After Greg Gow’s journey through tech-house we now hand the controls over to US techno aficionado Angel Alanis for our landmark 50th Podcast in time for this year’s ADE. With a tight techno playlist that includes Dave Clarke, DBX, Space DJz, Adam Beyer & Alan Fitzpatrick, Hans Bouffmyhre, Clemens Neufeld and an unreleased gem from the Detroit Grand Pubahs, Alanis shows us how its done. As the dance world gears up towards ADE 2013, Alanis gives us a sample of what to expect ahead of his DJ set at ADE’s Different is Different Meets Torque party @ Barkode, Amsterdam on 19th October.
Angel Alanis aka Owslah started as a DJ at the age of 14 and, in 1997, released his debut double-pack techno EP titled ‘Advanced Therapy’ on Contact Records owned originally by DJ Hyperactive. Since then, he continues to produce a diverse stream of techno, currently landing him on labels such as Naked Lunch, Afro Acid, Impact Mechanics, Chroma, Gynoid, Spark, Nachtstrom, Driving Forces, Torque, Schallplatten, Phobiq, Driving Forces, Bush and Boys Noize, and has also been featured on Tresor, Tronic, White Noise, International House Records, Moody and more. In 2011, Angel established a Detroit style label ‘D-Form Recordings’ with partner Steve Parker and his own techno labels ‘Slap Jaxx,’ and ‘PattSeq’ in 2013. In addition, his work on the Freedom Series albums and continuous flow of remixes proves Angel’s passion for, and dedication to, the music, and not the hype.
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PVS - Fuckin' Society (dadub remix)
DJ Shiva - ChromypsTrakII
Adam Beyer & Alan Fitzpatrick - Human Reason (Len Faki Remix)
Clemens Neufeld - Acid Werk
Hans Bouffmyhre - Stress Control
Hyperactive - 25 Hours
DBX - Losing Control (Ryogo Yamamori Remix Edit)
Detroit Grand Pubahs - Wake Up (Torque Rec) - UNRELEASED
Trevino - Forged
Space DJz - Black Ark (L.A.W. (UK) Remix)
Attemporal - Att 3 (Rebekah Remix)
Daniele Crocenzi - Carpet (DJ Hi-Shock Remix)
Dave Clarke - Wisdom To The Wise (Red 2) (Steve Rachmad Dub)
Strck - Type Type
Andrei - Morant -Trusses
George Lanham & Mr Jones - Collab 7
1. Please give us a quick run through the music in the mix. What inspired you to choose these tracks?
I try not to over think what I do for my sets, live or pre-recorded. I never plan an entire set and sometimes you get lucky, and others not so much. For me it’s what is left of the art, craft, honed penis sharpener, whatever you want to call it. Being able to anticipate subtle changes in music that sometimes you barely know is still an art. Improvising, using your instincts…knowing what 90% of electronic / techno producers do and break down a track into predictable changes.
This mix was a bit different. It was recorded at a friend’s house, and I picked most of these tracks for this mix based on the quality of beer I was drinking at that particular point in time. Here is a quick, slightly honest, and go fuck yourself rundown of a few of these tracks.
Clemens Neufeld track entitled “Acid Werk”, a hidden gem in my view. A prolific producer and a true pioneer in techno. There’s an Adam Beyer & Alan Fitzpatrick track that I only played for the Len Faki Remix. Not sure I like 80% or more of Adam’s tracks and Alan, I lost a little respect for when he grabbed remix samples from a close friend of mine and just made an original from them. I may be wrong, but if true, f**k that guy.
Hyperactive - 25 Hours is on there, jumped on that fast, not because of the name and the guy is getting back into production again, but because its a damn good track, and I highly respect him. Ryogo Yamamori does an edit of DBX - Losing Control and at first I was sceptical… but he did a really good job.
Detroit Grand Pubahs - Wake Up (Torque Rec)... It’s a BOMB ass track. It has this bleep bloop Chicago jack style I really dug at first glance. Space DJz - Black Ark (L.A.W. (UK) Remix), these guys are on fire. The duet has already paid their dues in raw talent and work ethics.
Attemporal - Att 3 (Rebekah Remix) - This track is all Jack, but Jack’s real name is Rebekah. Love it. Andrei - Morant -Trusses -This man has come out of hiding and has been impressing me with everything so far. Dave Clarke - Wisdom To The Wise (Red 2) (Steve Rachmad Dub) ‘DO YOU HAVE TO ASK”? :-P
DJ Shiva - ChromypsTrakII - This amazing talent hiding in the depths of her own personal coat tail riding of another musical talent whom I’ve lost a giant chunk or respect for. Every first draft I’ve ever heard from this producer is already a dirty beater, and has been 90% ready to play…Nothing wrong with letting other people, mix, polish and finalize all your music, but I guess it doesn't matter if you’ve paid your dues and whatever. Blah bla. Fuck off.
