#86 - Gemini Brothers - ADE 2016 Special
EPM Podcast 86 comes from one of Europe’s most dynamic house production duos. The Gemini Brothers are Bucharest based Ionut and Razvan Chiron and for our ADE Special this year the duo bring us a quality packed party mix featuring Crooked Man, Sasse, Johannes Volk, CURSES, Van Bonn, MBC and Justin Robertson’s Deadstock 33s remix of their forthcoming Skint Records EP ‘Thessali Noire’. You can also catch The Gemini Brothers play at this years ADE alongside Optimo (Espacio), Dan Beaumont and Jamie Porteous at The Hoxton Hotel on Thursday 20 October as part of a joint party with Ransom Note x Spun Out x Night Noise x Sinchi Collective at ADE.
The twins first came to prominence in 2013 with their ’No More Hits Vol. 24 EP’ which sold out on vinyl and introduced them to the world at large. They followed this up with 2 killer EPs on ISM Records with remixes from Faze Action and Pete Herbert, sealing their production prowess.
In the short time since the twins launched their Gemini Brothers project they have seen a host of releases on labels such as Bearfunk, Nang, Tici Taci, Play Pal Music, Night Noise, Silhouette Music and Nein. 2016 saw their debut vinyl EP release ‘Lost Babylon’ on Night Noise which featured remixes from heavy weight producers In Flagranti, man of the moment Moscoman and rising Spanish producer Daniel Kyo. Up next was a track on the Amuse Bouche Vol 2 compilation and The Gemini’s follow this release with a 4 track vinyl release on legendary UK label Skint Records ‘Thessali Noir’ features the vocal talents of Grammy award winner Shahin Badar, and is released in Oct 2016.
Their productions, remixes and podcasts have been played, reviewed and praised across the board with press support from DJ Mag, Ransom Note, Faze, Mixmag and DJ support has come from Andrew Weatherall (ALFOS), Tiga, Justin Robertson, Psychemagik, Manpower, Inigo Vontier, Pachanga Boys, Thomas Jackson, Jennifer Cardini and John Talabot to name but a few.
Despite all the time focusing on their productions the Gemini’s have still managed to fit in notable DJ appearances throughout Europe including: Berlin, London, Prague, Sarajevo, Belgrade, Amsterdam, Napoli and will shortly be headlining at the legendary Pllek in Amsterdam at the first Sinchi Altered States festival and will be back in Amsterdam for ADE. And ahead of their next Amsterdam appearance its time to get down and funk with Bucharest’s finest…!
Q&A with Gemini Brothers
1. How did you approach the mix? Did you have a good idea of what you wanted to fit in or was it a bit more freestyle?
Really tried to have a more eclectic mix in here, combining some styles from deep to acid house and some industrial techno. No, never thinking too much in advance how we approach a mix, trying to go with the wave, like you do in the club mainly, going with the flow with the crowd at some point, so this is how we do it now as well!
2. Growing up in Bucharest, how did you first come into contact with dance music? And what were your first clubbing experiences like?
In fact we grew up at the seaside, in a city called Constanta and when we started to listen to techno music (more than psychedelia or rock), no electronic scene was for real there! Things had come in time in the region, now known mainly for huge festivals like ‘Sunwaves’ or ‘The Mission Dance Weekenders’. We got into this by listening to the German channel VIVA Music, really waiting every summer to watch ‘Loveparade’ or ‘Mayday Festival’ or getting some underground names at the ‘Berlin House’ emission each Friday night, where we heard for the first time names like Laurent Garnier, Takkyu Ishino and Carl Cox. For clubbing experience there is another story where we had to travel from Constanta to Cluj-Napoca (right in the heart of Transylvania), by train, once every three months in order to be there for festivals like ‘Delahoya’ or ‘Transylvanian Summit’, catching really great techno parties. There we’ve met and heard names like Alex Bau or Pauli Steinbach and most of the DJs playing only on turntables! What lovely times!
3. How is life these days in Bucharest? How does it compare to 10 or 20 years a go?
For sure more active than the old days! Well, we got older tooJ! Bucharest is still a place to search for the unknown, a very busy city and interesting things happening all the time in every kind of sets, from art design to music, from fashion to business in each field. We are still struggling to pass that never-ending transition from communism to capitalism, at least the roads are OK but the traffic is awfulJ! Compare to 10 – 20 years ago? I think 20 years ago we’ve just opened the first McDonalds restaurant, since then the market is full of foreign companies in each business sector and this is a great thing, but we’re still trying to keep our ‘back to the roots’ spirit. We think every person has his own experience here, from great ones discovering Bucharest by its interwar period architecture to bad ones like taxi drivers trying to rip off foreignersJ. But still, you’ll LOVE it!
