Night Visitor

electronic musings


“I know now that the term ‘Techno’ is irrelevant. It is what is being said with the sound of Techno that is most important. Vinyl vs. CD vs. digital vs. what else will surely come is a useless debate. These are only carriers of the Music, and have little bearing on the information it’s carrying. Sadly, very few people in this profession talk about Music anymore. It’s mainly about who is the #1 DJ, which clubs were full or who’s got the hype this month! From the very beginning of my career in Electronic Music I never took my eye off of what was most important – even when it wasn’t the trend. As I’ve grown older, I’m more at peace with what I’m doing because I believe that the diaspora of creativity is what pushes this genre up and out. Not who was the #1 DJ in 1998.”
Jeff Mills discusses his legacy on Fact

“I don’t know if this is a trend common to all artists, but I work in depth on a song, then I need to establish some distance between me and the music I wrote. After a period of intense creativity I need to let time pass, so as to allow me to evaluate the work from the outside, without conditionings, perhaps seeing the product in a different light. I believe that this distance is critical. Sometimes I rediscover my work, sometimes not. I seek this detachment.”
Alva Noto Interview on Soundwall

“(We were) just hanging out, shooting the shit,” says Petillo, “like ‘yeah we should do something!’ Our friend Jason had a bunch of tracks, he was like, ‘I’m just trying to make some good ’80s boogie,’ and we’re like, ‘This is awesome dude! You hit it out of the park, you nailed it dude!’ And from there we were, like, ‘let’s just do this, why not?’”
Future Times Feature on RA

“Maybe I’m jealous of the younger kids, because everything is right here. [Taps on computer] I had to bust my fucking ass to find records. Even before me, dudes had to bust their asses, going back to Mancuso. He had to start a pool to have labels send him shit because they wouldn’t take him seriously. I’m on my knees when I should be working, at a record store, digging under a table, looking for records. And now everything’s on YouTube. I didn’t wake up one day and go to a house music blog and listen to house music. There’s nothing wrong with that [though]: I go to African music blogs all the time and get hipped to African shit.”
RA Playing Favorites with Mike Simonetti

“I definitely have to adapt when playing abroad. I was going to bring the Norwegian eclectic way of DJing to the world, so I packed every record I considered fun regardless if it was mixable or not; samba, punk tracks, old disco. I was really keen on bringing the vibe where you’ll drop-mix tune after tune. It went terribly. The crowd couldn’t relate at all. That’s when I learned you have to warm-up the crowd with more streamlined tracks in the beginning to prove to them that you’re able to mix properly. After that fact is established, you can take them on a ride. I had to learn the hard way.”
Todd Terje Interview on RA

“The rave scene came and it went, and there just wasn’t much left of it. It wasn’t like rock and roll where they keep reissuing the music, and you can turn to any oldies station on the radio and constantly hear the music.”
Midwest featured on BBC News

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