2019.10.28 Mon

OPEN PORT CLUB Mix Series – Hibotep

Here is the 7th mix of OPEN PORT CLUB monthly mix series featuring an artist seleced from each continent.
The mix of the month feature Hibotep whose DJ, Musician, Fashion designer, Installation artist and Filmmaker based in Kampala, Uganda in east-central Africa. Hope you enjoy!
Q1. How and where was the mix recorded? Could you tell us about the idea behind the mix?
With Logic Pro X in my living room. The idea behind the mix is supporting my Friends and the music i love.
Q2. You are a DJ, Musician, Fashion designer, Installation artist, Filmmaker, right? Could you tell us about yourself and your background?
Yes that is correct. I am a Somali Ethiopian Artist that Lives in Kampala. I participate in many Fields because i have too many dreams. Anything that allows me to get creative thats the train i jump on. I love what i do and the Community i have in Kampala. I feel very lucky and honored to do what i love. our community is never out of new ideas. I have a Great drive to Challenge societies and people who live in Boxes for minorities to make noise and stand for what they believe in.
Q3. Could you tell us about the music scene in Kampala?
The music scene in Kampala is divided in to two. One being very mainstream and the other which i consider to be Mine and my Friends scene is evolving and growing away from the mainstream to very much under ground Vibes. The scene is very vibrant and ever growing and very dynamic in its style. And the Party never Stops! We are pushing the limits, the music being released in our barrio by Nyege Nyege Tapes and Hakuna Kulala is Futuristic and every one is evolving. The Inspiration for once is not coming from the outside but rather the relationship with Technology and the attitude of Creating something unique.
Q4. What does the "Nyege Nyege" festival mean to you or African artists?
The Genesis of the Festival is actually the Most important Part. The Festival came out of necessity to showcase the music and the talent that did not get a platform. Our Friends who started the Festival (Arlen Delszian and Derek Debru) and i Met years Ago. And we used to meet up at a cultural center called Happier tilapia, and we used to use that space to play music we knew we only Liked and in return it started attracting artists with similar taste. Sadly the place was Sold and we needed to find a new space. What better Way but start a Festival and invite the world to Uganda. So in short Nyege Nyege is the Child of a much needed place for us and our extended Family Doing the same in other Parts of the world. It is a space for the people that play the music they love and which is organic and unapologetic.
Q5. What are you up to next?
I will be playing Oslo world and insomnia in trömso in the coming weeks and other festivals. Personally i will be finishing up my Ep and will be working on some new music. I will be starting a duo act with my twin sister who is also a Dj (Houdini). Everything else you will have to stay tuned.
Release Detail : October 2019 from OPEN PORT CLUB
2019.10.23 Wed


