10.11.11

TAKE ME THERE




Filthy, sexy, deep or just a simply awesome track by Trus'me named "At the Disco" from the album "Working Night$".

5.11.11

ANGEL CLOUTHIER







Read a small interview I took from Miss Angel Clouthier for Italo Deviance blog here

10.9.11

28.8.11

DANNIELRADALL


Danniel Radall really impressed me and grabbed my attention from the very first seconds of his track "On Mirror". Sleazy, glamorous and sexy structure along with a torturous low tempo beat, made me wanna know him better.

1. You recently released an EP called "Cocaine Love". What were your influences?

I tried to work over the whole concept of cocaine and its aesthetics in fashion, glam, 80's, nightlife, etc. It was easy because Jef Barbara is very careful when it comes about his image, I took every cliché I found related to it and I started to do my job.
I took some ideas from movies and pictures, also, having the artwork finished was really helpful, it was made by my sister.
Musically, I wouldn't name a band in particular because I'm mostly based on what I listen everyday, but if I had to, I would probably say New Order and Kool & the Gang.

2. How was the collaboration between you and Jef Barbara?

I wouldn't call it properly a collaboration. Actually, I only used the vocal stems from the original track
and then I re-worked the whole song 3 times, i performed and produced each instrument.
About 8 months ago I asked to Jef for Cocaine Love before Contamination was released but then I put it off for like 6 months, haha. So, when I finally got back on it I thought I should make it up to him somehow, so I decided I would do a few versions of it, and that's it.

3. How long have you been producing your own music?

I've been producing myself for around a year ago. I had been involved in production before with a few bands but this time I have full control, which is great if you're trying to keep clean the concept you have in mind.

4. You look very stylish. Does the image play an important role for you and why?

Aww thanks! Definitely it is as important as the sound. As I said, I try to maintain my own concept, and it's not just about sound or image, also attitude plays a lead role.
I find it a bit disappointing when I see a picture of an artist I like and I realize that it's not even close to what I expected, it's probably silly but unfortunately that's exactly how people think.

5. How would you describe your sound?

80's cops movies.

6. What are your future plans?

There are a few gigs in town that I am really interested to play, I'm still producing for it.
Steffaloo and I are about to release a single that we're very proud of, it is titled “To Make you Mine” and our friends Blackbird Blackbird and Sun Glitters are on it too.
Also, there's a video off Pardo EP in the making and a lovely remix from Okinawa Lifestyle's new material.


Jef Barbara | DannielRadall - On Mirror from broken machine films on Vimeo.

23.8.11

COAST REVERSED


HARPYA | Raoul Servais | 1979



Raoul Servais, an independent film maker "The Magician from Onsted" earned a world famous reputation. In 1963 Servais attended The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, this school has produced many animators and film makers who soon made it to The United States of America. Servais felt comfortable there because of a teacher named Albert Vermerien . Servais' first camera was made out of a cigar-box , but he wasnt impressed by the image quality of it. Servais was born in Onsted , his career began in the 1960's.

8.8.11

ROBERT HEINECKEN


"Many pictures turn out to be limp translations of the known world instead of vital objects which create an intrinsic world of their own. There is a vast difference between taking a picture and making a photograph." - Robert Heinecken (1931-2006)

Music by Alan Parker - Ice Breaker.

6.8.11

SWIMMING



Beautiful Swimmers - Big Coast, Future Times Records, 2010
Video by Aurora Halal

AN HONEST STATEMENT.


2.8.11

ANGEL


Donyale Luna over Los Angeles' skyline by Luigi Cazzaniga for Playboy 1975.

CHAMPAGNE


24.7.11

TIGER LOVE AFFAIR


Helmut Newton, April 1977

SPLISH SPLASH!


A refreshing July issue of Playboy back in the seventies...

23.7.11

GUY BOURDIN



Guy Louis Bourdin (December 2, 1928 in Paris -- March 29, 1991 in Paris) was a French fashion photographer.

Music by Isaac Hayes "Pursuit of the Pimpmobile"

Put it all together by Methi.

22.7.11

BêTES DE MODE


bêtes de mode | a commercial operation at lafayette galeries in Paris.

A series of photographs, installation in shop windows and the dome of the store.

A collaboration between thomas dimetto, with the pictures of laurent croisier (fashion) and christophe urbain (animals)

2006


Music by Antoni Maiovvi "Fur"

Put it all together by Methi.

14.6.11

HAPPINESS







All pictures taken from Hedi Slimane Fashion Diary Los Angeles - Man about Town #2 (April 2011)

EGO-DISASTER

16.5.11

MARCELLO GIORDANI


Marcello Giordani is a music producer, DJ and a vinyl collector. Owner of "Italo Deviance" blog and label, he will be in Athens on Friday 20th of May at Skull Bar to give us the best of italo disco sounds. Along with Marcello, Freddy G from Pearl Flash and Methi will give their best for an unforgetable night on the dancefloor.

