Part of the Canadian quartet Azari & III, Dinamo will be representing them on the 6thJuly when he comes to London
With the 3rd Birthday just around the corner this Saturday it was only right that we speak to the headline act… drum roll please; here’s Dinamo Azari! Part of the Canadian quartet Azari & III, Dinamo will be representing them on the 6thJuly in main arch. Having made a lot of their productions in a smoke filled Montreal warehouse, we’re sure that he’ll feel more than comfortable in a cavernous warehouse. A true sonic pioneer Dinamo is an artist that is fully absorbed within the realms of electronic music, both as a producer and as a performer.
A few moves, but already you can see them at the forefront of the current dance scene: sure, being patronaged by the great maestro Tiga (day by day more likely to be a grat record label a&r and CEO as well) helps a lot, but if it wasn’t for real consistency and quality something that starts as a retro-house affair might have been something more likely to be dismissed than to be celebrated. Or at least, to be treated as the usual and short living flavour-of-the-month. But no casualty that we’ve chosen to chase them instead, asking for a good chat: what we’ve got might be considered quite satisying, as a good amount if interesting things has flown out of this conversation. Alixander III and Dinamo Azari are leading the path, but also the newly added cohorts Fritz Helder and Starving Yet Full took part in the affair.
Studio Talk with Azari & III about 'Hungry For The Power'
ALIXANDER III on the process of making "Hungry For The Power":
This was one of those sessions where the nature of the instruments involved, old step programmed drum machines and synths with primitive analog triggering, really steered the overall flow of the track. It was all step programmed or recorded by hand in live passes. SMPTE was recorded to tape for sync and future mix automation purposes, so overdub punch-ins were possible as the song structure formed, as well as varispeed recording for deeper, richer tones.
The groove was built from an extended jam involving up to 16 pieces of kit syncing simultaneously (a kick from this, hihat from that, toms from here pads from there, all run through Neve 1064s, Distressors, 1176s, Retro 176s, H3000s etc, Otari MTR 90MKII...) and then arranged into a more song oriented sequence once recorded.
A couple of our staples are an MPC60, TR808, 909 and 707, TB303, Jupiter and Juno 6, as well as an EMU Emulator and massive sample disk library previously owned by Todd Rundgren. Flea 47 and 49, Neumann U87 microphones for vocals, as well as custom made C12 clones.
When the instrumental track had come together, enter Starving Yet Full and Fritz Helder. We share the chalice, we bob our heads to the groove and ponder on some meaningful and poignant turn of phrase that resonates with our lives.