Here is the chapter 6 of OPEN PORT CLUB mix series.
In this month we focus on domestic artist and introduce OCCA based in Sapporo, Hokkaido where is the home ground of OPEN PORT CLUB. OCCA is techno DJ also known as organizer of "Archiv" at Precious Hall one of the world's best-known clubs. Hope you enjoy!
Q1. How and where was the mix recorded? Could you tell us about the idea behind the mix?
The title of the mix is "Time Transmission."
This is a keyword that came from the subtitle of my party, "Archiv." It's a techno mix, and I recorded this imagining how the music sounds like its bending the axis of time, bringing that feeling of connecting to the future to the audience.
This mix was recorded home with my recently updated gears. I wanted to bring out its best into this mix, so I used ALLEN&HEATH XONE:92 4ch to speed it up, and the looping feature from Pioneer XDJ700 to extract the smallest details. I put my full effort, so this can become something that can represent me regardless of my changing styles.
Q2. Tell us about "Archiv" at Precious Hall, one of the world's best-known clubs, and what do you think about the latest club scenes in Sapporo?
"Archiv" is not a regular event, but if we trace it back to "SYNC," its origin, it's been almost seven years since I started playing techno at Precious Hall.
We've had PETER VAN HOESEN, DJ NOBU, DJ YAZI, IORI, HARUKA, KO UMEHARA, in the past, all locally well trusted DJs. We don't have a clear concept for this party, but as the name says archive, I'm hoping that this could be something that has a special place in people's hearts.
Precious Hall has a significant influence on artists and fans worldwide but has moved several times since its opening. The big move starts from building up the walls and floor, and the decorations have a reason for being there, for instance, for better sound effects. Whenever I help, I could feel its completed aesthetics in its details.
Precious Hall has a unique sound system that's comfortable and high resolution. The rules that ban smoking in the dancefloor and photos in the entire venue help us concentrate on the music as well. Every time I encounter the precious moments at this club, I feel fortunate to be here.
About the club scene in Sapporo, I think there are more techno parties compared to when I started DJing, and more people to share the music and its significance.
Likewise, for Precious Hall, not only there are more opportunities to listen to artists in and outside Japan, people can experience the latest sound systems at parties using Klipschorn. It's exciting how the owner of the club himself keeps looking for new sounds.
It would be nice if more people got to know about "Archiv" from Precious Hall to experience the only scene.
Q3. "Airium" is an outdoor party held in Iwamizawa, Hokkaido, held in September (9/14-9/15). How was it? Tell us about its foundation, concept, and future goals.
It was the second time to hold this event since 2016. Like the first time, all the performers were locals. YUZO IWATA is currently playing in Berlin. He has released tracks from "Pluie/Noir" and came all the way to the venue during his Asian tour. SHOHEI TAKATA releases records from RYO MURAKAMI's label, "DEPTH OF DECAY." Naohito Uchiyama is the leading figure in Sapporo's electronic music industry, and he is releasing a new album from "TBHR" and "SYNAPSE." 16 DJs and artists had an excellent performance during the party.
The famous Jammin' Sound System from Sapporo took care of the sound system this year. The decoration was done by All Japan Lounge Association and Christina Rosa Candle, food by "Spice no ana Mujina" and Happy Hokkaido Kitchen food cars. We tried to create a venue with much local power as possible.
We held the second "Airium" at an open square next to the Horomukai-river dam. There are a well-equipped bathroom and a spring. Trees surround the entire area, and when it's a full moon, the light hits the ground and creates a natural dancefloor.
The total number of guests increased from the first time. We had about 200 in total. There were guests from Tokyo, far away in Hokkaido who drove five hours to get there, and also many families. It makes me happy to know that "Airium" is increasing its popularity.
Donato Dozzy was playing at Precious Hall around 2010 at an event called SYNAPSE. At the time, SYNAPSE was where people went to listen to artists that weren't available in Sapporo. When I went there and heard Dozzy play his music, I just knew that something special was happening at "THE LABYRINTH."
My old friend MANABE happened to be interested in what I was at that time. The two of us couldn't even put up a tent properly but headed to the event together, and that's how we got the idea of "Airium." After that, we were quite lost and stressed with where we could start to produce such an event. That's when I met Kaji, who works with food trucks in and out of Hokkaido, and he taught us about outdoor parties and also kept looking for supporters who could work with us until the first "Airium" in 2016.
Luckily, I was able to meet UMI/NASA, who could organize "Airium" with me, and we could finally start up the party with a powerful team. From now on, I'm thinking of making this event a bigger movement by expanding and strengthening our team.
Speaking of which, I understand how outdoor music festival sounds rustic. That's why I want to create a futuristic vibe for the guests at "Airium" through the venue and the lineups. The weather in Hokkaido from early summer to fall is the best, so I wish there could be more people coming to the party outside Hokkaido and eventually overseas.
Q4. DJ NOBU has brought your name up as a star DJ several times, and you have been playing at his party, Gong. How did you get to know him? Has this collaboration had an impact on your performance?
First of all, I am honored to be working with such a great DJ on the frontline. All I can do is to keep working hard to go on to the next level with my advancements.
I met DJ NOBU in 2012 at the club called "Tribe" in Asahikawa, Hokkaido. I was booked to play there when he was playing as a guest. After that, I started going to his parties like "FUTURE TERROR," and he came to mine at Precious Hall.
Getting to know him had an impact on me in many technical ways with my music, but mostly mentally. He and his attitude towards music keep reminding me that pursuing a career with techno music, which means everything to me, is ok, and that there's a amazing world beyond what we've worked for.
Q5. What would you like to do in the future?
There's going to be a gig at Oita and Fukuoka (Kyushu) in November, Tsuruoka (Yamagata) in December, and Osaka after the new year. I'm thinking of having more gigs outside Hokkaido, moving "Archiv" to the next phase by trying out some new bookings, restarting "Phantom Center," a party I started with MANABE who lives in Tokyo and sets my stage there.
I had been in Berlin for a year since fall 2017 to rethink the direction of my career and increasing input. I want to be able to visit new places through my performance and also want to concentrate on establishing my style as well.
Occa hails from the snowy city of Sapporo, located in the northern-most region of Japan, Hokkaido.
Basing his career there, Occa has been organising the Archiv parties for years at the legendary Sapporo club, Precious Hall.
His music synchronises with listeners on the sub-consciousness level by ingeniously and aggressively mixing furious snowstorm-like smokey minimal and spacey psychedelic electronics.
In addition, he has been welcomed numerous times to the inner circle of Japan’s leading techno party, Future Terror.
Connecting with Techno freaks all over Japan, his sphere of music activity has been expanding ever since.
Release Detail : September 2019 from OPEN PORT CLUB
2019.09.10 Tue

