Interview: Hemingway

DATE:
May 20th, 2013
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For his first solo project, Toronto-based producer James Harris had chosen a classy moniker: Hemingway. Under that guise he has been producing music for “cruising, boogey-woogeying, and late-night promenades”, a series of quality remixes, not to mention his excellent “Slow Cruise” mixtapes full of yacht vibes. When he’s not crafting new tracks, he loves reading sci-fi stories about alien worlds. He’s such a talented guy.

Hemingway has been on our radar for quite some time now, and he always manages to impress us with his production skills. He makes no exception with his superb debut single “Ace Neptune”, an epic intergalactic journey through space, which was recently released on Brilliantine, backed with remixes by Cyclist and Jokers Of The Scene.

Today, Hemingway stops at La.Ga.Sta. for a little chat about music, influences and aliens. Read our interview below and get to know him better. He’s definitely a producer worth keeping an eye on.

La.Ga.Sta.: What’s the story behind your name?

Hemingway: I wish there was a cool story to tell, but there isn’t really. When I was much younger and just getting into producing/djing I was reading Ernest Hemingway’s “The Old Man and The Sea” for the first time and I guess it just clicked. It sounded classy.

What made you decide to turn to music in the first place?

I think there’s some genetic predisposition, but it’s more a combination of having grown up in a musical environment with lots of instruments to noodle around with, absorbing many bleeps and bloops from the Commodore 64, and listening to my dad’s eccentric record collection like Tears for Fears or Vangelis during family dinners.

What is your source of inspiration?

There’s not one single source per se, although it would be cool if I had some secret alien well of inspiration. Usually it starts from a sound, a chord, or a combination of chords. I seem to be constantly drawing upon visuals on YouTube as well. I watched a lot of “Gundam Wing” when I was working on “Ace Neptune”.

Can you tell us a few things about your debut single “Ace Neptune” on Brilliantine?

I started it over a year ago. At the time it was just an experiment with a new sound and I didn’t expect to flesh it out, but Andrew and Meg (the label owners) really liked it and encouraged me to finish it. I had this vision in my mind of an intrepid galactic traveller akin to Flash Gordon exploring undiscovered planets. I have always liked reading science fiction stories about alien worlds, and I often find myself thinking of a soundtrack in my mind’s ear. So I figured it would be a nerdy and fun thing to bring to fruition. On another note, I have since made a bunch of tunes in a similar vein, so their may be an EP to continue Ace Neptune’s narrative down the road.

What has influenced you the most in the past years?

This is a hard question because there have been so many great artists, films, and life events that have influenced me. I have really grown fond of jazz composition in the past few years. I’ve been playing keys more than programming these days and everything melody-wise seems to come more naturally now.

How would you describe your work?

A tad over-ambitious.

What is your favorite sound?

A 7th chord on a properly amped Wurlitzer maybe?

What is a piece of equipment you can’t live without and why?

To be completely honest, my MacBook. I could live without my synth and still be able to make music on my computer.

Which is your favorite destination?

I have yet to actually go, but probably Japan or maybe Easter Island.

Which are your favorite tracks at the moment?

Here’s five I’ve been really feeling lately:
- Shuggie Otis – Not Available
- Space Dimension Controller – The Love Quadrant
- Boards Of Canada – In A Beautiful Place Out In The Country
- Monte – True
- Datassette – Helvetica Calcium

Three things we should know about Hemingway…

1. I will be moving in the direction of a live set-up, which may include a guitarist, a drummer, and myself on keys.

2. I have about three different EPs in the works. One is science-fictiony, one is pure yacht vibes, and one is deep, clubby and citrusy.

3. There will be a third “Slow Cruise” mix soon…

Head over to Hemingway’s Soundcloud page to hear a few more jams. Below, you can stream Cyclist’s killer remix of his new single “Ace Neptune” and grab his tune “Debutante” for free.

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Interview: Moullinex

DATE:
October 26th, 2012
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Friday is for “Flora”! We’re big fans of Lisbon-born, Munich-based producer and DJ Luis Clara Gomes, aka Moullinex, here at La.Ga.Sta. and we’re so excited that his debut album “Flora” is finally out today on Gomma Records. It has definitely been a long, long journey of “hard work, laughs and rollercoasters” and believe us when we say that “Flora” has been well worth the wait.
The album features his amazing previous singles “Sunflare”", Tear Club”, his super cover of “Maniac” with Peaches and a bunch of other feel-good new tracks, showcasing his ability to create music that everyone will love and dance to. Needless to say, “Darkest Night”, featuring the vocals from Iwona Skwarek of Rebeka, is one of our favorite songs of the year so far. Yes, he knows how to take our pain away.
We caught up with the ever-excellent Moullinex to talk about “Flora”, Discotexas, his musical influences, the “nu-disco” scene, and his favorite places to hang out in Lisbon. Read our interview and make sure to stream his album “Flora” in its entirety below.

La.Ga.Sta.: Hi Moullinex. Where are you up to at the moment?

Moullinex: This week I’m in Munich, which is like a second home. Besides making music I’m also working in science communication with the European Southern Observatory. They make very big telescopes, helping us to understand our universe better.

