Anna Wall Q&A

annaTell us a little about your background and how you first got into Dance music and clubs?

I’m an East London girl, so when I first started letting my hair down it was when clubs like The End, Turnmills and The Key and The Cross were still around. I guess they’ve become quite iconic now and I feel lucky that I got to experience them just before they all closed down. I was also a Raindance regular, held in the arches in SE1 where Ratpack were residents. When we were too young to blag ourselves into the clubs, we’d go to squat parties.

How did your show on Future Disco Radio come about?

I began working with Sean Brosnan at the beginning of last summer when I was helping out on his Future Disco parties at Space in Ibiza. We started the show again and I was producing it with Sean presenting; one week he handed it over to me to fill in so I guess it just naturally happened from there – I often lose my voice so some people find it amusing that I do radio, but I guess maybe it’s just because I talk too much!

https://soundcloud.com/future-disco/future-disco-radio-show-70-hnny-guestmix-1

How do you see radio’s place in the digital world and why do you think the format has lasted so long?

Well it’s constantly evolving – I think because now there are a lot more stations available online and options for playback rather than necessarily tuning into FM dials, I think it means that radio is still a great source for hearing new music especially when you can delve into track-lists at ease.

Can you talk us though the process of producing your current release, the excellent ‘Broken’ on 22Tracks

Well, it’s actually the first track I ever made! It was about 3 years ago around the time that I’d fractured my ankle (hence the name) – it wasn’t the easiest being on crutches so it felt like the right moment to get my head stuck into production to escape from the world as I couldn’t do it on my feet anymore. I loved the idea of the 22Tracks compilation and it feels great that it’s finally found a home.

What are your future plans for production?

At the moment I’m finishing up solo material that’s been kicking around for ages and getting dusty, and also I’ve been getting stuck into quite a few collaboration tracks lately – I think if you get on with someone and you’re on the same wave-length, it can be really fun in the studio too and you can learn a lot from each other. I’ve been working on an EP with a friend of mine during our summer in Ibiza, and starting some more projects with my friend Tom Bulwer too. Just keeping busy and having fun with it I guess.

What’s the story behind The Bricks PR?

It’s the company I set up for the the freelance projects I work for various record labels. This can be anything from club and radio promotion, radio production and syndication to selected press. It’s been amazing having the opportunity to work with grass-roots labels based worldwide and I’ve been sharing my time between Ibiza, London and Berlin.

You’re running a series of mixes via Soundcloud: The Bricks That Built My House. Can you tell us more about the idea behind those?

The idea originally was about creating mixes that reflected influences both past and present. When I first got into dance music I was a bit obsessed about the roots of where it all came from. I’m still young, and there’s huge back catalogues of now defunct record labels and new ones cropping up every day that I still find fascinating to delve through – I think those mixes are a kind of outlet for everything that makes me tick.

You recently attended ADE. Was that productive and would you recommend it?

Absolutely, it’s an incredibly well run conference and seems to get better each year. I think for anyone in the industry, it’s a great way to do business, to re-connect with people as well as building new relationships. People travel from all over the world to be there and it’s an opportunity to get to know people on a more personal level…you can’t have a glass of wine with someone over an email!

At long last there are more female DJ’s breaking through. Why do you think those opportunities are happening now after decades of such a male dominated industry?

‘Female DJ’s’ has always been a bit of a strange term as it’s suggesting that there is a difference between males and females behind the decks. It’s a question that comes up so often and I guess my answer is that there are many women that have built their way up the ranks over the years that are truly inspirational, and we should be applauding them on their skills and passion rather than how far they’ve got based on their sex.

Where can people catch you DJ’ing next?

I just got back from an amazing weekend playing in Newcastle and then London for Maya Jane Coles and friends for the FOUND Horror Series.

Next weekend I’ll be up in Leeds playing on the 8th Nov with Nathan Fake and Paris XY, and then my next London gigs will be for a new night on the 14th Nov called 12+1 which is a Boat Party concept, then for Hyde alongside Casino Times at London Fields Brewery on 22nd Nov.

Can’t say too much yet but I’ve also been kindly asked to help curate a new monthly night at Shapes in Hackney Wick that we’re very excited about – it kicks off in December, so pretty buzzing about that too. Looking forward!

https://www.facebook.com/annawallmusic
http://twitter.com/DJAnnaWall
http://www.residentadvisor.net/dj/annawall

https://www.facebook.com/TheBricksPR

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Sean Brosnan (Future Disco/Needwant) Q&A

SeanBrosnan12What is the concept behind Future Disco?

To bring together the best upfront House music that is inspired by Disco sounds.

The latest compilation is: Future Disco Vol 7: Till The Lights Come Up. How do you go about choosing which tracks are included? And how important is it to you to include a selection of styles and moods?

I start with quite a vast set of tracks and I tend to compile as I go adding or taking out tracks that I put aside for the compilations, I listen to tracks hundreds of times just to make sure they stand the test of time. If I get bored with them I take them out.

