Already gracing the rosters of labels like Gruuv, Get Physical & Under No Illusion, as well as heading up his own imprint Redlight Records, Denite makes his second appearance on UK label Constant Circles with a remix of Just Her & Nandu’s “Forget Our Love” ft Kieran Fowkes. To celebrate the release we invited him along for a podcast and mini interview.
Thanks for taking the time to record a mix for our podcast series, was there any special concept behind your mix, or tracks played from your own releases?
This mix is to celebrate my latest release on Constant Circles. I really like the essence of the label in between melodic and groovy house, so I really focused on this concept when I was selecting the tracks. There are some unreleased tracks in the mix. Material I’ve been working on recently, some classic tracks and of course my new remix of “Forget Our Love” on Constant Circles.
Where did you record the mix, and what equipment did you use?
When I’m recording mixes I usually use the same set up I use when I DJ. That’s 2 Pioneer Cdj 2000 Nexus and a Pioneer mixer 900. I recorded it in a friends studio in Berlin.
What is your thought process when picking out tracks for a podcast, do you pre-select the tracks, or just pick out the first couple and freestyle it from there?
It depends. Most of the times I just know the first track I want to start with and then maybe I have 1 or 2 tracks that I know I will drop at some point of the mix. But mixing is more about improvisation and about “see where it goes” for me. I think it was only once I preselected most of tracks for a podcast or set. And that was on a live streaming radio show I played for the national radio in Bogotá (Colombia) last year.
How do you compare playing in a club to recording a podcast, is there much of a change in your mixing style and track selections?
Definitely there are differences. When I play in a club there is one very important factor in the game: the crowd. For me DJing is about this communication without words between me and the people in front of me. It’s like a “give and take” thing, a flow of energy and vibes. When it’s flowing and this communication happens is just magic and you really lose sense of time. The human factor is very important when we talk about this music communication. This usually is not happening when I mix a podcast, or at lease not on extended periods and not that intense.
What stores or other places do you normally look for new music… is it all sourced online, or do you also pick up the odd bit of vinyl?
Right now it’s mostly 80% from the promos I get. Then the rest comes from friends, from Redlight releases (my label) and just a few from my new discoveries over online or physical stores. I do keep buying and mixing vinyl together with digital. I’m always having a few vinyls with me every time I DJ. I buy both online and at some physical stores in Berlin. This is how I started and vinyl is still very important and special to me. Also having some vinyl with you when djing can save your set in case of some “digital gear failures”. As vinyl is as easy as: records on, needle on and music is out, magic!
Could you tell us a bit about your most memorable DJ experience?
It’s been quite a lot! specially in the last year that I’ve been touring more and more. Definitely Colombia is one of the best ones. People there have a very special energy and is always special to play there. Same as Berlin holds a few of them in some clubs like Sisyphos or Tresor or that I’ve been playing the most lately. And also New York has been quite special this last time I played there in June this year.
What other projects do you have lined up, do you have any new releases or forthcoming gigs we should be watching out for?
I’m currently on my LWTUA Tour right now. I’m writing these lines from Machala in Ecuador where I’m playing tonight and then next is Colombia, Berlin, Singapore, Vietnam and Cambodia as part of this tour.
About releases I’m having an EP out on Gruuv (Audiojack’s label), another one on Third Ear and one more on Huxley’s Label. This 3 should come up in the next months. And beside that I’m also working already on my second album that should be ready by the end of the year.
Buy the Constant Circles release on Beatport HERE.