Look out for this 3-track release from Eleven8 on July 9th, 2012 via Solace Records. I’ve included previews of “Alone/Remember Me/Scythe” + his mix contribution to the label’s podcast.
DD Hello Eleven8, how are you feeling?
E8 Heyy Disco Droppings! Yeah very good thanks, hope you’re well too!
DD You’re the second artist from Solace Records that’s been on Disco Droppings (after Clubroot). How does the label encourage you?
E8 I was talking to Tom from Solace recently about the release schedule and that was really encouraging, they have some really strong tracks forthcoming from some great artists. It’s wicked to see producers like that on a label that are fairly new – and the material is really top notch.
DD Any memorable responses you’ve gotten from fans on your new release, “Alone/Remember Me/Scythe”?
E8 Alone has had some great responses, people have been waiting for that one for quite a while now and it’s great to see people excited about it getting released! I seem to remember someone after hearing Scythe calling me the “Bin Laden of basslines”. Made me laugh, then nervous. That “Pizza Van” has been sitting outside my house for a good week now…
DD What gets you hyped outside of music? Do these things directly affect your work as an artist?
E8 I get pretty hyped about films plus I’m a bit of a geek so new technology is always fun to keep an eye on haha.. Nature documentaries too, I’m a sucker for them. I don’t think these things affect directly how I work, but I’m sure they do something haha…
DD How long did it take to feel comfortable playing your own productions alongside other artists in a mix?
E8 That’s a good question! It took a fair bit of time, in fact it’s only really been the last year and a half or so I’ve been happy with my mixdowns and the tunes themselves to play them out.
The latest mix I’ve done for Solace is pretty much a 50/50 split between my own material and other artists, and DJ sets are about the same ratio now too.
DD How do you plan on evolving your style from here?
E8 For a while now I’ve been working at different tempos – anything between 80 and 170, some of which has been more chilled and ambient as opposed to a ‘dancefloor’ approach. Although the style is similar it’s been interesting pushing and adapting it to new areas.
– Jimi Jaxon
I wanted to post something that would transition into my next interview, with Eleven8 of Solace Records (look out for that tomorrow). He’s a dubstep dude, and what better way to set the tone than with Joker’s slick Essential Mix.
Many of Joker’s tracks amaze me, from “Tron” to his remix of Simian Mobile Disco feat. Beth Ditto’s “Cruel Intentions” to “Purple City” and his recent “On My Mind” (Part of The Vision album on 4AD). I suggest you go find Rustie’s remix of the last track I mentioned, top notch shiz.
– Jimi Jaxon
Whatsup! I’m all about Douster today on Disco Droppings. Hop over to Beatport and listen through Douster’s Triassic EP, released in January of this year on Waxploitation Artists. Jeffree’s Volume One also features this producer, with tracks “Pop That Bubble” and “Boom Shaka Laka”. He also has a diverse label called Bebup, look through their Tumblr for information on releases and such. Fresh interview with this talented man below..
DD Hello Douster! What are you doin’ right now?
DOU I’m just about to eat a mad homemade BLT and avocado sandwich, bacon is cooking right now, it’s gonna be a good one. I love to make and eat sandwiches.
DD I absolutely love the energy of your “I Want Your Blood” remix for Seattle’s Mad Rad. I included it in my set at Paradiso Festival over here in Washington last weekend. Did you meet Mad Rad through coming over here to play? Seattle is my home city!
DOU I met Darwin for the first time in 2008 on a tour with the ZZK guys from Argentina, Since then I try to catch them every time I’m in Seattle. Last time I went there we thought about doing that rmx ep and I worked on it back home.
DD The upcoming release on your label Bebup from Nau.lot is being described as “cinematic dub-techno”, sounds fascinating. I listened through his Podcast #4 on the label’s Mixcloud and enjoyed the gritty feel. Is this a peek into the mood of Nau.lot’s new tracks?
DOU His tracks have that deep stomping techno vibe but the whole textures of his sound make the tracks very cinematic. Most of them remind me of that Moby Dick book..like you’re fighting aginst a gigantic deep sea creature in the middle of a storm. It’s the perfect soundtrack for a post apocalyptic movie.
DD You see certain colors when you hear music. I wish I had that! Have you thought about taking the colors you see in your tracks for a release, and making artwork out of it? Letting us see what you see in a way..
DOU Ahah definitely not but still, my Triassic EP was kinda that way. I was thinking about prehistoric age and the 4 tracks were really into that mood..well, it wasn’t colors, but dinosaurs.
DD In all your travels, which crowds are the most open-minded? Whose down for whatever?
DOU Drunk crowds are down for whatever, maybe that’s why I like the Belgium crowd a lot.
DD I’m very interested in this new EP you’re finishing up. I like those genres you’re going to mess with like french filter house and garage. Are there some specific songs you could mention where you’ve thought, “I’d like to do something with this kind of groove”?
DOU When it comes to filtered house, I’m definitly into the Thomas Bangalter style, “Spinal Scratch”, the whole Roulé catalogue actually. Then I love the soulfull MK vibe, The cut up garage of Todd Terry, or even late 90’s uk speed garage (BIG FUCKIN TUNE RIGHT THERE). I think I just love the shuffle percussion that comes with all those styles of house, everything doesn’t have to be that straight!
– Jimi Jaxon
As I’ve mentioned before, Erol Alkan is my favorite DJ. His mixes are weirdly distinct, and he’s got this quirky personality that I really appreciate. He’s comfortable being in the background, recording for bands and running his label, Phantasy Sound. When he’s behind the tables, he presents a savage combination of genres and moods that wake me up anytime I listen in. I’ll do a more detailed feature on Erol as an artist soon, but for now I’ll focus on “Disco 2006”. If you’re unfamiliar with Mixmag, it’s a DJ/club culture focused magazine that comes with a mixed CD in each issue. They named Erol Alkan “DJ of the Year” for 2006, and commissioned him to put together a mix. This set came out before Justice released “Cross” in 2007. As you’ll hear, Erol was very close to the Ed Banger Records crew around this time, including his remix of “Waters of Nazareth”, and tracks from SebastiAn and Mr. Oizo.
– Jimi Jaxon