#93 - DJ Hyperactive
Chicago born and bred DJ, producer Joseph Manumaleuna aka DJ Hyperactive needs little introduce to those versed in the history of techno. As one of Daft Punk’s “Teachers” and “brother of the humble” according to Resident Adviser, his contributions to the underground continue to span generations. Honing his skills in the highly influential scene and sound of Chicago in the early 90s, DJ Hyperactive gained instant international recognition and has since gone on to play the most legendary and lauded events and venues over the last 20 years, such as The Orbit in Leeds, The Liquid Room in Tokyo, Interface in Los Angeles, Movement in Detroit, The Love Parade 1996 in Germany, Output in Brooklyn, and Berghain in Berlin. Also over the course of his career, he has produced over 100 remixes and original tracks, including classics such as ‘Venus’ and ‘Wide Open,’ for labels such as Missile, Contact, Drop Bass, Sounds, Smile NYC, Hybrid, Planet of the Drums, Droid, Plus 8, CLR, Comminique and his own imprint 4 Track Records. After a brief hiatus in Los Angeles where he ran a vinyl record shop and raised a family, DJ Hyperactive has recently returned to Chicago and to his roots. His story continues with more gigs and more studio productions, with the difference being the experience and perspective that only a true veteran can possess.
DJ Hyperactive’s remix of Mark Broom’s ‘One Sound’ is released 02 June on EPM.
Q&A with DJ Hyperactive
1. How did you approach the mix? Was it a different process to how you would DJ in a club?
I don't pre-plan any of my mixes so when I hit the studio I just power up the rig, and have a go. Other than having current stuff organized into specific playlists with a note here and there, I don't approach playing live gigs versus studio sessions any differently.
2. So before house and techno what sounds were capturing your ears growing up in Chicago?
Rock, Disco, and hip-hop were the main influences I pull from and that's largely in part to what I listened to as a kid growing up.
3. Was music always part of your family life? Did your parents or any siblings have a musical influence?
My father was a musician/entertainer covering a broad spectrum of Polynesian music growing up. I always knew I'd be involved in music since I was a teenager but just couldn't envision where I'd find myself.
4. What were your first clubbing experiences like? And what clubs / nights did you go to?
Club Soda was one of the first clubs, if not the first, that had an early impression me. I remember walking in there when maybe 15 or 16 and hearing La Di Da Di and then Trapped by Colonel Abrams. Closer to 21 the original Shelter really put me on a path. I remember sitting in there by myself thinking and feeling that I'd rather be making the tracks I'm hearing at the club versus someone else's.
5. The rest of the world sees Chicago as the home of house music. Is house generally accepted in Chicago or do you feel it is still for the most part ‘outsider’ music?
The later generations who didn't grow with our mix shows on the radio, etc don't have a clue. There are a lot who's first exposure is EDM, which is fine. They'll get a dose of what's out there. I was at one of the clubs this past weekend and there were some solid numbers for the right cause. There's a lot of love here for for house. From both old-school and new school heads.
6. What does Chicago mean to you now?
After being gone for so long, I sometimes space out and forget that I'm actually back here permanently. I thought I'd never return but I'm extremely grateful I was able to make the journey home.
7. Can you recall making your first productions? How did you feel when your first release come out?
I remember every session like it was yesterday. It was such a learning experience trying to figure out how to apply what I was feeling creatively and learning how to translate that musically with the equipment we were using at the time. The drive to create and finish projects was pretty intense. I was determined to release stuff. It was a bit surreal to actually see our own vinyl in our hands.
8. How was your time living in LA and running a record shop? How different is the lifestyle there to what you grew up with?
My time running a record shop was really a short run. I was still actively DJing overseas and that became a bit of a conflict with running a record shop. Some aspects of living in LA were a little new to me but I adapted quickly there. I enjoyed my time living in LA and made some lifelong friends that I will always remain connected to.
9. What for you are the key elements for a release on 4track? Is there something in particular you are always looking for?
For sure it's got to have some jackin element to it. Above all that's what I want. Gotta have some soul to it.
10. What are your plans for 2017?
I've whined down doing remixes and plan to work on an album and get 4trk releases back on track this summer.
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EPM Podcast 93 Tracklist – DJ Hyperactive
1 Tensal - Proton 1 (Soma)
2 Funk D'Void - Magnolia (Architectural Remix) (Soma)
3 Truncate - Tribal Tool (Blueprint)
4 Janice & Bill Youngman – Wings (Janice 3)
5 Retina.it - How We Learn Reality (Substrato)
6 Dark Chambers - The Runner (Android Muziq)
7 Lady Starlight - E2.2 (Stroboscopic Artefacts)
8 Discrete Circuit - Dusty Road Part 2 (Beard Man)
9 NJVK - Substance (Original Mix) (Anemone Recordings)
10 Slam - Visual Capture (Luke Slater Remix) (Soma)
11 P-Ben – Reconverse (GND)
12 Ben Klock, Marcel Dettmann - Places Like This (Original Mix) (Ostgut Ton)
13 NJVK - Borza (Petter B Remix) (Anemone Recordings)
14 Truncate – Process (Blueprint)
15 Tensal - Proton 2 (Soma)
16 LISS C. - Drums and Bones (Envelope Structure)
17 PEG - Disappeared In The Evening (Original Mix) (Counter Pulse)
18 Möd3rn – Ansible (Möd3rn 07)