Interviews

Read below about some of the biggest artists in the business before they come to perform in Hong Kong and Macau.

“Discobelle.net is a blog that focuses on free downloads of club music. We post MP3, videos or just fun stuff that we find.”

Despite its minimalist even humble self description, Swedish website Discobelle is one of the most influential and popular music blogs in the world, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors each month including hundreds if not thousands of producers, pluggers and DJs keen to be featured. 

Just a handful are selected each week and Discobelle’s Niklas Mijdema shared with Skrufff this week a few insider tips on how they make their choices.

http://discobelle.net

Launched in 2008 by then unknown tech-house producer Clement Meyer, Get The Curse is now France’s best known music blog, attracting thousands daily to its mix of podcasts, music news and releases. Hugely talented producer Olibusta is also one of the Get the Curse’s key characters and chatted to Skrufff this week about the site.

http://www.getthecurse.com/


Skrufff (Jonty Skrufff): Where should a new producer/ DJ start who is hoping to attract your attention and be featured on Get The Curse?

Media Matters: Carl Loben: Dealing with DJ Magazine

Want to know how you can get DJ Magazine to write about you? Or how to persuade Sweden’s enormously powerful music blog Discobelle to plug your new release?  Or for Clement Meyer and Olibusta’s Get The Curse to give you some exposure?

Skrufff chatted to senior people from each outlet this week to find out what you need to know.

5 Making Music Tips; Oliver Bondzio (Hardfloor)

20 years after they first teamed up, Ramon Zenker and DJ Oliver Bondzio remain revered for producing top quality serious acid, house and techno, both as individuals and even more, via their better known nom de guerre of Hardfloor.

Exploding onto the worldwide scene with seminal acid techno anthem Acperience in 1992, they’re became intimately entwined with acid squelch synthesizer the Roland 303 a point Oliver Bondzio recognised recently, in an interview in which he bemoaned the inexorable rise of digital dance music.

“When I listen to records from back in the day, they can’t compare to today’s music,” he complained, “That raw feeling can’t be heard in our current environment where everything seems to over rely on digital production. There’s something missing from those computerised packages that you just can’t get without a 303.”

Going on to release scores more (often 303 based), tracks and remixes from the likes Depeche Mode to New Order, to Anne Clarke and Yello, the pair are just about to release another Greatest hits package, dubbed Hardfloor 20 – Two Decades Of Hardfloor. Oliver took time out to chat to Skrufff this week about some of his creative realisations.

Please note: This article was released on the 3rd June 2011.

Dance culture’s only big name DJ to start his career as a PHD geneticist Max Cooper specializing in producing stripped down techno tracks driven by crunchy electro beats and startlingly melancholic soaring strings.

A relative newcomer to the upper echelons of experimental techno, he’s nevertheless already notched up a substantial and impressive back catalogue of tracks released on over 20 labels including Traum, Perc Trax and veryverywrongindeed.

hkclubbing.com talked to Adrian Armirail about the launch of Nu mood radio in Hong Kong and the up and coming party at Azure on the 30th April. So, what kind of music is your radio show focused at and who are you looking to reach?

Nu mood radio was created to provide a promotional platform for established as well as up an coming high quality house music DJs. Out target audiences are house music lovers and clubbers around the world, with focus on Europe, USA, East Asia and South East Asia.


Berlin DJs Jonty Skrufff and Fidelity Kastrow performed at Buddah Club in Grand Baie last weekend and delivered exhilarating sets of Berlin style electro and techno, the likes of which have never been experienced in Mauritius before.

As well as DJing at many of the world’s biggest superclubs, Jonty is an acclaimed producer and founder of press agency/ blog Skrufff.com and also works as a moderator/ consultant for leading music conference the Amsterdam Dance Event. An expert on all aspects of international club culture, we chatted to him after Berlin Konnektion to find out his thoughts on both Mauritius and club culture in general.


If you didn’t hear of Max Vangeli in 2010, then you missed out; but don’t worry 2011 looks like it’s going to be even bigger for Max. With support and collaborations with the likes of Steve Angello, Tiesto, Erick Morillo, Swedish House Mafia to name a few his stock is certainly on the rise. hkclubbing.com sits down with Max to find out what it’s like to be rubbing shoulders with his idols, his plans for Miami, and to find out when he is coming to Asia.

Brazilian drum & bass DJ Marky has mixed the latest compilation for Fabric (FabricLive 55) and chatted to Skrufff this week (via email) to promote the CD.

Skrufff (Jonty Skrufff): Starting with the Fabric compilation: in recent years the compilation market has collapsed with every DJ releasing podcasts and mixes on soundcloud; how much, if at all, did that change the way you approached the compilation?

DJ Marky: “I have to say that it didn't really change the way I looked at the compilation. At the end of the day, if I had taken that into consideration then the mix probably wouldn't have happened. I had to look at it as a way to connect with people and therefore had to do my absolute best with it to make sure it was something better than just another Soundcloud or Mixcloud mix. If we took the attitude that ‘it simply isn't worth it because there is free content everywhere’ then none of us would have jobs anymore.”

hkclubbing: So how did it all begin?
DJ Kid Fresh: I just happened to be fascinated with the idea of mixing, scratching, blending and manipulating music using 2 turntables and a mixer since the first time I've seen DJ competitions on TV as a teenager. I gave it a try someday and I realized my talent, so I just kept doing it in order to get better and to see how far I can take it.

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