Before he touched any DJ equipment, Christopher Mercer wanted to make music that sounded like the Santa Barbara punk band Mad Caddies. He was a 16-year-old in Leeds, England, handling guitar and saxophone duties in ska and reggae groups. One outfit was an English Beat/The Business-influenced eight-piece he played with from ages 17 to 21. "I used to write out all the saxophone parts, all the trumpet parts, all the trombone parts, all the rest of the band's parts on proper music paper and everything," the Los Angeles-based Mercer says. "After a few years of telling seven other people what to play, I was like, 'Hang on, this could be way easier if I just... More >>>