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The ninth guest mix in the podcast series is from Simon Mann, a good friend, DJ, Live act and producer from Sydney. specialising in deep electronic sounds spanning the genres of techno and house music.. With this mix he takes us outside of his usual zone for some deep electronic robot infused funk.
Simon’s career began as a club dj in Sydney in the late 90's, has been active playing live since the early 2000's and has released music via a long list of esteemed labels such as Controlled Violence Recordings, Nightime Drama, Buxton Records, Hypnotic Room, ETUI Records (DEU) & Lobe Limbique Musique to name a few.
1. Savas Pascalidis - System 605 [International Deejay Gigolo Records]
2. Havantepe - Robochirp [Luck Of Access]
3. Tred- To(night) [Doe Dee]
4. Plant43 - Metamaterial Cloaking [Semantica Records]
5. Havantepe - Robosoul [Luck Of Access]
6. Tred - S2003 [Doe Dee]
7. Datawave - Hidden Outpost [Natural Sciences]
8. Hardworking Families - JAM 2 [Hardworking Families]
9. Datawave - Stellar Wind [Natural Sciences]
10. 214 - Syntheizers Made Of Paper [Klakson]
11. Pip Williams - Mode #7 [Brokntoys]
12. 214 - Snowbanks [Klakson]
13. Pip Williams - Pleasure Deficiency System [Brokntoys]
14. Hardworking Families - Sunshine Reprise [Hardworking Families]
15. Pip Williams - ASBO Youth [Brokntoys]
Thanks for the invite, i enjoyed doing something different.
What was the inspiration for this mix?
System 605 by Savas Pascalidis has been a favourite of mine for many years. I love the Brave New World kinda vibe and wanted to take this opportunity to use it to open a mix in that vein. The music I’ve chosen to follow throughout the mix was inspired by those futuristic, dystopian, World State themes.
What has been influential for you musically in the past, and also more recently?
In the past my influence has come from the sound of the UK Acid House revolution, the techno luminaries from Detroit and Europe, and purveyors of East Coast and Chicago House, and West Coast Hip Hop coming out of the US. Throw in some New York House and Techno and some Miami Bass and you’ve got my history musically. Techno, house, hip hop and electro. I also need to mention Thunk Recordings, absolutely inspiring.
Recently, I’m really inspired by my local scene. I see so many really amazing local artists, DJ's, record labels, collectives and promoters doing so much to really push electronic music in Sydney and farther. Specifically, I love the unbridled passion that comes with that.
Pushing on without need for profit or promotion, just doing the thing they love, week in, week out. That’s what influences me, and I try and support it wherever I can.
Musically, Special Circumstances has been blowing my mind with his complex polyrhythmic spaced out vibes.
What are you listening to right now?
Here are some links to some specific tracks I have been digging.
Special Circumstances, Lost Few, Inter Gritty, Hardstedt, Luigi Tozzi & Docetism
Who or what is inspiring you musically and otherwise at the moment?
Right now I’m really enjoying deep ambient techno sounds, and the challenges in trying to create that atmosphere.
Stuff you could play early in the night or early in the morning, really organic paddy hypnotic deepness. I’m also really enjoying that sophisticated deep minimal house sound that labels like Unic are pushing.
You play live and also DJ which do you prefer?
That’s a hard question, I really like both!
Playing live is great in the fact that you can spend months creating an hours worth of music and have it unfold in its own unique way on the night. Hours of planning condensed into a moment. It’s a lot of effort but also extremely satisfying when it works. Plus, having people enjoying the music you made, from a performance point of view, you can’t beat it!
DJing is a lot less labour intensive but comes with its own challenges as far as phrasing and mixing go, there isn’t a time limit to a transition when you’re playing live. Plus, I love the tangibility of playing records. In complete contrast to playing live, I don’t plan a dj set at all. I pack a bag and let the inspiration grab me as I flick through it. So it’s much more spontaneous than playing live.
Where can we see or hear your latest project?
Check out Bandcamp for my latest self released 2 tracker. Soundcloud for a recent live set performed for Nightime Drama. And Mixcloud for my musings via djing. Beatport for a back catalogue of digital releases.
Any upcoming releases or gigs?
I’ve got upcoming releases in the works with Controlled Violence Records and Analog Cabin.
Plus I’ll likely do some self-releases via Bandcamp in the future.
Catch me playing at Trench in Melbourne in November.
Anything else you would like to share?
You can check out more of what I am up to musically on the links below.
Bandcamp | Soundcloud | Mixcloud | Beatport