James Murphy planning to bring Despacio soundsystem to London

Producer and DJ reveals plans are in place to tour with DJ rig

James Murphy planning to bring Despacio soundsystem to London

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Former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy has said that he is keen to tour with his new soundsystem and is hoping to bring it to London.


Murphy put together the huge new rig – called the Despacio – with John Klett, a veteran New York sound guru who helped build his former DFA studio. It made its debut at the Manchester International Festival earlier this and, in a new interview with GQ, Murphy says he is looking into "logical moves" for future live dates.

He said: "People are trying to find homes and places to do it again and I like the three-day week model. I like doing everything for three days [in one venue] because it's so much work to set up. We're trying to find other locations to do it, hopefully in London. We did Manchester, and we're hoping to move it in small doses at first because it's huge. I don't want to do Manchester, then Florida, then Japan: I've got to make some logical moves."

The Manchester International Festival show saw Murphy team up with 2ManyDJs and Soulwax brothers David and Stephen Dewaele for a vinyl-only set. Speaking about the soundsystem at the time, Murphy said: "It's a simple, floor-standing series of giant stacks, comfortably doing full, smooth sound. It's pretty wide-open, pretty raw. The stacks will be arranged in a circle that people can wander in and out of, literally immersing themselves in sound."

Murphy, who has worked on the new Arcade Fire album due for release in October, also reiterated that LCD Soundsystem are done and dusted and he has no plans for any new music at this stage. Earlier this year he posted a message on Facebook explaining what each band member is now up to.

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