London-based Sebastian Barz aka VENICE CALYPSO is one of the most exciting techno DJ/Producers in the city right now. Read this exclusive interview with him, below…
You just launched your own label Four On Four – tell us a bit about how it all started.
I was contacted by some really talented DJs and producers, sending me their music, and I really wanted to get their music out there. I was also annoyed by the long waiting times with distribution and I really wanted to create a more dynamic platform for music. We are just scheduling the releases for next year and we are working also more on the visual side. See you in 2016!
What producers do you have your eye on at the moment?
First, Jack France, my long time collaborator. We just received his first vinyl release and it will be up very soon. It’s Totally on fire and I premiered his track “Techno Cut 2206” on Rinse France, then: Cindy, Aoud, Rawkorder, TITE, Raw Ambasador, AZF, Marc Laforce
What other labels do you think are doing great things at the moment?
Mord, Neo Violence, RAAR, The Revera Corporation, VENT, Tronic Soundz.
Your video for Malibu was greeted with lots of positive comments. What was the idea behind the video?
I’ve been directing videos for a while and I wanted to create something special for the new beginning of my career. The visual side of techno is always quite conservative which amazes me. I want to change that by aesthetic with my almost clinical visual concepts. We shot the video in Mi7 Studio in west London. I loved the alien look of Gina Harrison and it was amazing to work with her.
You run a night – INFERNO – at Dalston Superstore. How did this start, and what does the future hold for the event?
Inferno is my collaboration project with Lewis G. Burton. I always wanted to create unique club experience that will mix the craziness of the london club culture with great underground and dark music. You don’t need to choose between cool crowd or good music it’s all there. We have amazing DJs in performance artist including Coco Cole, Jim Warboy, AZF, TWANG, Jack France, Alex Wolf, Hotbox resident Raro and some great performance artist like House Of Health, Synth, Victor Ivanov.
If you had friends over for the weekend, what night would you tell them to go to in London and why?
I will definitely try to invite them to my own party INFERNO. HOTBOX by squat the sun, it’s very exclusive and unique experience. Also Blanc, Legion and Jaded at Corsica Studios will be an obvious choice.
You have quite a distinctive haircut and style. Who influences your style?
My style evolved naturally over time. I’m always 50 percent goth no matter if it’s in fashion or not. I also never wanted to hide behind my music.
What track sums up your mood right now?
Vainqueur – Lyot (Maurizio Mix). I got into listening to techno almost everyday. I can’t listen to anything trivial during the day. I always expect to be surrounded by sounds with depth. I always prefer to listen to tribal and religious sounds rather then music that was created to entertain the average consumer without challenging their taste.
Interview by Danny Ingham
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