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ANDREZ BERGEN, the editor of TECHNO HOW?, has written for music magazines like Mixmag and Wax in the UK, 3D World, Zebra and Beat in Australia, and national newspapers The Age (Australia) and the Yomiuri Shimbun (Japan). He's also put stuff together for Fun in the Murky, GaijinPot and Beatportal. Andrez is a published author (he wrote the novel Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat) and will be joined here by various mates.
Q: What will we expect on this coming weekend at Melbourne and Sydney gigs?
I have a lot of new tracks to play out, can’t wait to see how they go down!
Q: How do Australian crowds fare compared to rest of the world?
Very open minded. Last time I played there in Brisbane and Melbourne, I went on after a Dubstep DJ and was a bit worried but the crowd was up for some techno and that made me happy.
Q: Are there any Australian based producers you’ve liked or will like to work with and why?
I think Simon (DJ Hi-Shock/Advanced Human) is the main man out there, he puts out a lot of great tracks on his labels and I play them out a lot. Another producer I found to have great music is Ground Loop. I play his stuff regularly.
Q: Which DJ producers are you excited about at the moment and where do you see the global techno scene going?
It’s hard to say where the scene is going these days, styles and tastes change so fast. But I do see a lot more techno being accepted these days and it’s a good thing. As far as some producers I’m excited about, well there are just so many, but I always look forward to releases from guys like Cosmin TRG, Kink, Shifted, Luke Slater (Planetary Assault Systems), Robert Hood, Marcel Dettmann.. there are too many!
Q: What would you recommend aspiring DJ/producers to do to get themselves known in the industry?
I think it’s about being yourself, not trying to mimic another Dj/Producer. It’s hard to be original these days but I think it’s just about finding your own sound and releasing tracks that you stand behind. I feel like a lot of up and coming producers think that just releasing tons of tracks will get them noticed.
Q: Where do you look forward to visiting in Sydney?
The amazing beaches!
Q: What’s your favourite Australian beer? Which ones have you tried?
I wish I wrote down the names of the beers I tried but Boags was one that stood out and I believe I had a Murray’s and Coopers as well. Can’t wait to try some more local stuff.
Q: What is your typical day like?
Coffee, emails, and studio.
Q:What is your typical tour day like touring in Europe or US
In Europe its mostly trying to catch up on sleep because the long haul flight from LA to Europe and the short time between gigs… in the US, depending what city I’m in and how long I’m there, I try to hit up local breweries and food spots.
Interview by: Local Area Network
Friday 18th Jan 2013 @ Brown Alley, Melbourne
Saturday 19th Jan 2013 @ Civic Underground, Sydney
Local Area Network (L.A.N.) presents Audio Injection/Truncate
For the first time ever in Sydney, DJ/producer David Flores (Audio Injection / Truncate) brings his artistry production skills to an exclusive show at the Civic Underground. LA’s best kept secret and well known DJ in the European Techno scene, Audio Injection will play some of the best mind bending techno with phat bass sounds, dark raw sounds, techno house grooves and funky rhythms with energy and attitude.
David Flores had successful releases on Monoid, Stimulus and local label Droid Recordings. Since 2010, David’s profile as both Audio Injection and Truncate has exploded across Europe. In no small part due to a hectic release schedule on heavy weight labels Electric Deluxe and CLR (not to mention many others) as well as gigs at world famous Berghain and shows with Chris Liebing and Drumcell across Europe.
Joining Audio Injection in Sydney is the owner of Gynoid Audio label Advanced Human (aka. DJ Hi-Shock). Advanced Human has been in the Sydney underground scene since the early 90′s and has taken DJ and production work to the highest level. He is part of the wildly successful Elektrax Music label Group.
In addition to David Flores and Advanced Human (aka. DJ Hi-Shock), LAN is excited to bring other well-known artists in Sydney Underground techno scene such as: Si-L0 (Martin Stace and Scott Kilpatrick), Leyla (Spaces) and Kate Doherty to this headlining event.
This event will kick off at 9pm, Saturday 19th Jan 2013 at the Civic Underground at 388 Pitt St, Sydney.
DJ Hi-Shock (Elektrax Music)
Audio Injection / Gynoid Audio Podcast – Episode 9
LAN PRESENTS: 9 PM to 5 AM, Sat 19 Jan 2013
AUDIO INJECTION / TRUNCATE (3hr Set)
ADVANCED HUMAN (Gynoid Audio)
MARTIN STACE (S1-L0)
Purchase tickets at Resident Advisor or limited number at door
@ THE CIVIC UNDERGROUND 388 PITT ST SYDNEY
Audio Injection / Gynoid Audio Podcast – Episode 9
Well, my personal principle – and my creative tragedy – is to be honest in what I do. So if I don’t like the sound of current trends I won’t follow them. Thus, I think my tracks became more technically complete, but maybe I’m putting less magic into them currently. OK, so I’m just getting older…
“I love the clubbing scene in Melbourne, [but] the festival scene is a bit oversaturated and too many of the same acts get booked too often. We have so many great and talented producer/DJs over here that just don’t get enough love… I can’t really complain, though – I’ve been fairly lucky with the amount and regularity of gigs that I get down here.”
“There’re a lot of punters out there who tune in to easy listening commercial radio five days a week and, come the weekend, they get hopped up on substances and become part-time techno or house fans. That ain’t me. I’ve got no issue listening to techno at 7:00 am in the car on the way to work. I do it all the time.”
“I’m definitely happy when the audience gets into my DJing – but what’s really important is to output myself through the actual sound itself rather than getting the dance floor excited.”
“Commonly, however, most people think of schizophrenia as related to those people on the train, bus or tram who’re seated there talking to themselves, quite often in heated debate, which is what I decided here to try out for size: Yacking with myself about myself. Weird concept, for sure, especially before breakfast.”
“With more and more digital set-ups and controllers currently out there or in development, there’s so much room for creativity for DJs both now and in the future. The old school needs to get on board, or it’ll be a bumpy ride!”
“Can you imagine going to a surgeon for heart surgery, and his only credential was that he thought it was cool to be a doctor so he illegally downloaded the heart surgery app?”
“Sometimes when you think you’re making completely different tunes, other people still see similarities and they label it as a typical ‘Bas Mooy’ tune. In the end I think that’s cool, since it means I feel free to do what I want and explore different styles and cross certain boundaries and still be appreciated.”