On the 23rd June Urban Spree will play host to 3421, a live electronic duo from Israel who have proclaimed themselves as the rock and roll of generation electronic. That’s a bit of a bold statement, but when you see these cats live on stage, you can see where they’re coming from. And we’re not talking about the mountainous northern city of Israel they call Haifa. Whereas most forms of live electronic music these days come out of a laptop, these guys churn out their dirty electronic music physically- with drums and all- thus encroaching on band territory. We managed to steal a couple of responses from the soulful robots on their continuing tour of Europe ahead of their gig this Sunday at the Urban Spree.
You played here at the Urban Spree a couple of months ago. What do you think about the place?
Mad place! it’s awesome to have a spot where art spaces, galleries and music mix together one space. and it’s a killerrr spot to.
How have your performances and music been received during your tour of Europe?
It varies.. like last gig in Potsdam (Spartacus) on the last tour was awesome, and Jena (Kassablanca) on our ’12 tour was 10 out of 10, from the hospitality to the energy of the crowd and DJ selection before and after the show. But then there are some spots where you feel something went wrong with the promotion and the organizers view of the evening, when you find yourself playing the wrong gig. But in general, Europe always have massive sound systems, and it feels like people are open for nu musical experiences.. especially outside the big cities
German veteran DJ and producer Timo Maas recently released his second artist album Lifer on Rockets & Ponies. Maas started to DJ in the early 80s and to produce before reaching the 90s, since then he has become an internationally recognised and influential DJ who easily mixes electro, techno, house and anything in between, and produces an even wider range of music as his previous album Pictures proved. On both his artist albums, Maas invited very diverse vocalists such as Kelis, Mikill Pane, Neneh Cherry or his friend Brian Molko from Placebo. And here are a few words from the artist.
You recorded Lifer in this remote German village, Bückeburg, did Brian Molko come to record the lyrics?
Not this time, but for Pictures he did. He stayed at my house for two days, while we recorded.
Only two days to record three tracks?
Actually only one day. He works extremely fast. And it was extremely cool to work or to just hang out with him. He is a very interesting character and he is SO talented. Sometimes it seems the creativity is just exploding – and he is a strange character, but I really like him.