#80 - Dubiosity
Following Rebekah’s superb techno mix we now welcome Claydrum resident Dubiosity to the hallowed decks of the EPM Podcast. For the 80th installment Dubiosity (aka Rick Janssen) takes us back into the subterranean techno depths as he showcases tracks from Mattias Fridell, Shaken Opus, Delusive Manoeuvres, Z.I.P.P.O, SHDW & Obscure Shape, Remy Kruyer, Pjotr G & Dubiosity and an unreleased track from Micol Danieli. A classic example of understated funk from the Claydrum resident who plays alongside Karenn, DVS1 and Pangaea at Claydrum’s ‘Kings Night’ party on 26 April.
Dubiosity is a techno producer, DJ and live act (together with Pjotr G) from the south of Holland, A&R for Gynoid Audio, and owner of Lateral Fragments (with Pjotr G). Growing up in the same neighbourhood, Pjotr G (Peter Gommers) and Dubiosity (Rick Janssen) hung out as friends, when they discovered a shared interest in electronic music. They then started to get together to combine their ideas about creating music, resulting in their first joint vinyl release in 2006 on Media records Germany.
Nowadays, having worked with labels like Gynoid Audio, Translucent, 030 and artists like Mattias Fridell, Jeroen Search, Truncate, ROD, Juan Sanchez, Stanislav Tolkachev, Sleeparchive, Raffaele Attanasio and others, they run their own imprint called Lateral Fragments, and co-op the vinyl label Delusive Manoeuvres together with their Swiss friend Ad.lib. Therefore, Dubiosity isn’t a total stranger in the techno scene, being a part of the Claydrum collective in the south of the Netherlands, and with recent past gigs in Dublin and Tresor Berlin. His team-ups with his friend Pjotr G remain the pinnacle of his work though, having lots of fun (and beer) in the studio. More recently, they launched their more experimental alias called ‘Shaken Opus’, which was originally meant as a side-project, but wins more recognition every day.
Claydrum & EPM team up for the Netherlands national holiday ‘Kings Night’ on 26 April. Delving deeper into the depth of techno with a duo made up of Blawan & Pariah playing live as Karenn, Mistress & Hush label owner DVS1, and Hessle Audio’s Pangaea who will be supported by Claydrum residents Dubiosity, Storm, Tommen, Peril, & Fowlk. A night fit for a King!
Q&A with Dubiosity
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?
I would say so, yes. Although I put in a lot of our own productions, or tracks released/to be released on one of our labels, I lately tend to play as many own material as I can. I love it to be able to produce something during the week, and make it work at a rave during the weekend. Honestly though, I think in real life, I would have played more music by other producers I love.
2. How did you first come into contact with dance music? And what were your first clubbing experiences like?
Growing up in the south of Holland in the 90s, you either were a skater, or you turned out a ‘gabber’. The coolest kids in my class happened to be gabber, so the choice was easily made, since I always wanted to be cool, haha. After that, I went softer pretty quick, going from hardstyle to trance music (which was popular in the early 2000s and all it’s parties. Down south, there weren’t a lot of things happening, so we were always kinda forced to take the train to Amsterdam, Rotterdam or Utrecht. I remember having good times at parties like Innercity, Trance Energy and Shockers. I remember nothing but pain on all the early train rides home!
3. For the label you run with Pjotr G, Lateral Fragments, what are the criteria you are looking for when signing a track?
Good question, because we don’t really have a blueprint or list of criteria. I know Peter for almost all my life, been producing with him for like 15 years now, so we both have quite the understanding on what we like. I guess the most important aspect would be the question: “would we play it ourselves?” Also, it’s always nice to see artists show a little bit of knowledge about the label and in particular it’s sound. Label hoppers and people sending mails while we can see they sent it to 150 other recipients as well are definitely a no-go. We like to build some kind of a brand, working with artists more often, and not just for one EP or a remix.
4. How does ‘Shaken Opus’ differ from your Dubiosity releases with Pjotr G?
We both have been fans of the bit more experimental music for quite some time. Under our Pjotr G & Dubiosity aliases, we mainly got to release straightforward 4/4-beat, floor-centered tracks though. On a day, we just started fucking around, probably inspired by artists like Dadub or stuff on Stroboscopic Artefacts, and when we finished the track, we figured it was way too different from our other material. After that track came many others, it felt almost liberating to be able to ditch the formulaic approach. A different kick-and-bass-sequence opens so many new ways to approach music. When we wanted to release the tracks though, we felt labels were a bit hesitant to put it out under our own names, so we decided to put the Shaken-Opus-sticker on it.
