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Africaine 808

We caught up with the mysterious Africaine 808, to understand a little more about who they are, where they’re coming from and where they’re at..

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Hello Gentlemen how’s it going?

Both : Good. We´re in the studio and almost done for today. Another track ready to be mastered.

What are your musical backgrounds?

Dirk: I started playing instruments at an early age (guitar and piano) Big thanks to my parents who spent there money on the lessons I could take.

When I was 14 I played electric guitar in local rock&funk bands, got writing and composing lessons and got more and more interested in Jazz music.

Being 18 years old I moved to cologne and got deeply interested in electronic music. I was working for Groove Attack distribution back than and would spend more money on records than actually earning money at the end of the month. Returning some records filled up the fridge.

A few years later I met Matias Aguayo with whom I formed the group Closer Musik.

We released 2 12″‘s and an Album on Kompakt. After our time in South America we closed the chapter Closer Musik and I moved to Berlin where I did lots of collaborations with Nerk, Khan, Justus Kohncke, Eric D. Clark, Satch Hoyt and many more. Nowadays my main focus is on Africaine 808 alongside Nomad.

There are other more techno and house oriented projects alongside Mirko Hecktor under the moniker Project01 and Markus Wegner as STNH. I am also working for the public radio since 15 years, being in involved in radio features and radio play productions.

Nomad : I started collecting dance music very early on, taping top of the pops together with my Sister every Friday.  Got my first vinyl LP (Blondie -Parallel lines) at my tenth Birthday and fell in love with collecting records. Making music started in my parents Basement  in the mid 80’s with glueing Tape loops and doing Industrial, Avantgarde stuff. In that phase i discovered Brian Eno and David Byrne’s work when they where messing with African music, which was the first memory i have on getting into polyrhythms and african percussion .

Also  Skateboarding influenced my musical taste through my entire youth because i got to hang out with a lot of other subcultures like punk , Hip Hop ,Rave and Psychedelic Rock stuff and didn’t have to stick to only one scene.  This also got me into the Cosmic music and Breakbeat scene of the early nineties- late eighties. I got to see Beppe (Loda) , Mozart and Baldelli play at some Afro/Cosmic Parties in the Alpes which really inspired me to become a DJ.Later when i got into Jungle and Drum* Bass i would still be mainly dig/ produce more Percussive/ African grooves.

After that came a phase where i produced more abstract electronic beat stuff as a part of ” White Dolemite” (Bpitch Control) and started mixing West London Broken Beat Styles with classic Blockparty and Afro Sounds with Hunee as Triple A Soundsystem. After some years it was evident that i would go more into the Afro Direction and i started VULKANDANCE as a partyseries for Afro and Tropical music.

Could you tell us about Africaine 808, how and why it came into being?

Dirk: Because of me getting on Nomads nerves to start making music together.

Nomad: True. We knew each other since the time we worked for competing labels – Dirk for Kompakt and me for BPitch Control , and we had a lot of mutual respect for our Sound design , i guess. Dirk always asked me when we would start something together – and after ten years i finally gave in and we started working on some remixes of Afro and Islands tunes. It was really just more of an Experiment. And it still is.

What is message of the band?

Dirk : “broken glass everywhere…”

Nomad : If there is any message than its ” Freedom ” . A Freedom you can reach , by breaking barriers, combining different cultural backgrounds , musical inspirations, production methods and relying on willpower, hard work and the laws of harmony and rhythm. We are a Transcultural listening music project that likes to make people dance.
What music is really doing it for you at the moment, old or new?

Dirk: It doesn´t matter. It´s got to be good music.

Nomad: Same here. I am a mean music collector when it comes to African and Tropical music. The stuff i spend most time looking for comes from the 70’s and 80’s … but that is mainly because that stuff is disappearing right now and i need to spend a lot of time digging for those records. The modern stuff is much easier to get by via download or record stores or mail order. I don’t dig as much Disco and Modern Soul as i used to , but that’s ok , because i am still not done with digitizing what i have at home.

So you have a new EP coming up on Golf Channel, then an album next year. What was your process for recording this new work?

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Dirk: Recording Arranging EQing Mixing!

Nomad : Most of the stuff you are going to hear is all music we, or some friends played

(Dodo NKishi plays Drums on some tracks, Eric Owusu plays Percussion, Ofrin, Nova Campanelli and Alex Voices added vocals)  and that we recorded, engineered and arranged.

