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The Pool welcomes Jan Schulte!

 

How are things in Dusseldorf? What are you currently up to?

Things are working up in Düsseldorf! A lot of new projects are evolving at the moment, in the city itself, or around the city.

I am still recovering from my ride to Amsterdam last weekend, where we celebrated the release of Montezumas Rache’s “Wu Du Wu”, had 6h Themes For Great Cities Instore at Redlight Records, and where I met Young Marco to talk about our upcoming live-show.

Do you mean projects in general or music related projects?

Music related projects, there are new Themes For Great Cities releases planned, a new Edits Des Amateurs release, a final release on Verein freier Menschen & Musik is in the making, our Mülheim (which is a small city nearby) friends Tim Schumacher and LL DJ are planning to setup a new label, Lucas from Stabil Elite has a new project called “Bar” coming out soon as well.

And thats not even all!

Sounds very healthy. How is the music scene in Dussledorf? Does Dusseldorf have a ‘sound’ that can be traced back to the city?

The places to celebrate music and especially that Düsseldorf sound are rare, but there is a eruptive underground scene that relates to the musical history of the city. The Salon Des Amateurs, run by people like Tolouse Low Trax, Lena Willikens, Marc Matter was and still is an important spot for the more open minded listeners.

You can hear everything from early Kraut Electronics, underground Neue Deutsche Welle dance tracks to “future-classic” experimental dance music.

Otherwise it is kind of hard in Düsseldorf to celebrate electronic dance music as the venues are vanishing at the moment, and the city shows little interest in keeping a vital scene.

But nevertheless a lot good people come up at the moment and push things!

Could you tell us more about the infamous Salon Des Amateurs?

The Salon Des Amateurs is located in the 1960s Beton building called “Kunsthalle Düsseldorf”, in the daytimes the Salon acts as the café to the museum.

In the beginning, which is almost 10 years ago now, it was generally used more like a bar, but over the years and because of the special music programm it evolved more and more into a club with extremely crowded weekend nights.

I still get goosebumps remembering the first nights I spent there, with DJs like Gordon Pohl (Musicargo), Tako (RDR), Beppe Loda, I-F and of course the hosts that I mentioned above, and lots of more unforgettable evenings.

Those nights showed me that its possible to create dancefloors with music that I never dreamt of seeing a whole room go crazy on it.

The first time they asked me to play I was so excited I had shaky fingers all night long!

You are now resident of the club. How often do you play there and do you have a music policy?

Although I was so mad excited the first nights I was invited to play, or maybe because I was so excited i got into the team really fast. Nowadays I am more or less doing one evening in the month, alongside guest DJs, or with Tolouse Low Trax who hosts most of the saturday nights. 

We also sometimes host special ambient or jazz or other experimental nights during the weekdays, but it’s more for us to show new record discoveries, or play out new stuff in the making.

My music policy is a classic “There-is-no-music-policy” policy, haha. I try to sort music by my emotional impression of it, and not by genres or styles.

I am also free to very diverse pitching ranges while I DJ, it all depends on the evening and the spirit of the moment.

Care to share 5 of your Salon favourites from over the years..

“Lobt Noch Irrt – Heizgas Meter”

This one was Tolouse Low Trax’ big salon hit,the whole room went mad everytime this was played, amazing memories

“East – Agymosas”

Another track played by Detlef (Tolouse Low Trax) that i never heard raising a dancefloor like in the salon.

“A.R. Machines – Globus”

I played this out at one of my first evenings in the Salon, and the whole room was jumping, since that moment it became a classic.

“Sparks – Tryouts for the Human Race”

This sounded like it was made for the sound system in The Salon, when the live drumming kicked in it was always some very special moment

“Plaza Hotel – Bewegliche Ziele”

At 33rpm, i think Tako played it out the first time, and it instantly became a Salon Anthem.

You record and DJ under different aliases. Can you takes us through each of these and how they differ in sound?

There was never a plan to collect alter egos, haha.. but somehow it ended up like this.

The Wolf Müller records are krauty, percussive drum tracks, that also happen in collaboration with befriended musicians. I always felt Wolf Müller not really as a person, more like a spirit that wanders around and is always there when this german tribal dance thing happens.

https://soundcloud.com/themes-for-great-cities/sets/tfgc008-wolf-m-ller-balztanz

The Bufiman tracks are my approach to four-to-the-floor orientated dance music, with more classic structures in their arrangements. I recently finished a new Bufiman EP that will be announced soon on a super nice and classic dance label!

For that Edits Des Amateurs record Arne from Themes For Great Cities came up with the idea for the name “Diskoking Burnhart McKoolski”.. as i didnt want to use my real name for edits at that time. It refers to the german label and huge german dance music distributor from the 1980s, Bernhard Mikulski.

Can you tell us about the mix you recorded for us?

