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[Mix]: Stas Zotov – NovaFuture Blog Mix August 2017

August 15, 2017
 

DJ:
Stas Zotov

 

Introduction:
Stas Zotov was born in Ukraine but since 20 years he has lived in Tel Aviv, starting his waves on techno scene by producing illegal roof party’s around 2003. So he was resident and booking agent at “Duplex Club” and already played in clubs like “The Block” (Tel Aviv), “About Blank” (Berlin), IfZ (Leipzig), “Brain” (Braunschweig) & Mtkvarze (Tbilisi).

These days currently running a series of comics and podcast “Damsel In Distress comics n’ podcast”.

 

Listen & Download:
NovaFuture Blog Mix August 2017

 

Tracklist:
01. Edward Artemyev – Stalker – Train
02. Raime – The Dimming Of Road And Rights
03. Edward Artemyev – Stalker – They Go Long
04. In Alternam Vale – Feed Me
05. In Alternam Vale – Non
06. Eduardo De La Calle – Ladu – Patim
07. Evigt Mörker – Krans Av Stjarnor
08. Alfredo Mazzilli – Njord (Clay Wilson Remix)
09. Dume – The World Of Difference
10. Luigi Tozzi – Wadjet (Wa We We’s 4th Dimension)
11. Ruhbarb – Fiėld
12. Markus Suckut – Your Body
13. Leiras:Svreca – Linen
14. Mor Elian – Cosmic Speculations
15. Michał Wolski – Generator
16. Tadeo – The Need Of Development (Silent Servant Remix)

 

Websites:
Stas Zotov

 
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[Music & Interview]: Tempus Fugit

August 11, 2017
 

Music & Interview

Tempus Fugit

 

Introduction:

Born in 1982 in the eastern part of Germany, Tempus Fugit moved to Leipzig for three years where he began to study German and Philosophy. In 2005 he moved to Berlin to start his traning as a nurse.

Already back in the days of the year 2000 he discovered his love to dj in the gothic scene with electronic music and EBM so he became soon a resident at the Zauberberg-Parties, a famous gothic party series in the eastern part of Germany that unfortunately doesn’t exist anymore.

He got in touch with the techno scene in 2010 so he tried to include techno in his sets. In 2014 he got the opportunity to play at the famous SABBAT-Parties in Berlin where he perfected his way to mix EBM and Techno. Later the influence of Berghain sound got stronger and stronger.

Nevertheless, he never forgot where he came from, having his roots in EBM and dark electronic music.

Tempus Fugit? Before this name he used “derHexer” (German for “the warlock”) being very interested in all the mystical stuff. Due to some personal circumstances he realized, that people have to remember their death and their end of life and they should enjoy every moment of your life.

The baroque quote “Tempus fugit, amor manet” (latin for “time passes, love stays”) had a big impact on him so he chose another alias after “DerHexer”….

 

Interview:

Hi Christian, when we met the first time at Berghain your outfit was something that confused me: skinny jeans, braces and combat boots. You are a skin – a queer skin. When did you join the scene? What were reasons for it? Could you please also explain the scene a little bit.
I grew up in the eastern part of Germany. I always had to do with punks, goths and skinheads. I was never strict in being a part of a scene. A mixture is what makes me. Skinhead-culture came up in the late 60’s as a movement against hippies, the bright sight of live and was born in the suburban areas of industrial-cities like Manchester. The skinhead-culture has never been a political or rasisct-movement. But in they were always assimilated by leftwinged and rightwinged parties and groups. I think for me S.H.A.R.P. (Skinheads against rascial prejudice) or Trojan-Skinheads (leftwinged people) is a familiar spirit. But skinheadculture was always characterized by masculinity and heroism. There are some queer-skins but u won’t see them that much. It is not common. Anyways, I decited to make a statement. That’s is why I wear a huge patch on my jacked the shows, I AM A QUEER-SKIN!
 
Tempus Fugit 1

 
You are married to an American guy. He is a queer skin too, right? Please tell us something about your love story 🙂
First of all, no he is not. 😀 We met at Berghain, at the famous, notorious „Klobar“. It was a bit difficult in the beginning. When we realized, that we match and that we complete each other there was nothing that could have stopped us anymore.
 
