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.
 
 
Facebook Page
SoundCloud
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!
 
 
Mr. Ho Facebook Page
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.
 
BCR Mixcloud
Originally broadcasted 2-3pm CET on 26 January, 2019
 


2019.01.30 Wed

RADIO ARCHIVE : 4 STEPS JOURNEY in January 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 37th January 2019, we introduced a DJ mix by Ancient Methods from his regular program in Berlin Community Radio.
It is second time to introduce his music. But unfortunately, this is the last mix selected from BCR - their studio was closed in early February. Thank you for everything you’ve done for us!
 
The monthly recommended track from Momo is ‘5/5’ in Konnar by Deena Abdelwahed released on November 2018.
 
See you next month!