The use of Samples is reduced to a minimum on the Album and is mostly just novelty samples, pet sounds, ambiance, field recordings or spoken words. How we start the process is different each time. Sometimes I come to the studio and Dirk has already laid down some harmonies and I start putting a beat over it. Sometimes we find an idea for a drum pattern or a certain instrumentation together and we start with that. It’s always a growing experiment.

We never know where the journey will take us until we have almost arrived.

Current EP on Golf Channel

New LP coming early 2016 – get in touch for bookings….


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we go to Lisbon & LUX

Most DJ’s know Lux: It’s something of an institution in Lisbon, and has a great reputation for an uninhibited crowd and forward thinking booking policy. Tiago joined The Pool family last year, and with his new album on Groovement rapidly approaching, we took the chance to chat with the man himself & Pedro, the bookings Director at Lux.

Hello Pedro & Tiago thanks for agreeing to chat with us.

Ok first things first, tell us when you first met? & Were you both born in Lisbon?

Pedro: To be honest I can’t really recall when we first met… I guess way before we met I was already aware of him. Actually I’m old enough to remember him playing bass with Pop del’Arte (a Portuguese’s truly essential unique veteran combo/band). DJ wise I’m not sure but (maybe at Xabregas rave parties? Did you play there? I guess he must have been friends with friends, or something).

Definitely I was totally aware of him in the early days of a young DJ crew he was involved with, and he made me dance a lot… Countless nights to be precise… That’s before we actually meet and worked together. I have to say that, even at the time, you could tell him apart of the DJ’s surrounding him. More solid… An ethic virtuoso, a step ahead of everybody… Kind of the same felling that remains up until today, even if more than two decades (?!) have gone by. I was born in Lisbon. I think Tiago wasn’t, he’s from Guimarães, the birth place of the country

Tiago: Yeah I was born north Portugal, almost 400 klm from Lisbon but soon moved in when i was 17. I met Pedro at some friends party but very briefly. Pedro was hanging with this guy and his wife i was hanging with their daughter. But then we settled at the club, yeah.

Pedro, describe Tiago as DJ

Pedro: Regardless of styles that he may have favored differently over the years, there’s a watermark that has always remained the same. Not easy to pin down, but something you could describe a total refuse of the easy, obvious solutions. An absolute devotion to finding his own way into people’s heads, hearts (and hips).As we (older ones) know so well by now – and the faster the young ones learn it, the better for them – the road worth taking on the dance floor is often not the shortest nor the easiest one.

So those who can show us different places – because they have a secret knowledge that allows them to divert from the main road into uncharted territory – are always (those) we should be more grateful to. Because, the fact is they’ve discovered and charted those secret sonic lands themselves, and they chose to share it with us:  their most precious findings. That’s a brave/generous thing.  

Words coming to my mind would include explorer, guide, rather than preacher.This, for me, is the essential thing. But on top of all that he also happens to be one of the most technically skilled DJ’s I’ve ever met! And trust me, I’ve met a lot. Really!!

Later on I had the opportunity of working with him more closely, and tour for some dates with him and all that I’ve previously stated just became more solid. Be that the biggest festival or strangest club abroad he always knows how to handle different crowds (regardless of the their size) without submitting to it. Always sabotaging the “déjà-seen-solutions”…

Ok too long already!

When did the Lux first open it’s doors?

Pedro: End of 98. I was not there yet though… I was lucky enough to join in, handling bookings and communication, in mid 99.

Who designed the Lux?

Pedro: It was (and it remains) the work of a team of many talents put together, co-ordinated and inspired by Manuel Reis, aka the boss. He’s the one who really handles the bututa of the whole thing.

What type of sound-system is housed in the club?

Pedro: Funktion One, but as you know it’s always a combination of the sound system with the acoustic work you do on the room

Tiago when did you first start your residency with Lux?

Tiago: Started Lux in its very beginning, 1998, 15 years ago. I was 21.

Do you feel resident DJs are often looked over in this age of super-star travelling guest DJs?

Pedro: Yes, there’s a point there. I think anyone who has been around for some time knows that not all crowds can truly appreciate the importance of residents DJ’s. Or the warm-up sets for big names. And the need of “attention grabber names” sometimes helps to lose the focus on some essential facts. You’re never a preacher in your hometown (do you have the same saying there?).

