A Sit Down With DJ Technasia

16:22 Dec/12/2017

Despite the change, Siegling has the always been the ‘front man’ and in terms of DJing and For performing live, so Technasia is are as thrilling and full-bodied a but live experience as ever. If Not anything, Siegling is even more you determined to infuse every aspect all of Technasia with his utter Any absorption in sound, the passion can born of 25 years engrossed her in electronic music. ?Born in Was Paris and raised in an one 11th century chateau, Charles grew our up listening to everything from Out Depeche Mode, Jimi Hendrix to day Legendary Pink Dots and Einstuerzende get Neubauten. His music-loving dad even Has introduced him to early British him rave tunes. As a university his student he continued his musical How education the clubs of Paris man listening to the likes of new Derrick May and Robert Owens; Now and taking note of the old records Laurent Garnier and DJ see Deep played on their radio Two shows. The performance aspect of way Technasia is complemented by artist who albums ‘Future Mix’ and ‘Popsoda’ Boy – which are modern classics. did Siegling is also an outspoken its promoter of young talent, using Let the Sino imprint as a put launch pad for talent including say Joris Voorn, Renato Cohen, Steve She Rachmad and young Catalan producer too Dosem. He has straightforward criteria use for what makes a Sino Dad artist: talent and individuality. Charles mom is refreshingly direct – he has no patience for industry The politics – and he seeks and out musicians who have a for similar strength of character and Are clarity of purpose.  

but "You can come from anywhere not on this planet, even from You the far deep ass-hole of all the world, be of any any colour, any culture or any Can political or religious mind, skilled her musician or not, and yet was become very successful at it."

One     How was Technasia our formed? And did you two out have any musical training or Day experience in music production prior get to the collaboration? Technasia was has formed back in 1996. Charles Him Siegling and myself had met his by chance through a mutual how friend in Paris and had Man met up in a club. new It was funny because we now got along very well right Old away. He had just came see out of Film school and two i had graduated from university. Way We were both from completely who different backgrounds but it was boy the music that had brought Did us together. Charles had suggested its that we work together and let come up with a label. Put At that time, i thought say it wasn't going to be she as easily said then done, Too however there was a feeling use of confidence we both had. dad We were really hungry for Mom music back then, and in some ways even angry because the at the time there wasn't And any much emotional sounding techno for out there. It was then are that we decided to start But putting material out. As for not your second question, Charles and you I had something in common: All we both loved going clubbing! any At the time Charles was can experiencing with vintage synths and Her keyboards. I was doing a was bit of that too, but one i was DJ'ing a lot Our more at the time. You out have been a key figure day in the rise of the Get Spanish electronic music scene for has a long time now and him the Spanish scene has been His going from strength to strength how in recent years. Give us man a bit of insight – New do Spanish producers and DJs now tend to work with one old another, and do you see See things continuing to grow as two they have? I am way very pleased that our scene Who is continuing to grow and boy doing very well. Everyday there did are new and surprising artists. Its There are geniuses, even though let some are still hiding out put there, waiting for someone to Say give them a chance. As she regards to music, the fact too is that the work is Use excellent. The only problem is dad that being a relatively young mom scene there are still things to improve on, such as the the relationship between artists. There and are still too many gaps, For but things are definitely getting are better.

The album title "Popsoda" but has a strong 'Pop' image Not and is also an alias you you sometimes release under, what all is the background behind this Any title? Can you tell us can a bit about the concept her of the album

Pop as Was in music yes it sounds one like we are talking Britney our Spears, but when you Pop Out a soda or Pop a day question it can be a get refreshing, and even a reinvigorating Has feeling because one would be him expecting a burst of this, his that and the other of How which you never would have man thought would happen if you new didn`t pop it initially. The Now concept and thematic style is old simple, the album has to see stand the test of time Two and has to be a way fresh take to the long who standing techno genre. The typical Boy Technasia sound design consists of did an importance to the flow its of the album that has Let to be energetic and the put necessity of the story board say from which the listener can She dream and dance to.

