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FDLF09 - Ada Kaleh (Romania)
Taste, and a genuine interest in sound is reflected in music; With a background studying sound design and engineering, Iulian, represents a true artist in every sense of the word. 
What better way to introduce you to his sound, than marking the 9th episode of our series with a very special mix and interview - not quite a club sound, but we think it really reflects the views of his musical palette. 
Enjoy!
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Aside from music, do you have any other life goals you look forward to…

Basically all I do revolves around music, either writing it, doing sound design, reading up documentation on acoustics and sound engineering; then experimenting with that. I would like to either own or work in a mastering and vinyl cutting studio at some point in the future.
I also love food. I would love to go around the world and try as many recipes as possible. Maybe, have a restaurant with all of my favorites in one.! 
But these are just my selfish desires and goals.. Apart from that I hope human beings will learn to tolerate, help and understand each other and I try to contribute to that goal with every occasion. 
We all should.

How old are you, and where does your heritage lye? 

Currently residing in Bucharest, Romania; Born in a town called Galati, port on the Danube river, my birthday is September 25th  and I’ll be turning 31.
In the past I’ve played a lot of Quake 2 and Need for Speed Porsche 2000, then I started releasing a lot of records under different aliases and genres for about 13 - 14 years. 
About 4 years ago a new personality surfaced. Being born in a city next to the Danube, I’ve heard a lot of stories about the infamous Ada Kaleh island (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ada_Kaleh) from an early age, so in time it became my little obsession… and I eventually ended up choosing this name as one of my aliases. The spirit of the island lives on and I hope I’m a worthy carrier.

What have you been up to recently?

I’ve been doing a lot of work on some of my releases as well as my first artist album (you’ll hear quite a few of them in the mix I recorded for this feature). I’ve also been playing some really amazing venues and met quite a few nice people.
 All of this sounds like I live the life of a superstar doesn’t it? 
Don’t get fooled though, most of my daily routine is spent doing absolutely nothing, complaining about global warming and washing dishes. 

What stimulates your appetite for more music?

To be honest, I haven’t the slightest idea how to answer this. it’s just how things are. 
Almost everything can turn out to be a source of inspiration… from daily routine, a triggered memory, good times or bad times, a walk in the park, stargazing, etc to just hearing a certain sound. I never know when it’s going to kick in and that’s just the way I like it.

How and where was this mix recorded?

"Live, on the kitchen counter, with a laptop, a couple of controllers and a thousand loops.. No, it’s not a joke."

Explain your concept with the label.; How did the idea to release music solely on your own vinyl imprint come to mind?

Once finished, every piece of music wants to be titled, seen and touched. It’s my vision on sounds, metaphorical track titles and visual interpretation of both. I’ve had the idea of the label for a few years but I just took my time and let my music mature before showing it to the world. 
All my releases in the past year are some of my very first productions. Having things planned out in a 3-4 years time span gave me the freedom I needed to work on new ideas with absolutely no pressure of having to release anything.

What’s coming up next?

A new 12” release titled “Introspectie” is coming out soon. It’s actually the first track I wrote under the Ada Kaleh alias.
That same time a remix I did for my Wareika mates will be released on Audiofly’s SUPERNATURE imprint.
A new EP for early next year and finally the 3x12” album. In the meantime I have a rather busy schedule with my gigs and hopefully I get to bring my sounds to your NY crowd soon!

Last, but not least, can you remember your last dream…

I always remember my dreams but sometimes they are so complicated and split into sequences it’s almost impossible to put into words. Last night I dreamt some fantastic architectural designs that appeared on everything.
 At first they were visible on pieces of furniture and buildings but then they just started to take over everything, carving themselves into trees, stone and even the sky. Arrangin and re-arrangin; the patterns were so incredibly intricate that even if I had any talent at drawing I could never replicate them.
 Maybe I’ll try to put that into sounds.

From Ada Kaleh with love;

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Released by: De La’funk
Release/catalogue number: FDLF09
Release date: 09/27/2014 View Larger

FDLF09 - Ada Kaleh (Romania)

Taste, and a genuine interest in sound is reflected in music; With a background studying sound design and engineering, Iulian, represents a true artist in every sense of the word.

What better way to introduce you to his sound, than marking the 9th episode of our series with a very special mix and interview - not quite a club sound, but we think it really reflects the views of his musical palette.

Enjoy!

::

Aside from music, do you have any other life goals you look forward to…

Basically all I do revolves around music, either writing it, doing sound design, reading up documentation on acoustics and sound engineering; then experimenting with that. I would like to either own or work in a mastering and vinyl cutting studio at some point in the future.

I also love food. I would love to go around the world and try as many recipes as possible. Maybe, have a restaurant with all of my favorites in one.!

But these are just my selfish desires and goals.. Apart from that I hope human beings will learn to tolerate, help and understand each other and I try to contribute to that goal with every occasion.

We all should.

How old are you, and where does your heritage lye?

Currently residing in Bucharest, Romania; Born in a town called Galati, port on the Danube river, my birthday is September 25th  and I’ll be turning 31.

In the past I’ve played a lot of Quake 2 and Need for Speed Porsche 2000, then I started releasing a lot of records under different aliases and genres for about 13 - 14 years.

About 4 years ago a new personality surfaced. Being born in a city next to the Danube, I’ve heard a lot of stories about the infamous Ada Kaleh island (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ada_Kaleh) from an early age, so in time it became my little obsession… and I eventually ended up choosing this name as one of my aliases. The spirit of the island lives on and I hope I’m a worthy carrier.

What have you been up to recently?

I’ve been doing a lot of work on some of my releases as well as my first artist album (you’ll hear quite a few of them in the mix I recorded for this feature). I’ve also been playing some really amazing venues and met quite a few nice people.

All of this sounds like I live the life of a superstar doesn’t it?

Don’t get fooled though, most of my daily routine is spent doing absolutely nothing, complaining about global warming and washing dishes. 

What stimulates your appetite for more music?

To be honest, I haven’t the slightest idea how to answer this. it’s just how things are.

Almost everything can turn out to be a source of inspiration… from daily routine, a triggered memory, good times or bad times, a walk in the park, stargazing, etc to just hearing a certain sound. I never know when it’s going to kick in and that’s just the way I like it.

How and where was this mix recorded?

"Live, on the kitchen counter, with a laptop, a couple of controllers and a thousand loops.. No, it’s not a joke."

Explain your concept with the label.; How did the idea to release music solely on your own vinyl imprint come to mind?

