Posts from the ‘Mini Interview’ Category

Nov 19 / Shari

CLOSED PARADISE

Mathieu Clé aka CLOSED PARADISE is a very talented French Producer/DJ from the south of France. We stumbled across his work earlier this year and have kept a watchful eye ever since… His music can be slow and sexy, funky and dancey, perfect for chilling at home, or work wonders for escaping reality when taking public transport… Perhaps it’s all that fresh southern air, but this guy is not only versatile but he’s very VERY musical.

Check out what Mr Closed Paradise had to say and download the mix-tape he made especially for us!

CLOSED PARADISE | THE NUMBER 20 EXCLUSIVE MIX

1: (excerpt intro)

2: Miguel Campbell – Night Mode

3: Mario Basanov – Something About

4: Ron Basejam – Get Closer

5: Ben la Desh – Motion

6: Erdbeerschnitzel – Devotion

7: ( I called U)

8: Miguel Campbell – Into your High

9: Drei Farben House – Fluid Finish

10: Ben la Desh – 27 Degres

11: Fantastic Man – It’s essential

12: MAM – Foursome

13: Ben la Desh – Drug Carrier

14: House Mannequin – KA

15: Scuba – Heavenly

16: Lil Louis – The Story Continues

17: Miguel Campbell – Boy

MINI INTERVIEW

What five words best describes you?

It would be better if I tell you something that doesn’t describe me! ;-) Hmmm… OK so I’ll try to describe to you my feelings about music during this interview.

How did this whole music thing start for you?

The music thing started when I was really young.. My two older brothers were into dance music, so I followed them. Then after an accident when I was 15 years old, I realized that I couldn’t play sports anymore so I decided to buy turntables, records & start composing music with a really bad program called “E Jay”.

What sound or noise do you love?

I love the sound of waves, but if we’re talking about music I love all kinds. I think there is a good sound in any style… But for sure I’ve always listened much more to electronic music.

What’s on repeat this week?

Well there’s nothing on repeat this week! I just have my new turntables since a week therefore I’m only just playing all my records now…

What are you currently working on?

I am working everyday on my music but besides that I am starting a new project as a theater teacher.

Name 3 of your favorite records old or new?

Hard question! But the first three that come to mind are “Ben La Desh – Motion // Tornado Wallace – The RL DL // Spice Girls – (Wannabe) ;-)))

Any dream (remixing) collaborations you’d like to take on?


I have a lot of dreams… Hmmm about remixing I’m not so sure… I mean I don’t like to remix a lot! Although a collaboration with Sleazy Beats Recording would be amazing!! I just love all they do.

What’s the one thing you can’t live without?

Music.

What is your vital daily ritual?

Of course I have to wake up first! Then I eat something, drink water (no coffee no tea, ONLY water!) Then I smoke a cigarette and then I listen to music! After that anything can be possible…

Oct 5 / Vari

KEEP IT UNDERGROUND

These two wonderful German creatures make and play the most beautiful music. Their sound is kinda perfect. Dreamy, relaxing and very driving, all at once. It’s techno baby! ;) We first discovered the duo through Miras soundcloud and her non stop killer mixes. So it’s time now, time to share the love (and the killing!). They have given us a more than good mix tape, that you can download the good old fashion way…We will leave it at this and let time and music speak for it self.

MINI INTERVIEW

What five words best describes you?

 M: Curious, emotional, open minded, organized, clumsy
C: Impulsive, melancholic, curious, distinct, lazy

How did this whole music thing start for you?

M: It started in the early 90ies with some illegal underground partys in my hometown and a lot of big raves in Berlin. I was totally impressed from that new sound, this crazy mixture of party people in Berlin who danced all together friendly in old buildings away from it all.

C: Girls :)

What sound or noise do you love?

M: Birds’ twittering in the springtime after a long winter
C:  Silence

What’s on repeat this week?

M: The new record of Günther Lause “Wakema” on Laut und Luise
C: Handsome Boy Modelling School – Once Again

What are you currently working on?

M: Find some new sounds which fits perfect in my sets
C: A new Live Set which will hopefully be finished soon

Name 3 of your favorite records old or new?

M: NU “La Sirena Negra”, Patrick Chardronnet “Boggler”, Hakan Lidbo “Televinken”

C:

Any dream (remixing) collaborations you’d like to take on?


M: Günther Lause :)
C : Anders Trentemøller

What’s the one thing you can’t live without?

M : Music
C:  Music

What is your vital daily ritual?

