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We’re only two month into 2012, but there is already little doubt left that Nina Kraviz‘s eponymous album will be considered as one of the most exciting debuts of this year. One reason for this is the inimitably sparse, hypnotic but also very raw brand of deep house the Russian producer and singer has developed. Which leaves us to the question: Where do you get so much funk from when you have been raised in the middle of Sibiria? As Nina relates in the currentGroove cover story, it could be mainly due to her father’s extensive record collection, among which she grew up and which contained numerous disco, jazz and progressive rock albums. For the latest episode of our podcast, Nina compiled some of those influential records of her youth and blended them into a unique and unconventional mix.
What is the concept behind the mix?
I just wanted to share my love of the beautiful heritage of the 1960s and 1970s music era. I find this era extremely powerful in terms of how emotions are delivered musically. This mix is about love, passion and all that boogie. There are some quiet moments though, but only in order to get things going even more crazy afterwards.
You are touring Germany to support the release of your album and you will be playing a live set for the first time on this tour. What will your live setup be like?
You are right: These will be my very first steps towards a live performance. And that is why I decided to keep my live setup pretty simple. There will be computer and controllers, effect boxes, keyboard and me on the microphone!
Is there one gig to which you are especially looking forward to?
Yes, I actually feel pretty excited about all of them. Shall I even start telling you how much I like Robert Johnson? I don’t think you need more sentimental stuff here. Panorama Bar – indeed, Ego Club where I performed for my first time in Hamburg with its amazing crew and of course Bob Beaman, where I never played before, but where – following the advice of Tobi Neumann – I was supposed to play long time ago because of the great soundsystem of the club. Yes! I am very, very exited about my lovely German tour!Nina’s debut album Nina Kraviz will be released on February 27th via Rekids.
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Purple Revolver: Ok, first things first. What inspires you when you’re producing?
d Bridge: It comes from a lot of places, from movies, pictures… people’s stories and lives I suppose. A lot of my tunes seem to spin around relationships.
Purple Revolver: Personal ones?
d Bridge: Yea, some definitely. The Mrs would rather some of them weren’t to be fair…! Bellini and True Romance were in a weird way love songs for her.
Purple Revolver: And they say romance is dead! So do you find your most successful tracks are the ones you put most effort into?
d Bridge: Not at all. It’s the complete opposite! True romance was one of my biggest tunes - that was done in a day.
Purple Revolver: That’s impressive. I hear you were a lead singer in a band at school…what took you so long to sing on your own tracks?
d Bridge: Confidence…it’s scary cos it’s that one instrument that no one else has got. People were like, ‘how can someone that big sing so high’ (laughs). Actually, Calibre convinced me, cos he’s been singing on his own stuff, so it was hearing him do it.
Purple Revolver: Well we think you sound the business! What would you say was your ‘big break’ in the music biz then?
d Bridge: It took 6 years of hard graft tbh. It wasn’t until Future Forces that we started to get noticed, but we didn’t really ‘make it’ until Bad Company.
Purple Revolver: And how would you describe your time in Bad Company – positive and negatives?
d Bridge: Positives – The insane parties!
Negatives – The fact that we fucking hated each other a lot of the time! (laughs)
Purple Revolver: Ooh.. did you ever have any punch ups?
d Bridge: There was a few!
Purple Revolver: Some argue that Drum and Bass is all about the ‘dancefloor bangers’. Do you try to show another side to Drum and Bass?
d Bridge: Yea, that’s what we try to do with Autonomic. For me, Matrix’s ‘Sleepwalk’ album, Boymerang’s ‘Balance of the force’ album and Photek’s albums, are the ‘holy grail’ of production; where you can work with both environments, both dance floor and chilling in your living room.
Purple Revolver: Do you get love on both sides, from Dubstep and Drum and Bass?
d Bridge: Yea I do, it’s good. Admittedly when Dubstep first came along I wasn’t sure about it. I was a bit of a snob (chuckles). I’d listen to it and think…‘really?!’ From a production point of view. You’ve got this factor, like with the old jungle, where it’s put together really badly, but you can’t deny the vibe.
