Sundowner. Mix #04 by Kamyar Keramati + Interview

Our next guest for our Sundowner. mix series is our dear and close friend Kamyar Keramati, the friendly face behind our favourite record store KIMCHI Records. We ask him some questions about his future plans, so get to know him better in this interview.

Sundowner.: What was it that triggered your interest in music and DJing?

Kamyar: In the very beginning it started with the sense of going in the opposite direction of the wave in the society I lived in, and now it’s more like I know nothing else than making music. DJing is the medium of communication. It could change into a live set or fully live music as it’s happened before to me. I love DJing and I find it one of the most complete and direct ways to communicate with your crowd.

Sundowner.: Are there any particular online or physical stores you consider favorites?

Kamyar: Of course, particularly in Berlin every shop I go to adds new taste to my collection, I have been going to OYE records since 2013 and it gave me so much inspiration to my Disco, Nu Disco side, Bikiniwaxx was the time I got super interested into Frankfurt’s sound and KIMCHI Records is where I find lots of trance and techno as well as experimental records. I get most of my records from KIMCHI since I work there.
I once went to Fat Fenders in Dresden and it gave me a great deal of new sounds yet very modest in terms of trend.

Sundowner.: What was your best moment at the Sundowner party?

Kamyar: When Moses comes to me or I go to Moses and quality ask each other: are you on fire bro? That’s always the best moment 🙂

Sundowner.: How do you think that this moment we are living in, is going to impact the music scene in the future?

Kamyar: I am in no place to know the bigger impact on society but I know it triggered lots of things in me that resulted in initiating my Label and producing a lot of music. So let’s say it gave me a sense of appreciation when things are fully open.

Sundowner.: What do you think is your spirit animal?

Kamyar: I would really like to say lion, tiger, shark, panther, but I think I am a mosquito, no wait actually… I’m a chameleon because I adapt to every situation.

Sundowner.: Do you have any plans in the short term considering the current situation or plans for the future?

Kamyar: Slowly I am learning to plan a bit longer than just the next day. I am very focused on the label and production while I am digging everyday and that’s the only plan I would say will be long term.

Sundowner.: Thank you so much Kamyar and good luck with the new label, we are sure it will be fire!

Kamyar: Thank you!

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Sundowner. Mix #03 by Two Phase U + Interview

We are really happy to introduce our next guest Hernán Gonzalez for our Sundowner. mix series. Born and based in Uruguay, Hernán aka Two Phase U has been producing music since the 90’s, get to know him a little bit better in this short interview we had with him.

Sundowner.: How would you identify yourself (now) and how does it influence your sound?

Two Phase U: An electronic musician. I guess because I try to include concepts and ideas that come from music other than only techno or house subgenres. I don’t know if electronic music composers like to be called „producers“ because we disregard traditional music or because, on the contrary, we see ourselves as lesser artists than instrumental musicians.

Sundowner.: What’s the most difficult challenge you have faced during your trajectory as a musician?

Two Phase U: From the general artistic life stance, my biggest challenge has been to acknowledge some years ago that much of the musical convictions I had carried with me for many years had aged too much and had to be renewed. A big internal reconfiguration was overdue. Once I could break my own molds and structures, a new world of possibilities opened before me, which I am still milking. But the transition was intense and very demanding spiritually.

Sundowner.: What’s your favorite track of the moment and why?

Two Phase U: Cabaret Voltaire „The power (of their knowledge)“ for last year’s album „Shadow of fear“. The beat, the mood, the vocal samples, the lo-fi demo-esque old school undefined techno/electro/ebm/synthpop eclectic sound, I love all aspects of that track. The whole album is amazing.

Sundowner.: Is there anything you would like to change or promote in the music industry?