After two years in the making, your debut album “Flora” has been released. How do you feel that it’s finally out?

I still can’t really believe it. I was so used to the process of working, pausing, refining, that it feels like it hasn’t ended yet. But it’s really good to have it finally out for everyone to listen to.

Who is “Flora”?

“Flora” is honesty. To me it’s hopefully something beautiful but imperfect. Hopefully like someone you get to know very well – you know all its faults but in the end you’ll love it for what it is.

Which is your favorite track of the album and why?

I don’t have a clear favorite – or least favorite – but if I had to pick three they would be “Flora”, “Darkest Night” and “Tear Club”. These are the ones I have a bigger emotional attachment to. They always bring me to specific places or moments in time; of joy, sure, but also of discomfort…

What are your thoughts on “nu-disco” as a genre? Do you feel happy being called a “nu-disco” producer?

I’m happy being called a disco producer. I love the genre, the romantic notion of dance music, but I’m not sure about the “nu”. I get the genre, but it’s an umbrella for so many things. And it’s not “nu” at all, I mean. Metro Area’s 1-4 were released in the 2000s, like many other records that sounded similar, and they already had the foundations of what you can call “nu-disco” nowadays.

What’s your earliest musical memory?

My father did the music for theatre plays, so I would go too and look at performances from the backstage. This captivated me a lot: to understand how they worked, how they put a show together, all the elements. It was a trap!

When did making music become your job?

It never happened consciously, but I did shift my priorities from doing Neurology research to find space to follow music more and more. Maybe around 3 to 4 years ago the balance was changed.

Where do your musical influences come from?

I’ve got a lot of them. But I am obsessed with certain artists, periods or artists’ periods. To name some of them, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Isaac Hayes, Roy Ayers, all the Motown stuff, Chic. Then you have all the space stuff like Pink Floyd, Tangerine Dream. From there I can make a connection to Ennio Morricone, Angelo Badalamenti, Giorgio Moroder and other Italian film composers. Which brings me full circle to Air, Amon Tobin and Aphex Twin, Daft Punk. I could do this exercise all day long!

How do you manage your time between producing music, co-running the Discotexas label and touring?

My recipe contains two ingredients: the help from really good friends – the talented people I work with – and doing only things I love. My own music has several guests on it, Discotexas is a shared project of love, like having a child. And touring is something I’ve always wanted to do.

What’s the best thing you’ve heard this year?

Tame Impala’s album “Lonerism” is amazing.

How do you chill out?

Cooking at home with friends. And watching three movies in a row. That’s bliss!

What are your top places to hang out in Lisbon?

The city has an amazing light, white architecture ending on the river so it’s good to be in higher places. The viewpoints around my neighborhood, Graça, are the best. I’d take you to lunch at Carvoaria a Jacto, go for a walk around Graça and Alfama, have dinner in Casanova and out for a drink at Lux.

What advice would you give to a young producer?

I feel like a “young producer” myself, and I have much more to learn than anything to teach. But musically speaking, I would tell them to find what comes naturally to them, and just trust it. And technically speaking, to spend all the money they have on speakers.

What are your three greatest loves in life?

Family, music, and discovery.

What are your plans for the future?

Now it’s time to take the album for a walk. To play it out with live and DJing too. I wanna record an album in record time with Xinobi, and then play it with The Discotexas Band.

If you weren’t a successful producer and DJ, what would you like to be?

I’m too scared of the idea of having to quit music to even contemplate other scenarios! But most likely you’d see me doing research in Neurology or Astronomy. I would definitely be learning something.

mpFree: Download the radio edit of “Take My Pain Away” here

Moullinex’s debut album “Flora” is out today on Gomma.
Get it here, along with a nice tote bag.

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Interview: Mirror People

DATE:
September 21st, 2012
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“Lisbon’s natural light makes me ‘disco’” say Mirror People, a name you may already be familiar with. Having released a series of quality tracks on Permanent Vacation, Gomma and Discotexas over the past two years and remixed tracks for Mario Basanov, Munk, The KDMS, to name a few, the talented Portuguese producer/DJ and avid music lover Rui Maia, better known as Mirror People, never ceases to amaze us. It looks like he has the magical touch to turn everything into something special. That’s why we’ve already featured most of his stuff here on La.Ga.Sta.
Today sees the release of Mirror People’s great second single “Kaleidoscope” on Discotexas, which explores a different path from last year’s “Feel The Need”, featuring Rowetta of Happy Mondays fame on vocals. It also comes backed with an amazing remix by fellow producer Xinobi.
We jumped in our car and took a ride down to Lisbon for a small chat with Mirror People about music, the local dance scene, their influences and disco rides. You can read our interview below. When we look through Mirror People’s “Kaleidoscope” what we see is colorful shapes and people dancing to disco music: things that make us really happy.

La.Ga.Sta.: Can you tell us a few things about your second release on Discotexas?

Mirror People: The new release is called “Kaleidoscope”, and it was influenced by 60s psychedelic bands like Os Mutantes and by the Ethiopian jazz artist Mulatu Astatke. My idea was to create a dance tune with different arpeggio layers combined with some ambient analogue elements that you can find in Mirror People’s previous work.