I think it is important to have a theme and that’s why we have a subtitle each time, so it gives the album some grounding and concept to work towards. It’s much more interesting that way.

You also run the Future Disco Radio show – which is still a remarkably successful medium. How do you feel radio fits in to today’s digital world?

Radio I believe is more successful than ever and I think that’s due to people using radio both in real time and catch up. We follow the same principles with our show going out on broadcast stations across the world and then streamed also on our soundcloud page every Thursday. It allows us to pick tracks between albums and also talk about what we are up to.

https://soundcloud.com/future-disco/fdr33

Who influenced you to become a Dj and what inspired you to set up your own label?

I remember my friend buying some turntables and a mixer from a Tandy store and they didn’t even have pitch control ! So impossible to mix. But from that day I knew I wanted to have turntables too, there’s something about collecting music and playing it that’s really good fun. My own label was just natural progression from that. When you DJ for a while you like the idea of a label and how you can craft a sound and work with artists.

Which artists have been the most important to you over the years, either within or outside of Dance music?

Sticking close to home I would say Mario Basanov as we work together closely so I’ve listened to so much of his music over the past few years. Then I like a lot of different music outside Dance mainly downbeat electronica.

How would you describe the health of House music in 2014 in terms of its retro influences and the art of song writing? What do you see happening next?

I think it’s healthier than ever and evolving in a nice way, most people understand investing in the creative side is what keeps you and the scene fresh. For the future maybe more live instrumentation in the performance and I see more countries scenes getting stronger.

SeanBrosnan21What are the future plans for the label and can you tell about some the events you have planned for 2014?

We plan to do a lot more albums in 2014 – both compilations and artist albums. We are also doing parties in London on 8th March for an album launch, Unknown festival in Croatia and of course Ibiza (watch this space).

Album launch party: http://www.futuredisco.net/events/album-launch-party/
Pre-order: http://shop.futuredisco.net/products/522828-future-disco-vol-7-til-the-lights-come-up

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Reviews:112

Psychemagik feat. Renegade
Black Noir Schwarz
Crosstown Rebels

CRM_121_LabelADon’t quite know why it took me a second listen but in love with this now. Psychemagik are producer’s you clearly pay attention too while having set the world alight with their diverse approach to music making that always keeps you second guessing. In this instance devilish House beats and delicious rumbling Bass feel all the more addictive care off an invigorating arrangement of punchy vocal edits and off the wall effects. Remixes come care of Tensnake who gives it a more sinister twist and the excellent Minéo who then adds a creative, funky groove to the title.

release: March 10

http://www.psychemagik.com
www.crosstownrebels.com

http://www.deejay.de/m_All/Black_Noir_Schwarz_incl_Tensnake_Remix__142145

System2
Smoke & Mirrors EP
System2

Debuting on their brand new label Manchester’s System 2 give House Music a definite twist with the inclusion of funky breaks à la James Brown style. That and the cutting horn stabs lend it all a distinctive funkiness which oozes 70’s grittiness that’s so hard to capture authentically. Pounding and relentless this sits neatly between House and Hip-Hop as vocal snippets tease you into defying the possible distinctions. Hanfry Martinez then stokes the tension further via his remix that gives the breaks and bass a crisper edge feeling all the more vital for it. Nobodies Freakin, plays with those same influences on another original production that you can’t help but move to, leaving Body to end with a more challenging groove befitting of the EP’s serious intent.

release: mid March

https://www.facebook.com/System2musik

https://soundcloud.com/system2-1/sets/system2-001

Various Artists
Future Disco Vol. 7 – ‘Til The Lights Come Up

Number seven in the series continues with the concept that in ways sums up the place where everyone seeks to be: Future Disco. And opening with Sonny Fodera feat. Cajmere super sassy ‘You’re The One’ is a hard act to follow but the one thing this compilation isn’t short on and that’s flair as Sean Brosnan’s mix traverse’s the highlife. For me the moodier moments are all the more intriguing such as the Psychemagik remix of Mirror People ‘Kaleidoscope’ but then the irresistible funk from the likes of  Benoit & Sergio’s ‘Shake Shake’ comes a pretty close second. For some reason this compilation seems more diverse than the previous with happy peak-time tracks easily offset by a wider selection of styles, leaving the haunting tones of Tale Of Us & Clockwork ‘Lost Keys’ to end on an amazing low note.

release: February 24

www.facebook.com/FutureDisco
twitter.com/FutureDisco‎

Weisz²
El Vagabundo feat. Pablo J
Luv Lite

This stunning production contains everything I love about nightclubs. From the Latin inspired percussion to the Flamenco styled guitar coupled with deep basslines these 9 minutes of sheer Balearic pleasure are a joy from start to finish. Scan Mode Sound Sistema Dub follows by stripping down to essentials on what is another equally irresistible take. Two versions from Portugal’s Jepe then follow and finish, although it’s hard to choose between the weirdness of the Intercontinental Planetary mix or the House rhythms of the Red Sand Mix. Sunshine music.

release: March 10

http://www.luvliterecordings.com

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