The 123rd episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Giddyhead.
1. If you had to pick one track which solidified your love for electronic music early on what would it be?
No particular one, might be from VHS tapes, ambient music from films and surf videos from the 80’s.
2. What was your first and last DJ gig?
Not long ago, July 2011. The last one was November 27 at the presentation of Inti Burn, the community around Burning Man in Argentina. It will take place in a valley in April 2015.
3. What was the first and last record you purchased?
The first one was Loco Live – The Ramones and the last one was Permiso – Jose Larralde.
4. What would you say is the highlight of your career thus far?
In 2012, played by Hernan Cattaneo for the first time can be a highlight. Or a feedback from Sigur Ros by email about my remix. It reads: “hey cesar, thanks for the mail! thanks for taking the time to make the remix and glad its getting recognition! darren. sigur-ros.co.uk” Hernan has drawn a smile on my face several times, Sigur Ros are so amazing and you might guess my feeling. My first release: ‘Constanza (Eight Degrees South)’ and the support of Lee Burridge, a personal highlight, if you know what I mean.
Basically is a lot of work and everything has its own moment or characteristic of importance in different ways. Some time ago when I had the chance to remix the cover of ‘Pale Blue Eyes’ recorded by Moby and Julie Mintz(from his own Pro Tools session)and sending to her the different demos to finally read: I love both (Julie Mintz) but Moby said that the second one is the best. I realized that I was getting a feedback from Moby and as if it wasn’t enough Darrell Thorp supported the track, a 3 times Grammy Award winning, the man behind Radiohead, Atoms For Peace, Beck and many more, I cannot describe that moment.
I mean, is all about love.
5. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
2011-Groove Armada-Red Light remix competition- Andy Cato said this about my remix: “The change at 3.39 is lovely. The classic major/minor thing that in this context works really well. The remix has been approached from a really musical angle. I’m not sure you need the extra part that appears initally at 0.46 and then again at 4.13. It takes up a lot of space in the middle, and holds back the roll a bit. The opening would make a fantastic drop. I think you could go between that and the 3.39 change initially without the original bass part, just those lovely chords from the opening. Then the second time around, a bit of extra top end and the filtered original bassline. There you would have a peak time Sasha tune.”
6. Who are some of the best undiscovered talents in your eyes?
The last undiscovered talent I met was a lady from Buenos Aires, she doesn’t look worry about being recognized as a new talent so I will just say her real name, I hope she don’t mind. We (a small group of friends) were sharing a few days in a Estancia in the outskirts of Buenos Aires. Devorah plays a n’goni and sing. We share some influences from Indu, African and World Music, who knows maybe we meet someday to make a collab. I was shocked by her mixture of styles and my feeling was.. this is something like Sigur Ros and Amadou & Mariam, hard to explain but a very strong feeling of conciousness and love.
7. Which producers consistently inspire you?
I always take a care listening to different djs and producers like Ricardo Villalobos, Lee Burridge, Guy Gerber, Steve Bug and others. Now with Âme, Matthias Meyer, Gardens Of God, Gab Rhome, YokoO and others we have great artists on the go.
8. What artist or track would you love to remix? and who would you love to be remixed by?
I would love to remix to Tom Waits and I would love to be remixed by Matthew Dekay.
9. Record labels are a dime a dozen these days, which ones if any standout for you?
Der Dritte Raum, Cocoon, Ellum, Cadenza, Warp Records, Innervisions, All Day I Dream, microCastle, Hot Creations, SudBeat, Maeve, Last Night On Earth, liebe*detail. On the other hand, labels like Sound Avenue, Agara Music and many others which takes new artists on scene have also an important role.
10. What would you say is the best mix compilation of all time?
I don’t feel confortable saying what’s the best but the first time I was listening to Perfecto and I met with the voice of ‘You are sleeping’ was love on first sight, but Renaissance, Global Underground, Sven Vath stuff. Every work done by these people has a huge impact, Hernan, Sasha, Sven, Nick Warren, Diggers, they have all gave a Master Class.
11. Current Favourites (you can list more than one per category if you like)
Food: Gluten Free (No choice)
Drink: The Glenlivet 12 Year Old
Drug: Whatever you do, don’t tell anyone
Animal: Perry, my dog
TV Show: Pensado’s Place
Movie: The Wall
Video Game: No I don’t
Album: Hail To The Thief
Track / Song: Two Dots
Producer / Band: Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington
Record Label: Mute – All Day I Dream
Nightclub: Kristal Glam Club – Warung
DJ: Lee Burridge – Hernan Cattaneo – Ricardo Villalobos – Danny Howells
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
Quilla – A Million Broken Bikes (Ricardo Villalobos & Shaun Reeves Remix)
Giddyhead’s remix of Ozgur Ozkan ‘Cholera Street’ is out now on Agara Music, you can purchase the release: here