The 65th episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Pav Parrotte.
1. If you had to pick one track which solidified your love for electronic music early on, what would it be?
This has to be Chime by Oribital from back in 89/90, I think this was the Hartnoll brothers’ first ever release and it was around the time of my introduction to the rave scene and dance music in general. Its jangling riff is perfect, such an emotional and moving track for me….I still love it to this day, but it was the Stone Roses that really started my drift towards electronic music, they were real game changers for me.
2. What was your first and last DJ gig?
First gig was at a little place in Liverpool, UK called Mardi Gras in Liverpool…dirty sweaty underground place with a mixture of cool people, weird people, music people, drunk people, wasted people and a few “scallies”.
Last gig was a night called Deep Dark Dirty at my club, TIME in Manila….it does what it says on the tin, underground to the max and we all go home the next day wishing we had brought sunglasses with us…it’s the only dedicated underground House and Techno venue you will get in the Philippines, we have a good bunch of resident DJs and a solid faithful crowd.
3. What was the first and last record you purchased?
First vinyl record I purchased was Belfast by Orbital
The last vinyl I bought was Sasha’s Involver 3 but I haven’t opened the pack yet….always felt a a bit shit about the fact that I misplaced all my Northern Exposure CD packs and even the special edition Vinyl pack so I have been collecting the recent stuff and just keeping them to one side.
4. What would you say is the highlight of your career thus far?
There are a few but I think having 3 EP’s in a row signed to Plastic City tops the lot. A label that I remember from the early 90’s with so many great artists signed to them…. that was quite a moment for me.
5. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
I can drive huge ships. I used to be in the Merchant Navy…. it still plays a part of my life now, in my alter ego, the daytime Pav.
6. Who are some of the best undiscovered talents in your eyes?
Ryan Pamatmat is one to watch out for, he is my best friend so this could easily sound biassed but you have to watch out for this lad…. he has a golden ear and can really work magic on his DJing performances and his productions. We collaborate a lot and I love working with him because the inspiration just flows. He is currently working on going live and is building his rig and perfecting his skills right now.
Another is Knights Templar aka Abdulla Ramo from Syria and now based in Turkey. This kid has got it! He’s a little proggy but slowly his productions are getting techier, He listens to advice and his productions improve every single time, his current work in progress is gonna be massive.
Both Ryan and Knights Templar are signed with my label Asia Music and we intend to have a long and solid relationship with both of them.
7. Which producers consistently inspire you?
There are a few, Ten Walls, Eats Everything, Pete Bones, Markus Homm, Pele & Shawnecy, D-Nox & Becker for right now and then for all times it has to be Charlie May, Nick Muir, Carl Craig and LTJ Bukem.
8. What artist or track would you love to remix? and who would you love to be remixed by?
I would love to remix any Stone Roses track, I know they have all been remixed and they are all solid remixes so I’m not saying I would do better but I would just love to get my hands on the stems of any of their tracks and put my own touch to it.
If Carl Cox would like to remix any of my current or future work then just let me know 😉
9. Record labels are a dime a dozen these days and the majority of people feel most of them are mediocre music factories. Which ones if any standout for you?
Bassworks Recordings from Japan have been putting out some solid stuff , good quality underground House and Techno. L2 Music has just started up again and I am excited to hear the stuff coming out with them. I am privileged to get pre-promos from these guys so I know there is some wicked stuff on the way…….but I can’t do this interview without giving a shout out for the label that I own with a couple of mates of mine, Oscar Oka and Alinep, Asia Music. We are pretty proud of the effort we are putting in and the results that are coming back, our artists are doing some great work…….. You are right about the dime a dozen thing with so many record labels these days…. I believe too many labels have set up without having a plan in place or without being able to get any good guidance for direction and exposure. Many of those must have been good ideas at the time but so much inconsistency and no real game plan or direction and so much trash being released just for he sake of it…we would rather put nothing out than put out any crap, after all, what’s the rush?
10. What would you say is the best mix compilation of all time?
Sorry but I have to give you 2 mate… The first is Northern Exposure by Sasha and Digweed and the 2nd is Logical Progression by LTJ Bukem featuring MC Conrad. I can play either of these in any place at any time for any mood…. now that’s what I call music!
11. Current Favourites (you can list more than one per category if you like)
Food: Fish n Chips
Drug: Benedryl….knocks me out!!!
Animal: Dogs, we have a Husky called Saskia and a strange thing called Chin-Chy, a mix of between a mini Dachshund and a Shitsu
TV Show: Breaking Bad
Movie: Papillon, The Great Escape and The Usual Suspects
Video Game: No time for them, would rather lay down a mix or work on a track.
Album: Stone Roses – The Remixes
Track / Song: Orbital – Belfast
Producer / Band: Orbital and The Stone Roses
Record Label: right now it’s Kompakt
Nightclub: TIME in Manila of course 😉
DJ: Martin Lugtu in Manila and quite possibly the best in Asia but Carl Cox for all time, everywhere.
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb – not a dance track at all but such a schaweeeeet tune, especially for a last ever track.
Knights Templar ‘Ventura EP’ is out now on Asia Music, you can purchase the release: here