You should Review: “Antenna Happy”

This review comes from a deep techno and house producer Antenna Happy.  After a break from music for almost 20 years, he returns with the debut release for new label Reinhardt Records, in the form of the psychedelic space-age Pinto EP. A twenty year break away from making music is almost unheard of especially within electronic music circles, but that is where Antenna Happy finds himself with Pinto.

Pinto offers a dreamy and soft-edged voyage through a psychedelic electronic landscape. It’s exactly the kind of warmly melodic techno track that will warm the cockles as the autumn nights draw in. Ibiza Voice

From psychedelia and techno set straight for the sun. This kaleidoscopic liquid sonic excursion has all the makings of a cult classic, and heads up the debut 12” release on newly founded imprint Reinhardt Records.

Established in 2014, Reinhardt Records is a music and art imprint specialising in electronic music. Taking lead on the b-side an entirely different affair in the shape of Fallen. This is benchmark electronic music, as arpeggiators take flight mirrored against hypnotic acid bass, for a journey into the outer house territories. Closing the EP, Spark holds the reigns. Conceived within the same stretch as Pinto, however it wasn’t until some months later that Spark took on its full form. Emotive modular synths lay the groundwork, connecting the dots between low-slung techno and house music, culminating in a track that sits in neither genre camp.

The EP title track takes its name and inspiration from paintings by Antenna Happy’s three-year-old daughter, whose birth inspired him to return to making music. Close-ups of these paintings can be seen in the artwork for the release. Spark will appear on the digital release only.

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Bandcamp: http://www.reinhardtrecords.bandcamp.com

 

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Further listening:

Marlena Shaw – Woman From The Ghetto (Antenna Happy Edit)

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Billy Paul – East (Antenna Happy Edit)

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The Doors – When The Music’s Over (Antenna Happy Lights Out Edit)

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Antenna Happy May 2014 DJ Mix

 

You should interview: “AloneWolf”

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We introduce you AloneWolf a musician from England who makes powerful sounds to states of mind. His music is an expression of his feelings, and his atmosphere is purely scifi/cybepunk/witch house. Follow this gold interview we made to this awesome guy.

Indamagazine: First of all, we want to thank you for making this interview possible. The audience in Mexico City is very active and they love to discover new music. We sincerely hope that you enjoy great success in the near future, and the beautiful music you create reaches new ears every day.

I: Tell us a bit about where you’re from. Your city, its music and vibes.

AloneWolf: I’m from Southampton in England. But I’ve lived down in a part of the country called “Cornwall” for years now. So I think of this place as my home.

Southampton is a city that has a lot of stuff going on musically. It’s very diverse. But Cornwall is way more rural and pretty dead when it comes to music. There’s not much opportunity to see any bands around here. Just pub bands that do covers and generic pop music played in the clubs. I’m way more connected to the internet world of music than my local scene!

The scenery in Cornwall is amazing though. It’s quite Mediterranian looking in some places! I love being by the sea as well. It’d be hard for me to willingly give that up!

I: What inspires you the most for creating music?

AW: The whole universe and everything in it inspires me in some way or another! I like to think about space quite a lot. But my music is usually quite personal. I just try to translate my feelings into sound. Then I usually think of a film scene, real or imaginery, for them to go with. So I’m basically just making soundtracks to scenes in my mind.

I: How did you get into electronic music originally? Did you play any instruments prior to it?

AW: I really just stumbled into it by accident haha.. I played guitar for years. I’ve always loved Grunge, Metal, Postrock etc.. I didn’t listen to much electronic music growing up. Though I always had a thing for electronic Scifi/Cyberpunk music.

When I left a metal band I was playing in back in 2009, I had a little go at making some solo music. I was trying to imitate the rest of a band with music software, while I played the guitar sections. It didn’t really go as planned though. I didn’t understand how to use music software. And I ended up making some kind of Prog-Rock/Electronic music, or something.. I put it on Soundcloud, and in the process ended up finding loads of cool stuff on there! The whole experience really opened me up to new styles of music :)

After I’d made those first tracks, I didn’t do anything with music again until 2013, when I found the 80s inspired synth music scene. Most commonly know as “Synthwave”. This music really lit a fire in me and set me off again!