4. Being twins do you have some kind of, shall we say, synchronicity in the studio?
We are trying all the time to split our jobs in the studio, as we stay in different places and most of the equipment as well is separate. Being two is really good especially as we have a counter-opinion. Twins? Don’t know if the same tastes in music is a way of synchronicity, we don’t seem to come with the same ideas though, we experiment a lot and of course we deal different between us, even if we are arguing a lot J.
5. Who are the DJs that inspired you to start DJing and production?
We started to DJ in 2001 listening a lot of techno like Jeff Mills, Carl Cox or Sven Vath. Later we went more into labels searching and discovering older sounds from Valentino Kanzyani, Ben Sims, Samuel L Session or The Advent and buying more and more from Gigolo, Pornographic Records or Advanced. At some point we were close to minimal sounds and discovered Ricardo Villalobos but in the same time into that Napolitano techno like Marco Carola or Gaetano Parisio. Everything changed when we listened to a set from Andrew Weatherall and Ivan Smagghe from The Nest a few years ago and that was the bang! So different but in the same time sounds were so there, but an entire different universe! Those were the biggest influences to our new productions. A bit dark, some techno, low tempo and yeah the damn acido at some point!
6. How did you come into contact with NIGHTNOISE?
We actually had a gig in London two years ago with our Alfresco Festival friends in London and we had a common friend there which was very close to the NIGHTNOISE owner. So he just recommended us to Warren, which is a really fantastic guy and quite on the same page with our music tastes and business perspectives.
7. If you were to play an ‘alternative’ DJ set, what would you play?
Really dreamy and psychedelic things but in the same time rockish and industrial. Really close later to indie music like The Editors, Miike Snow but even Ben Howard. So not so much electronics into it maybe more acoustics!
8. What strange coincidences have you had as twins? For example buying the same records or clothes without each knowing. Or do you think that is a myth and we tend to assume this is the case with twins anyway, that they think and act the same?
Haha…well, we grew up together and we were quite often together and we were buying records together but as an example, if we are listening to the same podcast or mix separately we quite like the same tracks in itJ! Related to clothes, c’mon, our parents used to buy and dress us identical until 10-11 years old so, now we quite avoid the same things to wearJ. But yeah, we still have that subconscious act feeling when things are good or bad even if we are talking really often. Yes, there are coincidences!
9.What release plans do you have in the near future?
By the end of this month we will have a new release on ‘Skint Records’ called ‘Thessali Noir’ featuring Shahin Badar and remixed by the amazing Justin Robertson. Beside this one we’ve just signed with the almighty Belgium label ‘Eskimo Records’ for a new track on their next autumn/winter compilation and for a future EP.
10.A friend comes to visit Bucharest for the weekend. Where would you take them for fun, food and music?
Of course, as soon as you’re coming to Bucharest you have to see the world's biggest parliamentary building – ‘the house of the people’ (and one of the largest buildings of any kind) and testament to the megalomania of our former dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, It's a must-visit. As well we can recommend to chill out a bit in one of the prettiest parks like Herastrau or Cismigiu. Romania has a very varied cuisine and having different influences from east or west. I truly recommend you to check the cabbage rolls at ‘Caru' cu Bere’, a traditional beerhouse in the center. Music has as well a good variety especially during the weekend for every kind of taste, but for electronic music defo you should go to Control Club or Kristal Glam Club.
EPM Podcast 86 Tracklist – Gemini Brothers
01 Roommates - Valhala / Word Up Records
02 Crooked Man - This Machine Kills Me / DFA Records
03 Sasse - Gino (Lanzarote Mix) / Moodmusic
04 CURSES - Vengeance / Rotten City Files
05 Eyes Of Others -The Inheritors Ha Fa Ka (Original Mix) / Nein Records
06 Johannes Volk - Earthbound / Polytone
07 Id Ensemble - Hollow (Original Mix) / Otake Records
08 MBC - Zeitlupe (Gideon Remix) / Lessismore But Minimal Is Too Much
09 Van Bonn - Undertow / Van Bonn Records
10 Electrosexual - I'm Your Machine feat Hard Ton (Antoni Maiovvi's Dungeon Dub Mix) / Rock Machine Records
11 DJs Pareja - Bwoo / Cómeme
12 Gemini Brothers - Thessali Noire (vox Justin Robertson's Deadstock 33s remix) / Skint Records