Once finished, every piece of music wants to be titled, seen and touched. It’s my vision on sounds, metaphorical track titles and visual interpretation of both. I’ve had the idea of the label for a few years but I just took my time and let my music mature before showing it to the world.

All my releases in the past year are some of my very first productions. Having things planned out in a 3-4 years time span gave me the freedom I needed to work on new ideas with absolutely no pressure of having to release anything.

What’s coming up next?

A new 12” release titled “Introspectie” is coming out soon. It’s actually the first track I wrote under the Ada Kaleh alias.

That same time a remix I did for my Wareika mates will be released on Audiofly’s SUPERNATURE imprint.

A new EP for early next year and finally the 3x12” album. In the meantime I have a rather busy schedule with my gigs and hopefully I get to bring my sounds to your NY crowd soon!

Last, but not least, can you remember your last dream…

I always remember my dreams but sometimes they are so complicated and split into sequences it’s almost impossible to put into words. Last night I dreamt some fantastic architectural designs that appeared on everything.

At first they were visible on pieces of furniture and buildings but then they just started to take over everything, carving themselves into trees, stone and even the sky. Arrangin and re-arrangin; the patterns were so incredibly intricate that even if I had any talent at drawing I could never replicate them.

Maybe I’ll try to put that into sounds.

From Ada Kaleh with love;

::

Released by: De La’funk

Release/catalogue number: FDLF09

Release date: 09/27/2014


DE LA’FUNK | FDLF08 - Cleymoore (Portugal)


It’s a pleasure to showcase two very talented friends, who found a route to growth together artistically. With creativity at the heart, the Pluie/ Noir collective has grown into a family of unique aspiring artists pushing the “forward thinking” mentality. 
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Any hobbies? (Reading, writing, cooking, sports)Actually “I live from my hobbies”; I’m absolutely happy about the work i do everyday, but I also struggle a bit when it comes to the financial side of things since I’ve “officially” become unemployed.
I do live and breathe music and graphic design, painting, photography and video on my daily basis. When I get some free time I indulge in serious movie/tv series/gaming sessions, either alone or with friends.
I’m a sucker for a good manga reading (^.^) I do love to cook, but so do most of the greatest djs/producers I know.. I wonder if it’s a genetic thing?
I’m trying to become more active this year by going swimming for the sake of my health, and learning violin, since I feel I need some serious musical education to progress in my career.Portugal; An ever growing country. Explain what changes you’ve seenmusically and economically?Economically, the last 5 years were massively disappointing and DE-motivating. Especially for my generation. People between 25 and 30 are lucky enough to have graduated, with masters and phd’s. They still can’t get a proper job that is steady or well payed.
Portugal suffered a huge collapse, and became one of the poorest countries in Europe in the last few years. We’re slowly moving up but the people suffered (and still do) a lot from this on-going crisis. Minimum wage here is a joke.
With this came the cultural crisis too. Clubs and concert halls stopped taking risks, the state cut all the financial aid to the arts (even cinema) and the scene is, right now, neither living or dead. It simply seems stale with lack of fresh talent and new doors to people outside of the usual hobbies that were already established in the last 10 years.
Same applies to the music people listen to which, for me, is also very disappointing and closed-minded even though I’m doing my best to push new stuff and new people onto the Portuguese radar.What is your connection to France?!
My first time in Paris was a couple of years ago, invited by Improvist, co-led by my dear friend Marc Milner. I fell in love with the places I saw, the people I met and most of all, the respect I felt from the people and my work, either as a dj, producer, designer or record label owner.
That was the main reason I moved, there’s a strong energy (synergy even) going on in Paris right now. Either derivative from trends, or genuine love for music. They’re some of the most enthusiastic crowds I have ever played to and that makes me smile.
My last gig in Paris at Concrete Club was proof that french people, or at least Parisians, are very receptive and craving for a good time. This is what I lack the most in Lisbon, or Portugal in general.The name Pluie/Noir; How did the concept come to be?
The name comes from a really good movie I saw from 1989 called, Pluie Noire, from Shohei Imamura, which is the correct way to write “black rain” in french.
I didn’t want to use the same name out of respect for the movie, so I thought about the title and decided that two words could make sense together if separated by a slash to specify the existence of two terms working together, to explain how the collective I had in mind would work.
"Pluie" is french for “rain”, which you associate with a mass of water, a group; leading to, metaphorically, a collective. "Noir" is the french for “black” or “dark”, expression that always made my head connect to everything underground, low-key, and expressionist (like the “film noir” genre”).
This was my aim, a collective of artists from multiple backgrounds, either known or unknown, working in synergy, in a low-key way. Exploring underground culture and experimenting either with music or art, to create a “noir” style of danceable music that you could not only listen to at home but also at the party.. something that could stand the test of time.Lately you’ve had a steady schedule; how has being on the road inspired you?Definitely. It’s impossible not to get inspired by the places you visit, the people you meet, the energy you feel. All of them are different and it’s the kind of information you’re never really ready to observe.
It changes you and sways your ideals of what you should or shouldn’t do, what you can or can’t do, what people expect or don’t expect from you. As an artist it definitely changed me. I was a bit ego-centric when I was strictly living in Lisbon.
When you start playing internationally you learn a lot. The best lesson I learned from all my latest touring, is that you should be a bit like Apple;
“Give the people what they didn’t know they would actually want..”What’s next for the label?After a horrible period of bureaucracy and back-office corrections with distribution, factories, and overall restructuring of the imprint; I’m slowly recovering from a major financial collapse caused by personal and professional problems that were completely out of my hand.
The kind of weight one carries alone without a choice; a one man army. When you are the head of a project, the responsibility is ultimately yours even though it actually isn’t sometimes.
Right now, I’m doing my best to restore a steady release schedule with our new distributor after leaving Intergroove this year. It has been quite a hard process to catch up but it will happen soon. Our first artist album, by Marx Trukker, should have been out months ago but again we got held up by problems outside of our hands. Factories are overbooked and everything is a bit chaotic for record labels, but we’re looking at early September for a release  date, according to DD.
Right after (this time, as swiftly as possible), there’s PNR005 with Fumiya Tanaka, PNEM02 by Volkan Akin, & PNC001 with myself collaborating alongside Marc Neyen, Rack and No Hype. Later, PNR006, and another V.A. for PNR007. At the same time I’m still fixing some band camp order delays and working on our website… I need a vacation! (hahaha)Favorite record in your bag?It’s hard for me to pick one single record out of my bag, as I usually change it almost entirely depending on where and at what time I will play in a gig, but I can easily say that it’s almost impossible for me to resist the urge to play “Tronco Traxx - Drops" or “Walk For Me”
[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_qvuva0TPk]
It’s a timeless classic from 1995 and I was lucky enough to get a nice undamaged copy of it, so it rarely leaves my bag.Love,
Bruno | Pluie/Noirhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_qvuva0TPk View Larger

DE LA’FUNK | FDLF08 - Cleymoore (Portugal)

It’s a pleasure to showcase two very talented friends, who found a route to growth together artistically. With creativity at the heart, the Pluie/ Noir collective has grown into a family of unique aspiring artists pushing the “forward thinking” mentality.

