First friday of the month – it´s time for Aka Tell´s “Hangover Sessions” again.
And as we are facing one year of “Hangover Sessions” in January, me and Disco Demons are planning some excessive touring. Contact us if you are interested in hosting a show! (you can find the e-mail address in the right sidebar)
[find the article and the tracklist after the jump]
I have been spending a lot of my time in the last three years on stages playing live-acts with my mates from the A.G.Trio. We might not have classic band-instruments like drums or guitars but I definitely think you can consider us a band, although some people have problems with that. The “Techno is no music and pressing buttons is not playing an instrument” people, i think you know what i mean. We have a prepared setlist (which we sometimes drop in the middle of a concert and start improvising) and we play tracks that we produced or remixed live, meaning a mixture of loops, one-shot samples and effects topped by Roland´s vocals. I really enjoy to be on stage with my colleagues and travelling is much more fun when you are not alone. Sometimes we even have our private barkeeper with us (hello Floh!) and nearly every gig ends in an excessive backstage party. So don´t get me wrong, this is really great, but after some time i missed DJing.
Although both activities have in common that you stand in front of people who want to dance to your music, they are quite different. For me playing live is presenting our own tunes in a – more or less – preselected order, every tune itself with improvised parts and rearranged to fit our own and the audiences mood. DJing on the other side is playing someone else´s tunes (sometimes mixed with our own ones) in an order I choose on the fly to fit into – what I believe – the perfect night, this way creating something new out of it. And of course I do my own decisions when DJing while I have to discuss everything with my two colleagues before and during live-acts.
For me one can not be without the other, digging in the crates is an important part of DJing as well as it is as an influence for own productions. And who does not love to show off his conquests from time to time.
This months mix is quite a journey again. The best working tracks on the dancefloor in my sets were (besides some older stuff) Mumbai Science´s massive “Dr Gonzo Anthem” remix, Modek´s “What!?” remix and “Bootcamp” by Nicky Romero and Apster, although I have to admit that I cut out the central break of it as I hate it. My personal favorites are also “The Funky One” by Bart B More and Harvard Bass and Light Year´s remix of “I´ll Be There” by Malente and Zero Cash. By the way, I met Malente recently and he is a great guy, hope I can invite him to my own parties soon.
“Baby, Baby” by Floorplan (a.k.a. Robert Hood) is a track that you would not normally expect in my sets, but then again: What wouldn´t you expect? “Sirius” by Congorock has a great melody but I would not play it out live as I think it needed more crunch on the beats. Would be great if someone did a good remix here. And there are so many more great tunes, just listen to them, really.
Aka Tell´s Hangover Sessions is a series of monthly dj mixes. For one hour Aka spins the tracks that he loved most, that influenced him or about that he really had to say some words during the last few weeks. Every mix is accompanied by an article on discodemons.net in which he is disclosing thoughts, stories and anecdotes about that mix, the last month and DJing in general.
Aka Tell is a member of the electro house act A.G.Trio. Together with Andy Korg he heads the austrian electro house label Etage Noir Special. He has been active as a DJ for more than 10 years. Aka Tell lives in Vienna, Austria.
TRACKLIST HANGOVER SESSIONS #09
Radiohead – Good Evening Mrs Magpie (Modeselektor Remix)
Para One & Das Glow – Pulsar
Fake Blood – Deep Red
Bart B More & Harvard Bass – The Funky One
Floorplan – Baby, Baby
Crookers – Dr Gonzo Anthem (Mumbai Science Remix)
X-ettl – Flatline (Wazabi Remix)
Mightyfools – Drop The Beast
VNNR – What!? (Modek Remix)
Felix Cartal – The Joker (John Dahlbäck Remix)
Congorock – Sirius
The Sneekers – Poly Poly
Black Noise – Work That Sucker
Malente & Zero Cash – I´ll Be There (Light Year Remix)
Ado – Age
Stsb & Saalmen – Aeskapade (Vakkuum Remix)
Attaque – Light Falls
Justice – Audio, Video, Disco (Para One Remix)
Nicky Romero & Apster – Bootcamp
DJ Mehdi – Signatune (Thomas Bangalter Edit)