5. How has the clubbing scene in the South of Holland changed in the last 10 years?
Enormous! 10 years ago, there barely was anything to do in Limburg anyway, so let alone a quality techno event. I remember the brave organisations who did try having a hard time selling tickets. The first time I attended a Claydrum event, I was sincerely, positively shocked; 80% of the people attending were between 18 and 21. The new generation seemed to be up for techno a whole lot more than 10 years ago.
6. How has Claydrum helped to put Maastricht back on Holland’s clubbing map?
First and foremost; by booking A-level-artists. To have guys like Chris Liebing, Ben Klock, Dave Clarke, Speedy J, Robert Hood etcetera, practically playing in your backyard, it was unthinkable some years ago. The sky is the limit now, is the way I see it.
7. What are your plans for Lateral Fragments in 2016?
We have a lot of cool releases coming up so far, getting some nice demos lately, and signed some talented remixers to our cause. If all goes well, we’ll be doing our first Lateral Fragments vinyl later this year. It should come with a full-coloured-sleeve. We think the artworks by our artist ‘Melsen’ (check out his work, he’s really talented) deserves nothing less than that.
8. Would we be correct in thinking that ‘dub’ plays a big part in your music production?
Haha, not a lot of people get that one immediately. When I chose the name, I was mainly producing the dubbier style of techno. More inspired by Basic Channel and the likes, but before I knew it, I was creating stompers again. You refreshed my mind, maybe it’s time to get back to those roots again for a change.
9. If you could put on the ultimate rave in Maastricht who would be on the line up?
Ouch. Difficult question. Let’s see. I’d certainly put on some local, talented people, aswell as myself, because I’d love to play on my own ultimate rave, haha. I’d love to play a full Shaken Opus liveset with my partner in crime Peter/Pjotr G. I think rising talent Størm would surely be up there. His sets are tight, with lots of energy and good track selection. Oh, and Dayak would be there too, I really respect the things he did and does for music in Maastricht, and think he’s just an allround likable chap, playing cool sets. Headlining would be Jeroen Search, since I’m jealous of his kickass liveset, Speedy J, since he’s a childhood hero of mine, and Jeff Mills, obviously. He never played Maastricht before (although he will play later this year) and he’s always been a huge inspiration. Oh, and Sleeparchive too. Saw him at Tresor last year and was thoroughly impressed. Man, a lot of livesets, that’s gonna be a lot of cables up there, haha.
10. What is your current DJ top ten?
Hmmmm, let’s see if I can put our own productions to a minimum here.
- Dubiosity – Deadweight [Planet Rhythm]
- Delusive Manoeuvres – DM2.1 [Delusive Manoeuvres]
- Remy Kruyer – Ho Chi Minh (Pjotr G & Dubiosity Remix) [Gynoid Audio]
- Mattias Fridell – Biting Deification [Lateral Fragments]
- Max M & Wrong Assessment – 1004A
- Shaken Opus – Nokturnal [ARTS]
- Pjotr G & Dubiosity – Conflicted [Counter Pulse]
- Developer – Olympian 1.2
- Synthek – Chain Reaction [STK]
- Phobia – Aural Stroke [Genesa]
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EPM Podcast 80 – Dubiosity Tracklist
1. Mattias Fridell - Their Infrangible Ideals [Lateral Fragments]
2. Shaken Opus - Hissing Wastes [Lateral Fragments]
3. Shaken Opus - Ornifex [030 Recordings]
4. SHDW & Obscure Shape - Nachtblende [From Another Mind]
5. Delusive Manoeuvres - DM1.1 [Delusive Manoeuvres]
6. Pjotr G & Dubiosity - Evasion [Lateral Fragments]
7. Mattias Fridell - Calumniate [Lateral Fragments]
8. Pjotr G & Dubiosity - Stasis [Lateral Fragments]
9. Shaken Opus - Arsenic [Lateral Fragments]
10. Mattias Fridell - Biting Deification [Lateral Fragments]
11. Micol Danieli - 1931 [Unreleased]
12. Z.I.P.P.O - Trap (Jeroen Search Remix) [Involve]
13. Remy Kruyer - Ho Chi Minh (Pjotr G & Dubiosity Remix) [Gynoid Audio]
14. Delusive Manoeuvres - DM2.1 (Stanislav Tolkachev Remix) [Delusive Manoeuvres]
15. Stefan Vincent - The Void She Left [Stockholm LTD]