M : Coffee and cigarettes and check my emails in the morning ;)
C:  Food

And then you get the exclusive mix from Mira & Chris back to back at Club Der Visionäre , Berlin 10/9-12 >> ENJOY!
Souncloud : Mira & Christopher Schwarzwaelder


Jul 18 / Shari

BEN LA DESH | 20 MIX


For those of you that don’t know BEN LA DESH today is your super lucky happy day! We fell in love with Ben’s sound not that long ago, and since we’ve not, or will we ever look back! This young man from Rotterdam is a force to be reckoned with! It is our absolute pleasure to have him on board for a chat, and YES YES YES and exclusive Number 20 mixtape…!!! Enjoy <3

!! Ben La Desh – The Number 20 Mix !!

Juergen Junker – Many Steps To Take – (Neurhythmics)
The Noodleman – Starlight – (Kolour Recordings)
Tornado Wallace – Rainbow Road (Lewie’s Bowser Castle remix) – (Instruments of Rapture)
OOFT – This Sound – (Instruments of Rapture)
Ben La Desh – Bohicon Funk – (Sleazy Beats Black Ops)
Frank Booker – Boss (Sleazy Beats Recordings)
Ben La Desh – Stop That Groove Girl – (Sleazy Beats Black Ops)
James Johnston – That Was Now – (Outernational Recordings)
Ben La Desh & Plan d’Aqua – Exit14 – (Unreleased)
Cottam – The Rub – (Story)
Lord Of The Isles – We Were There (Dancin’ Freestyle) – (Solardisco)
Fantastic Man – It’s Essential – (Let’s Play House)

MINI INTERVIEW

What are you doing right now?

It Monday evening, so not too much :-) Well I’m doing this interview and I’m enjoying the fact that my EP on Sleazy Beats Black Ops is released today!

How did this whole music thing start for you?

I always loved music! From old tapes and records that my parents played to Kwassa Kwassa, Gabber, Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Ethiopian Funk, MFSB, Wild Beasts, Erik Satie, Vakula, Session Victim and so on! The music making thing started quite some years ago with a keyboard and a shitty computer… My studio looks a bit better now though.

What sound or noise do you love?

My alarm clock, it’s the best

What’s been on repeat lately?

The Glue – No Turning Back and also this EP by Lord Of The Isles.

Out of your body of work what is your favorite track and why?

That would be “Bohicon Funk”. It’s a different sounding track that switches from African influenced music to deeper house music… I lived in Bohicon (a small village in Benin, Western Africa) for a couple of years, so it’s nice to combine my passion (which is obviously music) with a place in the world that influenced me.

What are you currently working on?

I’m working on another EP for Sleazy Beats Black Ops and a couple of edits that should see daylight later this year. Besides that I have a little side project that should be released in September. And I’m always trying to make new stuff and sounds. Oh and I’m looking for someone to repair my Pearl Syncussion, as it died a couple of days ago… :(

Any dream (remixing) collaborations you’d like to take on?

Too many to name actually, but the Wild Beasts would be really cool!

What’s the one thing you can’t live without? 


My Pearl Syncussion!

What is your vital daily ritual?

That’s a hard one, I just love my cigarettes.

Favorite website?

Very stupid but that would be nos.nl a Dutch news and sports site, thenumber20.com and soundcloud.com are cool too!

Mar 27 / Shari

SPIRIT SOUL MIX ARCHIVE

The Spirit Soul Mix Archive is a place where you can find mix-tapes from a variety of DJs who play spirited, soulful, and forward-thinking nu-disco/house/deep/funk/new wave. We here at the 20 are regular visitors and we can highly recommend it! We’ve been lucky enough to pin Mr SSMA aka Dustin down and ask him some questions about his not so little brain child! ;-)

So if you don’t know about this wonderful archive; which has an abundance of killer handpicked mixes (trust us), then today is your lucky day!

MINI INTERVIEW

What are you doing right now?

Checking my email and favorite pages on internet… The usual sort of routine.

How did Spirit Soul Mix Archive start?

From the beginning it started as a webpage many years ago, it then turned into a blog on word press and after another a couple of years I moved over to facebook, were we are today.

Are you a DJ/Producer/Booker/Event organizer or just a massive music lover? Tell us more about your involvement in music…

Well I must admit that I’m a giant music lover! Music has always been a big part of my life and in the old days when internet was not as big as it is today I spent a lot of money on CD’s & vinyl. I suppose we lose the importance of music when it’s divided into zeros and ones. Nowadays I buy way to many mp3′s but since it’s my biggest passion I don’t care how much I spend.

What are you doing when you’re not spreading the word about great new mixtapes?

It actually takes a lot of time (hours per day) but besides from that I have my daytime job, hang out with friends or watch some good TV shows or a movie.

How would you describe the music scene where you are?