What was your life like before Mirror People, living in Lisbon and being into music?

This is my 10th year as a full-time musician. I play in a couple of bands here in Portugal (We Trust and X-Wife) and I collaborate with other artists on the studio work. All my life I was connected with music, when I was 5 years old I started to play guitar and drums. In the 90s I was a lot into Stereolab and Air’s “Moon Safari”, so I had the opportunity to buy some Synthesizers – I found my passion. That’s the story of my life.

What were you influenced by in the past years?

In fact I’m still a lot into 70s glam-post-punk-new-wave-indie thing, and I like to bring that to the dance scene. The Norwegian artists like Lindstrom and Prins Thomas, the DFA and Italians Do It Better’s work influenced me a lot.

From “Echo Life” to “Kaleidoscope”: Do you feel like your sound has evolved a lot since your first release as Mirror People?

Every day I feel that I’m developing my sound. At the beginning the Mirror People “sound” was more experimental, I was a lot into acts like The Knife, Throbbing Gristle, Emperor Machine or young Simian Mobile Disco. Nowadays I’m more focused in other aspects of the songs, I like to try to match different genres in one tune, but always with an eye on the dance floor.

Discotexas has been responsible for some truly great music over the years. Give us your view on Portugal’s dance music scene today…

There’s well-known names like Xinobi, Social Disco Club, Tiago or Moullinex, all artists with records on cool labels. Our scene is getting very “international”, but most of the Portuguese clubs are still into commercial house or drum & bass. I feel that we’re getting more cool parties here and there, people are paying more attention, so I believe that this “scene” is growing.

What makes you “disco” in Lisbon?

It’s my first year here in Lisbon, I’m from the north, from Porto. I think that Lisbon’s natural light makes me “disco”.

Which record do you love to listen to while driving your car?

“Gone to Earth” by David Sylvian.

Which are your favorite albums of 2012 so far?

I’m really into the Grimes’ album “Visions”, Chromatics’ “Kill For Love”, Django Django’s “Django Django”, and John Talabot’s “ƒIN”, among others.

Three things we should know about Mirror People…

Mirror People is my solo producer/dj project that hopefully one day will become a live band.
Mirror People released tracks on such cool labels like Permanent Vacation, Gomma or Discotexas.
I don’t use samples.

What do you see when you look through your “kaleidoscope”?

I see John Lennon and flowers.

What’s next for Mirror People?

I’m releasing an EP compilation of old material by the end of 2012. Then hopefully in mid-2013 I’ll release the first Mirror People’s album.

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Interview: Zimmer

DATE:
September 13th, 2012
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“Sunsets, happiness, passion, groove, simplicity”. That’s how the Paris-based wunderkind Zimmer, describes his “Horizontal Disco” universe. Having grown up between France and California, the cosmopolitan producer and DJ has quickly become one of our favorites. He first caught our attention last year with his brilliant first single “Cruisin’”, which, followed by his solid four-track debut EP “Horizontal Disco” on Discotexas, has made of the pool area our second home.
By now, all disco lovers should know what to expect from Zimmer: sultry slo-mo disco jams, warm, feel-good melodies, deliciously floor-friendly edits, not to mention his awesome tapes, perfectly made to expand your disco horizons.
Zimmer has just pulled over at La.Ga.Sta. for a little chat about music, his influences, travels and future plans. He was kind enough to share with us his new “Vertical Disco” rework of Chic’s 1977 classic “Everybody Dance”, which you can grab for free below. Get prepared for more from Zimmer to set your ears on fire.

La.Ga.Sta.: What made you decide to turn to music in the first place?

Zimmer: It’s the art form that gives me the most emotions.

What is your source of inspiration?

I like to picture the places where my music will get played. I want to create the soundtrack for the perfect beach-party: a party where everyone unites, dances and smiles. Sounds super cheesy, but I’m sure it’s what most people want.

You have described your work as “Horizontal Disco”. Is there any particular reason for that?

Horizontal is a reference to poolside lounge chairs, and to the bedroom… The new Chic rework, on the other side, is what I call “Vertical Disco”. It’s made for dancing.

Annecy, California, Paris: which one of these places feels most like home?

You could even add Berlin and Guadalajara to the list, cities where I’ve lived during the past 2 years. I feel at home in all these places. I like to be always on the move. As a kid, I loved being the American in France, and being the Frenchy in California. However, Paris is my home right now, and it feels right. Even though there are not so many disco producers, the club scene is exciting right now, with places like Wanderlust.

How do you think living in Paris has affected your sound?

It didn’t influence me that much, I think, as I started making music in Paris. Living in Berlin last year had more influence on my production, it opened my mind to a deeper sound.

Has becoming a DJ/producer affected your studies in any way?

I think it’s more the opposite. I studied product design, and in the last years I had a lot of free time to work on projects, but instead I used it to work on music. However, I’m proud to have graduated in both business and design school, even though I was really busy with music.

Which is your favorite sound?

The piano. The possibilities are endless, plus I’ve played piano for 10 years when I was a kid.

Do you think nu-disco is over?

