Space DJz EPM podcast April 2010
Following Robert Hood’s exclusive M-Plant minimal masterclass and the all Irish mix for a special St. Patrick’s Day EPM Podcast from Dagham & Remlab we now welcome the mighty Space DJz with Ben Long at the helm. With a full-bodied techno mix that infuses tracks from James Ruskin, Detroit Grand Pubahs, Decibel Flekx, My Evil Twin, Nick Robson, Robin Renwick and more with their own techno productions we find the often imitated but never bettered DJ tag team on top of their game.
Long-time techno flag-bearers, Jamie Bissmire and Ben Long started their production career back on the Bandulu affiliated Infonet imprint and have since released on a multitude of esteemed labels such as Soma, Ongaku, Novamute, Primal Rhythms, Tortured, Noobish and of course their own imprint, Potential.
Last year saw the Space Djz turn up the heat on their production schedule to the max with the massive Yupplegums Ep on Ortin Cams Roots label, 20 Million Miles to Earth Ep on Naked Lunch and releases for Noobish, Jackstar, Equator, Cannibal Society, Beta Mechanical and Planet Rhythm. With an album / DJ mix and plenty of collaborations in the making, 2010 is set to be another bumper year for the world’s longest running techno tag team.
With sell out gigz at Ministry of Sound - Malta, Summer Spirit - Germany, Hard Park Factory - Italy, Pig Fest - Czech Republic, Photonic Fusion - Slovenia, Toxicator - Germany and the usual world wide club escapades during the 2009 season it was business as usual for the DJz.
Having now fully converted their DJing over to NI Traktor for 2010 this has evolved their legendary 4x2 deck sets into 8x2. As Ben Long says “Traktor now gives us the power to take Djing as an art form to a new level, dropping any tune at any time and fulfill our desire to rock the house with no musical boundaries taking in our wealth of experience from 20 years + of Djing."
Space DJz – EPM Podcast 008 Tracklist:
Artist / Title / Label / Time
Space Djz "Traktor Tool 7" (Potential) - 00.00
Bob D "Carnival" (Stars Traxx) - 03.51
Space Djz "Traktor Tool 6" (Potential) - 10.40
Aitor Ronda & Raul Mezcolanza "Mai Tek" (Drakos Recordings) - 14.00
Space Djz Traktor Tool 4 - 16.30
Detroit Grand Pubas "Skydive From Venus" (Detelefunk) - 20.10
Space Djz "Traktor Toolz 3" (Potential) - 25.26
My Evil Twiin "Dirty Word (Gareth Whitehead remix)" (Bullet Dodge) - 27.40
Space Djz "Traktor Tool 4" (Potential) - 33.18
Nick Robson "Inner Earth (Feldraum remix)" (Bullet Dodge) - 36.27
Space Djz "Traktor Tool 8" (Potential) - 41.30
James Ruskin "Solex" (Blueprint) - 44.35
Space Djz "Government Issue" (Potential) - 47.28
Robin Renwick "Rumbla" (Bastardo Electrico) - 52.47
Decibel Flekx "Point Blank" (Assimilation Recordings) - 55.03
All tracks used in the mix are digitally distributed by EPM Music www.epm-music.com
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Q&A with Space DJ & Potential boss Ben Long
1. Please give us a quick walk through your selection. Why did you choose these tracks and artists for the mix?
These were the best trax from the selection on offer and the 1'z that most represented the musical direction in which we are going at the present moment. We had to fit in some of our own trax for a bit of shameless self promotion and of course because they are the best thing since sliced bread (not be to egotistical or blow our own trumpet what so ever -).
2. Was it hard to make the switch from vinyl to Traktor? And how has this enhanced your DJing?
Nope it was not hard at all. We are loving the modern way of Djing / music buying and promotion, here are some of the reasons why:
1 - No trips to the post office to pick up untold promo packages (links straight to the drop box is much better)
2 - No humping 25 kilo boxes of records round the globe at risk of having our beloved music lost by incompetent airlines during connecting flights or stolen by tea leafing punters when ya back is turned having a sip of the old Vodka Red bull
3 - Being able to have hours and hours of music at your finger tips making a DJ more versatile and able to do their job under most circumstances
4 - All the added bonuses of digital DJing like spending more time on picking the right track for the right moment.
5 - All the extra feature's and capabilities a program like Traktor provides as far as looping, effecting and track manipulation.
6 - Buying and listening to new music on Beatport with ya iphone whilst walking up the street.
3. After all these years (and lets be honest) tough times for labels, how have you kept the passion?
We have never been in it for the short term. Always thinking with a long term strategy. Its about longevity at the end of the day but passion and motivation play a big part and we have plenty of both but at the end of the day we both are just crazy about music production and DJing. Its techno 4 life as far as we are concerned and not just for christmas.
4. What are your production plans for 2010? I hear rumblings of a new album?
We did write 16 trax for an album but in the present musical climate it makes no sense to put it out in an album format. So we have chopped it up in to 5 Ep'z which will be seeped out during the course of 2010. We have releases coming out on Kombination Research, Driving Force, Sonata, Impact Mechanics, Potential and Detelefunk. We have a few nice re-mixes coming out and another DJ mix to follow up from the Mind Body Soul Mix (Potential Recordingz) which was a Dj Mix consisting of 44 Space Djz trax both old and new mixed up in Ableton live.
5. You’re both London boys at heart but if you were forced to move where would be your first port of call?
Somewhere hot by the sea, tax free, preferably where I can kick back and drink endless amounts of quality wine and champagne without a labour government to fuck up the economy.
6. You and Jamie have known each other for so long now and travelled the world together. Do you feel like an old married couple?
Not really. We have a good working relationship and we know each other very well. If we didn't work together we would still be m8'z and we are lucky to be doing something we enjoy rather than working for the man 9 – 5. So its all gravy baby.
7. Where is the most surprising place on your global travels that you found a thriving techno scene?
Well Colombia springs to mind and a lot of eastern block countries. It’s often the poorer less well off nations that we enjoy because you can really feel the passion they have for the music. When life is hard I think people tend to let off more steam when they go and party and this makes for a better atmosphere.
8. Which new artists and labels, in your opinion, should we be looking out for?
Label: Driving Force, Droid, Landed. DJ wise Kyle Gieger and Bobby Dowl.
9. If you were both marooned on a desert island, who would be the first to crack?
HAHAHA neither I think we would enjoy the time away from the rat race spend a couple years building a raft then get the hell out of there!
10. Please give us your top 5 ‘Cor Blimey Guvnor’ pieces of cockney rhyming slang.
A. Ham & egger - Beggar
B. Danny la Rue - Not a clue
C. Kettle - Watch
D. Syrup of fig - Wig
E. Dustbin lids - Yids (Oli Way's mob)