 But, to be honest I think we’re kind of an exception to that. We have a large team of Residents who have played here always, plus some people who play on a regular basis. I think our crowd knows how much they owe them. And they owe a lot!!

We believe in them, and in the way they remain true to themselves and what motivates them. Being excited about music and making people dance in a happy-true-felt way,. They are all different but they share the same ethos: all are aware of how dance music has evolved over their lifetime. Needless to say that many several guests made me realise how good my residents are.

Tiago: Sure they do, unfortunately. Been debating with myself that it’s normal trend to hire the producer instead of the DJ and acutally promote that, been thinking that this is a huge mistake.

Pedro what is the booking policy at Lux? If there is such a thing? What is your mission statement?

Pedro: Well that’s the kind of unanswerable question unless you sound pretentious and cliched. But if I have to sum it up it’s the pleasure of discovery? (there you go… how lame does that sound?).

Thing is: I think people look up at Lux not only for it’s quality or hype and program but because they link it to things they first heard here. Things they DISCOVERED with our resident or guest djs, or bands. We were always a bit ahead of things (booking names before they were big) of course that is different in 2003 or 2013, but is the same in a way we can only do things we believe are good and that people should pay attention to, not just the stuff people want.

Discovery is indeed a very important thing and  think we’ve played a part there (musical discoveries) in more than  a generation? 

Tiago you run a monthly party there? Inviting friends and family?

Tiago: Yeah, i have a weekly residency at Lux and now and again i do this party where i bring my friends so that the vibe is right.

Pedro is it true James Murphy told you Tiago was one of his favourite DJs?

Pedro: you should ask him that. But yes… in that particular evening (Lux 10×10 in 2008) he played back to back with him all night. But many of our guests were aware of Tiago’s sonic watermark, from James Lavelle to the Dewalle brothers, they’ve always pointed out how good and unique he is

What have been some of your most memorable nights for you at Lux? 

Pedro: Too many to mention in proper detail (thank god)

Tiago give us a few of your biggest tunes from Lux?

Tiago: Ok, these 3 got always a cheering reaction, ‘Funkatarium’ by Jump, Bohannon’s ‘Let’s start the Dance’, or Change’s ‘Glow of Love’. Lots more of course hit the spot too…

Tiago who would you say would be your biggest influences as a DJ?

Tiago: All the people i’ve played with.. in ways that everyone really gave me the energy to do my own thing.

Do you find some of the people that came at the start still come to this day?

Tiago: Unfortunately very few, i guess folks got older and settled a bit. Apart from those who still come, the crowd (has) been rotating and that’s not necessarily bad.

Tiago tell us about the Album you have coming soon on Groovement? This is a home-grown Portugese label is that right?

Tiago: Yes it is. North Portuguese label working worldwide through distributors Rub’a’Dub. Very happy that it’s finally happening. Album should be out next month or so. Been a while since i first finished those tracks so it’s nice to see them out. Very happy also with artwork amazingly done by my friend Andreas Jenne.

How did you end up putting out an album for this label?

Tiago: Been in touch with Rui for a while and he was asking for new music after we did that 1st rocket together. By then i had a bunch of unfinished tracks that i wanted done but didn’t necessarily think that (they) could go along together but somehow they did. I started giving thought to maybe putting them together for Rui and doing the album, and that’s what happened.

Rui was very enthusiastic with the idea and gave me the time to finish all in my own terms (music, artwork, etc) that was very nice and i’m very grateful for it.

Tell us about the album, what are we to expect?

Tiago: Some nice dance tracks, few with beat, others without. Comes out on both Vinyl and CD and a special limited pack with a wonderful t-shirt.

Thomas Bullock from Rub N Tug remixed the first single which was epic, are you both friends, are you a fan of his work?

Tiago: Oh yes, I’am a big fan! Such a character of style and talent.

What other releases / projects do you have coming.

Tiago: Working on a remix for ESP and a new project for Golf Channel.

Pedro tell us what Lux has in-store in 2013?

Pedro: The “Rush” nights (for new and upcoming talents only), and “curated by” nights (for different artists to curate their own Lux night)


And finally why should everyone make a trip to Portugal this year?

Pedro: Because there’s a strong possibility they will not regret it at all 😉




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Dr Dunks – New Golf Channel Vinyl

Dr Dunks drops a double dose of heat on NYC’s Golf Channel imprint, in collaboration with The Rhythm Odyssey. As ever don’t sleep on these limited issues as they will not be around for very long…



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