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The vibes are golden with the return of Strip Steve. It’s been a while since we last talked on Disco Droppings. He’s been appearing in my sets for quite a bit now, latest favorite being “I Bump My Head :(“. You best check out his Crowd Control EP which features that one, along with “The Funktion”. I was playing his trax the other day and thought, “this dude is so underrated around here. I should see if he wants to do another interview.” Happy to say he was down, so here we go! For all you gear porn junkies out there, this dude is for you! We also talk about Seattle, his recent fabulous Rinse Mix, Ron Hardy and what he’s got cookin’ next..

 

DD Hi Theo! Nice to hear from you again, what are you up to?

SS Hey man! All good around here, currently working on the second part of the << Crowd Control >> EP in Berlin. :]

DD We met in March 2012, when you played the Boysnoize Records showcase at Chop Suey. I got to open for you, and I had sooo much fun chatting with Djedjotronic and Housemeister. Fun dudes! I believe this was all of your first time’s in The Emerald City. What did you think of Seattle?

SS Yes, part of a quite big tour in which we visited many American cities for the first time, so it was super interesting. Seattle seemed super chill & fun, especially the people, but we didn’t get to stay for so long so I can’t tell you much more sadly… Ah! If I’m not mistaken, the venue was split between under aged and adults with a clear barrier, that was an odd thing for us Europeans I must say…

 

DD Attack Magazine went inside your studio last year. I’m not a gear head (yet), but the pictures and the energetic way you described your set-up has me really intrigued. What’s the most unconventional piece of equipment you have? 

SS Well, when I think about it I find myself working with pretty conventional equipment. The interesting thing would be how to use them in an unconventional way, how to go beyond their limited aspect (as opposed to a software like Ableton Live where you can virtually do anything). That can be anything – from chaining them without preconception of how it should be done (with FX pedals, cv or midi control etc.), to cranking the gain up to make it compress or saturate within itself before recording for example..

That’s what I love about making music with seemingly simple or limited machines, that creative will to transcend their boundaries.

DD That feature felt special. It’s intimate, taking everyone inside your music sanctuary of sorts. I imagine the person behind the songs more clearly, controlling all these machines. It looks like a world you could really get lost in..

SS It is an intimate place. And I’m very much in love with it, that’s why I felt I should share it. And yeah it’s definitely a place to get lost in. That’s really the purpose; losing a sense of reality when making music is the best feeling, and the environment plays a big role in that. My studio is like a cockpit & a playground.

DD Your Rinse Mix starts off so blissfully beautiful, bravo right off the bat. Was this your first time mixing for the station? I’m curious about what it’s like on the inside..

SS Thanks man! Yeah it was the first time, Manaré from Clekclekboom opened this Rinse France branch recently in Paris and I was there for a gig, so he offered me a 2h slow. I don’t know why but I love radio, I find it somehow romantic ahah…The studio is pretty simple, it’s just a small basement under a gallery, with a couch and some blinking internet servers.

 

DD Daft Punk are my biggest influence. Their Alive 2007 performance was the first electronic show I ever saw in Seattle, and that inspired me to become a DJ. This led to producing, starting Disco Droppings and eventually, connecting with you. I’m constantly thinking about their mindset when it comes to my own artistic work. You have a Ron Hardy shirt hanging in your Berlin studio, what about his life and contributions keeps you going?

SS Daft Punk was also a big influence to me. When my older brother bought Homework we were just listening to that in a loop for months… but that was way before I thought of producing. Later when I started really discovering electronic music I searched for more French House stuff, that lead to Chicago House, Ghetto House, and their origin: Disco & Funk.

I just love Ron Hardy’s shit, his tracks & edits feel somehow very advanced for his time, and you gotta check his recorded mixes, they had a certain ruffness & energy which I’m very sensitive to.

DD What’s next for Strip Steve? I hope our paths cross again!

SS A new remix for Funk D’Void out on Soma Recordings in the next few weeks, new EP’s on the way. I’ll maybe start writing a new album too soon but that’s too early to talk about it. :]

Yeah man really hope I’ll come back to Seattle someday and meet again!

 

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Key member of the illustrious Boysnoize Records – Strip Steve quickly stood out with his energetic “Skip School” and “Delta Disco” EP’s. Encouraged by label head and friend Boys Noize, Strip Steve has developed an open mind with genres, effortlessly bouncing between old and new styles, focusing on what feels right first. Get to know him in this interview for Disco Droppings, and if you’re in the Seattle area this friday for his show at Chop Suey (All Ages) and want to get in for free, I have a contest for you! The 10th person to retweet my link to this feature will receive 2 free tickets to the show, courtesy of George Bashington Productions and Disco Droppings. Strip Steve appears on the freshly released Miami Noize 2012 compilation (Boysnoize Records) – check it out on Beatport 

  

DD How are you doing? Will this be your first Seattle show?

SS All good! Super stoked to be in Seattle for the first time and play at Chop Suey..

DD The electronic community here in Seattle has a love for house and techno, and the younger crowd is aware of electro sounds. However, I feel this Boysnoize Records night has a unique and progressive take on all of these genres, that hasn’t been presented much. What kind of a set will you be playing?

SS I usually play a mixture of House and techno, old and new stuff, with a ghetto feeling I guess… I just play whatever I feel no matter what style it is, and people usually tell me it makes sense ahah.

 

DD Carl Craig played yours and Das Glow’s track “Calcium” in his essential mix. What an honor! 

SS Yeah it’s crazy! I dont know how it happened, I guess he got the promo and liked it… I just remember discovering this one day, I had just woken up, and Das Glow was at my place, so I ran to tell him. Good times…

 

DD Your new track “Strollin'” concludes the BNR release, Miami Noize 2012, which has been just released. Its got a breezy feel, what was the inspiration for this one?

SS Summer I guess? My girlfriend told me this track always puts her in a good mood when she hears it, so I though it would be perfect for the Miami sampler, has this sunny delight feeling. 

DD How much do you enjoy smoking cigarettes while djing? I love it! 

SS Love it! Doable in Seattle though?

DD Probably not :[ – What can we expect from Strip Steve in the near future? I heard some rumors ;] Are we going to here some new stuff at the show?

SS Yeah I’m putting the last touch on my debut album at the moment, so I’m trying out some of the tracks in clubs when I feel it.. So yah, keep your ears open ;]

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– Jimi Jaxon