does not follow any standard. With 'Ways Over Water
', the German confirms his great talent and affirms his penchant for a sunny House, far removed from the sometimes gloomy atmosphere of 'Berlin Calling
', the film that revealed it in 2008 alongside his brother Paul. We all remember ' Sky and Sand'
, this sounding soundtrack, illuminated by the soulful voice of this thirty-year-old Berlin. Since then, two albums have confirmed Fritz in musical aspirations more soulful than techno.
"Nowadays more and more artists turn out to be that kind of special that when you look for a label or a box to put them I then they only have a box where just pretty much they fit it."
Besides music, what are your hobbies?
I collect mechanical watches from the late sixties and seventies. I know that sounds like a freaky hobby, but it's really my passion and Im really into the mechanics and aesthetics they have.
There is a real work on the instruments used and the melodies present on this album. Have you spent a lot of time in the studio?
There were two stages in production. While on tour, I had already started putting some ideas on paper. Then, in the spring, I started to really pose in the studio to work on the album. For 2 to 3 months, I concentrated and worked in the studio hours and hours to finalize each title, record vocals and instruments.
Where do you get inspiration for your tracks?
I would not say now that it is a single experience, emotion or situation, but often it is a hodgepodge of all. This then accumulates to a large, heavy weight, which is located deep down in the stomach area his home. And when you sit in the studio, it is expressed again and translated into music.
Mr. Kalkbrenner, when did you actually discover techno for yourself?
Techno was present in my youth nationwide. And since the fall of the Berlin Wall also an expression of the newfound freedom that was possible through the entire shops, the vacant buildings that served as party places.
What is more fulfilling for you: tinkering with tracks in the studio or playing in front of fans - and if the latter: when and where do we celebrate "Drown" live with you?
I think that's hard to say. It always follows the claim that you always want what you do not have right now. When I am in the studio, I think that I do not want to do anything better than going on tour, and when the tour comes to an end, you just want to hide in the studio. So, there is always a mutual give and take and I would not give preference to anything here. Both are great aspects of the same work. When exactly the new album will be presented live, is not yet finalized, but of course there will be a nice festival season, during which I will play many of the new numbers.
Craziest or best live souvenir?
Last year I played support on Pauls tour, and in Leipzig suddenly some women's high heels flew onto the stage! I nearly got injured quite badly. There were three pairs of them on the stage. First I thought that they were intentional attacks, but after the show we met those ladies and they said that that was their way to show their appreciation!
Are you tired of traveling as a live act?
The title of my new album is less about being on the road and being sick as a live musician. A journey can also go over a certain period of life, looking at what has been done so far. And if the balance is not right, you're actually doomed to decline. Especially in club music, things like excess and reason are facing each other. As far as my tours are concerned, that's still a lot of fun for me.
Are you tired of traveling as a live act?
The title of my new album is less about being on the road and being sick as a live musician. A journey can also go over a certain period of life, looking at what has been done so far. And if the balance is not right, you're actually doomed to decline. Especially in club music, things like excess and reason are facing each other. As far as my tours are concerned, that's still a lot of fun for me.
What has changed for you since "Sky and Sand"?
Of course a lot. But if an artist's attention is paid to a number, that can also turn into a love-hate relationship, which went in waves with me. The bottom line is that it worked like a door opener with a heightened interest in the wider audience for my music. Alone from last year, I went out with 130 shows, which is really much.
is often referred to as the Belgian techno god, or at least, as the Belgian techno legend. Both statuses are well-deserved in more than 30 years of devotion to the scene.
His MB Electronics imprint is one of the most respected techno labels and Marco himself travels hard. He still found time to start a line on Ibiza, called Materia.
Youve been working as a DJ/Producer for longer than most in the scene. What do you think about the current state of EDM and Press Play DJs? What do you think is better about the scene today? What do you miss about the scene from 10 & 20 years ago?
Yes theres a couple things I HATE, sorry, and of course lots I love. I love to see smiles on people, their faces when i play my music without being a jukebox or playing Top 10 music. I love to travel to South America, i love Argentinian people, i love Peru, Love Chile, Love Brazil, love Colombia; all the people have fire in the blood, this i love so much!! I love the USA also recently a lot! I love Asia especially playing in Japan! In USA Techno is getting strong again & this makes me also smile. But what i hate so much is is this STUPID ridiculous DJ TOP 100 DJ Mag crap. Are they not a shame to publish a Top 100 with DJs inside who paid for votes? The worst of all cant even mix 3 records together without making a mistake; only possible when they can use the shit sync buttons in Traktor or play just the bottom on the laptop of a Ableton session. What the Fuck is this?? Almost half of these shit Top 100 are EDM DJs who play easy-cheesy, almost kids music tunes. Ok, I respect vocal music, I have lots of respect for tracks of Guetta or Tiesto because they have amazing artists behind it, with great songs. Honestly even while its totally NOT my sound I respect it a lot, because its well and nice produced! But there is other shit going on at the moment, DJs who cover complete songs or tracks from the 90s, totally sampled from second one to the end, and get number one in Beatport and come in DJ Top 100 in the first 10??? Is this NORMAL, do they feel proud ???? Guys of DJ Mag are you not making a complete trash-bag from our whole scene? I would obviously just shame myself seriously! I know that popularity talks, and I realize its the choice of the big public that supports this crap on the big festivals etc, but I think people who are the source like the big magazines (like DJ Mag) and the big festival promotors, they should teach the crowd something else instead of feed them time after time more crap or junk food, and try to re-EDUCATE them with real and pure things!Look at I Love Techno festival in Belgium for example, it started with 1500 people and has growth to 38,000 people with ONLY underground pure sound! May that be a small example in some way already.
What do you think the audience inspires?
Exactly the point between their expectations and something new. Sometimes it can be like a fight that you have to be willing to fight. But you are not a god. If the visitors are not on your wavelength, you can not change that with the crowbar.
During the production you make techno, you run techno and you also get promotions every day. Do you never get enough of techno?
Of course I sometimes need something else. Especially in terms of promos, the work really can not keep up. Previously you needed a serious amount to build a studio, but now you can do everything with software and anyone can put something together in his room. At the moment I am really completely covered in the promos. This is regrettable somewhere. I am sure that a lot of good music is not noticed because there is an oversupply.
What equipment do you use to play at your shows?
At the moment I play with SDC card and of course mix by myself not the sync buttons! Lol + I use nowadays the REMIX 1000? from Pioneer, an amazing EFX machine, its actually the old 909 inside an EFX tool! Wicked tool!
You have a new residency at Privileges Vista Club. What made you launch it and whats your concept behind it?
Ive been doing parties in Belgium since 1997. Ive invited the likes of Carl Cox, Sven Väth, Chris Liebing, Adam Beyer, Marco Carola, Ben Sims, Claude Young, Surgeon, The Advent, Fumiya Tanaka and more to my events over the years, but it was not under the name Materia. Two years ago I started with the Materia events in Belgium, but I also wanted to expand the event to other countries.To date, weve had Materia events in Paris, Vienna, Madrid, Amsterdam and Liège, and now Im excited to bring it to Ibiza. I think ibiza is still very important in our electronic music scene, with everyone gathering there in the summer thats the reason why I wanted to bring Materia to Ibiza. When I got the offer to do something in Ibiza, I got very excited, because for me its still the central point for our scene to connect with all party people from all over the world, from Japan to Mexico, they all come once to Ibiza.
Why was Vista Club the right venue for MATERIAs debut season?
Vista is a small venue, but it has great sound, the best view of the island when the sun rise comes and also I think it was just the right size for the first season for MATERIA, as we never know how tickets will sell for an event which has a heavy focus on music that not everyone is always into, as mentioned before, it is heavier, underground and special in its own way.
Is the pressure now on producers to keep it interesting then?
Yes, its down to producers, and its down to everything else too, you know. I think people really need to start going out again. 20 years ago there was no internet, or Facebook. Now people are sitting in front of a computer on a Saturday night so when it gets to midnight or 1am theyre too tired.
You have already accomplished a lot in your career: you released several full-length albums, you released on some of the biggest labels out there, you have hosted a club in Ibiza, you have your own label, ... Is not it difficult to think bigger?
I'm just trying to do everything better, not necessarily bigger, but especially better. I am now working with Materia to do the parties I did in Ibiza all over the world. For example also in South America, or in February I do a Materia event in Chicago. Constantly searching for new challenges, that's what I like. It is certainly not always easy, I am only there without sponsors or big donors. It is today that you need a lot of money if you want to do big things.
So you really love places like Ibiza, Japan and South America.. Have you ever considered moving to another country?
As a matter of fact, I have a plan to move to Ibiza eventually. I love the Island. But there is no rush.. say five or six years would be realistic. Of course there is the language issue where everyone on the Island mostly speaks Spanish.. Also, Brussels has a really great airport with fast connections to a lot of different places. Ibizas airport has its limitations in that sense. But yes, eventually I will make the move.
Do you think Ibiza is about too much VIP and glamour culture? Does that not work when it comes to techno?
I think for techno you need a bigger dancefloor and a smaller table yes , but the ones who go for the bigger table and the smaller dance floor playing mostly more cheesy so i prefer a bigger dance floor.
"A good set does not consist of the pieces that you find in the charts. A DJ should be able to make his audience dance with his own personal selection."
is ranked #24 at the inthemix Top 50 of 2015 in Australia, has mixed Ministry of Sounds flagship compilation "The Annual 2014" and remixed for Example, Deorro, Fatboy Slim & Riva Starr, TJR & VINAI and New World Sound. He has released tracks on prestigious records labels such as Steve Aoki's Dim Mak, Spinnin' Records, Ministry of Sound and Laidback Luke's Mixmash.
"I feel blessed to be able to do what I love and have so many fans that make it possible. It's been said before but you are nothing without your fans."
Do you consider yourself a 'big room' producer?
Not only, even if my music is indeed more and more carved for big rooms since one year.
Who or what would you say is your biggest musical influence?
