We decided to get some of the amazing Dj’s and producers who will be making the first FSTVL so special , together and have a little chat about how life is for them at the moment and there thoughts about Music , FSTVL and the scene in general . Let me introduce you to our panel , firstly we have Chicago’s one man Jack attack DJ Sneak a House legend who has produced so many classics since the late 90s and played at every club worth talking about from DC10 to Fabric and hosted the most HOUSE thing ever in Ibiza last year a BBQ cook out in the car park at DC10 .. Geordie girl Anna Wall is one of UK’s House music’s rising stars for 2013 , anyone who caught her Mixmag DJ Lab’s live stream from Miami will testify of her skills and passion for the music , Dan Perrin is one half of Jack & I ( alongside partner Jack Michaels ) the duo have risen from the east london minimal / tech scene and there music is now a staple in many of the major DJ players sets . Another fast rising young gun is Iranian / Canadian Amirali who’s debut album ‘ in Time ‘ seemed to come out of no where and drew admiration from all quarters . Amirali has played at world class clubs such as Panorama bar , Fabric and Miami’s Electric Pickle and those attending FSTVL are in for a real treat .
Matias Tanzmann needs no introduction – the man behind the fantastic German label Moon Harbour records has been a resident at Circo Loco’s infamous monday parties at DC10 since 2007 . London House label Lower East is Cozzy’s baby as is the well rated London party ‘creche ‘ . Cozzy has released tracks on labels as diverse as Real Tone , 1trax and Four : Twenty . Davide Squillace is a son of that amazing city Naples and its creative vibe has been perfectly channeled through Davide who is another weekly resident at DC10 this coming summer . London based Ben Hoo a formally trained musician who has worked on music by Moby and M.A.N.D.Y as well as well as his own music on Kindisch records . MK aka Marc Kinchen was one of the early 90s most in demand US remixers providing seminal mixes for the likes of MAW and the mix of the Nightcrawlers ‘ Push the feeling on ‘ that went pop around the world ‘ . After disappearing from the dance music world he made a triumphant return and his remix of Storm Queen from 2012 sealed his place at the top table of US remixers . Subb- Ann was named as DJ Magazines ‘Best Breakthrough DJ’ in 2011 and still only in his early 20’s Ashique ‘Subb-an’ Subhan has released music on quality underground labels such releases on Crosstown Rebels, Spectral and Ellum backed up by past hits on Jamie Jones’ Hot Creations, Saved, Silver Network, Mothership, Leftroom, BPitch Control and 20/20 vision .
Finally its a personal favourite of mine Dan Ghenacia , the french dj runs the amazing ‘Freak n Chic ‘ label DJ’s all around the globe and is one of the b2b2b DJ trio outfit Apollonia. Thats the artists all introduced so the obvious first question was .
‘How was 2013 for you guys ‘
” Well every year comes with its highs and lows, but 2012 has been pretty exciting – some great accomplishments in my working life, and some unforgettable DJ gigs such as a penthouse rooftops in Miami, post-sunsets in Ibiza, open-air clubs in Turkey and some super cool parties in London” ANNA WALL .
‘ A roller coaster of a year for me traveling around the world and playing so many amazing parties. Playing Fabric Room 1 and Circoloco at DC10 were huge highlights but so much happened over the year it’s hard to pin one down. Hang gliding over Rio during my Brazil tour was pretty unreal if I must say’ . SUBB- ANN
” For us 2012 was a massive year to be honest…….we have only been working together since the end of 2010 and this year just gone has felt like the one where things have really started to move forward pretty quickly. We have released music on some great labels and had some amazing support from the likes of Troxler, Luciano, Maceo Plex, Sneak and lots more..,plus of course the rise of Art of Dark and the very promising beginnings to the label there too. Happy! ” DAN PERRIN .
” 2012 was a great year for me. So many fond memories. I was really overwhelmed by the success of my track ‘Aphrodite’ which came out on my label Lower East. Nothing more incredible than hearing a crowd singing your track when you play it We had some amazing Creche parties too featuring the likes of Maceo Plex, Art Department, MK, Eats Everything, Julio Bashmore, The Martinez Brothers. COZZY
“It was a very good year. The Ibiza season with my residency at Circoloco DC10 was certainly one of the highlights again. There is no place in the world like DC10″ . MATIAS TANZMANN.
