Deetron: A name you can depend on. The Swiss DJ and producer has been in the house and techno scene since the mid-'90s, and he seemingly hasn't put a foot wrong at any point. Whether it be his exceptional three-deck mixing or his elegant productions for label home base Music Man, Sam Geiser is the definition of consistent. Of late, however, Deetron has been outdoing himself a bit. Last year's Starblazer single for Rejected was one of the most charted tracks of 2011 on Resident Advisor, while his two-disc mix for Balance showed that he's just as comfortable mixing digital as he is analogue.
Deetron describes RA.312 as "relentless," and we're inclined to agree with him. It's more than 70 minutes of bangers, new and old, fit together by one of the world's foremost jocks.
What have you been up to recently?
I've been touring on the weekends while catching up with my job as a houseman during the week. Apart from that I tried to make use of every free minute to work in the studio. I've got a new single coming up for Music Man with Andy Butler from Hercules & Love Affair on vocals, which should finally be released in June as we're still waiting for the last remix. Other than that I've been working on remixes for Steve Kotey and Andy Meecham on Classic as well as Cocolores on Exploited.
How and where was the mix recorded?
The mix was recorded in my studio using decks and CDJs. I've edited a few of the tracks beforehand, but recorded the final mix live using the aforementioned equipment.
Can you tell us about the idea behind the mix?
The idea was to create a relentless, captivating, upbeat and danceable mix, which includes the main four musical elements of my DJ sets: My love for melodic techno, my obsession with bass-influenced house and techno, my soft spot for disco and my craving for good vocals. Furthermore the intention was to include older records, which have been favorites of mine over many years and to revive them in a modern context alongside new tracks.
Has living in Bern had much of an effect on your music do you think? If so, how?
I don't think it had an immediate influence on my music, but the quiet atmosphere of the city and distance from the epicentres of house and techno have helped me to stay focused and down to earth and not to be influenced by trends or hypes.
What are the crowds typically like in Switzerland?
They are musically well-educated, rather open-minded and while they might not be as outgoing as elsewhere normally, I've experienced very enthusiastic crowd reactions in clubs around Switzerland recently.
What are you up to next?
I will be working on my own material exclusively for the next few months and I'm getting ready for a rather hectic summer this year.
J. Greenspan - Crown Princess - Jiaolong
Elgato - Zone - Hessle Audio
Marvin Gaye - If This World Were Mine - Motown
Roy Ayers - Tarzan (Ame Remix) - Rapster
Monty Luke - Yesterday & Tomorrow - BC001
SLG - I Love You But I've Chosen Disco (Axel Boman Remix) - Pets
Lorca - Can't See Higher - Dumb8
Midland - What We Know (MCDE RMX) - AUS
Africa Hitech - How Does It Make You Feel? - Warp
Goldfrapp - Fly Me Away (C2 Remix 2)
Bo Saris - She's on Fire (Maya Jane Coles Remix) - CDR
Colo - Never Again (George Fitzgerald RMX) - Take Records
Ame - Kuma - Sonar Kollektiv
Life & Death - Morgana (C2 remix) - Visionquest
Boddika & Joy Orbison - Froth - SUNKLOWUN
Bicep - Stripper - Love Fever
Unknown - Clone Gold 12"
Dark Sky - F Technology - Black Acre
Boddika - Acid Jackson - SWAMP81
Kraftwerk - Numbers - EMI
Nikola Gala - Only (Ryan Elliott RMX) - Rekids
Todd Terje - Inspector Norse - Smalltown Supersound
Beanfield - Tides (Chateau Flight Beats) - Compost
Andres - New for U - Mahogany Music
Stereotyp - Keepin Me (Fauna Flash RMX) - G-Stone
Patrice Scott - Orbital Bliss - Sistrum
Fred P - Free Your Mind (Simbad Remix) - CDR
Jeff Mills - Peart - Purpose Maker
Jose Gonzalez - Cycling Trivialities (Edit) - CDR
Mountains - Newsprint - Thrill Jockey