Paul C & Paolo Martini Q&A

Your latest release for Hot Creations is excellent ‘Pinball’. Where did the idea come from for the track and can you talk us through how you produced it?

p c 2In the first step we were looking hard for an interesting bassline to make up the track, much like how we began our successful tracks ‘Take Some Time’, ‘Get This!’ or ‘Spunk’ for example. We did find a couple of interesting sounds that when we mixed together and played around with really excited us. Then we followed the unusual sequence of claps and percussion and by that point building the track up became quite simple as we felt we had secured most of the winning elements.

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You also have music coming out on Gruuv, Noir, VIVa MUSiC and more. How would you describe your relationship between DJ’ing and Producing – could one work without the other?

Yes, there are a lot of good DJs around that don’t produce very much but these days’ producing has become a full part of a DJ’s job. We’ve been doing this with a lot of passion for so many years and the difference is that in comparison to the early days you produced a track to promote it in the club and not necessarily with your own name on it because what counted was to be a good DJ… today you have to make tracks to promote yourself, so in that sense the scene has completely changed. But that’s ok – if we are known around the world because of our productions then let’s go! 🙂

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Italy has a long and important history with Dance music. What were your earliest encounters with the music, and who were you first inspirations?

We get into Disco Music and Funk since we were very young. We always loved that kind of sound and at the time Giorgio Moroder was our hero and everything he produced together with Pete Bellotte as Donna Summer, Munich Machine and all the albums under his own name. Other great artists of that period were Gregg Diamond, Kraftwerk, Dennis Coffey, Chic and Vincent Montana Jr – just to name a few!

You DJ all over the world, do you find that people like different sounds in different countries?

Honestly no! We always bring our own sound and generally it goes very well. In recent years promoters calls us because they know our tracks, of course, so they expect to hear that kind of sound during the night and the audience seems to appreciate it 🙂

How do you feel about the importance of song writing now as compared with the past, and its relevance in today’s music?

p cIf you have a good songwriter and singer it’s always worth taking risks. It also depends on the target you want to achieve. The main thing is to always have a great idea and a great song and if you do not have that it is better create a good track instead. This is a rule that was true yesterday and still is today.
For sure it would take more effort, energy and investment to produce a song instead of a club track with some spare sample voices here and there, but obviously if is a good one it will have a much longer life and better chance to have success .We use to do that in the early 2000s when I produced as Bini & Martini together with Gianni Bini. We are very open minded, so maybe in the future we will do some features as well if we find the right partners.

Can you tell us about your studio and a typical working day there?

We have a really basic studio and work with Logic and both analog and digital instruments. We listen to lots of music and everything inspires us, including old tracks, samples, or whatever brings us some energy and strong emotions. We don’t have any rules, though we often start from a strong bassline, a simple percussions or listening to a DJ set from some of our heroes that inspires us.

What plans do you have for 2016?

We produced a lot of stuff throughout the last six months that will get released between now until March next year. At the end of this year we have releases on Hot Creations and Gruuv as well as remixes on VIVA, Time Has Changed and Noexcuse. Then from January onwards we will have releases on Suara, Material, UNI and a remix on King Street of the anthem Johnny Dangerous ‘Beat That Bitch’ – a track that we really love, so we were really excited to get our hands on it when we were asked to do it. We are also working on a collaboration with Anek that will probably be release on early 2016.
As DJ’s, besides Italy where we do most of our gigs, we have already scheduled Berlin, London and Ginevra for the beginning of the next year so we’re looking forward to it!

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Paul C & Paolo Martini ‘Pinball’ released on Hot Creations 27/11/15

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Tim Paris
Dancers
My Favorite Robot Records

MFRCD086CD cover artFor openers I can’t really recommend this album highly enough. But don’t go expecting gospel inspired cliques either lyrically or musically, however what you do get is creative, forward-thinking sounds that all at once engage and challenge you. Of course, this being My Favorite Robot Records you probably guessed that bit already. Love the guitars on Rain, the delightfully sleazy vocals on Minireich (feat. Sex Judas & Rupert Cross), and the dreamy electronics generated by the concluding Backseat Reflexion. The remainder is equally invigorating too blending moods, words and atmosphere’s notably together alongside the starry array of guests. Listen for yourself below!

release: October 28

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DAVI
Bay 6 EP
Anjunadeep

daviThis excellent set of productions from DAVI, who you will already know from his releases on Crosstown Rebels, now comes to light in their own right. Three tracks beginning with The Bay 6 (Pt. 1) which comprises of tense, plucked guitar lines alongside what is undoubtedly the EP’s signature: deep, brooding bass complimented by swirling textures of sound that give the music real depth. (Pt.2) replays those very elements, while third number The Time Has Come is perhaps the standout simply because of the heightened sense of emotion it captures. There is an almost a cinematic quality to this arrangement coupled to what is certainly a first-rate production.

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Paul C & Paolo Martini
Get This!
Hot Creations

Hot39Paolo Martini (of Bini & Martini fame) and fellow Italian Paul C deliver one of my favourite Hot Creations releases in a while. The title track, Get This! is simply a case of turn it up! Especially once that bassline hits with you with all the fevered determination it can muster. Then powered by hot tribal drums, plus nagging synth lines, these six minutes of sheer pleasure proceed to lift and drop in just the right places complimented by sometimes sinister voices. Bull Revenge is an altogether funkier affair with an infectious loop of guitar and snazzy percussion, leaving the pulsating Flying Lizard to end on a repetitive high.

release: November 4

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Junip
Oba, Lá Vem Ela
Mr Bongo Records

JunipWith the autumn sunshine breaking through the grey clouds this morning Oba, Lá Vem Ela plays like the perfect accompaniment to the change in seasons. A brave and substantial cover of Brazil’s Jorge Ben (wrote Mas Que Nada!) by Swedish folk rock band Junip but one which they pull it off in style with their introspective melodies drifting most pleasingly over a sea of strummed acoustic guitars and spine-tingling synths – Balearic heaven. Fans of the band will also know that ‘Line of Fire’ was used to advertise the last series of Breaking Bad, which says it all really. The track also features on the labels forthcoming ‘Brazilian Beats 7’ so that’s something to look for too.

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Timmy Thomas
Why Can’t We Live Together: Expanded Version
Big Break Records/ TK Records

timmyOriginally released in 1972 the single Why Can’t We Live Together is one of those defining moments whose impassioned plea for unity still resonates today (with the possible exception of politicians). Its defining sounds were the percussion played by Thomas on his Lowery organ, which also produced the raspy chords and notes to embellish the vocals. And in one sense it’s that very combination that peppers the album throughout working particularly well on The Chi-lites cover ‘The Coldest Days Of My Life.’ The smoky, soulfulness of his voice is also notable on Dizzy Dizzy World and on this expanded edition bonus track People Are Changing, with the surprisingly up-tempo Funky Me finishing in a blaze of fiery percussion and pumping bass!

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