06: Esa/Mervin Granger (Rememory/Sub Club)

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We will introduce this podcast’s artist with words from the review we did of his release Luxarama.

Esa Williams has been a very busy man.  Between curating Red Bull Music Academy workshops and one of the residents at the popular Subculture nights in his adopted city of Glasgow, not to mention forming part of live act Sensu and DJing at some of the biggest festivals around Europe, Cape Town born Esa has somehow found the time to launch Rememory Music, a boutique label complete with unique vinyl artwork, as well as summon a few friends (who also happen to be some of Scotland’s, nay the world’s, finest producers) for remix duties on it’s first two releases.

Having already earned the seal of approval from the likes of Jimpster, Mixmag (House Tune of the Month) and EQTV.dj (Record of the Day), it is hard not to proclaim that 2011 looks to be a banner year for this young artist.  It’s no secret that this blog holds a special place for fellow South African expats, so we for one will be paying close attention.

How long have you been in Scotland now?

I’ve been in Scotland 6 years but been living in Glasgow for the past four years and since my relocation here things have really kicked off.  I can say that I’m very lucky to have arrived in Glasgow thanks to a very special lady in my life and to be able to really establish myself musically.  That’s because it’s so hard to become truly founded as an artist in Glasgow as the city has lots of great DJ’s and artists operating.  For a South African to be part of this music scene is such an honour.

How did you get involved with Sub Club?  What is it that you do there?

I first got involved with Macsorleys Music Bar which is owned by the same guys who own Sub Club, just for the odd pub gig. They liked what I played and gave me the opportunity to be part of one of the longest running club night’s in the world with two of the most amazing DJ’s Harri and Domenic.  I’m also involved with the Sensu club night where I do live performances with Barry Price and Junior Ingram, last year was a great year where we played some amazing festivals in UK and Europe, 2011 looks to be an even better one with the new live act project in the works.

Were you already producing and DJing in South Africa?

At the age of 16 I inherited all my father’s music equipment;  turntables, PA systems, records and I was on the verge of selling everything, when one day after school I decide to try and connect it all up and to my surprise I managed to get it all working.  I think from that day I started messing around and it went from playing birthday parties to running my own club nights in community centre and old factories.

A few other South African expats such as Portable and Lakuti speak of early 90s house parties in Soweto, what were your influences / what made you get into house music?

My Dad and cousins mixtapes and record collection got me into house and clubs in Cape Town like Club More, Deluxe and Sutra were big influences to the sound I play today.

Did you study music, what’s your background?

I studied sound engineering in Cape Town but the course focused more on live recording, audio and visual elements, where all I wanted to do was DJ and make electronic music.  I think the three months I spent in Germany in 2002 visiting my uncle really opened my mind to electronic music, I remember sitting with him on the floor of his lounge with CDs all around and him playing loads of different things from Portishead to Marianne Faithful, Nightmares on Wax and the list goes on.  He also took me to see DJ’s like Sven Vath, Chris Liebing and Miss Kitten and to clubs such as Panorama Bar, Bar 25, Tresor and my first dance festival Love Family Park.

What did you do for the Red Bull Music Academy?

I spent some time in Cape Town in 2002 and met up with an old friend who managed the Red Bull studio’s and did some work with him there, we discussed just before I returned to the UK that he’ll get me in touch with RBMA in the UK so when I got back to Glasgow I contacted them and said I would be interested in doing work with them.  From that point I became their representative in Glasgow and organised events at Sub Club with artists like Josh Wink, Linkwood and House of Traps, Kevin Saunderson, Tony Lionni, The Bays and Graeme Park whereby they did small lectures which was all part of the build up to Red Bull Music Academy event in London last year.

You recently gave a talk at an Apple store in Glasgow, what was the talk about and how did that come about?

I work for the Apple Store in Glasgow and recently started an Ableton Live course at SAE Glasgow so the talk was part of a series of SAE workshops in the Apple store, one of which was me talking about Ableton and the different techniques I use when producing, remix and performing live with this software using my mac.

What are your future plans for Rememory and Esa?  What do you have coming up?

A few releases with some cool artists and also working some South African artists.  2011 I feel is going to be a busy year for Rememory Music, hopefully the buzz of Luxarama will keep a level of momentum and focus in place.  Also watch out for my Mervin Granger Live Set and Sensu’s version 2.0 Live sets in 2011.

Snoek or haggis?

Haggis Nachos, Haggis Pakora and Haggis, Neeps and Tatties!