The scene in Stockholm is not that big I’m afraid. The clubs that play house & nu-disco stuff are few… The best clubs are active only during the summer so there’s not that much happening during the winter… To name a few – F12, Slakthuset, 2:35 and OH!

What’s on repeat this week?

A new project my friend Chris Jylkke is working on with Satin Jackets, it’s still work in progress but it’s really good! I’m getting sent updates on the project now and then which is cool. Plus I’ve been listening a lot to the M A N I K: Spring | The 2012 WMC Edition too!

What’s one thing you can’t live without?

Music! It sure sounds boring but it’s the truth. I listen to music at least 3-4 hours per day and some days even more. But it doesn’t really bother me cause I really love what I do.

How far do you plan on taking the SSMA? Future goals and aspirations?

For now it’s gonna stay as it is, I have no plans of going back to a website cause it’s so easy to communicate through facebook and same goes with SoundCloud. Why change a winning concept? The site has grown way bigger than I ever thought so there is no need to change anything… I might start posting more articles about music and parties around the globe to help people find good clubs in regional areas.

Favorite website?

SoundCloud for sure, it’s the website I spend most of my time. It’s a perfect way to find new artists and producers that I would never have found elsewhere. It was only weeks ago they celebrated over 10 million users and that’s kinda remarkable for a place that has only been around for such a short time. The timing was perfect when Myspace was in a stage of dying.

SPIRIT SOUL MIX ARCHIVE on SoundCloud

Feb 21 / Vari

HANNES FISCHER

We have had a nice little chat with the talented Berliner Hannes Fischer. His music first got our attention about a year ago with his wonderfully deep house remix of Aaliyah - One in a Million. We have since this been following him closely. His remix productions are nothing less than top notch, Hannes really has his own signature sound. He always gives us a good feeling, deep, happy melodic. Just how we like it. We are really looking forward to hearing more of his own productions which will be out soon, in the mean time you can check out some of his work and remix productions
on Beatport and Soundcloud.

MINI INTERVIEW

Hannes, what are you doing right now? 


Just finished working on a track, now chilling to some good music.

How did this whole music thing start for you?


I guess I got influenced by my stepfather being a musician when I was a child. I played the guitar for some years but some years later I got more and more interested in electronic music. So I started working on tracks on my computer and here we are!

What sound or noise do you love?


It’s cheesy but I really love the sound of trains at night, especially when I’m in bed and hear them
from afar.

What’s been on repeat lately ?

Easy. El_Txef_A, I’m so waiting for his album to come out in march.

Out of your body of work what is your favorite track and why? 


I guess that would be the Souls Of Mischief remix. 93’ til Infinity is one of my all-time favorites. Beside many good memories, this one reminds me especially of my first months in Berlin, good feeling.

What are you currently working on? 


Today I finished a track that will probably be on my first vinyl release. Very excited. Will be a good one for summer, open airs… Can’t wait for that. I have some remixes that need to be finished, too. So yeah… I’m happy there’s always work these days.

Any dream (remixing) collaborations you’d like to take on?


There are so many. Too many. BAT FOR LASHES would be a dream! 


What’s the one thing you can’t live without? 


My family and my friends I guess. And music probably. That’s 3, I know.

What is your vital daily ritual? 


Playing a good track right after getting up, that’s a good way to start the day. I think I don’t have many daily rituals, but that’s one thing I do almost every day.

Feb 17 / Shari

IRREGULAR DISCO WORKERS

Yesterday we were in Russia, today we’re in Italy! Introducing the Irregular Disco Workers. Get ready for a classic Number 20 Mini Interview but with a little twist… The Irregular Disco Workers is a joint venture that was born in 2010 between two Italian producers, Gregorio Assandri (Cloned In Vatican) and Andrea Frittella (Dj Andryu).

These guys are eclectics and not lovers of distinction between musical genres, they pride themselves in fusing different styles to make a very unique and funky result. Sooo on the topic of fusion, the I.D.W. boys and myself have joined forces and made an ‘Irregular’ mixtape to accompany their interview…

We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed putting it all together :-)

!! SHARI VS IRREGULAR DISCO WORKERS MIXTAPE !!

