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Interview: Grum

Posted in Grum, Interview on 17 maj 2010 by surikaten


Heartbeats
! It’s here, the brand new album from the one and only Grum. We’ve been waiting for it since what seems like forever. Since Runaway was released we’ve been caught in the dreamy yet jumpy disco house of Grum. And many more with us. Earlier this when Grum was about to release the single Can’t Shake This Feeling and finishing the album we made an interview which haven’t been published until now. Check it out and then click your way to the nearest digital store and buy the album! It’s on iTunes, amazon.co.uk, hmv.com and play.com.

TAjT: In Sweden there’s a small town called Grums, we guess you didn’t chose your name with that in mind. So, why Grum?
Grum: Haha!  Well, my real name is Graeme…and Grum started out as some sort of nickname.  I foolishly decided to use it as my artist name and now I’m stuck with it.  People seem to like it though so its not too bad.  I need to come and visit Grums one day and have my picture taken next to the sign ;)

You’ve named a track Hearbeat and your lable is called Hearbeats. What does the beating of a heart mean to you?
The beating of a heart is very important to me.  If it didn’t beat I’d be dead. Then I couldn’t make music. Disaster.

You’re from Linlithgow in Scotland. What from Scotland do you bring into your music?
I’m not sure geographical location has such a big impact on music now because of the internet.  The music my parents listened to has definitely had a strong effect though.  I obviously tried to bring the bagpipes sound to my work but it didn’t really work out.

During 2009 you were one of the most blogged artists on Hypem. How do you think the mp3-blogs have affected the electronic music industry? Will it affect your future work in any way?
Well, for better or worse they are here to stay.  From my point of view they have been an amazing help in getting my music out.  It seems that labels are starting to embrace them too, rather than just shutting them down, so hopefully we can all reach a kind of happy medium.

Are there any exchange between you and the mp3-blogs that make you create better music?
Well I sometimes like to check some blogs which post obscure old disco and stuff like that, so that music has probably had an influence on me.  So yes, I think they have helped me create better music.

Italo-disco and french house tracks has really been booming the past year and it doesn’t seem to stop. Do you think we’re in desperate need of something more funky after some years with a lot of dirty hard electro?
I think this is exactly it.  Tracks with more musicality and feeling seem to be coming back into popularity, which I really like.  Hard electro was fun for a little while but things always go round in circles.

You remix a lot and a lot of people does remixes on your tracks. What track would you like to remix and who would you like did a remix on you? You can chose anyone, living or dead. Why where these your choices?
I’m a bit obsessed with Stevie Nicks stuff justnow so I’d have to say I’d love to remix ’Stand Back’.  This is probably an obscure choice but it would be really cool to hear an Arthur Baker remix of one of my more poppy tracks, digging his remix of Fleetwood Mac’s ”Big Love” right now!

You’re extremely productive. How do you do it? Are you always inspired?
I think I have reached a point where I can find inspiration quite easily.  I’m on a roll right now with my music and it seems to be getting easier and easier to come up with ideas.  I work on original music and remixes every day so I like to just keep going!  I’ll burn out soon and end up in rehab with a massive coke addiction.

Okey, then what gives you the inspiration to produce a new track?
It can be various things…sometimes the way I’m feeling about something can jsut inspire me to right.  OR maybe I want to create a feeling with the listener.  Or sometimes I just find a really cool sample that inspires.  But usually I like it to sound cool and sexy.

Could you describe that feeling when a track is complete.
Oh that’s a great feeling.  I usually listen back to it over and over until I’m totally happy with it.  And like to play it to other people to see their reactions!

Your single Can’t Shake This Feeling got great response. Tell us about the Grum-sound of the new decade.
Yes indeed.  Its quite a disco house style track but radio friendly at the same time.  It started out as a bit of a nod towards old Crydamoure house, such as Le Knight Club.  Really excited about it – we’ve got some amazing remixes.

My sound is moving in a more pop direction but it will always retain the dance element, I think.  I like to draw on older influences and make that stuff work today.

Last question, TAjT is an electronic dance music blog with the purpose to promote music that makes us want to dance. Then of course we want to know what makes you dance.
Good question.  I usually dance to anything if I’ve consumed enough alcohol.  We dont really have so many cool electro and disco nights outside of London, but I love seeing people like Aeroplane play.  I’ll dance to that!

Thanks a lot for your time Grum. Hope to see you in Sweden soon!


INTERVIEW: Fred Falke

Posted in Fred Falke, Interview, Kris Menace on 25 december 2009 by hajen


TAjT really likes french house producer and dj Fred Falke. We’ve been stuck ever since we first heard his funky collaborations with Alan Braxe. Last year’s remixing explosion of artists such as Jamiroquai, The Whitest Boy Alive and Kish Mauve was marvelous. This year has, if possible, been even better. We just had to ask Fred himself what inspires and who influences him right now.

