It’s been way to long since we’ve posted, but that’s because we’ve been busy getting ready for the WMC. What with The Giraffe vinyls arriving, new tunes to finish and a mix of all original material to throw together we haven’t really had much time for posting. We do however, have some articles, interviews and mixes that we’ve been spreading around the planetary interweb the last couple weeks and provide links to below for your enjoyment while we’re busy soaking up some rays, babes, house and techno in the M.I.A.
- A couple weeks ago I had the pleasure of interviewing legendary Detroit musician Amp Fiddler before his performance at the Middle East in Cambridge. The interview was published last week in the Weekly Dig and you can read it online here.
- We’ve also been getting a ton of great guests through to the Phoenix Landing on Wednesdays, which is great for all electronic music fans in Boston, but also great for everyone anywhere because we often get the chance to interview our guests for the midweektechno blog before they touchdown and then record and post their sets on the midweektechno podcast afterwards. Recent interviews include: Quarion (who’s playing this week), Chris Fortier & Adultnapper and goto the podcast page to hear live mixes from Derek Plaslaiko, Craig Mitchell, Adultnapper and the all the residents, including us 😉
- You probably heard the recording on the podcast last month, but our dude DJ Gibbz also made a video of our first live performance at the MIT Museum. He did a great job capturing the spirit of the event so check it.
P.S. we’re trying to setup mobile posting so we can send you updates from WMC, but we can’t seem to get it to work. If there are any wordpress experts out there please email me here.
Up until last week I had played at Phoenix Wednesdays 3 times since we started our residency there and each time something went wrong with the recording. But I guess the 4th times the charm because the recorder finally worked and it sure was good timing because it was my first chance to play the closing set and I was already feeling Miami mode. Needless to say the recording came out dope and it’s the perfect pre-WMC podcast cause it’s all bouncy house and techno fo dat azz. See you in the sun…
Guido Schneider & Andre Galluzzi – Albertino [Cadenza]
Soul Clap – Angry On Tuesday [Istmo Music]
Shlomi Aber – Sekur [Be As One]
Steve Mac & Mark Brown – Bells Of Brighton (2000 and One Remix) [C2 Records]
Luke Solomon – Space Invaders (Andomat 3000 Remix) [Rekids]
Soul Clap – die Ente [AirDrop Records]
Tanner Ross – 27 Holton (Unreleased Mix) [Freerange Records]
Luca Ferrari – Deep 666 (Lars Wickinger Remix) [Logical Music]
Ron Carroll – Walking Down The Street (The N… Song)
Ricardo Villalobos – Enfants (Chants) [Sei Es Drum]
Soul Clap – The Giraffe [AirDrop Records]
Andomat 3000 – BND2 [Four:Twenty Recs.]
Poxymusic – War Paint (Claude VonStroke Remix) [Hussle Recs.]
DJinxx & XPansul – Spanish Kebab [Ovum Recs.]
The Juan Maclean – Happy House [DFA]
Every year around WMC time our techno starved Boston scene has the chance to go beyond the usual American guest performers and bring in talent from around the world. This week is WMC and true to form we’ve got Geneva bred and Berlin based Quarion performing live on Wednesday night, before he heads down to Miami for a slew of big slots. Quarion is a man of many names who has a grip of recent hits and amazing remixes and I had the chance to catch up with him for an interview before he headed stateside. Don’t sleep Boston, now’s your chance to pretend your in Miami even though you’re not.
You’ve had a very versatile career, do you see any major differences between making all your different styles?
mhhhh, not so much, but I think that making proper “dance” music is quite difficult. There are certain “codes” that you have to follow and at the same time go to a totally new direction. It’s really exciting working on tracks, but it also can be a total downer. But in all the different stuff I do, I have to say that my hip-hop tracks are the ones that flow the most easily, I don’t have problems or doubts when I create Hip-Hop beats…
When and why did you come up with the Quation alias? What does it mean?