I sort of don't have like any one person or any particular sound. You can be inspired by like anything like you can just be walking down and street and have this feeling of like being inspired by like a tree you saw. I think it's important to be inspired by other things not just another person's music, especially in your own genre just to keep things creative. At the moment I think there's so much copycat syndrome in the industry. I guess it will always be like that and you can never get away from it but I think it's important to always get inspiration for your music.
How do you respond to people saying DJs arent really playing live music?
I guess people that dont understand it will say that, but DJing is an art. Its like showing a million dollar piece of artwork to some bogan down at Centrelink (for those non-Aussies, thats a welfare office and a redneck); they will probably not understand it and say its just a piece of card with some paint on it. But to the educated, its a masterpiece and they can appreciate the art and what the artists was trying to make them feel, I think DJing is a lot like this. In saying that, there are good and bad artists, just like DJs.
Awesome. You've been fortunate enough to work with major labels including the likes of Dim Mak, Ministry of Sound Australia, and Mixmash. What can you say about your speedy growth as an artist?
For me, it's almost like when you haven't seen someone in over a year and you think "Wow, you've really changed!" It's not like you wake up one morning and suddenly feel really different. I'm just going to keep working hard and hopefully will keep growing as well.
Since when do you envisage a DJ career?
I started mixing 4 years ago and I produced my first song 5 years ago. It was a remix of Pretty Green Eyes.
What were the best and the worst gigs you ever played and what were the funniest things ever occurred during any of your performances?
Actually most random thing just lasts week for the final show of my tour of Australia with savage and Jaysounds at the met in Brisbane, this dude from the crowd gave me a jar of mocconna coffee, def most random thing that has happened at a gig recently!
How does it feel to be one of the stars of Melbourne Bounce during its international growth and acceptance as a sub genre?
Its really humbling to be a part of something that`s so big, but i guess that`s because i love the sound so much, i remember hearing my first Melbourne track, and from that moment on i was hooked.
A lot of DJs like to collab outside of their genres, who are some artists youd like to work with?
I was working with Reid Stefan a few days ago and we just came up with some weird, boppy shit. He does real breakbeat stuff and with my sound it was just the weirdest fusion of genres I had ever done before. It was cool and I think somethings actually going to come from it so stay tuned.
What are the most notable differences between American and Australian crowds?
TBH not that much, we all like to party that`s why i think we get along so well! obviously the 21 drinking age is one difference, i remember playing this show in phoenix where ones side of the club was 18-21 then 21 and older on the other, both split by this fence, it was really weird at first but it showed one of the big differences in the 2 scenes.
How do you rate the club scene in Australia right now? Are there too many government restrictions?
Ugh, dont even get me started on the lock outs; I have been going out to clubs almost every weekend for four years and I am still in one piece. Its not the clubs that are the problem, its the streets. Apart from that, the club scene is great; Australia is getting a great reputation worldwide for its sound, so its a great time to be an Aussie.
is one Frances most respected DJs and producers, with a career spanning over twenty years and intensive touring on all continents. With an impressive list of remixes and releases on famous imprints (8bit, Hot Creations, Saved, Knee Deep in Sound
) in addition to his own label, Diversions Music, and a string of collaborations with high-profile artists such as Agoria or Miss Kittin. The year 2017 is particularly promising, as illustrated with the re-release success, Domino remixes, of his worldwide classic smash hit on Agorias label, Sapiens and by his recent remix of Mobys classic Why does my Heart Feel so bad.
You are considered today as one of the big names in the international electronic scene. What are your wildest fantasies still unfulfilled? Festivals or collaborations you dream of?
If we are talking about fantasies, then it would be to collaborate with artists with whom I will certainly never work. Like Radiohead, Prince or jazz artists for example, so not necessarily electronic music artists, because I like a lot of other music. But there are many artists in electronic music with whom I would like to collaborate, it would be a bit long to mention them all, and also several festivals in which I would like to play, such as Coachella or Burning Man for example.
What are some early memories of your career that you look back on fondly?
Im always moved when I think of our first release in 95. We were two in the beginning and it was really enormous to release a record and see your name on the vinyl, and getting played by all those DJs you admire. Of course there are many other souvenirs that followed: my first album 24 Heures (2004), Carl Cox asking me to release tracks on Intec.
Apart from music, what makes you vibrate? What do you find sweet in life?
My life is mostly music-driven, it takes me a lot of time, but I also like movies a lot, many movies upset, moved, made me laugh or even inspired. I also like spending time with my friends, even if we do nothing special, we have great conversations, and we laugh a lot especially.
What are your thoughts on Marco Carola as an artist? Has he influenced your career or work at all?
Ive known Marco for a very long time now, both personally and as an artist, and Ive always been a fan of his work, especially as a producer. Ive played many of his productions, which were numerous during the 2000s and even afterwards, and so in a certain manner, he probably did influence me unconsciously. Hes such a fantastic DJ. Hes technically so good, and he gets the dance floor. This said, I still cannot understand how he manages to play such long sets! My longest lasted for seven hours, while he can go on for more than 20, thats crazy!
Your song to sleep...
There is not really or it would be something that I do not like, which bores me, so it could be anything. It's not very flattering for an artist to say that his music makes you sleep, even if sometimes it happens to me when I'm super tired and listening to things super quiet.
The eternal dilemma of the underground or popularity...
At the time, it was also the price to pay. Either it was underground with all the problems we had at the beginning, the evenings when the cops landed; either it became more popular and we lost that side, which also makes its charm. I am not at all of those who say "it was better before ", it was different. We lived something in the 90s. It was the beginning, and something super strong. Today it's just different and it's not necessarily a good month. We're always there, so that means we're always enjoying ourselves.
"We dont necessarily have a long-term vision; we just feel like releasing music we like, in which we believe
Regarding your musical evolution, you seem to have a little neglected the techno sounds Detroit way to the advantage of melodies, keyboards, and a groove a bit melancholy. These are your own inspirations that made you want to evolve like that or perhaps the desire to stand out from an electronic scene increasingly saturated and without surprises?
Yes indeed since my 24 Hours album, which was very influenced by Detroit techno , it has changed a bit, evolved over time. Obviously this is always part of my influences, but it is much less present. It is that with the years one changes, one evolves, one listens to other things, and the side big techno me a little tired, and I am thus little by little income with what I listened at the beginning, of the house. I think Tides Of Mind is really a mix of my old influences, funk , soul and more recent things, obvious in electronic music. But not only, because I listen a lot of jazz , classical music, of folk , and all that influences me inevitably, even if it is not always obvious when one listens to my music. When I produce a track, I do not say "I'm going to do this or that style", I'm guided by my inspiration of the moment. After all we want to stand out a little from each other, but also it is not always obvious. So I think it's best to stay honest and do what you feel.
What is your process when making a track? Do you have a specific scenario or vibe in mind?
That depends. Its often at feeling. Generally I have an idea in my head, I start with a beat, I go search for sounds, and mostly by looking for certain sounds I come across others and they give me other ideas. It happens very often I remake a whole track because I suddenly came across a specific sound, or I continue making a different track around something I came across during my search. The process is different each time!
About your new release, the Secret Point EP. A collection of three new tracks, all with their own flavour. Can you tell us a little bit about the EP?
Secret Point offers three tracks which are all quite different. Nicolas and I had done this on our first release, Connivence EP, too and we thought that bringing diverse tracks, not all belonging to the same genre, could be a kind of signature of the label. I dont know if well keep doing this in the future because wed like to sign new artists too, so we may have to tone it down a bit. As I was previously saying, I like to diversify what I do and not stay stuck in one genre; I wanted this EP to reflect this approach. I felt like making a melodic track that still has a groovy beat, and this resulted in Secret. But I also wanted to come up with something more techno than what Ive done these last years a bit like what I used to do in the early 2000s and Consequencewas born. Point of View, the third track of the EP, is very groovy and housier than the other two. I guess I did give this EP a bit more thought than usual, in order to respect the labels spirit, to follow its philosophy.
Born to legendary psytrance DJ parents, Alok
got his start in the industry at the tender age of 10 and two years later, was considered a professional among the elders. For his latest singles, Me and You and the Narcos
-inspired Fuego, Alok manages to mix and match high tempos with alternative sounds.
You just released the 5-track EP 'Alok Presents Brazilian Bass', featuring various artists. How did you create this?
The idea and concept of the EP came about after I realized how much potential was happening around me with the guys who I have proudly been working with. The results couldnt be better and the EP is just mind blowing. Sander Van Doorn is a living legend within the electronic music scene. It's an honor to have him on board the EP and a bigger honor to have him joining us inside the Brazilian Bass movement.
Are there any American acts that you would like to work with?
I love Eric Prydz, Justin Beiber and Marshmellow as well. Its crazy because I was following him when he had one thousand followers, and after eight months, he had 2 million!
Do you plan on changing at all for your American audience?
Yea I mean I dont know what Im going to play tonight to be honest. I still havent even thought about it. But definitely it has to be different from Brazil, I think here, a lot of music that works well in Brazil wouldnt work here. Over here people are more in to whats happening at the moment, Brazil you can play old stuff and they like it.
When did you first realise you wanted to make music?
I first came to this realization when I was still 12 years old. The music was already able to drive me deep into places and thoughts. Music has always been really profound for me.
What was the production process for the Spinnin track Hear Me Now, how did that work?
I did it with two friends of mine Bruno Martini and Zeeba. We had a really nice energy in the studio and things went out quickly. Nowadays Ive been making music on my laptop for about six months, Ive always been on the road and I moved to a new place in Sao Paolo and Im building up a new studio in my house.
How would you describe your sound?
My sound has been changing over the last year or so. If you listen to my tracks now and listen to the tracks one year or more back you will be able to realize that not only my music has changed but also has emerged into something more meaningful and expressive. Thats because the vocals and words have become crucial in my productions.
"I always try to do something real. I never sold myself to something I thought people could accept better. I just did something I really believed in, nothing really commercial."
Which track would be your favourite from your work and what inspired you to produce that track?
