A Matter Of Time _ Interview With Neil Birnie

Neil Birnie _ Front _ PGV01

Pounding Grooves tribute mix from the Fnoob cornerstone..

As well as being a Schedule Manager on Fnoob Techno Radio, Neil Birnie runs the wicked Dark Frequency Podcast. He does Wednesdays at the station, so as our mixes go out every 2 weeks on his day, we at subsekt know him very well. He’s a good guy; funny, straight-up and always keeps the plates spinning. You can 100% rely on Neil.

We’ve been talking for ages about the possibility of him doing a special Pounding Grooves themed mix. Man.. Those 10″ PGV Records are still absolutely incredible. Very inspiring and  fresh as fuck. I miss Techno like this. Neil’s mix for subsekt 051 totally delivers. Hope everyone enjoys it as much as we have; as much as I have. The energetic mixing had me shouting at my car stereo several times the other day haha. Anyway, we’ve been promised that there will be a Pt.2, so we’ll definitely keep at him until we get it 😀

It was good to do this interview with Neil. He does so much behind the scenes that it’s cool to clear a space to hear his voice.

Hi Neil, how are you? You’ve got a mix coming up on the subsekt podcast, so it’s probably the appropriate time to find a bit more out about you. We met through Fnoob. Been there long Mate?

Yeah I’ve been a part of Fnoob now for about 2 ½ years, running my Dark Frequency Podcast fortnightly on Friday nights. Lately I’ve been doing the schedule side of things as well, taking care of all the Wednesday shows, residents and everything else that goes with it.

Our show goes out every 2 weeks and there’s usually an interview to do as well as getting the mix ready etc.. which sometimes goes right up to the wire.  I’d say you’ve heard some excuses..

Heard them all mate, I’ve just learned to deal with what needs done. I do whatever I possibly can to help everyone out but if anyone takes the piss then they are getting told..

Techno has a fairly broad range and those who appreciate it are usually open minded enough to appreciate electronic music that’s somewhat allied to Techno. Ever stopped a mix or deleted it off the server before it got aired?

Na.. but I have done things in the interests of Fnoob Techno Radio though lol.


The good thing about Fnoob is the variety of shows we have. We have well over 100 residents providing a wide variety of Techno which can only benefit the station. The ultimate aim is to have exclusive shows running 24/7, which will take a lot of hard work and a lot of time but it is something we are making steady progress on.

Music production and history are my biggest passions in life. Though people often say that Techno is faceless and should be about the music blah, blah, blah.. I believe in the need to document the people and stories behind it. Techno is a very small world in reality and I think it needs a proper resource. I hope that everyone who is interested in Techno finds this blog accessible in terms of the way that it is written. I personally prefer to hear the artists voice as loud as the music and never enjoy synopsised and pasteurised versions of old conversation; the sort that's peppered with the occasional quote here and there.

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