Specials

Tear Council
Headed by none other than Matt Van Schie (Van She / Du Tonc), Tear Council is not just an advisory body on tear control, but a full body performance authority. After having previously collaborated in 2009 with Michael Di Francesco (Touch Sensitive) to write “Journey” – from Van Schie’s “Balmy Nights” EP - the pair now join forces yet again to bring you Tear Council – a project described by Van Schie as an outlet for his “more emotional outpourings”. Taking you back to the rhythm of the 80s and “Drive”-esque memories from summer days past. Check our interview.

  • WHEN AND HOW DID YOU MEET?
We met the day Van She started. We (Van She) needed a synth man and Nick knew Michael.
  • HOW DID EVERYTHING START?
We began doing Tear Council style tracks when we were both in Van She, about 5 years ago. The first one was Journey, which ended up going on Matt Van Schie's Balmy Nights EP. Since then we've started other projects - Du Tonc and Touch Sensitive. But the yearning to put out some Tear Council tracks never died, so we decided to pursue it.
  • WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO CREATE TEAR COUNCIL?
We both had a natural affiliation for the New Romantic vibes. And the music we wrote together didn't seem appropriate for our other projects, so we started something new.
  • HOW DO YOU DEFINE YOUR MUSIC?
Nu Romantic (Nu disco meets New Romantic).
  • WHO ARE YOUR BIGGEST INFLUENCES? 
The Reels, Kazino, Savage, Suicide.
  • WHAT IS YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS?
It usually starts with a beat and then chords. Then if a good vocal melody can come from it, we polish it up and finish it. 
  • WHAT DO YOU USE TO MAKE YOUR TRACKS? WHAT IS YOUR SET UP LIKE ON STAGE? 
We usually use a mix of Ableton and Pro Tools to write our music. We're yet to go live but we foresee a three-piece set up with MPC beats and synths played by Michael, main vocals and guitar from Matt, and a female backing singer.
  • DO YOU PREFER DJ SETS OR LIVE PERFORMANCES?
Live.
  • WE’RE SEEING A MODULAR SYNTHESIZERS REBIRTH IN THE LAST YEARS, ARE YOU MODULAR ENTHUSIASTS?
No, not yet. It seems like a can of worms that I’m afraid to open. I’ve seen what it does to people (as far as the obsession goes) and can see how easy it would be to get lost in them. So maybe one day - it does look fun though.

  • AUSTRALIA IS ONE OF THE HOTTEST PLACES FOR NEW MUSIC IN THE RECENT YEARS. WHO ARE YOURS FAVOURITE AUSSIE ARTISTS ?
The Reels, Midnight to Monaco, Ice House, The Bee Gees, Oscar Key Sung, Andras Fox, Seekae, Cut Copy.
  • HOW DOES THE PLACE YOU LIVE IN, INFLUENCE YOUR MUSIC?
Being trapped on an island definitely tends to give our music that tropical, summer glow. 

  • WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO PLAY?
Mexico and Columbia are pretty fun. LA is always a blast too.



  • WHAT IS THE FUNNIEST AND WEIRDEST THING THAT HAS EVER HAPPENED TO YOU AT A GIG?
Watching a band member get held up against a wall with a taser gun pointed to the back of his head. Cops are tops! We were just unloading after gig, probably having a loud conversation, and some undercover police officer decided to interrupt us. 
  • WHAT ARE YOUR DREAMS? YOUR REASON FOR LIVING?
We're goose bump chasers. Once you write a track that gives you goose bumps you just want to write more and more. Also, we like to have fun, that's very important.
  • WHAT DO TEAR COUNCIL, DU TONC AND TOUCH SENSITIVE HAVE IN STORE FOR 2015?
More singles and videos from all three projects.
              
The Supermen Lovers
This time our special is with the super talented Parisian producer Guillaume Atlan (A.K.A. The Supermen Lovers), enjoy !


How was the beginning? and what are your tips for the beginners?

I started music when I was 7 years old with classical music. Then I moved to Acid Jazz- Funk in the early 90’s, I was playing clavinet and rhodes in different band. Than I came to House Music by listening to some great artists as "Chemical Brothers", "Daft Punk", "Basement Jaxx" and a lot of artistes from Chicago and Detroit. I started produced some electronic music under the name "Stan De Mareuil" on my own label "Lafessé Records". I just had a ASR10 and I did everything on it (Sample/drums/bass). Then I could buy (with the money I get from the first records) more machines as an EMU 6400/bass station novation and some other cool stuffs :)

Why did you decide to stop your previous projects and create The Supermen Lovers?

The records I did under the name "Stan De Mareuil" were based only on samples and I wanted to do another project with more real instruments as I could play piano, guitar & bass.
So I started the project "The Supermen Lovers" with the idea to do something closer to real Funk. I did several songs with always the feeling of doing "House Music" by using some little samples but with the opportunity to play real instruments and put real voices on it. So some track as "Starlight ", "Diamonds for her ", "Hard stuff" and "Family business" were born in this way.
"The Supermen Lovers" gave me also the opportunity to do some real live with it. Not DJ but to bring on stage instruments and sequencers. I played a lot in funk band before doing electronic music and I wanted to have that feeling again : play real instruments on stage. 

* Your sound is obviously influenced by the late 70's/early 80's music (like disco and funk) . Which french disco/funk albums do you think everybody should listen at least once? Which are your biggest influences? What do you listen in your home?

When I was kid I used to be a Huge fan of "Pink Floyd" then I moved to funk and disco at the age of 14. The first Funk record I heard was a « Fatback Band » album. I think the one with "Keep on stepping" in it. I discovered black music with artists as James Brown, The O’jays, The Ohio Players, Parliement and Funkadelic and many others…. Then I went to a more "White Funk" with band as " Average white band", "Rinder & Lewis", "El Coco" and some others guys… They made me go to Disco Music. After that I went to house music. And I m still fan of all artists in this period. In France there are now some great electronic artists from the "French touch" period as "Daft Punk", "Etienne de Crecy", "Alex Gopher", "Demon ", "Pepe Bradock" and label as "Roulé ", "Crydamour" " Versatile" and many others… I think everybody should listen to their albums. They are the base of the "French Touch".
Now I m listening to a lot of Nu disco, electro, and still old funk. 

* "Starlight" was a huge success, can you tell how you made it and how it impacted in your life?

I began to started on a loop with a sample in it and a drum beat I did on it. Then I found the bass line and all arrangements around as Strings and Rhodes. I was working with a few machines (That I mentioned before). The melody of the song came straight to me as I was listening to the instrumental of the track. The male voice and female voice came straight to my mind ! I will always remember that moment. Then I had to find the voice that could fit with the track. I began to record first the female vocal with Nili. then I met Mani Hoffman and he did the male voice.
The track "Starlight" became popular very fast. It was everywhere a few weeks after I released it…That was incredible. It gave me the opportunity to release my first album "The Player". Then "The Supermen Lovers" became as famous as the "Starlight" and I could begin to produce a lot under this name.

* How does your creative process work? 

It depends… I can start from a beat drum or a bass line or a sample. I have no automatic process. If I have an idea which come to my head I m going to play it and build a track around it. Or I can listen to a song and hear a little detail that can be a sample…than I build a track too around it. No rules !!

What do you use to make your tracks? What is your favourite set-up to make your DJ sets and play live ?

I m still a huge fan of Analog machines. So I m using a lot of hard ware as a Mackie 32/8 to mix and DP4 ensoniq/ Alesis reverb for effects. I m not fan of soft ware for keyboards. I m using Nordlead3/Nordstage and moog. I have a gibson stander for guitar and Jaguar Fender bass for…bass. And I m doing all audio sequences on Ableton Live.
I m doing most of the time Live act and I m just moving my studio on stage ! That s heavy… but that sounds great :) I m not alone on stage. I come with a guitarist and saxophone or trombone. 
I m doing to a lot of Vocoder and I have different ones : Korg R3 and a Roland SVC 350. But I just bring the R3 on stage. The Roland is an antiquity. 

Which was your first synth an which is you favourite?

I used to be addict to ASR10 Ensoniq and EMU 6400. But now I m done with it. I m on Nord now. Nordlead/Nordstage/Nordrack !! Love what those guys are doing :)  those keyboards are really funky. But I have to say that a moog is perfect for electronic bass line. I just discovered a few months ago the Virus Indigo access… and I have to say that it rocks !

In your opinion which are the biggest differences between today's production compared to when you started?