::

Any hobbies? (Reading, writing, cooking, sports)

Actually “I live from my hobbies”; I’m absolutely happy about the work i do everyday, but I also struggle a bit when it comes to the financial side of things since I’ve “officially” become unemployed.

I do live and breathe music and graphic design, painting, photography and video on my daily basis. When I get some free time I indulge in serious movie/tv series/gaming sessions, either alone or with friends.

I’m a sucker for a good manga reading (^.^) I do love to cook, but so do most of the greatest djs/producers I know.. I wonder if it’s a genetic thing?

I’m trying to become more active this year by going swimming for the sake of my health, and learning violin, since I feel I need some serious musical education to progress in my career.

Portugal; An ever growing country. Explain what changes you’ve seen
musically and economically?

Economically, the last 5 years were massively disappointing and DE-motivating. Especially for my generation. People between 25 and 30 are lucky enough to have graduated, with masters and phd’s. They still can’t get a proper job that is steady or well payed.

Portugal suffered a huge collapse, and became one of the poorest countries in Europe in the last few years. We’re slowly moving up but the people suffered (and still do) a lot from this on-going crisis. Minimum wage here is a joke.


With this came the cultural crisis too. Clubs and concert halls stopped taking risks, the state cut all the financial aid to the arts (even cinema) and the scene is, right now, neither living or dead. It simply seems stale with lack of fresh talent and new doors to people outside of the usual hobbies that were already established in the last 10 years.

Same applies to the music people listen to which, for me, is also very disappointing and closed-minded even though I’m doing my best to push new stuff and new people onto the Portuguese radar.

What is your connection to France?!

My first time in Paris was a couple of years ago, invited by Improvist, co-led by my dear friend Marc Milner. I fell in love with the places I saw, the people I met and most of all, the respect I felt from the people and my work, either as a dj, producer, designer or record label owner.

That was the main reason I moved, there’s a strong energy (synergy even) going on in Paris right now. Either derivative from trends, or genuine love for music. They’re some of the most enthusiastic crowds I have ever played to and that makes me smile.

My last gig in Paris at Concrete Club was proof that french people, or at least Parisians, are very receptive and craving for a good time. This is what I lack the most in Lisbon, or Portugal in general.

The name Pluie/Noir; How did the concept come to be?


The name comes from a really good movie I saw from 1989 called, Pluie Noire, from Shohei Imamura, which is the correct way to write “black rain” in french.

I didn’t want to use the same name out of respect for the movie, so I thought about the title and decided that two words could make sense together if separated by a slash to specify the existence of two terms working together, to explain how the collective I had in mind would work.

"Pluie" is french for “rain”, which you associate with a mass of water, a group; leading to, metaphorically, a collective. "Noir" is the french for “black” or “dark”, expression that always made my head connect to everything underground, low-key, and expressionist (like the “film noir” genre”).

This was my aim, a collective of artists from multiple backgrounds, either known or unknown, working in synergy, in a low-key way. Exploring underground culture and experimenting either with music or art, to create a “noir” style of danceable music that you could not only listen to at home but also at the party.. something that could stand the test of time.

Lately you’ve had a steady schedule; how has being on the road inspired you?

Definitely. It’s impossible not to get inspired by the places you visit, the people you meet, the energy you feel. All of them are different and it’s the kind of information you’re never really ready to observe.

It changes you and sways your ideals of what you should or shouldn’t do, what you can or can’t do, what people expect or don’t expect from you. As an artist it definitely changed me. I was a bit ego-centric when I was strictly living in Lisbon.

When you start playing internationally you learn a lot. The best lesson I learned from all my latest touring, is that you should be a bit like Apple;

Give the people what they didn’t know they would actually want..

What’s next for the label?

After a horrible period of bureaucracy and back-office corrections with distribution, factories, and overall restructuring of the imprint; I’m slowly recovering from a major financial collapse caused by personal and professional problems that were completely out of my hand.

The kind of weight one carries alone without a choice; a one man army. When you are the head of a project, the responsibility is ultimately yours even though it actually isn’t sometimes.


Right now, I’m doing my best to restore a steady release schedule with our new distributor after leaving Intergroove this year. It has been quite a hard process to catch up but it will happen soon. Our first artist album, by Marx Trukker, should have been out months ago but again we got held up by problems outside of our hands. Factories are overbooked and everything is a bit chaotic for record labels, but we’re looking at early September for a release  date, according to DD.

Right after (this time, as swiftly as possible), there’s PNR005 with Fumiya Tanaka, PNEM02 by Volkan Akin, & PNC001 with myself collaborating alongside Marc Neyen, Rack and No Hype. Later, PNR006, and another V.A. for PNR007. At the same time I’m still fixing some band camp order delays and working on our website… I need a vacation! (hahaha)

Favorite record in your bag?

It’s hard for me to pick one single record out of my bag, as I usually change it almost entirely depending on where and at what time I will play in a gig, but I can easily say that it’s almost impossible for me to resist the urge to play “Tronco Traxx - Drops" or “Walk For Me

[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_qvuva0TPk]

It’s a timeless classic from 1995 and I was lucky enough to get a nice undamaged copy of it, so it rarely leaves my bag.

Love,


Bruno | Pluie/Noir

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_qvuva0TPk


Daniela La Luz… ‘Just like the Natives’ | DE LA’FUNK

Born during the time of the iron curtain; a young girl found hope in staying true to her heart and following a unique sense of style and taste.

Integrating her own vocals around a colorful range of genres, she’s become one of the most unique live acts this summer!

This was our heart to heart with Daniela La Luz - Enjoy! :)

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We thought we’d start ahead of the musical aspects; Describe your experience of growing up in Germany?
 

I’ve never thought so specific about this before. I feel I was lucky to have growing up. I have a polish mother, a german father, and a younger sister. When I was small we went, quite often, to Poland to visit family. 

