Here you go! A surprise edition of the Hipodrome Podcast series, a back2back session from Muzikalist and Maxi Clash aka Eugene Efimenko and Maxim Falaleev, two young DJs, musicians and promoters based in Kaliningrad. They forged down a “Guide To The Dark” with more than two hours of acid house and techno.
Tell us about your podcast, where and how it was recorded and what should we expect? I know the idea came from Eugene.
E: Actually it was freestyle mix from my & Maxim’s vinyls, we were drinking bear all day long and recorded what we were playing on Maxim’s Stanton T62 and one Pioneer 200 (for unreleased stuff) (hehe)…finally we got a 3 or more hour set, and cut it for you to 2-30 hrs…
Are you making often back 2 backs? Do you prefer more the b2b or solo performance?
E: I love to play solo sets as in this case I can experiment with music. With Maxim I try to play analogue sounding techno music.
M: For me it depends on the mood and the situation.
Going back in time, how did you get the electronic music virus, what’s your musical background?
E: Haaa its was quite a long time ago when I was a “sucker” (haha) . Obsession started at the age of 9 and moved through punk rock and grunge, to hip-hop and funk, and finally to electro and techno, with its fascinating straight rhythm and analog synthesizers grumbling. At that time I loved old records from 80s with post punk and coldsynths as well as italo-disco, there were loads of great music in the 80s.
M: My love for electronic music started with broken beats, while I was listening to jungle and breakbeat old school. Interest in techno music appeared a little later, when I found out what Tresor label was. It was a love at first sound.
Can you tell us some of your favorite djs/producers/bands and how did they influenced you?
E: Of course, its Mick Wills, Intergalactic Gary, John Heckle, Oira (my friend from Saint Petersburg). Theses guys got a good spirit of the music they play, the music that got energy of time, they know how to do it, they are masters!
M: It’s certainly Cristian Vogel, Tobias Schmidt , Jeff Mills. I used to listen to their music mixed by Russian underground DJs with great interest. At the moment I prefer acid house and electro from Dutch producers, love the sound of iron.
Besides djing you are also organizing parties in Kaliningrad. Please tell us something about Right’On Factory and Not For All Music. Are you both involved in there projects?
E: ROF is our friends community, I think it was 2007 or 2008 when we started making closed parties for our friends in private houses, and at one moment we thought “hey guys, let’s make something interesting for everybody who loves techno music !”And it worked ! We made more than 30 parties, sometimes inviting such guests as Daniell Bell, Katya Ryba, Lluck, Suokas, Oira, Push’n’Pull etc. Oh those were wonderful times, I really miss it…In 2011 Right’On Factory outlives it’s usefulness, and I started my own series of parties called Not For All Music, successfully combining gigging with creating my own masterpieces, giving preference over the unique sounds of old drum machines and synthesizers.
What is the focus in your parties, what are you trying to promote and did you managed to do this?
E: Of course our parties are focused on music, Maxim prefers acid-house and techno, but not mainstream. I love to play some disco, electro and house music. I think our parties are mostly under the influence of vintage music , as I have said music with spirit of time!
M: We’re trying to make people in our city to go to parties for the music, not for alcohol and girls. Unfortunately this is one of the most important problems – people often go to the gigs just for that – not even knowing the artists out there who are advocating.
I know Eugene had some releases in the past on various labels, mostly minimal house/techno. What about some future plans, regarding this? What about Maxim?
E: Oh yeah , when i started making music it was minimal techno, but everything moves on and now I’m under the influence of synths and vintage drum machines! I always make something new, but still can’t find a label for my music..may be Ii just don’t even try to do that (hahaha lazyfatass).
M: At the moment I don’t write music but certainly understand that this is a great need. Planning to start doing this in the near future.
What do you know about Romania? Do you know some Romanian djs?
E: Oh , i know some guys from RO its Raresh, Rhadoo, and Petre Inspirescu (i think i got one record of him in my bag ). I think RO is a beautiful country with wonderful landscapes and old buildings…
M: At the moment I don’t remember, but surely I’ve heard some of Romanian djs.
Is there anything else you want to add or to transmit to our followers?
E: We live just once, folks, and we must take a maximum from our life , try to do something good every day , don’t ever stop and love your brothers! Peace love and unity!
M: Love & listen to good Music!
Here we have a very special installment of The Hipodrome Of Music podcast series, featuring a guy that I was hunting for a long time to get it on Hipodrome. Iulian Cazan aka Jay Bliss is one of the persons and djs that had a great influence on my evolution in the electronic music, opening my mind to new musical horizons when moving to Sibiu 8 years ago.
