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HI JANOSCH, WOULD YOU INTRODUCE YOURSELF?
My name is Janosch Blaul and I'm the producer of the electronic music project “Pupkulies & Rebecca”.
WHAT’S ESSENTIAL IN YOUR LIFE?
The most essential part is my family, for sure. Besides this I love the sunny side of life like good music, good food (by the way I'm really into Italian food) or just the feeling of spring time…
WHEN WE FIRST TALKED ABOUT (SNTLS) WE AGREED IT COULD BE A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR BOTH OF US: WE REALLY WANTED YOU AS OUR FIRST NAME, THEN YOU TOLD YOU HAD THIS GREAT IDEA OF AN EDIT MIX… TELL OUR READERS SOMETHING ABOUT THIS CONCEPT.
From time to time I work with acoustic songs of my favourite artists. When you asked me to produce a podcast for your platform I immediately thought of these edits. Now I had a reason to complete these ideas which were only some scratches so far. It was important for me to keep up the original character of the songs, I just rearranged them a little, used a filter from time to time and fed the original versions with a bassdrum, some percussions and some melodies or vocals by “Pupkulies & Rebecca” when reasonable.
WHAT WHERE YOU THINKING ABOUT WHILE YOU WHERE DOING THIS MIX?
It was just a hole lot of fun!
YOUR MUSICAL BACKGROUND SEEMS HUGE… WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THESE TRACKS FOR OUR (SNTLS) SERIES?
Perhaps I just want to listen to these tracks in a club one day...
IT SEEMS YOU ARE REALLY DEEP IN POPULAR MUSIC FROM OTHER COUNTRIES AND CULTURES: ITALY’S PAOLO CONTE, PACO DE LUCIA FROM SPAIN, OI VA VOI …
That's right, I love the deep roots of acoustic music and I watch out for songs of almost every music culture in this world. If you are interested in good music you need to have your mind and ears open anytime.
IT’S NOT THE FIRST NOT-FULLY-PREDICTABLE PROJECT YOU’RE INTO… WHAT’S THE STORY BEHIND THE CABO VERDE JOURNEY?
Rebecca, Sepp and me (Pupkulies & Rebecca) will stay one month on Cabo Verde to record an album with our great friend and musician Tibau Tavares. He is an old friend of mine with an enormous pool of compositions. We will try to make a fusion of traditional African music and the kind of electronic music we love. This was my dream for many years and now it will come true! I've lived on the island of Maio during my childhood and thus I was deeply influenced by the musical culture of Cabo Verde. A film team follows our journey and the musical process to provide an audio-visual experience of our time on the islands.
WHAT’S ESSENTIAL IN YOUR WORK?
For me music is melody, rhythm and voice. What I want is the combination of tones and chords that touch me, the rhythm which makes me swing and the voice that holds all together. I don't care about functionality in a club when I produce music although I really like it when the combination of melody and rhythm also works in this context.
WOMAN COME FROM VENUS, MAN COMES FROM MARS, RIGHT? BUT WHAT'S COMING OUT FROM JUPITER, THEN?
Music comes from Jupiter! Jupiter-6 to be exact, and its moon, Juno (106 that is). Japanese synths are the core of our sound, we started on the Juno and now we have the bigger brother to play around with
ACTUALLY, IT'S A QUITE IMPORTANT NAME FOR A BAND: A PLANET AND A REVERED SYNTH ARE NAMED AFTER IT. COULD YOU TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOU PERSONALLY? WHO ARE YOU, WHERE ARE YOU COMING FROM, WHAN DID YOU START TO DEAL WITH MUSIC...
We're both french, although Amelie was born in London and I am half british. We started our band while we were studying in London, but we'd been into music for as long as we can remember. We both started playing instruments at a young age and listening to all sorts of music. We're the last kid of our respective families, so our older brothers and sisters made sure we'd listen to good stuff in our early years.
WHAT WOULD YOU LABEL AS TRULY ESSENTIAL IN YOUR OWN LIFES?
Music being too obvious of an answer, we'd opt for good food. I'm sure you can relate to that! It might sound a bit cheesy, but our friends also definitely count as essential.
WE'RE REALLY CURIOUS ABOUT THE MIX YOU'VE GIVEN. IS THERE ANY PARTICULAR CONCEPT BEHIND IT? DID YOU CHOOSE THE TRACKS TOGETHER OR WERE THERE SPLIT DECISIONS, LIKE PART OF THEM ARE AMELIE'S OWN AND PART OF THEM QUARLES?