My uncle (a historic) was a very active member of the “Solidarność” movement, which caused problems for the family – We’re proud of him for proving that it is worth having ideals and to fight for what you believe (in a peaceful way). 

This was an intense time for our family. Poland, was at that time behind the iron curtain and a totally different world in comparison to germany - which fascinated and influenced me a lot. My polish grandmother was a forced laborer during WW2 in Germany. The fact of being born and raised in a country like this caused (in a weird way) identity trouble for me.

For years I felt more polish then german. Especially when I was young; My classmates/ friends didn’t know anything about a country called Poland, although it is right next door on the geographical map. 

A bunch of children had asked if my family knew of “Color television” - when i told them that my grandmother had not one, but TWO color TV’s they became silent haha
I still have this part of my soul in me somehow, I guess. At the same time, i’m mainly a cosmopolitan and an earthling just as you… 

I went to a german kindergarten, german schools, and studied in germany as a kid. Early on I began to notice that the Polish were more creative. They had to help each other, they had to be able to improvise in a deeply suppressive political system and this, I think, created a strong feeling for an experimental approach which helped enjoy my childhood a tiny bit more :)

The people in Poland were forced to be happy with what they had. Even if it we’re affordable they weren’t allowed to purchase many products due to the exchange between the western countries. 

In comparison, germany seemed spoiled and weren’t even aware of the situation happening in Poland. But this is just a subjective observation that doesn´t fit to everyone of course. 
I didn’t grow up in a rich family, so materialism was never really a topic for me. During my teenage years I did start to feel very pressured by my environment to have real Levis jeans, real Converse, or real Doc Martens – if yours were fake, you were not cool. 

I don´t know if this fixation on brands had to do with the richer city of Munich or if it´s a common side effect of capitalism, but I was happy the day I rejected this fake pressure and returned to the essentials

I really appreciate my life here in germany and especially understanding i’ve had it easier than millions of other people around the globe. I hope that one day the circumstances for the poorer countries gets better as well. I´m convinced that there’s enough earth for everyone on this planet.

Any hobbies? (favorite sport, book, food, movie, etc)

Yesss, many!!!

Cooking became one of my biggest hobbies, because my grandma used to be a cook and she handed down a lot f knowledge when I was young. Before and during my studies I worked in the kitchen of a restaurant, which helped me improve my skills over the years, to not only cook tasty, but also fast

Berlin has a rich offer of affordable cuisines. I love going to restaurants and have good food from all countries in the world – I think cooking and food is like listening and making music – spices, amounts, temperatures, herbs and beats, melodies, reverbs – you know ;)

I love cycling; the sound of my wheels when I´m driving fast and all the different kinds of animals that cross my way. Just to observe them, time again and time again excited by the beauty of our planet.

Mhmm yes, and I´m very interested in topics like alternative medicine and topics like herbs, acids and bases nutrition and so on.

Tell us more about being awarded the “QUARTZ 6 Music Award”

It feels great! When I got awarded, I could not realize what actually was going on. I felt a bit like sitting in a bubble flying through the stars.

It was short after I started producing electronic music. Marcos Romero was doing the A&R for a digital label in the US. I had a profile on myspace, where I was frequently uploading my newest pieces of music. One day I received a message asking if I would like to release an EP; so I did. Short after that Marcos founded his own label and heard my track „EllE Routine“ on Myspace. 

He contacted me and I signed this track for a various artists CD compilation (Musik Non Stop Uno“ Label: Syncopated Music). 

In 2009, short after the compilation got released, he secretly sent “EllE Routine“ to the jury of QWARTZ 6, and they had blindly listened to 4077 tracks sent in from around the world.

My track EllE ROUTINE got nominated in 2010.

In 2010, my track (EllE ROUTINE) was nominated among Supermayer [Kompakt], Gui Boratto and Motor [Shitkatapult); received an invitation to the Qwartz 6 event in Paris and went there without any expectations. Other guests on the event were Laurie Anderson, Gudrun Gut, Alec Empire and many others – I felt honored to be part of it and the biggest surprise was of course that I won in the category “clubbing/dance” - I was totally excited, standing there on stage with my award in hand, looking totally pale, (Haha)

Now this award has its place on my desk (next to my studio boxes) reminding me forever of this beautiful weekend in Paris!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qwartz_Electronic_Music_Awards

https://soundcloud.com/daniela-la-luz/elle-routine-nomination-for-qwartz-electronic-music-award-6?in=daniela-la-luz/sets/elle-routine-qwartz-6

The principle, Daring is caring; Explain how you feel about it.

The definition for myself is to play, produce and release a wider spectrum of electronic dance music, mainly focused on house & techno.

In this context I try stay far from ever  becoming too predictable. There are many places in Berlin and around the world, where most of the sets played are way too predictable – classical 4 to the floor all night long, without the DJ daring to play at least one track that would go push past the spectrum.

Don´t get me wrong, I love the classical club nights, but i appreciate, a lot, when a DJ or live act dares to include more diverse and surprising music.


Germany has birthed some of House & Techno’s most vibrant communities - What do you feel is “essential” to a proper underground party? 

I can only speak for myself of course, someone else might have another definition of a good „underground“ party.

For me personally the choice of music, the crowd, and notably the eclecticism have the top priority. A crowd of likeminded people that like electronic music and appreciate being surprised and driven through genres and sub-genres of music and history. 
A crowd that feels something spiritual about joining together and dancing;  enjoying, feeling and understanding the same vibe at the same time is so peaceful – like natives.

A good sound system with a proper bass is certainly appreciated! (Hahaha)
If I would have to choose for the sound system or the music, I would for sure go for the good music.

Call me fussy, but I also highly appreciate if people don´t bang into each other constantly on the dance floor, but dance peacefully in their square meter – I think this comes down to respect and good club culture. 

We have some places like this here in Berlin, you should check the Parallel crew!

[http://wirsindparallel.wordpress.com/]

Describe how the relationship with Robert & Rawax came to be?

I was always extremely critical about my own music and simply just never satisfied with my own productions. 
Riet (my booker) asked the DBH/Rawax guys if I could send some tracks over and they said yes. I sent them some old productions and they weren’t into it.

After months passed, Robert came to Berlin to host a Rawax label night and we enjoyed each other’s company. I burned a CD with 12 tracks that were accidentally mixed down and I wasn´t expecting anything to happen. A few days later Robert contacted me and said that would definitely want to release a record with me, but he couldn’t decide which tracks – I was super happy.

