teshcast j ~ kamo

teshcast j ~ kamo on teshno
their ep for hypercolour/glass table associated label, losing suki, last month was enough for me to want a teshcast from this pair immediately. read the review, but it ably displayed a range of fresh bass styles which the series has thusfar lacked. when installent j landed, though, that was instantly rectified.

it’s a tight, bumpy mix through some bold bass notes, garage-y vocals, more stripped down technoid sounds and names like ramadanman and midland, instra: mental, martyn and previous teshcast guest, kidkut. before you tune in, get the low down on this previously rather mysterious pair; a pair who have remixed those including classic boss luke solomon in the past…

hard to find anything about you on the net… is that conscious? what’s the thinking behind it?

there’s no design or really any particular reason for our anonymity. laziness has a part to play as well as the fact that we’re hardly shameless self-promotors. we do have a blog that’s been somewhat neglected for the past twelve months, but we’d say that’s more down to priorities as making new music always takes priority over self promotion for us. we’ve learnt a lot in the past year about the importance of making your presence known and as a result you’ll probably see us posting more regularly.

as such, please introduce yourselves as openly as you feel comfortable doing so!

we’re just two dudes that make beats. liam and niall. comfort levels aside, there’s not that much else to it.

how did you meet, and what keeps you together?

when liam was about four his parents brought this kid home and told him he was his brother niall. this makes it pretty easy to stick together. though there are no less arguments in the studio.

it’s a damn tight mix you’ve done me – suggests you’ve been djing quite a while?

we’ve both been djing for quite a while now. ten plus years. as djs we try not to be swayed by trends or charts. we’ve always just played the music we wanted to hear and what we thought other people might enjoy. in many respects we moved to europe and the uk because there seems to be more opportunity to cross between different genres without declaring allegiance to just one. even though the mix doesn’t necessarily lend itself to that, the next mix we do could be a completely different story.

so how did you first get into electronic music? what did you like about it, what were you listening to?

hip-hop. from the very beginning djing was an opportunity to scratch. we both started djing before either of us was old enough to get into a club, so dance music was something that came later. in the beginning it was gangstaar, smiff n wesson, souls of mischief and dr octagon to name a few. at the same time, through working in a record store we were exposed to a lot of variety and eventually became less draconian about our love of hip hop. mostly it was downtempo stuff, then we got the mpc and got really into jazz and funk through digging for samples. from there the tempo just crept up until we’re at our present state. still probably a bit downtempo for some, but not really being club people we’re not exactly the type to write bangers, though we try to. it just never comes out like that.

and when did you decide to start playing/producing it?

since we started buying records, we’ve wanted to be on one. it’s a pretty normal thing to aspire to for the music lover. niall started playing guitar when he was a kid and when liam started djing it seemed like a musical partnership was a comfortable role to fall into. we’d never really gotten along as brothers prior to music. we got serious about it probably around the time we left uni and were looking for a reason to move overseas.

have your tastes/styles evolved much since the beginning?

without a doubt. like we said before, we don’t obsessively follow trends. we just like what we like and try not to let anything else influence that.

your ep for losing suki was a hard one to pin down… what’s going through your head when you make tunes – what are your goals with them, or what are the aesthetics you’re going for? anything specific?

there’s no real science to it. we’ve attempted to sit down and make a “dubstep” or “house” tune but it always morphs into something completely different. i think our lack of concern for aesthetics is a big part of our sound. though it’s not necessarily deliberate, it’s just natural.

is it a good summation of where you’re at or will your next release be wholly different again?

we don’t feel like we’ve made any declaration with this ep. i think our output so far has been more a stream of ideas rather than a statement of intent. in a way it seems a better reflection for our output to be slightly erratic and disjointed. who knows what the next release will sound like.

do you each have specific roles in the studio/booth? how does that work?

in the studio niall tends to play while we both produce and sculpt sounds in the computer. niall’s played guitar and piano for a while so he tends to take a more active role in terms of germinating ideas. in the booth everything is fifty-fifty. one mixing and lining up a track while the other goes “king tubby” on the space echo. for the live set it’s pretty even as well as it’s more an exercise in arranging and sequencing sounds rather than traditional musicianship.

are you doing this full time? if not what do you do outside of music?

we both work in retail. it’s spectacularly un-glamorous.

where and when was the mix recorded, and on what?

it was recorded in our house over the past couple of weeks on a mix of turntables, ableton and traktor. it’s nice to get the best of all that dj technology offers these days. we’ve never understood how one format can be better than the other. the means by which you mix is pretty irrelevant as far as we’re concerned. it’s more the output.

what was the thinking behind it – does it rep one of your dj sets?

of course. but it’s no line in the sand. just a bunch of tracks we’re into at the moment that all mix nicely (almost). there’s house, techno, garage and some stuff that’s all of these things.

what else you got coming up/working on?

we’ve got a remix we did for luke solomon coming out shortly on classic recordings. losing suki are looking for another ep from us as soon as we can but our main focus at the moment is our live set, which we’ll be debuting on the 14th of october at schlonc the trendy mullet records night with luke solomon.

anyone you feel needs bigging up?

definitely matt from trendy mullet records. jamie from hypercolour records. luke solomon doesn’t really need bigging up but he can get some anyway. our parents and girlfriends. did we mention we’re just as bad at promoting others as we are ourselves?