SHARI

1. Christine – John Carpenter (Crimea X Reinterpretation)
2. Into A Trap – Pional
3. Go Easy On Me Girl (Original) – Francis Inferno Orchestra
4. Fishbone – Things Happen (Kid Who Remix)
5. Inside & Out – Feist (Hannes Fischer Edit)
6. Dancing In Outer Space – Atmosfear (The Revenge Rework)

IRREGULAR DISCO WORKERS

7. The Dining Rooms – Io Cammino Ma…
8. Cosmic Methal Mother – Italian Cowboy
9. Isoul8 & Mark De Clive Lowe – Stop Bajon
10. Felipe Sa – Party Rock (Markus Vareid Remix)
11. Berlitz – 1982 (Irregular Disco Workers Remix)
12. Soho 808  Feat. Lydia Caesar – Tuning Slow
13. Flatwound  – Kick Junior (Timewarp Inc Remix)
14. Lindstrom – Magik
15. Bocca Grande – Even If (Morning Factory Remix)
16. Whitney Houston  – Million Dollar Bill (Mike Simonetti Re-Edit)
17. The Phenomenal Handclap Band – Following
18. Craxi Disco – La Verità Della Storia
19. Time & Space Machine – Pill Party In India (Psychemagik Remix)
20. Sally Shapiro & Johan Agebjorn – Outer Spacer Woman


MINI INTERVIEW


Who are the IRREGULAR DISCO WORKERS?

G: Well… We are two guys, not  so young, that live in The North and in The South  of Italy, united by music, respect, honesty, and temporary work. We choose the name “Irregular Disco Workers”, because we are temporary workers in music (we don’t do this as first work, we do it for passion, and the results are always temporary, and not sure), because we want to identify all the music we’ve made and played in clubs as “Disco”, that’s not only connected to Disco Music, but to all music we like playing.

How did this whole music thing start for you guys?

G: I am interested to dance music since I was 12  Years old, where I followed releases listening to Italian radio shows of 90’s.  I start spinning records in 2001 at 20 years old, as a passion, with the mission not only to play music, but to grow “culturally” and open myself to music, and also to create my personal sound. In 10 Years a lot of things changed, now I have my label, I started making music in 2008 (I never thought of these things before), my background has grown, but I love and want to  learn something new all the time. I started working with Andrea at the end of 2009. In that period, I was searching for an help to manage my label “Disco Volante”, and I wanted to find the right person to do it: Disco Volante represented also myself so it was not a joke for me. I knew Andrea since middle 2000’s because we met each other online and posted in an Italian Dj forum. He did the remix for my first release “Disco Volante” in 2009, and I think he was perfect to manage a label because we have music vision in common. The label did good, so we start working together, and we did our first remixes in 2010 that was released last year for Italian I-Robots label “Opilec Music”: “The Units – Connections”. The two remixes were tagged as “ Dj Andryu And Cloned In Vatican Remixes”.  So, we’d like to create a shortcut (versions name will be to long every times if we leave our real Dj names) and we choose Irregular Disco Workers. This collaboration started with two remixes, the first is “El  Toro” By Cosmonauts, out on our label in 2010 and charted by important Dj’s, and the second is “We Love Computers” by Salta & Roma, posted in soundcloud in 2010 and out last year. With these two remixes some labels start contacting us to have  our work up until today and we hope also in the future…

A: I started “joking” with records at 18 years old, but I started Djing at 20… after buying my first console (with the first salary as computers programmer). I started make music in 2004… and I released the first vinyl in 2006, with my first project “Relative Depth” (dance/electro trio I founded in 2005). Later, I was not in sync with Relative Depth sounds and I started to collaborate with Greg. I went into Disco Volante officially in 2010 and now…..

What are you listening to now?

A: Now I’m trying to listen all news and all demos we receive at Disco Volante. Often I listen to soundcloud; I think this is the place for listening good tracks, great worldwide artists and also to find good inspirations.

G: Me too, Demos, soundcloud, and also worldwide digital shops with labels that  promote and produces what I like.

What’s the proudest moment you guys have experienced in your careers so far?

A: The first vinyl – The first gig as Irregular Disco Workers and The first I.D.W. EP (maybe in the next months? eheheheh)

G:  The first gig as I.D.W. was very important for us, because  was a confirmation that we were working, we don’t know if well or not, but we  were working. Our works played by important Dj’s was good too because they knew to exist. Also the tracks of Disco Volante played by Pete Tong’s Essential Selection was a big emotion for us.

What sound or noise do you love?

G:  Well I think I like all sounds, it depends from the period,  in some periods I listen to jazz, in other disco, in other techno, in other deep, in other Italo, in other oldies… It depends from the day and what I feel at the moment…  The only thing I can say is that I always listen to music everyday and I can do nothing without background music.

A: I love the noise of Lego bricks when shaking their box, it’s amazing! About music, I listen all kind of sounds, from easy listening to underground. In detail, I like bass and percussion and I fall in love when a track contains funk smell or Brazilian beats… I also love arpeggio, I would put arps in all our tracks and on spaghetti… eheheh…. ;-)

What are your worst addictions?

G: Well, as people in the north of Italy, I’m always in a hurry with deadlines, so I press people, Andrea especially, because all for me is urgent. In Italian we  said that I am “rompicoglioni”.  

