Madota Q&A

Welcome to Magazine Sixty, Behnam & Mehran. Tell us about how you first met and then decided to produce together?

We met over 12 years ago in Vancouver, Canada through a very special mutual friend who told both of us separately we would really get along due to our obscure sense of humour. From the moment we met we became brothers and from there we embarked on a whole musical journey DJing around different spaces and parties in Vancouver. Around 2011 we really became interested in making our own sounds so we found a garage space four floors into the ground and went there every night to practice and experiment.

Your track: Gilli has been included on Kindisch’s next Steps compilation. How did you hook up with the label? And what is the story behind its title?

We’ve been in contact with Philip Jung (M.A.N.D.Y) over the past year or so. We actually first got our track ‘Elegy’ signed with Get Physical (big brother label of Kindisch) coming out early 2020. A few months down the road, we had ‘Gilli’ in our hands and just had a feeling it would be perfect for Kindisch – so we reached out to Philip and he made it all happen.

The title ‘Gilli’ comes from Gil Scott Heron who was a legendary jazz poet and musician in the 1970’s – one of the true pioneers of rap music and slam poetry you could say. You can hear his words come in and out of the track as he weaves a grim narrative of Nixon and his toxic relationship with America. His words deeply resonated with us given the political climate right now and we wanted to relive the legacy of his words and the grim outlook of our future right now.


The track fuses together a diverse set of styles and emotions. How would you best describe the music that you create?

It’s hard to capture in words really. It seems like whatever is coming out of us has both elements of melancholy and color in it. Given that we are Iranian born Canadian raised German residents, we definitely feel a sense of rootlessness in that we don’t truly feel at ‘home’ anywhere. So that gives us the room to really tap into whatever styles that move us the most – soul, jazz, traditional Iranian, old school hip hop, Roma folk music and on and on.

Can you talk us through how Gilli was produced, including any favourite software/ hardware you like to use?

‘Gilli’ came out of a series of jams we had using a lot of old school hip hop drum sampling we had done. After jamming a few grooves along with a few guitar riffs we were on a mission with Gil’s words. And what came at the end was a free improvisation on keys for all the melodies and pads to make everything make sense. We do a lot of recordings when we get our hands on synths such as the Prophet 12, Nord Lead and the Sub 37. And when we come back to regroup we make sense out of everything in Logic Pro with what we capture.

Tell us about your main influences. Both within electronic music and from outside of it. Are there any writers, painters etc who influence what you do?

Hmm this is really hard to capture in a few names but within the electronic scene there are many class acts we look up to such as Stimming, Stavroz, Apparat, Max Cooper and so on. Outside of it we tap into a lot of obscure folk music from around the world along with other artists like film directors Jim Jarmusch and Alejandro González Iñárritu, and writers such as Elif Shafak and Hunter Thompson. Really all over the place.

Your studio looks amazing. What do you consider to be the most important thing in it (apart from yourselves)?

Honestly it’s not so much a particular thing as opposed to the sense of community that we feel in and around us. Since our studio is in Holzmarkt in Berlin, we have a lot of inspirational artists like Martin (Acid Pauli), Sascha Cawa, Mario (Douglas Greed), Marco Resmann, and Paji having their studios next to us. That moment when you’re in the studio and you feel like all the walls are closing in on you, you step outside and get grounded again with these guys’ experience and wisdom.

In broader terms how do you feel about the nature of ‘streaming’ and ways to make a living as artists through music?

Honestly with the nature of our kind of music and our peers alike, streaming doesn’t really serve us in earning a living. I think like everyone, we’re secretly wishing for a more fair streaming platform where we would be paid more per stream but it doesn’t look probable.

We’ve actually been working very closely in the past two years with a dedicated team in Sweden developing a live streaming app that allows artists to monetise through either setting up their own performances or just live streaming from their studio. The app is called Whalebone and is due to launch at the end of October. We’re really looking forward to using it and sharing it with our peers.

How was your recent trip to Mexico? And tell us about your remix for Lost Desert & Simon Vuarambon – Bloesem on Souksonic?

Mexico was truly magical. We just fell in love with the warmth of the people, the beauty in the food and the hospitality we received. We see ourselves going back there more down the road.

Regarding our remix of Bloesem, we met Patrick (Lost desert) and Sandra on a sunny spring afternoon in Brooklyn on the day we were playing for the ZERO Masquerade. One thing was crystal clear from that point onwards: they are the type of people you feel like you’ve known deeply for many lifetimes. over and over. Fast forward a year and a bit later and here we are remixing his track for his newborn label Souksonic. We’re really happy with the outcome.

And finally. Where can people get to hear you DJ, and can you share with us any forthcoming plans?

Yes we’re back playing in a few shows London and Toronto in November with a bigger focus on finishing a lot of new projects. Then we’re doing New York, DC and Miami all in December. And then a few Woomoon gigs in Tulum around New Year’s leading into a Saisons showcase mid-January in Montreal during Igloo fest. We also got a few new releases coming out with Get Physical and Saisons.