Short after, we spoke again and he told me how much he loved my music and he would take all 12 tracks and make a pre-release (Pistol Star) and an album (Based On Electricity) – boom - I can´t tell you how happy I was!!!!!!

'Parallel' is host to a variety of friends from around the globe. - How has interacting with everyone help shape you as a Producer/Live act?

Honestly, it made me even pickier about the choice of good music and good production skills. It´s fun to observe everyones own style, even though, we all move in the same musical direction. 

Throughout all this time, I learned more about the business aspect as well. I think this is the most touching lesson I learned. From everyone that I’ve met in the past I learned this - sometimes less, sometimes more.

It would be too much to tell it all now; What I can say, is that everything that has happened throughout this beautiful time, pleasure and pain, confirmed my decision over and over again, to love what I do, to do what I love, and just stay true to myself and enjoy this life together!

What news, music, and artists are you looking forward to seeing this year?

Ohhh, there is a ton of highlights this year!

The RAWAX showcase in Frankfurt and tINI (my old friend) at her party „tINI & The Gang“ on the beautiful island of Ibiza. I can´t wait to chill on the beach and eat a Gazpacho in the sun! (Hahaha)


My album pre-release and my second album itself (Counting Days) will come out in autumn (both on HOUSEWAX) and at the end of the year I´ll release an acid orientated record on CHIWAX. 

Not too long after, we will launch our Parallel label!!

Toward the end of the year I´m going to play together with Yannick Robyns at the Fuse club in Brussels. 

And of course, I´m looking forward to each of our Parallel Showcases at Griessmühle here in Berlin - these are always special nights for me. 

For the other Parallel artists, some beautiful highlights happening this year as well and I´m super happy for them!!

Favorite record in your bag?

Thats a hard one (Hahaha) 

My all-time favorite is:

SUN ELECTRIC „TEE +“ (Rough Trade/R&S/Apollo) 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AO8iP4XLDzk

The Thomas Fehlmann remix is a dance floor bomb and the other tracks are sweeter then sugar; jazzy, broken, beautiful. - There are two versions of this record out, the one with less tracks on it is my favorite.

Tell us something most people don’t know about you?

I was very sick as a kid. when I was 7 until i was 17 – I had a rare kind of rheumatism. 

For years I was affected by periodic stays in a specialized hospital for children in the alps, swallowing medicine every day. Taking blood samples every two weeks and several other regular treatments. 

Since I was so young when it all started, it quickly became normal for me. I made friends in the hospital and I guess I tried to make the best out of it – doing a lot of handicrafts and annoying the nurses for fun. Otherwise we all would have died of boredom.

It was forbidden for me to do sports in school and also in my free time, so I started to feel jealous about the rest of my classmates.

 I was a very active and a curious child/teenager and this subconscious became repressed energy in several other ways – totally hyperactive at school and rebellious.

When I was 14 I was playing a little bit of football with friends in the backyard and a girl came to me and asked if I would like to come to a try-out, they were setting up a girls football team; I said yes. I went there and became part of the team. 

My parents were first against it and the doctors were all totally shocked of the fact that I chose such a “heavy” sport.

I became totally hooked on sports from this day forward. Besides the two trainings we had per week, I was training every day; alone, with friends, on hot summer days, on frozen ground; no sleep, no rest. – just totally crazy. 

In those two years I never missed a game or training, even when I was super sick, I was there.

When I became 16, things at home became too messy and I needed to move out and change  schools. 

Short before this time I started smoking joints and all together initiated the end of my football career.

The same time I bought my first guitar, a classic Yamaha, I still have it. I locked myself for three days back in my room and learned to play it. That was the day I started writing my own music.


And yes, another secret: sometimes I can get a little bitchy when I´m hungry. (Hahaha)

What can we expect to see this year…

Well, I hope we all will see a lot of sunshine and happiness!

My live set is growing from month to month and I can´t wait to play all the upcoming gigs this year.

Since I was so busy last year, I have a bunch of releases coming out, for which I´m really excited about!

Close to that date will come a record from Volta Cab with a remix of me on (Frole Records) and a record from Sean Dixon on his label (Final Chapter) as well a remix.

A big highlight for me is autumn we will finally launch the Parallel record label!!

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Released by: De La’funk - Brooklyn, NY


DE LA’FUNK | FDLF07 - Da Widu (Paris)


In the next episode of season two; We feature label head, shop owner, and good friend, David/DaWiduHumbly releasing the music he cared for most, in doing so, became one of the respected entrepreneurs of our community…

What are your hobbies outside of music?


If I had to choose it would definitely be traveling. Always helped me take a step back. 

I’ve loved it since I was a kid travelling around the globe as a kid with my parents.

I love to explore cities, by meeting like-minded people in record shops or clubs, or even via networks prior to my departure and get the full local experience.

but then again, we make it almost all about the music :)

::


What’s your idea of “inspiration”
 
What I believe to be eclecticism is simply digging across the borders, trying to get the best of each musical genre, and trying to understand the different musical movements.
Romania was a great for me; being surrounded by so many people who really have this open-ness for dance music. There passion to carry on listening till you physically can’t, is life changing 
The time I spent in Germany created this love for unknown records; the oldies you find that most, or no-one, play. I found the most jaw-dropping minimal techno records for only 3 ($4USD) euros !! I also found a 200$ Soul Capsule “Las Ramblas” in Hong Kong, also for 3 euros.

Inspiration is everywhere, and we’re lucky to have it so close; but I still believe it’s simple once you allow it to come naturally.


::


When did the concept of opening a record store come to light?
 
The record store came to light a long time ago. I opened the label 3 years ago, and knew eventually I’d like to become a shop. 

I broke my foot last year, which gave me a lot of time to think, dig, and come up with this new plan.

My mom has been my heart and support for this idea, and together we went to several places across Europe to get the vinyls I had handpicked to sell in the store.
I really want it to be a hub for people to discuss and exchange views about music. There’s no ego, It’s always nice to be surrounded by my peers.


::

The label name is incredibly meaningful. Te Iubesc Records, translating simply into “I love you” records; Where’d the idea stem from?
 
This was the very first ever word I learned in romanian. (among other rude words)

When I first moved it immedately sounded good to my ear; The whole language did actually. 
I’m all about sharing what I like to others, always been a big feature of my personality so it just defines my love for the people and the music. 


::

Music has been a part of your life since you were young? Tell us about your growth as an artist.