There are a few favorites but I can only tell that some of them havent even been heard yet LOL I would say that never let me go , an upcoming track with IRO on the vocals called love is a temple and another unreleased track with Zeeba and Iro called Ocean that has a really profound and serious meaning to me.
What aspects of your culture affect the music?
I think the groove. Brazilian people love the fat. You can see that in the Brazilian music as wellthe popular Brazilian music. Yeah, I think its the groove.
How was the collaboration with Bruno Martini and Zeeba?
Let me start by saying that It is always special to work with both Bruno Martini and Zeeba. We seem to have a great chemistry in the studio and the results always end up talking for themselves. We basically worked in a similar methodology again and the production came up quite well and satisfactory for all of us.
Fllowing the footsteps of Felguk, Eduardo
, aka Dirtyloud
, have been unleashing a brazilian onslaught of Electro with a wobbly slant, much to the delight of our, and Tim Healey at surfer Rosa`s ears.
How did you get into making music?
It was a natural progression from playing others music, as we understood what rocked dancefloors and we wanted to make tunes that did that too!
Describe the best moment from your career til now.
The best moments we can easily say were playing in Red Rocks in Denver and in Pretoria South Africa, by far the best energy and crowd reaction.
"Work hard, never give up and be honest."
Tell us about the Brazilian EDM scene. What music styles are popular in Brazil, and is the scene as a whole shrinking or growing?
Here in Brazil trance used to be huge, but is no longer popular. Nowadays you can see more low bpm artists performing at parties, and people want more of it.
When did you first feel that you had finally discovered your own specific sound?
It was a combination of doing our first track as Dirtyloud and the response we received for it, and then it was when we completed the Apes From Space remix we felt we had cemented the Dirtyloud sound.
Is there one type of sound in EDM you are really excited about?
Drum n Bass from now and we always loved Electro House.
Everyone wants to be a DJ these days. Do you think it`s getting out of hand?
Absolutely not. Of course nowadays its harder to get your own space as a DJ, but we now have the democratization of distribution, so you can reach your public easier than in the past. Good production is another thing that really adds value to your project, because you become exclusive. Also, if people want to see you perform in their country or city, they can contact you through social networks and the internetmuch simpler.
Are there other DJs from the scene that really annoy you?
No way, we know tons of people all around the world and pretty much everyone are our friends.
What other producers are you inspired by?
The electronic music scene is always changing, and we try to make our own style, like a signature. When we started Dirtyloud we were inspired by artists such as Vandalism, David Amo & Julio Navas, Jon Gurd, Dirty South, Spencer & Hill, Dabruck & Klein, Deadmau5 and fellow Brazilians, Felguk. Nowadays we don't feel as influenced by other producers we just do our sound, but we really respect and admire Skrillex, Nero, Pendulum, Rusko, Dada Life and Tommy Trash.
Whats on your mind as you're looking onto a huge crowd going crazy to your very own tracks?
I cant think of anything, I can only feel; and let me tell you, its a good feeling.
Is there a final thing you would like to say to our readers?
We wanna see you guys if possible at our gigs on this tour! We appreciate your support and look out for more new music coming soon.
are a musical duo like no other in the Australian music scene; their longstanding career has earned them two platinum records for Super Soaker and Party Bass, gold for Big Booty Bitches, ARIA nominations, countless ARIA club chart top 10s, a #1 on the US viral charts, and have reached over a billion people with their music and videos online. However, it is now that Bombs Away are set to take the biggest step in their career to date, with the release of the first single Like You feat. Elle Vee, from their forthcoming debut album Fragments due early next year.
What is your favorite part about being a Producer/DJ?
Making Music and writing songs is a way that helps us release expression. To be able to share that music with everyone and to get back positive responses is an incredible feeling. Like getting a message from someone on Facebook that tells us how our music helped them get out of a dark place in their life just inspires us and lets us know we are going in the right direction.
You guys have had huge success on your previous tours, both in Australia and overseas, whats your favourite on tour memory so far?
When Creamfields, Future Music Festival, and Stereosonic were around those moments were always some of the best, but in general, we just like going to new places! We actually really love the regional shows we do around Australia, they always get really wild! Were always on the road with friends so its just like one big party the whole time!
Moving forward what goals do you want to accomplish in the future?
Our goal is to shake up the EDM scene and to always give fans a great experience at our shows. We are starting to play bigger shows at larger festivals and that feeling is great. Next, we would love to start playing overseas and play some shows in Europe. We would also love to keep playing festivals in America like Coachella and EDC. Other than that we want to keep making great music and keep spreading the good vibes.
Have you guys ever had any issues traveling so much with your name?
Well, we used to have jerseys that said Bombs Away, and security would be all over us until we explained that we're not, like...crazy bad guys. But yeah, it's a thing that we're coming across a bit. As soon as people see that it's not like that, it's okay. But when they read it, it's different.
Do you prefer performing live or recording?
Definitely performing live, there's no better feeling than having everyone party along with us!
Which is your favourite song to perform live and why?
"Move On Up"has been one of the most in depth songs to play so far when it comes to vocal range. 'Supersoaker' is always a party starter but I'm really looking forward to playing 'Like You' out live and hearing Elle's vocals shine!
"Like You is a labor of love that has been a long time coming, we've included some familiar elements that will be recognisable to existing Bombs fans, but we've been working really hard to bring something that's been inspiring us lately to life."
Any exciting new projects coming up that you can share with us?
Right now the album has taken so much of our life writing and producing, that its great finally being able to tour it and see people react to the songs in real life, its amazing so thats our project right now, experiencing how the FRAGMENTS album and all the singles go.
What would be your dream collaboration?
I think with collaborations it's about just getting along with someone, ya know? There are some pretty cool people that we've worked with in the past, like...I'd say Potbelleez, but we've already done them. We actually have a track we're working on with them, it's gonna be huge! You have to take a lot of things into account. That's a good question, a really good question!
What/who was your inspiration to go into the music industry?
Probably bands like Blink and Greenday, Offspring etc!
As of late, Dodge & Fuski
have meandered from their dubstep roots and have begun to dabble with production at a slower BPM. Kicking things off back in September with their single Vice, Dodge & Fuski sprung out of the gate and up the charts with their new glitched-out tempo. Since the release of Vice, the duo have kept their sound firmly planted at 100BPM and justifiably so; their next release, a glitch-hop remix of Pegboard Nerds
High Roller followed suit and climbed its way to #1 on Beatport.
How do you feel the sound of this latest EP speaks toward the D&F sound looking forward to the future?
Its very representative of what I want to carry on doing. Im gonna start working on an album this year and Im aiming for about 50-60% 100bpm, some other hip-hop tempo tracks (85-110bpm) and probably the odd bit of Dubstep for old times sake on it. To be honest trying to predict what the next big thing is going to be is like gambling on the stock market so Im just going to do what I like making and see how it goes!
How did you both learn to produce?
Ive been making tracks for about 12 years and the game has changed a lot since then. When I started, there were no preset packs or YouTube tutorials so everything was a lot slower moving. I went to college, but honestly the people who were teaching me on the production side werent up to much. I mostly just learned sound engineering techniques on mixing consoles back thenhow to mic up drums and stuff like thatso its been mostly a case of being self-taught on training my ears.
Youve been getting a lot of heat for not playing at various places. Are you guys planning to tour again in the near future? If so do you think youll cover more states and or countries?
Everyone gets that people in the internet have this weird notion that acts decide where they get booked. If we had control over that wed be on nonstop tours around the Caribbean, so that is entirely in the hands of the promoters who decide to book us!
Is there a right way and a wrong way to go about constructing your own tunes?
I dont think theres a right or wrong way for anything. The end product is what really matters, but that said theres a lot more satisfaction in making as much of the core elements as possible. I use preset packs as a way to get new approaches into what I do but I almost always modify them entirely from their original format. Its just interesting to always have a different starting point.
You were making riddim long before it had a name. But once it had a name, it seemed like everyone wanted to jump on the train. Your EDCLV 2014 set was a huge inspiration on how to do dubstep right at a festival. What do you say to producers just now getting into the game and wanting to jump on the wagon?
I actually have been producing music for 17 years. I had a DnB moniker Infiltrata that I was producing under for about 8 years before I even played my first SMOG or heard of Dubstep. But back to the riddim side of things, I was heavily influenced by Mala, Jakes, Caspa, Rusko, and Skream when I was first getting into to Dubstep, but it wasnt until people like Subfiltronik, Megalodon and Badklaat, brought the old school style back recently, with a more ferocious intensity that I found myself digging for more artists that were creating the music in the same vein. From those guys I discovered an entire movement of riddim or swamp happening in my own backyard for years without me knowing. Shouts out to the Savage Society crew, Lower Levels crew, Dubloadz, Trollphace, Essence Audio, Sub.Mission crew, SMOG crew and Future Events for truly inspiring me as an artist.
In the past you mentioned that your forthcoming EP would feature a remix from one of Circus Records most exciting producers. Now that the cat is out of the bag, can you speak to the inspiration behind having The McMash Clan remix the title track of the EP?
When I heard their debut EP I immediately wanted to get them involved somehow. Theyve got a really original sound which has bags of energy and a proper festival vibe. A friend of mine Culprate has taught them a lot of mixdown tricks and it definitely shows in their music, its really creatively arranged and brilliantly executed.
What has been your biggest learning experience this past year?
Probably not to try and keep up with constantly changing trends at the expense of quality. Thats not really a past-year specific experience but its a lesson often forgotten in this industry.
Whats the most important advice you can give?
That is a very open-ended question that requires a very long answer. I guess thats the purpose of the seminars!
Its clear lately that the EDM scene is changing rapidly along with the styles and tastes of electronic music lovers. What are you guys doing to keep up? Do you ever see yourselves (god forbid) parting from dubstep?
I made music under a few different aliases which gives me a lot of room to experiment without having to break away from the scene each act is associated with. In terms of D&F, in my mind its always going to be at its core a bass music act of some description.
"Having a cool vocal to work with always helps me come up with ideas for intros and drops."
