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Interviews with two of Ministry of Sound’s favourite mix-meisters

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Ministry of Sound recently unleashed its latest in the Clubbers Guide series: Spring 2014, enlisting the skills of two of the nation’s finest producers, The Only and Komes. Rock Candy chats with both artists about why Spring is the dandiest time for dance music.

Antonino Tati

 

 

Q&A: KOMES (pictured above)

 

Spring is when people are thinking about getting out and partying more, booking festival tickets and so forth. What does Spring mean to you?

Spring is an awesome season. Things are heating up and, you’re right, there are way more events and parties coming up so it puts me in a great mood! I love DJing and I love the sun, so you could just imagine how much I love DJing in the sun!

 

If you had to pick one track from ‘Clubbers Guide to Spring 2014’ to sum up the soundtrack to the season best, what track would that be?

I would have to say, Nicky Night Time’s ‘Everybody’. It’s such a rad afternoon tune that reminds me of sinking beers with mates outdoors.

 

What is it you love most about DJing?

It’s really hard to pick just one thing but if I had to choose, I’d say the most awesome thing about DJing is finishing a track/remix/edit and being able to play it that night – especially thanks to all the new advances in DJ technology. To see the audience’s reaction to something you’ve been working on only a few hours beforehand is sensational.

 

How different is mixing a compilation for Ministry of Sound to, say, DJing in any given club?

Very different! The listening environment [at home or in the car] is obviously different to that of a club, with a large majority of Ministry of Sound compilations being played in the car or at pre-drinks, so when I mix the compilation, I try to showcase the producers’ tracks. I’m not messing with it and I’m playing it basically from start to end. I think this style of mixing is perfect for these environments.

 

And for clubbing?

Club-goers need a reason why they should come see you and not the other DJ down the road. I feel it’s a super important duty to make sure everyone on the d-floor is having a rad time. By not letting the tracks drag out too long, playing my own edits/remixes of their favourites, showcasing new music they haven’t heard before and having fun on the mic with the punters. You can be guaranteed that this works every time. Well, 95% of the time!

 

 

The Only 680

Q&A: THE ONLY

 

Spring is when people are thinking about getting out and partying more, booking festival tickets and so forth. What does Spring mean to you?

Spring means feeling that bit more guilty about locking ourselves in windowless studios when it’s properly beautiful outside. There is a reason so much great music is made in countries that are always cold and miserable outside!

 

If you had to pick one track from ‘Clubbers Guide to Spring 2014’ to sum up the soundtrack to the season best, what track would that be?

It’s lame to choose your own song, but our single ‘Daylight’ with Tigerlily is totally our song for the season. Its bright, uplifting and awakening, everything you want from Spring.

 

What is it you love most about DJing?

There is absolutely no feeling that comes close to performing your own music to people that are as excited to hear it as you are to play it. It’s actually indescribable and completely addictive!

 

How different is mixing a compilation for Ministry of Sound to, say, DJing in any given club?

Totally different. DJing in a club is all about engaging and responding to a dance floor, so the set is created spontaneously and based on the energy you are creating in the moment. A CD however is all about deciding on a vibe and energy you want to create for the listener and then curating a mix to achieve that. Sometimes a song that is perfect for a CD won’t be right for our live sets and vice versa.

 

‘Clubbers Guide to Spring 2014’ is out now through Ministry of Sound, available in stores and online.

Clubbers Guide To Spring

 

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