Hi Ross, welcome to the 5 shoot interview for differentgrooves.com !
1. What was your opinion of Ornaments records before your first appearance in 2011 with “Subculture EP”?
Thank you very much for reaching me!
I heard my friend Domenic play the Moodymann edit in the Subclub and saw all these girls going crazy to it. You know the bit when it breaks and that big fat baseline vibrates the whole club as well as other parts of the body? well I was sold!!!
2. Did your feelings and emotions change after being involved with the label?
Good question! Yes I think “Subculture” and “Cupid and Psyche” were more personal albums for me and perhaps a risk that the label was willing to take. They understood where I wanted to go with these concepts as I always wanted to do albums that reflected my influences outside of club music. I wanted to create something unique and maybe something that not a lot of producers and artists are creating at the moment away from the hype and the trends.
3. Your retro house contaminations fascinate me so much. Is difficult for you to keep this kind of sound still alive?
I just love the instruments I have purchased over the years. I wouldn’t say they are the most popular ones, ha! Maybe one or two of them but I never really get tired up too much on whats popular or hyped in terms of music. The most important thing for my records is that I tell myself is “would anyone listen to this in 20-30 years time”
4. “Get By Me” is going to be published. In a old interview done by Defected Records to Frankie Knuckles he described the jam sessions he usually did to record a song with singers, drummers etc., and it seems like you did the same for this vinyl release. What do you think about this kind of producing approach compared with the classic “bedroom” way?
For the record with Niko and Davina it was produced in 3 cities. A tale of three cities! ha! Glasgow, New York and Detroit.
So the story go’s like this.. Niko and I had worked on an instrumental track and we both thought it needed a vocal. The only person I wanted was Davina and at the time I imagined her singing on it. Niko is friends with her through them both working with Mike Banks and Underground Resistance and just being from Detroit! I was so glad when we were connected. I actually spoke to ehr about the Don’t you want it track and it was really fascinating! so after settling artist and legal fees etc my dream became a reality. I love her music and she is a great artist, one of the best I have ever worked with. She wrote the lyrics and I arranged for her to record them in a studio in New York. Later we refined the instrumental version once we got the vocal back from New York. All the stems and final versions were mastered in Berlin. It was a huge production with huge costs but a once in a lifetime chance to produce with such a great artist.
5. Is anything new forthcoming in the next months that you want to tell us about?
I have finished two albums worth of music but I will wait until after my next record before deciding what to do with all that music. Also I have a record planned with Balance Recordings. I sent my bro in the states Michael Zucker some tracks and Chez Damier is remixing and releasing it on Balance Records in Chicago.
Thank you for having spent the time to let our readers know more about your music and thoughts!
You are very welcome! thank you very much for reaching me. Always a pleasure.