The tech house producer will play dates in Sydney and Melbourne.
Namito was born in Iran, but has been a German resident since relocating as a teenager. He learned to DJ while living in a Berlin commune, then went on to release his first single in 1996. In the years that followed, the Tehran native's tech-house sound got him signed to German labels such as Great Stuff Recordings and Kling Klong, the latter of which released debut album Eleven. Namito's Australian tour consists of headline slots at Shrug and All City Bass in Sydney and Melbourne, respectively.
We caught up with Namito via email to talk about forthcoming productions, his 2009 highlights and the current political turmoil in Iran.
You released your debut LP, Eleven, last year. Can you see yourself working on another full-length in the near future?
I enjoyed producing the first club album so much that I decided on starting a new one. I'll be starting the work in March 2010. Producing an album is a great challenge, and I hope to put together an even better album than the last one.
Can we expect anything production-wise from you in the coming months?
I will be releasing remixes for Tocadisco or Daniele Papini. The new Eyerer & Namito on Boxer Recordings is also in the pipeline. I have also started producing a hypnotic track with Mr D-Nox that's very promising!
With 2009 just finishing, what were some of last year's highlights for you?
Besides tours in Mexico and Brazil, my highlights of 2009 were DJing in both Tel Aviv and Beirut in the matter of two weeks. The pure respect I witnessed for my work on both sides made me hope that the people living there will be able to live happily alongside one another without fear of war and conflict.
Have you made any New Year resolutions?
I've decided that I won't turn on my computer while I'm taking care of my daughter Minou. She deserves my full attention in these sensitive times!
Finally, being of Iranian-descent, do you regularly find yourself speaking out about the current political situation in Iran, and, subsequently, the rest of the Middle East?
In June 2009, I was in Tehran during the elections and witnessed how the cold-blooded Iranian regime first rigged the election, and then shamelessly attacked, detained, tortured and murdered innocent people. As a human being, I cannot remain silent. Since then, I have been trying to help the freedom movement spread the message, and I have released all my releases in support of the "green movement." Somebody actually hacked my website and defaced it, I guess as a kind of warning. The bloodshed has to stop and politically the prisoners need to be released.