Two Phase U: I feel that in electronic music there is an exaggerated devotion for gear. Few people are talking about the music itself. I’d love to read more about the concepts, the feelings, the politics, the life experiences of the music creators. I love my instruments, and I like that sometimes the musical results are an indirect collaboration between the artist and the designer, but I see too much explanation on the „how’s“ and too little on the „why’s“. I also come across a lot of new music that is more a technical display than a true expression of a feeling or an idea. I guess this happens in all musical genres too.

Sundowner.: How’s the future looking for you?

Two Phase U: The future to me has always been a better place than the past. I believe in constant evolution. Even as we sometimes seem to go backwards, it’s all part of a bigger forward motion. I welcome all the changes, much more than stability. No changes, no learning. To me life is only about learning. At the same time, it’s fair to say that some things seem to never change and repeat themselves. Another end-of-the-world, another crisis, another war, another sway between left and right. At some point you just stop caring and just focus on enlightening yourself and loving the beings around you. 

Sundowner.: And the last question, what do you think is your spirit animal and why?

Two Phase U: The owl. Since I was little I liked them and their attitude and I love the night! Also from an observer point of view and it is an animal that has very penetrating eyesight. And it represents knowledge and wisdom and I love to know stuff.

Sundowner.: I love that, thank you so much for taking the time.

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SUNDOWNER. returns to Club der Visonäre on Monday 28th of June 2021

We are happy to announce the first edition of Sundowner. in 2021!

Finally we can make our returns on the open air dancefloors of Berlin and elsewhere as the Nightlife slowly opens up again under the current easing of restrictions due to the pandemic.

We are really looking forward to being united with all of you on the dancefloor!

So come over to Club der Visionäre on Monday the 28th of June!

Music will be provided by Velasco, Sibil & Kamyar Keremati

Velasco is well known as one of the regular faces playing for Partys like Anthea’s Partisan Label or LowMoneyMusicLove. Recently during Lockdown we got some musical treats from him during apperances in this Springs Edition of The Mudd Show where he layed down a proper dance music set for the dancers at home and a very nice eclectic blend of different genres during his set for the recently launched Motif TV which gave us a glimpse into his music collection and taste beyond the dancefloor!

Sibil is making her cdv debut this Monday and we are excited to have her share her musical selection with all of you! After living a few years in Budapest where she was a resident in Aether Club, she recently played in Katttarzis Festival alongside well known selectors like Dorian Paic and Lee Burton, slow and steadily putting her name on the map. Well known among close friends already we are more then delighted to have her on the Team for Monday.

Kamyar Keramati is no new face for Sundowner but we can’t wait to have him on again. As one of the Partners of Kimichi Records Kamyar is a dedicated digger and dj in the truest of sences. We’re curious about his lockdown digging findst that he will hopefully share with us on Monday. Get ready for a long night and for him to take us on a long journey till the early morning hours!

We can’t wait to see you there!

Resident Advisor:

Until then here are some musical treats to keep you fed with good tunes:

Sundowner. Mix #02 by Pasha + Interview

We had short chat with Pasha in mid November and you can finally read the complete Interview now.

Moses: To get started maybe you can tell us a bit more about your background and how you got exposed to music as a child and when you were younger.

Pasha: Yeah, it started for me years ago, I was always buying and listening to music but I never thought about DJing. But my friends started to push me and tell me do it and I have been getting a lot of support from my friends and other people. And that’s how it started and still continues.

Moses: And were you exposed to a lot of music in your childhood, like through your parents? Did they listen to a lot of music and showed you?

Pasha: Since I’m 14 years old I started to listen to electronic music and searching for records all the time. But I never played the music. The first time playing it was 2015 on the 2nd floor of Cafe Gallery in Tbilisi and then the 2nd Gig at Mtkvarze, playing before Bero and Cobert. They really liked what I played and it was a great moment for me to get this positive feedback and it continued like this since and I’m just so happy about it all.

Moses: That’s nice.

Moses: How did you like to play in Berlin compared to Tbilisi? Was it different? Whatever comes to your mind.

