Interview with Paul Maddox – SPEKTRE

P1000810From bodyguards in Mexico to all day chess matches in Russia – Paul Maddox from Spektre certainly had some funny old tales to tell when TBC met up with him earlier this month. Read on for the lowdown on all things Spektre related from the local techno hero himself:

 

So Paul, what’s going on in the world of Spektre at the mo?

The new album which is out at the end of the summer. It’s all done now and we’re in the process of sorting out a launch party, probably in London. It’s coming out on Toolroom who I guess are best known for their more mainstream and house stuff, but they recently released a techno series called Rhythm District which has become kind of like a sub label. Umek also released an album on there but I reckon our new album will be the most full-on techno album on Toolroom so far!

What can listeners expect from the new album? Is it similar to Casting Shadows Without Light, or have Spektre changed their sound since the last album?

 

The new album is more clubby than Casting Shadows Without Light. For that album, with it being our first, myself and Rich had a lot of ideas and influences that we wanted to incorporate. Some of which were quite diverse, ranging from The Chemical Brothers to BT. The new album is a lot more focused.

What’s your favourite track off the new album?

Probably “Forerunner” cos its a good mix of doing something adventurous but keeping that dancefloor-friendly quality. It has a bit of a Prodigy, ravey aspect which I really like.

How have Toolroom been to work with?

Really good! I knew Matt from Toolroom from my Hardhouse days as he was also a DJ on that scene. All the guys who we deal with there are really sound too. We’re not selling CDs this time, just selling the album as downloads of all the tracks plus a mix. We will be doing some CDs as giveaways though.

So does this mean you will be touring?

We’re currently putting some dates together yeah. In the UK we’ll definitely be doing a London launch but we don’t tend to get booked that much to play in the UK. We did play at Collect in Sheffield a little while back though ………….

Yes, how was that?

Really good venue, I enjoyed that night. Loved it!

What about the crowd? How do Sheffield clubbers compare to other placed you’ve played? Wicked crowd! I knew about a third of them, haha. The pressure was on cos I knew they’d tell me if I messed anything up!

I also played a set at Mixed In Sheffield down at The Washington during Tramlines last year. It was rammed!

You live in Sheffield, what are your thoughts on the club scene at the moment?

It’s got a lot better. Around 2 years ago it was absolutely dead but now there’s quite a few people putting nights on. In Leeds and Manchester you get a lot of people putting on nights on the same night as each other and it creates competition which makes people strive to put on better nights. A bit of competition is definitely a good thing.

What’s the craziest gig you’ve ever played?

Probably Juarez in Mexico a few years ago – the then murder capital of the world! We had bodyguards walking us to the dj booth from the car and sticking around afterwards while we were playing and we saw armed police on the back of pick up trucks on the way to gigs. Nothing kicked off though and the crowd were really up for it. We actually went back there more recently though and things have calmed down a lot.

What about music, what tunes are on your iPod at the mo?

Techno wise – NAPLES! We have guest mixes on our podcast and it’s become a bit of a joke between us at the moment because they’re all from Naples! Recently we’ve had Sasha Carassi, Roberto Capuano and Luigi Madonna. We read a biog about them at the start of the podcast and it seems that every time they’re randomly from Naples! There’s loads of young producers from there as well like MDS and Hollen. Naples is the new Berlin – you heard it here first!

Other than techno – all sorts I’ve started a new side project doing slightly more musical stuff, with a more garagy influence. It’s called Human Development. We’ve done a couple of tracks so far and I’ve been talking to a couple of labels about a release, so watch this space. https://soundcloud.com/humandev

What’s your favourite techno tune?

Of all time? Anything by Hardfloor, Acperience being one of the best. Difficult to fit into any of our sets because the sound is so old school. When we played Space we dropped Golden Girls “Kinetic” which is one of the guys from Orbital and another of my favourite ever tunes.

Your record label Respekt what’s new for that?

We’ve just had a single of ours called Erase the Tapes doing well on beatport top 100 much as i’d like to ignore these things. It was a track that was going to be on the album. Jon Rundell has done a remix which has done really, really well.

Finally Paul tell us a funny DJing story……

We did a little tour in Russia and in between gigs the promoter said he was going to take us to his friend’s house. We envisaged going round to someone’s place, drinking a few beers, chilling out before the next gig. We drove 2 hours into the countryside and I was thinking – “where the hell are we going?”. We turned up at this massive, old house right out in the sticks and were greeted at the door by this big guy in a vest. I didn’t know what to think when we went inside but he had a bbq on the go and then bizarrely insisted we play chess with him – sound bloke, but that kind of thing only ever happens in Russia!

So TBCers look out for the new album from Spektre and book those tickets to Naples! Bonjourno new techno haven! Check Spektre out at http://www.spektre.co.uk

 

Techno Breakfast Club Launch Party Sunday 25th August – Preview

The website has been up for a few months now and we have been ecstatic over the support, feedback, site visits & views. It is now time to take the next step, so a small launch has been organised with a special guestlist of our closest and dearest friends in Sheffield to celebrate all things Techno. Watch out for sneak peek photos, posts and tweets about our very first TBC party! So get those Mannequins and inflatables at the ready! IT’S PARTY TIME

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TBC Playlist 29.07 to 04.08

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Kern Vol.2 mixed by Dj Hell (2013)

That Total Age – Nitzer Ebb (1987)

Renaissance the Mix Collection by Tiefschwarz (2013)