Since then, Iuli has moved from being one of Romania’s youngest dj talents to one of the most respected Romanian producers and djs, with releases on labels like Diynamic, Hudd Traxx, Fear of Flying, All Inn and 20:20 Vision and collaborations with fellow Romania starlets Mihai Popoviciu, Petre Inspirescu and international artist like Och, Markus Homm and Skudge. Also he had shows all around Europe, from UK and Spain to Germany, Holland and Russia.
Jacob Singer is Jesus Gonzalez Romero, Spanish producer and DJ since 2000.
While he first was a guitar player, he soon discovered electronic music thanks to artists like The Chemical Brothers, The Prodigy, DJ Shadow and many others.
Soon he started playing in various places in Madrid and Alcorcón using different aliases throughout the years.
Now he’s known as Jacob Singer, releasing his tracks on labels like 7 Senses, San Trincha Music, Flappers Records and Mona Records.
His tracks are supported and played by famous dj’s like Hernan Cattaneo:
Interview with Jacob Singer:
When listening to your tracks, I think you have your own typical sound. Can you describe this and what’s essential in your tracks?
My productions are progressive and trance sounds with a strong base of kick and bass, often using smaller scales. I use Ableton live, Reason and Nuendo to produce.
How do your tracks get shape? You get inspired by other artists?
Usually I already have an idea in my head, which is becoming a track over time.
I like many styles of music and I think all this music is reflected into my songs.
Of course I get a lot of influence from electronic music like Eric Prydz (Pryda, Cirez D), Paul Kalkbrenner, Jerome Ismae-Ae, Cid Inc, Dosem, Prompt, Orbital, …
But even bands like Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Rage against the machine, Beasty Boys and Metallica, … are really inspiring.
I also have a lot of admiration for artists like Ennio Morricone, Hans Zimmer, … I love soundtracks! Movies can also be a big inspiration. My artistname Jacob Singer is a character from the movie Jacob’s ladder with Tim Robbins.
Music really is my life!
What are your plans for the future?
I will continue producing, but you can expect me doing live performances too as well as DJ-sets. I’ll do Ableton live mixing, of course a lot of my tracks together with other progressive and techno tracks.
You live near Madrid. Real, Atletico or… Barcelona?
First AD Alcorcon, second FC Barcelona. But never Real Madrid! :-)
Also his latest EP “Dark Side” is still doing great in the charts with “Why” still on top of the 7 Senses charts:
Also sounds at:
Text and interview: Hypnotised
“Born in 1978, Luciano is a DJ since 1993 and a producer since 1997. In the mid-90’s, he was promoting Sense Club and Encuentros con la Technocultura in Santiago de Chile in the company of many initiators of the Latin American electronic music scene: Senor Coconut AKA Atom Heart, Ricardo Villalobos, Dandy Jack & brother Adrian Schopf, Washington Miranda, Argenix Brito, Microman etc.
He’s played radio stations and DJed clubs & events in Santiago and Latin America, Germany, Spain & Holland, settling in Switzerland in 2000 to release on Mental Groove Records in Geneva, where he also holds a residency at the Weetamix club. His releases appear on the Transmat, Perlon, Lo-Fi Stereo, Bruchstuecke and Klang Elektronik record labels.
Luciano’s mixed Swiss & Chilean identity shows in his music, a somewhat mystical blend of deep techno & electro that integrates southern elements in rhythms and colorful patterns in sound. His collaborations with Ricardo Villalobos (Playhouse, Perlon, Warp, Force Inc etc.) as Sense Club are especially rewarding, as is his partnership with Pier Bucci and Argenix Brito as Monne Automne.
Mellowing his style as times goes by, getting more experimental and spacey with a fresh style of his own, Luciano’s production is destined to the wiser dancefloors that have enjoyed his live sets in Peru, Chile, Argentina, the U.S., Spain, Germany & Switzerland. DJ-wise, Luciano’s trade relies on groovy & minimal”.
Q&A with Wally Lopez
Name: Angel David “Wally” Lopez
Talk to us about your music?
Electronic House Music….that is how I define my music…
Where does the inspiration come from?
Life I reckon…. I feel the music in many different ways so I have lots of different inspirations….
The new GU series?
Is a dream come true!
What do you see for the future of Wally?
Making more music and playing in more festivals….. and making a Global Underground City CD in MADRID
How did you put together the track listing?
Listening to hundreds of tracks… Trying them in clubs….in the car…. listening and thinking which tracks are going to be the best for the CD….
Are there other artists that are grabbing your attention right now?
Of course… I love people like Mihalis Safras, Ramon Tapia, Ismael Rivas, Oxia, Kolombo & Zoo Brazil…
Upcoming gigs and releases?