It’s weird how everyone seems to say this, because our musical scene has never been that big. The Magician’s remix of “I Follow Rivers” is being played on the radio, and clubs are full when “nu-disco” DJs play. Maybe it’s just a terminology thing. The term “nu-disco” doesn’t work anymore, but this type of music is still gaining momentum. I was talking with RAC the other night and he said the scene should be called “post-house”. Not sure it’s the right name, but the scene for melodic house, mixed with elements from Disco and Pop is becoming bigger by the day.

Which are your five favorite tracks for summer 2012?

Van She – Jamaica [Plastic Plates Remix]
RÜFÜS – This Summer [Softwar Remix]
Pachanga Boys – Time
Little Boots – Headphones [Moon Boots Remix]
Chris Malinchak – If U Got It

Which is your favorite destination?

Somewhere I’ve never been before. I love discovering new places. Although as it’s super rainy in Paris right now, I’d love to hop on a plane for Tulum in Mexico!

What are three things you must always travel with?

MacBook: I’ve got my whole life in there, and it’s my primary tool to make music.
HD 25 headphones: I can have studio quality sound wherever I am.
DSLR camera to capture what’s around me.

Which record do you love to listen to while driving your car?

I don’t drive, I take the metro all the time. But if I’m in a car, I love to listen to the radio to discover random music. I wish I had more time to extend my horizons beyond house and disco.

What’s next for Zimmer? Should we expect a new single soon or more remixes?

There’s going to be more remixes, the release schedule for the end of the year is really busy. For two of these I only used the vocals, and to me it’s almost like an original. I’ve really enjoyed working this way recently. It took some time before I figured out the remix process but now it’s something really inspiring. I’m finishing a new single, though, working on the vocals. Release date is still far ahead. Anyways, I’d rather have a few quality releases than a lot of mediocre tunes, so I take my time and try to limit the number of projects.

Tell us a few things about your rework of Chic’s “Everybody Dance”…

I’m really excited. I made this at first as a tool for my DJ sets last November. The rework is basically just a huge build-up for the best part of the original. I play it almost at every set, and it’s usually the most epic moment, people react really well to the tune. So I thought more people could enjoy it, and here it is!

Download here

Head over to Zimmer’s Soundcloud page for more “Horizontal Disco” heat!

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Interview: NTEIBINT

DATE:
May 10th, 2012
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Everybody knows a Dave, you should get to know this one too. Talented Greek producer NTEIBINT makes thing his own way. After a few more remixes, he eventually released his first EP “Everybody Knows A Dave” on Bang Gang 12”, and the result was definitely worth the wait. That’s why we took a ride with him and talked about his background, music and future plans. Read our interview below and grab his brand new jam “Jackpot” for free, exclusively on La.Ga.Sta. Don’t forget to be on the look out for exciting new releases from this guy.

La.Ga.Sta.: Who is NTEIBINT?

NTEIBINT: He’s Dave! Or David – If you try to spell NTEIBINT in Greek. It all started with a simple wordplay done by me and ath1281, the man responsible for the visual identity of the project.

What is your background? Tell us how you first got into electronic music?

I’m a classical trained musician that got bored of studying and fell in love with synth. My first experience with electronic music was through Laurent Garnier’s “Unreasonable Behaviour”, a milestone album for me.

Your debut EP “Everybody Knows A Dave” on Bang Gang 12” sounds quite different from your previous stuff (more balearic, disco), any particular reason for that?

NTEIBINT started with a remix I did for Jamie Lidell on Warp Records. After that I did a lot of remixes and bootlegs. I was trying to craft my own sound, with some hits and misses on the way. It all led naturally to this mid-tempo kind of slowdance disco, that you hear on my first EP as NTEIBINT.

What is your source of inspiration?

Everyday life, mostly good food and good friends. I don’t like to talk music and sometimes I don’t even listen to music for small periods of time.

How you would describe your work?

It’s mostly disco with a slow pace, live instruments and happy accidents.

Do you prefer producing remixes or original tracks?

I really like remixing and I’m a pretty fast worker in the studio, remixes are stress-free for me. My original tracks take a little bit longer to conclude as I’m the recording artist, mixer and producer, It’s a battle between all those different hats!

How do you think Athens has affected your sound?

Too much noise and too many happy faces at the same time? That’s Athens for me. I live in the suburbs, so I’m not a city kid. I prefer a laid back environment.

What is a piece of equipment you can’t live without and why?

A good set of monitors. You can’t do anything without a good pair of speakers (and electricity).

Which are your favorite tunes at the moment…

Kindness – House
Adamski – I Like It (ATTAR! Remix)
Roundtree – Hit On You (Version Idjut)
Light Year – Moderation (NTEIBINT Remix)
Sleep D – Bacon

Which record would you love to listen if you had a car?

Easy pick and long time favourite late ’80s album “Conscience” by Womack & Womack.

Three things we should know about NTEIBINT…

Cigarettes, music and politics.

What’s next for NTEIBINT?

My second EP is almost ready and I’m looking for a European Label to release it. Expect some balearic mid-tempo moments and feel-good house vibes.