We only put French artists we find exciting at the moment. We stayed clear of the obvious like Daft Punk or Justice as most people already know about them.
WHICH WAS THE TRACK YOU'VE CHOSEN FIRST, AS PIVOTAL FOR THE WHOLE SETLIS, AND WHY.
Like I said, there was an actual theme behind our mix, so whatever song we picked first is irrelevant...
SEEMS LIKE THERE'S LOADS OF LOVE FOR FRANCE AND FRENCH MUSICAL CHARME IN THE MIX YOU'VE SET UP. WHAT ABOUT THE STATE OF ARTISTIC HEALT OF THE FRENCH MUSICAL SCENE TODAY?
Exactly, it was just for the sake of getting people to know these french artists we love. In terms of artistic health we're not too sure, but they can sure make your feet dance! Dance music has been really keen to France and vice versa. It basically put France on the map in the late 90s, and it's still somewhat going on.
FRENCH TOUSCH, NU DISCO, DEEP HOUSE... THEY'RE ALL LIKELY TO BE "VERY FRENCH". IS THAT CORRECT? HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE VERY OWN FRENCH ATTITUDE WHEN IT'S ABOUT MUSIC FOR DANCEFLOORS, PAST AND PRESENT?
French touch is french for obvious reasons, but heavily rooted in american music, like disco or house. Same goes for the other genres you mentioned, the basis was already there, French artists basically pointed at it and said: "Hey, it's awesome music! Let's bring it back in style!". We're doing the same now, but everyone caught up; nowadays you can find US artists technically producing French House.
WHAT SHOUD WE NEVER MISS WHEN WE'RE ABOUT VISITING YOU'R COUNTRY? WHERE WOULD YOU BRING US FIRST, IF WE WERE VISITING YOU?
I'd probably take you to some restaurant to sample the local cuisine, but like I said I'm pretty biased on food. Food, bar, club, same as in most countries but French style; I guess duck confit with gratin, red wine, and disco ;)
WHAT HAS CHANGED BETWEEN YOUR FIRST RELEASE "STARLIGHTER" AND YOUR FIRST ALBUM "JUICY LUCY"?
At the time we released Starlighter we didn't really know what we were doing. We'd only been trying to write music for a few months, and this was our first remotely dance track. Because of that it had a really genuine approach about it, it was very honest because we'd never done that before. That's what makes it so special to us, we couldn't write a second one like that. We learned how to properly write, we can do better, we can do worse but never so authentic. It's like the end of virginity.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST, WHAT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT ADVICE YOU'D GIVE TO DISCO FRESHMAN? WHAT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING HE SHOULD BEAR IN MIND?
It's all about good feelings, it's gotta make you and the people around feel good in order to work. That's what it's all about!
THERE ARE MANY ASPECTS BEHIND MARCELO BURLON, WHICH ONE DO YOU PREFER?
All of them, I made some choices, so I prefer them all.
WHICH IS MORE ESSENTIAL, MUSIC OR FASHION?
For me fashion is music.
ARE THERE SOME SIMILARITIES BETWEEN MILANO AND PATAGONIA?
I think you can't compare them. In these places you live different experiences. There are different stories that are inside me. I am the thing that joins these two different things.
WHATS ESSENTIAL IN YOUR LIFE?
My friends, that have become my family. Essential is not losing the magic and the love that I spend in everything I do.
WHATS THE BEST AND THE WORST THING OF DEALING WITH PEOPLE ALL THE TIME?
It's an exchange of energy. When i'm tired or stressed I try to stay at home, and find a harbor in my own world. So I don't have to mess up with people. There are many people that don't understand what i'm doing and find these moments like a good reason to attack me. Sometimes it's difficult to be surrounded by people. But today, after all these years, it's natural to find people that follow you and share your ideas, and when you find people who don't share your vision there is a confrontation that often ends with a grand opening on both sides.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THESE TRACKS FOR YOUR MIX?
Because they are sensual, melancholic, some represent my native land and other contemporary electronic music. When I first heard NIcolas Jaar's Essential Mix on BBC Radio I was touched. He did what I always wanted to do. Put together in one track different worlds, his roots, and so on…
WHAT DO YOU MISS OF PATAGONIA WHEN YOU ARE IN MILAN, AND VICE VERSA?
When i am in Patagonia i'm absorbed by nature, prehistoric landscapes, lakes, rivers, raspberries and of course, my parents. On the other side, I miss to being a social leading actor, play music and to make people dance. But I also play for Patagonian Gay Pride.
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL MOMENT THAT'S LINKED WITH ONE OF THE TRACKS YOU'VE CHOSEN?