Tracklisting:

1.  Herbie Hancock & Quincy Jones intro/ Yotam Avni – Jay Dilla’s Dream
2.  Jimpster – Inside the Loop –  Alsace & Lorraine EP
3.  Alfabet (aka Awanto 3 & Tom Trago) – Lap The Music
4.  Roman IV – Lucy
5.  Ripperton & Minz – Crack
6.  The Gathering – In My System – The Revenge Remix
7.  Fonos – La Senna
8.  Makam – Love Life
9.  Mervin Granger – Never As Good
10.  Jef K and Gwen Maze – Want You Back
11.  No Regular Play –  Serious Heat – Art Department Remix
12.  Alex Arnout  – Click City

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05: Till von Sein

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So you’re in South Africa now, chilling in the sun with the missus.  I believe you have family there and spend January in Cape Town every year now (for those that don’t know, it is currently summer in South Africa)… how long have you been doing this?  What’s your favourite thing about SA (apart from the gorgeous weather)?

I came here the first time for NYE 93… You could really tell there was a special vibe in the air after all the strange things happening before, don’t wanna use the ‘A‘ word ;) 
Since 2006 I came here every January to chill, produce music and basically hang with my parents who bought a house here.  chill here 2-4 months a year and I don’t see that much in good old Ger’money’ due to my- and their work.

Do you tend to go to any clubs or bars when in SA?  What are your thoughts on the music scene there?

Oh, I’m a lazy one… I rather stay in the hammock and work on tracks and my tan than go out… I’m quite happy to be away from all that nightlife madness for 4 weeks a year ;)  I been to some bars on Long Street, of course… and last year I played at a club in Cape Town ,which was really nice as well.  
This weekend I went to the Rezonance Festival with my buddy Pierre Estienne and we played 3 hours b2b and had a great time.

You seem to be good mates with Soul Clap, who have rocketed to fame in the last year.  What do you think makes some artists get the attention of press over others, if they both have good music? I mean I hear some pretty good music from artists that never make it into press.

When you do what everybody else does, even if do it good, I guess it’s kinda hard to make it… 
and especially the infamous UK press who are always down for what’s new and the hype and andandand… 
you rather come around the corner with some unique new flavour to impress journalist and make em write about you.

In another interview you said that you want to do house music that sounds like a Tribe Called Quest but perform like D’Angelo in the How Does It Feel video, I’m sure the ladies would love that ;)  Which hip hop producer do you think would kill it if they made the cross over to deep house?

The list is too loooong ;)… but i would love to hear some by Pete Rock, Sean J Period and Madlib.

What does Till Von Sweeezie do other than music? Apparently you like to buy T shirts and throw them away? Do you own a clothing store? Tell us about that.

hehe… yeah I had a streetwear store for 7 years… was good fun back then, but at one point I decided to focus on the music. Besides that I still love clothes and everywhere I travel I need to check out the local stores first.  
Most of the time I hang around with my best friend Adam Port, sitting in our local cafe in our hood and talk about whatever comes along… we can do that every day for hours and hours.

What is on the cards for 2011… Remixes, EPs, starting up a German sausage stand in SA?

A new EP with Tigerskin on Dirt Crew Recordings will be out in January and an EP with Aera on Pets (the label of the Cat n Dogz guys) will be out in April.  Together with Aera I also did a remix for the next Pets EP… Chopstick and I will release a new EP for Suol in June (latest) and solo I work on a remix for Compost and my debut album for Suol… 
and touring touring touring… lots of shows already scheduled for all over Europe the first 6 months of the year.

Tracklisting:

01.  Derek Denubar – Now U Know
02.  Joshua Iz feat Diazo – It Iz What It Iz (Russ Gabriel mix)
03.  Soul Element feat Peven Everett – How Bad I Want Ya
04.  Imaani Brown – Closer
05.  Eddie Leader – Nod To The Old Skool
06.  Erykah Badu – Honey (Ron Trent dub)
07.  Matan Caps & Marcus Person – Simply Beautiful
08.  Block 16 – Morning Sun (Pepe Bradock remix)
09.  Clyde & Capitol A – Serve It Up (Starship Interpretation)
10.  Bleep District – Science & Soul
11.  Gypsymen – Hear The Music (Davidson Opine & Oscar P remix)
12.  Roy Davis jr – Michael

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04: Darko Esser

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Finally the day has arrived that our fourth podcast goes up.  This one is truly our most special one to date, not to take anything away from our previous podcasters, you see its just that Mr Esser is a bit of a big fish in the sea, the Marlin of the ocean… nay … the whale… sitting right at the top of the food chain, but in a good way.  And its precisely for this reason we asked Darko to do something special for us… lets be honest, he’s a bit of a household name and we’d be very surprised if you don’t know exactly what to expect from him so we wanted to shake things up a bit… and boy oh boy are we pleased with the result…

Listeners will soon realise this is not the usual Darko Esser that you would hear in a club… do you ever get a chance to play this sort of music to an audience? Is it something you would like to do more often?