Grammy-nominated Andy Moor
is an icon in the electronic dance music industry. Undeniably one of the most respected producers in the genre whose substantial talents and work ethos have earned him a catalogue of accolades. Recently nominated for the 2009 DJ Awards, Andy is currently rapidly scaling the DJ Mags Top 100 @ 15th. Named Best Trance Producer and Best Trance Track at the 2004 Trance Awards, Best Dance Record at the 2006 International Dance Music Awards, Andy received his Grammy nod with a magical remix of Delerium-Angelicus in 2008.
Tell us a bit more about Andy Moor, before every big name DJ in the world knew your name?
When I was young I was encouraged to play musical instruments, and started playing the piano, the recorder was compulsory at school, and then the Bassoon, so I developed an understanding of music theory from a young age. But my real passion was this electronic music that I was hearing, like Jean Michelle Jarre etc. I was desperate to know how to make those synth sounds and as I grew older was frustrated by an M1 keyboard at school that nobody knew how to use, so I started to sequence that from an atari.
Many consider you a pioneer of the progressive side of Trance. Who would you give credit to motivating you into producing this amazing subgenre of Trance?
I was into Trance as a kid, and then when I got into production I was friends with all progressive people, so naturally I went this way. Eventually the progressive I loved went more minimal and that just wasn't for me so I went towards the Trance end (receiving much mockery from the prog guys along the way). So I would have to give credit to whoever made progressive go more minimal. Now though prog is getting more complex and interesting again, and trance now has a wider variety of sub styles so I'm always debating which way to take each track.
Youre bio contains an impressive list of accolades including Grammy nominations, Best Trance Producer and Best Dance Record, amongst others. How does one go about making something new without those facts dangling over your neck?
I dont worry about those facts. I always think about the future, and the past doesnt affect my decisions. I try and stay true to the sound that I love that is the only important thing.
"I think that it is going to be hard to be the next big thing in this genre, due to the way that other genre's now seem to dominate things. You need to do more than make + play good trance music to be the next big thing in my opinion, its a shame, but its reality."
Youve always been focussed on pushing the rhythmic aspect of your own music towards other cultures, assimilating beats
Yeah absolutely! I think rhythm is the first thing you need to get together as a musician or a band
If you have good tunes but a shit drummer your not going to get far
and there are many bands where I like the music but the beats can really let it down. So many drummers seem to immediately choose for old heavy rock beats even today,.and it baffles me. Also if you can play a good rhythm on a guitar then the melody will find its way
What do you personally consider to be the incisive moments in your artistic work and/or career?
Forming the band Volunteer Slavery & Dog Faced Hermans in Edinburgh in 1986 and in 1988 seeing The Ex live for the first time in a pub in Sheffield in 1988 and joining the Ex in 1990. Playing with Tom Cora and The Ex was also a great shifting moment for all of us. Equally when we started a project with Ethiopian saxophonist Getachew Mekuria. Hearing and seeing Big Flame, Sonic Youth, Don Cherry, Art Ensemble of Chicago, the Birthday Party, Han Bennink, Konono No 1, DJ Rupture, John Butcher, Anne-James, Chaton. All of these concerts changed me fundamentally - on a musical level anyway. Discovering Ethiopian, Ugandan and Algerian music and Rebetika from Greece were also big moments in my musical life and working with Yannis Kyriakides was a big change in direction for me.
Can you offer insight into some of your musical inspirations?
I get inspired by all sorts of music, and also by situations that are non music based. Im instantly attracted to music that is deep and has meaning. I am also heavily inspired by the production of some music, good and bad production are like day and night to me, so extremely good production on any type of audio inspires me a great deal.
Your remixes are some of the most sought after in the world, what is your approach as far as remixing is concerned?
The main thing I do is analyze the original track, find which parts I want to use as they are, and then find other interesting ways to be creative with it, such as how to manipulate various parts in other ways. Also if there is a theme to the track, then find a creative way in which to be creative with the theme yet keeping it recognisable.
How was your experience collaborating with other artists in this album? And who would you like to collaborate with in the near future?
It was fantastic to work with the artists on the album. They are all really easy to work with, and they all motivated me dramatically whilst working on the music. It is always a positive experience for me to work with others, vibing off them and receiving a differing opinion to my own.
What's the weirdest thing you've ever experienced?
Being abducted by Aliens! That was weird
. No, really the weirdest thing is actually having a normal life at home then having to adapt every week to being on stage with thousands of people looking at you. I'll never get used to that
What's your favourite food?
I'm a proper foodie and love all food. If I had to choose, it would be South East Asian food.
With a career spanning more than 20 years, Paco Osuna
is one of the most renowned artists in the industry. As a DJ he is lively, intelligent and sophisticated, with a deep awareness when it comes to sound aesthetics. For Paco, all sessions are important and it is a requirement of his to invent and renew every time he steps onto the stage. Musical monotony has never been an option. He has also been recognised with several of the most important awards in Spain: Best Artist, Best Techno DJ and Dj of the year (Vicious Music Awards, from 2011 to 2014); Best Producer and Best Remix: Plastikman-Ethnics (DJ Mag Sp 2011).
Youre probably the largest Spanish ambassador for techno. Do you a Spanish techno sound has developed, like the Berghain sound or New York sound?
I have never felt attracted to label things, so I dont like to define my music as Spanish Sound. I feel identified with the music I play. The quantity and variety of music nowadays is so that the best option is to take a little bit of everything you like and build your own sound.
How have you evolved as a DJ from when you first started?
I've changed like I changed my life. Just like 20 years ago, we were watching TV with a VCR -- music is the same. You have to follow the new sounds and get ready for what is coming to you. Otherwise people will forget about you. You cannot play the same music you were playing 10 to 15 years ago. My original sound was more techno, but with the new movement that's happening right now with all the new music like minimal, house, and tech-house, you can listen to my sets and hear a hard techno track and then a deep house track. But one thing about me is that all the tracks I play have to have a funky bass sound. That is something I must have -- always.
Technology has made it possible to stretch ideas without limiting ones imagination. Tell us about your new hybrid DJ/Live set up and how it allows you to translate your ideas to produce dynamic sets?
I don`t know, my dj sets always depend on the crowd and the atmosphere. Sometimes I do sets where I focus more on the music than on the effects and sometimes I do sets creating crazy effects all the time. It depends on the crowd but I always try to use the technology for the maximum possibilities, because for that it was created and I like not to be obvious and to surprise people with new things.
The Techno scene has been in a grow spurt the last few years, the digital movement has developed new ways to perform through products as Traktor, Ableton, Serato etc. What do you think about this development? How do you manage to stand out from the crowd?
Well, I think the technology is in our hands for use. But sometimes, in the case of the vinyls, I miss going to the shops each week a lot to find new records. At the same time I love to play a track right after its finished, so I totally recommend and support the new technologies.
And what if we talked about people who contributed more to the formation of your musical personality?
Without doubt the first was Raul Orellana, the one who made me want to play, he made me fall in love with this profession. Subsequently, as a DJ, there are two people who have deeply marked my style, one was obviously Richie Hawtin and the other Marco Carola. Actually, I think they make up fifty-fifty of the influence I've had. Then, without a doubt, Hawtin is the one that most of all taught me to personalize, to make mine what I played. From him I learned how to use fifty effects on a single loop and make it different every time, he really led me to evolve in production, as a person and also as a DJ. It has always been one step ahead of everyone, and it is not something that is said so much to say, it is not a sentence made, it is the truth! Whenever I play with him I learn, always. I do not copy, but I learn, that is different. And every time I learn something, the next time I learn another..
You started by playing at Amnesia back in the 90s. What was it like performing there during that decade? Has anything changed since then?
Many things have changed in Ibiza. The techno scene in those days was at a minimum, you could count with the fingers of one hand the clubs and promoters supporting techno. Nowadays the music and the scene has evolved and is bigger, there are a lot of styles on the island but I believe the techno is now the sound with the greatest presence. The 90s in Ibiza were about trance, house or Balearic sounds. Today Ibiza is totally techno within its different variants, more soft, more housey, or harder, but the main sound is techno.
Are there any Dutch producers you would like to work with?
Of course with many of them, starting from Speedy J and Steve Rachmad, or more recently Kabale Und Liebe, Daniel Sanchez, Olene Kadar, etc
love his sounds.
Do you get the chance to relax and have time off in Ibiza much? What do you like to do with time off there?
It really doesn't happen so often, but for two weeks every season I like stay with my girlfriend and my dogs, catch up with friends and make my famous paella!
How was your first gig there - did it live up to expectations?
It was awesome! Actually I never put expectations because then I dont expect anything, and everything I live is positive. But the truth is that I was a little nervous to come back to the Main Room of Amnesia after so many years, nervous because I wanted to give my best for Marco and to the Music On team for their trust in me. The result couldnt be better, the first 30-40 minutes I was testing and observing the public reaction not just in the dance floor but also in the tables and I connected with them so quickly it was a big party!
Does the dance music scene in Barcelona have its own unique flavor and vibe? Or is it miming the action over in Ibiza and the Balearic islands? What are your favorite things about being a DJ in Barcelona?
The scene in Barcelona is always unique and different, at least from the rest of the cities in Spain. The sound there is more underground, and has its own personality. I cannot compare it to any other city. The thing I like most about DJing in Barcelona is that I feel free to play what I want -- anything from deep to mainstream.
"I feel very proud of my country and its music scene, and if this derives to the idea that my style is associated with Spanish sound, thats great."
his a house hold name when it comes to the harder styles. Hardstyle and other Hard dance genres got a spot light shined on them in 2017. While many traditional fans were a bit annoyed that it took main stream artist incorporating hard dance elements into their arrangements to help the genre gain traction stateside, hard style is going through a reconnaissance of sorts. Zatox has dropped his Freaqshow 2017 anthem in a formal release and demonstrates that hard dance is doing better than every.
You recently started your own label called Unite Records. Can you tell us a bit more about it?