Everything has changed. When I began to produced music I used only MIDI. Everything was more simple because you get less choices. There was only one way to produce electronic music : You use sampling machine connected in MIDI with drum station (MPC or others) and you mix all that on a mixing table with effects.
Nowadays everybody can produce music at home. I don t say that it will be good production every time but everybody can try to do it. And that is a good thing because as there are more and more producers you always have to be better.

You already worked with great artists like Rick Bailey (Delegation) and Norma Jean Wright from Chic, what's your dreams collaboration/partnership?

To work with such artists was a great experience. There are so many artists I d like to work with. That goes from Sade to Boys Noise !! Kate Bush, Conann Mockassin , Beck , AC/DC and many others… I could do remix for them and why not make a track fro them !! ;) 

How do you define your music?

Electronic funky disco Pop Music. 

*Which are your favourites places to play? 

I love all kind of venues. Small ones, big ones. I love little club where people are close to you when you play. I love big festival when you see a huge crowd banging on your music. 
In fact I love places where people are happy to hear my sounds.

*How do you think the place you live in has influenced in your music? 
What is favourite thing about Paris? And what do hate about it?

Paris is a special place. I m not sure I will have done the music I did and I m doing in another city. Paris is full of paradoxes. Full of happy people and full go edgy people. I m born in Paris, has always lived in Paris… and perhaps will die in Paris.
I know the all city ! Even when I m going far from Paris more than a week, I m always so happy to be back ! Paris is my town. Sometimes I hate it, sometimes I love it !
Anyway … I have Paris in my heart forever.

*What were the weirdest and the funniest things that ever happened on a gig?

Ouch !! yes I have one souvenir which is funny and weird. I played in 2002 for the MTV five night stand in London. The guys in backstage has put all my machines under canalisation, and some water fall on my machines. When we started the show and that I pushed the button "Play" on the MPC (Sequencer) the all mixing table Mackie 16/4 almost exploded and a big smoke came out from it. So I was playing in front of 4000 thousand people and on air on MTV Europe and I just got a hi hat going out from the Mackie… I managed to fix it in 4/5 minutes but you can imagine my feelings during this time. I felt minutes were years… After I fixed the problem by using another Mackie on stage the show has been perfect ! ;)

*What do you know about Brazilian music ? When will you come to Brazil?

I d looove to come in Brazil ! To play my music there would be so cool ! 
Those guys know how to deal with drums and percussions… We all should go one times there just to learn how to dance ;)

*What do you think about music industry piracy?

Now artists are getting their money from gigs and other stuffs like synchronisation etc… It didn’t destroyed the business, it has changed it. We have to focus on different things, to spend more time in working on our gigs etc….
For sure I d rather like that Artists still get money from records sales… But it s life and when you can not doing something else than music… you don t think about that. 

*Do you think that services like Deezer and Spotify can kill the habit of buy music?

Yes. I think that streaming is going to kill the habit of buying music. To have a song or a track in your computer or in your cloud seems to be the same things for people. And streaming is less expensive.
And more than that, it won t take any place in their computer. Everything will be on the website.
But there will be still people who will keep buying music. That is sure too….

*How do you see the popularisation of music making, especially with mobile devices like the iPad and iPhone?

Everything that is making you more creative is a good thing. 
But you have to keep in mind that you have to give good production quality to people.

*What is your motivation? 

I want to see people happy when they hear my music. I want to see them loving each others, kissing each others on my music. I want them to be someone else on a dance floor when they heard my music.
I know how to make people dance, how to make them forget their daily problems. Perhaps one day I will know how to make them cry… ;) But for the moment I m better in making them dance !


*What do you think about the music future? 

I ve always been someone optimist. I think everything is changing all the time and humans know how to adapt. Why we should think that bad things are coming..?? We have more and more artists because of the web, we have more and more kind of music, of style. 
Yes the music industry is changing. Less records sales but more concerts, more contact with fans on internet. 
Let s make music and the rest will come !

*What's next? 

There s an album remix which is coming out the 17th of november called "Alterations". It s a compilation of remix I did for other artists : Donny Hathaway, S express, Jupiter, New Order, Bart & Baker, Spiller etc… That album is also including a cover from the belgium 80’s hit "Beats of Love" from "Nacht und Nebel".
I m also mixing right now the 4th and new album for "The Supermen Lovers" . That will be released in 2015. There will be a lot of  surprise in it with great featuring ! 
I m actually doing a lot of live too and the next gig is in Paris the 15th of November at the Social Club.
I ve just signed on my new label "Word Up Records" 2 artists : Natty Fensie, a belgium girl who is singing too on the new TSL album. There s a new EP coming out soon for her. And  a french band called "Leonard",their first single will be out soon with a remix from "Ness".


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Cyclist
This time our special is with the talented Canadian producer Mark Penner (A.K.A. Cyclist). With releases on Homebreakin', Continental RecordsPunchout! not mentioning an array of remixes including his winner version of The Rapture’s "How Deep is Your Love", Shindu's ‘Just Go’, Heminghway's "Ace Neptune" and more recently Drop Out Orchestra's "Tough Love" (just to name a few) . Check out our interview and have fun with his new mixtape!

  • How was the beginning? Why you decided to leave Moses Mayes and move to solo carer? and what are your tips for the beginners?

I spent 10 or 11 years playing guitar in Moses Mayes. We got to do a lot of cool things... Released 3 albums, toured across Canada and the US and opened for people like James Brown, Herbie Hancock and Kool & the Gang. I learned a lot from playing in that band.

 I started Cyclist while I was still in the band but it quickly became my priority. In 2011 I moved from Winnipeg to Vancouver so that's when I left the band.

A tip for beginners: learn piano.

  • Which are the biggest differences in playing in a band and play solo? 

When you play solo you don't have to rely on anyone but yourself. There's no band members not showing up for a writing session or disagreeing with you on how a song should sound. But you're on your own and have to do everything! It's a lot of work.

  • Your sound is obviously influenced by the late 70's/early 80's music (like disco, funk and proto-house) . Which are your biggest influences? 

I love synth based music from 80's boogie funk to new wave to 70's jazz fusion. I love four on the floor beats... Disco and house. And I love RnB and soul vocals. Put them all together and you have my favourite music. 

  • How do you think the place you live in has influenced in your music? 
Well my interest in funk, disco and dance music definitely happened in spite of growing up in Winnipeg not because of it. Living in Vancouver I got a lot more into house music because disco wasn't as well received when I played out. I'm living in Toronto now and there's a healthy love for disco and nudisco and a bit of a community of producers and DJs too so I've been able to really delve deep into disco. 

  • How does your creative process work? 
Usually I'll start jamming to a drum sample... Maybe a disco break, something with a good groove. I'll jam a bassline or synth chords.. Or lately I've been writing parts on guitar and then re-creating them on synth just because I write faster on guitar. It's all just jamming until I have enough ideas down that I can start editing together an arrangement. From there it's getting the mix right and adding the sprinkles.

  • How do you define your music?
Usually I just say nu-disco or if it's someone who doesn't know what that is I say disco or indie dance.

  • What are your dreams? Your motivation? 
Touring around the world and buying recording gear

  • What do you use to make your tracks? 
At the moment I'm mostly working in the box using ableton... Slowly rebuilding my gear collection.

  • What is your favourite set-up to make your DJ sets?
 I use Serato mainly but I always have a USB ready as back up in case I need to hop on some CDJs. I do the occasional vinyl set at a local gig for fun.

  • Which are your favourite places to play? 
At a monthly disco party I have with A Digital Needle called Beam Me Up here in Toronto... The crowd is very diverse and always ready to get down. 

  • What were the weirdest and the funniest things that ever happened on a gig?
 I played a gay bar in Seattle this past summer. There was a full on orgy right next to the DJ booth. It's amazing how quickly a 4 or 5 dude orgy becomes normal with the right surroundings... They had eased me into it with nudie pics on the TVs and then a male stripper, haha.. Wait a sec, not the orgy, they didn't ease me into the orgy, just watching it... Not that I was watching! Maybe I'll shut up now. 

  • I know you already came to Brazil. What do you know about Brazilian music? 
I got to see a group of percussionists, I think it was about 30-40 people... Some big drums, some smaller hand drums or tambourines. I can't remember what you call that type of group but it was great. 

I also heard a lot of Baile Funk in the clubs but I didn't ever make it to a real Baile Funk party.


