Hangover Sessions #12 completes a season, a whole year guided by Aka Tell´s DJ-mixes. So it´s time to look back, reflect and think about the future. And, of course, to bring another 60 minutes of the latest dancefloor tracks.
[find the whole article and the tracklist after the jump]
More than one person honestly told me one year ago, that they don´t believe I will even make it through half a year with my monthly “Hangover Sessions”. Not because they did not believe in my love for music – I have proven that hundreds of times since I started DJing back in the 90ies. But it is honestly a lot of work with running the label and performing live and I have been away from home a lot within this year, which makes it really hard to keep up the monthly schedule. And considering that, and maybe because they think of me as a lazy and unstable person or so, some people just did not think I will do this monthly thing too long. Well, in your face.
In this past year I reinforced my love for DJing, found my love for areas of electronic music I did not expect, and became an even bigger dj-technics nerd than I was before.
Feedback on my mixes overwhelmed me. People not only listend to the “Hangover Sessions”, they analyzed them and told me things even I did not realise about them. And some DJs told me that they use my mixes as a monthly shopping guide. Something I did not make too easy, I guess.
The musical style of the “Hangover Sessions” is now different than it was with the early editions. Some people keep asking for more hard electro style and stuff, others like to go the way with me. When I started last year I did not have any plans to make another “this is the state of electro” mix-show or anything alike. I just wanted to play dance-tracks I liked during the last 30 days. Without any limits but my own taste. Well, I kept doing this and besides that a lot of changes happened in the dance-scene and during this year also my own style developed. But I still think that my mixes are a valid picture of how parts of the scene grew within this year.
This “my favorite tracks” approach also results in very varied mixes that might be a bit too diversified for 60 minutes on a dancefloor. But I never intended to do monthly DJ promo mixes but consider the “Hangover Sessions” more like a kind of a radio show. Nevertheless I have to admit that my DJ sets in clubs also became more varied during the last season – the “Hangover Sessions” even influenced my own DJing.
And it seems as I am not the only one, who sees this radio show approach. The “Hangover Sessions” will now be broadcast monthly on radio FRO in upper-austria during the “E-Verteiler” radio show.
And of course the artwork. When I asked my friend mnd_ if he had some photos that could fit for my new podcast a year ago it only took him hours to select some shots from the great “down by the law of gravity” series he did back in 2006. We both were overwhelmed about the awesome reactions we got for the artwork and so I wanted to give the photos a lap of honor by printing a 2012 calendar with them – which was also a big success. For the next season mnd_ decided to do some new photos, continuing the concept of the first set of shots but going a bit further. I am as curious about them as you and really looking forward to them.
Great feedback, more than 15000 plays only on soundcloud (not considering the iTunes podcast and of course the downloads) and even the haters were not that annoying – I guess this was a successful year. What will come next? I don´t know, but I will go on with my monthly mixes for some time. Just because I am too curious about what will happen next!
Time to say “thank you” to:
Jakob (for being a great, open minded blog host), Woei (for being my personal consultant and a big help with the texts), Mandi (for the photos), Max (the – uncredited – jingle-voice), Floh (for not just being a best friend but also being my biggest supporter), Stefan (for having the idea for and helping me out with the calendar), Roland & Jürgen (for being awesome band mates), Jakob (for being a great light-engineer), Nick, Jan, Max, Michi, Stefan, Simone (for constantly telling me that Jakob´s DJ-mixes are better for offices), Hoim, Backlab, my DJ colleagues who influenced me during the past 12 months (I am not too proud to admit that I heard some tracks in the sets of other DJs first), the blog people out there who help me to navigate through the ocean of new releases, the promoters who booked me or the A.G.Trio in the past year, the artists who keep on producing great music, the labels who put me on their promo-lists, all the people at home, in cars, at offices or anywhere else who listend to my mixes and of course my love Judith
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 #12
Kölsch – Opa
Antonio De Angelis – Desperados (Mark Broom Remix)
Distrakt – Pistol Star
Housemeister feat. P.O.S. – Weird Friends (TWR72 Dub Mix)
Codes – God Bless (Torro Torro Remix)
Bart B More feat. TAI – Nobody Canna Cross It (Di Bas Can Swim)
Moby – After (Tommy Trash Extended Mix)
Monstar – Kilo
Attaque – Paragon
BS1 – Nothing Bu U
DJ Antention – Fireball
Justice – On´n´On (Brodinski Remix)
Marcel Dettmann – Duel
Burns & NT89 – Traffic
Hatiras, Will Bailey & Nom De Strip – Swagnum P.I.
Disco Bangerz – Give It To Me Fast (Kisbeat!&Chemical Remix)
Harvard Bass – O.N.U.R.P. (NOOB Remix)
Dada Life – Kick Out The Epic Motherfucker (A.G.Trio Rework)
Mord Fustang – We Are Now Connected
Chuckie – Who Is Ready To Jump (Dada Life Remix)