Jon Dadon on 14/8/12
Pulse.088 comes from one of the recent exponents of Parisian techno to move to Berlin, David K, who drops a mix of deep techno, minimal and house - Jon Dadon speaks to the producer about his routes and current love of Berlin.
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Hey David! I did some research on you and I found very little information, aside from your music, which speaks louder than words in my opinion. Seems you are about the music and less about the ego trip on which a lot of DJ/producers find themselves. As of recently, you have released records on Rue de Plaisance, Bpitch Control, Visionquest and many more outstanding labels, leading you into the crates and DJ charts of some of the best in the business. I suppose a good start to this interview would be to get the basics out of the way and give the readers a better idea of who you are and how you ended up producing music. Where are you from and where are you living now? I was born in Paris, and for one year and an half have been enjoying berlin..
Did your environment growing up influence you to start listening to electronic music? Was there anything in particular that pushed you to begin making your own music? First of all, I started music by learning piano for several years, then when I got bored by classical and jazzy piano lessons, i left it for a synthesizer, at the same time i was playing dj set for funk soul parties for my neirbours. At this time a new radio arrived in my tuner, Radio FG, with a certain Patrick Rognian announcing some strange party called raves, that was around 1992. My first rave was a shock, the day after I changed my old fashion decks for 2 Technics MK2. At the same time, i was a graphic designer, and working for some of the french labels. One day Sismic Rec came to get designs in my work shop, they went back with two of my first tracks. Then it never stopped.
When did you first realize that you were going to produce music and DJ professionally? After several release on french label's Sismic, Robsoul, Briques Rouges, Tombone, my friend Dan Ghenacia was visiting me in my shop with his new project, founding his own label Freak n'Chic, under the nick name U&i, we made several projects, one for the first Crosstown Rebels, on Squared Roots and Rebel One. I think three monthes after i closed my agency...
Are there any producers or DJs that played a particularly important role in your development as a producer/DJ? I had some mentor, and still respect them all. The first dj show me another way to deejay was Francesco Farfa, he was the one could make another hole on a balance record and use it to creeate a new melody with it, scratching all the time, rewind some records with one finger, i can talk a lot about his technique... [Laughs] For producing i think the best ever for my inspiration for my studio work was and still be Derrick Carter, or people like Brett Johnson, Rob Mello, Music for freak's team,
Is DJing a big part of your career or do you prefer to focus on production? For sure the DJing was my first contact with the electronic music. Producing was the natural evolution, but there's no way to choose my favorite, I love them both.
What is your favorite city to party/play in? Favorite club? For one year and an half i'm living in berlin, for me it's the mecca to play, to get inspirated and to listen the best of the best every weeks. I played twice this year for highgrade party in Panoramabar, and no doubt it's my favorite place to play, just crazy....
What do you have in store for the future? Since few month now i'm workin'with Bpitch on few project as remixes, I worked also with Dame music, Coton Tige rec. for a remix from a damian sahri's track, a new artist very talented, what else...
What do you like to do when you are not in the studio or performing? Chilling with my girl, taking care of my little garden, reading, cooking...
What is your favorite sunset track? Sunrise track? I have thousand in mind right now, but let say...
Sunset : a bootleg from an Amy Winehouse track
Sunrise : lost in bangkok, one of my track on Rue de Plaisance, the first release of the label
Can you tell us a little bit about the mix you produced for Pulse. What can i say? I played exactely what i like to play at this moment, more housey in general but a small trip thru techno, minimal, i like relief.
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