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12 Questions Episode 7: Silinder

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The seventh installment of our 12 Questions segment features Gav Mulhall aka Silinder. The Irish producer is much loved for his progressive / tech house productions on Sudbeat and Replug. Gav has also appeared on two of the most storied imprints in the history of electronic music; the now defunct but hugely influential Renaissance and Jackpot Records. He’s got a new remix out this week on Clinique Recordings which once again sits a top our Overall Hype Chart. Check out our Essential Purchases section for a review and please enjoy our 12 Questions segment with him below.

1. If you had to pick one track which solidified your love for electronic music early on what would it be?

Silinder: Well there has been many, but one track that I never tire of is Gat Decor – Passion, remember hearing it for the first time in a club back in 1992, like it was yesterday…still love it 🙂

2. What was your first and last DJ gig?

Silinder: I don’t dj these days, but my first was probably a friend’s house party…and my last was probably 10 or more years ago.

3. What was the first and last record you purchased?

Silinder: Probably showing my age here, It was Black Celebration by Depeche Mode and last record was Crimson Red by Prefab Sprout.

4. What would you say is the highlight of your career thus far?

Silinder: Don’t think I could have just one particular highlight, but when Sasha included my Rubberhump track on his Thank You Mix 2008 I was over the moon and also being asked to remix tracks from guys you grew up listening to like Blue Amazon, Fathers of Sound and more recently Banco De Gaia, they would be big highlights for me 🙂

5. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?

Silinder: I am not a DJ

6. Who are some of the best undiscovered talents in your eyes?

Silinder: That would be most definitely my 3 kids, they are such an inspiration and they each have a spectacular talent that can bring a grown man to tears on occasion.

7. Which producers consistently inspire you?

Silinder: I love all types of electronic music from House to Techno, and it changes all the time but to look at numbers of most listened to, at the moment it would probably be Jon Hopkins, Guy J, Minilogue, Silicone Soul, Tale Of Us, Booka Shade, Adam Bayer… Ask me this same question next month and I’ll probably have completely different artists 🙂

8. What artist or track would you love to remix? and who would you love to be remixed by?

Silinder: I would love to have an official remix for Depeche Mode, any song, I’m not fussed.

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?

Silinder: Yeah, this is very true. And good music and producers are getting lost amongst the crap out there which is sad. I like 4AD, Mute, microCastle, Sudbeat, Lost & Found and Bedrock. Always consistant with good quality releases.

10. What would you say is the best mix compilation of all time?

Silinder: Without a doubt, it would be John Digweed’s Renaissance 2, all 3 discs are sublime.

11. Current Favourites (you can list more than one per category if you like)
Food: Italian
Drink: Franziskaner Weissbier
Drug: Music
Animal: Hamster
TV Show: love watching re-runs of the classic 80’s game shows on Challenge TV
Movie: I’m a fan of all 80’s movies & John Hughes movies in particular so probably The Breakfast Club or Pretty In Pink (have a thing for Molly Ringwald)
Video Game: GTA V at the moment
Album: Construction Time Again – Depeche Mode
Track / Song: The Landscape Is Changing
Producer / Band: Depeche Mode
Record Label: 4AD
Nightclub: I don’t frequent the clubs as much these days to have a favourite 🙁
DJ: John Digweed & Hernan Cattaneo

12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?

Silinder: Orbital – Belfast

Silinder’s remix of zweitausendeins Traum ‘You Are My New Galactic’ is out now on Clinique Recordings, you can purchase the release: here

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