Yes, I do play sets like these in certain settings. I actually started out as a DJ at concerts from experimental bands, singer songwriter etc in the first half of the 90’s. Dance music came after that. Sometimes I still DJ at concerts from my favorite bands at Doornroosje or at art festivals stuff like that. It keeps things interesting for me that way.

What did you want to be growing up? Did you go to University or study something? Did you study music?

My first ambition was being a cartoonist. When I was very young I used to draw my own comics with crazy storylines LOL. Most of it ended up unfinished, due to lack of attentionspan haha. Music followed not soon after. My dream since then was working in the music bizznizz, wich I am very thankfull of achieving. Living my dream. I tried college: I studied biology for 3 years and psychology for 1 year. It didn’t make me happy at all, so I decided after 4 years that I should take a different direction. Haven’t regretted ever since :-)

How did you get your first break, and how did it feel getting your first bit of press/recognition? When was your first international gig, was it exciting?

It’s kinda hard to pinpoint it to a single event, as a lot of things had influence and things developed really slowly for me. Starting the label (Wolfskuil Records) made a big difference for sure. I didn’t send out any of my tunes at the time, because I thought nobody would be interested in them. Our releases got picked up on in an early stage by Laurent Garnier, Josh Wink and Dave Clarke and things kinda moved from there. Funny thing is that the moment I gave up on the whole DJ thing and everything was just about having fun, that was also the moment when things started to move forward. I think that was around 2004.

According to your bio you’re involved in the programming of Doornroosje, and 100 other events a year.  Sounds hectic, what does this all involve?

It sounds more shocking then it is. I focus mainly on the bookings and development of new concepts and things like that. We have got an amazing crew here at the club, superprofessional. The moment I have done the booking, others jump in and take care of logistics like travel, hotel, drivers, stagemanagement, technical issues etc. So that’s the main reason why this is possible. We run 2 clubs here in town:  Doornroosje and Merleyn. That alone is about 8-12 events a month, including a lot of coops with local and national promoters. Apart from that I do my own Balans and Wolfskuil nights in several clubs in Holland like Studio 80, Poema, Merleyn and together with a group of friends a bi-monthly night in Utrecht called Mood Elevator. Also I am an advisor for several festivals in the summer like Free Your Mind, De Affaire and soon also Source. The studio suffers sometimes though ;-)

Apart from the label, Doornroosje, DJing, producing and doing mixes for us,  what else do you have on the go? You’re not perhaps running a tea company like Mr Scruff (http://www.makeusabrew.com)?

My life literally revolves around music, so all my professional activities are in that area. What keeps it interesting is the difference between the activities: running a label, making music, dj-ing or performing life, promoting/booking events. I couldn’t stick to one thing, I am not a specialist. I would probably get bored hahaha

What’s your favourite / dream piece of equipment?

That has to be the computer. Everything I do nowadays is software based. Plugin-wise I am in love with Maschine from Native Instruments. All my beats come from that machine ever since I bought it. I am going to expand the studio next year with new hardware, for some more hands-on control. On my wishlist are MFB 522, Virus TI, Doepfer Dark Energy and lots more.

What is up next for our favourite Dutchie?

I just signed with international artist agency Kinetic AM in Berlin. I have worked with these guys for many years and I am superhappy that they took me on. I feel right at home in their roster wich includes a lot of really cool ‘new school’ underground techno artists like Sandwell District, Peter van Hoesen, DVS1, Samuli Kemppi ao. I am going to do a release on my favorite Belgian label Curle early next year. Deep & dark dubtechno with really cool remixes from DVS1 and Lucy. My own labels are going extremely well at the moment, we are getting so much attention right now and I am really thankfull for that. I get so many fantastic demos in that I am launching my third label in january called Balans. Expect loads of new releases from Steve Rachmad, Bas Amro, Tim Wolff, Dimi Angelis & Jeroen Search, KuhlmannMensink, Giorgos Gatzigristos, Betek and remixers like Glitterbug, Estroe, Quince, Steve Rachmad, Mr G and many more to be confirmed. Happy days!!!

On a more personal level, do u have any hobbies outside of music, what do u do in your spare time? What’s your most favourite thing in the world to do other than music?

I love a good movie, mostly more arthouse orientated. Dark, sad and moody, but I can also enjoy a mainstream flick like Iron Man fe ;-) I wish I had more time to read books, usually I only get to that on holidays, wich are scarse. I just started to read a book about the history and meaning of Japanese Tattoo Art. Very interesting read so far. And spending time with the people I love is definitely up there as well!!

