What is Deconstructed Live?

Deconstructed Live began at the turn of the millennium as a showcase for contemporary music. Writing regular columns for a handful of magazines provided Kingsley Marshall with access to some of the most interesting producers and musicians operating in the UK at the time, and the gigs – held in boutique venues all over the country – allowed for a varied music policy. This night wasn’t just about soul, funk, house or hip hop – rather the opportunity for some fabulous DJs, label managers (and the occasional journalist) to play their favourite records to a receptive crowd.

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Deconstructed Live ran in its first iteration for over 80 dates, across half a dozen venues (sometimes 400 miles apart) and what followed was pretty amazing. Like the little club that could, the calibre of these guests – coupled with Darren Whittington’s gorgeous marketing, drew the attention of national and international press as one of the best nights in the world (that’s, the whole world), stealing Club of The Week from Fabric (twice – take that, suckers) in The Guardian and the NME , as well as being regularly featured in the pages of Mixmag, DJ, Muzik and i-D.

Each DJ played for between two and four hours, yet only half a dozen records were heard more than once in 140 hours of music. Obscurities, rarities and unreleased demo tracks jostled for attention. Lots of promoters talk up their music policy, but we’d challenge any other club to boast such variety. Our friends eclectic.

With some foresight, a trusty minidisc was employed to record every single one of these sets and uploaded to Mixcloud for posterity.


“As far away from Homelands and the World Cup as you could get (bar Mars). But Kingsley Marshall is an ace DJ and, objectively, what’s better? I’ll give you a clue. This is.”Club of the Week, The Guardian

“Truro’s lovely. You should go. They do a great tea in the high street. Then there’s Kingsley Marshall’s jam. The excellent Ollie Jacob of Memphis Industries dismantles your head and then proceeds to stomp about with glee. One of those brutal nights that nightclubbing was made for.”Club of the Week, The Guardian

“Angular beats, leftfield grooves…eclectic vibes – in Cornwall? Why not? All-round DJ/journalist Kingsley Marshall has been enticing some top drawer guests down to the deep south west…leaving them free to play basically whatever the hell they like…expect a wild and freestyle set.” NME, Club of the Week

“Deconstructed is hosted by Kingsley Marshall, who has attracted some of the key players in the leftfield electronica and abstract breakbeat scenes. In return, this weekly session offers scant reward except the chance to play absolutely anything and a friendly sofa to crash out on at nights end.” Club of the Week, The Guardian

“Banish all your preconceptions here. There’s a quiet revolution going on in the South West. The first Deconstructed night kicked off in August of last year with DJ/journalist Kingsley Marshall pulling in a calibre of guests that any promoter would be proud of – having played host to the likes of Tom Middleton, Sunday Best, Pork Recordings and Ninja Tune. The bar has no dancefloor, so all guests are encouraged to play what they like. Get reconstructed at Deconstructed. – Ice

About Kingsley Marshall

Kingsley Marshall is Head of Film at the School of Film & Television at Falmouth University. He also works as a journalist, contributing film, music and video game criticism, features and reviews to Clash, Little White Lies, Shook and Big Screen magazines in the UK, Sabotage Times online and Magnetic overseas. He can be found on Twitter as @kingsleydc