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Interview: Erol Alkan

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May 4th, 2012
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“I don’t think DJs define themselves, I think people now define DJs”

“Even I don’t know why I’ve been doing interviews. I don’t see the purpose.” Erol Alkan may not like giving interviews because what he really likes is to communicate through music. He only does so, for people to get to know who he is in places he has never been to before. It’s hard to believe he has never been to Athens, Greece and we are more than excited to finally have him here. Last time we saw him at Coachella and London we danced our feet off and we expect nothing less tonight (4/5) at Koo Koo club in Athens in a event organized by Kormoranos team. Before his long-awaited gig, Erol Alkan talks to La.Ga.Sta. about (almost) everything.

All you need is three people max

I’ve never seen myself as someone great, because I always just feel that whatever I do I need to keep reinvigorating my own sprit. I’m scared of it being a job. What really counts for me is the excitement when I complete something. I have to begin with me. I have to make sure I like it of course. Then I have to impress a couple of people around me. There are only a few people on this planet that I think I understand enough. There’s a base, like three people in my life who I want to make it work in their head, in their eyes, in their ears. Their judgment would help me form what I want to achieve. If it works, then it’s enough for me. I don’t care about reaching lots of people because it’s out of my control.

Make music for yourself

Whenever I work with a band I am suggesting they make the record for themselves. I think that the only thing that matters is creating something that connects what you like. Not trying to please the people who loved your previous work. Never do that. I never really tried to please a fan base. I think fan base comes and goes faster than you realize.

Backwards

There is a sense of nostalgia in dance music nowadays. If you look at dance music there are always areas which are completely original, inventive and forward thinking. Some eyes look backwards, some eyes forwards. All depends on what eyes you are looking at. There are people who make great music that sounds like it was made twenty years ago. You have heard it in rock as well. It’s just a balance. There are bands who sound retro but they bring something fresh to it, enough that still sounds like it has been made now. You have to just acknowledge the present. For instance, The White Stripes. Take something from the past then try to make something that still sounds fresh in the future.

Forwards

Whenever I do something I never care about a ‘good’ sound. I try to make something that I think it is going to sound ‘dirty’ in years to come. I never try to base on current sound. None of my records ever sound like a certain time. I try really hard for that because I like the idea that you can still play one of my tracks from five years ago and still sound good today.

Destroy and Create

I like some nu-disco, the same way I like some Dubstep, Techno, Hip House. I think heroes of the past should be ‘abused’ a little bit. I like the idea of something that sounds familiar, yet ‘abused’. Destroy it in a way to make it sound futuristic. What I don’t like is hearing someone who’s trying too hard to sound like a certain record. In nu-disco music people try to adopt a style from the past and that is a little bit embarrassing. You can take the best elements, but you should put something new into it and make it new, rather than somebody else’s. Even a small thing that has your signature sound is enough, but I don’t really see that happening. There are tracks right now that I can say they all sound like the same bunch of artists.

Think outside the box

Everybody has the inclination to play the records that they love. But I don’t really think that’s being a DJ. I think you can play records and entertain people. It’s like saying everybody can be a doctor if you can cure a headache. That doesn’t make you a doctor. If you want a reduced role of a DJ in society, then, yes, everybody can be a DJ. But I believe everybody have it in them to present the music that they love to other people, but that isn’t necessarily DJing. That is playing records. I don’t really care about people who call themselves DJs, they can do what they want. To be honest, anybody could download twenty hot tracks and play them and make a room dance. That is a kind of DJing. But to me the DJs who I call DJs and I really admire, are always looking for music, thinking outside of the box and always changing people, the same way artists do. I don’t think DJs define themselves, I think people now define DJs. People choose what they want by getting to a club, by listening to a radio show, by buying a mix cd. If they don’t want DJs to have that role in their life, then it will die out and all they will be left with would be, lots of people playing the same records from computers.

Three hours sleep, then off to the next gig

I feel very lucky. I get to play records that I really love and people come and dance. I can’t emphasize how grateful I’m. I try to make sure that everything I offer to people is valid and good enough. I’m not interested in constantly repeating myself. I am not changing my sets gig to gig, or city by city. It depends mostly on the size of the venue or if I played there before. Every gig has a different dynamic. There are some places that I go and I have to play a certain type of set. There are some others where you have never been before, and people want to hear you play certain records. London is always good fun for me. I love to play in Fire very long sets. I love to play Mondo club in Madrid, that’s brilliant. I like playing gigs in Barcelona. I like playing at the Social Club in Paris. In America things have been good for me, because the scene has been constantly involving and changing over there. You never play at the same place twice. The time you get back, the club you played last time is closed down.

Pack and go

Toiletries, headphones and clothes I suppose.

USB

I don’t play with the MAC because I don’t want to take a laptop in the club. I love the USB, it’s great.

A matter of time

I don’t have enough free time for myself but to be honest with you, this is what I love doing right now. It’s not a problem for me. Sure, I have time for my friends, but most of them are people involved with music, so when we’re together… we chat about music. I’ m very lucky in that way. Usually your social circles are defined by places that you go to or the music you listen to. I have relationships with people who admire and share a mutual appreciation of music. After doing it for so long is a good thing. Don’t see that as a negative point. It’s my choice.

