#77 - The Advent
Ever since the mid 90s Cisco Ferreira’s name has been synonymous with ‘The Advent’. Mostly, The Advent is known for his interpretation of what we call techno. Ever since young Portuguese Cisco discovered Acid House in the London clubs he frequented, his journey has been about making his mark on the electronic music scene. Fresh out of college, Cisco’s hunger for sound landed him a job as assistant sound-engineer in several recording studios. There he learned about the art of translating feelings to frequencies, while at the same time recording various high profile artists from the world of Rock, Pop, Dance, and Reggae. When acid label ‘Jack Trax’ moved in next-door, Cisco started recording for the likes of Adonis, Fingers Inc, Marshall Jefferson, and Derrick May. These rendezvous sparked the inspiration for his first EPs on R&S and Fragile.
In 1994 Ferreira signed a record deal for 12 EPs and 3 albums together with Colin McBean. This was the beginning of an era during which the duo set a worldwide standard for high quality underground Electro and Techno. They hit the world with a refreshing sound, both as The Advent, and ‘G Flame (Cisco) and Mr G’, the alias Colin is still using. Nowadays The Advent is a solo project, bombarding crowds around the world with its trademark raw, energetic sound. A sound that grants him yearly slots at festivals such as Nature One, Awakenings and Bonusz, as well as regular shows in clubs as Berghain and Tresor in Berlin, Lehmann in Stuttgart, and Madrid’s Fabrik.
With other numerous labels also touched by Cisco’s trademark sound (Drumcode, Synewave, Rotation, DJ Gigolos, Kanzleramt, Electrix and Pure Plastic to name a few), we now rightly celebrate the centenary of his own Kombination Research imprint. ‘Collection 100’ delivers 22 tracks of tough techno, frazzled electro and deep underground electronics, mined mostly from the label’s inception and therefore never previously available digitally. And to give you a taste here’s The Advent’s superb mix for the EPM Podcast.
Q&A with The Advent (Cisco Ferreira)
1. One hour doesn’t give you the full range of DJ expression but would you say this mix is a good example of what you are currently playing?
Depends where I play, but yes all these artists that are featured are the artists that for me never disappoint when they put music out.
2. When acid house exploded in the late 80s can you recall how it affected you?
I remember this period very well, after Chicago house blew up big in the UK ACID House was next in line before techno. Real shame the media killed the scene before it really took off. I remember reading in the paper ACID HOUSE RAVE then ECSTASY, it had no chance to even grow. Yes it’s had a big impact on me and it was right at the beginning of this growing scene, ACID HOUSE will have it’s PROPER day one DAY.
3. What were your experiences of dance music in the early to mid 80s? Were you already an electro / hip hop guy or did you get musical kicks elsewhere?
Electro was the first music to really hit me. I was already into that early Hip Hop Culture which was dominated by electro music, Artists like: Arthur Baker, Man Parrish & Juan Atkins (one of the creators of Detroit Techno) as Cybotron. Also being a graffiti artists & break dancing, it felt like our music for our generation 100% and after all these years to now be a part of this Techno foundation that is connected to that music. That’s a life experience for sure.
4. You have just celebrated the 100th release on your own Kombination Research imprint with a massive compilation. How does it feel to reach this milestone?
It’s a great achievement reaching KR100 as an Independent label, ESPECIALLY in the present time where music has shifted more towards digital & online shops. It’s harder now to make an impact for sure!!! I’m just proud that I have stayed in control - underground & never swayed to the mainstream. This 100th release features my first twenty solo releases, that never made it to digital, and a perfect time to re release it as this sound from the mid 90s period seems to be on the rise again.
5. You have released on an impressive array of labels. Is there a release that you would single out as significant in your development as an electronic artist?
For me that’s for the people to decide, but as a producer its hard to pick ‘one’ when you have so many, but... ok…From my early period I would choose Subjective - Tremmer on Dave Angel’s Rotation Records.
6. Having located to Portugal during the 00s did the move have any influence on your music production? Was there any local music that absorbed into your creative palette?
I moved to Portugal to raise my kids & being Portuguese I wanted them to learn the mother language…So I went back to my roots so to speak. And at a time when techno was at it’s peak, so I had the chance to collaborate with all the Techno DJ’s at the time, like DJ Jiggy, A Paul, Michael Angelo, XL & WLA Garcia. These guys played in a way that was so different from the UK or the rest of Europe. It was their take on TECHNO music and with great weather & food it was a perfect setting to make a sonic transition.
7. What would be a perfect non-musical weekend?
Go to the beach all day, BBQ, drink, swim and enjoy the moment.
8. Is techno still as life changing as it was 25 years ago?
100%, I still think that music is the only freedom we have to express our selves and techno for me has that, especially when you perform at a venue you never played before or country. You can feel it straight away that your effecting people in a positive way, and that’s a great feeling that you never forget. So yes it still effects what I do after 25+ years.
9. If you could put on the ultimate Techno rave who would be on the line-up and where would you host it?
Techno Band Aid @ Wembley - All Profit’s go to where it’s really needed…
Depeche Mode LIVE (Playing 80s synth pop set)
UR 4 hour live set
Jeff Mills - Purpose maker Live Set
Drexciya LIVE (with James Stinson in 3D Hologram alongside present Gerald)
Basic Channel LIVE
DJ Hell (old set)
Joey Beltram (Classics DJ Set)
Mood II Swing
Mark Broom & Baby Ford Back To Back
Arthur Baker performing live ‘Breakers Revenge” and… on stage battling: Rock Steady Crew Vs NYC Breakers
Earth Wind & Fire
Closing @ the after hour party with G Flame & Mr G - Prince (Vocals) & Plastic Man
10. What 8 records would you take on ‘Desert Islands Discs’?
Bob Marley - Exodus
Grace Jones - Night Clubbing
Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works
Trax Records - Complete collection :-)
Elecktroids - Elektroworld
Kraftwerk - Computerworld
Jeff Mills - The Jungle Planet
Chopin - Relaxing Piano Music
EPM Podcast 77 – The Advent Tracklist
Mark Reeve - Exposure
The Advent - Monatomic-16
Mark Reeve - Can't You See
Roberto Capuano - Winford
Speedy Ursa & The Advent - TS_Remix - Lucky Light Records
Spiros Kaloumenos - Chasing Sequence
The Advent & M.I.T.A. - Hidden Agenda
Advent & M.I.T.A - Level Down
Mark Broom & Gary Beck - Borders - BEK 021
The Advent - B Blast-16