Enough talked about your private life. Let’s get to the music & DJ part. It didn’t take long time til we realised that we are both into EBM/Industrial/Electronic Pop like Nitzer Ebb or Depeche Mode – besides the techno stuff played at Berghain. How do you select the tracks for your DJ sets? Are you mixing techno with the other styles for one set or do you make separate sets? Is there a “combined scene” who enjoys both genres?
I select them in a way to tell a story. I combine tracks that have kind of the same message. And of course I try to switch from techno to EBM, Industrial, Disco, Electro and back. It is usually a dark background . I also think there is not a specific scene that combines all of the genres, but they all influence eatch other. Kraftwerk for examble, they were the reason for techno, they created new sounds, new technics. So they electronic music is all conected. There are tracks of VNV Nation that are very technoid and are quite similar. But they are very famous in the gothic scene. I tried to show u a cross-section in my little mix at the end of this interview. So you can get an idea.
 
Tempus Fugit 2
 
When you buy stuff for a gig etc you need to check both scenes (alternative/goth and techno). How do you dig for new releases? Any specific stores where you buy it?
Most of the tracks I get online. But I find them in magazines, I know a lot from my past in the EBM-Electro-Scene and I always get inspired by other DJs, other people and the things, that happen in the world. And there are a lot of cruel and dark motives u can get.
 
For me it is a interesting combination: gay, skin, techno & EBM etc. It seems to be some kind of “unique selling point”. Is it that way? Do you use these things to build your image?
Of course! For most of the people I seem scary. And so is my music. Rough, forward going but always with a little twinkle, because u can’t take yourself too serious.
 
Tempus Fugit 3
 
Like mentioned earlier we met at Berghain and had some proper dances there. What does the club mean to you? Is it a source of inspiration?
For me it is the place I can be the way I am. And people who know me there accept me the way I am. It is an inspiration for me, but I also realized that I am inspiration to other people.
 
What or who is inspiring you in general?
Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode, Terence Fixmer and darkness. 😉
 
Tempus Fugit 4
 
What kind of clubs do you play? Where did you already play? Industrial parties? Techno parties?
I played some Gothic-Parties, Sabbat-Party in Berlin, and I am kind of a resident for the INTERZONE-Party.
 
As I know there is no record released by you with o. Do you have any ambitions to produce? What would you like to create – techno, ebm, a combination of them, something completely different?
Honestly, I have no intentions. Because I have no time. And I think I wouldn’t be good in it. I am happy with what I do. But if I would do it, I would create a sound like Terence Fixmer, but a bit darker.
 
Tempus Fugit 5
 
As always the last question is about future plans. Let us know what you have in the pipeline. Perhaps playing in the US – the home country of your husband?
I will get better in my skills, play little parties and try to help getting INTERZONE bigger. I also talked to the guys of DURCH to play there in the nearest future and I will play in Toulouse in september. That is what I am really looking forward to.
 

Exclusive Set:

 

Tracklist of the Exclusive Set:
01. Cari Lekebusch – You Are A Hybrid Too
02. Kirlian Camera – News (Room 506 Edit)
03. Dax J – Wir Leben Für Die Nacht
04. Out of Norm – Rausch
05. Terence Fixmer – Body Pressure
06. Nitzer Ebb – Murderous
07. Robert Hood – Alarm
08. Overtal – Methoxy
09. I1 Ambivalent – Mutual Understanding
10. Obscure Shape & SHDW – Wenn Die Masken Fallen
11. Emmanuel Top – Acid Phase
12. Front 242 – Rhythm Of Time (Victor the Cleaner)
13. Kraftwerk – Radioactivity (François Kevorkian 7″ Remix)

 

Websites:
Tempus Fugit

 
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[Music & Interview]: Rebar

July 21, 2017
 

Music & Interview

Rebar

 

Introduction:

In the physical world, “Rebar” is an object, often used to reinforce concrete. In the world of music, though, Rebar is the joint venture of Andreas Pionty & fumée grise, the label-heads of “made of CONCRETE”. Next to the label they are the driving force behind “Körper” a sex-positive party series which starts in April 2017.
 