TAjT: What inspires you when you are producing?

Fred Falke: It can come from anything at any time and anywhere! There really is no single point of inspiration with my music.

T: Where do you most often get inspiration to a new remix or track?

FF: I’m always inspired by the track itself, I’m lucky that I get sent a lot of music for remixing and I can pick the tracks that inspire me to create something special.

T: Do you search for any particular feeling when you play live? What does it feel like?

FF: I love the excitement of playing live because it is very on edge. It can go wrong at any moment, but at the same time it can go so right and become amazing!

T: Are there any differences between producing on your own and working with a team.

FF: Yes of course, both have their benefits and restrictions, it’s like a game of Tennis, you can play singles and only have to worry about your self or you can team up and play doubles. For that to work both players have to bring their A-game and work together to get the best results.

T: Describe one particular collaboration that you enjoy.

FF: I really enjoy my time spent with at Xenomania, a writer and production team based in Kent, England. I get to work in a team of brilliant people, with them for Mini Viva recently was a wonderful experience.

T: You’re also a Bass Guitarist, do you think this has influenced you when producing electronic music? In what way?

FF: Definitely, bass is a very important part of dance music, and I make sure I pay a lot of attention to the bassline in all my tracks.

T: Name three of the best tracks right now? Why them?

FF: I’m going to name three that I’m listening to a lot on my ipod at the moment:

Jay-Z – Empire State of Mind
A Great song and production, it’s a perfect track.

Beach boys – I Get Around
Amazing track for the era it’s amazing what they have done.

The Killers – The World We Live In
The Killers have epic production, and this is a big song!

We thank Fred Falke for his time and tease you with some of his latest work. Don’t forget to buy Fred Falke’s tracks at Beatport.

Kris Menace  – Electricity feat. Fred Falke

Burns – First Move (Fred Falke Remix)

INTERVIEW: Rubix

Posted in Interview, Rubix on 18 december 2009 by surikaten


A month ago we posted a track that we totally fell in love with the first time we heard it. The track, named Baiser Sur La Disco, is a ”must-dance” discohouse experience created by the brilliant up-coming producer Rubix. We felt that we couldn’t just let this artist pass us by. So we arranged an interview about influences, the ”new” electro stage and a question we just had to ask.

TAjT: Since we blogged about you last time a lot of others has picked up your music as well. How do you think the high speed society has affected your aritstery? Are there both positive and negative?

Rubix: The positive side is that If people like the stuff you are making it’s a lot easier to get your name out there.
The negative side of the whole high speed blog communication is that there is an overkill of music coming towards you.

T: Listening to your music one can’t miss the obvious disco influences. Why have this genre become a main theme for you?

R: From the beginning I listened to house/electronic music (about 2001), I loved the French Disco House sound. Guys like Thomas Bangalter, Le Knight Club, Dj Sneak, Buffalo Bunch, Play Paul and Laidback Luke inspired me. Now its 2009 and that sound is finally coming back! The big boys like A-trak and Armand van Helden are pushing that disco sound again.

T: It seems as the electro stage in general is in sort of a funky mode at the time. Do you agree? In your opinion, why is that?

R: From the moment Justice started with the distortion sound  Electro have been getting harder and harder until now. Don’t understand me wrong I like to rock hard electro tracks from time to time, but some  DJ’s only play very ruff electro tracks with no suspires or other genres. I think a lot of people now want some more variety  in the dj sets with for instance some disco tracks, gypsy stuff and some hard electro and fidget at the end.

T: You’re from the Netherlands, right in between the huge electronic music producing countries France and Germany. How has this influenced your life and your music?

R: Not really… Doesn’t  really matter where you live, as long as there is some internet around!

T: What makes you dance?

R: Crappy 70ties Disco Vinyl

T: You’ve got most upcoming gigs in the Netherlands, are we likey to see you out touring in the near future?

R: Lately I got a lot of requests on Myspace,Twitter and Facebook of Kids who would like to have a party with me, but the promoters have to pick me up and get me over there ;).

T: Name your personal top three producers/artists right now.

R: 1. Bloody Beetroots 2. Laidback Luke 3. A-trak

T: Along with this interview we will be posting your remix on C-Code’s Burning Up In Here. Describe the song in your own words.

R: Its inspired by Old Thomas Bangalter tracks. That’s all I can say…

T: Last but not least, do you have any relation to Rubik’s cube? If you have, what sort of?

R: Nope, no relation.

C-Code – Burning Up In Here (Rubix Remix)

Re-post: Rubix – Baiser Sur La Disco (Rubix Refix)