Dec 2012

Disco Demons Guest Mix VI : JÄGERVERB

In times of DJs surfing underage crowds on inflatable rafts, there are artists that really stand out over the never-ending flood of mediocre dance music for the masses; artists that you can always rely on to keep a constant stream of quality music coming your way. Disco Demons Guest Mix VI is brought to you by one of these artists – as always.

Based out in the UK, JÄGERVERB is without any doubt one of the most interesting artists in underground dance music to keep an eye on right now: game-changing original tracks (Ladybirds, Mozzarella, etc.) and remixes (Mustard Pimp, recently a big one for Roby Howler, etc.) on labels such as Dim Mak, Top Billin and GND – and most importantly, the all amazing Phosphenes EP on Belgian imprint lektroluv, one of the most interesting releases in 2012.

Disco Demons: Sorry for the generic question, but I still have to ask: how did you come up with the name Jägerverb? Does it involve Jägermeister schnapps?

Jägerverb: There was a miniature bottle of Jägermeister on my desk while I was brainstorming ideas for a new alias a few years back, so I took the “Jäger” and stuck different random words on the end. The “verb” comes from “reverb”. The name doesn’t mean anything but it’s phonetically pleasing and I like that it doesn’t sound English. My music feels more compatible with stuff from Belgium, Germany etc. released through labels like Lektroluv and GND, than what you’d expect from someone living in Sheffield in the largely bass-centric UK.

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Sep 2012

Disco Demons Guest Mix V : BLATTA & INESHA

Thursdays are for techno, they say, so after an extended summer break I’m proud to finally present a new episode of the Disco Demons guest mix series. Disco Demons Guest Mix V has come all the way from Italy, from two of the most exciting producers around at the moment: countless remixes, original releases on Oh My God It’s Techno Music, Bad Life and, most importantly, the incredible Coordinates EP on Southern Fried a few days ago – BLATTA & INESHA have been on fire in 2012!

In this guest mix, the two Italians take you on an aural journey into their world of dark techno sounds, and in the accompanying interview they’re talking about EDM, Lou Reed and the best cities in the world to get drunk in. While you’re at it, make sure to check out the brand new video (NSFW) for Dirty Knees, their collaboration with Mustard Pimp.

Blatta & Inesha – Sufficiently Elegant Sack Of Songs From Within (Disco Demons Guestmix V) by Discodemons on Mixcloud

Disco Demons: Your sound has evolved quite a lot in the past few years, leaning more and more towards techno. Obviously this seems to be a general trend in the scene at the moment. Has techno become the new electro? ( – or is it just electro influenced by techno sounds?)

Blatta & Inesha: Dance music styles are made of cycles, every kind of sound and genre comes back in vogue every few seasons updated with current sounds. Electro in the shape we used to know has became aweful with all those cheesy commercial trance breakdowns, basslines that sound all the same and a big lack of ideas and evolution, so I guess it’s normal for some sensible producers to move to other directions… but to answer your question: to me techno-electro is still a pretty underground phenomenon, cheesy horrible wah wah sidechain is definitely the sound that is still mainly influencing electro!

On our side we never decided or said hey ok let’s do some techno from now on, we just realized that we like dark music and dark melodies better than bouncy happy music. The fact that it sounds like techno then is just a coincidence, I’m sure in 6 months it will sound totally different again, and so will the genres. We like to be ambiguous and take things not too seriously, like the whole Techno Nouveau thing we came up with. Being honest our music is not even traditional techno, the real techno scene is a boys club, very hard to get in and if you talk to some real techno integralist and you play a Blatta & Inesha track to him he will probably punch you in the face! (laughs)

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May 2012

Felix Cartal: interview + exclusive blog premiere Black To White (The Loops Of Fury Remix)

After premiering a track from Felix Cartal’s album Different Faces a few weeks ago, it’s time for another exclusive: May 29 will see the release of the Black To White EP on Dim Mak Records, featuring no one less than Clockwork (check out the mixtape he did for discodemons.net while you’re at it), London-based The Loops Of Fury and Jakarta’s very own Angger Dimas on the remix front.

On that occasion I’m proud to not only present you an interview with Felix, talking about vocalists, haters, The Beatles and of course about his new album, but also an exclusive blog premiere of The Loops Of Fury‘s take on Black To White. Fasten your seatbelts for some Domo-esque high-pitched synth action!

Let me jump right into it: your new album is titled Different Faces – obviously not a coincidence: In a previous interview you said you “don’t want to be known just as another kid who makes bangers” – and while some tracks are still as heavy as expected, you’re clearly breaking new ground on songs like Don’t Turn On The Light or Black To White. Where do you see Different Faces? Pop? Electro? In between?