A: I’m always late… I always eat like a pig… and I always tell people what I think (sometimes this is a good solution).

Name 3 of your favorite records old or new?

A: Lindstrom – Another Station, Eagles – Hotel California, The Wham – Last Christmas… But these are the first came in my mind.

G: Glenn Miller – In The Mood , Nicola Conte Feat. Lucia Minetti – Kind Of Sunshine , M&G – When I Let You Down… Also for me these are  the first records  I thought of.

What’s your favorite website?

G: The Number 20 obviously  hehhehehe … ;o)… Well to be true I don’t have a favorite website, but I always discover a new interesting blog or websites through my friends and others on the social networks.

A: Easy answer… Google… A door to the universe…

What’s the one thing you can’t live without?

G: Music, my brain, my Ideas, my books, my PC, my Ipod, my vinyls, and all persons who believe in what I do.

A: Definitely music, but I can’t live without my family and… Pizza!

Any dream (remixing) collaborations you’d like to take on?

G:  Erlend Oye of Kings Of Convenience, I like his very particular voice, it would be very interesting remixing one of his song or producing a song with him. 

A: I like to collaborate with any artist that can stimulate my imagination. I’d like to have a chance with Hans Peter Lindstrom, I like his vision and his class. If I could have a voice for my tracks I definitely would like to work with Bjork. Her voice make me horny…. ahahahahah.

Feb 16 / Shari

SPDSC

TODAY is your lucky day, we’ve got some awesome inside information on the very talented and super cool Kirill Sergeev aka The Saint Petersburg Disco Spin Club! For those of you that don’t know SPDSC, he’s one gifted dude among that pack of amazing Russian musicians taking over the electronic music world! And he’s been kind enough to make one of his beautiful tracks AVAILABLE just for us!

But be sure to get in quick, as this Russian bar wont be open forever! ;-) Enjoy.


MINI INTERVIEW


Who is SPDSC?

Well SPDSC is actually me, I’m just one fellow from Saint Petersburg. The title, The Saint Petersburg Disco Spin Club was invented when a sound guy, and my friend, from Solo Way Records asked me to name the folder with my material at the studio where my first 2 tracks (‘Marwencol’ and ‘Love Spin’) were recorded.

How did you start getting into producing your own music?

Well, I think I was doing it for ages, like I was in a punk band and in a jazz-fusion band. However in the last year I’ve turned into absolute solo production, due to the fact that I have come to the understanding that it’s easier for me to be sure about my music when I’m taking care of it alone, and when I don’t have enough words I just call my friends, such as Leonid Lipelis, Sasha Pletnev (Ponty Mython) or Eleonora Babaeva and we’ll do something together… I think I’ll have new collaboration on the way with Yana Blinder soon.

How would you describe your sound?

I don’t know, this is the hardest question in all interviews and I can’t find an answer always… But I think this is a sound in which I wanna hear myself and I think the track is ready when I just really enjoy it myself. Plus there’s people getting it too – so I guess that’s the thing!

What are your earliest musical memories?

I was a piano player from 4 to 12, and I really didn’t care about music at all, I was thinking of playmobile and lego (actually thinking of this still, but just 50%), but around 1993/1994 I turned into modern music. I had parties at my parents country house where we were dancing and stuff and you know, I just think everything was coming to our hands… I just remember audio cassettes, Sony 90 – the a-side was Nevermind by Nirvana and the b-side some russian pop by the band Litsey.

What are you currently working on?

Tons of material, I just finished an EP for DBH Music Germany (the company taking care of Housewax Records, Rawwax etc.), also I’m collecting material for the Tusk Wax EP, and some other labels…

What’s on your radar right now?

I’m really looking forward to my collaboration with Lipelis, which is coming out on Teardrop with Lovebirds, Leaves & Iron Curtis, Rocco Raimundo, Arsenii and Vougal, plus remixes, and the What’s in the Box single w/Eleonora Babaeva, with remixes by Vincenzo, Mario Basanov, Krjuk, The Myriads and Ponty Mython… Oh.. ;-) So many names…

Name three of your favorite records old or new?

I can’t really, so much stuff.

What sound or noise do you love?

Sometimes silence, sometimes noise. Sea sounds. Fire sounds. Wind sounds… I think they are so beautiful… TV background sounds, you know when it’s talking talking talking, and you are not focusing at all…

What turns you on?

Many things: My girlfriend, weather, traveling.

What’s at the top of your shit list?

I’m not thinking of this, I’m thinking of good things mostly… Well, I can be a bit disappointed about something, but I don’t think it’s getting to the point of some kind of ‘shit list’…

What advice should you have taken, but did not?