Interview:

hi Jens, hi Andreas. You are Rebar, a duo coming from Dresden + Berlin. When did you meet each other for the first time? Do you still live in two cities? How do you work together regarding the operation of your label “made of concrete”, as production team etc? Who is responsible for what task?
Rebar: Hello Jürgen, first we want to say thanks for having us.

We met each other around 2010 at a gig we were both booked for in Dresden. The funny thing was that we had to play a “back 2 back“ even though we didn’t know each other. One of the turntables was not working and Jens (fumée grise) didn’t know how to use the CDJs at this time, so Andreas (Pionty) was helping out and played on the one CDJ. It was working quite well even when Jens was playing at this time mainly house and Andreas techno. But since this experience we have stayed in contact and now we also have a name together. Incredible.

But yes, we still live in different cities. Jens lives in Berlin and Andreas in Dresden. At the end of the day this is no handicap for our work, as in our business the most important thing is to have a good telephone and internet connection. The cities are also not far apart from each other so we can always arrange to see each other easily.

The decision on how we share the tasks was quite simple for us to decide, as we both have quite different skills. Andreas is more the communicative character of us two, so he takes care of the dialogue between the clubs, booker, artists and so on. Jens is more the man in the background who takes care of the administration and coordinates all final procedures with the label and releases.

At the studio Andreas is the prime mover. Jens mostly brings field recordings which are key elements of our work but after this he sits idle, drinks coffee or non-alcoholic beer. Actually, the only place where we are one is behind the decks. (Haha)

 
Rebar Pic 1
(Rebar, press pic 2016)
 
What are your musical backgrounds? What kind of music do you listen to in your “spare time”?
Rebar: Our musical background on the DJ side is Techno music. It’s actually the first music we both listened to freely. It’s kind of the foundation of everything. But in our free time we also listen music more diverse.

Jens: I like actually everything based on electronic music no matter which genre: ambient, disco, house, experimental…next to this I love modern classic and from time to time world music which you can hear on ‘Radio Comeme’.

Andreas: I also like various genres of electronic based music but also old Hip Hop stuff and when there is a Future Island concert around you will find me for sure in the crowd.

 
Did you have any former projects that lead to Rebar and MOC?
Rebar: Besides our solo DJ projects, we don’t. Sorry for this boring answer. (haha)
 
Rebar Pic 2
(Rebar, press pic 2016)
 
Who are your favourite producers? What’s your general inspiration?
Rebar: Think this question is for the most people not so easy to answer. We would say that Prince Of Denmark/Traumprinz/DJ Metatron could be our candidates for favourite. Not all of the productions are for our sets but everything which comes from this artist is on the point, they are ‘simple’ but always with depth. This is really something we have big respect for. If this artist also has an inspirational impact we can’t say for us it’s like a flow how we create a track. We record some field recordings, listen to some tracks which we currently like, talking about random things, eat, drink and at the end we have a finished track. Maybe this sounds stupid but our biggest inspiration is that we don’t put pressure on ourselves as we don’t have the feeling that we need to deliver. Our focus is on the label and our DJ gigs we have together. But if in-between we manage to release some music then we are happy, if not then this is also ok. It’s all about the time we spend together as Rebar and with our artists.
 
Life besides the label and artist thing: do you have a normal/daily job?
Rebar: Booth yes.

Andreas: I’m an outside sales person and have a classical 9 to 5 job.

Jens: I have my own music consulting and PR agency so I don’t really have a 9 to 5 job. (Haha)

 
Rebar Pic 3
(made of Concrete logo, framed at a wall)
 
Talking again about your label MOC: how do you select the artists and the tracks for it? Do you get a lot of demos (you consider for a release)?
Rebar: As a rule, at least on vinyl we release only music from artists we know personally (only the remixers can be “external“). Our new digital concept is a bit more open, via this we release music from artists who send us demos or friends from our artists. The tracks we choose at the end for a release we select in dialogue with the artist. Specially for an EP it’s important for us that the artist present his signature sound and uses the release to show a multifaced side of hisself. or in other words we love the classical A and B side concept.

