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Guests are encouraged to explore a bit further into their collections with an opportunity to step away from the dance floor if they desire.
For the twentieth episode we welcome DTE (Down To Earth) who serves up a delicate selection from across the electronic music spectrum, expertly blended together for a deep two hour excursion.
DTE is a Sydneysider who has been an active DJ in Sydney and Berlin for a number of years.. Over this time he has been a keen digger which shines through with this selection. These days you can find him slinging plates at Something Else record store in Newtown.
1. Reagenz – ä [Source Records]
2. David Morley – The First Floor [R&S Records]
3. Electro Music Union – Structures 3 [AVA. Records and Cold Blow]
4. Jump Source – Empathy Dub 3 [Jump Source]
5. Rhythm & Sound – Si Mi Yah (Basic Reshape) (Burial Mix) [Basic Channel]
6. Sterac.- Sitting On Clouds [100% Pure]
7. DJ Dozia - Shape Shifter (Original Mix) [Nou Lion Recordings]
8. Joey Beltram – Untitled [Synewave]
9. Space Time Continuum – Freelon [Astralwerks]
10. Move D – Cymbelin [Warp]
11. Theorem – Shift [M_nus]
12. Tim Jackiw – No Destination (Third Phase) [Offworld Records]
13. Musicology – Epilion [Warp]
14. Velocette – Stumm [A Colourful Storm]
15. The 7th Plain – Seeing Sense [A-Ton]
16. INTe*ra – 697 [Acting Press]
First I wanted to say, thanks for putting together this mix for RecThera.
Thanks for having me Adrian
What was the inspiration for this mix?
It consists of some records that I have wanted to put into a mix for years and some that I just picked up recently. I decided that I would like to record something more club-focused because it has been a while since I recorded a mix like that.
What has been influential for you musically in the past, and also more recently? What are you listening to right now?
In the past, there are too many things for me to name, but I guess one thing I always stand by is where you buy your records from will have a big impact on you, I encourage everyone to support physical record stores and not just buy online. When I was living in Berlin I was hardly buying records from Discogs and was visiting different record stores/flea markets every week and I learned so much, the store I was frequenting the most was Sound Metaphors, being influenced from them I started buying more records just for home listening and interesting things from all over the world, lots of reissue labels and stuff like that. It was interesting for me because I was going out to clubs so much and listening to so much club-related music, but my personal progression was more on a chill-out home listening worldly vibe haha. I was also buying dance records too of course but it wasn’t my main focus like it was in my early 20’s.
More recently I get inspired by local DJs and artists here in Sydney. My friends Jonathan and Tim put on a little outdoor party not long ago, watching those guys DJ was inspiring, they’ve got great records and a really nice sound. I think there’s a lot of really talented people here in Sydney. I hope when venues reopen there will be more opportunities for locals. I have also recently been getting in the studio with my mate Faz, he’s very talented and I definitely get inspiration from him.
At the moment I’m listening to a lot of different things as always, there’s never just one style for me, I listen to and collect a lot of dub and reggae also in the past couple of years I have been getting really into IDM. I have been collecting compact discs too, collecting CDs from labels like em:t, City Centre Offices, Fax, etc.
Who or what is inspiring you musically and otherwise?
I’m really inspired by the ambient techno sound from the 90s, looking at artists such as Pete Namlook, Deep Space Network, Biosphere, Speedy J and The Future Sound Of London to name only a few. When it comes to the music I produce under the name DTE (Down To Earth) I’m very influenced by this sound, in my little studio I have a JV-2080 which a digital synth from the mid-90s, I have it running into a Boss SE-70 Super Effects Processor and I play it on the MPC, I feel it helps give my songs some of that 90s ambient flavour.
Earlier this year I started working at Something Else record store, it’s a great little shop with a community around it. There are so many good new releases coming out I can’t keep up with it all, I have found myself getting into labels that were previously on my radar but somehow, I never really looked deeply into them, labels such as Delsin, Spazio Disponibile, and A Strangely Isolated Place. Everyone who works at Something Else is super lovely and very talented in their own way, so it’s a very inspiring place to be.
Where can we see or hear your next project?
Recently my friend Bec and I have started to DJ together, we are recording something soon for a friend’s online label in Berlin. We are calling ourselves Neocortex; we play more left-field styles of electronic music think Salon Des Amateurs.
Any upcoming releases or gigs?
Nothing at the moment but as I said before I’m hoping there will be more opportunities for local DJs to play once venues open again. I would love to play out more often as I have so much great music to share! I have ideas and plans to start my own record label where I would release my own music and music for my friends, starting a record label has been a pipe dream for me since I started collecting as a 16-year-old.
Anything else you would like to share?