  • When will you come back to Brazil?
As soon as I get booked! ;)

  • What do you think about the music future? 
I'm always optimistic about all things music. The future looks great from where I'm standing.

  • What's next? 
I'm wrapping up a remix for Rogue Vogue, working on a new tune with Maiko Watson and I'm about to launch a new label with Karl Kling of RAC called MANI/PEDI Records. 


Booking inquiries:
Sarah Hansson - Europe
sarah@holographicpeople.com
Grant Paley - North America
grant@paquinentertainment.com

     
    tracklist:

    1. The Willow Band - Willow Man
    2. Richard Rossa - Party Zone
    3. Phantom Slasher - Backwards is the best way forward, baby
    4. Sweet Daddy Floyd - I just can't help myself (re-edit)
    5. Pleasure - Joyous (DJ Harvey Edit)
    6. Family Plann - Shake it up (Belabouche Edit)
    7. Joutro Mundo - Body Heat
    8. Ill Advised - Hurt Me
    9. Tugboat Edits - Happy People
    10. First Choice - Let no man put asunder (Ron Hardy Edit)
    11. DJ Apt One & Venice Beach - Socket
    12. Todd Terje - Q

KLP

 This time our interview is with the talented Kristy Lee (A.K.A. KLP). This year she already released an awesome EP by DCUP's label Chookie Music and today her collaboration with Crayon is being released by Yuksek's label Partyfine (don't miss it!). 



  • How everything started ? 
I grew up in a musical family - so music has always been around me.


  • When you first thought about music as a profession?
I don't think it was ever a conscious decision I made, I have wanted to sing and perform as far back as I can remember.


  • In your early works  (like  Space In Betweenyou used Kristy Lee, why did you changed your artistic name to KLP ?
There were a few bands and artists out there who were using Kristy Lee. My friends already called me KP or KLP so it made sense to change it up.


  • In the last years we saw an avalanche of awesome australian music. How do you think the place you live in has influenced in your music? 
I am a dj as well as singer/writer so I am constantly on the hunt for new music from all over the world - and thanks to the internet, it's so easy to get a hold of. So I don't think being in one place or another has effected me personally so much.


  • Which are your biggest influences?
It changes all the time. It can anyone from cutting edge new music to classic old school and then straight pop.


  • How does your creative process work?
I don't have any rules. It can start with a lyric, an idea, a heart break, a victory, a glass of wine, a beat, a loop… seriously every song is a difference process.


  • How do you define your music?
I try not to! 


  • What are your dreams? 
I had some crazy nightmares last night. There must be something heavy going on with the moon. But in summary, I guess deep down to stay happy and true.


  • Your motivation ?
As above, happiness and the process of day to day living. Although I LOVE goals, I also try to enjoy getting to them.


  • What do you use to make your tracks? 
I use Abelton at the moment, but I really want to use Logic again soon. 


  • What is your favourite set-up to make your DJ  sets ?
I use record box to plan my sets


  • Which are your favourite places to play?
As a dj -anywhere that trust's the djs skills enough to let them play the music they want. To many venues try control the music down to exact songs when they really have no idea - it just results in every place/dj playing the same shit. As a singer - right now, anywhere that will have me 


  • What were the weirdest and the funniest things that ever happened on a gig?
No lights (and for a drummer playing a drum pad that is insane) and then the PA cut out. NOT funny at the time. Funny now. 


  • When will you come to Brazil?
I've never been to Brazil - but I would LOOOVE to come visit as soon as possible.


  • You already worked with great artists, what's your dreams collaboration/partnership?
Singing on a Disclosure track, or writing for Rihanna. 


  • How do you feel about the mainstream music industry sexism? Do you think it make harder for a talented (and beautiful) girl like you?
Thank you for the compliment  No, I don't think it's hard - as long as you're actually talented or skilled, then aesthetics are just a bonus. But if the core is right then it doesn't matter.


  • What do you think about the music future ?
I'm loving how new genres are blending together. I'd love to see that happen more and more.


  • You just released a new track on Yuksek's Partyfine records, what's next?
That's actually Le Crayons ep, but I co-wrote and sang on the track "Give You Up". I've just finished a whole bunch of solo KLP demos and I am really feeling them - I hope I can find someone else out there who feels the same way!

Jerry Bouthier
This time our special is with my dear friend Jerry Bouthier. For those who still don't know he's half of JBAG (Jerry Bouthier + Andrea Gorgerino), so is responsible for make you dance at the sound of some of finest remixes in last years, he's also the man behind Continental Records family and just released the second Kitsuné Soleil compilation with Gildas Loaec.
We made a nice interview and he's giving you an exclusive edit, check it out and have fun!



  • How was the beginning? and what are your tips for the beginners?
“We’re still beginners as far as we’re concerned. You never stop learning and fine tune what you’re about. Our tip for beginners would be: favour emotion rather than trends, cultivate your difference and be patient, it takes a lifetime to master the different aspects of music writing and production.”



  • Which are your biggest influences?
“Musically? There are so many… it’s impossible to answer. We’re into all kinds of musicians, as long as they have passion, attitude and generosity. We like so much, from The Doors to The Clash, Factory records to Def Jam, Nile Rodgers to Johnny Marr, Air to Phoenix, Mozart to Vangelis, The XX to Ladyhawke… you know it’s about picking up what you like, we’ try to be open-minded… For fashion shows where there’s no limits, you can mix anything you like, it’s such a thrill… I’m trying to bring that feel in my ‘ Heart & Soul ’ mixtapes (https://soundcloud.com/jerrybouthier/heart-soul-jerry-bouthier), throw in all kind of tracks and try make it work. Break boundaries and fly to the moon…”


  • How do you think the place you live in has influenced in your music? Do you feel bigger France or UK influence?
“Naturally both Paris and London have had huge influence on me, i’m pretty much 50/50 these days. Gives me a peculiar outlook I suppose. Andrea’s almost there, I’ve witnessed him turn into proper Londoner.”

  • How does your creative process work?
“We lay melodic foundations we like, chord progressions that make you feel warm inside and that you haven’t heard a million time before, and then organize them in dj-friendly structure. Andrea’s exceptional with harmony, and second to none in the studio, top ears. Me? I’m good with editing and vibes, the dj and the punter, not as skilled for sure (although I used to program and engineer too)… but it’s more complicated than that really. We try a lot of stuff together, go through every little detail, it takes a while to get it right. That’s why we don’t do so many, we really get into it and don’t let go until it’s there.”


  • How do you define your music?
“We don’t think about it too much, we do what feels natural to us. We don’t have a plan, we like to make music together, we understand, respect and bounce off each other, we’re lucky to have that musician bond between us where everything else is secondary. Then again we’ve been a studio couple for a long time, although we have an open relationship, we’ve kept coming back to each other, just like brothers really… Guess we don’t make it easy for ourselves by not strictly sticking to one sound. We like rockin’ and funkin’. It’s It’s gotta have a bit of black and a bit of white. Only one or the other isn’t as much fun we find. We’re influenced by many things: pop, rock, funk, disco, house, italo, punk-funk, euro, electro, soul, bits of hip-hop… and what have you. Is that balearic? I reckon it is, that’s how I remember Ibiza when I first discovered it almost by luck. An eclectic mix of good stuff played by music lovers in clubs and bars… Why should it be any different? It just seems alien to us to be stuck in one genre anyway, as djs… and producers. That’s what we love most about 2 Many DJs, their audacity at mixing genres and for doing it with humour too. For sure we don’t live in the past, we always look forward to new music and get a lot of energy from the new stuff around.” 

  • What are your dreams? Your motivation ?
“Living off music is the best dream of all - whether you make a lot of cash or not. Now we’re quite selfish too, it’s only finished when we’re happy with it.”

  • What do you use to make your tracks? What is your favourite set-up to make your DJ sets ?
“Tools are important but no more than imagination. It’s like the old debate, vinyl vs cds. Is it any good? That’s the real question… We use a combination of analog and digital machines, guitars, gadgets, percussion… anything that can work really. But you know you can get any sound you can think of in a computer now, so you’re basically free to try out anything you fancy. The results are essentially going to be down to your ideas and creativity, not so much what equipment you use.”