1. When did you start djing?
I started in 1992 at mycousin’s house.

2. Tell us a few words about “Italo Deviance”.
Italo Deviance started for fun in a cold morning on October 2008. I checked my “Disco” folder on my Mac and the thousand vinyls in my collection and I thought:”Why don’t share all these online?”
3. How would you describe your sound?
My sound is a mix from Classic and Electronic Disco, I love arpeggios, synth basses and Disco beat. I dig records everyday and my taste is continuously influenced by new sounds.
4. What is the ideal party for you?
My ideal party is when the people smile.
5. What should we expect from your dj set in Athens?
My sound is very eclectic, I play from Chicago House, Boogie, Garage Disco to Italo/Euro Disco ideally from ‘76 to ‘83. I describe my sets very warm and funny for a real “party situation” : )
6. What are your future plans?
I’m gonna release two records within summer also the Italo Deviance Vol.4 and the new SuperSonic Lovers.
I’m also fixin’ my new tour dates….available soon.

11.3.11

MATT MORODER

Matt Moroder, also known as Mikrodizko, is invited by Mirage team for their "anger" party on Saturday the 19th of March at Yoga Bala. Matt knows how to mix fluently disco, italo, early house music and afro beats. He also owns "Little Leaf" label and his "Glossy" project is fully respected from all producers and DJs in the disco scene.

1. How did you get involved with music?
- My parents had a versatile record collection when I was a little kid, including Stones, Beatles, Santana, Space's "Magic Fly" album and Kraftwerk's "Mensch-Machine". Us, kids were allowed to use the stereo and the records from an early age and so we listened to all this stuff while playing with our toys. I guess that had a big impact on me. In the mid-nineties, I started DJing in the golden era of hip hop and started to dig the funk soul and jazz essentials. Sampled by my favourite artists like A.T.C.Q, Pharcyde, etc.

2. What is so fascinating to you about making edits?
- Rap music was the first club music I fell in love with, so I'm still fascinated by the concept of using and sampling parts from tracks and put them in a new context. It is still and always will be an artform to me.

3. You became really known with "Glossy". Tell us a few words about it.
- It was just a spontaneous idea to play around with some samples and acapellas in 2006. I did this with a friend who had been already into producing music now known as Tensnake. We did a Space remix got played by Gilles Patterson on BBC, after that we had to do a "b-side" to put it on wax and it went pretty good. It turned out people liked the b-side much more ("Try Try"), so never underestimate the b-side, kids!

4. Now you have a new label called "Little Leaf". What's different now and what kind of artists are you looking for?
- "Little Leaf" is following the idea of Glossy, but much more sophisticated. The dancefloor is not the number one priority. With the first two releases we not even crossed the 110 bpm mark. Also, I am not interested in just choping up dance hits, that already work on the floor for 30 years. I am more fascinated for example, by using tracks and samples that on first sight don't work in the club context, like the "Porque te vas" edit by Nelue or taking a ballad and put it in a new context like Erobique did. I am searching for stuff like this. I love boogie and disco, but why don't try folk, rock, afro, whatever you can find? Also, the artwork is very important to me as a vinyl addict. How should I show my dad or grandma what I do? A record sleeve is something they know, they can touch and watch it. How do you touch a soundfile? It has no body, no visual life at all. The "Little Leaf" artwork is done by a really talented and upcoming illustrator from Hamburg, Anna Verhoja. She always listen to the tracks for a few days and after that we meet and discuss the visual concept before she starts drawing and painting. Analogue again, hahaha...

5. Which is the best thing you've ever experienced through DJing?
- Definitely travelling and meeting interesting people all over the world. So far I've played in the US, France, Austria, Netherlands, Australia and Germany of course. The weirdest gig/place I played so far, was an illegal rave at the end of the nineties in a cave formely used by the nazis for manufacturing parts of the V2 missiles in WW2. A really morbid and special place.

6. Do you admire any greek artists?
- Yes of course, Vangelis is a legend. I bought the "Blade Runner" soundtrack when I was a kid and I can still listen to it. Demis Roussos did some serious disco tracks but I also admire directors and movies from Greece by Nikos Nikolaidis, Costa Gavras, Giorgos Lanthimos. I am a big fan of the cinema I have to admit.

7. What is inpiration to you?
- That can be everything that touches me. A person, a place, a vibe, art... just everything!

8. What are your future plans?
- Keep the "Little Leaf" growing and contributing my small to save the vinyl. Soundfiles don't have a b-side you can discover!