I think it gives a nice overall impression of styles i like.. going from spiritual ethno-dances to amazing music from friends like Harmonious Thelonious, containing some of my own edits, a very drum orientated track by Circuit Diagramm from Hamburg, some more percussive edits, Sotofett’s Mix of “Denaji – Wuhti” and at last some local classics with Die Partei’s “Nord-Süd-Fahrt”.

What are you up to over the summer months? 

I am heading to London on June 19 for a small Themes For Great Cities special at Plastic People and a Boiler Room afternoon session on Friday 20th, already looking forward! : http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?603969

Next big thing will be the premiere of the Young Wolf live show at Düsseldorf’s Open Source Festival, on the same stage as Dean Blunt, Panda Bear, and lots more.

Then we are also planning a small TFGC Summer Party in collaboration with indepent event calendar “suffon.de” on August 2, and I’ll also leave Düsseldorf for some very nice small hippie festivals!

And finally your ultimate Pool Party line up?

Grill Chef : Definetly the Georgian dudes that work at the Salon Des Amateurs, Alex, Kakha, Beso and Luca. They are pro-level at the grill.

Manning the Stereo : Tako from Redlight Records & DJ Armin Schmelz from Tingel Tangel Vienna, my favourite Discjockeys.

Serving Cocktails : The team from the King Georg Bar in Cologne, they know how to get you intoxicated!

Thanks Jan, have a listen to Jan’s mix for The Pool here:
https://soundcloud.com/the-pool/jan-schulte-pool-mix

Catch Jan in London on Thursday at Plastic People and in the Boiler Room on Friday.http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?603969

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for whom the bell tolls…

The Pool is delighted to beam in with a couple of bits of news from recent signing Bell Towers.

First up Rohan will be playing alongside UK electronic music guru Andy Blake at the venerable Wavey Tones party tonight at Peckham’s Bussey Building.

Wavey Tones stands out as an exciting prospect in the plethora of clubnights in the capital city. A pleasingly catholic approach to booking from the dance music community has seen previous bookings range from the dubwise frequencies of Glasgow’s  Mungo’ s Hi-fi through to the frenetic rhythmic exploits of Chicago’s DJ Spinn.

In addition to this Friday’s night is being held in the much praised multi level arts space the Bussey Building which promises to have far more visual appeal to it than your arrange Friday night ritzy.

Catch Rohan playing the warm up for Andy alongside Wavey’s residents Tony and The Waves and South London’s Elysia.

Secondly we  are celebrating the fact that Rohan has secured his second release on Berlin’s hotter than a tomcat with four gonads label Public Possesion. As the follow up to last years critically acclaimed Lightrail single this five track EP entitled Territory glows as the distinctive assemblage of genres we know & love BT for. Vocal recordings from 2007 are welded on to beds of swirling dance textures with nods to acid house, italo and new beat.

This should be dropping in to your stores this week…..

 

Heavenly Social with Bell Towers

As part of their 15th anniversary celebrations Heavenly have invited us back down into their basement for a one off shindig at The Social in London on Fri 7th Feb.

We have quite a bit of history with Little Portland Street, so really looking forward to this one.

New roster addition Bell Towers will be starting up front, with midfield support coming from Matty, Ben & Thom (or The Pool DJ’s if you will) and of course the legendary Heavenly Jukebox.

please join us if you can, and check out a mix from Bell Towers below:

End of Year Pool Picks…

Here at The Pool we thought we’d throw our collective hat into the ring of end of year charts. We’ve solicited charts from the staff and were given an unsurprisingly across the board selection, ranging from the left of centre jazz inflected pop of Julia Holter through to twisted electronic pan bashing of Fulton’s Syclops.

If that wasn’t enough we even found time to probe three of our roster on what 2014 holds for them as well as asking them for their release of 2013….

 

Gavin Kendrick (Southport, A&R Edits)

Top 3 Singles

Theo Parrish & Tony Allen – Day Like This

Mr Beatnick – Symbiosis

Casbah 73 – Jungle Kitten

Top 3 LPs

Dexter Story – Seasons

Andras Fox feat. Oscar S. Thorn – Embassy Café

Yatha Bhuta Jazz Combo – Yatha Bhuta Jazz Combo

Favourite DJ Mix of the Year

Psychemagik Presents – Magik Sunrise

Artist of 2013

Vakula

Event of 2013

Rootdown (UK Invasion)

Artist to watch for 2014

Andrew Ashong

 

Tom Govan

Top 3 Singles

Bill Calahan- Expanding Dub

Linda Mirada- Lio En Rio

Bell Towers- Tonight I’m Flying

Top 3 LPs

Kemper Norton- Carn

Finis Africae- A Last Discovery

Cos/Mes- Let’s Get Lost Vol 2

Favourite DJ Mix of the Year

Chris Galloway Soft Rocks ‘Live from the International Bath House’ Mix for Noise in My Head

Artist of 2013

Heatsick

Event of 2013

Highlife Room at Corsica Studios June 2013

Hacker Farm

Artist to watch

Sagan Youth Boys

 

Robert Needham

3 Tracks I liked

Leisure Connection – Jungle Dancing

Tony G – Simple Dreams (Young Marco remix)

Jordan GCZ – Crybaby J

3 Comps I liked

Who is William Onyeabor

Claremont Originals box set

Saada Bonaire

Favourite party

The Motorcycle Showroom closing party

Artist to Watch 2014

33 10 3402

 

Ben Terry

3 Tracks I liked

Andras Fox – Running Late

Mental Overdrive  – Monster

Nenad Markovic – Weather Vibes

Favourite party

Pool Boat Croatia, Harvey at Lovebox & afters, We Love Ibiza August, Maurice Fulton @ Dance Tunnel.

