Where are you based?
I am currently based in Melbourne, Australia.
Please tell us about your recent EP:
I produced the EP in Melbourne. I started working on the EP when I arrived, producing a lot while my girlfriend and I were staying in airbnb’s looking for a place. After we found our place and were a bit more settle, I kept producing and bought myself some gears. I produced the EP using an akai mpk mini mkII and a tb03. I also used a lot of samples that my friends were sharing with me. We like sharing our stuff!
What software do you use?
I use is Ableton.
What was the inspiration behind the EP?
The EP is pratically based on my own musical experience. I always wanted to produce the music I will play. For the production of Niddhog, I was inspired by Takaaki itoh, Rrose, Deepbass, Johannes Volk… I got my hands on some drone samples and then I just picked and acid line passed in an auto filter and let it evolve. I remember when the track was taking shape, my girlfriend was next to me telling me that she was enjoying it.
I always respected Johannes Volk’s music and was aware of him being a nice guy. My good friend Dominic (Agonis) got his eps played and supported by Johannes.
So when Johan, the owner of Short Black, asked me to find a remixer, I decided to send a message to Johannes and ask him if he was interested to remix my track. I was super happy when I got his answer! I love his version of the track and felt really proud of hearing my own production reshaped by such an amazing artist.
Why did you choose to release on only vinyl?
The decision of vinyl came from from Johan, the boss of Short Black Records, I support this decision as it makes the record harder to get, then more original to play. The record label has always been supported by Juno as Johan has his own record shop in Melbourne. The place is called Bounce Audio and has an amazing selection of techno and house.
You spent a few years in SE Asia, mostly in Thailand, while in Thailand were you producing and playing live? How did you start playing live?
I started as a resident DJ at Glow with the support of my friend Gorana and evolved around. I ended up playing as a resident/host in a few places as well such as Mustache bar, 12×12, Studio Lam, Safe Room (also known as Whiteline), and Dark Bar (R.I.P). The events were mainly focused around a certain kind of music. From deep techno (played between 120-122bpm), to minimal house, to acid techno (played around 130+bpm), I really tried to play something different from the tech house or progressive we were hearing everywhere. I was also booking some friends from Hong Kong, Paris, Vietnam, Singapore, Switzerland, etc… The main goal was to bring something different to the scene and play with my friends. I had some good internationals at my events and played with some as well for other promoters.
This lead me to organise a tour in SE Asia. I toured Singapore thanks to my friend Jeck Hyde, where I played at Cato and Headquarters by the council thanks to Yadin Moha. Then I ended up playing a few series of events in Hong-Kong with the FuFu crew. My friend Florian Melinette booked Lay-Far with me and organised 3 gigs for us. And to finish, Ho Chi Minh with The Observatory for a long set with the club crew. The tour was amazing and I realised how unique the scene is in SE Asia. These promoters and club owners are shaping the scene in their city with their vision and travelling from one city to another was a very rich and inspiring experience.
What is the SE Asia scene like?
The underground scene in SE Asia is unique. It takes time and commitment to create a good following there. Sometimes you put a lot of money in one event and it fails. But if you stick to your vision and don’t give up, you will get rewarded.
What do you like to do outside of music?
Outside of music I like to hang out with my friends and watch movies. I studied cinema and am a movie freak. I watch everything. I wanted to create a career in cinema but life lead me on a different path. So it’s more of a hobby now. I also love when my girlfriend takes a decision in the morning and we end up somewhere I would never go if I was by myself. And yeah everything I do have an influence on my music.
I am a happy person but for some reason I find a lot of satisfaction in producing heavy or dark atmospheres in my music. But again everything depends on my mood. Sometimes I hear something in a movie and I try to sample it. There is inspiration everywhere.
Plans for the future?
In the future, we are actually starting a collaboration with my friends Charly (Mr Pitiful) and Johan. We will start a record label together and we are planning in booking more artists in Melbourne. We already brought Janeret, Djulz, John Dimas and Fabe.
How did you get into music?
I got into music very young. My mom and dad have always been into electronic music. I was surrounded with techno and house as a kid. My parents bought a house in Ibiza and I grew up on the island during the 90’s. I will always remember when my dad brought me to see Jeff Mills. I was 14 years old, a bit taller than the other kids. He put his sun glasses on my face and we got into Space Ibiza without any problems. Inside, he asked me what I wanted to drink and I genuinely answered a fanta orange. He gave me a vodka with fanta orange and that was it. My first club experience with drag queens everywhere and Sienna Miller dancing on Jeff Mills. It was amazing.
Where are you right now?
I am actually at Bounce Audio with Charly and I just bought a few records.
What are you listening to at the moment?
I am listening to Bassiani 003 with Wata Igarashi, Takaaki Itoh, Iori and Dj Nobu. Dj Joe Lewis, Lost in Tracks. And the Roush label 004 with Mr KS and Chris Carrier.
Who are your top 3 influences?
If I had to choose my top 3 influancers it woukd be Deepbass, Takaaki Itoh and Dj Steaw.
Who are you top 3 icons?
My top 3 icons would be Johannes Volk, Oscar Mulero and Marcel Dettman.
When are you playing next?
My next event is at Workshop on the 26th of August.