My mom would give me my first electro mixtapes from this french FM radio, RadioFG (standing for Fréquence Gaie), and I would start discovering by myself at the dawn of peer-to-peer (first song every downloaded was ABBA - Dancing Queen). 
The real turnover was in high school when I started going to concerts on a weekly basis. I was really into metal and hardcore rock, kind of looking for an identity. As I grew older my taste did as well. 
The following year this weird kid entered our class, and he was always sitting in the back, talking with no one and listening to strange music on his bose headphones.

After a few months not interacting with anyone but his iPod, I asked him to make me a CD, so I could understand what he was so into. 

It took a couple months and a few repeats to eventually get me hooked. This weird kid and I are still very good friends to this day, and as I like to say if it wasn’t for him i’d probably be a banker or worse.. a politician. 

SUPER minimal stuff! Not sure i’d listen to much of it now, but it was my first real step into this electronic music.
Music really helped me out during the tough times, but it didnt strike me as a possible career path until I moved to London and understood it is business, a whole industry.
After a couple days in romania it came to me that this would be a best place to grow this side of me even more.

So I moved there, opened the label and started collecting my own records.

::

What’s next?

after 3 years, 3 releases later, and about to open the record shop.. do more and keep living! ;-)
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DE LA’FUNK | FDLF07 - Da Widu (Paris)

In the next episode of season two; We feature label head, shop owner, and good friend, David/DaWidu

Humbly releasing the music he cared for most, in doing so, became one of the respected entrepreneurs of our community…

What are your hobbies outside of music?

If I had to choose it would definitely be traveling. Always helped me take a step back. 
I’ve loved it since I was a kid travelling around the globe as a kid with my parents.
I love to explore cities, by meeting like-minded people in record shops or clubs, or even via networks prior to my departure and get the full local experience.
but then again, we make it almost all about the music :)
::
What’s your idea of “inspiration”
 
What I believe to be eclecticism is simply digging across the borders, trying to get the best of each musical genre, and trying to understand the different musical movements.

Romania was a great for me; being surrounded by so many people who really have this open-ness for dance music. There passion to carry on listening till you physically can’t, is life changing 

The time I spent in Germany created this love for unknown records; the oldies you find that most, or no-one, play. I found the most jaw-dropping minimal techno records for only 3 ($4USD) euros !! I also found a 200$ Soul Capsule “Las Ramblas” in Hong Kong, also for 3 euros.
Inspiration is everywhere, and we’re lucky to have it so close; but I still believe it’s simple once you allow it to come naturally.
::
When did the concept of opening a record store come to light?
 
The record store came to light a long time ago. I opened the label 3 years ago, and knew eventually I’d like to become a shop. 
I broke my foot last year, which gave me a lot of time to think, dig, and come up with this new plan.
My mom has been my heart and support for this idea, and together we went to several places across Europe to get the vinyls I had handpicked to sell in the store.

I really want it to be a hub for people to discuss and exchange views about music. There’s no ego, It’s always nice to be surrounded by my peers.
::
The label name is incredibly meaningful. Te Iubesc Records, translating simply into “I love you” records; Where’d the idea stem from?
 
This was the very first ever word I learned in romanian. (among other rude words)
When I first moved it immedately sounded good to my ear; The whole language did actually. 

I’m all about sharing what I like to others, always been a big feature of my personality so it just defines my love for the people and the music. 
::
Music has been a part of your life since you were young? Tell us about your growth as an artist.
My mom would give me my first electro mixtapes from this french FM radio, RadioFG (standing for Fréquence Gaie), and I would start discovering by myself at the dawn of peer-to-peer (first song every downloaded was ABBA - Dancing Queen). 

The real turnover was in high school when I started going to concerts on a weekly basis. I was really into metal and hardcore rock, kind of looking for an identity. As I grew older my taste did as well. 

The following year this weird kid entered our class, and he was always sitting in the back, talking with no one and listening to strange music on his bose headphones.
After a few months not interacting with anyone but his iPod, I asked him to make me a CD, so I could understand what he was so into. 
It took a couple months and a few repeats to eventually get me hooked. This weird kid and I are still very good friends to this day, and as I like to say if it wasn’t for him i’d probably be a banker or worse.. a politician. 
SUPER minimal stuff! Not sure i’d listen to much of it now, but it was my first real step into this electronic music.

Music really helped me out during the tough times, but it didnt strike me as a possible career path until I moved to London and understood it is business, a whole industry.

After a couple days in romania it came to me that this would be a best place to grow this side of me even more.
So I moved there, opened the label and started collecting my own records.
::
What’s next?
after 3 years, 3 releases later, and about to open the record shop.. do more and keep living! ;-)

DE LA’FUNK | FDLF06 - Pandilla Ltd (Portugal)


In it’s entirety, Pandilla Limited, is the collaboration of friendship. Releasing music, organizing gatherings, and maintaining a solid approach to growing together as friends…


Tell us about the growth, musically and otherwise, over the last year?



Growing as a family, and as friends, we’ve had the chance to learn so much.


That being said, our best answer, would be ‘Time is Experience.’




There’s been a lot of economical change in Portugal recently - Explain the change you’ve seen throughout the culture? Has it had an effect on the music? 


In reality, there hasn’t actually been much growth. Its getting tougher, and tougher to live here. 
There’s a small group of us here with the ‘forward-thinking’ attitude; but the so called “scene” hasn’t show too much light at all. We grow each and every day. 


How were you introduced to Harborage Record Shop? 


It’s a small underground record shop located in ‘Porto’ 
They’ve expanded to lisbon, and there’s a ton of great things ahead. 
Look here: http://www.harborageshop.com/musica/ver-todos



Do you have have other dreams, next to the ones you’ve already accomplished?


What ever comes natural  
We’ve all come together, while still pursuing dreams of our own. We’re here to help each other move forward.

We have some really great stuff ready, and we reeeeeally hope you guys like it. Peace, & Love Pandilla (2014)




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Released by: De La’funkRelease/catalogue number: FDLF06 Release date: 03/02/2014 
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DE LA’FUNK | FDLF06 - Pandilla Ltd (Portugal)

In it’s entirety, Pandilla Limited, is the collaboration of friendship. Releasing music, organizing gatherings, and maintaining a solid approach to growing together as friends…

Tell us about the growth, musically and otherwise, over the last year?

Growing as a family, and as friends, we’ve had the chance to learn so much.
That being said, our best answer, would be ‘Time is Experience.’

There’s been a lot of economical change in Portugal recently - Explain the change you’ve seen throughout the culture? Has it had an effect on the music? 
In reality, there hasn’t actually been much growth. Its getting tougher, and tougher to live here. 