  • Which are your favourite places to play?
“Any night with a crowd into music is a pleasure to play to… Could be Japan, Beirut, Singapore, Paris, London, Buenos Aires… It’s an universal feeling that needs no words to express itself. We’re looking forward to visit South America cos you guys have the funk! ”

  • You spend many hours at airports, what do you do to spend time while wait your flights?
“Sober up on a jug of English breakfast tea, read the papers and if i’m sitting down get the lappy out and re-edit tracks for my sets, my fave hobby… Andrea loves nothing more than learning stuff, he’s always reading few books and manuals at once.”

  • What were the weirdest and the funniest things that ever happened on a gig?
“I guess one of the weirdest was probably me and my late brother Tom (bless him) deejaying before David Guetta (!) at Manumission, Privilege, in Ibiza. Although by then we were used to play to UK crowds, 7,000 people embracing your music felt quite impressive but Tom did great and rocked it solid with our party signature set. That was sadly to be our last ever gig together and that’s what makes it a little spooky in retrospect… well, at least those aren’t memories of some toilet in the middle of nowhere but of the biggest club in Ibiza if not the world, a place we partied in only a few years earlier and which meant so much to us… Now the funniest has to be going on a day trip to Brighton (on the beach) for a Family gig (our club before BoomBox and Ponystep) with a coach of trannies and club kids. Most of it couldn’t even be printed, hilarious.”

  • What's the biggest difference that you feel playing on fashion event and on a club?
“It is different, fashion parties are a bit random, people are invited for free drinks you know. So sometime they’re crap, sometime they’re amazing cos they can gather some fun, creative people and suddenly it goes off. Difficult to tell in advance. Clubs are more predictable, but that’s usually in a good way. In good places, people come to hear (your) music… so as long as you deliver an entertaining set that you’re into, you’ll have a good time and they’ll have a good time.”


  • I know you're a music lover. What do you know about Brazilian music ? When will you come to Brazil?
“Soon hopefully. We love baile funk, which we’ve used a few times for Vivienne Westwood shows, some of these bootlegs are funny man. And the romantic 70s folky stuff our mums used to listen to… Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Milton Nascimento, Jorge Ben… how can you resist it? Particularly as a child :-) ”

  • What do you think about the future of music?
“It’s not looking great to be honest, at least in the charts. Machines and softwares have replaced performances and emotions. Musicians are badly needed back in studios to bring some feeling… just djs and computer programmers won’t be enough to keep music meaningful. In our opinion electronic musicians should have more band mentalities and stop isolating themselves. It’s the interaction of several good writers/musicians that makes the best tunes. Not everyone is a genius like Prince, union is strength. It’s so easy to get stuck on your own in front of a computer and believe you can cater for everything… It’s good to have different sensibilities cohabiting in the same tune, it’s often a little crazier, less expected or simply more pleasing melodically. People should see music as scents of beauty which make you feel good and alive, not an axis to become rich and famous. Celebrity culture’s killing people’s sensitivity.”


  • Continental is a digital label, why? Do you have plans to release vinyls in the future?
“Not in the short term. People can hardly be bothered to spend 1$ on an mp3 these days, so trying to get them to spend 10 or 12$ on a 12” vinyl seems very optimistic. You have to embrace the new age and go along with it. There’s no point resisting technology, it’s here to stay.”

  • As label owner what do you think about music industry piracy?
“Music isn’t free. It’s like books or films. Many professions live off those art forms, and if these people don’t get paid anymore, you won’t get art for much longer, all that’ll be left will be consumer products. For sure the record business got greedy and shot itself in the foot when it repackaged lps as cds and sold them with a 90% profit margin or so. No wonder people don’t want to spend money anymore… Now it does feel wrong to have those shops in Sri-Lanka or else selling exclusively bootlegs of cds and dvds. I exchange music with other djs, occasionally burn stuff for friends, that kind of thing, to me that’s ok, it’s my job to spread the word. I see it as supporting bands by attracting people’s attention to what they do, so that more and more play and listen to interesting music rather than the same old chart pap… Obviously Continental is a business, but it’s really all about the music. I’m  lucky to have a very efficient team around me who gets a lot less out of it than it gives, but thanks to their talent and trust we’re building a little family and taking each step at a time. It feels nice you know, music mates, people you like the work of, encouraging the younger ones and giving full artistic control to the more experienced ones. It’s a real honour, we hope Continental can help them develop into consistent long-term artists while doing great singles with us.”

  • Do you think that services like Deezer, Spotify and Google Play Music can kill the habit of buy music?
“I’d say yes to a certain extent. But at least royalties are being paid to artists now, 80% like iTunes I hear… so it is yet another mutation that seems to be working… I don’t really use it personally cos u know i’ve got so much stuff to listen to all the time, between what I get given and what I buy… but it’s great idea to be able to discover stuff like if you walked in a public library.”

  • After working with amazing labels like Kitsuné, Gomma… why have you decided to create your own label (Continental Records) ?
“So I could complain about music and show how it’s got to be done in my opinion haha.” 

  • Continental is a new label but already released tracks by amazing artists like Reflex, Shindu, Fancy, Rüfüs and of course JBAG. What's next?
“Lots of stuff, honestly it’s not like there aren’t great musicians out there. We have more singles coming from France, SE Asia, Berlin, Sydney, London, Belgium… The way the charts are going we believe underground pop has sunny days ahead. People need to feel stuff you know, music is about emotion… I witness it at most of my gigs. Djs should give crowds more credit, not everybody likes boring s**t.”  

Casio Social Club

Almost 2 weeks ago I met Justin Winks (Casio Social Club/ Mullet Records) and we had a chat in Electro Boogie Headquarter. Here you can find the interview we made and a gift he's giving to us, a special edit of Casio Social Club's remix for Drop Out Orchestra's All The Time We Need.




  • How was the beginning? and what are your tips for the beginners?

Hey Caio... firstly it's great to finally meet you in person!
Ok for me, the beginning was full of mixed emotions - on the one hand I was really excited to be 'finally' making music but on the other hand I was anxious and frustrated because I really wanted to get my music out there.
My main tip for beginners is simply to have fun and do not try and copy other producers too much... just have fun and gravitate towards a sound that you have fun with, because you could be doing this for quite a few years!


  • Which are your biggest influences?


My biggest influences are the music from the late 70s to late 80s. For me this was the best decade because there was amazing Funk, Soul, Boogie, Disco, Hip Hop and House. These were the most influential years for me.



  • How does your creative process work?


Ok my productions normally start with a simple groove, so drums and bass first, and then I build the keys, pads and melody lines. Then I arrange the track over 5/6 minutes and then work on the vocal.



  • How do you define your music?


Umm, good question - as you know I have many influences but I try and bring them all together into a melting pot of 'Casio Social Club' sound, so I think 'Electro Cosmic Boogie Disco' would be the best description hahaha.



  • What are your dreams? Your motivation?


My dream is to simply make a living out of producing music, dj'ing and running my record label 'Mullet Records'. And my motivation is to simply touch peoples hearts with my music.



  • Which are your favourite places to play?


I love playing in South America - the people are so warm and friendly here. Also with you guys it's not about what sunglasses you're wearing... it's about feeling the music and having a great time... this is what Dance Music is all about!



  • What were the weirdest and the funniest things that ever happened on a gig?


Haha well sometimes people just want something from me... for example an item of clothing that I'm wearing. This tends to happen when I'm wearing either a Mullet Records or Casio Social Club t-shirt when I'm playing... I need to start taking a selection of t-shirts with me when I play... because nobody is having mine! haha :o)



  • What do you use to make your tracks? What do you take with you on the stage?


I'm a huge fan of Reason and Logic but Reason is the number one for me. Reason allows me to work very quickly and Reason 6.5 is an incredible piece of software. I have some old 80s synths too but to be honest nearly all of my productions have been made using Reason.
In the beginning I spent a whole year just working in Reason, making my own custom patches that would help give me my own individual sound. I still use the same patches now, for example most of my tracks use my own custom bass sound that I created using Reason's Subtractor synth... the Subtractor is an awesome beast!


  • How do you see the popularisation of music making, especially with mobile devices like the iPad and iPhone?


Personally I think it's difficult to work on small devices like iPhone's and iPads. I think maybe these devices and their apps are about having fun and working on basic grooves and then transporting them to your studio computer to finish. Personally I like the power of a proper studio computer with a nice big screen and a proper keyboard and mouse.



  • And what do you think about the future of music?


We're living in very strange times at the moment - technology is moving so fast and sometimes I feel it's difficult to keep up with that. But it's also very exciting too as the possibilities seem to be endless. There are little constraints now as we can have a huuuuuge recording desk with an infinite amount of channels on our laptop or even iPad... this was unimaginable 15 ears ago.
So creatively I think that 'music' is in a good place right now but the 'music industry' is in a not so good place right now.