OPEN PORT CLUB Mix Series – Castro & Nemo

Here is the chapter5 of OPEN PORT CLUB monthly mix series featuring an artist seleced from each continent.
Mix of the month is compiled by the selector duo Castro & Nemo. They are running the record store "Sound Metaphors" and organize the party& label "H.A.N.D." based in Berlin. Check out mix and special interview below!
Q1. How and where was the mix recorded? Could you tell us about the idea behind the mix?
This mix was recorded at one of our HAND parties, we recorded it on a Bozak with a 4 band isolator on the master output, no eq per channel…keeping it simple :) we also use some dorrough meters to keep the levels relatively constant.
The idea is to basically capture and hopefully express some of the magic we often experience at Have A Nice Day with the wonderful crowd and vibes. I think there’s something special that will always be felt in a mix if it is recorded at a party with 200 people enjoying themselves and certain freedoms instead of if it's recorded with us alone in a studio or in our living room.
Q2. Tell us more about the HAND parties!
The HAND parties are a regular party we host in Berlin, usually once a month. We (Castro and Nemo) started with party series back in 2017 and have since grown with the help of our new logistics specialist Stephane and also Dyonisios our Drag Queen booker and performer. The idea of HAND is basically to throw our version of a really fun party. H.A.N.D. stands for Have A Nice Day, and that’s more or less the vibe we want to convey, the idea is that after a night of HAND, it will help you have a nicer day when it finishes (usually around 8 or 9 am). We decided to build our own custom sound system so we throw the parties in an empty event space where we can bring the sound system and install our own lights, booth equipment and of course our mirror ball. It’s a lot of work to set up and take apart, but in the end it’s worth it :) we barely ever make any money with it and when we do we invest most of it back into new lights or sound system elements etc, so there’s a lot of love in the whole operation. We try to maintain a fresh stream of interesting bookings of DJs from around the world and we’ve recently also been having some great drag shows, it’s been really fun to see it grow in different ways.
Q3. Tell us a little more about the sound system. Why did you decide to build your own?
A good party needs a good sound system, most standard club systems aren’t made for a specific party, they’re usually just a generically loud “off the shelf” system that could be for any party. We wanted something that would be specific for HAND and become part of the party’s identity. (We also wanted a system that wasn’t painted black like 99% of club systems today.)
Although not specifically a “Disco” party per se, Disco has a very special place in our hearts and we wanted a system that could properly reproduce the beauty of all that pre-MIDI dance floor music and its generous string orchestrations, rich percussion and rhythm sections, the congas, the brass, etc. and at the same time deliver something like Phuture’s “Acid Tracks” with the right amount of kick. So we wanted our sound system to be a powerful PA system but with a HiFi approach, which brings us to Jurgen Pack - our HiFi specialist who helped us design the system. Jurgen Pack is legally blind so his hearing is extremely compensated and he has a very high standard when it comes to sound - the man is a wizard! The current system is already the second sound system we built for HAND. It’s a 4 way system with 4 towers (one on each corner of the dance floor), each tower has 2x18” subs, 2x12” midrange woofers and then a compression driver with a 60cm diameter horn for the higher mid range, then in the middle of the room we employed an old David Mancuso trick: the “birdcage" with 8 bullet tweeters pointing outwards from the center of the dance floor. We’re still learning a lot about sound in general, but it seems to sound really nice so far! It’s a great way to learn about sound systems, the the results will most likely be very rewarding. We recommend it!
Q4. I heard HAND is also a label, tell us more about this.
HAND is also a label, yes, it’s basically just an output for white label releases of very strange DJ tools/edits. The overall vibe of the edits is very much in tune with the atmosphere of the party. Not every orthodox and sometimes not so easy to play on a dance floor. No one knows who makes the edits though…it’s all very weird…basically every 4 months we get a CD in the mail from an unknown sender with these silly tracks and a note. So we just decided to start pressing it on vinyl. They seem to sell pretty well though!
Q5. Wow! Ok…interesting. What are you guys up to in the near future?
Besides DJing and running the shop we’re mostly just working on our re-issue labels (MISSYOU and THANKYOU), we have a few really nice releases coming out soon! We just signed a contract with Philip Michael Thomas (Detective Tubbs in Miami Vice!) to release some beautiful downtempo latin reggae stuff that was never released before. Also working on another release with some great Arabic music. And then some other really cool stuff from Kris Baha’s label - Power Station. Other than that we’re planning a little US and Mexico tour with some fun gigs in November. And of course, the HAND parties :) Come if you’re in town!
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Release Detail : September 2019 from OPEN PORT CLUB
2019.07.05 Fri