In the driver’s seat

I have a car for like two years. It’s from the 90’s with a cassette player. I have a lot of cassettes from my youth and I listen to those which I love: noisy guitar music, My Bloody Valentine, Public Enemy, things like that.

Keep it a secret

I never tell people my favorite artists and tracks, neither my future plans. I think it is healthy to have surprises. Lots of information is just too easy to get these days.

In case you missed it, check out Erol’s third 6Mix residency on BBC 6 Music here. Two hours of beats, bleeps and bass. Amazing!

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Interview: Goldroom

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April 7th, 2012
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We spent the whole week painting our car in gold, to get ready for Goldroom’s, aka Josh Legg, first DJ sets in Greece. Last year, we were impressed with his self-released excellent debut EP “Angeles” and we kept featuring most of his amazing remixes for artists such as Penguin Prison, Poolside, Niki & The Dove, Lancelot and Alpine. He quickly become one of our favorite producers.
Everytime we listen to his tunes it’s like being in LA, driving down the highway under the California sun, heading to the ocean, where he feels at home. That’s why his music is all about tropical disco grooves.
Before his upcoming two shows in Thessaloniki (7/4) at COO bar, as a special guest of the very popular Can You Relate? parties and in Athens (8/4) at Philipp Champagne Bar, Goldroom stopped by our station and talked to us about things made of gold. Be sure to check his latest mixtape “Aviva”, which includes two new tracks “Sneakers” and “Heart Takes Me”. Let the sunshine in…

La.Ga.Sta.: What’s the story behind your name?

Goldroom: In a very literal sense, it happens to be my favorite dive in LA. It’s this tiny bar in Echo Park that serves its Tecates with a shot of tequila, and has dollar tacos from time to time. When I think about Goldroom though, it became much more when I started to think about LA and the whole Southwestern USA as one giant golden room though, that’s when I started to think about adopting the name.

What made you decide to turn to music in the first place?

Well, music has always been something that’s been a constant companion for me. It’s always been my escape and my complete creative outlet. If your question is asking about when and why I decided to actually dive into music full time… I really just grew tired of the idea that it was irresponsible to try and be an artist, which I was always told was the case. Eventually, I couldn’t fight it anymore.

Which are your favorite five tracks at the moment?

I can never answer this type of question! Here are the last five songs I played in my iTunes.

St. Lucia – All Eyes On You
Kendrick Lamar – The Recipe
Stevie Wonder – I Believe
Only Children – Down Fever
The Police – Wrapped Around Your Finger

Which is your favorite destination?

Anywhere near the water. I’ve always been a wanderer, being on the move, on the road. I grew up on boats though, and I think when I get near the ocean I feel at home.

When was your first night at discotheque?

I probably went to my first bar or club when I was 18 or 19 actually. My friends and I were always much more likely to get a handle of rum and a 30 pack of Keystone light and go to the beach at night.

Three things you do when you wake up in LA?

I spend most of my time in the studio, so that gets number 1 and number 2. My escape from music usually comes in the form of Wednesday sailing races I do in Long Beach with some friends from college.

What excites you in today’s LA music scene?

For years there were always fans of different, interesting, melodic electronic music, but few promoters or booking agents were jumping into it. We had to book acts like the Bag Raiders, or Miami Horror, or The Twelves ourselves, because nobody else would. What’s amazing now is that there are some promoters that believe in this music, and a few agents that are really cultivating our scene. If you come to LA, you can hear great disco or house music any night of the week. It’s great.

Which is the ideal place to listen to your music?

Lying in bed, with headphones on. Eyes closed.

What is “gold” for you?

The feeling when I finish a song, put it on my iPod, get into my car, and listen to it for the first time.

Check out Goldroom’s latest mixtape, called “Aviva”, for all travelers. It’s pure gold. In his own words: “It’s a bit of a two part journey. Put some headphones on or jump in your car and let this take you somewhere a bit warmer.” Let’s drive…

Tracklist:
A.
1. Goldroom – Sneakers
2. Nathan Swiss – Heart (Moonchild Remix)
3. Alpine – Hands (Goldroom Remix)
4. Cadillac – Blue Skies (Ray Mang Remix)
5. Blackjoy – Mercurian (Jupiter Remix)
6. Goldroom – Angeles (Le Youth Remix)
7. Plastic Plates – Toys
8. Alexander Holland – City Full Of Lights (Gigamesh Remix)
9. Chris Malinchak – At Night
B.
10. Madi Diaz – Trust Fall (Jensen Sportag Remix)
11. Mario Basanov – Lonely Days (Plate Dub)
12. Matt Corby – Brother (Lancelot Remix)
13. Edwin Van Cleef – Falling
14. Goldroom – Heart Takes Me
15. Cherokee – Take Care Of You (Le Nonsense Marine Remix)
16. Hemingway – City Lights
17. Housse De Racket – Chateau (Mickey Remix)
18. Michael Cassette – Summer
19. Pinemarten – Here It Is

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Interview + Mixtape: Marius

DATE:
November 22nd, 2011
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Marius – Staniel Cay by nonrecords