Favourite LP

Steve Mason – Monkey Minds in the Devils Time

Artist of 2013

HNNY

Artist to Watch 2014

Young Marco

 

Matty J

Top 3 Singles

Todd Terje- Strandbar

Syclops – Jump Bugs

Alexander Robotnick – Undicidisco (Justin Vandervolgen Edit)

Top 3 LPs

Julia Holter – Loud City Song

Chk Chk Chk – Thr!!!er

Tully – Sea Of Joy (Re-Issue)

Favourite DJ Mix of the Year

Todd Terje BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix, Discodromo Pool Mix, Force Of Nature Lovebox Podcast, Abel Chu Valley Mix

Artist of 2013

Young Marco

Events of 2013

Florence Italy, Harvey’s Discotheque Lovebox, Glastonbury, We Love Ibiza, Music For Dreams Ibiza, The Garden Festival Croatia.

Artist to watch for 2014

Andras Fox, Bell Towers, Josey Rebelle

 

Piers Soft Rocks

What have Soft Rocks got for us in 2014?

We’ll be sharing edit duties on African Shakedown Vol 2 with Axel Boman

And your favourite release of 2013.

Merge – Long Distance

 

Bell Towers

What you got for us in 2014…

I’ve got something sneaky for Ruf Kutz, a follow up 12″ on Public Possession early in the year, a remix for Midnight Magic on Permanent Vacation and then some edits on the soon to be launched Animals Dancing label

And what was your favourite release of 2013…

Max D “House of Woo”

 

Richard Sen

What’s in store for 2014?

I have some nice bits lined up for 2014. In Feb the ‘Ghost Train’ single is out on Especial.

In April there will be an Especial mix cd stitched together by my good self and then I’ve got another single in June hopefully remixed by the Asphodells. Plus I’ve got remixes coming up on Strictly Groove Recordings and Public Release as well as a contribution to an exciting Graffiti compilation on Klasse Recordings.

 And the best release of 2013?

My favourite release this year has been Galarude ‘Cero’ Original mix on Internasjonal.

Bell Towers

We’d like to the welcome the latest addition to The Pool roster  – Bell Towers.  The Pool’s Tom Govan caught up with the man himself, and you can listen to an exclusive mini mix below.

 

So we’ve got a new guy to dive in the Pool with us. Rohan Bruce Bell-Towers aka Bell Towers aka Roman Wafers aka DJ DJ! He’s originally from Melbourne but has now relocated to London and as a way to get to know him we got him to record a mix for us and then field some sensible and non-sensible questions….

1. We hear that you’ve just made the move to London all the way from Melbourne. Tell us how you’re enjoying Blighty so far?

So I just had to google what Blighty means, that should give an indication of how new it all is to me. Given the sheer size of  London compared with Melbourne it’s hard not for my excitement levels to be up. Aesthetically I am especially enjoying the green, grey flatness of it all. And the pipes protruding from buildings that let off steam whenever hot water is being used.

2. Your releases this year have shown different sides of you. The 12”on Internasjonal had a fun slightly camp italo feel to it whilst the release on Public Possession was harder with some strong kraut vibes in there. Is there going to be more variety from Bell Towers in the new year?

Tonight I’m Flying started out as some kind of attempt at French House and Lightrail was supposed to be Techno. Obviously I failed in both cases but I think they still turned out to be decent records.

At the moment I’m working on vocal material. Sounds like a bad idea now but you’ll probably like it. Even with the switching up of styles I hope that with each passing release the general vibe of Bell Towers will develop it’s own kind of logic.

3. Talk us through how the name Bell Towers came into existence?

Sure, I removed the hyphen from my family name and that’s it.

4. Your Bamboo Muzik parties in Melbourne had a great reputation. Could we get a top 5 records that defined those parties?

Not a top 5 as such but these were some favourites:

  • N.Y Models – Love on Video
  • Connie – Rock Me
  • Son Of Sam – Nature Makes a Mistake
  • Risque – Thunder And Lightning
  • Cyber People – Void Visio

5. Finally. Let’s get your fantasy pool party line up

Grill chef: Bill Murray

Manning the stereo:  DJ Mozart (Italian Cosmic dj), 1982 Set

Serving cocktails: Marcello Mastroianni

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