2019.05.31 Fri

OPEN PORT CLUB Mix Series – The Mole

Here is the 3rd mix of OPEN PORT CLUB monthly mix series featuring an artist seleced from each continent.
The mix of the month feature The Mole which is the project by canadian producer Colin de la Plante currently based in Berlin. Hope you enjoy!
 
=INTERVIEW=
 
Q1. How and where was the mix recorded? Could you tell us about the idea behind the mix?
it was recorded at home during the first spring thunder storm. lots of rain and lighting. very beautiful.
my daughter was sleeping for the first half, then she woke up and danced around with her mom. we dance a lot at home.
mixing at home is mixing for my ladies, which often means love song.
 
Q2. Could you tell us about yourself and your musical background?
i grew up in Vancouver and spent a lot of time in Victoria, British Columbia. music wasn't a big thing in my house, but once i got a walkman it was a big thing in my head and started to direct my life choices.
i moved to Montreal in 98, one year after the ice storm. spent ten glorious years there. i learned too much there.
Berlin was my next destination, a surprise to me, but a welcome one. it was here that music cemented itself as a daily practice and joy support. and i continue to live in Berlin
 
Q3. You are known as a record collector. What inspired you to start collection the records?
well i take that as a lovely compliment. i became obsessed with records sometime near the end of high school. i'd been to a few raves and small clubs where i heard new things that completely intoxicated my ears. i was bit by the sickness and have been addicted to the black crack ever since. i still think about the ones i 'let get away' from back then.
 
Q4. Could you tell us about an extraordinary episode of the record collecting?
i was shopping in the dollar record and books shop in Montreal one summer day. me and my buddy chris would ride our skateboards down the hill, a really long, smooth ride. and we'd stop at every record shop on the way down. maybe 7 or 8 of them. most of them discount used stores. the last one, at the bottom of the hill was the cheapest. and the dirtiest. we'd have black fingers after that shop. it was always hard to find stuff in there. but the selection, one giant room, was always changing, always fresh.
well that day i didn't find much, and i while i was in line to cash out, i noticed a box of 7"s . so i had a look. and after noticing a couple of things i wanted i had a closer look and noticed the previous owner had carved their name into their collection. coco. it was on all these records. many i didn't know at the time. i decided to ask how much for the whole box. maybe 600 records. the manager came, counted out 12 discs, they were 10 cents each, 12 for a dollar. great deal.
he used his finger to measure out 12, then ran his finger over the top half of the box. the records were pilled two high. casually he says, 5 bucks. 5 bucks!!!! only 5 dollars! i couldn't understand it! and i did my best not to cry out loud. biting my lip and said great. i'll take em. he saw my excited, how could he not, and he said - plus tax... ! plus tax! i left the shop yelling for joy. i had to get help carrying the box. it was way too heavy to bring back on my skateboard.
i discovered so many great songs in that collection. still makes me happy to this day.
 
Q5. What are you up to next?
i have more records coming out. one song is out now on Sound of Vast's 5 year compilation.
and an upcoming ep on discobar
and i'm very much looking forward to a couple of festivals this year. Houghton in the UK and Mutek's 20th anniversary in Montreal. this will be very special i think =)
 
 
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Release Detail : May 2019 from OPEN PORT CLUB
 
2019.05.02 Thu

OPEN PORT CLUB Mix Series – Sleep D

Here is the 2nd mix of OPEN PORT CLUB monthly mix series featuring an artist seleced from each continent.
The mix of the month features Sleep D the electronic music duo based in Melbourne, Australia. Hope you enjoy!
 
=INTERVIEW=
 
Q1. How and where was the mix recorded? Could you tell us about the idea behind the mix?
This mix was recorded in our studio in Melbourne. Our idea was to strengthen the connection we have formed with the Japanese scene in the past few years by choosing music exclusively from Japanese and Australian artists. We also included a few unreleased tracks from Butter Sessions that feature both Australian and Japanese artists. It kind of captures how we might DJ in a longer set but condensed to just over an hour. Jumping up from more ambient sounds to house and then techno and then winding it down again.

Q2. Could you tell us about yourself and your musical background?
Well, we are two guys living in Melbourne, where we have spent most of our life. We've pretty much been doing what we do now since we were 14 or 15 years old. DJing, making edits and music, running a label etc. Our musical backgrounds are pretty much fully self taught, apart from the casual guitar and piano lessons in primary school. We've both studied in audio engineering but apart from that we've learnt mostly from reading magazines and tinkering in the studio for years!
 
Q3. What inspired you to start the label "Butter Sessions"?
We originally started Butter Sessions as a blog in 2010. It was a way for us to connect with people in Melbourne city that were running parties and making music as we we're quite young and living about an hour away from the city. We never planned for it to be a record label and what it is today but it naturally grew as we started to make music and needed an outlet for that and our friends that we're making nice music.
 