I’m not so good at taking advice, I always stick to my side somehow… ;-) But now I know, sometimes, yes I guess I should have listened to my parents more, but in some things, I’m just very happy I only listened to myself.

How would you describe the electronic music scene in Russia right now?

OH! WE ARE COMING!!!! Ha-ha! There is so much good material from the last year and more to come, it’s a really huge HUGE list! But there are some guys I really admire, such as… Long Arm, Ponty Mython, Lipelis, Raumskaya, Simple Symmetry, Kirill Tipo, On-The-Go, Pompeya, WOLS, Vagina Vangi, Lay-Far, Vakula, Acos Coolkas, D-Pulse SRKP, Monoton. You should check all these guys out on soundcloud or elsewhere…

What is your favorite destination?

Everywhere, I’m so in love with traveling, and also because of my Dj bookings you know. So everywhere I go, I’ve got friends there… :-)

What are you most excited about at the moment?

Oh, I guess I answered that above… ;-)

Favorite website?

Mmm… I have some nice facebook friends, and you can be lead to the right information channels just by looking at your news feed.. So, facebook!

Feb 5 / Shari

POPULAR COMPUTER

It’s Mini Interview time again and it seems the theme of late has been Attack of the Frenchies’…! ;-) Well, what can I say..?! I’m just very lucky to live here in Paris, surrounded by so many cool and super talented people. Vari and I have been fans of Sylvain Dalido aka PC since way back when, and we absolutely kaned ‘Darling‘, track 4 on his album ‘Senso Data’ (2009). I mean, to say it was ON REPEAT is an understatement, it’s 2012 and we’re still listening to it…! ;-) But hey, when we love something we REALLY LOVE SOMETHING! :-)))

Since then PC has been busy making heaps more rad music, ‘Lointain is another absolute killer and on the 20th of February the album “LiTE” will be out via Schmooze. We hope you enjoy the interview and don’t forget to buy the album! :-)

MINI INTERVIEW


Who is Popular Computer?

My name is Sylvain Dalido, I’m living in Paris.

How would you describe your sound?

Romanticism, nostalgia, melancholy and love seems represent my work. The sound is digital, quite pop and without too many words.

Who has been the biggest musical influence in your life?

I guess «PRINCE» !!!

What’s the story behind Darling (fucking masterpiece)..?

When I made this song I thought it was impossible to be on time for the train of love… That was the main idea. I gave it to Kitsuné to have a listen, but no reaction came from them… Another day I worked again on it again and I found the track was much betterat 124 bpm. Originally it was at 120 bpm. I sent it back to Kitsuné and two days later they gave me a contract.

Name three of your favorite records old or new?

Boys and Girls – Bryan Ferry
Love on the Beat – Serge Gainsbourg
Feline – Stranglers

What is your second favorite thing after music?

Holidays.

Whats on your radar right now?

The new album by Leonard Cohen.

What’s on the agenda for 2012?

We just released a single called «Lointain» with some fresh remixes. To me «Lointain» is the best song I have done in a long time.  The album “LiTE” will be out the 20th of February via Schmooze. On «Computer Science» with Lifelike an EP with remixes should be released around April this year… I’m also working on a new Popular Computer EP too.

What’s the one thing you can’t live without?

I can’t live without my green bike… It has changed my life. It’s my way in feeling like I’m sixteen years old again.

What turns you on?

To share an Indonesian meal with a girl I don’t know.

What’s at the top of your killer shit list?

Just right now? Hmmmm… An Italian Dj / Producer called «Bottin» Excellent!

What do you think about all this SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) stuff…?

It’s a little bit like in China, no? Internet blacklist, no access to Wikileaks etc. So it’s strange in a way for democracy… But maybe there is some hope because lots of honest people don’t want this. We will never be able to actually stop people from stealing things because it’s just too easy to copy digital information. But copyright infringement is real so we need some rules or another way of consuming the music. Actually music is the only art which is becoming totally free?? I’m still perplexed about this. When I like records, I buy records… However, sometimes I think that music is an hostage to give more power to people who want to rule the world. Complicated!


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Popular Computer Juno ++ Popular Computer Soundcloud ++ Popular Computer Discogs ++

Jan 29 / Shari

ALAIN HO

In the rapidly evolving scene of electronic music, there are few DJ’s that have seen the beginning, and even fewer that have maintained their position as forward thinking musicians over the last decades. It is without a doubt that Alain Ho aka DJ Yellow is among these select few. (Liberated from RA: ‘Biography of DJ Yellow’)… I couldn’t have said it better myself. ;-)

So yep this very talented gentleman has been around forever and we’re delighted to have him pop by the 20 for a chat. I had the pleasure of meeting and witnessing a DJ set from Mr Ho way back in 1999 or 2000 (I was a little teenage music munchkin) at the legendary Berlin Bar (Gold Coast, Australia), he was in town with his mate and partner in label crime (Yellow Productions) Bob Sinclar… ;-) Obviously so much has happened between then and now (like this lovely Hot Toddy remix), but let’s see what he’s been up to these days…


MINI INTERVIEW


How did you start getting into producing your own music?