The last track by Devendra, we were in Miami riding a car with his wife Ana. it was summer, the windows were open, some caraibic wind, Dev gave me a preview of his new album and told me about the inspiration behind that track. Every time we see each other we close in our own world and share something special.
HOW MUCH DOES MUSIC INFLUENCE YOUR ACTIVITIES?
Music is everything, all of my activities have a soundtrack. Music is the base.
WHAT ARE YOUR MAIN INFLUENCES?
My friends, my land, my music.
WHAT WERE YOU DOING WHILE CHOOSING THESE TRACKS FOR US?
Smoking some weed.
WILL THERE BE AN ASPECT OF MARCELO THAT WILL DOMINATE THE OTHERS?
Love dominates, I don't want to dominate nobody or nothing. I want to express my ideas, share my experiences. We are all unique, and everyone should be free to express there vision and be inspirational for someone else. I'm making a realy wonderful and deep course. I have an international network thats really interesting. And everywhere I go there are people waiting to hear my music and be part of my life, somehow even for only a moment. This is the greatest thing, being inspirational for someone else, so i feel a strong responsibility.
YOU HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A BIG FAN OF ITALY, WHY DID YOU MOVE TO SICILY?
For me and my mom it's always been a dream to live in Italy. We like italian people and Siracusa is green all the time, in Norway is grey six months of the year. So it's wonderful for us to be in a place with such colors. It's something we find fantastic.
THERE IS A LOT OF SICILY IN YOUR NEW SONG, AT THE BEGINNING I THOUGHT IT WAS ABOUT YOUR FIRST SUMMER IN SIRACUSA. BUT WHEN I HEARD THE SONG I REALIZED THERE WAS A DIFFERENT STORY BEHIND IT...
It's a song about Lucia's graduation day, she's a friend of mine in Siracusa, our families are friends. The song is a lot about the day of her graduation, I made her a surprise. We were all there for her. It's also a song about the future, not just about her, but about looking forward to arrive.
HAVE YOU ALWAYS BEEN INTO ITALIAN MUSIC?
Every time you go in a place you try to learn a little bit more. When I moved to Siracusa nobody speaked english. It was funny and quite curious, I started learning the language hearing italian music. It's a great thing to learn a language from music. Actually all my friends here in Siracusa who know english tell me that they also learned english from music.
WHAT'S ESSENTIAL? DO YOU HAVE A DAILY ROUTINE IN SIRACUSA?
As I moved here I definitely started to follow many of the habits from Italy, for example the thing about having a big lunch or a rest in the middle of the day. So my routine is basically wake up, read lots of mail or record some stuff and then have a lunch brake, start working again and then go out for the "aperitivo" in the city, as I don't live in the city but i live a little bit outside. Usually i have dinner at home, we have a terrace and for me it's wonderful to be outside. After dinner we turn off all the lights so we can look at the stars.
TODAY YOU ARE RELEASING THE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR "LA PRIMA ESTATE", DID YOU FILM IT IN SIRACUSA?
Yeah, we have some friends who have quite a big lemon farm and most was filmed there.
IS THERE GOING TO BE A FOLLOW UP OR AN ALBUM?
Well, there won't be an album with italian songs, I will continue to release a lot of things under the name Erlend Øye. There might be more italian songs depending on the feedback, if they like the song maybe i would be more motivated to sing in italian.
WHAT'S BEHIND THE SELECTION YOU MADE FOR SNTLS?
In the mix I choosed ten songs that are related to "La Prima Estate", enjoy! Ciao!
HELLO JEAN, IN SPITE OF YOUR NAME BEING NOTORIOUS IN THE WORLDWIDE ELECTRONIC SCENE IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO FIND INFORMATION ON YOUR ACCOUNT. TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF.
Well for starters my name is really Steve. Jean Jacques Smoothie was a character I created back in around 1998. I originally began my music career writing noisy breakbeat (or Big Beat as it was called then). Some friends and I had set up a record label called Plastic Raygun as an outlet for the music we were all writing. We all wrote various kinds of breakbeat. I however, had started writing house music as well. I loved Daft Punk and Bob Sinclar's GymTonic track so I though I would invent a cool French dude to be the man behind the music and Jean Jacques Smoothie was born. If you want the raw facts then I've just turned 40 and I live in the capital city of Wales, Cardiff. I'm married and I have 2 cats called Colin and Tricia!