  • What do think about the "deep house wave"?


Haha well you're talking a guy that has been into Deep House since the late 80s, so it's nothing new to me. In the beginning you had Larry Heard, Marshall Jefferson, The Burrell Brothers etc. In the 90s we had Glen Underground, Ron Trent, Wamdue Kids and Chris Brann. In the 2000's we had Kerri Chandler and Dennis Ferrer etc etc. So to me it's nothing new at all. Dance Music just likes to be fashionable and the Press just like to write about what they think is the latest coolest music fashion. A lot of this Deep House thing has been sensationalized by the press anyway. I like a lot of the new Deep House music... but you can tell who's making it with their heart and who's making it just to be fashionable!


  • How do you think the place you live in has influenced in your music?


Umm, well as you know the UK has been very strong for Dance Music for many years. We have had amazing Dance Music record shops, magazines and radio stations, so it's been very accessible for me. Also I now live in the countryside and I get a lot of inspiration from the beauty of nature... for me, it doesn't get much better than that!



  • As label owner what do you think about music industry piracy?


How long have you got? Do you really want me to write a 10,000 word essay on how piracy is killing the music industry and how it's suffocating everyone involved from producers, mastering engineers, designers and photographers! Right now the music industry is totally screwed and that's because of what's being allowed to happen on the internet. If a producer wants to give their music away for free then that's absolutely fine... they can give it away on their own Soundcloud or Facebook page at their own discretion. But at the moment anyone can give anyone else's music away for free and the people that operate these illegal torrent sites do not care about anyone apart from themselves... they do not care about the artist that sat there for days/weeks/months to produce the track and they do not care about the record label that put the release together and the cost of bringing that release to the public.
These people are just very ignorant and totally out for themselves. I hope that one day the internet is a kinder place that outlaws this unlawful behavior, because I know so many talented music producers, engineers, designers, managers etc that are quitting the industry because they can no longer earn a living from it. This is such a shame and I only hope that one day we live in a kinder internet World!



  • Do you think that services like Deezer, Spotify and Google Play Music can kill the habit of buy music?


I think that there is room in this World for both 'buying' sites and 'streaming' sites. This way people have the choice, and choice is a good thing... and both ways the artist and label get paid, which is and excellent thing! :o)




  • Which was your first synth? Was it a Casio?


Haha yeah my beloved Casio VL-Tone. Lots of people had Casio keyboard as kids and this is the reason why I chose the name 'Casio Social Club'. I also love and collect olskool Casio watches too.



  • You had a mullet in the 80's?


Haha yeah everyone at my school had one. We all wanted to look like Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Wham, Howard Jones and Kajagoogoo... hahaha happy days! :o)




  • Recently you released a compilation of your remastered remixes, what are your tips to get a fat mix?


Ooh another good question - well firstly your soundcard and monitors are very important, try and buy the best you possibly can.
Secondly go online and read/watch some online tutorials on how to mixdown. There are some great tutorials on Youtube about understanding the sonics of frequency range dynamics and this really is the key to a good mixdown.
And thirdly, understanding the importance of compression is invaluable... particularly when it comes to Dance Music.
Mullet Records offers a great mastering service called 'Mullet Mastering' and we offer a very competitive digital mastering service to both beginners and professionals - contact mulletrecords@gmail.com


Second Date




1-How was the beginning ?and what are your tips for the beginners ?


It's still sort of the beginning.... I think music is a very challenging area to try and pursue. Like most things, it requires a lot of determination, and self-belief. It can be quite a selfish pursuit, really. But people have also got to get it, if you want success from it. Either that or you've got to know someone in the business...

A tip that I need to take more often myself is to figure out what you want from your own music. If you want recognition, success, fans, money (hahaha...) then music is only one slice of the pie; all the publicity and connections and self-promotion and image can be just as important. 

But if you just want a creative outlet regardless of the consequences, try not to get too hung up on what other people might want from you, or your "sound". I've had a few people try to pull me in one direction or another over the past two years, and who knows, I might have been somewhere better by now, but ultimately I keep coming back to what I want to be doing, which is producing things I want to hear.

2-Which are your biggest influences? And who are the best and worst today acts in your opinion ?

Like everyone else, I have a lot of influences personally. Second Date's biggest influences are probably the disco of the early 80s, the RnB of the late 90s, the house music of the early 2000s, and the more experimental dance music you hear nowadays. None of those necessarily fit together very smoothly, but I like to think Second Date is somewhere between them all.

I struggle to truly dislike acts consistently, but I guess I get bored of the really heavy dubstep stuff pretty quickly. It's just too intense for me.
3-How your creative process work ?
It can take ages for ideas to formulate that I'm happy with, but once they start fitting together a song can fall into place pretty quickly. I'm an impatient producer; if I start getting lots of ideas at once I want to get them all down as soon as possible while they're fresh, while I still feel enamoured with them.

4-The Brit artists (specially The Beatles) have changed music in the last century.How do you think the place you live in have influenced in your music ?

The UK is a really vibrant place musically, which I'm grateful for. I grew up abroad and my connection to the UK was through Ministry of Sound CDs I used to buy when I was visiting relatives. Pretty different to the classics - who I also listened to, but in a very different capacity.

The dance music I listened to as a teenager is important to me as a producer because it shaped the music I wrote. I wasn't in a band and I couldn't play guitar; I wasn't very interested in live music. I liked making beats and playing with sounds and dance music was always bleeding into that process in some way.

5-What do you think about the Olympic games in London?And how do think it will affect your life?

It's great for obvious reasons, but in terms of living in London, it's going to be hell. This city is so big and seems to barely manage at the best of times! With thousands of tourists and athletes the city is going to be overwhelmed. I anticipate stress. And since I didn't get tickets for anything, I'll be watching it on TV just like everyone else...
6-Malvinas war just completed 30 years, what do think about the Falkland Islands?

I don't feel educated enough on the subject to say something intelligent about it... I know people who fought in the war and I hear the pro-British arguments more often than the Argentine ones, for obvious reasons. It was a messy situation and I think it's sad that it's still causing ripples it does.
7-What do you think about music future ?

Hopefully it will be long. It will always involve other people; I prefer collaborations. I have recently enlisted my friend Dan to add another dimension to the DJ sets, so hopefully that element of Second Date will develop as a result. I have a songwriting "partner" that I really enjoy working with, so I hope the various side projects with him and others continue to develop as well.
8--What are your dreams ? Your motivation ?

I would like Second Date to continue in a way that allows it to sustain itself - it's important for people to like Second Date music, but it's also important for me to try new styles, to experiment.

My motivation changes, but quite often it is to work with someone else and combine forces to create something unique, that I could not do on my own. I like working with other people's skills and ability.
9-Which are your favorite places to play ? And your favorites to have fun ?

Second Date hasn't had very many gigs yet, but I DJed at the Ritz in Paris in December and that was lots of fun. Not a club environment but it was nice to hear my music being the soundtrack to a classy evening.

I prefer more relaxed clubs to go to for a night out, but for me I get very involved in the music if I like it, so that's the important thing. It could be an amazing club but if I hate the music I won't enjoy myself. And some of the best nights I've had have been in tiny little clubs or at house parties where the music has been just what I wanted to hear.
10-England is famous for the pub and for created football (the favorite sport of the world, of course that includes Brazil).Which are your favorite pints?What's your team? and which is your favorite brazilian player of all times?

I've started drinking local ales, its a very English thing to do. Adnam's Broadside is the local ale where my parents live, in the countryside.

My local team is technically Norwich (not great), but Dan is a massive Tottenham fan and I've supported them on and off for a while now.

Favourite Brazilian player of all time - Pelé is an obvious choice for pure skill and his ability to give Viagra the hard sell. From the current squad, I've got to give a shoutout to Sandro, as it takes a certain type of player to wear a mouthguard. Ganso is a great thinking-man's player - I like to think of him as a subtle, elegant deep house track. However, my real favourite is the party boy Sócrates, MD. Heavy drinker and smoker, incredible playmaker and qualified doctor. He would destroy a dance floor.
11-What were the weirdest and the funniest thing that ever happened on a gig?

So far there haven't been too many crazy stories... when I played at the Ritz I wore a waistcoat with really ugly pictures of kittens on it. I found it really funny because I looked ridiculous, but I don't think the staff at the venue understood. They run this classy cocktail bar in a prestigious hotel and the DJ shows up dressed like a crazy cat person.