The concept of Unite Records is created around the new Italian talents emerging in the hardstyle scene, just to mention a few: Vamper, Kronos, Atom and Eretik. I have chosen all these artists because they have an incredible passion for hardstyle and their skills are rockin! Some of them already created some amazing tracks.
You are one of the pioneers of italian hardstyle sound. Italian sound was always described as more melodic and more reverse-bass based. Do you think this still applies?
Everything has changed. There's not so much kick and bass anymore, and it really was a signature of the Italian sound, but over time things changed, especially with a big integration with the Dutch scene. I think lately hardstyle has become a bit too schematic, and if someone wants to make a track with a kick and bass... feel free to do it. If you want to do it with a phat kick, then do it.
You are definitely one of the most prolific producers within the hard dance scene. Do you have a steady regime with regular studio hours, or do you hit the studio whenever you feel like?
Making tracks takes a lot of work and time. So yes, I pretty much spend most of my days in the studio making new music. It also often happens that while working on a track I discover a new sound that I can use for another new project, so ideas bring forth new ideas and it never stops.
How is american crowd if you compare it with european ? Whic country is the best to play for a hardstyle DJ?
I've been to so many countries around the world, and I've noticed in countries like Australia, America, Belgium, the UK... you can REALLY feel the enthusiasm, especially because it's a really new experience for them. I would say each country has it's good points! Holland has the dedicated crowd and it's the heart of the genre and it all starts there. I think the rest of the world also has some great points too: it's a really new experience for them, and sometimes they're seeing a DJ they've listened to on the internet for the very first time. So there is no "best" country to play, I think.
How would you describe your own style?
Oh, my sound is completely weird . People can immediately hear that I am when they listen to my music. I have my own style, I like that. This way I can make what I want. I am really an open-minded producer.
Besides your own label, which newcommers are worth keeping an eye on ? What would be your advice for new producers?
Well, there is an upcoming producer called "The Heretik", a very new talent I have signed to my label, and of course Vamper, The R3belz... Of course, I have to promote my own label and artists! But I would say if you want to enjoy a dark atmosphere, or miss the kick and bass, or want some really hard hardstyle I would suggest checking out artists on Spoontech, and also the Theracords label .
Who is currently the best hardstyle DJ in your opinion?
Haha, wow. There are a lot of big names. Frontliner, Noisecontrollers, Code Black ... I find it hard to choose one, they are all good! '
What do you plan to do in the future?
I just want to do my thing. I don't like to make plans, but I would continue just making music -- hardstyle, of course! As always, I'll make mainstream stuff, and then I'll make some underground/raw stuff mixed in there too.
"I am in the middle of different styles. That is why celebrations keep booking me. And I'm pretty happy about that."
, aka Dub Fx
, is one of the most complete artists in the world. He is a beatboxer, a mc, an excellent musician and producer, as well as an excellent entertainer. His rhythms and rhymes have struck the attention of millions of passersby on the street, from where he started his amazing live career.
What exactly does your logo mean?
It has different meanings in reality. I wanted something that symbolized eternity, an eternal loop. They are three symbols that come together, and represent the three tracks of my live performances: a track for bass, one for drums and another for harmonies. In addition, if you look at it for good, you will notice that those three symbols look like a D, a U and a B: Dub.
Your music is empowering , do you see music as a political tool?
I see music as expression.. Politics to me is just giant puppet show.. I dont by into that over manipulated, over intelectualised crap.. None of it makes sense to me.. The fact is, if I had grown up in a rich and powerful family I too would be capable of ruthless selfish acts to forward my greed.. We all have that ability to be evil and justify it
We all do it on small levels every day.. So I use music to paint a picture of how I see the world.. If that inspires you then my work wasnt useless.. If you like the song but not the lyrics Im equally satisfied because harmony and rhythm means more to me then subjective opinion
When was your first proper breakthrough into the music industry? Tell us about your journey from the beginning.
Street performing. Before that, I was playing in different bands in pubs and clubs around Melbourne, but I never quite found my sound. Having to compromise my ideas with other band mates also slowed down my creative process. As soon as I started street performing, I discovered who I was and what my potential as an artist was. Now that Im fully self-aware of my limits, collaborating with other people is super easy.
How do you describe your music?
Its just a mish-mash of all my ideas thrown together with technology basically. Im at the mercy of the technology but thats good because it gives me ideas. I write a song on guitar, I pull it apart and put it into the loop station, maybe make it drum and bass or make it reggae or make it hip-hop or whatever, and thats basically what it is, I take ideas from everything that I like listening to.
Using your voice with this pedal, you must have some fun playing around with weird sounds. Is that part of your process, just making noises until you find something new you like?
Not really. I have a clear idea about what I want to do and then I make it. Sometimes I get a bit carried away, but I try not to waste time making unusable noises. The human voice on its own can already do so much, all I need is a bit of compression, EQ, reverb and delay. I do sometimes get a bit experimental with bass sounds but my focus is getting a clear punchy sound and more importantly making sounds that my vocals can sit on top of
less is more!
How does the dynamic of a street performance inspire you?
On the street my focus was clear and simple, sell as many CDs as I can as quick as possible without getting shut down by the police. I would look around and see what type of people were in front of me. If they were older people I would sing up beat melodic tunes like "Love Someone" or "Soothe Your Pain." If the crowd was young and grungy I would do dirtier heavier tunes like "Step on My Trip." I adapted my songs and genres to the city I was in. It taught me to be flexible and how to present myself in any situation. I also spent a lot of time refining my sound and experimenting with different ideas on the street. So once I was getting paid to perform in front of crowds at festivals I had already made all the mistakes possible.
What was the most impressive show you did on this tour, so far?
Sometimes it's not just the biggest ones that are impressive, sometimes it's the smaller ones that touch me the most. We did a few shows in Poland that were great, and then we did Budapest, Praha, Vienna, and Bratislava, those were really great shows, and then we went straight to Germany. Look, every show has been amazing, we've been selling out pretty much every venue!
What do you bring in your music thats special?
I dont think about it too much. What I picture when I sing, when I play my music, I picture that Im channelling music, Im channelling energy from another dimension and I feel like Im just pulling from that. Thats kinda what I try to do.
Are there any Reggae artists you would to collaborate with?
There are heaps of artists I would like to collaborate with, in fact I have already collaborated with a few of my heroes! There are plenty more
I don't really want to say who they are because I don't wanna jinx it. The thing with me is, I am more interested in collaborating with producers, more than anything else, like I love
singers are great, but collaborating with producers is more my thing, electronic producers in the Drum'n'Bass world and the Dub Reggae world. Peter Fox for example, he is an amazing German producer I'd be interested to see what I could come up with him.
What have you been up to lately with your projects/creations and your album Theory of Harmony?
I have literally just been in the studio making the album.. I pretty much do everything my self from writing to recording and producing each tune.. It takes me a long time because I lose sight of whats a good performance or not.. I go from using one side of the brain to using the other in a matter of seconds and switching back again.. Being creative and technical at the same time is super hard when you are your own boss
"I aim to come and just give you my sound and my spirit on stage, that's all I'm here to do."
's long and storied history within house music could have set him up as this sort of cloistered star, but the reality of talking to him was far more welcoming. The New York-born DJ and producer comes across lively and open-hearted, willing and ready to talk about anythingfrom addiction and rehab, to rediscovering his love of dirty, funky house music. High up in his home studio in the Hollywood Hills, the Colombian-American DJwhose biggest hit, "I Like To Move It," has captured a new generation of kids via its use in the Madagascar
movieshas undoubtedly lived the good life.
"I think the most difficult thing I ever did in my life was overcoming my ketamine addiction."
When & how did you first fall in love with house music?
Growing up 15 minutes outside of New York City, I spent countless nights listening to the best House Music DJs of the early 90s. It was their sound that inspired me and allowed me to cultivate a love for house music and DJing. The clubs were my sanctuary during my late teenage years. I would literally venture into nightclubs on school nights and enjoy the sounds of the likes of Louie Vega, Junior Vazquez, Danny Tenaglia, David Morales and others. I would just spend hours studying them, taking mental notes of how they worked the room, the vibe they created and when and how they played a certain record. It was easy for anyone during that time to fall in love with house music.
Do you prefer the old way? Or do you embrace the new paradigm?
Honestly, one of the best things I did, which was like a prayer being answered, was joining forces with Armada. They have been doing this for a while! I was out of the game for a minute but this was like going back to school. Now, I know the main guy at Spotify and our song with Kryder just got on Sirius. You need to embrace all the new media and you need to know the people who can help. I have never done anything half-assed. Everything needs to be done full on. Armada is like a new mentor. They are teaching me all the tools needed to manoeuvre in this new landscape. I am all in right now! There is nothing else I should be doing!
Youve announced a series of remixes of classic Subliminal tracks from artists like Pirupa, Nic Fanciulli, The Martinez Brothers, etc. How did you select the artists and what made you release those remixes now?
Kolsch did a really good remix and Pirupa and all these guys. I thought it was important to re-introduce a lot of the classics. Why shouldnt the younger DJs and the younger generation that were not in the scene back in the day not have an opportunity to hear these records that touched so many people in the '90s and the early '00s? Thats what were doing by bringing in some of the younger generation guys that people like at the moment.
Do you think there is a difference between the sound of Subliminal now and the sound it used to have?
Absolutely. Before we were very focused on filtered disco house. We took chances, we did techno records, a lot of different things, but we were definitely known for the disco filtered vocals. I think now we're quite melodic, tech house, techno at times, but quite a way from that disco sound.
Coming to the Festival you have fans coming from all over the world that are very knowledgeable about House and Techno, when you`re building out your sets do you take that into consideration in comprasion to your larger club or festival sets?