THE MIX THAT YOU PRESENT US WITH IS A VOYAGE INSIDE YOUR MATURED EXPERIENCE OVER YEARS OF EXHIBITIONS WITHIN CLUBS AND FESTIVALS OF THE UNITED KINGDOM, YOUR WORDS. WHAT ARE YOUR REASONS TO HAVE CHOSEN THIS TYPE OF SELECTIONS?
I love festivals. There is no greater feeling than listening to live music in the open air with thousands of other people. There's a wonderful shared consciousness and a real spiritual dimension. Festivals are also a fabulous opportunity to experience new music that you might never discover. You can wander around and hear all kinds of music and have the space to just stop and listen. In my mix I wanted to reflect the diversity and sense of discovery I have got from festivals rather than just mix an hour of house tunes together! So this mix if full of what I think are some of the great festival bands across lots of different genres. Bands like Kasabian and The Flaming Lips I'd heard of but never really given their music a chance until I happen to see them by chance at festivals and instantly fell in love. Metronomy is another fabulous band I saw at Glastonbury for the first time. I'd never heard of them but heard Heartbreaker playing as I wandered past the stage they were playing on and had to stop to hear the whole set. Festivals also give you the chance to go and see music legends that you would never have the chance to experience otherwise. Reggae was my first musical love. My parents played my Toots and the Maytals records when I was 5 so the chance to see them this year was a dream come true. Sadly Toots has cancelled his european tour due to illness so he won't be visiting the UK but I'm hoping he will again. The last track represents my own experience of travelling with a live band around UK festivals a few years ago. Walking on stage to tens of thousands of people is a truly awe inspiring thing and makes you feel very humble but also gives you a real connection to your audience.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU ARE TRAVELLING BETWEEN ONE DATE AND ANOTHER? WHAT BECOMES ESSENTIAL IN YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE?
Books! I think it's important to make the most of life and always be engaging your imagination. Life has to be lived all the time and it is important to make the most of every spare moment. So a book is a compact and easy when to engage your imagination when you're sat waiting for a flight, taking your lunch break or just relaxing. I'm not big on kindles and ipads for reading. I love a proper, well read book that I can take anywhere and everywhere.
PUTTING OURSELVES ON A LEVEL A TAD HIGHER THAN BEFORE, FOR WHAT KIND OF SITUATIONS DO YOU THINK YOUR MUSIC IS SUITABLE FOR? AFTER ALL, YOUR HITS ARE NOT NECESSARILY BOUND ONLY TO THE DANCE FLOOR.
I'm happy to say that most of my music is for dancing too. There's a saying “Dance like no-one is looking” and I think dancing and music are a wonderful release. I'm a rubbish dancer but I love to dance so anything that gets me off my feet is fantastic! Human beings have been dancing since we first began beating out rhythms on a log drum so lets keep doing it!
GOING BACK TO THE MIX: FAT BOY SLIM, BEASTIE BOYS AND ORBITAL, BUT ALSO KASABIAN AND MASSIVE ATTACK, CAN IDEALLY REPRESENT THE PRINCIPAL STAGES OF WHAT IS PROPOSED. IS THIS ALSO WHAT YOU LISTEN TO WHEN YOU ARE HOME, WHILE COOKING OR READING A BOOK? WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND WE LISTEN TO FROM THE LESS KNOWN NAMES OF YOUR JEALOUSLY GUARDED COLLECTION OF MUSIC?
I recommend you check out a fantastic singer and synthesiser goddess called Tara Busch. I've worked with her in the past and she has the most beautiful voice. She also manages to bend synths to her will to create rich and exciting soundscapes and songs. When I'm cooking I like to keep it up beat and funky! The UK's DJ Format is great for this. He's a brilliant turntablist, producer, and hiphop legend. His beats are always up lifting and cheeky with none of the moody shit that some hiphop can be. Check him out.
WHILE THINKING ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER THERE ARE MANY WHO MAKE THE MISTAKE OF TAKING IT BACK EXCLUSIVELY TO "2 PEOPLE", WHERE YOU HAD THE BRILLIANT IDEA TO BRING BACK MINNIE RIPERTON AND HER "INSIDE MY LOVE". WHERE DID THE INSPIRATION COME FROM? A CASUAL ENCOUNTER OR FROM DEEP ROOTS WITH MANY SHADES?
I first discovered Minnie Ripperton in 1989 when I heard a track by the UK ambient house act, The Orb called “A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules from the Centre of the Ultraworld”. This 20 minute ambient, techno jam featured a sample from “Loving You” where she hits that amazing high C note. I'd stayed a fan but it wasn't until 11 years later that I was on a sample hunt that I thought that I might be able to do something with “Inside My Love”. I was trawling my vinyl for samples by setting of a 4/4 house beat on a continuous loop and just dropping records over the top to see if any inspiration came along. I found an old soul compilation with “Inside My Love”, played it on 45 and thought, “yes this might just work!”. The rest is history. I guess the irony is I discovered Minnie via someone else who sampled her rather than directly!