In the early 90′s… It was a natural process for me after so many years of DJing…

How would you describe your sound?

Gothic and Baroc with a touch of sex under DJ Yellow! Classic & estetik under Alain Ho.

What are your earliest musical memories?

Listening to the song “It’s just begun” by the Jimmy Castor Bunch (RIP).

Any musical family links?

No not really…

What are you currently working on?

I have an EP coming out on Composite Records, featuring Yota. It’s kind of new style for me… It’ll be released on the 27th of February on vinyl and digital.


What’s on your radar right now?

Something, but I don’t know know what yet…

Name three of your favorite records old or new?

Bogdan Irkuk – My Weakness
Mr Finger – What about this love
Josh One – Wake Up (King Britt Remix)

What sound or noise do you love?

The voice of my wife on the phone… The sexiest one I’ve ever heard!

What turns you on?

The smell of my wife.


What’s at the top of your shit list?

Copycats!!!

What is your favorite destination?

Japan

What are you most excited about right now?

I’m excited about what we are going to release on Composite Records in 2012. We’ve got so much amazing music by Alex Arnout, Cera Alba, Francys, Drawing Boards, Tiago Fragateiro and myself.

++ Alain Ho / DJ Yellow on Juno

Jan 12 / Vari

SKATEBÅRD

Bård Aasen Lødemel, aka Skatebård is our first mini interview victim / subject of 2012. This is the start of the 4th year of our blog, and why not start it off with a big fucking BANG of an interview! ;-) Our writing skills have basically stayed the same for 4 years, and so have we (sort of), we still just speak our minds and write what we feel the music brings us… We don’t really try too hard to be anything other than us, we know what we like and we do what we do well! That’s how we roll… OK Ok so enough about us. Skatebård is one of Shari & Vari’s all time favorite modern – synth italo masters. This talented Norwegian got our attention back in 2006 when he released his album Midnight Magic on his own label Digitalo Enterprises. This album really had all we needed and wanted, his tracks kept us dancing in many of our crazy Shari & Vari music nights (mornings)… His music just makes you wanna dance or just take a seat and enjoy… Dream a little, play the air synth, relax a bit more and maybe pretend that you are controlling a spaceship (which we do by the way!). His production, remixes and mix-tapes all speak for themselves. To round this up; Bård is seriously talented and his music makes us ever so happy. Oh! Aaand guess what, the track he has given us is seriously killer! To be expected…!! And RIGHT NOW is the world premier of this beautiful Mungolian Jetset remix… YES!


MUNGOLIAN JETSET – WE ARE THE SHINING (SKATEBÅRD RMX)

MINI INTERVIEW

How would you describe your sound?

Warm, but also very synthetic. If it was a colour: Red.

Who has been the biggest musical influence on your life?

Oh, it’s very hard to point out one person. Don’t think I can.

Name three of your favorite records old or new?

These are kind of random records, the first three that came to mind from my top 500 or so list: Sensitive – Driving, Massimiliano Pagliara – Focus for Infinity, Tangerine Dream – Ricochet. Not totally random since they were the first to spring to mind, of course!

Out of your body of work what is your favorite track and why?


I would say Gamle Furutrær, because it has the deepness, atmosphere and sound that I’m looking for. (Sorry to use these clichéd expressions).

What is your second favorite thing after music? 



How did you know music was first? Hehe. Em, record sleeves is the second favorite thing. Or music videos. Or clothes.

Whats on your radar right now?

I will do a club series in Bergen along with the Ekko festival main man, and I have a few remixes being released soon, on Full Pupp, Sauroid and more. Plus I’m planning a couple of underground vinyl 12-inches.

What’s the wildest moment you’ve experienced in your musical career so far? 



The strangest thing was to play in a classroom full of taxidermy birds and animals. That was strange, but a more wild and also good experience was to play a Skatebård live set in front of 4000 people at the Pitchfork Stage on Primavera Sound Festival.

What’s the one thing you can’t live without?

Black jeans.

What turns you on?

Being hungover.

What’s at the top of your shit list?

Noise. The kind of nagging noise that can come from neighbors or the street.

