I you are really into techno, then this post will be no news to you. Yes, we’re talking about Mark Hawkins, this acclaimed Dj and producer who took over dance floors worldwide with his cult 2001 Djax Up Beats debut “Ctrl Alt Delete”. Fusing raw Chicago styled beats with melancholic synth melodies in an abrasive fashion, Mark has been headlining parties all over Europe, from UK to Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Czech, Belarus, Ukraine and Russia, discovering many previously unknown scenes, events, Djs and producers. We are seriously excited to hear his live set at Festa Junina Berlin 2011. Check out his awesome website for more news about him and lots of cool mixes from various talented people at http://signalsfromsouthwark.com/ This is what he’s got to say: Festa Junina Berlin: Who are you? Mark Hawkins: I make music I like, influenced by sounds from the mid 90s coming out of Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis, Cologne, Berlin, Munich, Paris, Eindhoven and many other places. I made records for Djax and Mosquito. I played in a lot of different clubs around the world, but this isn’t important to what I do right now. The moment is important, and making good music right now is important, much more important that any “Claims to fame” I might have.’ FJB: What is the craziest thing you’ve done in the name of music? MH: Making it the centre of my life was probably the craziest thing I ever did for music, because it can mess with everything when you’re in that situation, your finances, your relationships, everything. Luckily I have now found an equilibrium, so these things aren’t so much of a problem. Getting into cars with random strangers and feeling lucky to still be alive just to get to the gig, and dealing with strange wannabee Ukranian gangster types probably also ranks up there quite highly! FJB: We are taking you to a desert island now, but only for the weekend. What CD/vinyl are you taking with you? MH: Com Truise’s new album which comes out next month. FJB: YEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH! FJB: What is your favourite movie quote? MH: ‘We are all wired into a survival trip now. No more of the speed that fueled that 60’s. That was the fatal flaw in Tim Leary’s trip. He crashed around America selling “consciousness expansion” without ever giving a thought to the grim meat-hook realities that were lying in wait for all the people who took him seriously… All those pathetically eager acid freaks who thought they could buy Peace and Understanding for three bucks a hit. But their loss and failure is ours too. What Leary took down with him was the central illusion of a whole life-style that he helped create… a generation of permanent cripples, failed seekers, who never understood the essential old-mystic fallacy of the Acid Culture: the desperate assumption that somebody… or at least some force – is tending the light at the end of the tunnel.’ FJB: What is love? MH: Being able to be totally yourself with your partner, shedding a tear to some part of a film or music.. stuff like that FJB: 🙂 FJB: What tune will kick ass at the Festa Junina Berlin 2011? Zoidar by Boner M
We are very glad we found this man in time for our party. We really think he is a classic Festa Junina DJ: bubbly, sunny, eclectic and skillful! He will be the one in charge of moving everyone from the garden to the dance floor at the end of the day, and we are pretty sure it is gonna be an easy task for this German DJ who’s been playing electronic music with influences of jazz, funk, disco & soul for more than 18 years! He calls it “boogie-afro-jazz-tech-house”. We are looking forward to finding out what he means! 😉 Let’s talk to the fella. Festa Junina Berlin: How would you describe your music to someone who’s never heard it before? Curv: boogie-afro-jazz-tech-house => electronic music with influences of jazz, funk, disco & soul. FJB: Who are you? C: I am a Music, Design & Film Nerd. Practiced for 18 years as a DJ and since 2006 I Produce music for the label Vinyl Vibes Records. In October 2010 I published my first album “Curv – Between Here and Nowhere”, a pearl of which I am very proud. If you want to know more about me and my music, I recommend my web page www.justcurv.de FJB: Is the bottle half full or half empty? C: @ this moment: FULL, FULL, FULL… 🙂 FJB: What is love? C: Music listening, Vinyl diggin’, DJing & Live playing & 10 years in a relationship with my lovely girlfriend… 🙂 FJB: Aaawwwwwww, we like that!!! 😉 FJB: What is your favourite word in Portuguese? C: Festa… 😉 FJB: What tune will kick ass at the Festa Junina Berlin 2011? C: CYN046 · In Situ · Martin TC