“Cinematic, layered, bass, monumental, sensitive”. Meet Marius, a talented young producer from Amsterdam. We first heard about Marius a few weeks ago, when Pharao Black Magic dropped his stunning track “Staniel Cay” on their La.Ga.Sta. mixtape and we were immediately struck by his electro and cinematic sounds. Since then Marius has stormed the world with his debut EP “Things We Did” (you can preview the whole thing here), out now on digital and vinyl through NON Records. This excellent six-track EP sounds like the perfect soundtrack either to driving around the city at night, with no particular destination, or to a sci-fi movie that has not been made yet, it’s up to you. We’re pretty sure you’ll love him too. NON Records’ wonderkid recently celebrated the vinyl release of his EP, supporting Com Truise at his Paradiso gig. Now Marius pulled over at La.Ga.Sta. for a little chat about the “things he did”, his unique sound and futures plans. Also, he was kind enough to make us an awesome 30-minute mixtape of influences, inspirations and favorite tracks. Check out the interview below and make sure you grab his track “Yester” for free. The future looks bright. Go Marius!

La.Ga.Sta.: What made you decide to turn to music in the first place?

Marius: The bass guitar. I played along with all the music of the Red Hot Chili Peppers when I was 14. A year later I was using software to record guitar and bass loops, piling them up to create abstract tracks. I think I’ve made a few hundred snippets that I would listen to while biking to school. But it was no decision, it all evolved quite naturally. All my off hours I spent making music in my bedroom and later with friends in dark rehearsal studios with lots of beer. Those environments worked quite addictive to me. There was no way back.

Tell us something about your debut EP “Things We Did”…

Well, it is the conclusion of the last two years and the start of something new. I got started producing for this EP when we set up the label in 2009. Many tracks where added and skipped to come to this EP. I’ve tried to make what ever I liked to at that time, without dealing with genres or a limitation of instruments. In the end it was all about selecting tracks that go well together. It is my first release on NON Records and a quite varied starting point for me to find out how it will develop from here. Now it has a lot to do with the way it’s perceived by others. From the studio to the world is an interesting step and I guess this will influence the future approach in a good way.

If your first release was a movie which was would it be?

It’s hard to define. A combination of scenes from The Big Blue, The Abyss and Lost Highway.

What has influenced you the most?

Childhood. Not because of traumatic experiences but the images and situations you remember and the feelings that are attached. For instance Dutch children’s television was great.

Five words to describe Marius…

Cinematic, layered, bass, monumental, sensitive.

What is your favorite sound?

The tune that the Dutch Railways play before they announce a delay.

What turns you on?

A sweaty crowd screaming to the club owner to put the lights off and the volume back up.

Which are your favorite tracks at the moment?

Renkas – Christabella (a great track from my labelmate at NON Records). Apart from that my musical taste of the moment is to be found in the mixtape I present here on La.Ga.Sta.

Which is your favorite destination?

I would love to actually visit Staniel Cay some day.

If you had the power to travel in time and space, where and when would you go?

The future, that’s for sure. Let’s say a hundred years from now? Don’t know a specific location but I guess once there it will be quite easy to get anywhere you want.

What is your moto in life?

Fuck it.

What are your plans for the rest of 2011?

Play, play, play. DJing, remixing, working on new tracks and develop my live shows more by playing live as much as possible.

Marius – Yester

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Tracklist:
01. Mr. Flash – Powerlight
02. Jellphonic feat. Zacky Force Funk – 100 Snakes (Vox)
03. In Flagranti – I Can Thrill & Delight
04. Slice & Soda – Moments In House
05. Poka – Believe
06. Siriusmo – Feed My Meatmachine
07. AFX – PWSteal.Ldpinch.D
08. Ceephax Acid Crew – Life Funk
09. Housemeister – Hirschkeule
10. Kelis Feat. Too Short – Bossy (Alan Braxe & Fred Falke Remix)
11. The Other People Place – Let Me Be Me
12. Squarepusher – Tommib

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Interview: Kamp!

DATE:
September 9th, 2011
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Cairo by Kamp!

They have never been to Cairo, but they manage to write one of the most infectious songs of the past few months. Kamp!’s new single “Cairo” (watch the video here) is finally out today on the always amazing Discotexas label with remixes by JBAG, Moullinex and Social Disco Club. Formed in 2008 in Lodz, Poland, the rising electro pop trio has already released three singles and their sound has often been described as melodic synth-pop influenced by 80′s new wave, 70′s krautrock and 90′s french house genres. Kamp! stopped by our station and talked to us about music, their influences and future plans. Check out their interview below and make sure you grab their first ever mixtape. Yes, it’s high time we went to Cairo!

La.Ga.Sta.: How did you guys meet and end up making music together?
Kamp!: It’s a quite usual story, three music lovers with an eclectic taste and a huge room full of gear from teenage years in the suburbs. Classic.

What’s the story behind your name?
We always say that kamp means fight in Swedish but there are also some other aesthetic connotations. For us it’s just a good sounding abstract word.

Tell us something about your first release on Discotexas…
After three small releases in Brennnessel (our self-made label), we decided to try something else and go further. We thought of a few good alternative labels and Discotexas was definitely one of them. Professional, relaxed but extremely well organised. Luckily, they liked our demo!

