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: Â 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: Â 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.

DD:  As a music blogger, I receive dozens of tracks and remixes every day from all over the world. In the past months, I’ve noticed a steady increase in the number of producers coming from Scandinavian states. Upcoming artists (like Maskinen) are becoming quite popular lately – also thanks to your help, by including their tracks in promo mixes, etc. Do you think that big names like Trentemøller, Röyksopp, and also you guys are playing an important role in helping the electronic music scene in Scandinavia to develop?

DL: Â Yeah of course. But even more important is probably the weather. The winters are so cold and boring that there’s really nothing else to do but music…

DD: Â Here’s one question I keep asking every artist I get to interview: The electro scene is booming all over the world right now. Do you think electronic dance music will ever become as popular as, say, indie rock?

DL: Â It already is…in some ways. On a regular weekend, more people are partying to house and electro than rock. They just don’t know what they’re hearing at the club. I don’t think that will change, but that’s fine!

DD: Â Speaking of indie rock: Just out of curiosity, what do guys think about your compatriots Mando Diao?

DL: Â We don’t listen to Swedish indie-rock. Sorry. Living in Sweden you hear it everywhere and just get bored. We love Miike Snow though. Don’t know if you would call it indie-rock.

DD: Who doesn’t love Miike Snow? Back to your music: your tracks and remixes feature a massive, powerful trademark sound. Since most of my readers are somehow into DJing or producing, it’d be interesting to talk about the technical side of music: Any tips? What software do you use for your productions and remixes?

DL: Â The gear really doesn’t matter. It’s all in the head. We’ve been working with different programs, with software as well as hardware, but in the end, it’s our experience and our ideas that shine through. It’s like Lee Scratch Perry: he only had a four-track recorder in his studio (or if it was 8…?), but then at least 24 additional channels out there somewhere in space.

DD: Â Your latest release, Happy Hands & Happy Feet features remixes by the likes of Alex Gopher, Moonbootica, and Malente. What is it like to spend huge amounts of time working on your very own track and then send the remix stems to other producers to completely re-work it? What were your thoughts when you first heard the remixes?

DL: Â It’s always fun hearing what other people do with your material. We also give away all samples at our website, so we’ve received tons of remixes that way as well.

DD: Â Some heavily anticipated albums are going to be released this year, including Tiga, The Proxy, and The Bloody Beetroots. Who do you think will own the scene in 2009 as e.g. Justice did in 2007?

DL: Â Dada Life. What else could we answer?

DD: Haha, of course! One last question: If you could save only 5 records from your burning house, which ones would you grab?

DL: Â Records? I’ll go to the computer to save the whole collection! We’re not vinyl fetishists. We aim for the future.