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I: What kind of music do you listen to these days? the tunes that influence you the most.

AW: I’m still listening to Postrock and Death/Black Metal a lot. And hearing all the Synthwave/Dreamwave stuff in my soundcloud stream is a standard daily experience. But I’ve noticed myself getting really into Witch House music this past year or so! It’s really starting to influence my sound. There’s a lot of great stuff to listen to really! But if I think of my whole life, a band that really stands out to me and moves me, is deftones. I even got the White Pony album art tattooed on my back so that I never forget what it means to me :)

I: Tell us some films that really captured your mind and inspired you into your artistic process. 

AW: I can tell you right now – Terminator 2 is my favourite film ever! Everything about it is amazing to me. The ending scenes especially, always stick with me. There’s a really important message there. The soundtrack is just incredible as well… I seriously love that film so much. I’ve been watching it multiple times every year since it first came out. Here I am all these years later and it’s still as amazing as ever :)

I do also love the first Terminator film. And also the first Matrix film is amazing.

And just as a side note – I’m actually going to make a big tribute track for Terminator fans one day. Hopefully I can start work on that in 2015!

I: Share one childhood memory that marked who you are.

AW: I’m not sure I can think of one specific memory right now. But I think that at a young age, I realised it was more important for me to keep my integrity than to take the easier path and follow along with everyone else. No compromise on my character. Sounds kinda cliche and typical maybe. But I believe these things are important.

I: Which are your favorite tools for making music? Your most beloved synths and hardware.

AW: I actually haven’t been making electronic music for long. I only started in July, 2013 (other than the little experiment I had back in 2009). So I’m not sure I’ve had enough experience to pick favourites just yet. But I think Ableton Live is a really nice Daw! Though I use FL Studio because it’s more affordable and has free lifetime updates. I actually really like FL Studio as well! And I don’t actually have any hardware synths yet :/ The only hardware instrument I have is my guitar. But there is a free virtual analogue synthesiser called “Synth1″, which I really love! Other than that, I’m still experimenting with different things to see what I really like the most.

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I: Would you describe yourself as a loner or social person or a bit of both?

AW: This question made me smile haha :) I’m definitely more of a loner! I don’t think it’s necessarily my choice though. It’s just how life has been for me really. I’ve only ever had one or two good friends. I live so far away from them as well since leaving my home town. I love hanging out with a group of people and getting drunk or something though! I’m not a misanthrope or anything like that! I just try to be a good dude. But that doesn’t necessarily equal friends. I don’t understand what else is required to be honest haha…

I:  What would you say to the electronic fans and listeners in Mexico City?

AW: Er.. Hello, and thanks for reading my interview!

I: Are you planning a Mexico tour anytime soon? what places would you like to visit in our country?

AW: Well I haven’t actually played any solo gigs yet! So that would be unlikely to happen anytime soon. I’m working on a new soundtrack type album which will be a mixture of styles (Dreamwave/Scifi/Cyberpunk/Ambient Postrock/Witch House). So when that’s done, I’ll start figuring out how to play my music live, then think about booking some gigs :)

As for places to visit. Probably anywhere with ancient structures around. I love visiting historical sites and imagining life there when those structures were being used!

Thank your for this interview Dan!

 

***No olviden seguir nuestro review de AloneWolf ***

Indatrend: “TEDxCuauhtémoc”

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TED (Tecnología, Entretenimiento, Diseño) es un conjunto mundial de conferencias sin fines de lucro, bajo el lema:”Ideas, Worth, Spreading.” TED fue fundada en 1984 como un evento de una sola vez. La conferencia anual se inició en 1990, en Monterey, California. Poco después TED fue el enfásis para la tecnología y el diseño, en consonancia con sus orígenes en Silicon Valley.

El primer evento TEDxCuauhtémoc se realizó el 6 de septiembre en el Centro Cultural Estación Indianilla.  Esta sede, ubicada en el corazón de la Colonia Doctores, buscó provocar, inspirar y detonar la toma de acción a una audiencia activa, ferviente y jóven.

