James Huxley, London - United Kingdom - on 25/7/12
Working alongside Audiofly and singer songwriter Daniel Wilde, the mysterious Close Sense will have his debut release on Supernature with the Promises EP. With a download of You Promised (dub) available exclusively through Pulse HERE, James Huxley caught up with Close Sense to discuss musical philosphies, transvestites and bitches, while Luca Audiofly gives us an insight into the studio process and his thoughts on the current state of the music industry.
Where did the name Close Sense come from? It seems like to be famous these days you have to have name with two possibly three words, Hot Natured, Tale Of Us for example, or something that sounds full of mystique like Visonquest.
Can you tell us a little bit about Close Sense? I was born and raised in Ghana, then when i was 18 years old I went to study in Bangkok, that's when i got into music by going out into transvestite strip clubs. Close Sense was born after a torrid night.
What are some of your earliest memories with dance music? 4/4 beats on bambu and coconuts in the jungle.
Where are you taking your inspiration from as a producer? Walmart frozen food section
Apparently you have quite a unique philosophy when it comes to dance music? Bitches come from the music and music comes from makin bitches dance.
Can you tell us about how your partnership came about with the Audiofly guys?I was stalking them with fan mail and the only way to make me stop was for them to let me make music with them.
How would you describe the promises EP? Like sex without a condom.
There's three of you in the studio, and four when Daniel's involved, can you tell us about the studio dynamics? I just spend my time on facebook chating and tagging myself on pictures and the others make the music.
We spoke to one half of Audiofly, Luca Saporito, about the studio partnership and the current state of the dance music industry. Check out the podcast the pair did specially for DJ Mag Spain for the release here.
You've had quite a history of working with other producers or artists, what is it you like about the additional input in the studio, and how did Close Sense compare to your past collaborators? Luca: The thing about collaborations is that we always learn a new trick or two from working with other people and the music can't help but evolve with it. Close Sense and Anthony started this collaboration long time ago but it took ages to finish because of our touring schedule. Then we started a track with Daniel Wilde and both Anthony and I thought that we should send it to Close Sense to put his final touch. It was the right idea because he took the track to the next level and meant that we could finally complete the EP.
How do you feel the release marks the progression of Supernature? Supernature is ever evolving. If you look at the release schedule, we never get stuck to one artist or sound. Of course we have some core artists whom we like to work regularly but at the same time we like to try things out. A bit like an Audiofly set, you never know what you're gonna get. That's why we choose Carola Pisaturo as a remixer, as she brings that dark techno sound into the EP and throw the releases into another direction.
You've been generous enough to give the dub away as an exclusive download, how do you think this is indicative of the changing industry? The industry is ever changing but one thing is for sure: being nice to people will never go out of fashion. The reason behind giving a free track on this release is a way to give back to the people who have supported us all this years and last but not least sticking a middle finger to all of the others who relentlessly put our music on illegal websites without permission. [Laughs]
As well as working with Close Sense you also had Daniel involved as well. What was the studio dynamic like for this release? This whole project was completed with us being in our respective studios and sending each other stems back and forth. As i mentioned before Anthony and Close Sense have started the project long time ago with Gonzo! Then at the beginning of this year i contacted Daniel Wilde, as i have been a fan of his work for a ling time. He sent "You Promised" and we immediately thought: let's work on it some and then send it to Mr, Close [laughs]. In reality it took ages to finish the project but we never lost the will or the spirit and for that very reason, we all think the final project sounds mature and refined. Or better still an evolution of all our distinct projects...
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