Various Artists – Kindisch 2017 – Kindisch

As the title prompts this is a gathering of the labels finer moments from over the year which to be fair have thrown more than one gem along the way. Highlighting this collection of excellent, important sounds begins with the deeply, heart-tearing strains of ‘Sun Salute’ by atish, Bengal. The rich, beautiful intensity then continues via the apt ‘Magic Footsteps’ explored by Modd which is complimented by the swirling rush of DAVI’s ‘Kayser Soze’ next. Moods then proceed to lift and fall over a total of 17 complimenting pieces of music that include Franck D’s hyper ‘Feelin’ plus Sandro Beninati’s rolling ‘Night Mode’ which also concludes the selection. Typifying a great year for both creative, forward-pointing electronic music and for Get Physical’s sister label. Let’s see and hear just what happens next emanating out of Berlin while moving into 2018.

Release: December 22


Giorgia Angiuli – You Are My Religion – Kindisch


Kindisch once again excite and tantalise with their latest release from Florence based artist Giorgia Angiuli. You could almost say this, and tracks around like it, make a return to more interesting music than the conforming constraints of Disco cliques combining intriguing influences together with vibrant instrumentation, fizzy electronics and importantly vocals in the shape of song. Revive, delivers all of that, while the title track You Are My Religion feels punchier more succinct in contrast. Leaving the probing vocals of final number Miracle to grasp for a higher reality amid mood enhancing piano and smouldering voices. More please.

Release: July 21


Nico Stojan feat. JAW – OD 30 – Kindisch

A fabulous release of music and emotion from Nico Stojan who with the aid of JAW’s smoky, delicate vocals produces sounds that impact on both body and soul. The Original version is a thing of beauty with subtlety being the key here (rather than the usual mush of cliques that passes for a lot of so-called dance music today). The beats feel sassy, though restrained, leaving space for the strummed instrumentation to define the air in-between as the voice dances and the bass sings out Jazz fashion. Remixes come from NU, and Britta Unders who both lend their individual stamp to the track, although quite possibly the standout version is the beautifully realised Acoustic Remix which flies free and loose care of atmospheric strings augmenting the guitar and gorgeous bass notes.

Release: June 2



Kindisch Stories presented by Dance Spirit – Kindisch

Dance Spirit have been producing some stunning music for this past number of years so it was with some excitement that they get to portray their own unique blend of sights and sounds on this excellent compilation from Kindisch. As you should expect the music is sonically charged full of passion for forward-thinking ideas that positively brim and sizzle with the here and now. Featuring a number of their own productions plus with a series of exclusive remixes of the label’s back catalogue the duo pulzarise your senses by both dark and funky rhythms coupled with a sense of present danger. Plenty of highlights to express here but just a couple like their own remix of YokoO ‘Arid’, Ben Hoo ‘Modal’ and Nick Galemore’s ‘Redesigned’ are certainly breath-taking standouts for starters.

Release: April 21


Adeline (Culprit/ Kindisch) interview

Adeline-MikeMassaro-1Firstly can you tell us about your background in Sweden, how you first got into Dance music, Dj’ing and then producing it?

I started DJing back in 2005, and got very involved in the night life in Stockholm. I was hosting quite a few different nights at the time, and this was always a pleasurable and needed escape from my master degree studies at university. I was listening to quite a bit of electronic music when I grew up, although I wasn’t quite aware that it was particularly electronic at the time… Some that remain with me still to this day is early The Knife.

About two years after I started to DJ I went into making music. It was something I started out of total curiosity. And along those lines it was, it was never clear to me that this hobby would grow into a passion and I’d end up making it a career, but it’s been a very organically evolving path.

The What You Got EP is your new release for Culprit. How did you get introduced to the label?

I met Droog the first time last year at Sonar when we were all playing at the Rebelrave. That party was definitely one of the best memories I have from last summer!

The EP’s title track features your own vocals. Who inspired you to start singing, and do you have any plans for ‘live’ performance of your music?

I started singing when I was about 12 years old, I was soprano in my local church choir. I would love to do a live show, that’s one of my dreams. I’m just waiting for the moment to come.

Which were your favourite pieces of software/ hardware involved in producing the EP? And can you tell us about how you like to create a piece of music?

I have two software synths that I use a lot for my signature sounds, a Rob Papen and a KORG VST. But I’ve recently been getting really into hardware, and it’s helped me understand music in a new way. I’m very fond of my Slim Phatty for example!
It seems like the best lyrics evolve over time for me, sometimes this means years (!). As I’m coming from a background of writing songs, there is always the challenge of scaling down to the core of what I want to say, to make it fit into a more dancey context. The best tracks for me come from a state of calm and effortlessness. That’s why I’ve been very into meditating lately, it helps me feel more creative and reach for the unexpected.

avatars-000034339599-40g5dh-t200x200You live in London now. How would you describe the Dance music scene there, and which clubs do you like best?

The scene here, if we in that include creative people and the night life as it happens, has inspired me a lot. It’s very vibrant and compared to living in Sweden it’s like being in an all year around festival, considering how much amazing music you can experience every week. When I first came to London I used to go to a lot of warehouse parties, but I don’t so much anymore. Some of my favourites include Krankbrothers and Half Baked, I played with them both and they always keep the spirit high!

What are your plans for 2013?

I’m feeling very motivated to explore all sorts of stuff in the studio right now, so spending lots of time doing that is definitely one of my main aims. Then I’m considering a move from London, my inner urge to get back to the nature is calling! More on that to come… Apart from that I’m looking forward to a busy summer with lots of gigs!

What You Got EP reviewed at DMC magazine: