Category: Interviews

Interviews with the biggest dj’s, producers and artists in the house scene

Interview: Ellen Allien

What could possibly be said about Ellen Allien that hasn’t already been…a first generation female DJ, Internationally touring artist, label owner, and role model, Ellen has done and been nearly everywhere for her two decades+ in the scene. Last weekend, we met up on site in North Carolina as she followed up Helena Hauff at Moogfest’s opening night. With new remixes of Mount Kimbie‘s T.A.M.E.D. available now, a huge North American tour (with stops at Movement Detroit, Electric Island Toronto, and more), a We Are Not Alone Off Week party on 15 June, there’s tons to talk about over a ... Read more

Interview: Satori

The first EP released after his full length Crosstown Rebels album “Maktub”, Satori has brought “Yam” to DGTL Records. As the fourth release on the Amsterdam-based electronic brand’s recently launched imprint, “Yam” sees the talented live performer deliver a more dancefloor orientated offering with two originals and a special Satori remix included. As part of the DGTL family for years, Satori’s connection with it becomes even more pronounced, diverse, and influential, with another opprtunity to showcase the sound of electronic world music Here, we caught up with Satori as he travels the world on his own and as part of ... Read more

Interview: Amirali

The sound of Amirali can be described by using three words: space, depth and texture. Having burst onto the scene in 2012 with the distinctive sonic of his “In Time” LP, enormous critical acclaim was immediately bestowed on the talented live instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter. An architect by education, with an awareness toward the structure of sound, Amirali’s familiarity with all musical elements, and their balance, leads to the creation of full and fascinating compositions. With his Dark Matters imprint, a place for “weird” and “unusual” encouragement, Amirali has returned today with a new EP – “Odyssey”, which also features ... Read more

Interview: Joe Claussell

Born in Brooklyn, New York to a Puerto Rican family holding deep musical roots, Joaquin “Joe” Claussell’s life has always revolved around the connective power of music. His earliest forays into DJing came by way of classic New York nightlife institutions like Discotheques the Infernos, CBGBs, the alternative Mud Club, the more mainstream Underground, and the legendary Paradise Garage, while also acting as DJ, music selector, and event organizer for legendary East Village record shop, Dance Tracks. By the mid-90’s Claussell had launched his seminal imprint Spiritual Life Music, as well as joining Francois K and Danny Krivit as part ... Read more

Interview: Moritz Simon Geist

A performer, musicologist, and robotics engineer, Moritz Simon Geist aka Sonic Robots is a unique figure treading the lines between electronic music and electronics. Drawing from his background as both a classical musician and a robotics engineer, with an expertise in prototyping technologies and 3D-Printing, Geist’s projects range from robotic music performances to robotic sound installations with his immersive MR-808 Interactive a perfect example, allowing audience members to program the drum robot and listen to the emerging of the sound in realtime. His current installations, the kinetic sculpture Tripods Oneand the mini robot run Soft Manipulator, continue this track of ... Read more

Interview: Umfang

Born in New York City, raised in the Mid West, and now a staple of Brooklyn’s underground electronic scene, Umfang’s amorphous polyrhythmic Techno productions have been felt everywhere from Ninja Tune to Dekmantel. The co founder of the Discowman collective, and monthly resident of Brooklyn’s Technofeminism concept since 2012, consistently enjoys playing with people’s expectations of how a Techno set can be defined. With a political edge rooted in 21st Century ideals that push history, diversity, and accessibility throughout a still male-dominated industry, Umfang’s willingness to break the template has set her, and the multitude of emerging talents she has ... Read more

Interview: DJ Boring

Comprised of simple, melodramatic chords, modulated acidic klangs, a syncopated, chilled out 909 groove, and (of course) a now iconic sample, DJ Boring burst onto the Dance Music scene in 2016 with the viral hit ‘Winona’. A track as much academic in defining the ennuie of a new dance music generation, as it is laid back. In an era defined by insecurity and judgement, and where few are able to make an imprint, ‘Winona’ bucked the trends that all one needs is a proper marketing apparatus, instead going back to the time tested truth that talent and approach will always ... Read more

Interview: Steven Julien

One of the most prominent representatives of London House Music, Steven Julien (aka Funkineven) will return to Amsterdam for the first ever Lente Kabinet weekender. With his Apron Records imprint instrumental in introducing the likes of Greg Beato and Shanti Celeste to the world, and inimitable technical skills behind the decks, Steve Julien is a complete (and unique) voice in contemporary dance. Born and raised in West London with Grenadian blood, his first foray with rhythm came as a dancer, MC and beatmaker, before moulding smooth cuts of his own, as representative on his 2009 debut EP with Eglo Records. ... Read more

