GE-OLOGY's mix from the Brownswood Basement
for Gilles Peterson's Worldwide FM
What are you bringing back from those trips in your bags and in your head?
Do you have a specific story?
Last month when I played at Le Sucre in Lyon, France, there were these guys in the front dancing, smiling, and enjoying the music so much during my set that night. They were losing it the entire time up until the very last song I played, then came over to thank me very graciously at the end of the night. I thanked them as well, then my brother Pablo Valentino told me that those guys were Syrian refugees. So it's quite deep. Imagine having to flee your homeland or whatever types of atrocities one has witnessed or had to escape from, yet ending up in a foreign land enjoying music another invited foreigner is playing (records you may have never even heard before, yet are profound and purely beautiful). That's what real, honest expression in the form of music can do. It's spiritual.
Another mix live from the Brownswood Basement"All vinyl...all killer."
Detroit still sounds cooler than NYC from a European point of view.
That did not happen in Detroit.
New York is a big corporate city now, so maybe in this present time Detroit sounds edgier which equals as cooler to some I imagine. I think there is evidence that a newer generation of people listening to, dancing to, playing, and/or making dance music today are currently going through a period of romanticizing selective elements of Detroit and Chicago's rich history of house and techno music culture without being informed or knowledgeable of NYC's deeply historic foundational blueprint that architecturally laid the groundwork for what originally started this party and club culture for us all. But there's hope still, because through my travels, I've definitely seen youth of various ages out there carrying the torch and trying to push the culture forward properly.
Hey, we have an Alpha Recording System mixer at Le Bain!
They also upgraded the house system, added 2 additional speakers (giving the dance floor a surround sound effect), and upgraded to the lighting system, which creates a subtle low-light ambience and mood. The crazy thing is that I've seen venues with more money in much bigger cities with greater access to resources care a lot less about the state of their equipment and quality of sound, so it's quite appreciated and highly impressive when you come across a venue like Harmonized run by genuinely nice people who mutually share a deep love and care for the music and the culture and knows how essential all of these details are. This is the approach I'd like to see a lot more of, because if we start at least there, hopefully it will inspire the future generation of Richard Long and Gary Stewart type sound design geniuses to think outside the box and push the quality of sound experience forward once again.
What’s up with your album on Sound Signature? Last time we chatted, you said it might be out in spring 2016. We’ve been waiting!
On Friday, December 16th, Le Bain presents GE-OLOGY
The Standard, High Line | 10pm
Lead photo by Marie Staggat