We had the good fortune of connecting with Mitchell Fairchild and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mitchell, what inspires you?
I really got into house music and DJs during middle school when I first discovered Daft Punk and Deadmau5. Since then, I’ve really gotten into more deep house and tech house music, which is what SPEKTER is really based around. Some of my current inspirations are Gorgon City, John Summit, Noizu, CID, and Lee Foss to name a few.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I currently make house music and DJ with my friend Brandon Park under the name SPEKTER, a project we have been working on since 2016. Also, in January of this year, I started QUIET MITCH, a solo project for myself that is dedicated on producing hip-hop music. It’s definitely different than what I have been doing with SPEKTER, but it’s a lot of fun and I am excited for where it’s headed.
There has certainly been some challenging times through the years, from playing shows with no one there to not really understanding how to make music and struggling for a long time. The journey has not been easy, but I believe I am at a point now where I feel that I know what I am doing and am proud of the work I am creating. SPEKTER has lots of great music coming out this year, and I am very excited for the new potential of my QUIET MITCH project. I think the most important lesson I’ve learned so far is that there will always be someone who doubts you no matter what you do or how successful you are, so just do what you want and don’t compare yourself to anyone. This isn’t a race, it’s a journey.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
That’s hard, there’s so many cool spots in LA. I didn’t move up to the area until I went to school at CSUN, but I don’t think you could ever be bored in a place like this. Being a DJ, I’ve spent a lot of weekends at clubs and events. It’s hard to go out right now in the middle of dealing with COVID, but I really like places like Sound or Academy LA. It’s so easy in a city like this to find some show or club playing the type of music you want to hear.
Food-wise, Fat Sal’s has been my go-to place here for years now. There’s also lots of cool bars and places downtown by Exchange and a lot out in Santa Monica too. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Definitely wouldn’t have gotten to the point I’m at today without the other half of SPEKTER, Brandon Park. We really started this project with a dream and not much else, and have really put a lot of time and effort into seeing it succeed. We have dedicated most of last year in quarantine into working on tons of new music and it’s cool to see lots of our new tracks being released on labels and being supported by other artists. I think we are at the best point in our musical journey right now than we have ever been, and I’m really looking forward to what the rest of this year holds.