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Asian Dan : #REAL #FEEL


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As 2012 comes to a close I thought it would be appropriate to put together this mix of #REAL #FEELS to share with you. So please sit bad and take these #FEELS as I pass them on to you and hopefully you #FEEL these #FEELS and want to share them with others. #LIFE

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Asian Dan : USA MIX

Today is a day to be moved. It is a day to celebrate all that is grand and absurd in this crazy land called America. So from sea to shining sea – grab some beer, babes, and BBQ and enjoy this mix of classic Americana tunes.

*Note* a few tracks are from British bands but we cannot forget we are open-minded and accepting people that embrace everyone and everything from all over this wild world.

Happy Birthday America!

U-S-A

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Asian Dan : “Let There Be”

NYC had a slight taste of the summer to come with its perfect weather and sunshine. I put together this mix of tunes that captures that feeling as the afternoon fades into the night and the beer and BBQ is never in short supply. #vibes

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CFCF – Exercise #3 (Building)
The Jimi Hendrix Experience – …And The Gods Made Love
Para One – Lean On Me (Hrdvsion Remix)
Lucky Paul – Elephant Island feat. Mara TK (Ossie Remix)
Lone – Lying In The Reeds
Nautiluss – Cloud City
Jonas Rathsman – Tobago
Todd Edwards – Shall Go
Boddika – Acid Jackson
Battles – Africastle (Kode9 Remix)
Surkin – White Knight Two (Jackson & His Computer Band Reprise)
French Fries – Yo Vogue (Claude VonStroke Remix)
Machinedrum – Van Vogue
Moby – Go
Frank Ocean – Whip Appeal

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Jamaica x Asian Dan : North American Tour 2010

I am quite excited to announce this news. I, Asian Dan shall be joining Jamaica on their North American tour. I will be filling in on bass as Flo takes care of some business back home. Get ready for a serious IRL blog on band collab which shall be hitting 9 North American cities. What better way to experience America but with Jamaica and Asian Dan. Game on.

Oct 13 2010 SOUNDWAVE SAN DIEGO
Oct 15 2010 ECHOPLEX LOS ANGELES w/ French Horn Rebellion, Parallels
Oct 16 2010 TREASURE ISLAND FESTIVAL SAN FRAN w/ LCD Soundsystem, Miike Snow, Four Tet, Die Antwoord
Oct 17 2010 REPUBLIC LIVE AUSTIN
Oct 18 2010 LINCOLN HALL CHICAGO w/ The Bloody Beetroots
Oct 19 2010 WRONG BAR TORONTO, CANADA
Oct 21 2010 MAKING TIME PHILADELPHIA
Oct 22 2010 WINDISH CMJ SHOWCASE @ WEBSTER HALL NEW YORK w/ Grum, Matthew Dear RSVP Here
Oct 23 2010 MAKING TIME CMJ @ PUBLIC ASSEMBLY BROOKLYN w/ Kisses, Gold Panda Buy Tix

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Asian Dan Interview: Housse de Racket

Victor & Pierre of Housse de Racket were kind enough to answer a few questions of mine to shed some light on the epic pop rock that they create. Find out how they are connected to Air, Phoenix, Gonzales & Sebastien Tellier. Great guys and hope to see them on American soil sometime soon.

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Housse De Racket – Oh Yeah! (25 Hours A Day Remix)
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Asian Dan Interview: Housse de Racket

1. Who is Housse de Racket? How would you describe your music?

We’re two guys who grew up in suburb of Paris, city of lights. We met when were teenagers at music school. Victor was wearing a Pearl Jam tee shirt and Pierre loved it.

We play stadium music in very small rooms.

2. What are your influences, musical or otherwise?

We love black music especially Stevie Wonder, Prince and (of course) Michael Jackson… but we cannot sing like them so we play very loud with huge distorsion on the guitar and a double kick drum.

3. The French Music scene is at quite a peak now, where do you see it going and are you guys going along for the ride?

We started playing music when Daft Punk, Air or even Phoenix started to raise. We considered them as (hidden) older brothers… So, it has always been part of our vision of the french music.
Now, Justice, Yelle, The Teenagers, Soko prove that something still happens in France.