Absolutely. I take everything into consideration. But I dont really like Im one of the few DJs that doesnt prepare because yknow all I do is I listen to music and I put it together, I have my own arsenal of music but I know coming here that this is known for underground techno. I think its only been the last couple of years that theyve been kinda letting house kinda move into this thing which Im really excited about. But I definitely think about it when Im headed to the gig. But I definitely prepare mentally for that. And Im really excited about it, to be honest, I played here but it wasnt a sanctioned party for BPM many years ago and I played at a club at the time was called Pink Elephant. Great party, it was rammed, such a great vibe. But Im really excited now to come and kinda do a BPM party and be part of the whole thing because, yknow, Ive sort of been at a place in my life now where Ive been sort of switching my sounds to what I used to do back in the day. And Im really excited about it.
Other than Ibiza, where is your favorite place in the world to play?
I love playing anywhere in the world where the people are really into the music and give me as much energy as I give them. When the energy and the vibe are right, it does not matter where I am performing, those nights become unforgettable. Having said that, if I had to pick a favorite place, I truthfully cant just pick one place. I have had some amazing nights in Brazil, Greece, Italy, Spain, France, UK and of course at home in Los Angeles, Miami and New York.
What is the sound that inspiries you these days? What gets you excited about making music?
For me, there isnt a face for house music at the moment. Theres a lot of tech-house guys, theres a lot of techno guys, but as far as house there really isnt. And I kinda wanna become that, but still encompass all that stuff. Because really at the end of the day, isnt it? All of its house music. But whats turning me on right now, I like that melodic, yknow, atmospheric kinda deep sound but I wanna bring in some really cool vocals. Nothing diva-ish, nothing poppy, more like Björk-y kinda melancholy, kinda vocals.
What have you got coming up in the foreseeable future in regards of the label and your own productions?
I have a record called 'Gone' with Junolarc, Chris Child and Ora Solar that's just come out. Danny Howard just premiered it on his show the other Friday. I hope it's going to be a big summer record in the clubs. I have another record with Andrew Cole featuring Kylee Katch 'Cocoon'. I have two vocal records coming out this summer with a girl called Bella Hunter, the first is a Latin thing. There's a lot of records plus the relaunch of Sondos and the relaunch of Subliminal Soul, so no shortage of projects.
What are the future goals for Subliminal?
We have three labels and one that we will relaunch again next year. We have Subliminal, that encompasses any style; Subliminal Soul, which is for Deep House; SONDOS, which is our Techno/tech-House/Tribal imprint; and then Subusa, which is a little more mainstream. For me, it is still about quality music and continuing down that path to be a label DJs go and check because they know the quality is good. I also want to mold younger, up and coming talent as well. We are really focusing on that next year. Then, we will have a bigger presence at events again, and in Ibiza.
Hamburg based artist Henrik Twardzik
, better known as Neelix
started to produce music in the early 1998. After DJing for some years he finally decided to create his own sound. Untill now Henrik has released 3 albums and many singles. The third album Same thing but different is already released on Millennium Records. Besides Henrik also belongs to the founders of the hamburg based label Glamour Studios.
What do you think it is about the music you play that resonates with people on such an emotional level?
Its emotion. I really put a lot of emotions in the music. People can relate to this. I am slightly sad inside and in my music as well. It is not on purpose. It is just happening. When I was a kid, I hated my glasses and destroyed them all the time. I had a sticker on one glass and was always the weirdo with these glasses on. So I didnt like them. Now I made my glasses my brand. Its my way of making my peace with it. I also put my beliefs in my music like saving the planet, stop eating meat, even the voice of my brother who died when I was 20 years old is in a lot of my tracks. It is my way working with these topics. Art as a way of therapy. I think this is just authentic and real. And real is awesome, and fake is weird.
Have you ever thought about experimenting with genres other than Progressive Trance or Psytrance under a different alias or even just with your current productions?
I did already but no one knows. I make music for myself. My scene is underground and the thing with underground and hippies are that they are the most conservative people in the world. They are not free and relaxed. They may say no to pain killers because theyre bad for your body but then they ask for LSD?! They always try to teach you how to live but you cant tell them what to do.
How would you describe this feeling on stage when you play in front of thousands of people?
It is a feeling that differs constantly. Sometimes I feel so good and sometimes I'm really nervous. Most of the time fortunately, it's a very good feeling! If people are having fun and smiling, then me too. But it works the same way in the other direction.
Electronic music is becoming more and more mainstream every year, do you ever think its going to get to the stage where every show on normal national around the World has at least two straight up electronica tracks in every hour?
I think not. What we listen to and what I do is still underground music. I had once a track called voices which was really successful, they played this song on the German radio and on the television in some daily soaps but only because this track was in a famous german movie and the soundtrack of this movie includes this track. I would love to hear some progressive trance tracks on radio but in the near future but it will not happen.
Apart from the Trance, what other genres do you usually listen to on a daily basis? Jazz for example?
Yes! Something like that, Stevie Wonder . Or even Hip Hop. But I do not really listen to electronic music in general. I do not have a favorite track. To be honest, I do not really like House. I do not know why but .. I think it's these vocals, I do not understand this "Oooh Yeah, come on .." What is it? Twenty years that lasts!
Do you still enjoy being involved in the electronic music scene? Having said that you dont really enjoy the genre do you still take pleasure in live performances?
Yes I do. I dont know how to explain it, in every artist there is a point where you are not sure if youre doing it right or playing what people expect. This pressure and fear is always there and is part of the flow of creativity. Imagine a picture in black and white and I show you the picture. I ask you Is the upper 50% or lower 50% more white? You wouldnt need a second to tell me because itd be obvious. If you ask 100 or 1000 people, they would all get it right. But if you repeat the experiment with another group of people and tell them that they would get $1000 if they got it right, a lot of people would get it wrong and it would take 3 minutes for them to decide. Its the fear that you can lose something, which can take the fun out of it. When I play now its good because before I had a moment where I thought I needed to do something different. So you just need to have no fear.
How long have you been an unbelievably awesome and totally gifted dj for?
I started DJing in 1996 but honestly only for two gigs
then I decided already to produce my own music. I started seriously to produce music in 2001, I bought my own computer and my first keyboard. Since then I try to produce every day. Its a kind of a drug for me. I really can relax best when I produce music.
What artists and what music inspires you?
I am inspired by artists such as Daft Punk and Michael Jackson, Simon & Garfunkel. I dont like to get my inspiration only in the gerne I produce for. Turning your head and brain off is very important. So you make sure that you not only copy things from other artists of your genre or scene. I love to get inspired by movies or commercials, too. By moods. And when you found inspiration you could not stop producing. I even cant sleep and have to finish tracks in the middle of the night when inspiration hits me. Great feeling. Always.
What advice would you give to those who would like to work in the world of music?
You need to be authentic. You know the songs I've done that have been most successful, there's my brother in .. And he died 15 years ago. So you can hear "It's my life there" there are my friends in there, quantum physics, all my life is in it. And for example at the moment I found very good vocals: a guy who sings and I put the song on my song and it sounds really good. Then I discovered it was Charles Manson. I can not use it, it does not!
"Only listen to the people who are like you want to be. Not to those who are like you do not want to be. And do not be afraid to write to someone you want to know about."
At this point, the Nina Kraviz
story is well known to just about anyone who's been paying even a modicum of attention to dance music over the past few years. Born in Siberia and trained as a dentist, Kraviz worked her way into the electronic music circuit and eventually became one of the world's most recognizable DJs.
What is techno to you?
Great historical and cultural phenomenon, a musical genre, animal instinct, communal feeling, no sugar added, abstract art form with no rules and absolute freedom of expression.
One of the main features of your approach as a DJ is to both entertain and educate an audience. Does the environment you are playing in like a festival versus a small club make this goal more or less difficult to achieve?
"I believe that if a DJ that doesn't dance, I have to think if I like him. There should be something wrong if they don't."
Not at all. I always play what I feel like playing. I dont plan my sets all that much I prefer to just feel the moment and feed off that.
When writing music, do you always start with a specific idea, or do you just experiment until you find something you like?
It comes across in a very unpredictable, spontaneous way, with my inspiration as a central point. Normally I feel like my muse comes to me, then I connect everything quickly, hit the "record" button, and start fooling around with a melody or an idea in my head. Then my synth will suddenly do something crazy and I deviate into a totally different direction. In the end, out of an hour of live recording, I only leave the best mistakes, authentic-sounding sporadic moments in between wonky harmonies that sound the most interesting.
Speaking of finding music, you grew up in the Siberian city of Irkutsk before the Internet made things readily available everywhere. How was it for you sourcing music?
Thats a really good question. It was not easy. Even though Irkutsk is culturally quite vibrant, and in fact has developed jazz scene, there were almost no record stores that focused primarily on electronic music. So buying music was tough. I would usually need to go to bigger more general music stores to buy CDs and mixed compilations. At that time I worked for a radio station and did some work as a music journalist. The radio station was great for finding music. I could get access to the CDs that the radio station would buy, and bolster my collection with music from friends, and even where necessary pirated material such as burnt CDs, cassettes that had been recorded from radio, and MP3 compilations. I know lot of people are very anti-piracy, but Im honestly not that strict about it, because back in the days it actually provided me with a great opportunity to access electronic music in a place where it was hard to do so.
How would you describe your sound from an artistic point of view?
My sound is constantly evolving but I always liked music that sounds as if it was made as a result of a coincidence of unplanned creative sparkle. Such music is made for the right reason-no reason.
I like it when music isnt too obvious but rather understated.
You lead a very intense life; how long do you think you can keep it up at the current rate?
I hope I can release another 10 albums before I even start to think about it.
Do you have any vision or personal predictions about music evolving in the future and that its position in the world?
Like one of my Russian colleague Anton Kubikov once said B ??????? ?????? ????? ??? ????? ???????
In Future Music will be booming as it normally booms or something like this. In Russian it sounds really dope.
What is the hardest thing you have learned since becoming a full-time artist?
To stay awake when I should have been in bed a long time ago.
What was the last thing that made you really laugh and why?
My boyfriend's refusal to marry me. It's hilarious.
What can we expect from you and ???? in the future?
More awesome music.
