Hi! It’s nice to get a chance to chat to you coming up to your London gig for Virunga launch this weekend. Would it be your first time playing in London? What should we expect from your performance?
Hi guys and gals! Actually it’s my second time playing in London as Ada Kaleh. I’ve played last year for the Cymatic crew and had a blast. Regarding my performance on Saturday you should be expecting full on Ada Kaleh beats, mostly live versions from my upcoming album tracks and tons of specially created loops for the live set.
How did you first get involved with Virunga team?
To be honest I cannot remember, I think I had a chat with Scott Kemp about a year or so ago, great fella by the way, and then he introduced me to Luke aka the Brain and we just hit it off. We had a shindig at Chalet Berlin last year in October which turned out great… and everything just pushed us closer. There’s a bright future ahead of Virunga.
Your upcoming Dene Descris LP sounds excellent! What has been your inspiration behind this release?
I know it sounds cliche but I draw my inspiration basically from anything around me, from nature and weather moods to random sounds and melodies I hear or pop up in my mind. When I’m not spending quality time with my lady and our cat Fifine (picture featured on the interview) or waste time on the interwebs I’m usually an isolated character, so I get time to reflect and let inspiration flow through me in a natural and unforced way. The album came together in the course of 3 years so it was quite the challenge I’ve tried to make each track almost completely different from the other yet still make sense in the context of an album story.
Is there a favourite track on this album and what does it mean to you?
My favourite piece from the album is Pangea, the beatless version. I cannot say what it means to me, actually I cannot say what either of my pieces mean to me… as they come from temporary insanity acts of creation, surges of conscience.
With regards to your own label, Ada Kaleh, what has been going on and what are your future plans for it?
My Ada Kaleh imprint is a platform for my own sound and various aliases I use. My future plan is to keep developing and refine my releases… as an inside info, in the future my music is going to go a bit experimental, dive deeper into sound design and stray away from the dancefloor approach. I’ll focus my efforts into creating different live acts showcasing a wider musical spectrum.
Speaking of inspiration, what influences you in general, musically or otherwise?
Like I said earlier, basically everything can be a trigger. Musically, I hold a tremendous respect for Muslimgauze, Boards of Canada, Sigur Ros, Explosions in the Sky, MUM, Mogwai and Future sound of London. They’ve had a huge influence in my development, especially Muslimgauze when it comes to creating an atmosphere and mood.
You have collaborated with various artists throughout your career, would there be any more in the future and with whom?
There’s one planned with buddy Scott, we haven’t gotten into it yet, but I guess it’ll happen shortly.
Who are your favourite artists right now that we should watch out for?
Well, it’s the same list I mentioned earlier. But lately I’ve been addicted to Jeff Bridges’ Sleeping Tapes. The dude has done it again. (http://www.dreamingwithjeff.com/#music-section)
A favourite track of the moment?
None that I can think of. But just so I don’t leave this question unanswered, one of the tracks I always go back to is Sigur Ros – Saeglopur (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84i7zQ_ACnU)
Finally, what are your musical plans for 2015?
My priority for 2015 is the release of my album and development of my sound and liveset. Other than that, who knows what future awaits.
Thank you so much for this interview, it has been great talking to you and we are looking forward to see you in London!
Thank you for taking time to talk to me and hope you all have fun with me on the dancefloor. From Ada Kaleh with love.
Featuring a picture of Fifine involved in a staring contest.