Dans le cadre du Hideout Festival 2012 qui prendra place en Croatie du 29 juin au 1er juillet, nous avons eu l’immense plaisir d’interviewer le jeune prodige de la scène électronique Subb-An. Voici l’interview, en anglais, illustrée d’une sélection de titres représentatifs de l’univers de l’artiste. Bonne lecture !
Hello Subb-An and welcome to the Electrocorp!
1 – THE DJ
As a relatively young DJ, you already have an amazing background including club residency at Below, DJ sets in worldwide known festivals and best clubs of the planet. You are living the dream of all aspiring DJs. What’s your secret?
No secrets! Hard work and dedication is the key…
Well, indeed… it seems to be the key of your success: 2011 has seen you entered the Resident Advisor Top100 DJs… What is that representing to you, as a DJ and producer?
Hmmm… I personally think this chart should be renamed the “buzz chart”, or “who’s hot chart”, or “whos been working hard chart”. I think it represents all round as an artist…
2- THE PRODUCER
You’re making music for the most respected labels in the business. How did you go from DJing to producing?
I was sixteen and asked for some advices to an agency on how I could gain more gigs. The agent said “make music!”. So I started to make music and six years later I am finally DJing. I originally really didn’t like being a producer but after four years and finally getting the hang of it, it then started to take over. Although DJing is taking over again, I have been spending more time digging out music than making it.
Speaking about digging crates, what are your main influences and musical inspirations?
My influences come from all over the place. I like to see success in people and projects done in the right way. One good example of this would be my friend Ryan Hope. He’s built up a great company called Stamp which he’s done through hard work, skill and dedication. His documentary on skin art is amazing, check it!
Musically I have so many. The whole Chicago movement in the 80s is a big part and also Larry Levan and the NY scene around the same time. More recent music and artists I find to be really inspiring are guys like Erlend Oye from The Whitest Boy Alive (this guys is a pure genius) and also Thom Yorke from Radiohead. These people move you with music like no others.
Jimmy Ross – First True Love Affair (Larry Levan Remix) by DiscoTeapot
If you had to sum-up your production-style with two tracks from you, which ones would it be?
I would go for these two: my new remix of Jordan Peak for Saved Records (unreleased materials, yet), and my remix of Noir & Haze “Around” on Noir Music…
Noir & Haze – Around (Subb-an Remix) by Noir
We recently discovered your new EP, “What I Do Remixes”, just released on Culprit, consisting of four remixes by Tom Trago, Konrad Black and Burnski. Can you tell us a little more about these remixes?
The Culprit crew wanted to know who I wanted to remix the track. These were just simply the three I wanted. I thought it may have been difficult to get Tom and Konrad… so I was super happy when they agreed… and all of the remixes came out as bombs!
Subb-an – What I Do (Burnski’s Tulum Remix) by Bal’star
3 – THE LABEL MANAGER
In 2009, you’ve decided to launch One Records, your label with Adam Shelton. It seems like a natural path for DJs and producers to launch their own labels, but there are tons of reasons for them to do so: promote their own music, release music from their friends, have more freedom in their music production process, etc. What was your idea with Adam, behind the creation of this label?
The main idea was that we have a lot of great music from friends that we feel we can build on and release. We have a great network of artists and mates who all make really great music, so it makes sense, and as you mentioned its the natural path, sort of goes hand in hand with being a DJ and Producer
Can you tell us a little bit more about upcoming releases and events of the label?
Yes, we just released a great EP called “Roots”, produced by Slok. After we got seven really strong tracks to be released on a “Various Artists” EP, followed by a new EP from Burnski which, for me, is one of his best production to date. It features Beckford and has a quirky remix from Adam Shelton. After that we have Anthea and she’s done a really sexy dubby number with a solid remix from Dan Ghenacia. Adam and I will be making a remix too.
Slok – Roots EP by One Records >>>>>> BUY IT ON BEATPORT
4 – HIDEOUT FESTIVAL
You’ll be at Hideout Festival this summer with some of the best DJs in the world. How does it feel to play alongside Riccardo Villalobos, Loco Dice and Jamie Jones?
Well… I have to admit this is not the worst thing !
According to you, what’s special with this festival?
I’m yet to find out, I’m still a virgin… hahaha ! I’m sure comes June and I will know, its my birthday that weekend so lets hope it will be a special one… but I’m pretty sure it will be!
Thank you Subb-An. All the best, and keep up the good vibes!
WARM-UP CHART by SUBB-AN