Este evento tuvo muy buena respuesta desde su comienzo, empezando con la tarea de voluntarios, sponsors, lugar, brunch, y buena música que armonizaba el ambiente, pero lo que dió el plus al evento, fue el espacio que en algún día, fuera una antigua estación tranviaria. Las ponencias más destacadas fueron las de Pablo Zulaica, Dario Sztajnszrajber, Estela de Carloto, Jetmars, y Nortec Collective.

Pablo Zulaica, recordó la importancia de la ortografía en nuestra vida cotidiana, nos enseño verdaderos focos rojos que la cultura mexicana pasa hoy por alto y acepta como parte, de una lectura diaria permeada en faltas de ortografía; su proyecto Acentos Perdidos, fue un movimiento para corregir las faltas de ortografía, de los anuncios y letreros en las calles de la ciudad de México. Su idea no tuvo interés comercial, y sin embargo países como Estados Unidos, España, Colombia y otros lo contactaron para replicar el movimiento.

Dario Sztajnszrajber, estimuló al auditorio al revelar que la filosofía es un que-hacer inútil, pero dentro de ese que-hacer inútil se encuentra el análisis de lo obvio. Dario es filósofo, ensayista y profesor, que desmorona la rigidez de la disciplina filosófica para hacerla accesible y divulgarla a un público más amplio.

Estela de Carloto, demostró que a pesar de la edad nunca hay que perder la esperanza, presidenta de abuelas de plaza de mayo, es un proyecto que aboga, respeta y concientiza a la sociedad sobre la importancia de los derechos humanos.

Jetmars son, Pepe, Rafael y Héctor de 14 y 16 años, quienes nos sorpredieron por participar y ganar el segundo lugar, en el torneo International Air and Space program organizado por la NASA para colonizar Marte. Alumnos de Robotix la escuela de educación tecnólogica más grande de México, pionera y lider en programas educativos para el desarrollo de la robótica.  

Bostich & Fussible, músicos de tijuana que cambiaron la escena electrónica mexicana, nos platicarón las raíces, historia, desarrollo, y transformación de un proyecto que después de 15 años en la industria musical, decidieran retirar este año. Nortec fue la mejor manera de cerrar con broche de oro el evento TEDxCuauhtémoc.

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Realizamos 3 breves entrevistas a Dario Sztajnszrajber, Jetmars y Nortec Collective, les dejamos las entrevistas.

Indamagazine: ¿Qué es para ti la Alquimia?

Dario Sztajnszrajber: Transcender, reeinvertarse. Creo que cada uno debería transformarse en base, a su propia ancestralidad-alquímica. Lo ancestral es lo que permanece, los tiempos pueden cambiar. Lo moderno y antiguo son parte de los tiempos, pero lo ancestral es lo que predomina.

I: ¿Crees que cada persona puede lograr su propia alquimia?

D: Sí, es necesario y considero que cada uno puede ser un “alquimista moderno”. Se trata de reeinvertarse siempre todos los días.

I: ¿Mencionanos 3 ejemplos de alquimia, que realizas en tu vida cotidiana?

D: Mis hijos son un ejemplo perfecto, me sacan de mi “me”, mis hijos me han reconciliado con mis impotencias. El reeinventarme, siempre y digo siempre porque es así en todo momento. La filosofía, mi rama base, desde ahí aplico mis conocimientos y replanteo mis entendimientos.

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Indamagazine: ¿Qué opinan al saber que son los jóvenes con más talento y visión en cuestiones de robótica en México?

JetMars: Estamos muy contentos de poder ser parte de esta generación de jóvenes que generan cambio, no precisamente somos un rubro tan popular, pero si podemos decir que estamos dando luz verde a nuevas generaciones que se avecinan y se interesen un poco más en la tecnología mexicana.

I: ¿Qué piensan al respecto sobre la tecnología?

JM: Creemos que la tecnología está en su apogeo, igualmente como sucedió tiempos atrás con nuevas tecnologías, creemos que podemos ser pioneros de un cambio de paradigmas en nuestro país y fomentar a gente como nosotros a contribuir más por su sociedad, a no tener miedo de ser listos!

I: ¿Qué tipo de música escuchan?

