LAYER #201 mixed by Beesmunt Sound System + INTERVIEW below
‘Layers’ strikes again, this time with a refreshing wave of perfectly-balanced musical flavours and rhythmical patterns to wash over your ears on these brain-melting hot summer days. Delivered by Beesmunt Sound System - two sonic pilgrims, constantly on the move both physically - travelling to play in the farthest corners of the world - and creatively - exploring the depths and breadths of the musical realm, and transforming this knowledge into kaleidoscopic audible experiences.
1. You’re known as the alchemists of electronic music. Your sets can be described as potent mixtures of exotic aesthetics and sounds. However, all these diverse music styles probably didn’t secure their place in your musical palette overnight (let’s not forget that BSS sprang out of hip-hop parties, and your tastes have gradually evolved over the years). Can you remember which were the last genres or styles to finally grow on you?
Yes very true, 10 years ago we were very strict on ourselves, playing only 90's style hip-hop and everything else in music was sort of a no go for us. If you would have told us back then about the many aesthetics and sounds our mixes comprise of nowadays we wouldn't have believed you. So back to the present day, we've sort off been going back to this rhythm and beats per minute like some hip-hop records had back then, slowing things down on the dancefloor feels very natural to us because of our history with it. Also, not necessarily a recent development, but embracing our adventurous nature when we started playing as BSS has been a big part in our growth as DJ's. Not excluding ourselves from genres or a BPM we have to stick to. We try to realize and love the feeling of always being unpredictable and surprising within our sets, we'd rather play 'weirder' music we love for 50 people as opposed to banging hits to a thousand.
2. One more on this topic. Just really curious, what was the most random track you pulled off in a mix/ DJ set? I suppose you might feel adventurous sometimes.
Adventure is our middle name. Not really random since we do take it all pretty serious, but here's some tracks that create confusion in good ways while playing it for a full club..
Diana Ozon - Generatie Genoten
Dame Area - Dicevi A Me
Jolly Kanjuppu- Dawn to Dusk
3. Must-do things/places to visit in Amsterdam for an electronic music enthusiast?
Pay a visit to Garage Noord at night, visit the Red Light Radio/Records headquarters or enjoy a listening session in their store. But also do a lot of non-electronic music related things like eat some Haring or fresh Oysters at the Saturday market, go to snack bar Jelle for some fries or take a trip around Amsterdam with us on our family boat.
4. If Amsterdam wasn’t an option anymore, which other city you could see as the perfect place to live and create?
Luigi: Fluvia! For the friends who know or want to know, give me a ring!
David: NYC or Paris, cheesy maybe, but I love both cities and there I'll be able to find the most in what I love about Amsterdam too. I feel like I'll always need a bit of big-city rawness around me (although in Amsterdam this is quickly disappearing, sadly) but also just a place to get lost in and be inspired by all sorts of street scenes.
5. Before we immerse ourselves in your freshly assembled LAYERS mix, any special recommendations on how to enjoy it to the fullest?
We support total freedom for those who listen to the mix, before a party, after a party, in bed, while cooking, whatever... just know we made it with love and tried to create the best representation and narrative between all elements of our musical world as BSS.