Felix Cartal: For me the most important thing in music is to keep moving forward. I’ve always loved vocals in music, be it from the days when I sang (albeit terribly) in my own band, or just from being able to relate to a piece of music on a lyrical level. Vocals are something very important that I have always wanted to incorporate. With Different Faces, I had a lot more of an opportunity to collaborate with some vocalists that I really admire and respect. So I think the heaviness still exists in the music on a lot of the instrumentals, but the vocal tracks are the ones that really helped push me into a direction I hadn’t been before. I hate labelling music under a certain genre, I just want people to decide if they like the music or not, and leave it at that. The genre isn’t important to me.

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Apr 2012

Pola Riot – Lenny Laserdisc Mixtape
(The Austrian Tapes 01)

Just when everyone thought it was safe to say that electro has its home in France, a bunch of Italian artists proved everyone wrong a few years ago. Today the situation is even more fragmented, with lots of new epicenters of electronic dance music popping up all around the world – and while countries like France or Italy (or of course also Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, the UK or the States) are commonly known for having an active electronic music scene, one sometimes gets the impression that it seems to be a well-kept secret that Austria has been growing a strong, vibrant scene over the past few years.

The Austrian Tapes are a new series of monthly mixtapes on discodemons.net with the ambitious goal of showcasing the best in Austrian electronic music, featuring DJs and producers who I think are not only talented artists but are also making an active contribution to actually move and push things forward in Austria’s musical landscape. And as interesting artists tend to have interesting tales to tell, each mixtape will be accompanied by a short interview, letting the artists get a word or two about themselves and their music – but also about brostep, Falco or Skrillex’ brother.

It’s not without pride that I announce the name of the first guest: Pola-Riot, known for hosting some of the best parties in Vienna, for their excessive DJ sets and of course for a steadily growing number of successful releases, including tracks like Superpimpin and Brazza, to name just a few. Enough praise – let the music speak for itself!

[ Interview + Tracklist after the jump ]
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Apr 2012

Disco Demons Guest Mix IV : AEROTRONIC

A month can be a long time when waiting for a new Disco Demons guest mix to drop, but the wait is over now and I’m more than proud to present Disco Demons Guest Mix IV, compiled and mixed by two nice guys from Belgium who also happen to be one of the most interesting producers around at the moment called Jordi and Laurens – better known as AEROTRONIC!

And as if that wasn’t enough, the boys are giving away a free 320kbps download of their latest track Argus, beloved by the likes of Modek, The Oddword and Noize Generation!

Aerotronic – The Secret Tape Recorder (Disco Demons Guestmix IV) by Discodemons on Mixcloud

Disco Demons: Aerotronic used to be known for much harder sounds not much more than a year ago. At what point did you decide to sort of re-invent yourselves towards techno, and why?

Aerotronic: I think it’s because of several reasons, but the main one being that we feel there is not enough inovation anymore in the rougher electronic styles. And also, we’ve been playing this kind of music for almost 3 years now and we aren’t so punk anymore. Actually come to think of it, we’ve always liked techno a lot. But espcially now we are into the darker techno sounds.
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Mar 2012

Disco Demons Guest Mix III : AUTOKRATZ

After a big room electro mix from Clockwork last month, the third Disco Demons Guest Mix is all about future techno again, coming from some of the pioneers of this new style: autoKratz, without doubt one of the most exciting producer duos currently around and founders of Bad Life Records, the no. 1 source for the freshest stuff in electronic dance music.

Both their collaboration with Lee Mortimer, Faith, and their latest track Splinters received massive attention all over the globe – and with some exciting new stuff coming up (more in the interview below), the future is looking more than bright for autoKratz. Enough talk, here’s Disco Demons Guest Mix III!

AutoKratz – Bad Life (Disco Demons Guest Mix III) by Discodemons on Mixcloud


Disco Demons: autoKratz (and Bad Life Records) are without doubt amongst the key tastemakers of this exciting new movement in dance music commonly referred to as “future techno”. What does future techno mean to you?

David: Cheers for that. We’re having so much fun with the label at the moment. We’re really happy that we’re getting to work with such amazing music, and a group of artists that are really different but strangely fit together.
Russell: For me I’d say Future Techno takes some of the sounds and sensibilities of techno, but presents it in a youthful, perhaps more electro way. It just seems right to describe these producers that are doing this sound, and it’s amazing that people get it and feel the same as we do. There’s too many sub genres in electronic music, but it’s kind of emerged naturally, but we don’t want to take it too seriously, as as soon as you limit yourselves to that sound, how can the label ever progress?