JM: Uyyy, la hay de todo, desde coldplay, greenday, arcade fire, podemos ser también algo pop, aaa y nos gusta mucho la música clásica… En sí, creemos que la música puede cambiar un ambiente por completo.

I: ¿Creen que existe una relación entre las disciplinas de diseño + música que se puedan incluir en la robótica?

JM: Por supuesto! Una ingenieria necesita diseñadores, desde poder diseñar robots, cohetes, plataformas electrónicas de computación, hasta poder inventar tu propio arduino, crear un midi o sintetizador, hay muchas posibilidades!

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Indamagazine: En su trayectoria dan fin para dar inicio a una nueva fase, un cambio regenerador después de 15 años de estar en la industria musical… ¿Qué prosigue, este tiempo es una pausa para remezclar y reforzar sus identidad musical a través de nuevos sonidos?

Nortec Collective: Podemos decir que nos encontramos en un estado de incertidumbre, una incertidumbre que viene de crear nuevos sonidos, vamos a seguir manteniendo la idea y la línea nortec, pero siempre vamos a reinventar nuestros sonidos.

I: ¿Qué sonidos los inspiran?

NC: Prácticamente nos inspira todo, desde una filarmónica hasta un ambiente industrial. Los sonidos cotidianos y legitimos de nuestra ciudad son los que nos inspiran.

I: Mencionen 3 artistas que los inpiren y que admiren. 

NC: Atom, KraftWerk, Jodey Kendrick, Yoshua Okón.     

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Agradecemos a TEDxCuauhtémoc por el evento, y a EntérateDf por las fotografías.

You should Review: “Alone Wolf”

Un lobo es un coleccionista de huesos en la simbología arquetípica. Los huesos representan la fuerza indestructible. En el mito y la historia, representan el espíritu del alma indestructible. El alma espiritual de un lobo puede ser lesionada, incluso mutilada, pero es casi imposible de matar. Los huesos de lobo representan el aspecto indestructible del ser salvaje, de la naturaleza instintiva, el lobo es la criatura que se dedica a la libertad y lo intocable. Un lobo nunca aceptará los rigores y exigencias de una cultura muerta o excesivamente civilizadora.

 

AloneWolf – The Way Of The Wolf [Music video] from AloneWolf on Vimeo.

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Algunas veces, lo único que quieres es escaparte de donde estás, huir, volar lejos. La ciudad es un espacio abrumador, frenético y extraño. Todo aquel que haya nacido y crecido en una gran metrópolis conoce esa desesperación. La gigantesca urbe nunca carece de identidad, y la música que nace de sus entrañas es igual de compleja que su madre.

Muchos de nosotros hemos vivido vidas de ciudad, una ciudad es un lugar donde la vida es como una selva o un bosque. Es fácil perderse. Puedes ver a una persona en el bosque y nunca volverlo a ver. Cualquier día puede ser el último. La ciudad tiene diferentes personalidades: es valiente, tímido, despistado, procrastinator, feroz, obstinada, etc. Pero lo más importante es que en una ciudad algunos trabajan, otros juegan, mientras que otros duermen. A todo esto me evoca el misterioso EP de Alonewolf, un proyecto originario de Inglaterra del que no he logrado averiguar demasiado. Sin embargo, sus dos creaciones discográficas están disponibles en Bandcamp para escuchar y bajar. Si eres de esos que permanece despierto ya entrada la noche, gozas de filmes con un aura distópica-noir-scifi a la Blade Runner y quisieras vivir en un universo Cyberpunk, probablemente quedarás inmerso en los sintetizadores de Alonewolf.

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El segundo álbum The Way Of the Wolf”, que apenas fue revelado este 2014, es un desfile de épica oscura y sintética, una atmósfera urbana pero con aires de fantasía que salen a relucir de manera constante. Las cinco piezas que integran The Way of The Wolf” crean al menos en mi cabeza la sensación de ir manejando en madrugada, a alta velocidad con las luces de una ciudad, hundiéndose en el horizonte. Dan ganas de subir a todo lo que da del estéreo, para no perderse en ningún momento de sus estruendosas líneas de bajo. Por momentos, las melodías se transforman en un himno nostálgico, como observar un atardecer decadente en gamas de rojo y púrpura.

