2018 Rewind: Mattias Fridell

Mattias Fridell

How was 2018 for you?

Mattias Fridell: I have to say it was a pretty interesting year in many ways. Mostly in a positive way.

Highlights?

Two new projects I’m involved in. One being Destroyka, which is a collaboration with Alexander Johansson (who also established the idea and myself). We’ve been working together creating music for 20 years by now and it was time to make a full-scale program with a new idea over a lengthy course of time instead of a track every now and then. It’s a concept-based affair, involving music, art and dysfunctional poems. We worked on it since summer 2017. In March 2018 we launched it and kept us very busy since.

Second, I’m part of the techno online community Subsekt [for] a long time and during 2018 it also became a label. Completely run by its passionate members, releasing the members’ music as well as doing absolutely everything else that needs to be done together. Everything is being discussed, reasoned and decided together. Involvement and inclusion! Enthusiasm. It’s a mighty fine thing. No doubt it can be seen as a natural reaction to what’s happening within the scene today. Commercialism.

Too much ego, fake fame and quick results and too little focus on what really matters. The Subsekt label makes a thing of supporting and developing talent and release music from those who never released music earlier for example.

Lowlights?

Everything that is negative with the world — its inhabitants. It really appears the world is more polarized. The humanity advancement is dragged down in many aspects. On a more personal level, when the few ones close to me are in trouble, being ill or doesn’t feel well in any way. I also had to let the vet euthanize two of my cats last year. That was definitely a lowlight.

Song of the year?

It’s always very tough to just nominate one track to be the one stand out tune of the year. When it comes to techno I’ll go with a very basic, purist track to keep things simple for myself: “Kick It (Them)” by Dold on Arsenik Records.

“Kick It (Them)” by Dold

What’s your New Year’s resolution?

Never been a fan of dull traditions rooted in religion like New Year’s resolutions. Perhaps it works for some but, honestly, all I can see if that it is just another thing to subdue people in the end. A resolve to change something about you can be done at any time.

@MattiasFridell

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2018 Rewind: H.I.M.W.O.L.

H.I.M.W.O.L.

How was 2018 for you?

H.I.M.W.O.L.: It was a huge year for myself in many ways, and it still feels very surreal. I actually don’t think I’ve fully realized it yet. I worked really hard in the studio and somehow managed to have a single release, DJ mix and LP all of which happened this year. It’s kept me extremely busy but at the same time has proved that with hard work a lot can be accomplished.

Highlights?

Being asked to do a DJ mix for Unquantize Recordings has always been a goal of mine. I feel very proud and honored to have been asked to do so. I’ve never released a mixed cd before. DJ Spen and Tommy Davis have always supported and kept the faith in me.

Lowlights?

I feel very fortunate to be honest, and I think this year has been a really positive one. I’ve always had the attitude of not trying to get too far ahead of myself and when there may have been setbacks. I’ve always tried to keep pushing on and put as much positive energy into my production as possible.

Song of the year?

So many tracks to choose from, but the one track that caught my ears was Selace – So Hooked On Your Lovin (Mousse T.’s Extended Disco Shizzle).

What’s your New Year’s resolution?

I’ve never been one to have new year’s resolutions, but I’d like to keep backing myself and to continue pushing the boundaries in the studio.I’d love to just keep producing songs that give me enjoyment but most of all hopefully give my fan lots of enjoyment through my music as well.

@H.I.M.W.O.L.

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2018 Rewind: Agent Orange

Agent Orange

How was 2018 for you?

Agent Orange: 2018 was really great for my Agent Orange project. I got to play some gigs in countries I’ve never been to before like Malta, Chile and Peru along with some of my more mainstays Holland and across the USA. Playing Ultra Miami for the second time and Electric Zoo for the third time was also fantastic for me.

Three of my music projects Agent Orange – “I’m Free,” my Armand Van Helden – “Witch Doktor” (Agent Orange DJ 2018 rework) and my DHS – House Of God (AzzidoDaBass remix vs Agent Orange update) — got some huge spins from the industry’s top players including Carl Cox, Adam Beyer, Chris Liebing, Nicole Moudaber, Thomas Schumacher, UMEK, Christian Smith, Pagano, Paco Osuna, Pig&Dan, Monika Kruse, Loco&Jam, Spektre, D-Unity, Durtysoxxx and many more! A really proud moment for me.

Highlights?

Signing my Armand Van Helden – Witch Doktor (Agent Orange DJ 2018 rework) to Pig&Dan’s awesome Elevate label! And meeting the guys at ADE. I respect what the are doing so much, and they are great guys. I feel this project is just right for their label

The Drumcode party at Gashouder during ADE. ADE in general is always so much [about] seeing old and new friends and going to the techno temple is always next level. It really doesn’t get any better than that. Also playing at the Subtek party in Miami. Ultra Miami again was super fun and debuting my hybrid live set at Techno Tuesday Amsterdam was great.

Lowlights?

The passing of Anthony Bourdain was hard since I felt he was a voice for us “underground” people.

Song of the year?

The Advent – High Horse (Klockworks). Hearing Ben Klock play the promo of this track during his Klockworks night in the Gashouder at ADE 2017 totally blew my mind!! It really reminded me why I love techno so much. It really bangs. Happy to see it in full swing since it came out this year.

What’s your New Year’s resolution?

To keep living my motto “Stay Young. Love Techno.” to the fullest! Also to keep working my best at being a good Dad to the best daughter in the world, Violet, and good husband to my awesome wife and talented DJ, Becka.

@DJAgentOrange

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2018 Rewind: DJs from Mars

DJs from Mars

How was 2018 for you?

DJs from Mars: It was great! We toured a lot and discovered new areas in Asia, and we received some huge support by top DJs like Tiësto, Steve Aoki, Afrojack, Oliver Heldens and more!! We are super happy about 2018.

Highlights?

Tiësto asking us to create a “Tiesto Greatest Hits Megamashup” was unreal and totally unexpected!! We believe that this is probably one of the best achievements if you focus your DJ career on bootlegs and mashups (like we do). But also, speaking about original releases, we were climbing the Billboard Chart up to #15 and this was also a big moment for us in 2018!

Lowlights?

Hmmm, nothing to mention here. Actually we are so happy about last year that we cant find any lowlights.

Song of the year?

Speaking of big hits, definitely Tiësto & Dzeko ft. Preme & Post Malone – Jackie Chan

In the underground, we’d pick “Impulse” by Oliver Heldens and Mike Cervello as one of the best club tracks (also the video is hilarious!).

What’s your New Year’s resolution?

More good music, more great shows, more fun!!!

@DJsFromMars

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