Tracklisting

01. Mike Slott- The Now
02. John Hopkins – Second Sense
03. Jose Gonzalez – Teardrop
04. I’m Not A Gun – In Sepia
05. Bonobo – Recurring
06. DJ Shadow – Midnight In A Perfect World
07. Jaga Jazzist – Toccata
08. Monolake & Robert Henke – Infinite Snow
09. Nine Inch Nails – Hurt
10. Organized Konfusion – Invetro
11. Killah Priest – From Then Till Now
12. NAS – Represent
13. J Dilla – Won’t Do
14. Lee Fields & The Expressions – Ladies
15. Charlotte Gainsbourg – Little Monsters
16. PJ Harvey – Down By The Water
17. Arovane – Windy Wish Trees
18. Steve Reich – Music For 18 Musicians (Cold Cut Remix)
19. Three Trapped Tigers – 5
20. Stray – Frost

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03: Red Rack’em / Hot Coins

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Nottingham (UK) Producer and DJ Danny Berman aka Red Rack’em/Hot Coins had a pretty hectic 2009 with appearances at Gilles Petersons Worldwide Awards, Snowbombing, Matter, Glastonbury and Big Chill as well as releasing many records on several different labels including Tirk, Deep Freeze, Untracked and Autodiscoteque. He’s an acclaimed remixer for artists such as Tricky, The Revenge, Ron Basejam, The Joubert Singers and is no slouch behind the turntables either.

Danny is also a respected radio broadcaster and his fortnightly Smugglers Inn podcasts (available at http://www.redrackem.com or search itunes for ‘smugglers inn’) are eagerly downloaded by leftfield beat heads from across the globe. You can tune in live every second Wednesday @ http://www.myhouse-yourhouse.net from 7-9pm GMT. The show is also syndicated to the Big Chill radio station Purple Radio.

We’ve had a look through your blog and read your interviews, you are a very busy man Mr Berman.

Thank you. I try. I still feel like I don’t do enough tbh. I wish I was as productive at releasing music as I am at making it.

How do you juggle it all?

With difficulty!  I am pretty happy with the standard of music that I make and my djing but I have been finding it hard to know exactly what to do sometimes. It’s all the strategic stuff that I find hard. Do I focus on singles? Do I work on the bloody albums? Do I push my radio show more? Do I try to do more mixes? Do I try to do more networking? Or do I just fuck it all off and do it tomorrow?
I find the organisation the toughest challenge – I honestly think I have made too much music. I have lost many tracks through forgetting that I even made them. But it’s been good training. It’s good to be able to make something and then lose it forever in some ways.

Run us through what a day in the life of Red Rack’em is like, a sort of day out your diary.

Well there’s no such thing as a typical day of course. I could be writing more unfinished tracks (groan), in the gym (not that you would tell), doing a mix, doing more soul destroying networking on the net, recording my radio show, doing a remix, updating my website, updating my facebook group, downloading millions of crap tunes to sift through for my radio show, traveling to or from a gig, writing lyrics, down in London working in studios. Or I could be sat in town all day drinking coffee and moaning to my mates about how hard it is working in the music industry.

You DJ, produce under a few different aliases for different genre’s, host a radio show, put on events and run your blog/website.  What do you do other than this music stuff, do you have any other hobbies, what do you do in your spare time… if you have any?

Well the downside with being self employed as I am sure many people can relate to, is the fact that you don’t feel like you have ANY spare time. You’re either doing the stuff you have to do. Or worrying about not doing it. But conversely you also have loads of spare time as you can pretty much drop anything if you want to. I should be working on loads of stuff right now.
My spare time is spent trying to go to the gym to reverse the last 15 years of not going to the gym. I go out for lunch quite a lot which is obviously not helping at the gym. I see my girlfriend when I can. We’re both pretty busy which is handy sometimes and annoying too on occasions. I think I have gone past the point of having any spare time from music. My idea of taking time off from music is putting records away from gigs and stuff like that. No wonder I am bored.

As is stated in your bio, 2009 was a big year… your turning point where it all started happening for you, even though it seems you’ve been doing this for a long long time.

Yeah – it was a great year. 2009 was ace. I got to play at loads of festivals. Had some well received records out and best of all I fell in love.
Yeah. I have been at it for years but the skills I picked up along the way have stood me in good stead. Years of robot djing for money have made me a lot more professional on the decks and years of robot producing have taught me a lot and given me the opportunity to make many different types of music, with pretty consistent results.

Run us through the timeline.  What years did you first start DJing, producing, your first signing, your first remix, your first gig, your first gig abroad, your first interview/podcast.

Gosh… Well, I am a musician first and foremost so I have been playing/making music since I was put on lead glockenspiel in primary school aged 6. My obsession with Hip Hop began in the late 80s so by 1990 I was making pause tapes on my sharp ghetto blaster that could do overdubs and began trying to scratch on a variety of turntables from around 1992. The band that I was in at the time (The Wizards Of The Spinal Church) was based in the East Neuk Of Fife and we were totally lost in music. We made music in morning break, at lunch, after school, all weekend.. It truly was our saviour, as the area of Scotland we grew up in was culturally bleak to say the least. We were making primitive hip hop and experimental music using 4 tracks, records and synths from around 1992. This was after a couple of years of playing standard band funk/rock/psych kind of stuff. We were heavily influenced by Parliament/Funkadelic, early Red Hot Chili Peppers/Faith No More, quality underground Hip Hop, 60’s psychedelic music and skate rock.

