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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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– Jimi Jaxon

 

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As I begin searching for tracks to include in my next set, I checked on my old buddy Djedjotronic. It’s been a bit since I opened for him, Strip Steve and Housemeister in Seattle. They’ve all been doing rad things since, and each deserve their own features. My eyes are now on Djedjotronic, and these creepy new productions. After hearing just a few seconds of the title track from his recent Zone Music EP release, I knew I was going to be down.

 

“Abyssal Zone” has this old school feel, dominated by cold energy and ominous techno. It gets me so hyped, and I feel like it sets a perfect tone, confidently pulling you into this pitch-black environment. The other two tunes in the EP, “JunkBox” and “Trouble” add to the bleak vibes, while still encouraging movement. Definitely worth picking up the entire collection.

I’ve also included his ‘Abyssal Zone Mix’ for Mixmag, enjoy..

 

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– Jimi Jaxon

If you’re in Seattle tomorrow night, Chop Suey is the place to be (3/23 TIX). I’ve been hammering this Boysnoize Records showcase through flyering, Twitter and Disco Droppings, and it’s finally here! Housemeister and Djedjotronic will be performing tomorrow, and they were kind enough to talk with me for a bit. This feature, along with the Strip Steve interview before it, will give you a snapshot of who these artists are and what you’ll be witnessing at Chop Suey. With countless releases, Housemeister has a wonderfully distorted aesthetic with sound and a quirky outlook on life. Hear his “Music Is Awesome” album. Djedjotronic has been delivering incredible track after incredible track, always pursuing edgy and forward thinking grooves. Featured on the Miami Noize 2012 compilation 

 

HOUSEMEISTER INTERVIEW

DD Your personality in the interviews i’ve seen/read, especially the one a few years back for “Love The Alien” is hilarious. You seem to have a friendly, laidback and wacky mindset. How would you describe youself? 

H I’m just a very cool freidenker ;] I do what I want at any time.

 

DD I remember watching the music video for “Shizzo” a long time ago but didnt hear the release till recently. This is some solid, distorted realness. Boys Noize and yourself producing together sounds extremely fun and effortless. What do you admire most about your label boss, Boys Noize? 

H He is a good boy and he never stops working. He’s very inspiring and we’re very good friends. That’s it bitches! 

DD I know you’re very fond of machines and other hardware. Will any of these be used for your set at Chop Suey Seattle?

H No, I will just play a dj-set.

 

DD Will you be bringing some Housemeister stickers to Seattle, so I can put them up everywhere? ;]

H Sure! :]

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DJEDJOTRONIC INTERVIEW 

DD Ever since I heard your remix of “Bedrock”, you quickly became a favorite of mine. I’d say your one of the freshest dance producers around. There is incredible diversity between your original tracks and remixes. What keeps you focused to continually push your style and expand the sonic story of Djedjotronic? 

D For me the only way to not get bored with music is trying out new stuff. I like to do the new things people won’t expect. Also I like to challenge myself and go out of my comfort zone..

 

DD For those who havent seen you live, what will your set sound like in comparison to the other BNR artists playing at Chop Suey tomorrow? 

D It’s just better.. haha ;]

DD The short preview of “Miamite” for Miami Noize 2012 is exciting. A a pro mix of old and new vibes. Will you be playing the full version in your upcoming Seattle show? 

D Maybe I’ll play the full version, depending on the vibe..It’s not a banger for  the dance floor, but I had so much fun doin’ it!

 

DD Last year you performed at Fabric alongside Shadow Dancer, Boys Noize, Housemeister and Jokers Of The Scene. What was that experience like? I’ve enjoyed many Fabriclives, especially Simian Mobile Disco and Pearson Sound. 

D It’s a good club with an amazing soundsystem.. I loved it.

DD Lastly, What do you enjoy most about the U.S? What do you and the other BNR boyz hope to accomplish with this U.S tour?

D Goin to In-n-Out Burgers. Meeting Katy Perry.

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– Jimi Jaxon