My GU CD….and my forthcoming new singles, “rocking year” or “yeah” with Global Underground… also a remix I´ve done for Mihalis Safras at Material….and some new remixes…. gigs….my residency at Space Ibiza every Friday … Space opening and closing parties….and of course being all around the world with my GU tour
What has been the turning point of your career?
I’ve had a few…. when I did tracks as la luna, patricia never leaves the house, amman or my remix of ‘just a little more love’… also being part of Pacha Ibiza and Underwater….to name a few!
What does Global Underground mean to you?
Another chance to grow up in my career
Is there anything in your career that you haven’t yet done, that you want to be doing?
Of course!!!! Headlining a festival like Coachella… doing a big concert…or making a track with Madonna! :)
Favourite house moments?
….mmmmm the Todd Terry remix of Everything But The Girl’s ‘Missing’…..
The first time I heard the snare on the Robyn S ‘Show Me Love’….
First time I heard John Aquaviva playing Funkytown…..
Global Underground DJ Series: 003 WALLY LOPEZ
Release Date – 10th May 2010
Wally Lopez is Spain’s foremost DJ/producer. But as befits such a tremendous talent, he’s grown far beyond being the country’s best-kept secret. Two decades at the forefront of tough, percussive electronic music has seen him become a global star; thus he’s the natural choice to take the helm of the third release in the Global Underground DJ Series.
As comfortable sharing a bill with Dubfire and Danny Tenaglia as he is David Guetta and Madonna (he was her DJ of choice for her Seville concert), Lopez began his career at the age of 13, becoming a radio and club DJ in Spain. Since those tentative years he’s played the finest clubs and dance festivals the world over.
A resident of Space, Ibiza, and the man behind a consistent stream of anthems and remixes for the likes of Defected, Subliminal, Yoshitoshi, and beyond, this is Lopez’s first release for Global Underground.
His 2 CD album follows on from the widely acclaimed mixes from Nic Fancuilli and the Plump DJs, and Wally steps up to the plate with an upfront selection of current and future bangers (as the man behind labels Formula and FATXL his A&R talents are well-documented).
Both mixes encapsulate where his sound is circa 2010, refusing to be drawn into showman style pop house, or the linear drag of minimal techno, he plots a path that lies between the intricate and the infinitely danceable – the mark of a DJ who has cut his teeth through successive trends and styles.
CD1 features tracks and remixes from himself, Mistress Barbara, Robert Babicz, Stimming, Gregor Thresher, Superfunk, Solomun, Oxia, and many more.
CD2 includes the likes of Ale Gomez & Ibas, Zoo Brazil, Kolombo, Daniele Paipai & Ricardo Ferri, Martin Eyerer, Kreamer & K, Spirit Catcher, Patrik Mark and beyond.
GU are throwing a launch party with Wally at Ministry of Sound on Saturday 8th May. This will be followed by a series of Summer dates at Space, Ibiza and then a fully branded, 40 date World Tour.
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1. Mistress Barbara – Dance Me To The End Of Love (Mihalis Safras Remix)
2. Robert Babicz – Come Closer (Stimming Remix)
3. David Herrero – Sabana Hypnótica (Francisco Allendes Remix)
4. Mihalis Safras – There Is A Place (Gregor Tresher Remix)
5. Superfunk Feat. Ron Carroll – Lucky Star (Kolombo 2010 Unreleased Remix)
6. Solomun – Boys In The Hood (Gorge Remix)
7. Simone Vitullo Presents Felipe Puertes – Shingalin
8. Kolombo Vs Spirit Catcher – NYC Tourist Bus
9. Paolo Martini & Paul C – Groove Machine
10. Wally Lopez – Iuvenis (Mihalis Safras Groovy Remix)
11. Kaiserdisco – Chordalia
12. Wally Lopez – Yeah
13. Oxia – Whole Life
14. Patrick Mark – Wattura (Norman Zube Remix)
1. Zoo Brazil – For A Friend (Kolombo Remix)
2. Alex Gomez & Bias – Revolution
3. Spirit Catcher – Forever & A Day
4. Ivan Pica – Back Back
5. Wally Lopez – Dig It (Stefano Noferini Mix)
6. John Creamer & Stephane K – Forget The World (Ismael Rivas Factomania Remix)
7. Wally Lopez – Rocking Year
8. Hermanez – Soms
9. Ismael Rivas – Time Is Over (M.in Remix)
10. Peter Horrevorts – Bloody Hands (Marc Marzenit Monster Remix)
11. Daniele Papini & Riccardo Ferri – Fragments (Martin Eyerer Mix)
12. K-Paul – Running (Florian Meindl Remix)
13. Wally Lopez & Zoo Brazil – Planetaria (Steve Mac’s Smack Remix)