I got my first set of decks in 1994 and played my first gig in 1995 as support for The Wizards in Anstruther Church hall. Our gigs were legendary for the bad behaviour of our crowds as we were basically providing an indoor space in a draconian fishing village for teenage wasters to get high in. We got banned from every single church hall in the area, gig by gig.  I blew the soundsystem they had hired before the gig though so I was popular that night as you can imagine. I was playing Brooklyn Zoo by ODB in a remote Scottish fishing village though so I think those kind of cultural services give me an automatic pardon for my system blowing antics. Then my next gig was playing in Edinburgh at a techno night at Moray House in Edinburgh  – these were the days when I saw DJing as something I fitted around getting wrecked so my early gigs were pretty dire I reckon. I played a fair bit in Edinburgh after I moved there in 1995. Mainly messy nights where no one cared about the tunes or the mixing. I was hanging around with a bunch of techno crusties at the time so the music was awful but the parties went on for days.

My band was recording in proper studios in Edinburgh by this point and we got on a compilation album called ‘Blunted 2’ which was the second album in a series which featured Edinburgh hip hop/dance groups (you can hear me on the drums aged 19 here – http://www.discogs.com/Various-Blunted-2/release/21997  – it’s track 5). So I guess I was producing then – but more as a musician than on the desk. We incorporated a lot of sampling aesthetics into our tracks. Moving to Bristol in 1997 was a turning point as I moved into a house with a studio and began making skunked out drum and bass and getting to grips with Cubase and some synths.

I didn’t get my own computer until 2000 and that was thanks to a Princes Trust loan. So I guess that was kind of year zero for me as I am now.  I was pretty poor all the way through my 20’s as I didn’t really agree with mainstream employment but looking back it’s kind of been worth it. I got to absorb a lot of good music and parties.

I think my first gig abroad was in Sarajevo as the tour DJ for my friends band Skinny Sumo in 2004. It was an amazing experience that I will never forget. We played at a festival in the United Nations peace keeper area of the city for loads of students and it was my first experience of Eastern European bohemian culture. I loved it. We flew to Salzberg and were met by our driver, a massive Bosnian ex soldier who spoke no English but drove us for about 14 hours in a people carrier South through Austria, Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia. It was an amazing way to see the countryside and we all got leathered all the way there. When things got too rowdy he would subdue us by playing Bosnian ethno trance music full blast on the stereo. I also played a gig on a radio station which was in the national television centre – which was an amazing soviet concrete monolith. I think that was my first ever radio gig too. When I got back to the place where the gigs were on, they had tuned into the show and played it through big speakers so everyone had heard me play!  I could write a book about that trip. Memories.

From when you started making music, how long was it before you were truly happy with a song? Was it signed?

I don’t think I have ever been happy with a song tbh. I find that 2-3 years later, I grow to accept them but I usually have issues with them for at least a year after they are complete. That’s before we have even got to the pressing stage. That’s a whole new world of pain for me. I guess I must have been happy with the Smugglers Inn hip hop remix series I produced from 2004 to 2006 as I felt confident enough to release them myself. So I guess that must have been the point when I felt like I had something worth putting out. I am really proud of the first Hot Coins EP for Society as I think it’s a really strong set of tracks. I can’t really find many faults with them nowadays.

How did you go about getting your first release signed?

Solid State signed my first tracks to his then label Society Records. I left a CD round his house one day and about 2 years later he said he wanted to put the tracks out. This was in the middle of 2007. I wrote most of the Hot Coins stuff around 2004 when I was enjoying the re-emergence of Disco. So he picked 4 tracks from the CD and asked me to finish them off. I am really proud of that record as I said before. I think it’s the most densely ‘musical’ record I have released so far. The second Hot Coins EP on Tirk is quite similar in style and density and I am warming to the Hot Coins project again after the last 2 years of total House obsession.

How do you get releases signed now?

Well to my fault I guess I have never sent much stuff out. I have never sent anything to labels that I probably should have like Planet E, Philpot, Quintessentials or Real Soon. So nearly everything which has been released so far has come from people approaching me. Probably not the most strategic way to go about things but I like working with people that I can communicate with. I have known Tubbs from Untracked/Heads Down for years. I have known Solid State for years. I have known the Home Taping lot for years. A lot of it’s come from people close to me wanting to releases my stuff. Simple as that really.
I am really looking forward to running my own label so that I can have more control over the way things are done. But with the volume and range of music I have got to release, I am still going to have to release on other labels. I guess I should start sending some stuff out really…

What is your process in making beats, do you just fuck around for hours and see what comes out?  Or do you have a clear idea of what you’re going to do when you start making something?