We also receive quite a lot of demos, like most labels we guess, but from this we only find a rational amount is interesting. But because of the concept written above we also don’t release everything, even when it’s good. Sometimes this hurts a bit especially when you receive demos from artists you like and even those you have some records of but we need to say no at the end because of our release policy.

 
Who creates the artwork/visual concept? Which image do you want to create for your label? Ever thought about including some video art?
Rebar: The visual concept comes directly from both of us. We developed the concept together and Jens makes, as far him his Photoshop skills take, the graphics for all the channels.

The concept has different layers. We build a bridge to the label name itself by showing buildings as the core element. In general, the buildings also have a connection to the artist on the release. Whoever buys our vinyl and can riddle the connection between picture and artist then the lucky winner of our prize draw wins a candlelit dinner with a label artist of your choice. (Haha)

But the buildings are only a part of the artwork the actual concept is the production process. The idea is that the artwork needs to speak the same language as the final product. For this reason, we have different processes for vinyl & digital. As vinyl is a physical product which comes into being with the help of machines and handwork, the artwork deals with this fact. We cut pictures out of old architecture books and glue them into our artwork pad, writing by hand the release information next to it, scan everything and bring it all together in Photoshop. The final part is the stamp of the building which we stamp on the cover.

On the digital only releases, nothing is physical. Here we work with overlaying technical drawings which are in front of a black background. It’s the counterpart of the vinyl release. A professional graphic artist could do this job better but it’s important for us that’s the artwork come from us. At the end of the day the label is a matter of the heart and not a business model…and we all know the things you love you do better by yourself.

Regarding the video art we have some videos online. We have 8 music videos and the last projects came all from the talented video artist Patrick Hauler. At the moment, he is quite busy but we hope to present something new from him soon.

 
Rebar Pic 4
(Jens with MOC release at Newtone / Osaka)
 
You had a small tour to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of MOC including your first visit in Japan. How was the tour especially the time in Asia? Any nice anecdotes?
It was our first label tour which made it a lot of fun also when it was a bit stressful. Everybody has a normal daytime job, to do something like that next to this is not so easy, especially as we also take care of the bookings by our self. But at the end it was all worth it. It was somehow like the good old school trip.

The two Japan bookings for Rebar where directly after the tour and it was something really special. To play with Contact in a venue where in the same month they had artists such as Marcel Dettmann, ND Baumecker, Levon Vincent, Green Velvet and Prosumer is remarkable. As you said it was the first time in Japan (also private) and needless to say that Tokyo is really something else. If this city would be in Europe we would fly every second weekend or better move directly. In this city, every character can find his place and area where he/she would like to live. Next to it the people are really chilled and friendly which is not usual for a city with this amount of people. Europe is for sure a lot rougher.

Next to the gig another highlight was to discover our release at Newton Records in Osaka next to 2-3 other “made of CONCRETE“ releases. One day before you fly home was this a really great leaving present.

Thanks here again to DJ Saimura for his trust and booking in Contact & Ruby Room. Hope we see you soon in Germany.

 
You are also the promoters of “Körper”, a queer party in Dresden, the capital of Saxony, a federal state in Germany which is often linked with Pegida and other nazi scum. How came the idea up to organise such a party there? How was it? Which experience did you make? Any homophobic trouble?
First of all we need to protect our homeland a bit. It’s true, that especially in Dresden it is known for these kinds of things. We have in this city a lot to deal with, like the things written above but you can also find a lot of people and initiatives which fight against it and work on a tolerant and open society. Unfortunately, the media prefer to put the focus on the negative things. If they would support more the positive examples then it would be more complicated for groups like Pegida or Nazis to feel “big“ and “important“.

We don’t want to play this issues down for this reason we also organize in collaboration with the TBA club this “Körper” event to contribute something to support a tolerant, open and interested society. Therefore, you can say that if a city in Germany needs a party like “Körper” then it is Dresden.

