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Perc - Addicted Podcast #2
For the second edition of our regular podcast we present to you a brilliant cross-genre mix from our long-time friend, London-based DJ/producer/label owner Ali Wells aka Perc. It is a great honor for us to host Perc Trax boss in the series, as his prolific DJ skills have been the matter of global attention for quite a while. A tiny interview to introduce the mix itself may be found below.
- Last couple years have been milestone for Perc Trax, with your own and Sawf's debut albums being released in 2011 alone. Is the album format something that you want to continue dealing with in the future? Please tell us what we should expect from the label in 2012.
- The album format is something that is very important to me and Perc Trax as I believe it gives the artist the perfect platform to express himself fully. There are none of the time constraints of a 12" but like vinyl an album has the impact that physical products have compared to digital releases. The packaging and artwork for an album coupled with the music means that Perc Trax can present a complete product to supporters of the label for the first time. Each album release from Ben Gibson to Sawf to Wicker & Steel has seen an improvement in the way the album is presented and promoted and I think the forthcoming Forward Strategy Group album will be another key moment for Perc Trax.
- Apart from having a core circle of artists on Perc Trax, you have also been dealing with as diverse bunch of guys as Marcel Fengler, Samuli Kemppi and even ASC are. Is celebrating diversity rather than sticking to one particular, so-called signature sound of the label represents your main priority?
- Keeping Perc Trax's sound diverse is important and stops the label becoming predictable and dull. There is still a core of artists at Perc Trax including Donor/Truss, Sawf, Forward Strategy Group and myself, but it is essential to have guest artists and remixers appearing sometimes. ASC and Ekoplekz are very different artists but I believe they both fit into the Perc Trax universe perfectly.
- You are known to have shifted from vinyl/CD to digital means of DJing lately. Without an intention to start another epic 'analogue vs digital' discussion – what does this step allow you to do and present in your current sets/mixes? Is it something to do with keeping a music current more intense and changing?
- Using a digital format allows to play music from a wider range of artists, influences and genres, it allows me to easily add my own loops and tools to the mix and allows my djing to be more flexible and react to the feeling of the dancefloor faster. I use a midi controller but also run 4 stereo outs from my interface into the mixer (preferably Allen & Heath). This means I have the 'hands-on' feel of the mixer's analogue EQs, filters and channel faders. It is not uncommon for me to have all 4 channels playing with a mixture of tracks, tools and percussion loops. At home I still have my old record bag packed with all the records I played at my last vinyl gig. When I flick through the 12's in the bag it is a fairly narrow selection of music and whilst I was always satisfied with my performances from that era I would feel constrained going back to that way of playing now.
- Please tell us about the idea behind your Addicted mix. Can you call it 'typical' for you at the moment?
- The mix is quite typical of club set from me apart from the extended start and end tracks plus this mix has some additional layering of tracks. A few house-y tracks, some abstract techno and then a few bigger bassline-led tracks, I think this is a good representation of where I am as a DJ right now.
01 - Biosphere - Startoucher [Apollo]
02 - Endless - Varying Paths (Tool) [Electric Deluxe]
03 - Wolfgang Voigt - Kafkatrax 3.1 [Kafkatrax]
04 - Alex Jones - With The Hats [Hypercolour]
05 - Redshape - Goom Beats [Running Back]
06 - Cari Lekebusch & Jesper Dahlback - Latinator [H-Productions]
07 - Secluded - Dimension (Jonas Kopp 5th Dimension Remix) [Ear To Ground]
08 - Milton Bradley - Echoes From The Past [Do Not Resist The Beat]
09 - Architectural - The Summer Of Love [Semantica]
10 - Jonas Kopp - Anklad [Krill Music]
11 - Pacific Blue - Industry (Silent Servant Remix) [Pacific Blue]
12 - ASC - Revelations [Perc Trax]
13 - Go Hiyama - Quibble [Hue Helix]
14 - NX1_02 – 003 [NX1_02]
15 - Vault Series - 008 B2 [Vault Series]
16 - Marcel Dettmann - Deluge [50 Weapons]
17 - Vault Series - 008 A1 [Vault Series]
18 - Abstract Division - Floating Point (Delta Funktionen Remix) [Dynamic Reflection]
19 - Pete Namlook & Material Object - The Fourth Dimension [Fax]
20 - Link - Antacid [Warp Records]