Introducing AfrikanAmerikan! With the upcoming release of their debut EP on Ba-Doop, we threw a few questions to the boys to see what makes them tick. The EP drops on the 15th May exclusive to Traxsource, then Beatport and the rest a fortnight later. See below for previews on our Soundcloud

So you guys met in Byron Bay, what drew you both together to start writing as AfrikanAmerikan?
Shared Love for minimal Techno and hardware based music production.

Do you have a specific work-flow or method of producing together?
Normally we would just chill in a studio and start jamming until an idea jumped out then we would start building on that.

What are the prized pieces of production gear at AfrikanAmerikan HQ?
ELEKTRON

What other artists are you currently listening to?
Lorn, Landside, Nu, Stimming, Plastikman, (Always listening to some old school techno)

 

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lunabass & Joshua Pathon Dj/Producer latest track “Outroduce” has just gone on promo over at Traxsource and features in their Essential Chart.
Full preview below or go grab a copy here: http://www.traxsource.com/title/684576/outroduce

https://www.beatport.com/release/outroduce/1851573

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Our latest EP “The Feeling Is Now” is featured all this week over at Traxsource. Hit’s all other stores in a fortnight. Soulful and Nu Disco vibes on this one.

https://www.beatport.com/release/the-feeling-is-now-ep/1748502

http://www.traxsource.com/title/608223/the-feeling-is-now-ep


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Our latest EP “Breaking The Habit” has just gone on Promo over at Traxsource. and is now featured in their Essential Chart! Nu-Disco vibes on this release! Enjoy
http://www.traxsource.com/title/593030/breaking-the-habit-ep

https://www.beatport.com/release/breaking-the-habit-ep/1726782

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Wingman sitting at No-7 on the Traxsource NuDisco Essential Chart! Stoked to be in the same company as Joey NegroGreenskeepersSatin Jackets and Delusions Of Grandeur!
Made the overall Hype chart too!
http://www.traxsource.com/title/545075/waiting-in-the-wingman

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Waiting In The Wingman

The Manuel Portio return to Ba-Doop to drop some Disco tinged House goodness.

Purchase at all online stores including:
Traxsource: http://www.traxsource.com/title/545075/waiting-in-the-wingman
Beatport: https://www.beatport.com/release/waiting-in-the-wingman/1655749

 

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Joshua Pathon recently took out the Soundpond Spin DJ Comp with Faint One under their Fucking Disco moniker. Josh is 1/3rd of Ba-Doop and 1/2 of The Manuel Portio. With exclusive behind the scenes access of the type not seen since The Womans Weekly paid $200k to Shane and Simone Warne, Wol took Josh out of his comfort zone and forced him to talk about himself with a hard hitting interview dressed as Derryn Hinch’s beard.

There were a lot of blinking lights, fader moves, button presses and knob tweaks, for the uninitiated, talk us through the Fucking Disco setup and performance routine:

We used four turntables and two laptops both running Serato. I run the Native Instruments X1 midi controller to trigger cue points and loops while Paul has the Novation Dicers to do pretty much the same thing. My preferred mixer is the Rane TTm56 while Paul likes the Pioneer Nexus 900. We also had an MPC triggering one shots and percussion too.

 

 

How does scratching on Serato compare to vinyl and how long have you been scratching for?

Guess I have been playing around with turntables and scratching for 10 years or so, it really is what got me inspired to get into Deejaying. I bought my first battle records not long after buying decks and tried to learn all the different techniques by watching things like DMC. In more recent years I have been focusing on production and not really doing much in the way of turntable stuff until the Spin Dj comp came up. It definitely inspired me to dust of some of my scratching skills. As far a Serato goes it really does bring the best of both worlds to Deejaying and more so to the turntablist side of things. The feel of scratching on serato is exactly the same as on a records with no lag what so ever, the record never skips which could sometimes be a problem using records. The main advantage is the cue points, being able to jump to any part of the record instantly opens up so much room for creativity. Being able to edit tracks in something like Ableton and play them on a turntable straight away has obvious advantages too.

How much practice and pre-planning goes into a half hour set like this?:

We practice quite a lot for this particular comp. Doing our set on four decks required everything to be much more planned than free styling. The set was built over a few weeks with a long session in the studio then a couple weeks of just practice.

 

 

Part of the prize pack from Soundpond was a set at the Future Music Festival, how was it and was there hookers and blow backstage?

Ha! We enjoyed playing there, was cool to get a little taste of spinning at a festival, unfortunately we didn’t get to do our thing on four decks with on CDjs available to mix on but still was a very cool experience.

Faint One appears (to a non DJ like me) to possess great DJ skills, how good is he?