The first edition was a surprise in a lot of points already like we imagined. We were especially happy about that fact that we really got the attention from the people who we wanted to see at this party. For this reason, it was really nice to party which is at the and only possible with good people at the door which explained to everybody the concept of the night and had a good hand with the selection. We as the promoters were often on the dance floor more than we usually can do. Also, the guest DJs seemed to be happy as they changed the time for the return trip to dance a bit more. A better feedback was nearly not possible. Also, the feedback after the event motivated us to go on with this project. So, we’re happy to say that after the “Summerbreak“ we are back with the second edition on 15th September. With Cem from Herrensauna and fr.JPLA from IFZ / No Show, we have some nice guests for this party. Next to this we have playing Szentendre, Toni Dextor and us again. After the line-up is complete, we work now on the planning for the decoration with the great deco-team to let the venue look special like the last time.

 
Rebar Pic 5
(Poster for the 1. “Körper” party)
 
Let’s talk about the techno scene in Dresden and Saxony. Could you please tell us something about it and the club TBA where your party took place? Compared with the scene in Berlin: are there similarities and what are the big differences?
The scene is more local as the kind of party tourism does not exist like in Berlin. Everything is a bit smaller, which doesn’t mean that the scene is not active. There is a lot of cool promoter and crews, also good clubs with great vibes. Next to it there are some great and innovative labels like Uncanny Valley, Lockertmatik or Etui to name just a few… (ah and us for sure). 😉 This all are influences and important parts of an active scene. For our parties the TBA with its rough atmosphere and the great sound system is the perfect venue for us. The size is perfect and it’s located directly under the translation of Dresden Neustadt so on a perfect spot for a good connection and central position of the nightlife.

 
Rebar Pic 6
(MOC releases at Newtone / Osaka)
 
Already coming to the end of our small interview: what are your future plans for “made of concrete” and Rebar? Some solo stuff in the pipeline?
We would love to have an interview with the “Bunte“, as soon we reach this we quit with everything, promise! (Haha)

Apart from this we have just had a little summer break, as well as parties and releases.

This slowly is over and we’re currently working on new releases from Matt Nowak, Francesco Belfiore and from our good friend Alek S. Furthermore, we are planning the next events at TBA in Dresden. From September on we’re back with full energy on all “made of CONCRETE“ channels. With Rebar we have just finished a remix for Luke Black which is part of our “Batch Plant” mini-compilation series. Our second EP for “made of CONCRETE“ is basically almost done and comes out latest on the third label birthday in the first quarter 2018. Maybe we sign some material somewhere else before but let’s see what the future brings. No pressure.

 

Recommendations:
Rebar’s EP “Hansaprohlis” on MOC
Kaiser’s EP “Sottotono” on MOC
Myles Serge’s EP “Walking Through Concrete” on MOC

 

Exclusive Set:

 

Tracklist of Exclusive Set:
sorry no tracklist available because this is a live recording of Rebar’s first hour of their set played at the In][Between night at Suicide Circus on 2nd July 2017.

 

Websites:
Rebar
made of Concrete

 
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[NovaFuture Blog Exclusive Mix]: Tom Talenberg plays Figure

July 18, 2017
 

DJ:
Tom Talenberg

 

About the concept:
Here is the fourteenth instalment of our series “abc plays xyz”.

The idea behind it is to ask some DJs/mixing artists if they have an artist or label in mind that they love and would like to use for a mix.

So the approach of each mix is clear: the choosen DJ/mixing artist makes a selection of tracks produced by one artist (and her/his monikers) or released on a label (and its sublabels) and creates a nice mix from it.

Find links to all instalments at our overview. Today we present you Tom Talenberg’s mix of tracks from Figure and sublabels.

 

About Tom Talenberg:
After years of playing classic piano and guitar Tom Talenberg discovered his passion for electronic music going out in the rather small techno scene between Dortmund and Cologne. Turntables became his focus and his love for vinyl grew and grew.

When he moved to Berlin to study musicology in the first place, Tom realized that he didn’t want to be just a dancer and consumer in the local techno scene, but the one who produces and makes people dance.