We sing in french so we’re different from these bands. The past few months we realize that it’s not a problem anymore… We recently signed with a big english booking agency (Primary Talent) and we plan to play worldwide !

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Squarepusher – Just A Souvenir – Download and Stream Now!


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Wow. That is all I got to say. There are quite a few pop moments on this album. The first track totally reminds me of the Andre 3000 produced John Legend’s track “Green Light”. Andre 3000 is very public about his love for Squarepusher. Once again good job Mr. Jenkinson. For some reason I feel like the next Daft Punk album will be moving in this direction. The Daft duo are also big fans of Squarepusher, they put “Do You Know Squarepusher?” on a playlist they curated last year.

PS. I totally forgot that Asian Dan is 1 years old. It’s birthday was 3 days ago on the 14th, I just have been busy with school I totally forgot. Thank You all for reading and supporting Asian Dan. I cannot believe how far this blog has come in a year. I have met and made so many friends on the interwebs as well in the real world :) Thank You to all the artists that have made mixes for Asian Dan like NT89, Luca C, Jean Nipon, Luck On Strike, Neon Coyote and Astrolabe. Let’s all support these artists! Thanks for all the artists that have done interviews as well!! Cheers! Some big changes are finally coming soon!! So stay tuned! Once again Thank You all!!!! :)

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Asian Dan Interview: David Rubato

David Rubato is one of the most exciting producers to come out in quite a while. He adds a level of class and musicality to the ever growing genre of electronic dance music. He channels such greats as Jean Michel Jarre and Giorgio Moroder, mad scientists that twisted and turned knobs to dial in the perfect blend of sine and square waves. Circuit is one of my favorite dance tracks of the past few years. Amazing bass part and squelching synth. I cannot wait to hear more from Mr. Rubato.

Siriusmo is leading the way in the kraut dance scene and his remix of Mr. Rubato’s Circuit is further proof of his production magic. The psuedo French suave monologue kind of gets annoying

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David Rubato – Circuit (Siriusmo Remix)

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Asian Dan Interview: David Rubato
Where does the name David Rubato comes from ?

My parents named me David after Oistrakh and i picked up Rubato while joking with friends on my piano style being all about voicings.

What are your biggest influences, musical or otherwise?

My inner drive to move forward.

Could you describe your production style ? What is your main way of composition? Is the groove, bassline/drums, the first and most crucial element you work on?

I compose and produce by going back and forth between associative thinking to accumulate ideas–of objects, goals, techniques, principles etc.–and applying them with methodical attention to every detail, as I consider that all aspects and elements are decisive. I find it somehow similar to solving a puzzle: clusters happen but there’s no strict processing order. My work is done when each second of the record induces in me the exact feelings i’m after. This MO developped itself over time, partially in reaction to the early remixes i did, for Spencer&Hill and NyLon, which I don’t like at all.

Circuit is one of my favorite dance tracks I have heard in quite a few years, I know it was all a live recording with real bass and you twisting knobs on a modular synth :) what was your main inspiration behind that track?

Thanks. There were two main ideas, one of which you mentioned: experimenting with real time and looking for strong sensations.

Your music is crafted and composed like composers and producers from the 70s/early 80s, are you trying to bring back that level of musicality to dance music?

I get a kick out of challenging myself, working on my skills and creating what suits my tastes. It’s an inner adventure. Curiosity for music made thirty years ago is part of that process but I don’t think in terms of “what dance music needs” and I’m not trying to bring back anything.

What is it like to be part of the Institubes family?

It’s very interesting.

What do you think is the next “big thing” in music? I feel like dance music in particular is trying to clean itself up and polish its sound, shake off all the noise and distortion that Justice started, ha.

I don’t view dance music as a unique entity trying to do one thing more than another. Individuals act based on their unique interests and desires and all possible things are happening at the same time.

Future plans for David Rubato? Releases, tours?

More music, no touring for now.

David Rubato’s sheet music for Circuit :)

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Asian Dan Interview: Who is Dubka?

