Interviews

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

Grammy Award winning Italian DJ Benny Benassi checks into Splash volume 3 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Macau on September 24th. hkclubbing.com sits down with the ‘Godfather of Electro’ to talk music, pool parties and cycling.

HKClubbing: Hi Benny, your recent album “Electroman” features a number of collaborations with various R’n’B and Hip Hop stars. What was it like working with these artists and how does it differ from the ‘traditional’ Benassi sound?

Benny Benassi: Hi there. I guess everyone knows I work in the studio with Alle Benassi, my producer and musician (and cousin). We wanted to make an album where we could “apply” the traditional Benassi sound to different vocal styles. So in one sense, it’s a continuation of some of the stuff we were experimenting on “Rock n Rave” and the principle is the same as the Benassi Bros albums of a few years back. But our sound has evolved and we’re working with really great artists internationally, so it’s a great plan for us.

Benny Benassi mix by TimeOutNewYork

HKC: Your track with Chris Brown ‘Beautiful People’ was a critically acclaimed and commercial success. Recent years have seen a rise in Electronic Music and R’n’B / Hip collaborations. Although you aren’t new to this (if you haven’t already heard it check out Benny’s Grammy Award Winning remix of Public Enemy’s ‘Bring the Noise’) why do you think more R’n’B stars are looking to electronic music for inspiration?

BB: Yes, ‘Beautiful People’ is doing really well. I think RnB and Hip Hop are genres that are always looking for new sounds and right now they’ve “discovered” electronic music, which is, by its nature, quite experimental, so it’s a good match, I think.

HKC: Many people may not know that you are a keen cyclist, in fact you recently toured California and cycled between gigs! Tell us what this experience was like and why you chose to do this.

BB: It was amazing. I wanted to do it because it was a challenge. I wanted to combine my two great passions, cycling and music. And I wanted to send out a positive environmentally friendly message to the world of club music. I need to thank the team of people who cycled with me and everyone who made it possible.

HKC: You recently played in Ibiza, still the Mecca for electronic music fans in many people’s eyes. What were this year’s ‘White Isle’ highlights for you?

BB: I played at Pacha at the Swedish House Mafia party. It’s a great party. I love those guys.


In Paris, the duo are well known around the nightlife and dinner lounge circuit, but you needn't have gone that far to have heard of them, as they are making waves in Hong Kong and around Asia as well.

“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.

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