The Quarion project came about after the Enterplay album. Enterplay is a project that I developed with Rosario (Mental Groove, Geneva) and DJ Kent (Force Of Nature, Tokyo). We released an album in 2005 and organized an European and Japan tour in 2006. The whole Tour was incredible, especially in Japan. Honestly: it was a life-changing experience for me: the scenery, the people, the culture and the passion that the Japanese have for music was really intense. Plus the Force Of Nature guys were playing so much incredible music that my head was full with ideas…
When I came back to Geneva, in may 2006, it took me a while to go back to the studio, but when I did, I came up with “Karasu”. I felt from the beginning that this track was special so I thought I would use a new moniker for this project…
I can’t say what “Quarion” means yet, let’s have people guess it for theselves 😉
I know you live in Berlin now, but it seems like the scene in Switzerland, where you’re from, is really on fire right now. What’s it like over there? What are some key producers, labels and clubs?
Yes totally! These last few years have seen an emergence of incredible producers coming out of Switzerland. What is quite surprising is that, there’s not so many good clubs, especially in Geneva. It’s really sad, but there used to be a lot of great clubs, bars or squatts in Geneva where you could hear and dance to electronic music. Now there must be only 2! The city got really repressive with all the cultural actors a few years ago and it’s still continuing to this day. It’s really sad. The crazy thing is, there’s so many DJs & labels from Geneva but they never play in their hometown. There’s people like Lee Van Dowski, Quenum, Dachshund (Num records); AgnÃƒÂ¨s (Sthlmaudio); Chaton (Plak records); Crowdpleaser, Waterlilly, Kate Wax (Mental Groove), Kadebostan (Freunde Am Tanzen)…plus Luciano also came back to Geneva. In Lausanne: Ripperton (Perspectiv), Alex & StÃƒÂ©phane Attias (Visions, Freedom Soundz). Berne: Deetron (music Man), A Few Among Others. ZÃƒÂ¼rich: of course the whole Drumpoet crew: Alex Dallas (the Lost Men), Lexx (Kawabata), Ron (Soultourist)…then there’s Serafin from Mountain People, Kalabrese, etc…
What was the first record you ever bought? Your most treasured record?
1) Fat Boys “The Twist” (I was 10 or something!)
2) Really hard to say, maybe “Dedication” from Herbie Hancock because it’s not easy to find. Sounds like Techno but made more than 30 years ago…
2 truths and a lie
Not in the right order of course: I don’t smoke, I don’t drink, I’m a nice guy.
Proudest musical accomplishment
Well, I’m really proud of my track “Karasu”. I’m usually super-critical with my stuff but this one is flawless in a certain way…I’ve kinda moved a bit from this sound since then, but this track is definitely a milestone for my artistic and personal life. Everything changed after that…
Vinyl or digital?
I’m a strong supporter of vinyl, even though I play CDs aswell. The feeling you have when you’re cueing, mixing and seeing the needle “sailing” on the record is unsurpassed I think…even with Serato/Final Scratch, it’s just not the same.
Top 5 songs of all-time? Top 5 songs right now?
Old is too hard, but here we go:
Herbie Hancock “Butterfly” Columbia
Keith Murray “The Rhyme (Slum Village RMX)” Jive
Global Communications “The Way (Secret Ingredients RMX) Dedicated (I actually discovered this track last week…I’ve been listening to it everyday since! I don’t know how I missed this track when it came out!!!)
Photek “Ni Ten Ichi Ryu” Science
Galaxy 2 Galaxy “Hi Tek Jazz” Underground Resistance
Johnny D “Touched Soul” Deep Vibes
Luna City Express “Seven” (AgnÃƒÂ¨s Dubhouse RMX) Moonharbour
Dachshund “Holiday now” Perspectiv
Soultourist “Fo Eva” Drumpoet Community
Fabrice Lig “The Track” Versatile
We’re still waiting on the go ahead from Derek Plaslaiko to post his set from this wild and crazy night, but in the meantime here is some exceptional opening vibes from the phenomenon amongst men known only as Sergio Santos.
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1. Martin Moeller – Guppies am Obstand – Aspik Musik
2. Creatures – 600 Euros – Resopal Schallware
3. Maetrik – The Light – Treibstoff
4.. Marcel Knopf – Think About You – Rrygular
5. Mathias Kaden – Lucidas – Freude-Am-Tanzen
6. Martinez – Burning Midnight Oil – Cray1 LabWorks
7. Luca Bachetti – Rolling Brooklyn ( Lee Von Dowski’s Monday Turbulence Mix ) – Wagon Repair
8. Harada – Conscious Movement – Micro|Fon [br]
9. Harry Axt – Der Papageintaucher – Kiddaz.Fm
10. Namito – Zizou ( Tom Pook’s Zizooks Remix ) – Kling Klong