The rest, I ran out of time. You listen and maybe dance a little. it’s good for you. Don’t eat whales. Shoot cats into volcanoes from homemade catapults
2. What musical projects are you currently working on?
Currently, I’m temporarily stationed in Berlin Germany with my wife, Maria Goetz, whom has facilitated this whole trip to get away from the noise of the American everything. We are in pre-production of a 10-12 song album which in my own personal view should be entitled “coattails by nature.” Plan on some cameo collaborations and more info to come. Check my website.
I’m back in the seat of producing more original music, which to this day I’ve been promising to deliver and am finally…on that shit. Also, since I’m in Berlin living near some talented, and dedicated people, I should make some efforts to work on something collaborative and fun. I am making a ton of techno and I am not pandering to anyone. Nuff said.
3. What were your first experiences of dance music?
Radio, B96 - WBMX. Shit like that. I was doing edits of radio edits with a carefully chosen tape deck with a fast pause button. Then came the raves and all the endless bullshit that comes with this industry.
4. How in your eyes has the music landscape changed since then?
The word “integrity” gets thrown around so much that now it’s just a catchphrase in a bad sitcom. Also, no one is truly mentoring anyone anymore. Now, it’s a feminist statement, yelling it out loud from the armrests of worn out office chairs that some corporate lackey designed for the facebook ninjas. Then some empty wittingly written responses all which do not even address their own lack of participation in this movement, or anyone else's for that matter. Everyone is bitching about EVERYTHING! Like I am doing now.
“Whaaa, why did that guy- (or woman who happens to be Bffs with a DOOD DJ) get to play there? Why is he using a sync button, wait, Richie Hawtin is coming into town? $50 you say? I’m so there. Oh, and lets not forget, the oversaturation of disingenuous PR via Twitter and Facebook. Do most people even check out the music these fucks make before they hit that “like” button based on 1 million fake likes that all originate in Mexico. When did reggaeton become less popular than techno in Mexico?
Get off Facebook you fucktard and stop wasting your time arguing with people you’ve already deemed stupid!!! You’re an “artist,” musician? Go make art or music! And oh yeah, this includes me.
End of rant!
5. Tell us about your labels D-Form, Slap Jaxx and Pattseq. What separates each one?
Well, the titles of course. All I plan to do from now on is strictly for the disposable market. It’s the only way to really make it, and by flooding the world with 20 piece 5 dollar McNugget deals is the way to go. I personally love them.
6. What for you is the essence of a great techno record?
Caring about why you made it in the first place. Everyone makes a track with label / market in mind, but rarely see it as their own art, that is special just to that individual who wrote it. Stop figuring out ways to suck up to the taste-makers and start making music.
7. Has the emergence of ‘EDM’ helped or hindered underground dance music in the States?
It’s there to distract new and old ignorant bastards from the reality that it’s been “ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC” for a long time. Some dickhead, an online store, or label could not cut the custard in reinventing the wheel one more time, or get past his/her own artistic limitations, so, why not call it something stupid, say “I did this” I am the creator of nothing. Pay me more money! Thanks. Now off to the drug dealer or Ferrari Dealership. life sucks. sync buttons, vinyl / aaaaak!
8. How do you occupy your time outside of music?
Facebook, occasional walks, a book if I must, drinking Fanta, and recently, being in Berlin, Jagermeister, I think about my son’s future quite a bit, my own personal life tragedy that’s just around the corner. The loss of a loved one is an inevitable reality. Watching mankind fall to pieces one facebook post at a time. I cook, and do wife stuff, like, kisses and bunnies, wake up, repeat…
9. Which new producers or DJs have recently caught your eye?
Right off the top of my head. Ryogo Yamamori, Virulent, Steve Parker, DJ Hyperactive “again”, Jak, L.A.W., Josh Mosley, Andrei Morant, Ninna V, Masa Euda, Mr. Jones, Will Azada, Grey People, Andrew Bowen, Maria, Goetz, Krenzlin, 88uw, Frau Anke, Alex Einz, DJ Shiva, Pykup.
OR some Choad with a cracked version of ableton and a stupid name, whom will steal your spotlight any day now. Run fast now, twitter and facebook is open 24/7 just so you can cry about it.
10. Please give your current DJ Top 10:
#1 all the time, get you laid every time.
1. Chris Leibing
2. David Guetta
5. Paris Hilton
6. Native Instruments
7. Adam Jay
9. Free cake at concert
And on that note, I am going to go have some more. Thank you.