There’s a small group of us here with the ‘forward-thinking’ attitude; but the so called “scene” hasn’t show too much light at all. We grow each and every day. 
How were you introduced to Harborage Record Shop? 

It’s a small underground record shop located in ‘Porto’ 

They’ve expanded to lisbon, and there’s a ton of great things ahead. 

Look here: http://www.harborageshop.com/musica/ver-todos
Do you have have other dreams, next to the ones you’ve already accomplished?

What ever comes natural  

We’ve all come together, while still pursuing dreams of our own. We’re here to help each other move forward.
We have some really great stuff ready, and we reeeeeally hope you guys like it. 

Peace, & Love 

Pandilla (2014)

Released by: De La’funk
Release/catalogue number: FDLF06 
Release date: 03/02/2014 

FDLF05 : Andrey Zots (Nervmusic) →

FDLF05: Andrey Zots (Nervmusic)


For six years Nervmusic has been the instigator of actions that have brought a circle of techno culture fans together to form an independent movement in Moscows nightlife. Along the way, the members of Nervmusic were searching for a unique sound that eventually become a music label.

Core member, Andrey Zots, is the icing on the cake. Episode Five of the FDLF podcast series features the up and coming artists from Moscow in the final episode of Season One! 



Hey, Andrey! We’d love to understand a bit about your heritage; The place where it all began! Where & when were you born?

 

I was born and raised in Sergiev Posad; a city known for it’s many churches. It’s actually the administrative center for the Russian Orthodox Church. 

After living few years in Moscow I found myself back here again. It’s a beautiful, and peaceful place to live. 

Your taste in sound, and music, is extremely unique. Weird abstract rhythms, stringed together with soundscapes and melodies paired with really grooving basslines; Can you describe your musical taste?

 

Im not a big fan of labeling things, you know. Especially when it comes to music.

I feel a real urgent need to create my own little niche sound worlds and Im trying to incorporate being happy with who i am as much as possible in my day-to-day life. :-)

Does your music describe your personality or is the music you create completely different? 

I, personally, think that my music explains everything about me…It’s quite difficult to describe it in words. (hahaha) Expressing one’s personality through creating music could become a very great way to live and Im very happy to be what I am - 

Andrey, you’ve spent quite some time working closely with; Nervmusic. Tell us a little about the label.

For me Nervmusic is my home label. I look at it as a family uniting very very special artists like Akiko Kiyama, Easy Changes, & Laurine Frost; Who are work in close contact with each other. Learning from each other, supporting one another and just really having fun as a big family! So, yes, long live Nervmusic! :-)

How and where was this mix recorded?

Here In my home studio in Sergiev Posad. I actually have quite alot of fun recording this one, i must admit. The idea was to feel a little bit ”mystic”. :-)

Can you tell us about the idea behind it?

Well, i felt a little bit ”mystic”. :-)

How has partying, and enjoying friends at, ARMA17 been the last few years?

ARMA became a mecca of electronic music in Moscow, and not just with Dance Music. Thanks to its brave promoters, the crowd and community was able to hear lots of “avant-garde” artists and musicians.

Still the best club for me, I’ve experienced ( and going to experience more ;-) ) many unforgettable moments at that place. 

Would you call it, home?

 

The word “home” has a special meaning to me: home is the place where your able rest comfortably.. It’s not like this at Arma! It’s too loud in here! (LOL!)

We each have out own niche; What feeds YOUR appetite for inspiration, and finding new music?

Ideas come from everywhere… There is no need to invent anything new. It’s already here. An artist just needs to learn to catch this moment. At least I feel it this way. 

What have you planned for the future? (hobbies, music, life)

Tons of plans for the next few months; 5 more releases are scheduled for this and the coming year. So I plan to lock myself in the studio for awhile, and crank it out. It’s summertime, so im also going to spend more time outside swimming, riding, skating, and taking really long sunbathes. (haha!)

Released & Published by: De La’funk 
Release/catalogue number: FDLF05 
Release date: 06/24/13


FDLF 04: "Toi Toi Musik" →

Fresh off the launch of there agency launch at London’s “Fabric”, Toi Toi Musik have supplied consistent, and unique house/ techno to London’s underground community.

De La’funk caught up with the talented couple behind the agency, Claus Voigtmann & Isis Salvateera; ahead of there party at Fabric (London) —

*Congrats & Blessings on the Engagement!!*

 

We thought we’d start ahead of the musical aspects…

How did you both meet?!

Isis: Claus came to do an internship as an architect in London, we met and became friends on the first day. It wasn’t until he finished and left back to Germany that we actually realised we were missing each other more than friends would…

How would you describe what Toi Toi is & stands for?

Toi.Toi. stands for a community that share cultural & common interests in a sophisticated way but very human and humble.

"Art, Culture, Music, People.”

We believe that music and the way we exchange it makes us better people, we learn, we grow together, all that in parallel to this deceiving and brainwashing mainstream culture that is put upon us..

We exchange with each other not only at the party but beyond that. With that we create a parallel society, it is about consciousness and not what is being ruled to the masses.

We’ve noticed you have an interesting/signature esthetic to your parties. - What fits that atmosphere well in London?

Toi Toi has been designed to fit warehouse parties. It is important for us that our people feel free to express themselves and absorb the music and interaction with others in a relaxed way without the pressure you normally get at clubs; however, it does not mean ‘freedom’ is turned into ‘chaos’.

We just mentioned consciousness, therefore, we guarantee a safe environment with very careful programming to progress the night where your mind and body are prepared and carried into the musical journey /storytelling of the night. 

Respect, openness…… it goes from the individual to the artist and from the artist back to an unified dance floor, it is the music that brings them together.

London’s underground has birthed some of House & Techno’s most vibrant communities - What do your parties bring to the scene?

 

The sense of community and cultural exchange which goes beyond ‘having a night out’. Our community is made up by people that want to go deeper. We have the most varied people, from scientists to economists to all sorts of artists and so on. If it is keeping the event small that guarantees that cultural exchange via intimacy then small it continues to be. With that said we close our events and do ‘guest list only’ most of the time. The concept is quality over quantity.

Everyone is welcome, all they need to do is send their name via email for approval. You would be surprised that for many people that is a huge effort, those are the ones not going deeper or wanting to. Those are the ones going ‘it is stupid you don’t want to grow’. Once the name is sent you then get added to our members’ list and receive party information, news, documentaries, etc once a month. This database grows very organically. We like it slow, just like vinyl travels, when you do things with more time you guarantee information is being processed and exchanged properly, knowledge is king. 

