How are you feeling since the release of Souvenir+ 16? Have you had a chance to try the tracks out in a club?
I already played the tracks in my sets, and the feedbacks from the dancefloor are always so good! I’m really happy for this, now I can’t wait to try the stuff mastered!
The EP is really upbeat. Was it a conscious decision to crank up the tempo?
I was in my studio working with my drums, looking for a strong groove. When I found what I wanted, I put some vocals, and the combo was really nice!
What was the inspiration behind using a Michael Jackson vocal sample on ‘Always with Me’? The track title implies a tribute perhaps?
Yes! ‘Always with Me’, because I love Michael Jackson since I was a child, his voice gives me a lot of inspiration: he open my mind to make music. So I tried to put his voice inside my track, and finally I found a really good combination.
There is a lot of attention paid to the drum programming and bassline, particularly on ‘Feel the Reaction’. Is this a reference to your family background (Benin) and a desire to connect your African roots with your love of house music?
The African rhythm is inside me, because my father teaches me a lot about African groove and percussions… And for sure I will come back soon to Benin because the real groove is there! X
Welcome back to Souvenir! How do you feel this EP differs from your previous release on our ‘In The City 2’ Summer compilation?
Yes, luckily is not the first release on Souvenir and we hope will NOT be the last Musically we changed a little bit our style than our previous 2 tracks on “In The City #2″ compilation. In this release we play a little more with synths, we changed the bassline, more deeply and we raise 3 or 4 BPM.
You guys run your own label but last year was a little quieter production wise. Would you say this year you’ve found new musical inspiration?
Follow our label and follow its musical evolution is important for us like follow our personal releases, so in 2011 we preferred to run mostly our label to understand what was the sound to produce and play. After that in 2012 we come back with new musical ideas and new release and we hope that Souvenir +16 can be a launch for this new sound!
Souvenir+ 16 features some particularly hypnotic grooves. How did this come about?
For us this sound it’s a natural evolution of our musical trip, a maturation of our sonorities. We hope the people can appreciate it!
What makes your two contributions seriously pop on this EP are the driving vocals. How do you come across new ideas and sounds?
The voice for us is like a supplement thing that make complete a track! Sometimes we listen to incredible tracks that however missing a little thing that can make that track a real bomb. Usually we missed a huge vocal. Every day we spend several hours in our studio to try to find new original ideas. Originality for us it’s a factor that can never miss and then the originality in the voices in our track is like a ticket to take off in our musical dimension.
More important than the parties, the plane rides, the magazine covers or the money, every great DJ is first and foremost, a collector. A discoverer of music. A traveller weaving through a sea of new sounds and honing down the multitude of records to those that matter most. It’s this drive for sonic exploration that’s responsible for Souvenir, the Berlin label spearheaded by Tiefschwarz and their french partner Arthur Vélasquez. In little over a year the label has...