For The Record: Marcel Vogel #Cycle2ADE

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Resident Advisor are championing an initiative called #Cycle2ADE where a number of DJ/Artists have volunteered to cycle to the festival in Amsterdam helping to raise funds for a charity of their choice.

First up is supporting Bridges For Music in building a music school in the township of Langa, Cape Town, South Africa.

One of the DJs who has graciously volunteered is Marcel Vogel. The German DJ and label-head for Lumberjacks in Hell and Intimate Friends kindly took the time to speak to us…

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Hi Marcel…how’s Amsterdam tonight?

Yeah all well this side, thanks…

So you’re cycling to ADE…quite a task and for a bloody good cause too. What motivated you to participate? Are you an avid cycler?

I’m a runner. I run a lot. I bought a bike, and I hardly used it. I really wanted to do tours, so needed a bit of inspiration…and then this initiative came up and I decided to be a part of it.

Of course, you’ve now had to train a bit, to get into some shape for the main event…you managing ok?

I’ve been training for about 2 months now, but of course my travelling and the weather often hamper this.

That being said, I find this training, based on the circuit we travel, to be very very interesting as I’m getting to see places I’ve not really gotten to see before.

The other part is that I usually cycle for about 10-20kms daily just to meet friends. So doing it as training seems to be quite easy, but I’m not sure how it will impact me doing it 4 days in a row.

Music has the unrivalled ability to connect human-beings from all over the globe, irrespective of race or class. With that in mind, what are your thoughts on this initiative?

I’m aware of how blessed and gifted we are as human beings. Having luxuries like the Internet and basic commodities like food, water and a home are often things we take for granted…so we have nothing to really worry about. I think it’s quite beautiful, to give somebody the possibility to excel in life, through this medium of music and to be able to impact the lives of people we may never even meet one day.

Mike Huckaby’s workshops are another great example of how we can impact people’s lives by teaching, educating and sharing in the knowledge/talent we have…basically just giving back!

Your Boiler Room set of late last year and pretty much every set of yours I’ve listened to and posted on the For The Record page oozes that sexy disco disco feel…this style is very rare in Cape Town, with the Private Life crew basically the only ones pushing the sound. Is it quite common-place in Amsterdam, Netherlands?

In Amsterdam it feels rather main-stream at the moment as there are a lot of (young) kids playing this sound as well as the veterans, who know their disco very well. There are different shades to it though. The Chicago DJs have their distinct sound, while the (young) kids and even the guys playing in the Red Light area, having a different style as well.

Would you say that it’s become very trendy?

I wouldn’t say the kids are following a trend, as when I was that age, starting with House music, and then switching to Disco [as it was a sound I was more attracted to] …I was around 21years of age. So, I don’t think it’s so much a trend, but rather a persuasion…

The Lumberjacks in Hell label boasts some of the big-hitting disc[o] jockeys like, Rahaan, Jamie 3:26 and Mr Mendel…tell us a bit about the relationships with these artists and how you came about working with them for releases for the label?

Well it started with me buying records and my interest in the Chicago sound [DJs like Sneak, Cajual, and Derrick Carter] and feeling a connection to that city and the style of [house] music that came from there. Back then [around 2005] we would post on a message pod called ‘Bring the Heat’ where guys like Sean Sounds and Rahaan  and Jamie and Boogie Nights were posting and this is how we all got in contact. This of course was a great platform for me to learn more about the genre of disco. I distinctly remember there being these DJ disco battles [on these message boards], where DJs would post their 30minute mixes and people would vote for their favourite.

Later on in life, I started throwing my own parties and tried booking Rahaan, which didn’t happen for whatever reason. Eventually I did get to book Rahaan and he’s been a constant in my life and this is how our relationship grew and how I met some of the other cats I’ve hosted too. Rahaan has a big following in Europe, so he had/has the ability to open doors for his friends who may not be as well-known. I call him the “door-opener”

Thing is, there’s [strangely] many Chicago cats coming to/through Amsterdam, which is somewhat inexplicable. There’s a vibrant energy around the Dekmantel festival and people interested in the Chicago sound.

Coming back to how our relationships blossomed, I’d say, it started with one aspect [being our common interest in music and production] and moved from there. It’s all about building and gaining respect for the work you do and of course keeping your credibility.

You already have somewhat of a connection with South Africa, even though you’ve never been here. Tell us how you got into contact with Christopher Keys and how he became your Lumberjacks in Hell designer…

Well a while ago, I posted on a blog called DJ History, saying that I was moving to Amsterdam and asking if anyone had any connections in the city. Chris, connected me with [his friends] Juju & Jordash, which resulted in me sharing a studio with them and that started our friendship too. We then started chatting about a mix I uploaded on DJ History and Chris subsequently asked me to do a mix for his blog ‘Another Night on Earth for which he did the artwork.

I liked Chris’ work and then after I had my friend do the artwork for the first record as well as Red Light Radio [003], I got Chris to do the artwork for the past 12 releases on Lumberjacks in Hell.

You have an interesting bookings policy, when selecting artists for your events…

People I book are people who inspire me. I’ve been doing it for 10years, and so when I book a DJ, it’s always who I wanna see/hear perform. I’m doing a tour with Jamie 3:26 who I feel needs to be booked a lot more than he currently is…he’s a lot better than he’s given credit for. Whenever I put time and energy into an event [and it’s usually a lot of both], I do them for my pleasure. So it’s important that the artists I book are ones I really want to hear play.

So essentially you wanna hear an artist who is able to move you with their music?