‘ Going to and playing in Ibiza for the first time, my first DJ Mag party in Miami and getting together with Lee Foss and Jamie Jones and Annabel ‘ MK
” 2012 was a great year indeed, I had an amazing run with loads of gigs & music released plus remix work. I think all around it was a well-balanced year and a very successful one, but nothing could have topped the last day of 2012, on December 31st I welcomed my son to the word! What better way to end the year than with the birth of a happy and healthy baby. I am feeling very blessed’. DJ SNEAK
‘ 2012 was a fantastic year with the launch of our label Apollonia. The goal of this adventure is to stay together, travel together, play together. One personal highlight is when we play together it’s different to when we play alone, there is a moment during the long sessions when the 3 of us become like one artist, totally in synergy on the same vibe. We don’t feel the time, 5 hours can pass easily as everything comes naturally, we don’t need to talk just play the music ” . Dan Ghenacia
” 2012 was very intense, being in the recording studio and mostly traveling all around the world. There were also new collaborations and new projects that came out that which made my 2012 very exciting. Working with Better Lost Than Stupid in the studio and collaborations with Philip Bader and singer Alex Nazar. Ibiza always beats most of the gig season, but South America has been particularly rocking this year too. Every time I go, our scene seems to have developed more; people seem to have a higher knowledge of the all music and the movement itself ‘. DAVIDE SQUILLACE
” It was an amazing year for me. Having released my first album and being able to travel all around the world performing has been such a ride. The whole year was pretty special for me, so many experiences and great times; couldn’t ask for anything more ” AMIRALI
“2012 was great! My personal highlights were playing Bestival (which is one of my favourite festivals in the world) and also playing the Get Physical party in Miami during WMC, alongside Mr C, Tim Green, DJ T and M.A.N.D.Y. Releasing my solo EPs on Kindisch (Get Physical sub label) was also a highlight. I feel very lucky to have the support from such a seminal label” BEN HOO .
We Are FSTVL is launching May in Essex (just outside London), the line up is a real who’s who of the House and Techno scene – do you think its time London had more festivals leaned towards House & Techno?
” Well of course London is spoilt for great parties and events….but up until now i dont think we have had the ‘definitive; house and Techno event …..’We are’ definitely has the potential to become our love parade/timewarp etc ” Dan Perrin
” For me the best festivals are the ones that have acts from different genres of music. Personally when I go to a festival I like to listen and experience a wide range of music with different sounds and vibes. I think having a festival specifically for House & Techno is cool and if that’s all that you want to listen to then it’s perfect. It depends on what the individual or crowd is expecting to hear and see” . AMIRALI
” I am in favor of having and participating in as many great festivals everywhere, Essex has always been a great place for music….London too.. but you know the Prodigy come from essex, guess its never been the same since ” MK
” I know London is in a changing period, 2012 had a lot of great events not only for the regulars but for new comers looking for something fresh and exciting. I welcome better events, I welcome more parties that want real DJs and real ground breaking music whether it be Techno or House” . DJ SNEAK
” England is the home of the best festivals, it’s part of the culture of this country. It’s a great moment for house and techno in the UK so new events like We Are FSTVL is the inevitable progression “. Dan Ghenacia
What one thing would you like to see happen to improve the current scene?
” I believe things are already in motion for changes all around the globe, I know in England the Warehouse Party Theme is really kickin off, things are improving in general and I really think people are staring to pay more attention to what they support. I want to believe that the crowd is starting to pay attention to the quality of the music and this is a very good thing. If quality music and talented DJ’s are at the forefront then more power to new promoters, new clubbers & a new scene that allows these types of events to grow. I’m happy to be part of a few different scenes that have welcomed me into their events, always grateful to be able to play along side talent and quality ‘ . DJ SNEAK
” More vinyl DJ’s. We know what we are talking about…we are back to vinyl since few years now, we tried the computer thing and honestly nothing compares to real wax ” DAN GHENACIA
” More love, less hate – people should put more energy into supporting what they love, as opposed to knocking something that might not necessarily be their bag. Seems social media sites have given people a platform these days to hide behind a computer, and just try to get attention by slagging things off. End of the day the music industry should be all about the love for the music, so why wasted your breath hating on things when you could be bigging up something else instead” COZZY
‘ i think the ‘scene’ will be what it will be…thats like asking how can we improve human nature or society. Individual parties and promoters i think have a responsibility to keep the vibe a happy peaceful one on the dancefloors and not to become too ‘get rich quick’ by charging over the odds or letting people into the parties that are not going to add something positive.’ DAN PERRIN
Will the shadow of EDM with its vast wealth threaten the real club culture we have loved for the last 25 plus years?
” I don’t think so; as much as the EDM scene is wealthy and strong, our scene and the real club culture that we have loved for the past 2 decades is getting stronger too; so I wouldn’t worry about it too much” AMIRALI
” I don’t think so. This will not make people turn away from our scene and the way we know clubbing. And certainly some of the new EDM fans will dig deeper and find out about the real electronic dance music” . MATIAS TANZMANN
” * I don’t care about EDM, it is just another fad that will die out, and if we’re all lucky this will happen sooner than later. I had my days of talking about it but now it all seems really chessy, short lived and not worth my energy. I truly believe there are enough people out there who know, respect and care about the culture that it will never die. There any many people who’s lives have been shaped and molded by an amazing experience or event that was created by this culture and it is these very people who will keep the culture alive and well. We have been here and WILL be here after EDM.’ DJ SNEAK
” no, I don’t think anything can destroy something so strong – its part of our culture. there will always be a strong underground. And I think the commercial scene actually helps raise awareness of club music, and might get more people into the scene.” BEN HOO
” There will always be a spot for everybody, it’s part of human nature, and the difference in tastes will keep every single declination of music alive. The only problem could be the media brain washing kids about what is cool or not. But I’m confident that everyone will find their own taste ‘ DAVIDE SQUILLACE
Name One DJ or Act who you are tipping to be huge in 2013?
