Joe Gamp on 17/9/12
One of Ibiza’s sure fire successes this year has been Richie Hawtin’s first stand-alone event, ENTER., every Thursday at Space Ibiza. After regularly entertaining the crowds in Ibiza for the long-running Cocoon night and his Minus label nights, some would have said Richie’s on stand-alone event should’ve happened sooner than it did, injecting a slice of his unique take on progressive and minimal techno and digital technology onto the island. After a successful season draws to a close, Richie brought guests ranging from big names such as Marco Carola to Francois K and Matthew Jonson, but also inviting new names such as Grimes and South American’s premier techno duo, Click Box.
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Pedro Turra & Marco A.S played at ENTER for its debut season after having their names catapulted onto the global scene – a direct result of being signed up by Richie’s Mnus / Plus8 labels after a few years of staking their claim in the modern techno scene. “Minus is a big role in our careers, it helped us to get known by a bigger audience, and this is really important for us. It’s one of the labels that we always loved and being part of that is really cool. We have just released the (Body Fall) EP and planning for a next one.”
“We guess it’s different from the other nights [ENTER] because it’s a lot of really cool artists playing together in one special night” he continues. “Where can you find that? At a festival, but not always with your friends - so this makes it a very special night.”
Perhaps now is the perfect timing for them to make their presence felt further in the global scene. Minus affiliates Magda, Troy Pierce and Marc Houle split off to concentrate on their own Items & Things imprint, dedicated to exploring more organic strains of mechanised machine soul. With their next EP Down Over slated for release in the next few days, I&S also holds a special place for the rising emerging duo, giving them their very first break, subsequently paving the way for future affiliations.
“They released our first vinyl EP back in 2008. It was called (Espaço & Tempo)” they confirm. “So without them, we don’t know if we would be here and we want to be by their side forever because we really believe on their ideas. They always supported us in every way, and it’s for sure because of them that we even got to release on Minus.”
Click Box are fairly new to the unique world of Ibiza club culture. After a few visits to the island to play for regular powerhouses who have had presence on the island for over a decade, Click Box feel privileged to be part of the current tide of ne parties and concepts dominating the island, and feel like they are reaching the perfect balance between the contrasting sides of the island.
Well, we have not been there [Ibiza] so many times” they comment. “We played a Cocoon night in Amnesia, at the Minus Contakt night also in Amnesia and now at Enter in Space. We like going there its really fun and we like staying in the north of the island in a friend’s house that is so quiet, so we can recover our energy. But, every time we play there is amazing and we really want to play there a lot.”
Click Box once stated that they “decided to pursue new electronic sounds, moving away from conventional techno and aiming to bring a more interesting musical form to the dance floor”. Since 2004, the landscape of modern electronic music has been in a constant state of flux, with outside influences that aren’t usually associated with the genre… but at the same time, they’re bringing just making the music that they love.
“Since we started Click Box back in 2004, we always tried to find our own sound” they agree. “Yes we guess we have achieved that and people are also enjoying what we do, don’t know if we have influenced someone, it would be a pleasure if, yes. But, we don’t like to think like that. Who are we to think of it, we’re just having fun and making the music that we love.”
Outside of the usual hotspots such as The white isle and Berlin, many parts of the world at large are emerging as new and exciting markets for techno and dance music. Scenes in Eastern Europe are starting to grow and flourish and the same can be said for the South American continent. Although underground in its existence, many new and promising artists are coming from São Paulo, with the city is slowly being placed on the map as a new hotbed of talent.
“The scene for underground music in Brazil is really small. There are not so many clubs that play it, they are mostly commercial clubs and we have to do something, otherwise all the work we had done and all we fought against its going to destroy it” they sternly confirm. “We have great artists, such as Renato Cohen, DJ Mau Mau, Wehba, Philip Braunstein, Renato Garga and Glocal. There are so many good artists in Brazil and Sao Paulo that we can’t mention all of them because it will be unfair to who we forgot!”
So it’s with great pleasure that we can introduce Click Box to the Pulse Podcast fold. Bringing the essence of their evolving live shows (consisting of MIDI controllers and mini-synths) and their focus on musically challenging and forward thinking production, there’s more than one special ingredient in their exclusive mix for us this week.
“One of the special things about this mix is we recorded it in our last gig at Rote Sonne club in Munich; for us, it’s one of the best clubs in the world!” they exclaim. “We really love playing there. The second ingredient is that the last song is a new project we are working on at the moment, called Bleeping Sauce. It’s both of us and a singer. We’ll be talking more about this band soon in the future!”
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