OBSERVING YOUR DISCOGRAPHY IT IS IMPOSSIBLE NOT TO NOTICE HOW IT IS NOT FRENETIC AS OPPOSED TO THAT OF MANY OF YOUR COLLEAGUES. AT THIS POINT THE QUESTION IS INEVITABLE: WHAT DO YOU DO OTHER THAN DEDICATE YOURSELF TO MUSIC? WITH WHAT DO YOU FILL YOUR DAYS?
I have always been a jack of all trades. I started in music as a DJ and went on to set up the Plastic Raygun record label. Writing music was just another part of a bigger picture. I guess if I had focused 100% on just making music I might have had more records but I loved running the label and giving other musicians a chance. I also have a full time job. I work for the BBC which is great. I am involved in Doctor Who which is a very popular science fiction show in the UK now celebrating it's 50th year. I was a huge fan as a kid so it is a dream come true to work on it. In terms of hobbies my wife and I grow our own food. In the UK during the 2nd world war there was a scheme to provide people living in the cities with space to grow their own food. Waste land was turned over to food production on a micro scale. These were called “allotments” and they're still there today. So my wife and I rent a plot of land in the middle of the city where we live and we grow our own fruit and vegetables. I spend most weekends there. For me it's like a kind of meditation. My mind is clear of all the noise and stress of modern living and I just work on my small piece of heaven. This year because of the hot summer in the UK we have so much fruit that our cupboards are full of Jam! It's not very rock and roll but it makes me very happy.
HELLO JOHN, WHO'S THE GUY BEHIND BROTHERTIGER?
I'm a 23 year old, Ohio-born fella living in Brooklyn, NY.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS NAME?
I didn't really put much thought into the name. I've always loved the stripes of tigers, and the contrast between the orange and black. I thought about combining a more human quality with an animalistic quality, so Brothertiger became my moniker.
WHAT'S ESSENTIAL FOR SOMEONE WHO HAS JUST CHANGED TOWN?
Getting a lay of the land and finding your spot to hang. I live in Bushwick, a neighborhood in Brooklyn, and there's a lot of culture in the area. After a few months of living here, I found a small bar down the block that I go to all the time. It's a great place, and it has become my spot where I like to relax and hang out with friends.
WHAT'S YOUR DAILY ROUTINE?
Recently, I've been really busy with recording two projects of my own (Brothertiger and Seafoam, a surf rock project). So I'll get up, turn on my computer, and listen to ideas I made the days before. I'll go down the street to get an iced coffee, and come back and start working on mixing work for clients (I live in a recording studio). I record and mix a variety of other bands in the city, so my days are usually occupied by that work. After hours of working, I'll make some dinner or go grab something, then relax for a bit and hang with friends down at my favorite bar.
WHAT'S THE CONCEPT BEHIND YOUR MIX?
I'm coming up to my 1 year anniversary of living in NYC, and this mix is a sample of my daily soundtrack as I try to figure my life out here. The mix goes up and down, speeds up and slows down, and is sometimes positive and negative in mood. I think this mix models the life of an average young person in their early 20s trying to get a hold of this city. New York is cool, but it can be very tough at times. So there's a lot of positive and negative that can come with living here, and you have to expect that.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN NYC AND YOUR HOME TOWN?
The differences are huge haha. Toledo, OH (my hometown) is a much calmer place. There are also a lot more trees in Toledo vs. New York, so that's something I miss. But there's so much to do in NYC. Because it's so large, you can go out to a new restaurant every weekend and still not even scratch the surface of what it has to offer. There's also so much more cultural diversity here, and that's a huge reason why I moved here.
WHAT'S THE FIRST THING YOU DISCOVERED IN THE BIG APPLE?
When I first moved here a year ago, I found Blue Bottle Coffee in Williamsburg, a neighborhood in Brooklyn. I instantly fell in love.
IS NYC INFLUENCING YOUR MUSIC?
Definitely. While most of my upcoming record was recorded in Ohio, the new material I'm working on is definitely influenced by the city. In a lot of ways it connects to the ever-noisy vibe that is all around you here. But at the same time, the new material is almost an escape from that constant noise. It's a bit calmer and easygoing.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE SPOT IN NYC?
My neighborhood bar/speakeasy. It's called The Narrows, and it's wonderful.