‘ Djebali is definitely one of our fav new artists. He has been hanging out with us for a few years, he shares our culture, he is a great producer and an amazing DJ. Chris Carrier and Hector Moralez, we cannot wait for their new live set. They have just released their debut album together ‘Lotus Seven’ on our Apollonia label ‘ DAN GHENACIA
” Us!! hahahah….no, erm…..wow theres loads! Last Magpie is fantastic, and basically everything Hypercolour are doing. Outside of that Nastia is brilliant, Dinky is going to have a big year again, Tato is doing great things over in Ibiza with his Isgud Records…oh and Lilith!! her and David Gtronic are going to make some very serious waves this year. Hence why we have them as part of the crew i guess! DAN PERRIN
‘ There’s a lot of UK producers I think that are really going to shine through next year…. I reckon 2013 is going to be the year for producers like Citizen, Jack Dixon, George Fitzgerald, Dale Howard (sorry I cheated there that’s definitely more than one!) ANNA WALL .
What is your fave club / party that you have played at and why (IE crowd / sound / reaction)
” Dc10 Ibiza ….. best crowd, no social boundaries, no bullshit, enjoying music together, the real nature of the party scene’ . DAVIDE SQUILLACE
” Has to be Below in Birmingham. It’s not the obvious choice but I’ve been playing this same courtyard for over 5 years and it NEVER fails to impress me, here’s a picture from our New Year’s day party… second choice goes to Fabric Room 1″. SUBB-ANN
‘ I would have to say DC10 in Ibiza – main room. I love that system, the space and the sound. I had the pleasure of playing that room a bunch of times in 2012 and it was great ‘. DJ SNEAK.
‘ I really enjoyed English crowds a lot last year. The Circoloco party in Birmingham was outstanding and just recently I had a great night with mUmU in Liverpool on Boxing Day. Another fantastic night was the Time Warp in Italy ‘ MATIAS TANZMANN
‘ My live performance in Fabric Room1 last spring is still on the top of my list. There was great chemistry between the crowd and my music. The sound in that room is top notch and they have such amazing staff. Another favourite show I played was at Panorama Bar in Berlin; I had the great pleasure to play alongside Andrew Weatherhall and Ivan Smagghe. I started playing around 4am and the reaction was phenomenal, It was such a magical night ‘ AMIRALI
‘ I reckon the coolest club I played recently was About:Blank in Berlin. The club is darky and smoky (just how I like them), the vibe was super-cool, Ewan Pearson played in the other room plus some of my best friends in the world were there. What more could you want! ANNA WALL
‘ I have so many favourites, but one night that stands out is when I played at a venue in Aarhus for the Stella Polaris Festival after party a couple of years ago. The atmosphere was great. Its a really dark, intimate venue with a really low ceiling and when it goes off in there the atmosphere is intense! People were going crazy and the place was a sweatbox ‘ . BEN HOO
Its been a fantastic 2012 for all the DJ’s and Artists about to appear at FSTVL and 2013 looks even bigger and better . Finally we ask them
what are they looking for this year music wise
‘ Something a little bit different! Warehouse parties aren’t what they used to be, so I think we have to get a bit more creative this year in London…I went to some great overseas music festivals last year, so I’ll definitely be escaping the big smoke again in 2013′ . ANNA WALL
‘ Well we’re looking forward to our season in Ibiza very much…with the Art of Dark residency on Sirocco and some great gigs at Sankeys and other places. Then theres all the Art of Dark parties, a few other great festivals and of course We are in May as part of such a great line up! ‘ DAN PERRIN
‘ I’m currently just back from BPM Festival in Mexico after a nice winter break and am ready to get myself back in the studio and work on some new material aswell as finish off some bits I started before Xmas. I’ve got a remix to do alongside Lee Brinx for DJ W!ld which will be coming out on Resonance. At the end of January my Lower East release ‘Listen’ comes out which features a remix from Droog. Looking forward to to tours of North & South America, South Africa among others too’ . COZZY
‘Mostly I am looking for time to produce music myself. I managed to slow down touring a bit now so I could finally spend more days at studio. And as a positive side effect being able to step out of the touring routine recharged my batteries and pushed my inspiration a lot again.’ MATIAS TANZMANN
‘ * Honestly? I want people to challenge their so-called skills to give “punters” what they want, not some boring ass set that they played the night before. I think we all need some fresh air to survive the changes in technology & the DJ culture. In music I am looking for the same, better produced music instead of music for the charts, make something with meaning not something to hit the charts to make yourself feel special.’ DJ SNEAK
‘ What are you looking for music & DJ wise in 2013? I have a great EP in which I’ve collaborated with Tom Trago and Footprintz that will hit on Visionquest early in the year and will coincide with my podcast for Resident Advisor and then my second mix CD compilation which will be a Rebel Rave CD. After that I’m solidly working on my album for Crosstown Rebels’ SUBB -ANN .