Funk D’Void Interviewed By His Remixers

Funk D'Void

Lars Sandberg (a.k.a. Funk D’Void) has been crafting techy house tracks for more than two decades. Hailing from Glasgow and presently based in Barcelona, Sandberg has continually evolved his sound over the trajectory of standout releases for Bedrock, Cocoon, Octopus, Suruba, Tronic, Tulipa and Urbantorque.

In addition to releasing music on his own label, Outpost Recordings, he’s lent his remix touch to tracks by a range of artists including New Order, Underworld, Kevin Saunderson, Deetron, and Laurent Garnier.

Related: Onionz x Funk D’Void: The Big Shot Interview

This month Sandberg presented his latest magnum opus called “Feels So Good” for On It Recordings, a new Manchester-based label run by rising producer ONYA. It’s a deep, melodic track with a tinge of ’90s nostalgia that effortlessly skirts the border of house and techno.

A handful of choice remixers — Tuff London, Brett Gould, ONYVA and Mark Holmes — have reimagined “Feels So Good” so we thought it would be interesting to have them interview the big man himself. Read on for an incredible Q&A touching on Sandberg’s early days and current studio set-up.

Out of all the tracks you have written, which one are you most proud of and why?
— Tuff London

Good question! I do lose the connection with my tracks over time after not hearing them for so long. I don’t dwell on my productions after completing them, but I guess “Diabla” falls into that category. I spent a good few weeks nailing that and knew it was sometime special after testing it out with friends whose opinion I trust. The arrangement and elements all fell into the right place.

I still remember Grooverider playing at a rave and making me think, Yeah, I want to learn how to do that. So did you ever have a particular moment when you realized you wanted to be a DJ, producer and get to the top of the game?
— Brett Gould

At school discos when I was 15 I was fascinated at the power of the DJ, high up in his booth/stage commanding the direction of the dance floor. That’s how it all started I guess … I’ve never had a plan to “make it big” or whatever. In the beginning I just saved up money for some bits of gear and set up a small studio (Atari 1040, TR808, Roland S10, R8, JD800, Novation Bass-station) in my bedsit at the time and carved together the Jack Me Off EP and went to Soma with a demo tape cassette.

Big fan of all your work over the years and tracks like “Diabla” have been a massive inspiration. What did you use for the sounds in this track (particularly the LFO bass) and do you have any musical training, or is it by ear?
— Mark Holmes

I used the Sequential Circuits Pro-One monosynth for bass, Roland JV2080/JD800 for strings/pads, microKorg for the vocoder sound, and an old rave pad intro sample as the basis for the melody. I’m classically trained up to grade 5, but I just play around and usually use my ear for making/processing sounds … I’ve been winging it since day one.

What does your current set-up look like and how has that evolved over the years? Could you also briefly describe your music-making process?
— ONYVA

I used to have a museum of analogue gear, but I’ve sold most of it due to my home studio space restrictions. My basic set-up now is a 2006 Power Mac running Logic 9, a Korg Triton, Roland JV2080 with full XP cards, a completely fucked JD800 and a Yamaha Tenori-On all connected to a basic 12-channel Allen & Heath studio mixer. I’m about to pick up some of the Roland Boutique range, namely the TR-08, 09, SE-02, SH-01 and the D-05 ― the size of the units are perfect for me and look and sound like a lot of fun.

Pioneer Unveils Stand-Alone DJ Sampler

Pioneer DJS-1000

Seeing how more DJs are supplementing their DJ sets with additional instruments and devices, Pioneer DJ will introduce a stand-alone DJ sampler this month that allows DJs to layer beats and melodies as well as record and sample audio on-the-fly.

The DJS-1000, which will retail at SRP of €1,299 including VAT (roughly $1,535), features an easy to navigate user interface brandishing 16 multicolored step input keys, 16 multicolored Performance Pads, a host of inputs and outputs, plus various other performance features

The unit allows DJs to make beats and sounds in advance of their sets or produce them on the fly, then sequence and loop them as they wish. The Live Sampling feature allows DJs to freely sample input sounds and work them into their mix as effects or tracks.