12-What do you use to make your tracks? What do you take with you on the stage?

I use the programs Reason, Logic and Ableton, mostly. Sometimes I record live percussion of random things that sound cool and put them in the background of songs, to add a "live" element.

We take an Ableton rig onstage with me, and an Akai APC40 controller. We do a sort of "interactive" DJ set, so we can play around with my remixes and my own songs and keep things interesting.
13-When your album will be out?And when we'll have you here in Brazil?

Might be a while for an album - focusing on EPs for now! But there are a few collaborations in the pipeline. And we'll come to Brazil as soon as you'll have us!


Reflex

1-How was the beginning ?and what are your tips for the beginners ?
Ludmila : Well I wanted to do my own project, and André purpose to help me, to do the production, because I'm 'just' musician not technician.
André : some advices, hmm : be patient, persist in learning software and tips production :)
2-How do you see the popularization of music making specially with mobile devices like iPad and iPhone ?
André : On iPhone it's a little bit small, I've tried Garage Band on Ipad and it's good to start working on a new project in train, or on holiday or to do a demo with an Apogge Jam and a guitar. But to complete a track it's necessary to work with a computer for records external synth, voice thru preamplifier, compressor and FX.
Lud : I'm very inspired during the night ( and in my dreams ) so I wake up, take the iPhone to record each track in singing ( whispering  )
The next day, if you listen to the result, you can laugh cause I’m the only one who can translate the song hahaha
3-Everytime I listen to your music i feel like something the remembers the late 80's and early 90's and the sounds of bands like New Order in it. Which are your biggest influences? And who are the best and worst today acts in your opinion ? I always ask about the worst cause I'm from Brazil, unfortunately the land of Teló.
Lud : My influences are very large. 80‘s, 90‘s of course but also classical music, disco, Japanese sounds, vintage synth sounds, 8bit video games sounds...
I love to find ‘subliminal’ chords combination and try to give emotions when I play music.
André : It’s dificult to define our biggest influence, I think for Ludmila it’s the music form old video games with speed arpegiator, a lot of songs with vintage synth and old fx.
The best live act is Daft Punk, and the worst : they don’t deserve to talk about them I guess.
4-How your creative process work ?
Lud : First I like to start with a basic piano sound, whatever the kind of sound.
Then, I write all the chords, also arrangements ( even if it's only with a piano ). André programing synth sounds and we decide together which one is the best.
André: I'd like tweaking knobs all the time : ) We programe drums, we record vocals and guitar in our studio.
5-The French artists (like Jean-Jacques Perrey, Jean Michel, Air and Daft Punk to name just a few) have huge role in the evolution of electronic music in the last decades.How do you think the place you live in have influenced in your music ?
Lud : They are precursors, today wherever you live, if you want to learn music history you must cross Daft Punk, Air. These guys have definitively invented something.
With our project Reflex, I really want to give something ‘subliminal’, almost lyrical but reachable, how to say.. it’s hard to explain. Just listen to us ! :)
6-And what do you think about music future ?
Lud : Today there are no boarders, it's easy to discover all kind of music and find similar feelings with people around the world.
So, I think in near future, there will be more open minded music with more fusions of different styles, a real cultural melting pot.
And young, young guys will be famous too.
7-What are your dreams ? Your motivation ?
Lud : Sharing music with many people, it's like a message of ‘happiness’; Travelling... Life is a game, just be crazy !
André : Yes, as my friend Boozig says : "My Life Is A Week End !"
8-Which are your favorite places to play ? And your favorites to have fun ?
Lud : Definitively Tokyo, people were fantastic ! and Spain, because everybody comes to discover music and partying.
André : In France, Social Club is amazing, and I like the big festival of course, like Benicassim Festival in Spain. And Barcelona during Sonar is a good place to have fun.
9-Last month I asked Dj Rocca about gastronomy, France like Italy is worldwide knew by the great gastronomy, so I will ask for you too. Which are your favorite plates ? Do you cook ? Can you share with us your favorite recipe?
Lud : Yeah, in France cooking is a tradition. Everybody especially grandmas cook divinely. But I'm not conventional, I can do something but I don't like that too much, André cooks ! hahaha
André: Yes, the best things in france is Fromage ( Cheese ) here is my favorite recipe :
TARTIFLETTE
Ingredients :
  1. 1.2 kg potatoes
  2. 200 g diced bacon (or not)
  3. 1 onion
  4. 1 reblochon cheese
  5. 25cl (Savoy white wine)

Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas mark 5.
Peel the potatoes, Bring a large pan of water to the boil and cook the potatoes whole, for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, cook the onion and bacon with 2cl of oil in a heavy frying pan over a medium heat; they should sweat but not brown.
Drain the potatoes and slice in cubes.
Choose an ovenproof earthenware dish and rub it well with the out halves of garlic. Layer half the sliced potatoes across the base, season, then scatter over the onion and bacon mixture. Add the remaining potatoes, white vine, and more seasoning.
Place the whole Reblochon on top. Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce the heat to 180C/350’F/gas mark 4 for a further 20—25 minutes. The Reblochon should melt within its skin and the fat drip down while the potatoes crisp.
Tartiflette is a filling dish and all you really need to go with it is a nicely dressed green salad.
10-How do you feel being the first artists released by Continental Records (the Jerry Bouthier's new label)?
Lud : Jerry trusts in us and it’s a great honor because he’s a tendencer.
André : And I want to say Thank you to Continental crew !

11-What were the weirdest and the funniest thing that ever happened on a gig?
André: Once I was in Croatia in a restaurant and we ate peanuts and everybody threw barks on the floor and a lot of birds and chickens suddently came in to eat the barks ! It was suprising.
12-Lud how do you feel about the mainstream music industry sexism, where a hot body and a sexy attitude value more then the talent?
Lud : Various styles exist and tastes are different.. but it’s a shame when you’re a girl because noboby thinks you’re able to do music ! :)
At the end of a gig, people come and congratulate Andre for the music, and, sometimes, they congratulate me for singing.
But it’s not important for me, the best thing is when people enjoy the show.
13-I know you're a video game's lover, which was you first console?What's your favorite game? And do you play it online ?
Lud : Master System II included Alex Kidd (Wow, I still remember the generic haha!)
I don’t have time to play, but I loved Tekken, Metal Gear Solid, Final Fantasy VIII, but I love especialy retro games, you can add me on PS3 : «Ludmila»
14-How is have a relationship and work together ?
Lud : It’s pretty cool but really difficult sometimes because I don’t want to do concessions in music !
André : So, each of us has its own role but we are additional.

15-Last month was a great month for you, with the release of your's Wavering and the remixes for Juveniles and Black Strobe, what Reflex reserves for us on the next months?
Lud : A remix for LA Zebra  coming soon on La Valigieta Records, and a remix for DJ Cam on Inflammable Records
André : We work on remixes and a new ep. included great remixers ! ; )
16-What do you use to make your tracks? What do you take with you on the stage? And what do you prefer to make, Dj sets or live performances?
André : I love old stuff like Korg MS 20, Yamaha DX7, Revox B77Mk2, Ensoniq DP4...
We try to use the best of both worlds, best analog stuff like a couple of Distressor, a good preamplifier and a summing box and also digital stuff, Ableton Live and Logic Pro and a lot of plugins
For the lives, Ludmila sings and plays lead keyboard, I launch sequences with a MacBook Pro with 2 midi controler, and I play Moog Voyager.
And we have another computer for the video.
But it’s difficult to choose, DJ set was my first addiction. I like both
Lud : I have an addiction to vintage synths. I love to play in live of course, but we try to make our dj sets a bit like live acts, with fx / personal remixes, we try to add our influences and our ‘touch’ on tracks.
Also want to try something new with you, a picture interview. Can we try it?
Can you send some pictures of the objects that define your lifestyle and the view of you window?
Lud : Here is a pic taken during the shooting ( by Albane Chauvel, with our friend Aimeric Miriel ). Here is our sky in Summer, 7 p.m


Here's the promo video with a new and exclusive Reflex track as soundtrack.If you live in South America and want Reflex in your party, mail me (caiozini13@gmail.com).
for more about Reflex visit http://www.reflexmusic.fr



Dj Rocca


1-How was the beginning ? How a flute player player became an electronic music producer ?and what are your tips for the beginners 

I studied at the music academy flute and after I've been at a private school jazz improvisation on alto sax…I am a music lovers from the day number 1, and I started listening funk, new wave, jazz and kraftwerk. During the mid 90s I opened with some friends an infamous club called Maffia. I was the artistical director and resident DJ, so I played with people as Roni Size, Fat Boy Slim, to name just a couple…15 years of Maffia Club are a big influences, so I started to go to the UK studios of these people met at the club, and I learned a lot staying in studio with Pressure Drop, Zed Bias, Howie B.
I suggest to the beginners to go in some studio to learn from the masters they love as I did.
2-You played with Bossa Nostra right ? Which are your favorite brazilian musicians ?