I was speaking to Daniel and Luca C. from Cazals and told them that Asian Dan might as well become the official Cazals fan page. They are a fantastic band and released a fantastic album this year, one of my favourite. Anyways here is the next installment in the Cazals band profiles, introducing Martin the bassist and producer of Cazals who also goes under his electronic moniker, Dubka.Here are 2 great Dubka remixes, very pop and 80s. He did a great job nailing those classic 80s drum and synth samples. Catchy stuff

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Late of the Pier – Space & Woods (Dubka Remix)

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Pin Me Down – Cryptic (Dubka Remix)

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Asian Dan Interviews: Dubka
1. Who is Dubka? What is your first musical memory?

I’m Dubka, I’m a musician and producer. My first musical memory is lying on the floor in front of my dads hi-fi speakers, listening to “The Longest Time” by Billy Joel. I remember the feeling of the bass in my chest and all the amazing contrapuntal vocals.

2. What are your biggest influences, musical or otherwise?

I’ve always loved Francis Bacon’s painting and just the way he saw the world and thought about art. Mark Rothko is another influence, which leads me to Morton Feldman and John Cage. I find some of the things these people wrote just as inspirational as their art. Sometimes more so. Musically, I love Stravinsky, Yellow Magic Orchestra, The Strokes, Bartok, Ligeti, Penderecki, Talking Heads, Daft Punk, Laura Branigan, Prince, John Carpenter, Devo, Ariel Pink, Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, Eurythmics, Stan Bush, Tel Jeroen… I could go on all day.

3. Who are your favorite Producers/DJs?

I think Daft Punk are so far ahead of everyone in so many ways, it’s impossible not to admire them. And I kind of see Oizo as the ring leader of all the new French guys. Nile Rodgers is great, the Persian guy who did the best Chaka Khan stuff, Brian Eno especially with Talking Heads, Phillipe Zdar, Prince, the guy who did MGMT sounds great. I’m sure there’s more but I can’t think right now. I’m more into music than production.

4. What are your top 5 tracks you put on to dance?

Well, like most people, it changes all the time but right now I would say:
Once In a Lifetime – Talking Heads
Lucky Star – Madonna
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
Savin’ The Day – Alessi Brothers
Dare – Stan Bush

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5. What to you is a perfectly produced track? Any examples?

That’s a tough one. I don’t think there’s any such thing as perfection. Production is almost like dressing someone. When you see them naked, you might instantly think of something that would accentuate how that person looks, highlight their qualities and hide their flaws. Maybe they look amazing naked. Some people could make a bin bag look good and it doesn’t really matter what you do with them, if anything. So, if you follow my analogy, I think it’s all very subjective and at the end of the day you just end up with one vision, not perfection.

6. What are some difference between producing tracks as Dubka vs. producing Cazals?

I don’t think there are any similarities! The first is me pacing up and down, lying on the floor, not speaking and looking for exactly what it is I want to do and how I see the track. The latter is a compromise of everyone’s artistic vision, technical ability, ego and all the rest of it. If I want to try something, I have to convince the others of my intentions. And then working with Cazals differs from working with another band because I’m much closer to the whole thing. Luckily they’re usually quite tolerant when I tell them I’m right and they’re wrong. Haha!

7. Does your bass playing influence your Dubka production style? I have been playing bass for 10 years and feel that the bassline is the crucial link between the drums and melodies especially in dance/electronic music.

I’m sure it does. Bass was my first instrument so I guess I must relate most things musical to that in some way. I find the interaction between bass and drums and drums and melody really important. They’re like the book-ends of the track that hold everything else in place. Also, playing drums, keyboards and guitar gives me a better understanding of how they interact and how to arrange them and that in turn helps explaining ideas and communicating with other musicians.

8. How do you feel about DJs and electronic producers stepping behind the mixing board like Erol Alkan producing the Mystery Jets and Late of the Pier?

I was skeptical at first but when you think about it, it’s all just a matter of good taste and how you motivate people. Erol is a cool guy and I think he’s done a really great job with the bands I’ve heard him work with. As far as I know, he mixed those records as well, which is very impressive. SebastiAn said he’s working with Peaches and Uffie too but I guess that isn’t such a huge departure, apart from the communication and the compromise.