++ Check out more Skatebård on Juno & Soundcloud

  Skatebård - Skatebard@fm4laboumdeluxe 2011-10-14 

Nov 29 / Vari

THE MORE WE WANT

We are inspired and happy to have Lars Brodherr aka Larse with us for an interview session. This talented German got our attention this summer with his strong sexy grooving nothing less than flawless production “The More I Want”. He recently followed up with “ So Long” out Noir Music, again an instant hit with us. The deepness and the sexy vocals of this track got us yet again dancing with big smiles and closed eyes, just as we like it! We’re happy to have Larse with us and looking forward to what he’ll serve us up next.

MINI INTERVIEW

Who is Larse?

I’m an 35 year old guy from Dortmund, who’s running a Radio Show called 1LIVE Klubbing every Friday since 11 years now.

How would you describe your sound?

It’s Disco-driven, Funkaddicted Housemusic

Who has been the biggest musical influence on your life?

I think it’s black music from the late 70’s to the early 90’s- Prince, the whole Westend/Prelude Stuff

Name three of your favorite records old or new?

Here my dear – Marvin Gaye
1999 – Prince
The Mecca and the Soul Brother – Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth


Out of your body of work what is your favorite track and why?

Hmm..? That’s hard to answer, I think “The More I Want”  is the track, which starts the journey ;). But I also like “Mehari” which I produced in Formentera with my mate Fish…We had such a nice time on the island and I think you can hear it in that particular one!

What is your second favorite things after music?

Family, My friends, Good Food, Vintage Cars

Whats on your radar right now?

Working on some Remixes, my next E.P, and playin’ a lot of Gigs in 2012.


What’s the one thing you can’t live without?

Love

What turns you on?

Good food


What’s at the top of your shit list?

Negativity

++ Check out more Larse on Juno , Beatport & Soundcloud

Larse – Promo Mix for ART OF DARK/ LONDON 

++ Check out his newest PodOmatic mix here

Nov 14 / Shari

BOGDAN IS KING

As promised here’s an exclusive interview with one of our absolute faves Bogdan Irkük aka BULGARI! It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when we fell in love with this genius, but one things for sure we are 100% committed fans! Aaaand Shari and Vari’s dedication only gets stronger and stronger every time he pops back up and releases something new! Sooooo speaking of new stuff Bogdan has kindly hooked us up with his latest release, it’s a cover, the original song was made by Little Dragon. Look out for this beauty, it’ll be released in the next few weeks on Djurriket Records.

Bogdan Irkük a.k.a. BULGARI – Twice

MINI INTERVIEW

How did you start getting into producing your own music?

I just always wanted to. I would hear music that made me feel weird and I always wanted to be doing that too. When I was maybe 6, I loved The Good The Bad and The Ugly soundtrack, and my mother told me I would make music like that one day.

How would you describe your sound?

It’s love music from the recent future. From the skies over the desert. On the other hand I heard somebody call it “seedy pan-continental disco”, how can I argue with that?

What are your earliest musical memories?

I’m not sure. But I remember the first time I heard Good Life by Inner City, in the car with my brother. I was 12 or so. So impossibly good, a knock-out moment. That intro still gives me the chills every time.

Any musical family links?

Yes most of them would play music somehow. Some of them did it for a living. Lot of music. I was lucky because my dad and a couple of my friends knew everything about music that I loved. So even if I didn’t have a clue myself they would say, you’re singing this, because of this. Because they would have played it to me earlier. Does this even make sense? They would hear the Blackbyrds or the B.B.&Q Band, and yeah it turned out you could really trace stuff in the music I make.

What are you currently working on?

I’m fiddling around on a bunch of things, as always. I’m currently behind after not finishing traxx for two years… I’m catching up though! Sorry Your Highness, sorry Vladi, sorry David and sorry Leon… :)

What’s on your radar right now?

I’m listening to “Never Not Working” on the East Village Radio right now… pure gold, honestly

Name three of your favorite records old or new?

Three songs, so very unfair to million other songs… But here’s three that have always given me intense mix of happy and sad:

Electric Light Orchestra – Secret Messages
Madonna – Who’s That Girl
Jamie Principle – Your Love

What sound or noise do you love?

I love to hear someone sing when they don’t know that you hear. I love to see oldtimers play in a band. The sound in a restaurant when there’s no music. Trees. When the taxi driver plays Prince. Synthesizer.

What turns you on?

The waist.

What’s at the top of your shit list?

Ugly trancey “house music” on the radio. Fucking clowns… Also the taxman – I wish he would leave me alone so I can just hang around and listen to Who’s That Girl.

What is your favorite destination?

It used to be New York but now I live here! Otherwise Munich and Istanbul.

What are you most excited about right now?

New release on Djurriket any day now! Also, the waist.

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