Mike Shannon is ready to rock Italian crowd, especially the Rome one, with a huge event is going t take place at Circolo degli Illuminati on 12nd March. We spent quality time with him, with a fast talk and some really really interesting replies from him. Check it!
Ciao Mike and welcome to Different Grooves!
Grazie! Lovely to be here.
According to “CBC Music” Canadian electronic music had a troubled birth, but now it looks like the movement it’s growing bigger and bigger and becoming really anointed in the world.
What do you think is changed in the past decade?
Well not sure that much has changed with Canadian music presence in the world over the years. Canadian artists in general have always been at the top. In regards to Canadian electronic music I think there a many artists that have remained consistent for decades and continuously push the boundaries of sound. Someone like Tim Hecker for example has become one of the sought after experimental artists in the world now and continues to push the limits of what is possible with sound design. As a result of artists like him and others that remain at the top the next generation of artists coming up have to be even better to become recognised and this pushes the movement even harder. In the end the music scene has a very strong and diverse palette of talent that continues to be recognised. I’m very proud to be a Canadian artist and feel very lucky to be associated to this movement. Not sure if the movement feels the same way about me being involved but oh well… the show must go on!
Electronic music always had a special bound with jazz, soul, r n’ b and hip hop. What do you think about the presence of those influence in techno productions’, and in particular in yours?
Jazz is the teacher as Juan Atkins would say and I strongly agree with him there. The Blues scales are connected to almost everything that I write. A friend of mine is always making fun of me because of how often I tend to lean to something that has more in common musically with an old be-bop record than the average dance track. haha. Well what can I say I love that formula and it’s what really moves me on the dance floor and can also move your soul at the same time.
You moved to Berlin, which is probably the capital city of clubbing. How this European experience is influencing your music process and your music views?
I’m lucky cause I have the opportunity to check out a lot of what other producers and djs are into. Not sure it ever really effects me so much honestly cause I always just end up doing my own thing anyways. But the main thing for me is having record shops like Space hall and Oye in the neighbourhood. If your a dj in Berlin there is no reason why you shouldn’t be buying records here. We’re so spoilt and so lucky to have that option. I love Berlin for that more than any night club. Somehow I get to keep up with all the genres of music that I’m into and always feel like I’m on top of my game as a dj. It must be sad to have to rely on beatport charts and the like.
Can you tell us some differences between the European and the Canadian/North American club scene?
Well the major difference is really the hours that the club is open. In Toronto Canada the clubs have to close at 2:30! Most people come out to party around 1am so they essentially party for about one hour or less. Djing there is like making beautiful love and then just when your about to reach the climax the lights turn on and you have to go home. Dealing with some nasty wannabe cop bouncers kicking you out at the same time. It sucks. The people that go out to those clubs nights are hard core and very dedicated to the music to have to deal with all the bull to be there in the first place. Maximum respect to the fans that make it out to those club nights. Berlin this is just simply impossible… you just don’t have the word “no” or “Stop” or “you can’t do this” in the vocabulary. I love it.
Do you have a particular gig that you feel linked to? When did you realize that your career was coming to a breakthrough?
I think I would have to mention an opportunity that I was given by a couple of Toronto djs that took me under their wing and gave me a residency at the best club in the city at the time called “Industry”. I was playing harder techno at the time and I was a resident in one of the best clubs to ever happen in Toronto. Other residents were Dj Sneak, Derrick Carter and Mark Farina for example. Suddenly I was taken a lot more seriously and had many requests coming in form all over North America and in Europe. I was 19 at the time and it was perfect timing to have a push like this in my career. I’m very thankful for that.
Italy: land of music and kitchen! What’s your favorite Italian dish and track?
ahhh Italy wins for me in the Kitchen. I love Italian food. It’s such a hard question to answer since I love so many things but I think if I had to pick it would a carbonara from favourite restaurant in Rome. And my favourite Italian track would be Pino D’Angio – Ma Quale Idea
This guy is pure pimp! His voice is the bomb.
Thanks, it was a pleasure spend quality time with you!
The pleasure was all mine! Bye for now!
Interview by Gill