Distortion Zoom: Tim Sweeney

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Whatever you do, check out Tim Sweeney. If you're still alive, that is.

So much to choose from! Where do I start?

Bear with me for a second. I know it's tempting to see what Kidd and Klumben are up to in the circus tent. I know James Ferraro will be rocking something that Distortion describes as "the glass cage," and that Mike Skinner will be playing on a friggin truck. A truck. But I urge you to check out the skatepark anyway.

And why would that be?

Would it help if I told you that there's a guy who is big in the radio business?

No?

Yeah, that's what I thought. But before you tell me that radio is dead, please do realize what you are turning down if you choose to skip Tim Sweeney. Sweeney's weekly radio show has been going on WNYU's airwaves for over a decade. Each week, Sweeney invites some of the finest acts in the electronic music world to deliver guest mixes when he isn't manning the decks, that is.

What kind of music should I expect?

Well, in the last month, Todd Terje, Soul Clap, and Mike Simonetti have stopped by the studio. But Sweeney usually branches out and is known to play everything from disco edits to weird Monty Python samples (it works, trust me). In a live setting, he has an incredible talent for working a crowd, gradually building both tension and excitement.

But is it better than Mike Skinner? On a truck?

Okay, it might be hard to compete with that. But Sweeney has such an excellent ear for constructing a compelling DJ sets. If you were at Cosmopol at Roskilde in 2010, you would remember how Sweeney went from the funkiest disco beats early in the night to a full on party during the last part of his set. And when he's paired up with Andrew Weatherall, Anders Trentemøller, and Djuna Barnes in the skate park, you'll have to work hard to come up with an excuse to miss him.