9. Dubka’s future plans? Cazals future plans?

I’m not sure what’s happening with Cazals. There are a few more gigs to honour this year, then who know’s? As for myself, I’ve just finished a remix for Hearts Revolution which I wish I could show you but it should be released soon. Oh, and I’m just starting one for Sebastien Tellier. I’ve been talking about revisiting an old project of mine with some friends called The Plastic Society (www.myspace.com/wearetheplasticsociety). I always have problems with my own music because I find showing it to others can somehow affect how I view it and that makes it difficult for me to judge exactly what it is I want to do, which I find very important. There’s music in my computer that nobody has heard and maybe never will but I’m talking about it more these days so I’m working on what’s going to become of it. Maybe you’ll see a Dubka album, who know’s?

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Asian Dan Interview: Mickey Moonlight

Mickey Moonlight was kind enough to answer a few questions of mine to try to delve into this strange musical mind that has recently joined the famous Ed Banger Family. All I can say is that Mr. Moonlight listens to music, a lot of music. Here is a quick peek into his, musical mind.

Colette CD N°9 – 4th World / 5th Circuit (click to download)

Beats In Space Radio Mix – 4th World / 5th Circuit Part 2 (click to download)

Mickey Moonlight – A Big Ship Passing
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1. What is your first musical memory?
Elvis

What are your biggest influences?
Klaus Nomi, Sun Ra, Mariko Mori, David Bowie, Fela Kuti, Brian Eno, Mike Cooper, P-Funk, Laurie Anderson, General Strike, The Legendary Stardust Cowboy, Kwadwo Donkoh, Can, Poppin Pete, Coil, Les Baxter, Prince Paul, Cluster, Jon Hassell, Konrad Plank, Daniel Miller, Sly Stone, Nino Nardini, Vangelis, Christian Fennesz, David Byrne, Kraftwerk, Lauire Spiegel, Martin Denny, Roger Roger

J. G. Ballard, Philip K. Dick, Robert Anton Wilson, Kurt Vonnegut, Anthony Burgess, William S. Burroughs, Alfred Bester, Bernard Wolfe, Don Delillo, Frederick Pohl, Doris Lessing, Jake Chapman, Michael Houellebecq, Michael Marshall Smith, Arthur C. Clarke, David Gerrold, Aldous Huxley, Ursula K. LeGuin.

2. You are definitely a new and interesting surprise to the Ed Banger Team, your addition shows how much those guys just love all music.

Most interesting people aren’t dogmatic in their musical tastes, they enjoy a wide variety music. I am honoured to release on Ed banger. They work with so many fantastic artists, producing distictly modern music. As much of the known Universe is rapidly realising Pedro is a very clever and charismatic leader.

What music did you guys bond over?
The music of our mutual friends.

3. I love that you are heavily influenced by Krautrock and Ambient music. What is your favorite musical era?
Always the present. But loads from the 1970’s, early 1960’s exotica, 1930’s pop, Victorian music boxes, the harp of King David.

5. What are the top 5 songs that you put on to dance?
Born Under Punches and Crosseyed And Painless by Talking Heads
Move on up Curtis Mayfield
Disco Africa by The Ogyataannaa Show Band
Township Funk by Dj Mujava
Voodoo Ray by A Guy Called Gerald

Who are your favorite DJs?
Nathan Gregory Wilkins
Optimo
Harvey
Ivan Smagghe
2ManyDJs
The Glimmers

Producers?
Jake & Dinos Chapman

6. What are your currently listening to? What do you feel is the next big thing?

I am listening to and loving new music by; Zongamin, The New Sins, Kwes, Apollo Sunshine, DJ Mujava, Findlay Brown, Duffy, Kitty Daisy & Lewis, LCD Soundsystem, Los Super Elegantes, Late of The Pier, History Clock, Naum, Bravo Fimber, HTRK, Uffie, Issakidis, Hot Chip, La Horse, Fennesz, Bishi, Rustie, Busy P, Roots Manuva.

7. Future plans for Mickey Moonlight? Releases, tours?
Album and occasional dj gigs and remixes. Some exciting collaborations.

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NT89 x Asian Dan – Go BIG or Go Home

NT89 – Go BIG or Go Home (Atom Heart Mother)

NT89 produced this theme song/cover for the b-log and is getting shirts made. Peep it. Some big changes are on the way in the next few weeks for Asian Dan so be on the lookout. Thanks for reading and for all the love.

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