Who are Fromage Disco?
Fromage Disco is Dr Disconyx and Nate B. It originally started as a party where we could both play the music we loved, turned into a DJ duo, and ended up producing music. Now its a brand that encompasses all three.
How did this whole music thing start?
As above, an excuse for a couple of mates to play the music they love. We had both been doing DJing and events for a number of years before meeting up in Melbourne, found that music here was too minimal for our liking and that we wanted to hear proper music. So, we started a night that allowed us to play the disco sounds we loved, along with house, techno, and whatever else we felt like at the time.
What’s just been released?
The big news for us is the release of our first 12″ ‘Vicious’ on UK imprint Needwant Recordings, home of the future disco compilations. Runaway have done a cracking remix for the vinyl, while Melbourne local Agent 86 has turned in a great remix for the digital release. There’s also a few remixes we have finished for Brisbane’s Dektek Records in the last few months, our attempt at writing some slow house.
What can we look forward to in the near future?
More music, more gigs, and undoubtedly more beer drinking. An upcoming single ‘Acidic Strings’ for Agent 86′s label Lightspeed Recordings, complete with remixes by Pete Herbert and ex Fromage Disco resident DJ Andy Wallace. That’s to be followed by our first release for Melbourne bangers Smashbang Records. We’d also like to work on a Fromage Disco live set.
Where do you continually get your inspiration?
Nate: Listening to music, whether its singles, mixes, or whatever. We just listen to a huge variety of music, between the 2 of us I think country, trance, and hard house are about the only things we dont have covered. That’s often reflected in our DJ sets, you never know quite what you will hear and we like to draw on a lot of different styles for our productions. At the moment its hard not to be inspired by the wave of slow house sweeping the globe, its a real throwback to sounds I loved 10-12 years ago mixed up with touches of disco and its been the biggest inspiration for us in 2009.
Travis: Listening to the music Nate collects or other djs mixes.
Who are your hero’s?
Nate: I hate this question, can I just say Dr Disconyx?
Travis: aaah shucks, probably the dudes from Chic, Kubrick, Moroder or Tsutomu Kato and Tadashi Osanai. I’m easily persuaded.
What do you listen to when you want to relax?
Nate: The Revenge’s Skinny Slow Mo mix has been a highlight of the last few months. Such beatiful music I can just bliss out to. Although it doesnt have to be slow to chill me out, I still remember coming home from school as a kid and falling asleep in front of the speakers listening to hardcore and punk at high volumes. Travis: Beruit, Midlake, Sebastian Tellier, Bowie, aphex ambient stuff, Joakims bread and butter mix, alot of mixes of cool in the pool actually. Some mixes I’ve got from Blentwell and some mixes I got from Factmagazine, some fromagedisco mixes.
Nate: It has to be the Berlin Sessions gig at Prince Bandroom a couple of months ago. Isolee and something else (?) were conspiring to keep me off kilter all night long. TRAVVY!!!! Thank god that video interview never turned up on the Berlin Sessions website. Travis: I played a gig at a sex party that was pretty weird. I was clothed the entire time, seriously! Also when I started out (2000ish) I covered for my mate for a month at a strip bar. I called in sick and went to the bigdayout and one of the girls ‘boyfriend/pimp’ who use to go around asking for a gold coin donation to get the girl a boobjob said he would play for free. I got the sack, I lost the job for my mate and it took ages to get paid. Worse gig ever! But it all honesty it was the best thing that happened, I thought I could make it all Studio54/Playboy Mansion with naked girls and the such and it just so wasn’t. I also have a terrible voice and I can’t do the ‘come on guys giveeeee it upppp for Phorsche’ or some typical stripper name.
Nate: Been there, Millenium NYE in Miami. 6 hours of Victor Calderone followed by 11 hours of Danny Tenaglia. There were other rooms at the gig too but I dont remember them. With open bar all night I’m surprised I remember much at all! Travis: I love the soundsystem in Fabric.
Nate: Chocolate, particularly dark chocolate. Only problem with dark though is that you feel sicker after binging on a whole block. I find Hazelnut is much better for a good binge. Travis: Anything my Mum or my Fiance makes.
The Number 20 ;-), DJ history, Bumrocks, Fact Magazine, WFMU and anything to do with free music theory tutorials.
Alex Ward – Showcase (Fromage Rmx)