Category: Interviews

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

‘All Through The Night’ Interview: Lehar

No stranger to DHA, Lehar’s emotional sets reflects his approach to life: spontaneous and passionate. Aiming to create a night the provides as much as possible, the Dynamic favorite has designed and built his “All Through The Night” concept with this in mind. Now, in the midst of its second tour, Lehar travels everywhere from Beirut to Moscow; Istanbul to Los Angeles, for a complete evening of Lehar (with a few special surprises thrown in). Ahead of the tour’s next date at Bessonizza Moscow (16 February), we caught up with Lehar to get the inside story on the tour, his ... Read more

Interview: Dusky

Started in 2014, Dusky’s 17 Steps imprint has put out a consistent stream of cutting-edge electronic music release, as well as acting as the primary platform’s for the duo themselves. In its existence, artists like Kiwi, Bwana, Christian Piers and Hugo Massien have all featured on the label, and now each will join Dusky across Europe as they embark on the multi date “17 Steps Label Tour”. Landing at the likes of London’s Village Underground, Claire in Amsterdam, Sheffield’s Hope Works, Gorilla in Manchester and Zurich’s Hive, amongst others, Dusky and company take 17 cities in 17 days. Ahead of ... Read more

Interview: Swayzak

Continuing to champion the rogue sensibility that united Swayzak over 20 years ago, David Brown presents a retrospective of works from the past 20 years – ‘Lost Tapes’. Formed in 1993, Swayzak immediately dedicated themselves to pursuing innovative music, guided by their passion for the times’ DIY spirit. This approach informed the (then) duo’s position as live performers and DJs, and remains a core tenet of the project since the duo split in 2011. By that point, Swayzak built a discography with releases on labels like Fabric, M_Nus, Curle Recordings, Ellum Audio and !K7. With that, ‘Lost Tapes’ spans a ... Read more

Interview: Prunk

After selling out clubnights in Amsterdam at the likes of Claire, De Marktkantine, and Chicago Social Club, Prunk‘s PIV brand is expanding into the festival arena with next month’s PIV Winter Festival. No stranger to DHA, Prunk & PIV have been there since the beginning with both artist and brand picking up steam since its 2015 inception. Aside from the aforementioned local clubs, the PIV name has also found itself on board last September’s The Ark Cruise, while Prunk continues to line up sets at the likes of Labyrinth Open in Croatia, DGTL Barcelona, Welcome to the Future, Straf_Werk Festival, ... Read more

Interview: Amandra

The hidden master behind Ahrpe Records, Amandra, is known for his subtly evolving and droning atmospheres. Based in Warsaw, Amandra uses minimalist techniques to build tranquil sonic spaces that evolve into carefully mapped out rhythmic cycles, with nowhere being ore apparent then his latest LP, “Dame de Bhaia”. His second album, following releases on Ahrpe, Semantica, Tikita and Silent Season, “Dame de Bhaia” is an immersive listening experience replete with subtle details, but never cluttered. Now, with the LP on the shelves, Amandra discusses his motivations and technique behind its production. “I wanted to break from the classic techno format” ... Read more

Interview: Matador

Last year, Matador launched his RUKUS imprint with his own artist LP ‘Ructions’, eventually inviting his close network of like minded producers to rework & remix the LP. Ultimatley leading to a collaboration of musical synergy, this set the tone for a full on brand identity focusing on artist expression, music creativity and soul, since welcoming the likes of ANNA, Florian Frings, SHADED, and Carlos Ruiz into the mix. Ahead of the massive RUKUS showcase in Buenos Aires (and following a brand showcase launch at London’s fabric) on 30 December, we caught up with Matador and discussed his vision for ... Read more

Interview: Anja Schneider

The new album “SoMe” from Anja Schneider comes at a dramatic and artistically freeing new point in the career of the Berlin electronic veteran. Launching her new imprint Sous Music, “SoMe” represents this new post-Mobilee phase for Anja, one meant to slow the demands of the industry and the creative process down in order for a maximal inspiration. Born in Anja’s basement, the project saw Anja re-immerse herself in old D&B, Classic House, and the Berlin-bred Techno of the ‘90s with the intention to create something fresh while also paying due respect to her past. The result, a highly personal, ... Read more

Legends Of House Podcast By Erick Morillo

There really is very little that Erick Morillo hasn’t turned his hand to. Erick has been a platinum-selling artist, topped the charts worldwide, has been responsible for an array of dancefloor tracks under pseudonyms like Ministers De La Funk, The Dronez and Li’l Mo Ying Yang, remixed everyone from Whitney Houston to Basement Jaxx and continues to run the legendary Subliminal Records empire. Along the way there have been ups, downs, and parties across the globe, and in 2017, Erick celebrated the milestone 20th anniversary of Subliminal with its digital relaunch. With perhaps his most prolific year to date coming ... Read more

