’t love a week-long party?

Discussing Beats and Bass Society’s ongoing Mixathon, The Tab talks to its organiser Tom Cooke

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Tom Cooke (TC): Basically, the idea is to have a 24-hour-a-day DJ Mixathon. I got the idea from rowing. [As a fresher, Tom was an EUBC member].

We did a 127-hour rowathon, which was obviously really hard. So I wanted to do something that got the same level of involvement from everyone – but something different, something original at the same time.

Tom at Hijacked Festival’s launch party

BS: Whereabouts is the Mixathon taking place?

TC: It’s going to be in the Ritazza space – the old restaurant space round the back of Cornwall House. It’s got weird old haunted signs, and we’re just going to set up a DJ table on one of the raised seating areas.

The Lemon Grove

BS: What sort of music is going to be played?

TC: Anything. Well, what I really want to happen is people to come down and plug in a microphone and play the clarinet that they haven’t played for five years – or come down and play some old jazz records, or funk or soul.

We’ve also got Banoffee Pies, which is a record label in Bristol I’m involved with. They’re coming down to do Thick as Thieves and the next day we’re going to do a little showcase and like a little afternoon session.

Within Exeter, we should have some other people getting involved. People like Jam the Channel are coming down. All the main figures within Beats & Bass – you know, Thick As Thieves, EXIT, Our House – all of them are taking part.

Alex ‘Cuzo’ Mancuso at Cellar Door

BS: What gave you the idea for the Mixathon?

TC: My Mum has had multiple sclerosis [MS] for such a long time, and now she’s got secondary progressive. If people don’t know about MS, it’s split up into three groups.

People generally get it quite early in their lives – like 30 – and it starts off as relapse from there. Symptoms come and go, and they’re kind of mild. Then secondary progressive is a kind of a gradual decline.

What MS does is it attacks the outer coating of nerves and just breaks them down, so eventually messages stop being communicated down the spine and throughout the body.

We’re raising money for that, because it’s a great cause and to increase awareness in general.

Beats & Bass President Ollie Norman and Will Wadham

BS: How much money are you hoping to raise? 

TC: I’ve put a pessimistic cap of £500, but I really want to raise £1,000. I think we can do it. I really do. We just need people to get behind it.

From Monday, the Mixathon will be taking place from 10:00am until 10:00pm on Saturday. To visit the Facebook page, click on the above image.

From there, you can join the group and, if there’s still enough space, sign up to a two-hour slot to participate.

Tom, The Tab wishes you – and everyone else getting involved – the best of luck. To help Beats and Bass Society reach their target, click here to donate.

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