INTERVIEW: Pablo Del Monte and Residencies vs. Gigs
Pablo Del Monte is set to release the ever so catchy Glide Over Here on East Recordings featuring remix appearances from the likes of Julius Papp, Thallulah,William Medagli, Jose Maria Ramon and DJ – Vox. We had a little chat about the release and what he’s been getting up to this summer.
OTB: Have you had a nice summer so far and what have been the highlights?
PDM: Yes, I’ve had a great summer – thanks. The highlight has been setting up my label, East Recordings.
OTB: What’s the British scene like then? Does it continue to inspire you like it always has?
PDM: The UK scene is very inspiring. London, in particular, is such a melting pot of cultures. In terms of dance music there’s everything from UK garage, which is having a renaissance, through to house, techno and bass music.
OTB: So if we had a weekend to go clubbing in London, where would you recommend we go and why?
PDM: I can strongly recommend The Egg nightclub. There’s superclubs like Fabric and Ministry, of course, but The Egg has cornered the market in underground house and tech-house. My old label boss at Eukatek and DJ/producer Nils Hess is heavily involved with this club.
OTB: You run East Recordings – what’s the idea behind the label?
PDM: I run the label with dj-Vox, who is based in America. My taste is very house and his is more tech-house so the label falls between these two styles. I was in successful breaks act in the early 2000s called Electro Convulsive Therapy (ECT), but just as things were really starting to take off for us we were hit hard by the vinyl crash in 2004. Many of the labels we were signed to back then, like Carbon Records and Eukatek, were embedded in record stores so when Beatport came along and vinyl sales collapsed these labels went bankrupt. The idea this time round was to take control of my own destiny and to not be affected by outside factors.
OTB: Did you have many defining nights out when you were younger that were really influential for you? What were they?
PDM: I grew up in Ireland so I missed the early explosion of club culture in the UK, but I had friends in Manchester who used to send me mix tapes from clubs like the Hacienda when I was still at school – this was my introduction to house music.
OTB: And what were your early raving days like? Great memories I’m guessing?
PDM: Dublin had some very cool clubs back in the day, like Sides, which I used to sneak out at night time to go to when I was still at school. Techno was the prevailing sound, but I was more drawn to house.
OTB: What’s been your favourite gig to date? What made it great?
PDM: My favourite gig to date was playing at The End nightclub before it closed down. Long before Fabric came along The End was London’s best underground club.
OTB: Have you ever held a residency? How have you residencies impacted you as a DJ?
PDM: It’s probably because I’ve moved around style-wise quite a lot in dance music, but I haven’t held a residency at a major club. I was a resident at the Dogstar in Brixton for a year and also at Traffic in Shoreditch. I guess the difference between a residency and one-off gigs is that you can play the music you want to play more with less pressure to deliver a ‘big’ set.
OTB: How would you say your music has changed with the years? What influenced this change more than anything else?
PDM: I started making breakbeat in the early 2000s, which was the dubstep of that era. I was DJing on the London pirate radio scene at the time, which was mainly UK garage-based so nu skool breaks fitted in nicely with this. By the mid-2000s I was making tech-house on the seminal UK tech-house label Eukatek. I then left dance music for 8 years and was writing electronic-influenced pop music for other artists. As mentioned already, my first love was Chicago house but I was too young at the time it first came round to be truly involved so when it reemerged a few years ago as deep house I just had to start making dance music again!
OTB: So tell us a bit about the latest release – what’s the vibe with it and how did it come about?
PDM: The track is called “Glide Over Here” and it is out on 15th September. It is heavily influenced by Maya Jane Cole’s “What They Say”, which is a modern deep house classic with a nod to the early Chicago house records.
OTB: How did you decide on the remixers?
PDM: dj-Vox is my label partner so he was an obvious choice and he has turned in a tasty tech-house remix. Then I came across Thallulah, William Medagli and Jose Maria Ramon, who are based in Italy, through the DJ promo feedback from East Recordings’s first release and really liked their techno sound with the use of big Vangelis-style analogue synths. However, I was super-excited when house legend Julius Papp agreed to remix “Glide Over Here”. I actually sent him another track initially – a big vocal track which we’ll be releasing later in the year – but it was the house vibe of “Glide” that he was drawn to.
OTB: How would you describe the music you make to someone who’s yet to hear it?
PDM: It’s contemporary Chicago house.
OTB: How do you stay motivated musically? What’s influencing you a lot these days?
PDM: I’ve always been a bit of a technophobe and there is so much technology involved in making music nowadays sometimes it can kill the vibe. However, whenever this happens I just listen to some classic dance records and the inspiration usually comes back.
OTB: What do you think the best thing is about the modern day house music scene? And the worst?
PDM: The best thing is the democratisation of music production: music-making software is so cheap nowadays and with the internet anyone can get involved. However, this is a double-edged sword in that there is so much average house music being made it now it can be hard for a new label like ours to be heard above all this noise in the system.
OTB: What’s next for you?
PDM: The next year is all about establishing East Recordings. There are a thousand releases per week nowadays on Beatport and the other digital stores so it can be hard for a new label to make an impact. But we’ll be doing our sixth release in our first six months when “Glide Over Here” comes out and we’ve got some more tasty remixers on board for our next releases. Next up is dj-Vox’s “Seven Sevenths” (our seventh release!) and we’ve got Nottingham-based tech-house producer Inxec on remix duties.
After that dj-Vox will set up his imprint which will focus on tech-house and East Recordings will be purely for house. He wants to call the imprint “Top Flight Recordings” but I think “West Recordings” would work given that I’m in Europe and he’s in the States.
Glide Over Here explodes onto the scene September 15th September…
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