London is a melting pot of different cultures, there is no better place for this exchange to happen, it is essential for us to understand who we are, where we come from, who are these people that made this music? What are/were their social, economical, political environments which influenced them to make music this way?

Red Dot Relief’ was an amazing effort and we as Toi Toi did the official fundraising event as Isis, together with highly acclaimed artists, was also managing the overall project worldwide. It is exactly that what she mentions above, music can generate change and just seeing RDR coming together proves that it is totally possible.

( http://reddotrelief.org/)

What do you feel is “essential” in a proper underground party?

Claus: “rough elegance”.

Any hobbies? (favorite sport, book, food, movie, etc)

Claus: Sushi, writing music

Isis: Books.

Toi Toi has hosted amazing musicians an artists from around the globe - Claus, How has meeting and playing alongside these guys help shape you as a Dj?

It’s always an extreme pleasure to play alongside such respectful and amazing artists. Each one of them surprises me in a different way, that being said, it pushes me to continually grow at each step

What news, music, and artists are you looking forward to seeing more in 2013?

There is a whole list of artists I am looking forward to in 2013, too long to mention them all. It may sound slightly crazy but for me it’s a highlight when our residents (every three months) Jan Krueger, Daze Maxim and Nicolas Lutz come back - As we believe they are some of the finest out there.

How and where was this mix recorded?

It was recorded on a wednesday evening on my turntables in my living room. They are sat on an old red leather bar from the 70’s. A bag of wax and a few digi tracks, as there are a few unreleased ones in there. -

There is not a specific Idea behind the mix, just good music - if so then i think to combine old stuff with newer tracks.

What can we expect to see from Toi Toi?

We are constantly working on improving our setups and our locations and will have a few VERY big surprises for our followers this summer, as our research for artists went a lot deeper this year. Keep your eyes peeled. ;)

Released & Published by: De La’funk 
Release/catalogue number: FDLF04 
Release date: 03/04/2013

(Source: facebook.com)


FDLF03 - Diogo/Ficcao →

 

Music surrounded you early on. How does it affect the music education that you received on the music you produce?

The music i heard when i was a kid was mostly my dads. He worked in germany at that time and was always excited when he came home with all the cd’s with variated stuff but the thing i remember was these mix cd’s with some techno/dance music inside. I let those cd’s a bit aside when i was growing up, but now that i think back…thanks dad!

I guess we are influenced by these early on experiences at some point. of course we develop a taste and individuality but the root is still there. I can’t say the music i heard early on is directly influencing what i do now, but it certainly helped me crossing the path to where i am now.
 
Tell us about your involvement with Pluie/Noir?
 
Pluie/Noir has been doing a great job, just look at the great records it is putting out and also the podcast’s which i think it’s a great thing. i am happy to be part of it, there are many good people in this project and talented artist’s. it also doesn’t focus only in music but also the whole package with amazing artwork’s! i think that’s important when two different areas come together and make one thing out of the same idea, the outcome is always interesting.
 
Your “ficcao” alias is a beautiful blend between an eclectic wind choir and galactic drum demigods. How did the inspiration for the project come about?
 
Well it started when i felt i wanted to step out a bit of the 4/4 beat and be a bit more free. That’s the thing with ficção, the inspiration comes with experimenting with sounds and not go on a specific direction..just experiment and if it sounds good…OK! Now that i’ve been using the modular it makes for me even more sense to have this alias where i can go completely free and not focus only with the dancefloor. 
 
What stimulates your appetite for more music?
 
Making sound that i like and makes people dance! that’s why i do it. this appetite is also driven by trying to do every time something the people will understand, of course i must like the music first, if not i don’t even keep the idea or go on with it..for me it is important that the listener get’s something out of it.
the inspiration i guess is listening to a lot of music! sometimes i find myself just discovering older or new interesting sounds and not doing so much music, i think that’s an important part of the so called “creation”.
 
How and where was this mix recorded?
 
I did not used the “classic” way of mixing a podcast with turntables or cd’s, i just arranged in a session some tracks of mine and modular recordings at some parts. when i got everything recorded i arranged the recordings and played with some older and recent tracks i had.

What have you been up to recently?

Music of course, Trying to relax and enjoy Lisbon; I moved here not long ago?

What are you up to planning for the future?
 
Keep working on music, explore, experiment, and step into new territories…expand the modular!! ^^
 
Im working on new projects with Padilla and just enjoy my time with family, and friends (:
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Released & Published by: De La’funk 
Release/catalogue number: FDLF03
Release date: 01/20/2013

(Source: facebook.com)


FDLF02 - Faster →

What have you been up to recently?

- I`ve been doing a lot of music , making plans for the next year!

How/ When were you introduced to Electronic Music?

- I think i loved the electronic sound as soon as i had discovered Depeche Mode and Kraftwerk. Aftwards, i was reallly into techno music, drum and bass, starting with Prodigy, and many other bands.

How/Where was this mix recorded?

- The mix was recorded at the home, with the help of Traktor for some audio insertions. 

Can you tell us about the idea behind your mix?

- I am always making my mixes starting from a small idea. The story behind it is more based on my inner vision from the jam recordings.

You have an abstract/modern minimal techno style of music. What is the philosophy/idea behind the music you release and dj with?

- The whole idea is to put out a feeling into a set, from heads to tails, so that you can combine your own sound perhaps with others. Usually i play the music that i make, because it represents me, and so i can create a groove dancefloor mood )

Tell us something most listeners do not know…

- I ‘ve played ice-hockey when i was young, so i guess it’s safe to say that ice-hockey is my favourite sport. im always digging into science –fiction books, poetry, even abstract texts. My true love is composers, i love the german, the russian, polish, and of course romanian artists. Can`t say names, i`ll blow my cover. :)

Aside from music, do you have any other life goals you wish to acheive?

- Yes, every man`s dream.. a family

What’s coming up next?

- Next i`m going to do a few remixes for some very special friends of mine. I just pulled out an ep on Soundcrossing and i`m waiting for my touch in Crazyjack Records to finish up in stores

Released by: De La’funk 
Release/catalogue number: FDLF02 
Release date: 11/21/2013

DYSKOGRAF: CREATING MUSIC FROM DRAWINGS

Created by a company dubbed, Avoka. (production and distribution of entertainment and new media installations.) Dyskograf is no ordinary e-reader. Instead of the needle, Dyskograf relies on the camera position above, to decode the images into audio sounds. Spock would be proud.

(Source: avoka.fr)