Yes, I played flute in the first album of Bossa Nostra. I really really love Brazilian Music, and there are loads of great musician, that is very hard to me to choose few…Marcos Valle, Egberto Gismonti, Joao Donato, Eumir Deodato, Airto Moreira,
Dom Um Romao, Quarteto Em Cy, Elis Regina, Jorge Ben, Milton Nascimento, Milton Banana…please, stop me…

3-Which are the biggest differences in music making today and in the 90's? And how do you see the popularization of music making on mobile devices like iPad and iPhone ?

The biggest difference is music on a piece of vinyl, and now the music is only a file, now you can’t touch the music, look at, smell at…see the cover, touch a piece of plastic, where is it? Apart this obvious thing, another big difference is that during the 90s making music was expensive and very hard for a not musician, and now everyone can do music! You can realize that so, because there are lots of poor productions around… Is good to have some easy devices to do music as iPad and iPhone, but just to start an idea…the real track must to be done in a proper studio, with professional equipments!

4-Which are your biggest influences? And who are the best and worst today acts in your opinion ? 

I have tons of influences, from Jazz to Krautrock, from Disco Music to House Music, from African Music to Techno, from drum & bass to Brazilian music as well…my biggest influences is my huge records collection, I got more than 10000 records.
I’ve no intention of making judgments, what disgusts me even today, maybe tomorrow I might like, and vice versa

5-How your creative process work ?

It depends…I could start from a drum sample, or a bassline, or maybe from a melodic line, and then I add some other loops, some keys touch and go ahead until the track is finished. The most important things for me are the bass and the drums.

6-You played many different music genres during your carer, how do you think that influenced your work ? 

Eclectism is the key, as I said you before I’m an omnivore in music, and this is blood for my work as producer. Every music genre can teach a lot if you are able to listen, a genre to learn the drums use, another for bass, another one for synths use, another one for vocals…and so on…

7-How do you think the place you live in have influenced in your music ?

My town, Reggio Emilia is famous for the music, for example only about dance music, people as Benny Benassi and Black Box comes from here. When I was teen there was lots of Discotheques…if Rimini was the summer discotheque Kingdom, my town was the winter one. All around my town in places as Bologna, Milan or Rimini as well, there are lots of places where you can see live groups or clubs where you can hear amazing DJs, and not only today, but also 20 years ago. I was lucky, because I grew up in a place full of musical impulses

8-And what do think about music future ?

I sincerely hope may be born a new genre in dance music, as it was in the 90’s with drum and bass, or as it was House music in the 80’s…in the beginning of every century we chews the previous years music culture…in the last 10 years we listened, produced and readapted music from 20 or 30 years ago, now it’s time to invent something new!

9-When we'll have an Erodiscotique album ?What was the funniest and weirdest thing ever happened on a gig ?

Me and Dimitri prefer to produce EPs only, that are 'little albums'…every our EP got four or more tracks, so if you think, with our next Erodiscotique EP3 out on Gomma next April, we already produced twelve tracks, that is more than an album!
The funniest thing was to play at Sao Paulo’s Sambodromo in front of 50.000 people, and the weirdest, but funny as well, to play on a boat party on the Lugano’s lake, in Switzerland…

10-What do think about SOPA and Megaupload ?

I think that reducing people’s freedom, trying to stop progress, is another of the historical errors that cyclically men commits. The evolution and progress are unstoppable, the man must go on, and at the same time this thing scares, because the culture of many, may put in danger the power of a few…

11-What are your dreams ? Your motivation ?

I’d like to make music until I’ll have 100 years old, and my biggest dream is to have a studio with lots of equipments over the beach in a hot sunny Island, and people as James Brown, Miles Davis, Bernard Purdie, Roy Ayers, Connie Plank, Riuchi Sakamoto, Herbie Hancock, Larry Heard and Airto Moreira  as neighbours.


12-Which are your favorite places to play ? And your favorites to have fun ?

I love to play in Brazil, as in UK and Germany as well. I’ve been in Turkey and there are some great places over there as well. When I play what I like and the people is happy and dance with my music, every place is my favorite to have fun!

13-Italy is worldwide knew by the awesome gastronomy, which are your favorite plates ? Do you cook ? Can you share with us your favorite recipe?



I looove so much to cook. It’s like to make music, putting every ingredient in the right dose! I love risotto, and my favourite recipe is pumpkin risotto:

You need a pumpkin peanut-shaped, are the most flavourful, take only the orange part inside, without seeds. Cook onion and leek in a pan with butter for 3 or 4 minutes, and then put the pumpkin orange part cut in little cubes with a ladle of broth for 10 minutes. After that you could pound pumpkin and turn it into a kind of mush, then add the rice, and stir until it has dried everything, add a glass of white wine, and stir again until it has dried too, then begins to add ladles of broth, until the rice is coke and dry. Don’t forget a sprig of rosemary, which then will be taken 2 minutes before cooking. Add Parmesan cheese to add flavour when cook, a knob of butter and let stand 5 minutes before serving.



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Lou Teti


This month we have an interview and a mixtape with a very special guest,the north american producer  and head of the Tigers On A Leash Records, Lou Teti. Check the interview, the mixtape and the promo animation that I made with exclusive soundtrack by Lou Teti
  • How was the beginning? and what are your tips for the beginners?
I started producing music in the late 90s, so it's actually a little hard for me to remember the details from the beginning, ha. But I've played guitar since high school. I started making music with a computer as soon as I got one and although this seems almost unbelievable at this point, I didn't get my first computer until I was in college. I was recording with a four track before that. It sounded horrible! But it was fun. I spent years making tunes that no one will ever hear, you know, the tunes may have sucked, but you learn as you go and everything starts to come together after some experience. As far as tips, I would say that when you're getting started sometimes the biggest difficulty is 'what to do next'. You get to a certain point in a production and you don't know how to finish. Just move on to something else. Don't sit there trying to rework the existing elements, or endlessly previewing patches. But for me, it's always good to keep moving on something instead of getting stuck. Eventually you will get to a point where you complete tracks. Also, I think taking a bit of time to learn to play an instrument is a very good idea. It can help you get your ideas out faster.
  • Which are your biggest influences? And who are the best and worst today acts in your opinion? 
I've got a lot of influences, I think, and they seem to be changing all the time. The one's that have stuck with me long term are probably the old rock & roll. Queen, Led Zeppelin to name a few. But also 80s dance and pop. I'll always love that stuff, it's just so fun for me. Maybe it's because that was the music from my childhood, but I love it. As far as new acts that I like... I like anything that fuses multiple sounds in a new and interesting way. In the genre, I'm really digging guys like Psychemagik, Drop Out Orchestra, groups like that. I like how they bring something unique to the table, their own character. These days there are so many people making music, it's harder to have your own voice, so I love it when I hear an artist that does. I admire anyone who is creating, and I don't feel like I have the right to say anything bad about anyones art, so I'll skip the 'worst' part of the question. : )
  • Which are your favorite places to play? And your favorites to have fun?Do you have plans to come to make a South American tour including Brazil?
Well, I actually don't play that many gigs. To be honest it stresses me out! Ha. That said, I do play gigs from time to time because it's basically the only way to make money for all the work I put in. I always have fun when I have some new tracks to try out on the crowds. It's nice to watch people dancing to something that you just made the day before. I try to keep a few tracks that I only play at gigs to keep things fresh and it helps me decide if I should make any changes before the release. And yes, I'd LOVE to come to Brazil. Know any good promoters? : )
  • How your creative process work?
I usually start with a basic drum part that I like. Then lay some bass on top of it. After that I just keep layering synths, guitar, vocals and more drums. After I lay in some vocal melody, then I write the lyrics and re-record. Lastly, I take away a lot of the stuff that I added. :) In general, I don't usually have a plan for a track. I just start layering elements and then an idea starts to form as I go.
  • You have a cool gear collection in your studio, which are your favorite ones? and which was your first one?
Well, I have to say probably my favorite instrument is my guitar, a 1980 SG. Love that guitar. I have a few others, but I basically only play that one. As far as synths are concerned I've had tons of hardware synths over the years... Juno 106, pro one, sh-101, Jupiter 6, and a lot more. I really love to play analog synths so I like to have them around, but from a production standpoint I'm not an analog purist at all. Honestly, my favorite synth of all time is spectrasonics omnisphere. I use omni for probably about 60 to 70% of the sounds you hear in my music. I've been using it for years and I still find it sounding fresh and inspiring. Also, finding the right sound (and then customizing it) is incredibly quick and intuitive. Eric Persing is a genius. These days I'm also adding a lot of percussion and bass to my tracks. I have a lot of hand percussion instruments and an awesome mustang bass from the 70s.
  • What Tigers on a Leash reserves in 2012? 