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La rareza de discos como este reside en el enigma de su origen y su ausencia en la cada vez más grande y activa” escena de la música electrónica internacional; el arte de la portada es cruda y simple, realizada por Lee Kislingbury acentúa el carácter honesto de su creador, al igual que su interés por ese sentimiento onírico que resulta ser tan hipnotizante. La consistencia en la forma musical de este disco, es una frase casi-imposible para describir este proyecto, su fuerza es su adaptación a los cambios, su innovación es su aullido, su profunda vida instintiva, su fuego creativo. Esta música no muestra consistencia a través de la uniformidad, sino más bien a través de su vida creativa, sus percepciones, hipermetropía-rápida, su flexibilidad y destreza.

Si te encuentras en una búsqueda perpetua de nuevos sonidos y te gusta la música electrónica, este descubrimiento puede ser para ti.

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You should interview: “Alexandra Zaharieva”

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The experience of traveling on a plane would certainly not be the same without the presence of flight attendants or assistants of flight, a task that in the middle of the last century was synonymous with rebellion and glamour, now is currently a difficult profession given the number of hours they spend away from home. But perhaps of that, there are several people who enjoy the tripp and love the free life. So here we are, we introduce you a curious, passionate and disciplined cool girl from Bulgaria looking for new emotions… she is what we call a real traveler.

I: Tell us your real name and who is ALEXANDRA ZAHARIEVA?

Alexandra Zaharieva: Alexandra Zaharieva is my real and fake name. I am a flight attendant by day and night. Making mixtapes  is what I do in my free time. I travel a lot and it has helped me discover different cultures and their unique beauty. My work requires me to be very strict and disciplined, so I don’t have much room to express my feelings and emotions. I’m a very naturally curious person and I love exploring new things.  I love the art of living and variety, is something I hold In high regard. It’s good that we live in a time where you are able to express every aspect of yourself and pursue different hobbies.

I: Where are you from?

AZ: I was born in Sofia, Bulgaria. It’s a small but colorful country that’s never boring in all four seasons and can keep you hooked.

I: What is your most treasured memory as a child being a Musician?

AZ: My most treasured memory would be when I used to play piano when I was a child. It was very hard for me to be honest but everyone kept telling me I was good at it, so I kept at it. The piano was clearly not enough for me, so I took up modern ballet. At one point I ended up having too many concerts and I had to give it up and be fabulous instead. :D

I: What is the purpose of make this kind of music instead something else genre?

AZ: I don’t have a specific purpose, it’s more of a way to express myself as a person. They are so many sub-genres in the music today. The music is ever-changing and producers are always innovating.

I: Tell us about your daily inspirations…

AZ: I like that music unites people of all religions and cultures or color. My friends are my daily inspiration, and last but not least, love and romance.

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I: Mention at least 8 artist that you admire it most?

AZ: As photographers I’d say Helmut Newton and Annie Leibovitz. My favorite designer/architect is Karim Rashid. Favorite painters would be Sandro Botticelli. Zaha Hadid is also a favorite architect. Diego Velasquez. For musicians I’d place Madonna, she’s not a musician but more of an institution. In terms of fashion design I’d place Vivienne Westwood. At the moment Tensnake, Moon Boots, Satin Jackets, and many more…

I: Do you prefer digital materials or analog materials?

AZ: Definitely digital because it’s the age of technology.

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I: Do you have a cool radio station you want to share?

AZ: DI.FM, ibizaglobalradio.com, DFR.FM

I: What gifts did you receive on your last birthday?

AZ: I got hand-made earrings in my favorite color pink from my best friend and a Vivienne Westwood necklace.

I: What is your favorite food? 

AZ: I recently tried Pakistani cuisine and I was pleasantly surprised. However, I try to taste all sorts of cuisines but my favorites would be Italian, Turkish and Japanese.

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I: Are you planning to make a tour soon in México? What places would you like to meet of this country? 

AZ: I would love to visit Mexico and I’ve heard great things about Cancún.

I:  Is there something you want to share with our audience?

AZ: I’m very concerned with the recent political events and I think that people should start to think in less hostile terms. More focus should be put on diplomacy, politics and society rather than economic and corporate interests. In other words make love not war.