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Jan 2012
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Disco Demons Guest Mix I : ATTAQUE

With 2012 probably being the world’s last year, it’s time for breathing new life into this blog: Let me introduce to you the Disco Demons Guest Mixes – a new series of exclusive mixtapes, handcrafted by artists that I’ve blogged about a lot, artists that have influenced me as a DJ, artists whose music I simply love. And as people who make good music usually have interesting stories to tell, each mix will be accompanied by a short interview.

I’m more than proud to announce that the first mix comes from no one less than Attaque, an incredibly talented producer from Essex, UK, who within just a few months has managed to draw the world’s (and Bad Life Records’) attention towards his amazing tracks, receiving love and early support from names such as Tiga, Erol Alkan, Fake Blood and Brodinski. Enough praise, let the music speak for itself:

Attaque – From Here On In (Disco Demons Guest Mix I) by Discodemons on Mixcloud

Disco Demons: Your name is often to be heard in connection with a new movement in electronic dance music commonly referred to as “future techno” – and while everybody agrees that it’s all about crisp and clear techno-influenced productions, everybody seems to have their own ideas of this expression. What does future techno mean for you?

Attaque: I guess there isn’t a distinct sound which sums up Future Techno which is why it’s exciting for me. It’s all about the mood and production of a track, I guess it’s having a techno aesthetic and then putting your own twist on it. If you look at the top 10 Electro House tracks on Beatport they all have certain sounds and rules they follow, whereas if you listen to Gesaffelstein or NT89 they completely have their own style. It’s an exciting time as producers are coming out with their own signature sounds rather than following the masses and making tracks that sound like everything else.

Check out the rest of the interview + tracklist after the jump!

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Mar 2010

Vitalic (Interview)

photo: claude piscitelli

I’m more than proud to announce an exclusive interview with one of my all-time favorites, an innovative and artistic pioneer in electronic music: Pascal Arbez, better known as Vitalic. His second studio album Flashmob proves beyound doubt that he’s still one of the big names guiding and influencing the whole scene by further developing his unique trademark sound. Enough talk, here’s what the maestro himself has to say about human emotions in dance music, vocoders instead of real singers and Major Lazer:

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Disco Demons: I think what makes your music stand out against the endless flood of new electronic music releases is the unique emotional touch (I’m especially thinking of tracks like Second Lives or The Past here) that most other electronic dance music tracks are lacking. How is it possible to use machines (=synthesizers) to communicate emotions?

Vitalic: Machines are designed to make whatever you want them to make. I suppose that, if electronic music may lack some emotion, it’s because the musicians behind just don’t want to make this kind of music. As far as I’m concerned, I like both cold and robotic music, as well as deeper tracks, and I make the music I need to make at the precise moment I’m working on the track.

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Mar 2010

Alex Gopher (Interview)

I’m proud to present an exclusive interview with French musician Alexis Latrobe, better known as Alex Gopher.  After having released two studio albums, Gopher recently stepped back into the spotlight with a remix album titled My New Remixes – which I used as an opportunity to ask him a few questions about his musical past, late singers and Yves Saint-Laurent.


Disco Demons: Hey Alex, let me jump right into it: Your musical career started by playing bass in rock a band called Orange with friends from school – including Jean-Benoit Dunckel and Nicolas Godin, now better known as Air. As rock music with English lyrics was quite unpopular in France back then, you exchanged your bass for synthesizers and sequencers. In retrospect, are you glad that these language barriers made you switch to electronic music?

Alex Gopher: Of course yes ! That’s true that going in electronic music was at the beginning an opportunity to forget this language barrier. But at the same time the most important thing was the opportunity to be a pioneer in a new kind of music. Being innovative in rock music was a real challenge, but with a computer and a sampler it became much more easy. I made the right choice !

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Apr 2009
Under Interview

Dada Life (Interview)

As promised, here’s my interview with Olle from Dada Life, talking about Sweden, Mando Diao and of course electronic dance music…

Disco Demons: I guess you hear that question a lot, but since you’ve been around the scene for quite a while, you’ll have to answer it once more: What were your early beginnings, what musical background do you both come from and why did you start producing electronic dance music?

Dada Life: Both Stefan and I have been into music for years, but it wasn’t until 2006 when we met in our studio that we started to work together as Dada Life. Stefan is more from the trance-background while I have been doing everything from playing in punk-bands to doing sound installations in Brazil. Read more…