I used to just switch my mac on and go for it. But these days I do tend to stop and have a think about what mood I am in. Setting the BPM seems to have the most influence on what I make. A lot of my tracks have been 120 because that’s the default setting on Logic and I have never got round to changing it. I am more interested in raw writing most of the time rather than worrying about the style. It’s pretty compulsive. Most of the music I make it directly influenced by what I am listening to and playing out a lot at the time I make it. I hardly ever sit down and think ‘I have to make a house track today’. The idea of doing different projects was to create a filing system for the tracks. So I guess I sometimes think ‘this is a Hot Coins track’ but apart from that I have no idea before I start usually.

Do you have any musical training?

I don’t have any classical training but I taught myself how to play drums from the age of 12 and then bass guitar from 14 and spent many hours as a teenager jamming with a large group of musicians in and around Anstruther, Fife from 1990 – 1995. There was a floating bunch of us who were all in several bands  (often shortlived) at the same time and I view those inspirational, improvisational and communal times as my true musical training. We used to go into the music department at Waid Academy (out high school) every lunch time and pick up whatever instrument took our fancy that day and give it a crack. I also view my 16 years as a DJ as musical training as I have absorbed so many styles of music which I feel has underpinned my own production values. You can learn so much from listening to music, good and bad.

Describe the first party you went to that played electronic/dance/rave music and how it made you feel.

I have very dim memories of going to a party at my sisters house in St Andrews in 1990 (or perhaps even earlier) and it being a full on rave session full of football casual blokes who were totally loved up and girls with not much on (it was pretty hot in there from what I remember). I am sure the music was probably pretty awful but I remember loving the atmosphere and thinking ‘this is for me’. I was 14 so it made an impression on me that’s for sure. That party was pivotal in me becoming involved in dance music.

We know you have loads going on at the moment, so please tell us all about what you have coming up.

Big news from me is that I am starting my own label ‘Bergerac’ with the first release ‘How I Program’ coming out in September. The label will initially be a platform for my own house releases. I was all set for release in June but I have got too much stuff coming out at the same time (see below) so I decided to wait (even longer) and do it in September. The Bergerac artwork is all hand drawn by German illustrator Silke Eiselt. I have asked her to draw pictures of all the houses I have lived in and these will appear chronologically on each release.  You can’t get much more fucking house than that can you?

I am also putting together a compilation album of tracks selected from my releases so far called ‘Red Rack’em  – The Early Years’ which should be out at the same time as the first single. That will be a CD with some exclusive tracks and a digital release as well. Just putting that together now and the artwork is going to be loads of old family photos as a metaphor for the early years of my music production.

I have got a single out right now on Shift Music. The tracks are ‘Undergroud’ and ‘Exhalt’. That’s just appeared in the shops. Underground is big room Detroit house/techno, Exhalt is a deeper house track. My Hot Coins remix of ‘Voices’ by Ron Basejam has just come out digitally on ISM and I am hoping it makes it on the vinyl EP too. I tried to follow on from my Joubert Singers remix on it and I think it’s one of my most accessible tracks to date. I am really proud of it.

At the end of June I have my debut EP on Hometaping Is Killing Music. The tracks are called ‘Pressure’ and ‘Back Home’. There’s a Kez YM remix of Pressure too.  I have remixed a track by Chris Coco called ‘My Beach House’ in a soulful 2 step style and that’s coming out on Big Chill Recordings at the end of June.

My radio show has just been syndicated to Motion FM which is great  – check http://www.motionfm.com/ for more details. I will be joining Charles Webster, Patrice Scott, Michael Ruetten and Fred P on there so I really pleased to get my show on there.

I am making my debut at the Garden Festival in Croatia too in July which I am excited about. I will be playing on the Basement Boogaloo Boat Party on 9th July and then at the Beach Club at the festival itself on the 10th July.

Still working on the Hot Coins and Marlinspike albums. Been adding vocals to them both – hopefully they will both be finished sometime this year.