In his sets he usually tells a story you can easily get lost in. Using deep, bleepy and minimalistic tools, Tom Talenberg always keeps it driving by his passion for rough sounds of the 90s and early 2000s.

In 2016 he found two guys as passionate about music as him, resulting in founding the party Exotic State which is held regularly @ Griessmühle/Berlin.

Right now Tom is working on his imprint Level Delta, which is going to be not only a label but also a musicological blog including a podcast series.

 

About Figure:
Berlin based Techno label founded by Len Faki.

 

Listen & Download:
“Tom Talenberg plays Figure” (download soon)

 

Tom Talenberg About His Choice:
Actually i came up with the idea to choose Figure for ABC plays XYZ when i was listening to Remains by Jeroen Search which is one of my all time favorite tracks.

I have to say i just love every single production of him. His releases on Figure and especially Figure SPC have always inspired me and i use them a lot in my sets.

Another reason i choose Figure/Figure SPC is that the sound i associate with the label has a deep connection to one of the clubs where i truly experienced techno.

Moreover, the variety of great artists like Faki, Setaoc Mass, Cleric or Markus Suckut that have released on Figure fascinated me. Though, i realized that this variety is a big challenge since most releases have a totally different sound. So i think the sound of Figure in general is not very distinct, except the productions of Faki or Cleric. The label has developed a lot over the years.

Therefore, i had some trouble to find a common thread while picking tracks and matching them. Especially because i also wanted to put my personal stamp on this mix. But in the end, i figured it out..

 

Tracklist:
01. Cryptik – The Gate
02. Z.I.P.P.O – Symmetrica Therapy
03. Jeroen Search – JSMS 4.3
04. Rod – Dimsur
05. Markus Suckut – Section
06. Jeroen Search – Karuna
07. UBX127 – Felt
08. Setaoc Mass & Matrixxman – Pitch Black
09. Philippe Petit – Negative Zone
10. Rod – Mystery of None
11. Jeroen Search – Compressive Strength
12. Roman Poncet – SSSN02 (Truncate Remix)
13. Jeroen Search – Remains
14. Markus Suckut – Dissociation
15. Cleric – Turbine
16. Markus Suckut – For Set #1B
17. Viers – Zehn
18. Lewis Fautzi – Brain Filaments
19. Setaoc Mass & Matrixxman – Vortex
20. Jeroen Search – Formalized
21. Cleric – Seit 1990
22. Viers – Lain
23. DJ Hyperactive – Wide Open (Len Faki DJ-Edit)

 

Recommendations:
Markus Suckut’s album “DNA” on Figure
A.Mochi’s EP “C2M” on Figure
Sebastian San’s EP “B” on Figure SPC
A.Mochi’s EP “Black Phantom” on Figure

 

Websites:
Tom Talenberg
Figure & sublabels

 
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[Mix]: Empty Vision – NovaFuture Blog Mix July 2017

July 15, 2017
 

DJ:
Empty Vision

 

Introduction:
Empty Vision is the latest project of the Italian-rooted Damiano Di Cagno. He is also known as a part of the Isolation Crew in Cologne. In May this year he has released his first 12” on Lanthan.audio. One more release will follow at the end of the year. Stay tuned!

 

Listen & Download:
NovaFuture Blog Mix July 2017

 

Tracklist:
01. Psyk – Overture
02. Amotik – Gora
03. Freddy K – Devo Andare (PVS Rework)
04. Codex Empire – Hamartia
05. Transient X4 – Randomized (The Plant Worker Out OF Time Remix)
06. Inner Lakes – Jungla
07. 400PPM – Metabolic Grift
08. Verschwender – Face Of Silence
09. Positive Centre – Fielded Tongues
10. Matrixxman – Arrival
11. Roog Unit – Mesh
12. Setaoc Mass – Sket
13. Works Unit – Insulation Two (Acidic Edit)
14. Kwartz – Eternity Looking Down On Us
15. Osse – Daemonum
16. Shifted – Centipede
17. Boston 168 – 90s Space
18. Synthek feat. Pareal – Choice Of Words

 

Recommendation:
EP “Visions”

 

Websites:
Empty Vision