I have two more releases of my own almost ready to go. Hopefully one will be out by the end of the month. I'm also working on few releases with other artists... Some names you might be farmilar with and a few others who maybe you haven't heard of yet. And eventually I think I'd like to do a full length album, but that may be a while off. The album material that I'm putting together might be a little more diverse, not exclusively for the dance floor. Also, I'm working on a graphic re-design so we may see a new look soon.

  • What was the funniest and weirdest thing ever happened on a gig?
Well, after a gig in Detroit last year my friend (who is a Doctor) was driving me home and we drove right up to a car crash that just happened. After waiting for a while the ambulance never came so we ended up taking the injured driver to the hospital. She looked like she wasn't going to make it, but she actually ended up fine, just a few broken ribs. Not really a 'gig' story, but it's the best I got.
  • What are your dreams? Your motivation?
Tough question! I don't really know. I think I'm motivated by the great response I've gotten from so many people. It makes me want to keep making more music for sure. Also, other music gets me inspired. When I hear some nice music it makes me want to go into the studio.



  • How do you think the place you live in have influenced in your music ?
Well, NYC is pretty fast paced. Everyone is always rushing around. I'm not sure that has a direct influence on my music, but it does keep me energized and motivated to keep creating. Though at this point I'm trying to find a place in the country to set up a studio. I have a little too much gear piling up and I'd love to be able to go out to the country and work without any distractions. Maybe nature will give me some new inspiration too!
  • What is harder, mix a track or a tv show?


Definitely music for me at this point. I mix TV shows for a solid 8 hours a day, so I've got a system down. Additionally, when I mix a TV show, I'm providing a mix for someone else, so I get less attached to the material which allows me to make more objective decisions. When I mix music, it can be hard to let one of my (bad) ideas die, and sometimes that is the most important part.

  • As a label owner what do think about the labels on our time and about piracy ?


Of course I would love if piracy didn't exist, but it does. It's just a fact of life at this point, so I don't let it get me too angry or annoyed. Most musicians have to face the fact that they are not going to make money from record sales. So if you want to make a career out of music you'll have to be gigging a lot, or get creative about how to make a few bucks. A small electronic label such as TOAL is the same thing. I think most people would be surprised to find out how little money a dance single earns these days. There is a bright side to it though, it's less likely that I will do a remix or something that I don't like just for the money.

  • You was a Jazz player right?Have you ever heard brazilian music? and what do you think about this tropical influence in todays music?

Yes, I've had a listened to any played a lot of different types of music. One of my good friends JKriv has been a huge fan of Brazilian music for many years. He's a great Pandeiro player and he's exposed me to a lot of Brazilian music. I also had to learn a lot of bossa patterns when studying the guitar in college. I'm not sure that Brazilian music has necessarily influenced my music a lot, but I've always liked it. The rhythm. If anything, I think you may hear some Caribbean flavors in some of my tunes, especially a few that I'm working on now

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Shindu




•Why "Shindu"? What's the origin of the name?

A lot of people ask us this question, and the story behind it is quite funny. 



Actually, Bamboo was our first idea, but quickly found out the name was taken. From bamboo we went to pandabears, and ended up googling the Chengdu Research Base Of Giant Panda Breeding in China.

Chengdu’s too Chinalike and has no significance to a band’s name, so we came up with Shindu. It’s the perfect fit for us if you’d look up the meaning in the urban dictionary. 




•How was the beginning? How you met? and your tips for the beginners?

We’ve known each other for quite a couple of years now. And as you might know, we (Christopher and Maxime) started out as electroclash dj’s Static & Greedy touring all over Belgium and beyond. After a while, and like 90% of the dj’s out there today, our hands started itching to get into production as well. So we thought up a master plan to get all our ideas together about music and think up a project that would define our sound. It was kind of a game of ‘trial and error’ in the beginning, but as time went by we decided to throw together all the elements we love. For the vocal part, we needed our singer Chibi to get behind the mic. The audition she did was exceptional! So it quickly became clear that Chibi was the right one for the job. And that’s how two made three! 



A good tip for beginners: whatever you do, try to draw the attention with taking some risks. It's a free world, so go for it! Also try to stick with what you started instead of jumping onto hypes. Before you know it, once you've made a thousand tracks, it may not sound too relevant anymore. 

And last but not least, nobody likes quitters. Everybody has setbacks every now and then, so don't let it dampen your spirit. 





•Which are your biggest influences? And what are your favorite today acts?



Our biggest influence... Where to start? Obviously that would be the eighties. The synths, drums, typical basslines and their lyrics of melancholy :) But not only does this defining era mean a lot to us musically, it's the whole atmosphere and attitude. We like to think that most of our fans can relate to that and are – like us – babies of the eighties :) 



Favourite acts are Prince, The Chemical Brothers and The Subs. All equally stunning performances, each in their own way.




•Which are your favorite places to play?



Brussels and Antwerp for sure. Always a great crowd! And internationally, we'd have to say the UK. But we're pretty sure Brazil can kick them off the throne! ;)


•How your creative process work?



Usually, we will work from the vocal of the track, mainly focussing on the chorus, because we think that's the heart in any pop song. Then, once we figured out where to start, we get the drums, bass and chords together, kind of work around the vocal line and take it from there. It sounds like a fixed process or format, but it's not. It's different every time. 


•Belgium is worldwide know by the quality of 2 products, chocolate and beer. Which are your favorites Belgium beers and chocolates?



Chibi: I don't really like beer, but you can make me happy with hazelnut chocolate any day of the week! :)

Christopher: Black is the way to go, add a little liquor with a cherry in the center and you're set. Or get a bump of chocolate in The Chocolate Line in Bruges. It's not only famous for its gourmet chocolate, but you actually get to snort it like a drug or get it as a lipstick. As for Belgian beer: I love Orval, but I like a regular Stella Artois or Jupiler just as well. 
Maxime: Milk chocolate is my favorite. Actually here at home (in Ghent) there's a great chocolatier called Yuzu. I really recommend to get your chocolates there whenever you visit. Regarding Belgian beers: Vedett is the way to go! 


•And the future?when We'll have Shindu's debut album? Do you have plans to come to Brazil?

We'll be releasing our next EP in the beginning of January. Once again, it will be jam packed with great remixes, so we're really excited about that! Besides these preperations we're working on a third EP as well. We're planning to get it released around Springtime 2012. 
Regarding a debut album, we've been talking about it, but really are concentrating on EP's for now. We take it step by step and try to give everybody the chance to get to know Shindu. 
We'd love to gig in Brazil of course. Don't the people of Electro Boogie Encounter happen to organize any parties over there?? :) 


•What was the funniest and weirdest thing ever happened on a gig?

The funniest things always seem to involve nudity for some reason... For example, we were on a gig in Brussels a few weeks ago and spotted this guy entering the club wearing a kilt and hoody. Nothing out of the ordinary at first (except for the kilt), until he started getting butt naked wearing nothing but black mountain boots... He looked like the Dingeling King with a long drink in his hand, nodding to the beat, simultaneously shaking every body part... Very funny sight, we actually got lots of support from him, and nobody seemed to mind this guy engaging into the crowd. Very cool! Afterwards we heard the guy's quite famous for his nightly escapades.



•What are your dreams? Your reason for living?
Trying to have fun as much as we can and making the best out of everything. Doing stuff that matters (or doesn't just as well :)), giving definition to the life we're living.

Our dreams musically? Touring and experiencing different crowds everywhere we go. Keep making, chanting and playing lovely music :)



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