[this mix has been archived]

deepchild – skunk disco
kindimmmer – vodka and lemon
ramadanman and midland – your words matter
paul frick feat. matthias engler – knock on wood
martyn – all nights
funkystepz – fuller
boddika – breezin’
lv + josh idehen – melt
rednal kidz + 1 – i think of you (matthew herbert mix)
t williams – heartbeat
machine drum – mean mean
mickey pierce – me + u
crst – walk on
huxley – madatme
solead – loose powder
loco dice – tight laces
arkist + kidkut – vanilla imitate
instra:mental – forbidden
arkist – rendezvous

you might also like:

on the record ~ slam
techno wouldn't look the same without this enduring scottish duo, you can be sure of that. right from the moment they broke-through (into ...
interview ~ giorgio luceri
back in july, giorgio luceri was the second italian this year to release an album on jamal moss's excellent mathematics imprint (following...
on the record ~ youngtee
for the last year or so, youngtee has been serving up a raft of cheeky edits and dance floor bombs on labels like in plain sight and world...
interview ~ murphy jax
in just a short space of time murphy jax has really managed to get around. producing anything from deep 4/4 to raw techno to rap-house, he...

gwaaan, leave a comment, but remember; no-one likes a bully... »

power plant turns five

swedish artist and close watergate associate la fleur celebrates five years of her power plant label with a new ep

read the rest of power plant turns five (…)

kappa futur festival reveals 2016 line-up

kappa futur festival, which again takes place at parco dora in turin on the 9th and 10th of jul, announces its 1st wave of artists.

read the rest of kappa futur festival reveals (…)

on the record ~ hunter/game

hunter/game is the duo of emmanuele nicosia and martino bartola. he pair hail from milan and have had support for their mature, melodic productions from sasha, who has also put out their music on his much loved last night on earth.

read the rest of on the record ~ (…)

studio 338 announce new atrium

studio 338 is one of london’s most exciting venues, and yet it has now announced even more innovations as well as a great first few months of events in 2016.

read the rest of studio 338 announce new (…)

coincidance announces final acts

four day caribbean festival coincidance has announced the third and final wave of headliners as well as three pre-parties.

read the rest of coincidance announces final acts (…)

studio 338 line-up winter events

south london’s studio 338 is celebrating a top year with a busy winter programme and some seasonal decor updates. they’ve also announced the running order for new year’s day, hosted by the inimitable art of dark collective.

read the rest of studio 338 line-up winter (…)

sxmusic announces 2016 debut

sxmusic is a brand new, boutique electronic music festival set to unfold in march 2016 on the caribbean island of st. martin.

read the rest of sxmusic announces 2016 debut (…)

coincidance festival 2015

coincidance is back and the festival is growing from 3 to 4 days this new year’s day in mexico.

read the rest of coincidance festival 2015 (…)

on the record ~ nick sinna

manchester’s nick sinna is a prime numbers producer who has very much helped his local label set out on a new path.

read the rest of on the record ~ (…)

house history with hieroglyphic being and ra

ra’s origins film series in association with sonos continues to offer rare insights into some of dance music’s key figures.

read the rest of house history with hieroglyphic (…)

rise festival add axel boman

winter festival rise is shaping up its 2015 line-up with a brace of new announcements.

read the rest of rise festival add axel (…)

a response to ra’s frequency response

as they like to do, resident advisor have recently started a thought provoking new series entitled frequency response in association with advanced headphone makers aiaiai.

read the rest of a response to ra’s (…)

dj pierre ~ on the record

you don’t need me to tell you how important dj pierre’s contribution to dance music has been.

read the rest of dj pierre ~ on (…)

awakenings heads to new york

awakenings is one of if not the largest techno gathering in the world, and now they are expanding their global reach by hosting stage at new york’s electric zoo.

read the rest of awakenings heads to new (…)

2020 vision lands in london

ralph lawson’s recently reinvigorated, 20 year old label 2020vision heads to terrace club studio 338 on saturday august 15th.

read the rest of 2020 vision lands in (…)

on the record ~ dj three

dj three a.k.a chris milo is an american institution with many accolades to his name.

read the rest of on the record ~ (…)

stream amir alexander’s debut album in full

right about now, chicago built, sweden based dj and producer amir alexander is unleashing his debut album on the world. entitled love & fear and coming on anunnaki cartel – the sister label to vanguard sound, which he runs with chris mitchell – it is the essential next chapter in his engaging and ever evolving story.

read the rest of stream amir alexander’s debut (…)

on the record ~ no regular play

no regular play are part of the tight knit house creative that is crew love, an ensemble of artists that also includes wolf & lamb, soul clap, pillow talk and many more.

read the rest of on the record ~ (…)

studio 338 announce summer plans

the south london venue, famed for its open air terrace and living production in the form of various trees and plants, has unveiled its plans for summer 2015.

read the rest of studio 338 announce summer (…)

rise festival comes to les deux ales

taking place between the 11th and 19th of december, rise is a boutique festival that takes over the whole of les deux alpes, france, and turns it into an adult playground where music and fun are combined with snow sports and all sorts of extra adventures.

read the rest of rise festival comes to (…)