He’s definitely one of the most talented Deejays I have seen, coming from a Hiphop background he has crazy turntable skills which he applies to mixing all styles of music earning him a much deserved rep about the place. After my 12 or so years of Deejaying I’m still learning new tricks from him and it’s inspired me to try and push my skills on the decks. He has a big future ahead of him thats for sure.

Any plans for more Fucking Disco?

We have been working away in the studio on some new Big Room Disco tunes that we will drop soon and a bunch of edits we will give away soon too. As far as shows go we really want to push the four turntable thing, not many people seem to be doing it and it gives us a chance to showcase something a little different. Keep your eyes out for F.D. over the next few months…

https://www.facebook.com/fdmusic
http://soundpond.net

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Ba-Doop have a love of all things deep and synthy, and show no sign of letting go of the groove on their latest EP. The first installment of The Crazy Cat Man series sees Ricky Felix, The Manuel Portio and Aggstarr offer up a three-track EP.

Ricky Felix kicks things off with Nue Groove, a deep house roller with smooth, sinewy chords and inviting vocal sample.

The Manuel Portio state the obvious with their track Better With A Beard. The subtle vocal and repetitive deep house groove will keep you hooked til the end.

Rounding out the EP is Aggstarr with Jampacked driving and energizing techno sound, keeping it nice and dark for your listening pleasure. A tasty trio of sounds indeed.

Purchase:
Beatport: http://www.beatport.com/release/crazy-cat-man-1/1251769
Traxsource: http://www.traxsource.com/title/298504/crazy-cat-man-1

Catch up with the producers on the release:
Ricky Felix: http://ba-doop.com/ricky-felix/
Aggstarr: http://ba-doop.com/aggstarr/

 

 

 

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The Sunny Disposition EP is a Disco and House 4 tracker by The Manuel Portio that was signed to a UK label about 2 years ago. Due to issues out of the duo’s control, the EP never saw the light of day and as a result sad-panda’s ensued. Thankfully though The Manuel Portio are offering it up as a free download here at Ba-Doop.

You can download the entire package here => The Manuel Portio – Sunny Disposition EP – Free Download

Or you can download the tracks individually from Soundcloud below.

Big thanks to Darren Clements for allowing us to use this shot of our friend “Hairy Rick” for the EP artwork. To see more of Clemo’s work visit www.darrenclementsphotography.com.au or his Facebook page

 

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With the imminent release of Vol-1 of our Crazy Cat Man various artist series, we thought we’d throw a few questions to the artists appearing on the EP. This time it’s Ricky Felix with his Deep House cut “Nue Gruve” …

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How long have you been producing, how did you start?

I’ve been producing for a year or 2 now, most of that time was spent finding my feet though. Coming from a live band background, channeling my creativity into a piece of software was kind of difficult at first. I have only really been listening to electronic/house music for a few years now, but I have always been more inspired to be the person behind the tracks rather than behind the DJ booth (maybe one day haha).

What influences your sound? Is there a particular artist have you drawn the most inspiration from?

My friends and I constantly exchange music, so my influences change monthly haha. I really enjoy jungle / drum and bass, so I try to bring elements from that into my house tracks. I think Low Steppa has got to be one of my main influences though, His sound is what introduced myself to the new bass house sound, which I’m loving at the moment…

Is there a track or 2 that is really doing it for you at the moment?

Oh man, the track “Incoming” by “Celsius” is easily my song at the moment. The chilled sustained intro and the triplet chords in the hook just send shivers down my spine.

Secondly, I’ve got to add “Dappy” by “Hannah Wants & Chris Lorenzo”. That bass makes my jungle senses tingle! Im certainly leeching a lot of inspiration from that tune at the moment.

Any locals you draw inspiration from?

My local inspiration has got to be Motez, he has been making tunes for quite a while (compared to me) and its awesome seeing him getting international recognition, not to mention being signed to one of my favourite labels Food Music!

What is your production process?

I’ve been a drummer most of my life, so naturally drum patterns are something I find relatively easy to get down first. From there, its plenty of synth surfing, trying to find a sound that works well with my drums and the direction that I’m going, and then tweak what I need to. As apposed to initially creating a hook or main part, then arranging the track from there, I tend to work from the very start to the end (if that makes any sense). Vocals are generally dealt with towards the end of my production process, along with effects and so on. 90% of any particular song that I’m working on is done within a day or two, then I spend loads of time tweaking, re-listening and pulling my hair out haha.

Do you have a favourite piece of hardware or a plug-in?

My plug-in collection is definitely in its early days, but at the moment Massive is my favourite. I have spent so much time learning it, I just find it easy to use and very powerful!

Future Plans?

In the future, I just want to keep making more music, and continue to be motivated to do so. I also want to work on some remixes to help network with other producers and get my name out. From there, I’d love to perhaps begin DJing at a club or sound pond, and meet new people with the same interests and passion as me…

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