This is Fobia, Seven Samurai Records owner and manager, or as she describes herself, “a brazilian djane, producer, sound engineer, samurai influenced freak”. Fobia is already pretty well known in the Breakcore/noise scene but this time she is paring up with Flipmatic to play a dub techno, back to back set. Yes, Fobia will slow it down a bit, but it will be still pretty fast and groovy for us! 😉 Let us get to know this lady a bit better. Festa Junina Berlin: We are taking you to a desert island now, but only for the weekend. What CD/vinyl are you taking with you? Fobia: A made specially for this trip “Best of Mike Patton” Compilation. Festa: Yessssss!!! FJB: How would you describe your music to someone who’s never heard it before? F: Noisy, Intense, Experimental, Chaotic. FJB: Who are you? F: I am Fobia, a brazilian djane, producer, sound engineer, samurai influenced freak! I love crazy broken fast breaks and a lot of chaotic noise! I´m the kind of girl who lies down on the dance floor, closes her eyes and lets the music take her through the most beautiful and intense journeys. On the other hand I am also very effective and down on earth when I am working on band recordings and mixdowns. But no matter in which state I´m in, I can definitely say that I am a music addict and nothing (well almost nothing 😉 gives me this incredible feeling – where the world is in the right place and I can just let go and enjoy the great energy around me – like music does! FJB: Is the bottle half full or half empty? F: Half FULL FJB: What is your favourite movie quote? F: Seven Samurai: Kambei Shimada:
Danger always strikes when everything seems fine. FJB: What tune will kick ass at the Festa Junina Berlin 2011? Annos Woland “The Road” BlueCode rec 009
Der Ursprung des Johannisfests in Brasilien und seine Einflüsse Das brasilianische Johannisfest zur Jahresmitte ist in Brasilien inzwischen ähnlich populär wie der Karneval. Im brasilianischen “Winter” wird dann gerösteter Mais gegessen, Likör getrunken und Nächte lang Forró getanzt. Forró ist ein sinnlicher Paartanz zur Musik von Trommel, Triangel und Akkordeon. Juni ist der Monat von Sao (Heiliger) João, Santo Antonio und Sao Pedro. Deswegen werden diese Feste im Juni zu Ehren des Sao Joao, als Festa Joanina bezeichnet.Der Name Joanina hat Historikern zufolge seinen Ursprung im katholischen Europa des 5. Jahrhunderts. In Brasilien wurde Joanina zu Junina. Diese Tradition wurde von den Portugiesen nach Brasilien gebracht und veränderte sich durch die Bräuche der eingeborenen Indianer und schwarzen Völker. Der brasilianische Einfluss auf die Tradition des Festes drückt sich sowohl in den Speisen (Manioka (aipim), Mais, jenipapo, Milch der Kokosnuß) als auch in den Bräuchen (Forró, Boi-bumbá, die Quadrilha (Gruppentanz) und die kreolische Trommel (Tambor-de-crioula)) aus. Nicht nur die Brasilianer hatten Einfluß auf die Tradition, die Franzosen fügten dem Quadrilha-Tanz die Gruppenform, einige Schritte, Figuren und neue Kommandos hinzu, die durch den Tanz des europäischen Adels inspiriert wurden. Der
Tanz der Quadrilha. Die Quadrilha wird zu Ehren der Junino-Heiligen (St. Antonio, São João und São Pedro) getanzt, um für die gute Ernte des Dorfes (roça) zu danken. Solche Festlichkeiten (festejo) sind besonders wichtig, denn die Bauern sind normalerweise sehr gläubig. In Brasilien werden die Quadrilhas in fast allen Regionen von mehreren Paaren getanzt. Die Quadrilha wird von einem Vortänzer geführt, der die Schritte durch Verwendungen von französischen und portugiesischen Wörtern ansagt. Es gibt zahlreiche verschiedene Kommandos für eine Quadrilha und jedes Jahr kommen neue Formationen hinzu, die aus den gesellschaftlichen Ereignissen und der Kreativität der Gruppen entstehen.