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I: What do you think about emerging talents is there enough platforms to spread all this cool music world?

AZ: New talents definitely need more support and incentive.

I: Were we can watch & listen your work?

As I said, it’s not something I do professionally, so you can find my work in soundcloud, so I hope you enjoy it!

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Thank you so much for this interview Alexa!

You should interview: “Kučka”

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An eclectic combination of delicate, ambient sounds, industrial glitches and captivating vocal layering structured with heavy bass and erratic beats. KUCKA Music transcends from alluring and soft textures to melancholic darkness, focusing on melody and subjective beauty. An aural surrealist, KUCKA´s music hypnotic compositions lull the mind into faraway and blissfully strange realms.

I: Tell us your real name and who is KUCKA?

KUCKA: My real name is Laura Jane Lowther, but I adopted Kučka as my moniker after my Serbian friend started calling me it when we were teenagers. I create electronic music, often bordering on Pop and R&B but also on the more experimental end of the spectrum.

I: Where are you from?

K: I’m originally from Liverpool in the UK, but have been living in Perth (Western Australia) for close to 10 years now. It’s actually the most isolated capital city on the planet so it has been perfect for harbouring creativity.

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I: Since when you notice dat you had blood for being a Musician?

K: I have always been interested in music, when I was a child I always loved attending dance classes, starting with ballet then moving to newer styles. The best thing about the ballet classes was that there was an old lady who would provide the music every week on an upright piano. The classes we’re in a church so the sound of the piano was really reverberant and all of the harmonics were really rich.

I: What is the purpose of make this kind of music instead something else genre?

K: I am naturally drawn to electronic sounds, I love deep bass sounds the most, and the richness of analog synths. It’s also a medium where you can easily experiment and integrate organic sounds, so there are so many opportunities to explore and invent.

I: Tell us about your daily inspirations…

K: I am influenced by everyday sounds a lot. I often sample the sounds of birds, insects around light sources, electrical buzzing etc. I also live with a bunch of musicians so their work is always influencing me on a daily basis!

I: Do you have any ideology in your life mixed with your work, that you want to share with us?

K: I guess I’m always trying to create a mood or imagery for the listener (and myself). With the production especially I am exploring the shapes and textures created by the synths and samples together. I’m really interested in synesthesia and how sounds interact with other senses.

I: What elements do you use for your work?

K: Mostly I use Ableton live as my software, along with synths, samples of percussion or natural sounds and my vocals.

I: Mention at least 8 artist that you admire it most?

K: David Lynch, Annette Messager, Pina Bausch, Grace Barbe, Mei Saraswati, Lars von Trier.

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I: What was the last concert you saw?  

K: A local gig featuring an artist called Grace Barbe. She is a singer and bass player originally from Seychelles and she writes amazing Afro creole music. The rhythms are amazing with lots of fast cross rhythms and percussion, and an amazing groove.

I: Do you prefer digital materials or analog materials?

K: I like digital interfaces, but analog sounds! For example working on a laptop and using Ableton makes writing very quick, but I like to record analog synths and drum machines into it. I have been building my collection of analog synths for the past few years, I love the fatness of the sounds. My favourites are my Prophet 6 and my Moog Voyager.

I: Do you have a cool radio station u want to share?

K: RTR fm  92.1 is my local community station and they play some amazing music. They are especially supportive of local music and they have played a big part in helping me get started. Also FBI radio in Sydney is great too!

I: What gifts did you receive on your last birthday?

K: I received a wicked bar fridge for my studio from my boyfriend and his mum. It’s so cool, when I’m working and I can just reach down and grab a refreshing rum and coconut water!!

I: What is your favorite food?

K: I like anything hot and spicy. My favourite dish is coconut prawns with papaya salad and lots of chilli.

I: Are you planning to make a tour soon in México? What places would you like to meet of this country?

K: I would love to tour to Mexico, it’s on my list of places to visit, but it’s soooo far away I need to get some $$$ first.

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I: What do you think about emerging talents is there enough platforms to spread all this cool music world?

K: Things like soundcloud make it easy and cheap to upload music to a wide audience whether you live in LA or a small village in a rural community so it’s definitely easier to get your music in a public forum than it was previously, which makes it awesome for emerging artists.