Yes, I’m not interested in the whole Deep House this and that debate, I’m interested in music that has a soul…music that moves me emotionally and tells a story.

Thanks Marcel…all the best for the cycle and hopefully we’ll have you out in South Africa soon?!

Yeah, thanks man. I hope to come out and play there soon…just tell every promoter you get in contact with that I’m keen and let’s see what happens.

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For The Record: Arnaldo

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W Arnaldo S, the Argentine gentleman who now resides in London, England has just recently put out a mix worthy of being Resident Advisor’s Mix Of The Day.

His previous tracks have featured on Smallville records.

We had a small chat…

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So, you’re originally from Argentina, right? How long have you lived in England and what was your reason for moving there?

Yes I was born in Argentina and promptly moved to the U.K when I was young but spent a lot of my early years between the two countries. I still go back every January to keep my roots strong with the Country.

Being from Argentina AND living in England, surely you love football?

Indeed Argentina is a football nation. I don’t tend to follow any team in particular but I do enjoy watching the world cup/ international games when I get a chance.

Which football club do you support in England and do you have a favourite back home in Argentina?

I don’t really have a team in the U.K that I support as such but have a lot of time for the supporters of the Manchester teams due to my lovely extended period in the city. Well generally in Argentina you are either Boca or River……my family is Boca 😉

How long have you been a DJ/producer and have you always been into the disco and house sounds you now play/produce?

I started DJ’ing quite young and have always been into dance based music. I collected and listened for many years before I got into dabbling with production. Guess I have been producing for a round 5 years.

But still collect music avidly 🙂

Your residency at the meandyou event in Manchester, alongside Joy Orbison and Juniper, is quite an exceptional night, I read. Please tell us more about how this came about and what this night strives to offer the clubber?

Well it came by me selling records to other guys at Eastern Bloc records (Manchester) and they asked if I wanted in on a new party they were starting….I said yes and well I’m glad I did 🙂

This year you’ve put out a track on the debut release by Blank Slate entitled “Family” which is described as something more atmospheric and deep. Are there any other projects to look forward to?

Yes I had a 12” out on Greta Cottage workshop earlier this year and the Blank Slate 003 has just been released, which is 4 track of my own

Left My Heart Some Placed Grooved EP – Greta Cottage Workshop

Arnaldo – Blank Slate 003

I have some interesting thing coming with a label called Until My Heart Stops, which is run by a couple of swell guys who are residents at the great Freerotation festival

Until My Heart Stops – Soundcloud Page

Finally, thanks for taking the time to chat and if ever there was a night in Cape Town you should play at, it would be Private Life. It’s a house/disco night home to about 200 or so revellers where quality house and disco is offered on vinyl as well as CDJs. Who knows?

I must say Cape Town is definitely on the list to visit and experience. Would be ace to play some music to you guys…one day hey 😉

Thanks for your time

Arnaldo – Arthouse Live Set

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Get A Life. Make it Private.

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When it comes to events in this City, Cape Town has become very much about quantity over quality. With everyone and their friend hosting some or other night, under the auspices of “House” and “Techno”

We’re probably the only city in the world where event companies have either of those names in their brand title, but fail to play those genres. I kid you not!

It’s not all doom and gloom though. There are a few nights that have built up quite a following, quite a reputation for delivering as promised and leaving the ‘consumer’ satisfied.

One such night happens every Saturday at a quaint little spot on Long Street, upstairs from Royale Eatery [a restaurant renowned for great burgers and milkshakes], called The Waiting Room.

It has become somewhat of a non-negotiable for a few of us. A place where familiar faces meet….dance…smile…and make new friends.

Private Life, was initially called “The Warm Up” until it got too hot! Well this is my theory, at least.

The entry fee to this event is a measly ZAR20. You couldn’t even buy a polony gatsby on the cape flats with that, yet, what you get from this is a night you’re more than likely never to forget.

Not only are the bouncers [Omar and co] helluva friendly, the venue itself is like stepping into someone’s livingroom. Couches, wooden floors, Foosball table and of course the many smiling faces.

It doesn’t stop there though. The four-man posse of Terrence [Pearce], Dario [Leite], Julz [Sanchez] and Pierre-Estienne [Bruwer] ensure that we, the dancers, are grooving, from the moment we set foot on the dancefloor until 02h00am or 02h30am [if Omar’s in an even better than normal mood] when the venue closes.

You’re also very likely to get offered a drink by any one of these fine gents. It’s that kind of vibe. Hosts who are friendly, welcoming…ensuring that everyone is having a great time.

Whether its House, Techno or some stripped-down Disco [Disco] you’re after, there seriously isn’t a better night in Cape Town than this.

You could hear anything from KiNK – Express right through to a disco edit by Terrence and everything in between. The thing about this though, is that no track is ever out of place, and even if it seemed that way, for a second, the crowd are receptive enough to just “go with it” and keep on dancing.

For the longest time Cape Town needed an event that brought people from different walks of life together. Private Life does that. No hang ups, no measurements or stereotypes…its all about the boogie..and do we boogie!

Private Life has hosted some of the finest in the industry both locally and on the global stage. Hesseltime, Esa Williams, Leighton Moody, Bruno Morphet, Robin Would to name a few, have all played here…and there are many more Guest appearances on the cards.

So, if you’re in Cape Town this Saturday or any Saturday for that matter…come down to The Waiting Room. You won’t regret it!

I love Private Life!

Free n Easy [Terrence Pearce Edit]

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