Premiere: Kev Sheridan - Wash Over Me (Original Mix)

Maeve welcomes their long time friend Kev Sheridan for his debut release. In development over the past few years, his entire “Alone in Berlin” EP showcases the deep musicality and talent this new artist has. Here, thhe packages A2, ‘Wash Over Me’ comes with a change of pace moving into a broken beat rhythm but still maintaining the emotion of the A side. Haunting pads hang over clean staccato percussion creating an overall euphoric vibe. “Alone in Berlin” is available 13 April on Maeve PRE ORDER

[Playlist] Louisahhh’s Poetics Of Relation

Take off Dave Clarke‘s recent studio album, “Is Vic There?” (IVT?) features the project’s first collaboration, the simmering vocals of Louisahhh. Having quickly risen as one of the most dyamic woman artists within the Techno scene thanks to her voice, unique style, and explosive DJ sets, Louisaaah has collaborated with Maelstrom releasing three EPs while creating her RAAR imprint with a steady stream of releases. Louisahhh’s prolific activities also include a BBC1 residence, solo output, and a steady hand in virtually every facet of her own output. Now, with the remix package “IVT?” available and featuring diverse interpretations from France’s ... Read more

Interview: La Fleur

Earlier this week, we anticipated the upcoming Snowbombing soiree with La Fleur‘s exclusive podcast. Here, we get to dive deeper into the multi-faceted DJ/Producer/Label Head/Entrepreneur as she was kind enough to sit down and discuss a bit about her relationship with winter sports, as well as impressions on Berlin and what’s new in the world of Power Plant Records. Be sure to catch La Fleur as she heads to Mayrhofen, Austria, joining the greatest show on snow starting next week, 9 April, 2018. “I love to see the projects nourish each other. “ So, what is your relationship with winter ... Read more

Interview: Pleasurekraft

With firm reputation for standout productions since (the now iconic) “Tarantula”, the evolution of the Pleasurekraft sound has since moved towards a tougher, atmospheric blend of melodic techno. Built on big room drums, soaring breaks, and smart, unpredictable vocals, this self-dubbed “cosmic techno” has found support from a range of scene heavyweights, including Adam Beyer, Carl Cox, Nicole Moudaber & many more. Now, after years of hits, Pleasurekraft have recently released their debut album “Friends, Lovers, & Other Constellations,” a project with the unmistakeable Pleasurekraft fingerprint throughout its 11 tracks. An album that merits continuous listens to reveal its depth, ... Read more

Interview: Will Saul

Will Saul, the prolific Producer and DJ behind Simple Records and Aus Music, has a new concept mix series up his sleeve with the first edition out at the end of the month. Entitled “Inside Out,” the series kicks off with Will himself in the mix for its first edition, and draws from his strong curatorial ear and expert insight into specific sound worlds. Blurring the boundaries between traditional artist albums and mix compilations, “Inside Out” encourages artists to showcase their own music and/or those in their respective circles. By giving artists solo creative freedom, each edition features 100% new ... Read more

Interview: Jennifer Cardini

With over a decade spent building an enviable reputation in the clubs of Paris, Jennifer Cardini is now firmly an international Dance Music icon. Her infectious charisma and versatility has led to performances at such famed nightspots as Panorama Bar, Nitsa, and Fabric, while her label Correspondant continues to go strength to strength with a steady string of top tier releases. Recently, this tastemaker also unveiled her new Dischi Autunno imprint, which focus on the more ambient/experimental side of the spectrum. On Friday, 13 April, Jennifer Cardini will join us as DHA descends on Mayrhofen, Austria for the 2018 edition ... Read more

Interview: Violet

The alter ego of Lisbon DJ and Producer Inês Coutinho, Violet is a multi-talented figure within the city’s underground electronic music scene. Her music has appeared on the likes of One Eyed Jacks, Cómeme, Paraíso and Snuff Trax, while her own imprint – Naive – debuted with the jungle inspired, and highly acclaimed, “Togetherness” EP in 2017, followed by this month’s recently released BLEID collaboration, “Badness”. A socially minded artist, Violet is also the co founder of Rádio Quântica, while curating shows and regular nights at Lisbon’s Lux Frágil. With her busiest year to date, including performances at Germany’s Nachtdigital, ... Read more