9. What can really make you angry and what is usually your reaction?
- Intolerance and betrayal! Reaction: I let karma do its work, but maybe some ANGER comes up too...

10. What should we expect from you at the Mirage party in Athens?
- A unique journey into sound that will move your bodies and put a smile on the faces of the Athens people.

Listen to Matt Moroder's music here.

4.2.11

BLACK DEVIL DISCO CLUB




The Devil is magnetic. He invites us in his crazy circus, that is the brand new album of Monsieur Bernard Fevre, known as Black Devil Disco Club.

The year starts for Black Devil Disco Club witha brand new release. We've already listened to "My Screen" from the upcoming album "Circus". What should we expect from this album?

"Yes, there's a new Black Devil Disco Club coming out on Aprin 11th. I believe it's a very surprising one. I hope you'll be surprised too. It's called CIRCUS and I am proud of it!"

Are there any other collaborations except Nicolas Ker?

"The first extract of CIRCUS was called "My Screen" and featured Nicolas Ker from french new wave rockers Poni Hoax. It was a very eary collaboration as we both live in Paris. I had composed the track and also had some ideas for lyrics. he came to my place, and after a short time he came up with some words which fit perfectly. It's weird, sexy, scary, with a strange sense of humour. There's also pretty wild backing vocals from his lovely girlfriend. Then Pierre Dejon, a promising young director from Paris, came along with the idea of music video, shot in Paris by night with 4 characters. It's a bit like Videodrome of David Cronenberg. I love it. The Sauvage and Sal P from Liquid Liquid did two remixes, which are really different from the original but very groovy. For the rest of the record, there are some really cool guests as well. Some are famous, some are not. Each one is part of this crazy circus, but I remain the ringmaster. I am Black Devil in case you were doubting!

When is the next single coming out?

"The second single will be with Cocknbullkid, a young girl from UK, produced by Metronomy. I did a remix for them a while ago. Danger and Monkpoof made remixes for this single. It'll be out at the end of April I believe... The way Anita (aka Cocknbullkid) sings these lyrics, reminds me the cover of the 1978 record I did. A sexy black devil girl smiling. Scary but attractive."

Why did you choose the name "Circus"?

"As I said, CIRCUS is a record with guests. I'm the boss, the MC, the ringmaster. Everyone performs in the arena and remains under the influence of Black Devil. It's simple as that, ni exception. It's a kind of dictature... I'm kidding! Well, not really actually. In the artwork, once again designed by Non Format, you can see a "circus". It's maybe more a pop album than the previous, but still the "devil is magnetic", as the last song suggests. This sound is in my soul and I still compose and produce the way I used to. Some parts of my work have been helped by technology, but basically, I try to find new tricks in my brain, which is a strange world sometimes..."

Your first release was in 1978 and is extremely hard to find. Tell us a few words about that record. What was your inspiration for that extremely different sound?

"I wanted to do a new kind of disco, unconventional, more wild, more visual, less cheap or vulgar. I've always been a fan of black american music from the 60s plus the Beatles as well. Chopi, Ravel, Wilson Pickett, Damia, Yvette Guilbert... I could spend hours. Anyway, I also loved some french music from the 30s till 50s and some cinema, mostly french and italian, and of course some sci-fi stuff from the 60s. Utopia and stress at the same time."

How was your life and what were you doing between 1978 and 2004 when "Disco Club" was re-issued?

"I used to be in love. In love with the girl, with life, with the world, with friendship, with french wine and cuisine. Life seemed easy, soft and not as expensive as now. I used to go out in clubs like "Le Bus Paladium", "Le Rock 'n' Roll Circus", "La Bulle", "Le Gibus", "Le Palace" and some others everyone forgot. After the failure of my 1978 record, I was kinda depressed and I thought I could only make music as a craftsman to survive, not as an artist. I did some production, some commercials, radio jingles... till 2006. I thought Black Devil was definitely dead, but after some magic, I did this record "28 After" back in 2006, which took me almost two years of writing and producing. It took me some time to recover my skills and bring back old images I had in mind. But, I made it! I'm a working man!"

How did you start your relationship with music?

"When I was 5 years old I was playing with my two hands on every keyboard I would see, so my parents bought me some classic music lessons, which I've never liked, but then, I discovered rock 'n' roll, and that was mind-blowing. Back in the time, I was working in a factory, so it took me 3 years to buy my first keyboard, just before my military service in 1965. I also had the chance to meet a jazzman, who taught me a lot of things. Still useful more than 40 years after. Pretty good investment!"

What are your future plans?

"I really don't know. It depends. if CIRCUS is a failure, then I'll wait 28 years to make another come back. :)"






More info about Black Devil Disco Club you can find here.