For many years, the Bremen-born musician and label headwidely recognized to be a hugely influential figure in the global techno scenehas been acknowledged for his production work, an endeavor of his that can be traced back to his earliest years where he dabbled in the studio with his father before releasing his critically acclaimed debut album, 2007's Liebe Ist
. As for his DJing, it has always been perceived as the secondary part of Bodzin
s artistic repertoire, something that is perhaps understandable given the quality of his productionand the fact he didnt even get behind the decks until after his 36th birthday, over nine years ago.
"I've been living with and from music for as long as I can remember. I just can't imagine another kind of life."
A little birdy told us youre working on a live show for the summer. We see youve got gigs coming up across Europe and Australia what can we expect?
You can expect me standing exposed in front of the booth, manipulating music in real time on a crazy crazy custom made 600 LEDs prototype-style controller which is reacting with light on every little knob I turn to let people experience a true live performance. It also comes with amazing slow-mo visuals by the outstanding artist Daniel Rossa who based on the album artwork, actually the album artwork is based on the visuals. This guy already light up the Sydney opera a few times, so expect something super nice. For the big shows I´ll bring one or two moogs of course.
Things have been quite quiet from you on the production front over the past few years, was this a conscious decision?
Ive been travelling so much, and felt that I wanted a good long break from production. After so many years and so many records, I felt that it was a good time for me to travel the world and enjoy different things besides producing...but Im back! Ive got a collaboration with Marc Romboy in the pipeline, which weve just finished, half of my album is done, which Im optimistic to have finished in the summer, and Ive got a nice remix out there, which is working very well for the Super Flu guys.
What can you tell us about your current setup?
I work manually with CDJs and SD cards and use some classic, external Delay and Echo effects by Boss. Making it simple, playing some good music. My new live set will be a lot more fun though! It's supposed to be finished until my album tour in June. The guy who also put together the famous Abbey Road mixing console at the Riverside Studio will build a completely crazy controller for me. Custom-made, full of LEDs. It almost seems like its glowing when it lights up thanks to the Perspex case. I'll use it to control VSTs in real time and as a step sequencer. A neat little device!
You have an emphasis on authenticity and an ear for sonic perfection. You once said Without it, everything would appear to be nothing more than a hollow shell. How does that statement resonate with you today in regards to the direction house and techno has taken?
I dont give a sh*t on any directions any genre takes at any time. Im doing music from the bottom of my heart and find it kind of difficult to recognise a direction these days as everything turns around 180 degrees a day later. I like the fact melodies and deepness came back to techno over the last 3 years. Pretty sure it will disappear again and come back and so on
so, reflect yourself, stay true, focus on your emotions.
Whats your favourite city to play in, and why?
London, of course The crowd going totally nuts! Seriously I have had so many huge nights in London at Turnmills , the amazing Lightbox and my favorite one and everybodys darling: the one and only Fabric.
How do you find the balance between your deep sense of dancefloor and your emotional strength?
It's true that sometimes it's difficult to listen and dance at the same time. I get quite varied reactions when I play the tracks of my album Live. I believe that the public no longer seeks to let off steam as before, that it wants to be more in the feeling of the music, the sharing and the introverted experience. I love to see the smiles on the dancefloor.
Is your new music the result of a new kind of hardware-based producing?
Before, I exclusively did computer-based work. I did work on a lot of percussion-stuff with the system 100 by Roland. But I'm rather building my own samples to work with. I'm not running a chain of MIDIs on my Sub 37, I recorded a lot of my own stuff on there too. Internally, it's all based on Ableton, Steffen Müller did the mastering.
What kind of music were you listening to when you were growing up?
I was definitely listening to early electronic stuff between five and ten years old. My father was a big fan of Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze and all that stuff in the seventies. He had a big studio with all these original synths and analogue stuff, all the Moogs and the Arp modular systems. So thats what I grew up with. I was turning knobs when my friends were playing football. My father showed me everything about those synths. In a way I feel that Ive come full circle back to that situation, you know?
New Yorks Sean Tyas
burst onto the scene in 2006 after releasing his debut single Lift on Discover Records, which immediately hit #1 on Beatporta great start and a sign of things to come shortly after Sander van Doorn selected him as the winner of the Punkd remix contest. Around the same time, Mixmag & Beatport named Sean Best New DJ and One to Watch, marking the beginning of a rapid rise to fame within the cooler ranks of the trance fraternity.
"Forget what your friends tell you is hot. Decide for yourself. See through the hype, the media and the bullshit."
You are originally from New York. What made you decide to move to Switzerland when you did?
I was chasing love of course. Actually I had moved to Germany first, to do studio work only, in 2004. I met my wife while I was there, visiting her friend in Cologne. After a while of long distance dating we decided to live together in Switzerland, which is where all her family is.
Who are your inspirations?
Early on, artists like Prodigy & Moby then later as I became more interested in specific sounds, definitely Paul van Dyk was my main inspiration and muse.
Is there anyone you hope to collaborate with in the coming months?
Ive already started a collaboration actually with my idol, Paul van Dyk! I am so completely excited about that. Hes got all of the stuff that Ive done; now Im just waiting for his part to come back to me. I dont know if Im going to have to do some more work on it. Im content to let him run with it at this point because Ive done my part. Its for his Politics of Dancing 3 compilation and Im really excited to see what its going to sound like. He is someone I have wanted to work with since I threw down my first kick drum in my first production ever. For 2014, I would like to do another collaboration with Giuseppe Ottaviani or Tomas Heredia, but Im really going to be working really hard on my first album. But Id love to have Ottaviani on the album, so well see.
You dropped a few spots this year, but you are still on the DJ Mag Top 100 list. Does that list mean anything to you as an artist, or do you forget about lists like and that focus on your music?
Oh now I certainly can forget about it. This year more than ever it was really noticeable how sad an underground scene of electronic music now depends on this 100 person list with data assembled by who has a greater media reach. I dont want this to affect what I am doing in the studio and how good I do it. Disappointment and frustration do not help one out in the studio, and to separate myself from caring will be liberating, and much better for my output.
Whats your opinion of DJs who do sets in Europe then do a show in America as a completely different style?
I think its good, because at least it shows theyre not playing a pre-recorded set, or at the very least pre-planned set. Im all for that. I think if theyre playing to the crowd thats amazing. Markus Schulz& Armin are actually ones who do that pretty well. These are DJs that modify their set to be custom to the crowd, or at the very least, what they think the crowd wants to hear in these places. Its nice because people are getting what they paid for. For example, if my parents go to a Rolling Stones concert, they get pissed off if the Rolling Stones only played their new shit. If they come back and say they played all their classics, then they say thats an amazing concert. Its a balancing act for a band or even a DJ to balance, the familiar stuff with the unfamiliar stuff. Its the same for me; I prefer to play all new stuff, but you cant do that, there needs to be a balance.
You recently brought out a track with Armin van Buuren, called "Intricacy". How's that one doing now?
It's not a single, but strictly for the album. They may actually releasing it as a single. There's a remix coming up, so there's more to come.
Your highest ranked track on Beatport is Arcobaleno. Which other tracks of yours would you recommend to someone that is not yet familiar with your music?
I would of course recommend them to check out Lift, as it was the most popular track I have had, it actually didnt chart well because it leaked months before release, quite brutally as well. Other tracks of mine Id recommend would be Tingle, Seven Weeks, Zahi and Banshee.
What about your Swiss fanbase? Do you have a solid fans community in there?
Electronic dance music has never been as popular as it is right now. But it is still more popular overseas. Do you find yourself playing more shows outside of the US because of the scene?
Outside of the US has always been my strong point. In other years, of course my BPMs were much higher, and many countries such as Holland, Argentina, and Australia for example, seriously embraced these crazy tempos. These days, the world of dance music is slowing down a lot, and I dont mind at all. Its finding a new middle ground, where people can dance their ass off but not leave a sweaty disgusting mess.
To be honest, I don't play that often in Switzerland. They're not so "trance" - the scene is big for hip hop R & B and believe it or not, also for minimalism. That's kind of shame because a decade backwards you used to have this great trance scene in Germany, Switzerland, Austria...You know. People used to say trance was the symbol, the scene of German-speaking countries. But some DJs released some bad trance tracks a few years ago and somehow people just got sick of it. So I mostly play outside Switzerland around the world, as far as Latin America, and yeah I would say my fanbase is international.
Anja Scheider has been a permanent fixture within Berlin's clubbing fraternity for over 20 years. In that time she's seen it all, the Love Parade years, the legendary techno clubs like E Werk and Tresor, the gargantuan spaces afforded by the fall of the Berlin wall utilised by the city's artistic youth. She came to Berlin in the mid 90s, inspired by the rave scene that was happening in the capital. A driven and constantly optimistic person, she wanted to become a part of it and found a niche.
You've been involved in electronic music since the early 90's, what changes have had the biggest impact on your music career?
"The deeper you become involved in this business, the further you get away from music."
Are there any really embarrassing DJ moments you would share with us? Or if not what is your worst DJ scenario?
Too many to mention I'm sure. But I hope as I get more professional I'm getting better at my cool face when I mess up or play the wrong trackit happens to the best of us. I think my most embarrassing moments (and probably with alcohol involved) are when I think I'm dancing in a super cool way, when in fact I'm not and it's up on the internet the next day for all to see. Social media is a curse for this.
Ffor me personally for sure it's changing from playing vinyl to cd. I'm still waiting for the next change to play finally with Traktor.
Were there any obstacles in the beginning of your DJ career?
Of course I had problems when I started, because I wasnt a pro directly, so of course I had a lot of really bad gigs, especially when the sound system is not right. I had to practice in my living room quite a lot; I used to be really nervous and sometimes I still am. But I think I was always kind of lucky, because there were always the really good gigs as well.
You entered into the world of DJing through a quite unusual route, first through radio production then through presenting. What advantages and disadvantages do you think taking that route had for you compared to the route others have taken?
I don't think it was too unusual to come from that background because some other DJs started like I did. For me it was all quite natural and organic. When I started the radio show I was playing techno and electronic music and so I soon started to get requests to play in clubs. At the start it really was quite hard. When I started the show, radio had a completely different position, it had way more listeners than nowadays, but it was easy for me because I couldn't see all those people. This was my first problem when I started as a club DJ, seeing the people and seeing the direct reaction. I was super, super nervous and of course I made really bad mistakes in the beginning, but going out to play my music in the clubs was one of the best decisions I ever made.
