Interview with Super DeeJay / DJ Bastard | Edition XIII
Describe your sound as if we were deaf?
like being pummeled with a hot wind while standing in an ice storm. you feel knocked about, and sometimes it even hurts a little bit – but you come away utterly satisfied, and (hopefully) dancing your ass off!
What is distinctive about your mixing?
I try to find common points of reference that cross genres, I like to combine specific elements of new wave, electro, house, synth pop, and indie – but do so in a kind of punk-rock way. does that make any sense at all? I doubt it. I guess that I feel like music is music, and I find occasionally that maybe dead or alive’s kick drum sounds good with soulwax’s bassline. or that snappy disco snare in an anita ward track sounds hot with some daft punk. Im always trying to keep people surprised and interested, but moreover try to show them a good time.
What producers, songwriters and/or artists do you see as your primary inspirations?
wow, so many I mean Ive been listening to and involved with SO many types of dance music and really I could talk for hours about any of it… Really – honestly … for me it comes down to one artist. It started with underworld inspiring me to DJ. Everything else came from that.
Do you have a favorite musical project that you’ve worked on?
Absolutely, I play the guitar and co-write the music for the NYC based indie band Autodrone. I remix, DJ, and help to produce tracks in the collective, Carpe PM. Between those two and my weekly residencies at various clubs all over NYC I don’t have much time to sleep.
What was the main factor for launching your career when you did?
I started so long ago, before I was even really legally allowed to be inside of most clubs, at the time, honestly I didn’t know that I was launching my career, I was just doing what I loved .. I started going out to clubs in NYC at 15 and just never stopped. I love the music, I love to dance. you can still find me on a dancefloor, a stage or a DJ booth most nights of the week to this day. I don’t know why. I guess that its one of those things that keeps me sane, allowing music to consume my entire life for the past 15 years or so has been fairly amazing.
Who are some people you would like to work with?
fever ray / the knife.
How is the internet changing your craft?
That’s kind of a really interesting question. I think about that often while I gaze at the stacks of vinyl records which take up most of the space in my apartment AND in my parent’s house.
I never want to stop collecting records and spinning vinyl, but at the same time, Serato, Ableton Live and Traktor Pro have changed my life completely.
You don’t have to hunt for the tracks you want any more. you don’t need to figure out BPMs on your own, you can just download a track and analyze it in the software. It makes a huge part of DJing very easy, but at the same time, it puts taste, skill, and song selection above other things, and that is a pretty important change. Essentially it comes down to anybody having the ability to amass the tracks that anybody else has, and the software to mix the way that everybody else does without practicing for years on vinyl.
So why isn’t everybody playing just like MSTRKRFT? or Justice? or Soulwax? I can only assume its because they can’t… Meaning, those three have talent and taste, and those are things that you can’t download or buy.
So the short answer is that the internet has changed things up a lot, and its evened the playing field for sure. but if you are good, than you are good. nothing can change that. Nobody should feel threatened by the new technology, just embrace the parts of it that you want to, and make it a part of this thing that we all love so much.
Do you feel like what you are doing is important?
Yes.but not specifically me.
I feel like people need to spend a few hours at night getting lost in music and generally trying to forget about shitty jobs or shitty people in their lives. I like to try to make that happen for them, allow them for a few hours to put all of their bullshit aside and just let bodies and minds unravel a tiny bit. I hope that I help to make people happy.
Lastly, could you talk about any long-term goals or talents you have in mind?
Long term? I would like to tour more, get out to europe and asia, and generally see how its done all over the world. I want to dance in their clubs and DJ in their booths meet loads of new and interesting people and generally have a good time all over the place.
If I can do that, Ill be happy, though I would also like to one day own a dog. A siberian husky.