OPEN PORT CLUB Mix Series – King Coya

Here is the 4th mix of OPEN PORT CLUB monthly mix series featuring an artist seleced from each continent.
The mix of the month feature King Coya, the music project fusing Latin American folklore with electronic music produced by Gaby Kerpel from Buenos Aires, Argentina in South America. Hope you enjoy!
Q1. How and where was the mix recorded? Could you tell us about the idea behind the mix?
The mixtape is specially made, it is not a recorded mix. The idea is to show some how my influences, mixed and mushed up with my music, also other artists from other regions like Peru and Ecuador I mostly included tracks from my latest release "Tierra de King Coya" as well as La Yegros (King Coya's production) and some remixes I did last year.
Q2. Could you tell us about yourself and your musical background?
I like the idea of Folk Music for the dance floor, it is a challenge to mix folk rhythms and melodies with electronics and Urban beats. I also have a deep experience working for theater group Fuerza Bruta for many years, so I put that concept in my own music too, describing landscapes with the music.
Q3. What instrumental are you playing to produce music and live?
I use different traditional instruments, like Charango (a little kind of guitar from northwest Argentina and Bolivia) traditional percussion, flutes and so to build the andean atmosphere in my productions together with electronic beats and sounds. Talking about the live show it is more simple than that because it includes dance as well so it is not supported just by my performance playing.
I sing, play percussion and flutes.
Q4. What inspired you to release your album "Tierra de King Coya" on ZZK records?
"Tierra de King Coya" is a journey, it contains a couple of tracks that I had from years ago (that are out of the main concept of "Folk music for the dance floor" but describes other aspects of my music).
It also shows collaborations with other artists like La Walichera, La yegros, and Iara Nardi who sings live in the show as well.
Q5. What are you up to next?
The show with "Queen Cholas" is going through a developing process, after being working with them for 3 years we are looking for make it better for next year before going back to tour.
Also working in new tracks for my next album.
Release Detail : June 2019 from OPEN PORT CLUB
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!
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