Red Rack’em Myspace

Red Rack’em SoundCloud

Red Rack’em Releases

Hot Coins Releases

Tracklisting:

1 – Wouda Boogie – The Hangout (Dopeness Galore)
2 – Boohgaloo Zoo – No Joke (Juju + Jordash Remix) (Lovemonk)
3 – James Duncan – You And Me (Real Soon)
4 – Lady Blacktronika – Another Man (Untitled And After)
5 – Ame – ToNite (Dub Version) (Recreation)
6 – Mark E – Special FX (MERC)
7 – Theo Parrish – JB’s Edit (Peacefrog)
8 – Red Rack’em – Back Home (Hometaping Is Killing Music)
9 – 77 Productions – Yeah (Optex)
10 – A Made Up Sound – Funkstation (Cdr)
11 – Leroy And Darnell – Drumsfelds Day Out (Sonar Kollectiv)
12 – Negghead – Gettin’ So (Wax On)
13 – Red Rack’em – Place For Me (Autodiscoteque)

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02: m50/Area (Wave, Steadfast, Echospace, Mathematics)

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m50 is a young (we think) guy who we know nothing about, we came across his music on SoundCloud and have been enthralled because not only does he upload a number of tracks a day but  they are all ridiculously good.  How does he do it, well we don’t know… and we couldn’t find anything out really… he’s mysterious, really really mysterious.  He’s so mysterious that he wouldn’t tell us his name and his ‘press’ photo is the pic of the blue floor which has a doorway to his studio, we think?  At least the secrecy is not for obnoxious reasons as we found him to be very modest – when we asked about his music, if it was the result of 25 hour days in the studio, he simply said ‘I wish I was creative and diligent enough to produce all day long, I don’t spend as much time on it as I would like to’, perhaps the abstruseness is born from the complex mind of a true artist.

Luckily for the world he’s not too secretive to release his music or perform.  He’s had a weekly radio show on WNUR since 1999 and released as Area on some of the greatest labels of our time i.e. Wave, Steadfast, Echospace & Mathematics.  For his next gig he will be playing with none other than Francois K at Cielo for his Deep Space residency… that all reads like the bio of a well travelled artist yet we haven’t seen him in any press or listed on any European line-ups… so who is m50?  A phenomenal musician and we think his music will prove just that.

m50 will be in London for a Colony event at The Russian Bar on 15 May 2010, playing alongside Al Tourettes.

m50’s Website

m50’s Soundcloud

Tracklisting:

STL : In My Dreams (Intrusion Dub) : Things From The Basement : Something
Rondenion : Blue Canal : Dark Adaption : Rush Hour
Radiq : Mo’ Roots : Mo’ Roots : Philpot
Herbert : Leave Me Now Instrumental : Leave Me Now : Soundslike
Ben Watt Featuring Julia Biel : Guinea Pig (DJ Koze’s Vocal Variation Remix)
Marcel Dettmann : Vertigo (Wincent Kunth Remix) : Dettmann Remixed : Ostgut Ton
Area : Thankful : [unreleased]
James Blonde & Oliver Deutschmann : Milanese (Nick Chacona RMX) : Milanese Remixes : Falkplatz Limitert
Monobox : Trade (Pantytec Remix) : Monobox Remixes Vol 1 : Logistic
Pawel : Crillon : Pawel : Dial
Baby Ford : No Day : Gravy Train : Perlon
Kevin Gorman : Balance (Area Remake) : [unreleased]
Florence : The Vineyard (Peter Ford Remix) : The Vineyard : Eevo Lute
Kollektiv Turmstrasse : Last Day : Like The First Day : Diynamic
Moritz Von Oswald : Watamu Beach Rework : Watamu Beach : Desolat
Quantec : The Formula : Isolate : Styrax
Mlle Caro & Frank Garcia : Dead Souls (Radio Slave Long Distance Kiss Remix) : Dead Souls : Buzzin’ Fly
Black Jazz Consortium : Tribal Dance : Structure : Soul People Music
Martyn : Seventy Four (Redshape Mix) : Remixes : 3024
Das Bierbeben : Wie Ein Vogel (Chloé Remix) : Remixes : Shitkatapult
Panash : Cheval : Unicorn : Atavisme

01: jozif (Fabric, Wolf + Lamb, MoG, Vitalik, Fear of Flying)

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Our inaugural poddie is by a young man who we believe is on the cusp of greatness… JOZIF.  He also happens to be Resident Advisor’s Sales Manager and regularly plays Room 1 at Fabric, so much in fact that one could call him a resident.  We first noticed him when he released on his own label MOG, his blissful slo-mo tracks instantly won us over and we’ve been fans ever since.  In 2010 he has a string of hot releases due, most impressively on the most (yes we said most twice) talked about label for 2009 namely Wolf + Lamb and it warms our hearts to see what is in store for our lad this year.  As for his sound… we quoted from his biography because we couldn’t have said it better – “Eschewing the ‘in’ sound, jozif’s output has always followed its own path – quirky, charismatic and thoroughly electronic, his are the stand-out tracks that permeate a twisted 6am dancefloor, or drive a Balearic afterhours party through the roof.”  Along with his mix JOZIF answers some questions we had on why you should start a label, how to get signed and how to pick an awesome artist name.

So JOZIF… where did you get your artist name from?  It’s awesome – sounds like some kind of mythical character from a story about burning bushes and animals taking a boat across the desert.

Hahahaha – yea I think I read that one..shit ending :) jozif is just my name…you’re probably better off asking me Mum.