Purple Revolver: So do you think Dubstep surfaced as a reaction to the staleness of Drum and Bass?
d Bridge: Yes. DnB became a real ‘paint by numbers’. You knew how to get a response from people, so it lost its soul. I speak to a lot of Dubstep producers, like Skream, and they were massively into DnB. They missed what it was we were doing so went off and did their own thing. But the DnB scene become very insular; if you weren’t from London or the UK then you didn’t count. Whereas with Dubstep, it doesn’t matter where you’re from. That’s something DnB has had to learn.
Purple Revolver: How did Autonomic come about and did you expect it to be as big as it has become?
d Bridge: No I didn’t really expect it. It came about from me and the guys from Instra:mental, they were sending me their stuff and I’d start a lot of sets with their tunes. We put together a Podcast so people could hear it in context, and were averaging 60/70 thousand downloads a month. When Fabric picked up on it, it really took off…
Purple Revolver: What would you pinpoint as the main differences between the music you’re making now and your earlier work?
d Bridge: In some ways I’ve gone backwards just in terms of technology. Nowadays it can just be you and a laptop. But I remember the fun I used to have with all my analogue gear, so I’ve pieced it back together.
Purple Revolver: What do you have in store for us next?
d Bridge: Next - more releases from Exit, Dan Habarnam’s album, I’m working on Mosaic volume 2, a couple of singles from Amit, Indigo and Synkro. I’m also still trying to finish my album! I need to stop restarting it!
Purple Revolver: And any rising stars in 2012?
d Bridge: John Convex, definitely. Also Consequence, Dub phizix, Skeptical, Ake Djassen…and me!
Now going slightly off topic…
Purple Revolver: All time dream collaboration?
d Bridge: Well I would have said J Dilla. But living, Burial again. Working with him was excellent.
Purple Revolver: Guilty pleasure song?
d Bridge: Oingo Boingo - Weird Science!
Purple Revolver: Worst song ever made?
d Bridge: Slade, ‘It’s Christmas’ – that fucking song drives me mad! It’s just every year isn’t it. I feel sorry for people who have to listen to that shit all day in shops. You see them twitching slightly.
Purple Revolver: Top 3 films?
d Bridge: Cliché number one, ‘Bladerunner’. ‘The Breakfast Club’, for me it just takes me back and a series called ‘Young and Dangerous’, a Chinese triad – I love Asian movies.
Purple Revolver: If you were a vegetable, what would you be and why?
d Bridge: A Japanese pickle – the one with the funny hair - a daikon pickle? The Japanese give life to anything, any inanimate object they give character. I just like what they’ve done to that pickle!
Purple Revolver: Fantastic. I think that is the perfect note to end on. Thank you for the chat!
d Bridge: My pleasure.
White takes a final, philosophical slurp of his coffee and rises to his feet, ready to seize the day with upbeat enthusiasm. His congenial attitude and verve for life is infectious; and if you look back over his discography, it’s no wonder he is smiling from ear to ear. His style and output is the envy of producers all over the world.
And after all, traveling the world doing something you love would have even the stoniest-faced Victor Meldrew beaming like the Cheshire cat on disco biscuits. he has managed to stay relevant 20 years in and around the DnB scene – not to mention cooler than the Fonz’s cornetto - so no one can begrudge White’s contented outlook. He’s earned it.
Sunklowun launches with Boddika & Joy Orbison The raft of material recorded between Boddika and Joy Orbison will soon start the transition from grainy YouTube rips to actual physical releases with the launch of a series of 12″s on the newly formed Sunklowun label. The news was vaguely hinted at by Boddika in the feature with us posted earlier this week, which also revealed the intriguing prospect of some forthcoming collaborative material between the producer and Swamp81 boss Loefah. The intriguingly monikered Sunklowun label will launch next month with the release of “Froth” and “Mercy” – perhaps two of the most feverishly anticipated productions from the duo (aside from the now finally released “Swims” that is). The launch of a new label possibly dedicated solely to collaborations from the duo might be considered a surprise move, given the established platform both have with Swamp81 as well as the fact both already oversee several label operations in Non Plus, the seemingly dormant Doldrums and the newly formed Hinge Finger imprint. However the many fans who line up on YouTube to demand the release of collaborations between the two will no doubt be glad to see them veer towards public release. Sunklowun will release Froth/Mercy by Boddika & Joy Orbison on February 21.