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In a city so renowned for great music and great venues, it’s inevitable to find a bunch of great promoters doing the sifting and sewing to present us with perfectly tailored nights to suit requirements. If you like your indie nights more distorted and a little freaky, look no further than independent promoters Freaky Fuzz. Only six months ago Freaky Fuzz was born as a club night tucked away at The Washington. Since then it has gone from strength to strength, favouring live music promotion with a little DJing on the side. We caught up with Warren, the man behind the operation, to talk all things Fuzz over a Cuba Libre. How did Freaky Fuzz come about? I was just looking at the music promoter scene in Sheffield and thought, it’s pretty good, but I think there’s a slight gap in it. I wanted to get involved and maybe throw – I wouldn’t say a spanner in the works – but throw a bit of competition in there. There are other people doing some pretty nice stuff but it’s not quite what I wanted, and if no-one else is going to bring what you want to the table, then I guess you have to do it yourself. How would you sum up the sound? Well it did start as a club night and the strap line was “Bringing you the best in garage, fuzz, surf and psyche,” in no particular order. Then we found it naturally went down the live route, where we wanted exactly the same kind of music but in a live set up. What should people expect from a Freaky Fuzz gig? We tend to make it accessible – we’re not keen on ridiculous door prices. As much as it’s been said for quite a few years, times are hard. We try to make garage, psyche, surf and fuzz accessible to... I hate to say “the masses”. Maybe we should make it “secular”? Put ticket prices up to £20. “No, you can’t come in.” We’re going to start Freaky Fuzz Young Conservative Club. No, our vision is constant – bringing the best surf, psyche, fuzz and garage to Sheffield. Favourite Sheffield venue? I have a least favourite but I don’t think I can tell you that. I really like Dada bar. It’s an interesting shape and when you get the sound right it’s really nice. I actually like it in there a lot. It’s somewhere I go recreationally as well as in a professional manner. Are there any local bands in or out of Sheffield you’re really keen on? I’m really keen on this band called Brazinskas. I’ve put them on a few times and I’ll probably put them on a few more ‘cause I really rate them. They’re a garage two-piece with a multitude of different sounds, pretty diverse. What have you got coming up? We’ve got Blank Maps on 18th October. They’re releasing their album a couple of days before so that will be pretty cool. They’re supported by Aztec Dolls, another great band, so that should be pretty interesting. We’re just talking to Grass House about their album tour so hopefully we’ll be getting them. We’ve also confirmed Throwing Up to play, a garage rock band from London, so that should be really good. We have a lot of cool stuff in the pipeline. We hear rumours of the return of the club night Yeah, starting on October 10th then going full-time in November we have the start of our new Freaky Fuzz club night. It’s going to be the student night at Dada – Freaky Fuzz Presents Stargazing, every Thursday. It’s going to be a return to what Freaky Fuzz used to be in its club night days – let our hair down and have a fun time playing our favourite music, still within the realms of garage, fuzz etc. We’re also going to throw a few party anthems in there as well. Those genres are really fun to listen to, but sometimes you just want to put on a bit of Prince. Everyone wants to listen to ‘1999’. )

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