Amazing, what a novel idea – using your own name as your artist name!  That’s some kind of genius!  You have a lot of releases lined up so early in 2010 on some excellent labels, how on earth did you pull it off? And was the sex any good?

I think you’ve answered your own question… lots and lots and lots and lots of sex!!
I don’t know really.. I just try and keep things on a more personal level, try and build a relationship with a few labels that I like, that I share the shame ethos as and do it that way.
To be honest, rather than release a record a week on a different label, I’d much prefer to have less releases  and do them on a few selected labels.  That way I think you can build a partnership and build some Type of vibe…family… like what I’m doing with Vitalik, Infine, Leftroom, Fear of Flying and now Wolf + Lamb….

Perfect, that’s exactly the way we like to get ahead as well… lots of sex!  Are the people at Fabric family as well? Talk us through how it felt when you first got asked to play at Fabric and how was your first time DJing at what every DJ says is the best club to play in the world… were you shitting your pants?  The last time you played you ending up playing back to back all night with Craig Richards because Jay Haze pulled a sickie … how was that?

The folk at fabric are most definitely what I’d call family… they have all been super super supportive of me and my music.. everybody from Julienne through to Keith, Judy & Craig.  They’ve all been a massive part of development over the past 3 years and I can’t even begin to thank them enough.

The 1st time I played was a little Live show that Judy & Craig asked me to do.. I wasn’t really shitting my pants because I had spent soo much time at the club… and getting on stage, playing music and larking around is the only thing I’m really any good at… but I was a bit shocked when Keith came down especially to see me… that was a pretty big deal to me.

Yea, the last time I DJ’d there was back in January and poor Jay Haze was poorly so my warm-up set was extended and then Craig and I did the rest b2b…. was bloody amazing!

Wow that is pretty amazing, you do deserve the support they give you though, your shiz is good, really really good… especially the MoG stuff and that nugget (Chicago) coming out on W+L.  How did you meet your Fabric family?

I met Craig through Andrew Weatherall… I gave him some of my music at a gig and he called me the next week saying he really liked some of the tracks..
After that, I thought the only other person that might understand the music (some of them were bit ‘out there’) and appreciate it was Craig Richards.
So I went to the club to see him, gave him some tracks and left it for a few weeks.  He then called me about month or so later saying that he’d been playing a few of
the tracks down the club and that I should come down & have a drink sometime…. which I did :)

Talking about amazing… what’s it like working at the world’s best dance website namely Resident Advisor?  You probably spend most your days ‘making deals’ in coffee shops right?  I’m pretty sure you have the dream job of a few DJs, globally.  How did you get the job?

I’m not quite sure I’d call it a dream job but I am fortunate to work for a great magazine with some great peeps… I used to work for another magazine and RA asked me to join them when they were setting up their London office..

You have your own vinyl-only label called MoG which you release some of your own stuff on, tell us about it… and do you have any tips for anyone wanting to start a label?

As for advice – I’d say Do it do it do it!!!
As mine is vinly only, it does take quite a bit of $$ but it’s sooo worth it…

MoG has taken a wee bit of back seat recently because of all the other work I’ve been doing, but I plan to release vol 3 and 4 soon – the idea behind it was just
To put out some DJ tools.. simple, groove based records… nothing too serious…

And groovy they certainly are! What are some of the rewards you get out of doing a label?

Well, and I can only speak from my point of view, doing it all yourself can be a bit of a ball ache, making sure all the mastering is up to scratch, dealing with pressing plants, artwork etc But to have complete control over everything and be able to carve your own little notch into the music community is cool… you know it’s never gonna change the world or reinvent the wheel
But every so often you get a nice little buzz when either someone you respect emails or calls ya saying they bought some of your vinyl or you walk into a club and you’ll hear it being played.
I love it, I just wish I had loads and loads of money so I could release stuff all the time on MoG!!! (which are actually my parents initials – the 1st 2 releases were done on my mum’s kitchen table!!).

Your bio talks about a future project with one of dance music’s true heroes – can you tell us about it.

All will be revealed b4 Miami :)


Check out jozif’s latest release Tiger Tiger on Fear of Flying here

jozif myspace

jozif soundcloud

Tracklisting:

1.       jozif  -The Ride (Live version) – N/A
2.       Class Candy – Versicolour Digital (jozif’s Etage edit)- N/A
3.       jozif – Chicago – Wolf + Lamb
4.       Trisco – Musak  (jozif’s MoG remix ft. Zeska) – N/A
5.       Rober Cashin – 120 Won’t Cut It (jozif’s RCd2 remix) – Xetone records
6.       jozif – I’ll B – Leftroom
7.       jozif – Rice & Peas – N/A
8.       jozif – Beats in Space – Leftroom
9.       jozif – Rutka – N/A

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