What has influenced you the most?
We’re really nostalgic about the times when mainstream music was good music. So from that point of view we’re really into classics like David Bowie, Brian Eno, Robert Fripp, Giorgio Moroder or Prince. There’s plenty of ways to re-interpret such big musician and that’s also very inspiring. But hell, every good music is inspiring!

Which is your favorite sound?
Piano! We’re so in love in every piano sound, from synth generated shit to the grand piano.
We use it in almost every our song at the moment and that’s addictive and bad. Another one is the clap sound of TR-707 – sounds good everywhere!

Five words to describe Kamp!…
Hungry, disorganized, polite, lazy, bittersweet.

Distance of the modern hearts by Kamp!

Which are your favorite tracks at the moment?
The Rapture – How Deep Is Your Love?
Gwen Guthrie – Seventh Heaven (Larry Levan Remix)
Ford & Lopatin – Emergency Room
Inc. – Swear
Africa Bambaataa & UB40 – Reckless
Metronomy – The Bay

What are you most excited about right now?
We’re building a new studio in a beautiful place right now. So collecting all our musical gear in this particular place makes us really high! Hits to come.

What turns you on?
WEALTH!

What makes you feel bored?
Playing our old songs live. Can’t wait to blow out the new ones!

Which is your favorite destination?
Berlin.

What are your future plans? Should we expect a full album soon?
Definitely the LP is the greatest part of the plan. We’re almost done with recording it, but still need to find a good label to release it. And that’s the most complicated part of the plan.

Have you ever been to Cairo?
Only during the revolution…

Kamp!’s “Cairo” EP is out today on Discotexas. Stream the whole thing here. Buy here.

Kamp! – mixtape 01

To celebrate the release, Kamp! have put together a tasty 40-minute mix. This is their first ever mixtape. There’s no tracklisting. Download it for free and enjoy.

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Interview: Scenic

DATE:
August 22nd, 2011
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It all started with the brilliant track “This Can’t Be”, which was released through Joakim’s Tigersushi label back in December. If we had been living in Australia this song would have been our soundtrack for the summer. That’s how we met Scenic, a new four-piece band from Perth, Australia, who recently signed to Future Classic. Their first EP “Another Sky”, which features two blissed out songs “Another Sky” and “Endless Days” and a floor-friendly remix by The Magician, is out now and sounds no less than “an abstract journey of drifting, floating, dreaming and falling in love”. Scenic (Adam Tucker, Eric Harrison, Doug Armstrong, and Nicholas Harrison) pulled over at La.Ga.Sta. for a little chat about how they found their way to…another sky. We love these guys.

La.Ga.Sta.: How did you guys meet and end up making music together?

Scenic: The typical story, Eric, Doug and I (Adam) met battling through afternoons in our school concert band. We originally shared and swapped records with each other, which developed into making music together. Then last year we unearthed the drumming talent of Eric’s brother Nick.

What’s the story behind your name?

Living in Western Australia we are greatly inspired by the scenery so we naturally try to create soundtracks to the views around us. Also we used to be called something extremely long winded and confusing so Scenic suited us well.

Tell us something about your new EP “Another Sky”…

There are two originals “Another Sky” and “Endless Days”. Both of which were recorded in a studio we set up in a beach house in a small community south of Perth. They’re both written about places we’ve been and people we’ve met. The two originals are also accompanied by a stellar remix by The Magician, who is one of our favorite artists right now.

How did you come into working with Future Classic?

Future Classic have been making waves in Australia and internationally. They’re an exciting label and are not afraid to push the boundaries, which suits us as a band perfectly. Also they are super nice guys and when we heard they liked “Another Sky” it was the obvious choice to team up with them.

What has influenced you the most?

Southern bound road trips with good company and good music. Rolling Hills, desert oceans and colourful skies.

Five words to describe Scenic?

Atmospheric
Arpeggios
Warm
Tropical
Horizons

What excites you in today’s Australian music scene?

The Australian music scene is as vibrant as ever with great independent labels like Future Classic, Cutters and Spinning Top leading the charge. These independent labels are giving exciting new projects voice and a platform. And then of course bands like Tame Impala, Cut Copy and Midnight Juggernauts continue to push global boundaries.

Which is your favourite destination?

We recently travelled through parts of Europe and really enjoyed Paris, for the people and parties, and Croatia for its beauty.

Which are your favoutire tracks at the moment?

Allbrook/Avery – Empty
LCD Soundsystem – Freak Out/Starry Eyes
Scenic – Endless Days
Joakim – Forever Young
Tame Impala – Solitude Is Bliss (The Time and Space Machine Remix)

What’s your plans for 2011? Should we expect a debut album soon?

Looking forward to playing plenty of summer gigs. We have a collaboration coming up with Le Coq Sportif involving a 7inch release. An album is definitely the next direction we’ll just have to wait and see.

Scenic’s “Another Sky” EP is out now on Future Classic. Buy your copy here. Stream the full release and download the track “Another Sky” for free below:

Scenic – Another Sky by future classic

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