More details below as well as a promo video. Continue Reading

Björk Says She Was Harassed by Danish Director

Björk

This weekend the #MeToo hashtag popped up on social media, and droves of women bravely came forward with tales of abuse, sexual harassment and assault.

On Sunday Björk entered the fray, posting on Facebook that she too had been sexually harassed by a Danish director. Though she did not name him, her story led many to assume she was calling out Lars Von Trier, who directed her in 2000’s Dancer in the Dark.

Noting that she comes “from a country that is one of the worlds place closest to equality between the sexes and at the time i came from position of strength in the music world with hard earned independence , it was extremely clear to me when i walked into the actresses profession that my humiliation and role as a lesser sexually harassed being was the norm and set in stone with the director and a staff of dozens who enabled it and encouraged it.”

She went on to state that “when i turned the director down repeatedly he sulked and punished me and created for his team an impressive net of illusion where i was framed as the difficult one.”

Lars Von Trier denied treating her badly, telling Danish paper Jylannds Posten that while he and Björk had conflicts during the filming of Dancer in the Dark — which were widely reported at the time — he did not act inappropriately.

On Sunday Björk took to Facebook in a follow-up post, where she wrote “in the spirit of #metoo i would like to lend women around the world a hand with a more detailed description of my experience with a danish director.” In the post she recounted six incidents that transpired with the Danish director, including “after each take the director ran up to me and wrapped his arms around me for a long time in front of all crew or alone and stroked me sometimes for minutes against my wishes.”

As more brave women step forward, we can only imagine how many more horror stories will come to light in the coming days.

S-File October 2017 Chart

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  1. S-File – Shelter (GND Records)
  2. Seph – Aces (Dumb Unit)
  3. Ben Sims – Acid OD (Deeply Rooted)
  4. Rod Malmok – Blackstabber (Clone)
  5. Housemeister – Epsilon (Ray Kajioka Remix) (GND Records)
  6. Johannes Heil – Gospel Eleven (Odd Even)
  7. S-File – Broken (GND Records)
  8. Planetary Assault Systems – Random Kingdom (Mote Evolver)
  9. Alden Tyrell – Take it Slow (Clone)
  10. Vincent – How I Feel (Klockworks)

DJs, submit your top 10 chart along with a photo and we’ll publish.

Reggie Dokes October 2017 Chart

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  1. Ju Ju and Jordash – Sis-boom-bah! (Dekmantel)
  2. Various Artists – Genesis Tracks Vol. 2 (Sistrum Recordings)
  3. Various Artists – We Play House Recordings 10 years (WPH10Y)
  4. Various Artists – Nightfall and Other Stories (Release Sustain)
  5. Reggie Dokes – Black Lives Matter (Rawax)
  6. Reggie Dokes – WPH Ten-5 (We Play House Recordings)
  7. Blaze – Wishing You Were Here (Slip ‘n’ Slide)
  8. Cevin Fisher – Submission (4 To The Floor Records)
  9. Fingers, Inc. – Another Side (Alleviated Records)
  10. Alton Miller – Bring Me Down featuring Maurissa Rose (Sound Signature)

DJs, submit your top 10 chart along with a photo and we’ll publish.

Amy dB 5 Tracks of the Moment

Amy dB

Singing and playing piano since the age six, music has been a constant thread in the life of Chicago native Amy db. Her musical studies laid the groundwork for her career as a DJ/producer. She’s gone on to champion a warm, life-affirming sound that encompasses electronica, tech- and progressive house. Whether behind the boards, spinning at clubs or helming her Redemption mix show on Frisky Radio, Amy’s sound is something to truly behold.

Fresh from releasing The Revered / Ibizaaa EP on Stan Kolev and his production producer and friend Matan Caspi’s Outta Limit Recordings, Amy elevates her production career to the next level. Her EP is brimming with emotive deep-tech goodness. Kolev contributes a mind-bending remix of “The Revered” and Yuriy From Russia peppers “Ibizaaa” with an extra dose of euphoria.

Related: Listen to Stan Kolev’s Big Shot Guest Mix

We checked in with Amy and asked her to share her tracks of the moment. She was more than happy to comply! Continue Reading