Discovering Taiwan’s Underground With LucFest & Four Of Taipei’s Electronic Ambassadors

A few weeks ago, we ventured to Tainan, Taiwan for the inaugural LucFest, a showcase and conference for underground Taiwanese acts who spanned the spectrum of underground and indie music. Over the course of 4 days in Taiwan’s cultural epicenter, DHA joined a slew of local, regional, and international acts, labels, events, and more for a discovery and, in some cases, introduction to some of the best music Taiwan had to offer. Amongst this crowd, were local imprint MUTNTKND, Netherlands’ own Subbacultcha, New York City’s underground electronic label 2MR, Music Art Interactive event Focus Wales, Jakarta based Music Collective Double ... Read more

Interview: Bastian Bux

Be stripped of all artifice and be judged by the work, this is the (admirable) ethos of Bastian Bux. Work featuring deep textures, powerful harmonies, heavy beats and fat basslines and constructed with soul and sensibility have brought Bastian’s music to the likes of Suara, Selador, Bedrock, MOOD Records and more, with remixes and collaborations with the likes of Habischman, Lee van Dowski, Steve Rachmad, and Fur Coat. As a touring DJ, Bastian has been seen at festival’s like Hideout, Tomorrowland, ADE, Space Ibiza, The Warehouse Project, and various other venues around the world, including in the European, Middle East, ... Read more

A Look Inside La Rêve

Over the past 4 years, Amsterdam’s La Rêve has had many highlights. There have been illegal warehouses, festivals, ADE showcases with the likes of Parquet Recordings, Einmusika, Atomnation, Connaisseur Recordings, RISE and Suara Music, and many more intimate gatherings of the city’s electronic underground community. This Saturday, 18 November will celebrate its 4th year in De Marktkantine with a line-up with melodic live acts from home and abroad. With the night featuring Solee, Dialoque, Paji, Kjeld Langeveld, Hubert Kirchner, and Cliff de Zoete close at hand, La Rêve’s trio of founders speaks on its past 4 years. “…it is important ... Read more

Up In The Air: Santé & Sidney Charles

On Saturday September 29th we arrived in London to join Santé and Sidney Charles on that weekend’s mini-tour. The starting point was Kent’s The Social Festival, an event we’ve always wanted to check out. With a star studded line up awaiting us, we left with full excitement. When we arrived, we ran into the boys directly, as if they knew we were coming; both smiling from ear to ear, excited for their sets as always. The stage was a Caravan surrounded by trees, creating a very intimate setting and the boys had it going. Then, Emanuel Satie decides to jump ... Read more

Interview: Culoe de Song

The young, gifted, world traveling twenty something from South Africa Culoe de Song is something of a wonder in the world of electronic music. Originally brought on via Black Coffee‘s Soulistic Music imprint, Culoe de Song has since developed an enviable back catalogue of studio work, as well as having graced the stage of some of the world’s finest club, festivals, and events. His Afro-tinged take on electronic music has been heard on labels like Innervisions, Kompakt, Mule Musiq, as well as on Soulistic and his own De Song Music. On 10 November London’s The Steelyard will see &ME and ... Read more

Interview: Kerri Chandler

Ever since his teens, New Jersey native Kerri Chandler has been making and playing music with a unique sense of soul, jazz and undeniable sense of DEEP. From releaseing on majors like Atlantic, King Street Sounds and Nervous via his own Madhouse label, his work is never short of a genre-defining classic. Kerri’s dynamic, keyboard-infused DJ sets are consistently showcased at the world’s best clubs and festivals, as well as being a frequent visitor, and fan of, many Amsterdam based organizations. On 20 October, Kerri Chandler dropped his edition to the famed DJ-KICKS mix series, structuring it as a musical ... Read more

Interview: Dave Clarke

After fourteen years, Dave Clarke is set to release his third full length album, “The Desecration of Desire”. Available on 27 October, the years-in-the-making project distills Clarke’s life long love of Punk, New Wave, Noise and Industrial into something truly original and wholly spellbinding; 10 tracks that go way beyond the dancefloor. Originally teased via its first single ‘Charcoal Eyes (Glass Tears)’ featuring Mark Lanegan , “The Desecration of Desire” follows 1995’s collection of singles “Archive One” and 2003’s “Devil’s Advocate,” and features collaborations with LOUISAHHH, Mark Lanegan, Mt. Sims, Anika, Gazelle Twin and Keith Tenniswood. For some three decades, ... Read more