What is your favorite part of this job?
It definitely isnt traveling. Dont get me wrong, I love to travel and to discover new countries and meet different people and I feel blessed that I get to do this, but the time wasted in the airports and on planes really starts to get annoying. I love my job but if theres one thing that I could change it would be that.
Scarily to some people, I know you have a life outside of techno toowhat's your favorite non-techno thing to do in the world?
A life outside techno! Of course I have to have life outside of thisI am a mother of a three-year-old boy, so a lot of my time is spent far away from techno. We like to hang out in the playground, play football, and our favorite time is in the morning at breakfast and our dance experiments together in the kitchenbest party ever.
What is your best gig ever, if you can recall a particular one?
Had so many good gigs and intense times. Its always very difficult for me to pick one. But for sure the best moments are mostly when we are all together Barcelona rooftop moments are always ones to remember.
You travel a lot with your work - is this as big a blessing as it looks to us non DJ's?
To be honest, it must seem to be a lot of fun, but the traveling itself is a nightmare. You waste so much time at airports in crazy security queues (and most of the time they treat you really badly),
you play a big part in destroying our environment, you are far from home etc.Although at the end you have the opportunity to meet the most incredible people all around the world, which really opens up your own
How does the music differ that you get to play on the radio compared to what you select to play in a club?
On the radio you can go much more wild and weird. And you can play some more pop-y songs. The last gig I had was in Ibiza, at one of the closing parties and there it was just 'BLAM BLAM BLAM', so you can't do that kind of thing there. The radio gives me a lot more freedom. Also, because I have so little time these days, the radio really gives me the opportunity to listen to a record properly, from beginning to end. That sometimes really helps me decide what is really going to work for my DJ sets. T
Tell us about your new label Sous Music and your coming EP Prosperity.
Prosperity is the most techno EP Ive ever done. I have loved this style since the beginning of my career and have always had a big love for Detroit and old school sounds. But of course you have to be really careful nowadays because techno seems like the new EDM and not everything is to my taste. For my label Sous Music Im very strict and happy that I have this imprint that allows me to do exactly what I want. Ive still got a lot of music waiting to be released.
is a producer of many genres of electronic music with writing, producing and remixing both underground club tracks and the occasional top 10 pop chart hit. Matt kicked off 2016 so far with two top 5 UK club chart hits Keep Talking and "Lubeno" under his Lost Tribe big room alias.
You've been active in the dance music scene for a long time, but can you tell us how you got involved into music?
I came from a musical background. Everyone in my family, my two brothers and my parents played an instrument. I wasn't into the idea of being a classical musician, just wanted to be in a rock band. At the age of eleven, it looked like they had a lot more fun. I started as a singer in a band at the age of fifteen, then later on I went to my first EDM event and had a lot of fun, so much that I changed genres overnight and started making drum & bass. That led me onto getting a six album deal with Warner Brothers and Sire Records.
You are a producer, DJ, radio show host and founder of Your own label (Nocturnal Global). How do You balance all these responsibilities without comprising one or another ?
I think the main thing is to get the balance between these things and your personal life. Its always a juggling act and theres never enough time to do everything you want to do but the label, Dj-ing and the radio show all go hand in hand so its not too crazy. I have some good people on the team that you dont see out there in public without whom I would never have a life of my own.
If you were to name a particular country which will be the new hot favourite place to go for dance music where do you think it would be and why?
Funnily enough, from what I hear china could be that country. I have to see it with my own eyes . Also E Europe is growing on the club scene and I have a lot of touring planned there also.
"I love my thrash stuff I just ended up getting caught up in the whole trance scene but Ive always had a weak spot for it."
When you're making music, is there any ritual you gotta perform, I mean, like a certain ambiance you must have, a special mood?
Not really, just lock myself away and start playing on the piano to get a good melody, everything else goes out from there.
What's the worst club you've ever been to?
I think probably when I was in a band, We used to tour the universities all around the UK, we played some dingy clubs, but still had fun.
You have been running your regular radio show nocturnal. How has this supported your career and developed your name worldwide?
I suppose it has. I t started as an internet show back in april 06 and now it goes out weekly to over 70 FM stations in many countries. I wanted to do a show because there was no one playing all the great music I was hearing from across the many genres of dance music. I love breaks, electro, progressive , trance, house and so much more. Someone needed to bring it all together and expose the best of what Dance has to offer so I thought Id take up the challenge. We also bring in some of the worlds best DJs each week to play a guest set.
You have launched your own record label - Mash Up Tunes. Is this going to release your own work or will you be looking to sign new talent?
Mostly my own work and this will be in association with other labels like Incentive and Liquid Assett who released From Russia with Love. When I have got all these records out into clubland I will be looking to take on talent from outside..There is a lot of great stuff out there that I would love to take on but I need to get established first.
You have proven to be a chameleon of sound and have produced a variety of releases from Breaks to House and from Trance to Progressive all the way to Rocktronica. So You are not going to be pigeon-holed for a distinctive style. Is that correct ?
Well, I guess people know me a lot more for Trance than anything else, I was there from the start of that genre and still make some big Trance records. However as a DJ, my styles are so diverse as most listeners to my show or live sets will tell you. Im always just going to play music I love no matter where that takes me.
Trance is identical with drug-use. Do you expect your crowd to be able to enjoy your music without any help from special substances, or do you have any other views about it?
Yes, maybe a few drinks to loosen up. I find that I see less and less of people in the crowd out of their minds. I think if the music is cool and as a DJ you create the right atmosphere interacting with the crowd all the time, you can have a lot more fun when you have a clear head.
is one of those talented producers who manages to be versatile while still maintaining a distinct sound. Like everyone in the Oakland rap scene, DJ Fresh has made a ridiculous amount of music. There are well over twenty volumes of The Tonite Show
featuring everyone from Yukmouth to Raekwon. But unlike most of insular Oakland, Fresh has his roots on the east coast.
Obviously the charts have been completely dominated by dance music over the past few years, where do you see it going in the next two to three, or even four years?
To be honest, coming from a label and looking at the history of whats been going on, the charts go in cycles and thats always been the way with music in general. So, it would make sense at some point in the future that things are going to go back to a more acoustic and instrumental way whether its rock or that sort of live feel. Things can get saturated and people want to hear something new; theres only so far you can go in one direction before it feels like its time to go. Im always trying to do that with my music, after a while I try and find something else and go off in a slightly different direction and I think thats going to happen with me with the album after this one. I think there are tonnes of different types of dance music and especially bass music, you know, its only just starting to get taken seriously in the mainstream and the more seriously it gets taken, the more opportunities there will be to break through with new music.
Whyd you decide to move to LA?
I felt like I got to a ceiling in the Bay Area. I literally worked with everyone more than once, more than twice, more than I can count on one hand. Im never gonna forget The Soil but the only way I felt I could expand and make a better business out of my brand is to come to LA.
What is the sort of process that you have to go through to sort of fine tune? What do you look at?
Its just re-adjusting your mental configuration because when you work at another station, another format, you know, you rewire your brain to adjust to that. So for me, its just re-wiring the way I think, the way I do things. The system is different, for instance, the music is slightly different. Its another team now, um for instance, you know where ads sets, clocks are different and all of that.
How your music has changed of late?
I find it a bit irritating because I did 15 years of some of the biggest tunes in drum & bass. It's annoying hearing kids who have probably only been into the genre for a year telling me I've sold out. I really care about that sound, but right now I want to do something different. I feel like I'm in a place where I can make whatever sort of sound I want.
Weve heard you are currently working with amazing artists such as Tinie Tempah and Icona Pop, what can we expect from your future music?
Definitely more of a return to club bangers, Im working with some great singers/rappers who Im fortunate to now know and have relationships with, but Im always pushing them out of their comfort zone. Watch this space!
"I decided that if Im gonna die I want to die with music behind me that Im proud of, not just trying to reach high up the charts."
You've been making trap recently. Is this a new direction for you or just an experiment?
I make literally everything. I want my sound to transcend one genre. So far Ive already had three top tens in the UK with different genres. Im pretty sure thats a first!
So you were like a generation after Q-Bert and the Invisibl Skratch Piklz?
Yeah definitely. That was my brothers generation
Q-Bert, Roc RaidaRIP Roc Raida! His generation was that but also Craze, DJ Babu. My generation was like DJ Klever, DJ Relm, those guys. I went far in battling but only for like two years. In 99 I placed 3rd in the USA and I placed 2nd in the DMC in Washington, DC. 99/2000 was my biggest battle years and right after that I went on tour with Nas.
What surprises can we expect?
There's a project that I'm involved in that might be used, which MIA's also involved in. There's some instrumental stuff, and the album is going to be not so much of an album, but kind of a compilation. The great thing about that is I can release some music that isn't necessarily aimed at being avant music - it's more playable.
Recently you've masterminded some very popular remixes, what is it that makes a track stand out enough for you to remix it?
It's got to have a good hook, and something that will fit into the sound I'm pushing at the moment. I've been using remixes as a chance to experiment with the new future jungle sound I'm pushing.
How are you feeling about performing as a live band? You yourself are actually playing keys now!
Yeah I love it mate. Its something that Ive always wanted to do since I was a kid, much more than DJing. Being a DJ was something that I was asked to do when I started making tracks and I only took the name DJ Fresh when I was on pirate radio. Some of the guys said I needed to come up with a name and they scratched this record which said fresh and said to me, Why dont you call yourself DJ Fresh? It was never a statement about the artist that I was, even though the stuff Ive always been doing has been dance music. Ive always been someone that is into playing instrumentals and Ive wanted to set up a band for years so its kind of my dream to be honest. Im really, really enjoying it and its going really well. The last couple of tours have been sold out and momentum building with a really cool fan base. It feels like were bouncing off them so its really exciting.