Inbox: Shit Robot
DFA crew member Marcus Lambkin (a.k.a. Shit Robot) eludes the mid-summer sun for a hot second to let XLR8R’s Inbox in on his goings-on. When not braving the treacherous parking lot of his local swimming pool in Germany, the Dublin-born DJ is rocking his Sabres of Paradise T-shirt behind the decks anywhere between Tokyo and Sao Paolo or running new techno-tickled material through unidentifiable electronic equipment in a pimped-out home studio. Shit Robot’s Simple Things (Work It Out) EP is out now on DFA. If you're still hungry for more "shit," then sink your ears into this XLR8R exclusive podcast.
XLR8R: What are you listening to right now?
Marcus Lambkin: Black Meteoric Star. I’m loving Gavin’s new stuff. He rules.
What's the weirdest story you’ve ever heard about yourself?
I’m not sure I’ve heard any weird stories about myself. My own story is pretty weird, though. I grew up in Dublin. I won a Green Card in the lottery and moved to New York, where I made a living DJing. I met and married a German countess, and now I live in a castle in the German countryside. You couldn’t make that up.
What band did you want to be in when you were 15?
Worst live show experience?
I don’t play live—I’m a DJ—but I’ve had to play after some pretty shitty bands over the years. It’s not always that the band is particularly bad, though, just playing at the wrong place. I played a gig in London last year that was very Nu Rave-y. In the middle of it all they stopped the DJs and put on this hardcore noise band. The kids were pissed. The lead singer even got in a punch-up with someone from the crowd who was shouting abuse at them. That sucked, but it wasn’t the band's fault; they just shouldn’t have been booked for that night.
Favorite city in which to play?
Hmmm… That’s a tough one—so many good places. Tokyo, Paris, Rio, Sao Paolo, Glasgow, Dublin… Take your pick. All great places to play.
What is your favorite feature of the studio you built yourself?
That would have to be my DFA monitors. Designed by James Murphy and built by myself, they’re pretty sweet.
What is the weirdest thing you own?
Probably a little box that I bought on eBay for 11 euros. I have no idea what it is. It’s broken—it doesn’t do whatever it was intended for—but it has four inputs, and when you run stuff through it, it distorts it beautifully—that was a result. It was used on the bass sound for “Chasm.”
Name one item of clothing you can't live without.
I have an old Sabres of Paradise t-shirt that I can’t even fit into anymore, but there’s no way I’m getting rid of it.
If you could reduce your music to a single word, what would it be?
Which Hollywood robot would you pick for your team: R2D2 (Star Wars), Rosie (The Jetsons), Pris (Blade Runner), or Robbie (Forbidden Planet)?
Lame, but it would have to be R2D2. I still have a soft spot for Star Wars.
What other artist would you most like to work with?
Dr. Dre. That would be fun.
What's the last thing you read?
The Canon: The Beautiful Basics of Science by Natalie Angier. I wish I had paid more attention to science at school. I hated it at school, but I’d give my right arm to be studying physics right now.
Complete this sentence: In the future...
My daughter will become a teenager and bring home young boys.
Stupidest thing you've done in the last 12 months?
I was at our local swimming pool with my daughter yesterday. It has a ridiculous parking lot; it’s all grass and it’s on a really steep incline. I couldn’t back out of my parking space. I was just sliding about on the grass, so I gunned it and backed out into someone driving past. I’m an idiot. Luckily nobody was hurt and they were very cool about it.
Finish my album, and hopefully it will be out early next year.