Q4. Could you tell us about the music scene in Melbourne and "Inner Varnika" (will be held this month)?
The scene here is super strong right now. Even though clubs are shutting down, there's a real variety of producers, events and party people that keep things exciting.
Inner Varnika is a good example of that. It's a fairly small festival in the Victorian country side, they always book a very diverse lineup and keep things interesting.
 
 
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Release Detail : April 2019 from OPEN PORT CLUB
 
2019.04.04 Thu

OPEN PORT CLUB Mix Series – Mr. Ho

OPEN PORT CLUB starts the mix series focus on artists across the globe. We will feature an artist for each continent on monthly.
Here is the 1st chapter in our series, mixed by DJ/producer Mr. Ho based in Hong Kong, Asia. Hope you enjoy!
 
=INTERVIEW=
 
Q1. How and where was the mix recorded?
The mix was recorded in my studio in Hong Kong, on 2x cdj 850s, 1x Technics 1200 and my back up Technics SH-DJ1200 mixer (my main Allen & Heath Xone broke down at the last minute)! Also, the eqs and cross fader on the Technics crackle (from too much scratching and twisitng knobs) so I could only use the line faders. Its good to have a challenge sometimes!
 
Could you tell us about the idea behind the mix?
The idea is quite simple this time - its a "future snapshot" what I play in a dance music club - float between house, trance, techno and breakbeat (sometimes disco too). It is "future" because I have only played out one of these tracks out before - I didn't want to put in this mix songs I always play. This mix has forgotten classics together with new tracks I bought as well as upcoming releases from friends and from Klasse Wrecks.
 
Q2. Could you tell us about yourself and the music background? What inspired you to start the label "Klasse Wrecks" with Luca Lozano?
I started to collect records when I was 15 or 16, so more than 20 years now! My knowledge of non commercial music came from skateboarding and listening to music on the skate videos as well as recommendations from friends - for me it was hip hop and hardcore first. Under a different artist name, I was also the Hong Kong Technics DMC champion and World Finalist in 2002.
I started to dig deeper into House, Techno, Electro Ghettotech and Baile Funk around 2003. I met Luca Lozano in 2008 in Berlin while djing. We became friends because we have the same kind of humour and also we like the same kind of music and aesthetics, bicycles and skateboarding. In 2010 Luca founded Klasse, and he invited me to join and run the label with him.
 
Q3. Could you tell us about Mihn club and your regular party "House of Ho" in Hong Kong?
Mihn club is my favourite club to dj in Hong Kong and I am proud and happy to have my residency "House of Ho" there. If you like no nonsense, no camera flashing, just straight forward dancing to good music in a room full of people with a good party attitude and good taste, I think Mihn club is for you. My party happens once a month, - one month will be with a guest, the month after me alone for the whole night. Musically it is quite open, ranging from slow to fast tempos, whatever it takes to reach Euphoria!
 
Q4. What would you like to do in the future about musical cultural exchange between Hong Kong to Japan and Asia ?
I think for people from most Asian countries, and also many non Asian countries, Japan has always been the best place for the kind of music I like. To be invited to play in Japan is always such an honour, and for my music/djing to be accepted there is an incredible feeling. So, I would love to continue to play in Japan regularly :)
There are more than enough great djs, both male and female in this area. Also I think its important for young Chinese clubgoers in Hong Kong to see Asian faces behind the dj booth and also Asian producers. Hong Kong is a former colony, and many people associate dance music with Europeans and Americans, or what Europeans and Americans do it "better". I think more music cultural exchange will inspire more creativity, confidence and passion for the scene to get even better and grow even stronger.
For "House of Ho" night, I would like to invite more artists from Japan and the rest of Asia to play.
For Klasse Wrecks, we have released records and featured dj mixes on our radio show from Asian artists, and we hope to do even more!
 
 
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Release Detail : March 2019 from OPEN PORT CLUB
 
2019.03.15 Fri

RADIO ARCHIVE : 4 STEPS JOURNEY in February 2019

Open Port Club doing a radio segment of dance music program 4 STEPS JOURNEY on FM Northwave in the last Sunday of each month.
 
In the broadcast on 24th February 2019, we introduced a DJ mix by KAZUYA a.k.a. PEE from our semiregular program archives in Berlin Community Radio.
It is one of the most impressive mix in our archives.

The monthly recommended track from Momo is ‘Almost Heaven’ in Planet Be by 5ive.
 
See you next month!
 
2019.02.10 Sun

RADIO ARCHIVE : Open Port Club #13

Here is the the latest Open Port Club's radio show on Berlin Community Radio.
In the broadcast on 26th January 2019 is featuring Umi .
 
Umi is a DJ born in Japan and living in Sapporo Hokkaido. Deeply influenced by psychedelia of europian minimal music and blackness of house music. With his friends he organizes a party called "JETSTREAM" and open-air party "Airium" in Sapporo. Trying to realize a today's ritual through the music.
 
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Originally broadcasted 2-3pm CET on 26 January, 2019