I: Were we can watch & listen your work?

K: https://soundcloud.com/kucka
https://www.facebook.com/iamkucka
http://iamkucka.bandcamp.com/album/ku-ka

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Thank you so much for this interview Laura***

You should interview: “BEN MACKLIN”

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Schooled by the pioneers of electronic music, Ben came to prominence originally as one half of Sucker DJ’s. Mixing disco, house and electronica together – Ben & Stretch toured extensively and received acclaim for their distinctive style. His Cassette Club project has received acclaim since their 2009 debut on Eye Industries, and after their first single, he went on to remix Passion Pit, Taio Cruz, Natalie Imbruglia and Florence & The Machine. With tracks and remixes on his own Modal imprint, as well as a Cassette Club Album in 2014, Ben also continues to play live sets across Europe, and plays at his various residencies in the UK.

Indamagazine: Tell us your real name and who is BEN MACKLIN? Tell us about your collaboration in MODAL RECORDINGS…

BEN MACKLIN: Modal is my own label which I initially started 2 years ago so I could release one of our Cassette Club tracks – ‘Flash’. Ive been signed to a lot of labels in the past and wanted more control over how my music was released and managed. Im quite particular about how my music, artwork and videos are presented, and having your own output for releases gives you that control. Since then ive managed to get some of my favourite artists to remix tracks for the label, and we’ve got a lot more to come which is exciting.

I: Where are you from?

BM: Im from Kent, which is just outside London in the UK.

I: What is your most treasured memory as a child being a Musician?

BM: Musically ive always been into electronic music, so I had keyboard lessons when I was young. I don’t know If that’s a thing anymore, but it was different to piano lessons as it was more about chords, progressions and patterns. I didn’t last very long as I got bored of playing basic chords every week, but I would always sit at my keyboard and try and work out how to play tracks I liked.

I: Since when you notice that you had blood for being a Musician?

BM: I’ve really only been interested in the production side of music, even though I can play keyboards. We always had instruments around the house when I was young, so never thought being in music was something you couldn’t do.

I: What is the purpose of make this kind of music instead something else genre?

BM: Most of my favourite music is either House/Soul/Electronic, so most of my tracks combine those elements somewhere. The good thing about the way the music industry is now, is that there are so many sub genres. If I want to make a 100bpm track I can, without worrying about where it fits. I think usually people can hear a common thread through my tracks sound wise.

I: Do you have any ideology in your life mixed with your work, that you want to share with us?

BM: I always want to produce something that I like listening to, that isn’t tainted by what other people might like. Ironically that usually means you make something other people WILL like. People can tell if you’re trying to please someone else.

I: What elements do you use for your work?

BM: I don’t use any hardware these days, I like to be able to work anywhere and always find analog synths slow me down, even though they sound great. A lot of plug ins are so good now that you don’t need a lot of outboard.

I: Do you prefer digital materials or analog materials?

BM: Im a big fan of digital, purely because ive never really used analog gear. I like the sound you get from analog gear, but equally I like the clean sound of digital.

I: Mention at least 8 artist that you admire it most? 

BM: The artists I admire most and inspire me are Michael Jackson, Daft Punk, Prince, Jam & Lewis, Quincy Jones. At the moment some of my favourites are Classixx, Moon Boots, Todd Terje & Tensnake.

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I: Are you planning to make a tour soon in México? What places would you like to meet of this country?

BM: Ive always wanted to come to Mexico obviously, hopefully I’ll get the chance soon.

I: What do you think about emerging talents is there enough platforms to spread all this cool music world?

BM: There are so many platforms to spread new music globally, its just a case of how to get it to people. I think that usually if your work is any good, people will get to know about it, and will share it between themselves. You can find people that like your music or genre, much more so than 20 years ago.

I: Where we can watch & listen your work?

BM: You can listen to my music on

Soundcloud at > https://soundcloud.com/benmacklin,

also check the Modal Youtube Channel at > http://www.youtube.com/user/ModalMedia.

and you can chat to me on twitter too > https://twitter.com/Ben_Macklin

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Thank your for this itw Ben!