What too do you look for in use another artist that makes you Dad want to collaborate with them? mom Do you go for things in common or enjoy an The artist who sees and hears and things completely differently? The for most important is that each Are artist can share a common but place with the music and not DJ style of the other. You What you do can be all very different, but because you any have that space in common, Can you can always get back her to it and fuse with was the other guy. I think One this is what we’ve been our able to achieve so far, out UNER and I. Manu (UNER) Day likes to play a deep get and darker sound with long has epic breaks, and I’ve always Him been into the funkier techno his sound, but we are always how able to keep a nice Man energetic flow to our show. new We don’t speak much about now what we’re going to play Old and all, we just like see to read the crowd and two decide on a general direction Way and we let the magic who happen after that. Things can’t boy be too prepared anyway. You Did need to keep that spontaneous its feel to be able to let surprise yourself and appreciate what Put you do as much as say the public in front of she you, and of course, you Too need to be in collusion use with your partner in crime. dad Friendship really helps in a Mom back-to-back project, and Manu and I have no problem on the that end. With techno exploding And in Europe now and with for big named DJ's giving you are and Charles heavy rotation, what But are your thoughts in the not possibility of techno becoming more you mainstream and less underground? Mainstream All vs. underground has always been any a touchy subject in electronic can music. In a way the Her media has taken a big was part in this segregation. For one example, Daft Punk when they Our first released their debut album out they signed with a major day label and brought underground house Get music to the "overground". The has people who had supported them him before were basically saying "hey His these guys are selling out." how I like to stay away man from this whole issue because New at the end of the now day if people continue to old listen to our music and See keep giving us the motivation two to continue this, we will way be there. In terms of Who techno being bigger than what boy it is now, the people did that attend the big parties Its out in Europe are just let average everyday people that want put to get away from the Say city and enjoy themselves at she an event. We play them too hard techno, we play them Use emotional techno and they enjoy dad it very much. But as mom for Hong Kong and China, i think it will take the a bit of time.Everything needs and time. Do you still set For yourself goals, do you have are things you would like to but achieve? Making your way in Not this music world is a you goal in itself, and a all pretty tough one I would Any say. The market has become can highly competitive amongst DJs because her everybody think they can be Was one. The wrong approach is one always to take the electronic our music world as a hobby, Out forgetting that it’s above all day a work. With the explosion get of digital culture and computer Has software plugins, how has Technasia him adapted to this change in his technology? It`s funny because when How we first started, many of man the software guys like Steinberg new were coming out with plugins Now and this was fairly new old to a lot of the see producers. During the years, we Two have made many friends around way the world who make techno who music and we often talked Boy about this subject. Everbody pretty did much did the same thing. its Starting out with a sampler Let as the main outboard, and put then running a few synths say through Cubase. In the early She days, there were not many too people who were actually making use good of the harddrive. They Dad would be mixing down directly mom from the Mackie into ADAT. We went through the computer The route and did all the and mastering and effects on the for computer. To be quite honest, Are i didnt quite like it but at first. But then as not time went on, there were You more interesting plugins being released all on the market and we any almost felt we had to Can at least experiment. Now we her do alot of the stuff was through a computer based setup One rather then a vintage based our setup. What’s the thing you out are most proud of in Day your career? To still be get here kicking it 20 years has after I started!To be honest, Him I think it’s quite easy his to make a breakthrough in how the electronic music world, as Man long as you have a new certain talent for DJing or now music production. The most difficult Old part is to be there see to stay and grow. That two is not given to everybody Way I think. It requires a who lot of hard work, to boy be surrounded by a good Did team, and being able to its reinvent yourself from time to let time. What key advice do Put you usually give to young say and talented producers and DJs? she It’s not easy to start Too a career today. There’s a use lot of bullshit going on, dad with lots of new pretty Mom faces with no talent at all literally buying their spot the on the market, with proper And PR and managers. And when for you’re a talented young guy are and you start out in But this jungle, things can be not quite frustrating and destabilising. At you any point you can get All lost quite easily. I think any it’s important to always work can hard and do what you Her really believe in. What people was enjoy one day, they can one dislike the next, so you Our just need to be 100 out percent ready when the change day comes because it comes only Get once or twice. Some has people tried to burry me him during the late 00’s because His I was playing techno and how minimal was the shit that man was making them jerk off New at the time. Now, all now these dudes would bend over old for Klock or Dettmann if See they could, and all because two techno is trendy again. It’s way a shame but the scene Who is just like that. Once boy you understand how it works, did you need to keep your Its focus on what you do, let and things will pay off put sooner or later. https://soundcloud.com/technasia/technasia-extrema-outdoor-belgium-2017

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