Full Body Workout Vol.11 – Get Physical (2013)

Body Music – AlunaGeorge (2013)

Nu Groove – 25 West 38th (1991)

Synaesthetics Electro Mix – Helena Hauff (Soundcloud 2013)

Picnik Electronik June 24th 2013 Liveset by Tiga (2013)

Tsugi Sampler 59 – Brodinski pres. Bromance Los Angeles (2013)*

Ciao! – Tiga (2009)

Sexor – Tiga (2006)

The A&R EP – Annie (2013)

Still Vor Talent 100 – Oliver Koletzki (2013)

An Anthology Weight and Measured – Todd Terje (2010)

City to City Vol.3 – Dj Deep (2010)

Comfort – Maya Jane Coles (2013)

FACT Magazine Podcast #365 – Brodinski (2013)

Enthusiast -Siriusmo (2013)

Fokus – Marcel Fengler (2013)

Chiilin’ at the Playboy Mansion – Chris Coco (2003)

BBC Radio One Essential Mix 2nd August 2013 – Steve Lawler and Darius Syrossian Live at Sankeys (2013)

BBC Radio One Essential Mix 3rd August 2013 – Jamie Jones and tINI live at DC10 (2013)

BBC Radio 6 Mix 2nd August 2013 – Miss Kittin (2013)

It has been a quiet week socially for the TBC crew however it has not been quiet at TBC HQ. As you can see from the extensive playlist above we have been busy listening to new release albums, EP’s, radio shows, podcasts as well as digging out some old gems and classics. We may well have terrorised the neighbours over the last 7 days with some hefty techno, electro, house and, somewhat bizarrely, some 80’s post-punk.

We were excited to receive some new CD’s in the post including DJ Hell’s new compilation Kern Vol.2 on Tresor, enjoyed digging out some recent releases via Tiefschwarz (a TBC favourite act) on the new Renaissance Mix Collection and tuning into the BBC for a raft of impressive radio shows from Radio One and Six.

The picks this week:

-Kern Vol.2 mixed by Dj Hell (2013) – We were impressed to see one of the legends of Electronic music DJ Hell has released a new compilation via Tresor. Having seen Helmut during our exploits at Sonar in Barcelona in June we hoped that the CD would relive some of the entertainment we experience while dancing our asses off at Almogavers 86. Oh boy does it, it is a great compilation that showcases some classics such as Quad 1 by Code 6 (which is featured on another of our playlist Nu Groove 25 West 38th from 1991) as well as some storming techno that we would expect to hear in the vault at Tresor in Berlin. This is a true classic and one we would advise you all to look into.

-Picnik Electronik June 24th 2013 Liveset by Tiga (2013) – Tiga never fails to entertain, whether its quirky electro pop, crazy techno, leftfield rave or alternative electronic classics. This mix from the Canadian festival Picnik Electronik from June is superb. 2 hours of non-stop party music that left us dancing about TBC HQ like lunatics. It is available via Soundcloud (https://soundcloud.com/tiga/tiga-piknic-electronik-june) and it would be wise to follow the link and enjoy. It will remain on our favourites list for a while.

-Still Vor Talent 100 – Oliver Koletzki (2013) – Mr Koletzki continues to release a high calibre of music via his Stil Vor talent label. This new compilation is an easy access, progressive and even trancey at times, collection of the best his label has to offer in a recent 100th release anniversary special. We are still getting into the 22 tracks that we have for our enjoyment and these can be enjoyed while chilling out or partying it up in the sunshine.

-Enthusiast -Siriusmo (2013) – Siriusmo has been a busy bee over the last few years with what seems like a never ending discography of tracks, remixes, EP’s and LP’s. The diversity of his production is impressive, from quirky electro pop, to shuddering ghetto techno and on to bassy techno nonsense. This new LP has been assisted by the Modeselektor team and 50 Weapons to create a great release that has received critical acclaim to date. It is hard to explain the Siriusmo sound so the best advice we could give at TBC is to track down Enthusiast and his previous releases (Pearls and Embarrassments is also recommended) as you will not be disappointed.

-BBC Radio 6 Mix 2nd August 2013 – Miss Kittin (2013) – Our Sunday was graced with this superb BBC 6 Mix from Miss Kittin (it was difficult to choose one of the BBC radioshows this week as each was gratefully received) which is in the format of a 1 hour radioshow where Miss Kittin presents her influences from Joy Division, Autechre and Dopplereffekt as well as her selection of alternative electronica from her native France for our enjoyment. This is broken up by an additional 1 hour club mix which is up to the normal high standard that we expect from Miss Kittin. Great techno, house and electro. Failure to listen to this one while its on the BBC Iplayer is a crime  – http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0072pz7

-Tsugi Sampler 59 – Brodinski pres. Bromance Los Angeles (2013)* – The star of the show this week at TBC HQ was Brodinski’s showcase of his Bromance sound released via Podcast on the brilliant Tsugi website. This sampler shows off the eclectic taste of Brodinski and his ability to fuse and combine a variety of music genres to create a mix that leaves you bopping away and yearning for another listen. Each track is superb however our highlights were the “techno’ chanting on Maelstroms Seele, the storming techno of DJ Hyperactive’s Music Box and the groovy Bicep track Stripper. This mix simply stole the show for us and we hope that you can locate a copy to enjoy as much as we did.

We hope that you have enjoyed another snapshot into our music collection this week and you can enjoy some of this collection for yourself.

Buenos noches.

TBC.