Pasha: Yeah, it was a big experience for me because I never played outside of Georgia before, it was my first time in Berlin and in very good company. The Party was so good and I enjoyed a lot playing with Nuji. What else… Thank you for the event! haha

Moses: Haha, it was my pleasure having you! 🙂

Moses: Can you name any artists or specific albums, records or favorite artists that had a big influence on you, that you would like to share with us.

Pasha: Yes, especially Nicolas Lutz and Evan Baggs have been a big inspiration to me and earlier it was Arpiar when I listened to them at Kazantip in Georgia. After that experience a lot of things in my mind changed in regards to music. But not just in regards to one genre, it keeps changing and influencing me with all the different kinds of music I listen to.

Moses: Can you tell us a bit more about the scene in Tbilisi and what makes it special compared to other electronic music scenes like in Berlin or around the world, from your perspective?

Pasha: Here in Georgia we have so many very interesting and very talented people and they also run a lot of their own projects and nights now. You also know about Cobert’s and Luka Nakashidze’s new label “Tesseract”, it’s a very impressive project. And I’m happy because years ago there were not that many local artists but now its getting massive. And they are all doing a really good job and producing good music and playing as well.

Moses: Yes, everybody has evolved and gained more experience over the years.

Pasha: Yes exactly.

Moses: And since the protests in Georgia that went viral around the world the electronic music scene in Tbilisi has been seen as very political. Is it still the same? Are people still very engaged in the political discourse and take action. And how are things changing? What has changed since? Are things changing?

Pasha: I don’t think things have changed very much since, just a little bit and yes people are always engaged in the political discourse. The drug policy is still the same and very hard. On the day of the protest I was playing at Cafe Gallery and I was looking around and there was like 50 Gunman and so on. But it has to happen sooner or later, they have to make some changes. Fuck, haha.

Moses: Yes, I hope things will turn to the better over the coming years. Besides DJing what are you up to in Tbilisi?

Pasha: I was playing Basketball for a long time. I play since I’m 5 years old and the last 2-3 years I was playing Basketball professionally and DJing which was very hard for me to do but I think you must do what you like and what gives you pleasure. And that’s it!

Moses: I totally agree and can imagine that it was not easy to balance DJing on the weekends and playing Basketball professionally.

Moses: And to come to your Mix, can you maybe tell us a bit about the mix you recorded for us. If you had a certain mood in mind or what mood were you in when you recorded the mix? Anything you would like to share?

Pasha: I was trying to play music mainly for listening at home, not dance music in particular.

Moses: And another more personal question, anything you are worried about these days?

Pasha: I used to live in Batumi, I’m originally from there and love it very much, but it can get a bit boring from time to time, so I now moved to Tbilisi now and I’m looking forward to doing more here. So I basically left my recent worries behind.

Moses: And the last question, anything you are excited about in the near future that you would like to share?

Pasha: Not yet, I’m not waiting for anything in particular but it will come. I hope it will come! haha

Moses: I’m sure it will! Thanks a lot for taking the time and hopefully see you soon again either in Berlin or Tbilisi.

Sundowner. Mix #01 by Lawrence Asher + Interview

We conducted a short interview about music, life and favorite animals with Paris born and now in Berlin based Dj and producer Lawrence Asher ahead of the release of his mix for Sundowner.

Sundowner: How are you doing?
Lawrence Asher: I just spend an amazing week end out of Berlin, so I’m great ! 🙂

Sundowner: Which track comes to mind when thinking back to your set at Sundowner?
Lawrence Asher: Solid State “Klass of 76”

Sundowner: What was the last song you listened to?
Lawrence Asher: The Buggles “Video killed the Radio star”

Sundowner: What’s your biggest passion besides DJing?
Lawrence Asher: Composing haha, partying (specially after-hours with good team of friends).

Sundowner: What was your personal favorite track of this summer and why?
Lawrence Asher: A track that Alexander K. Einetter is playing but I don’t know the ID. Because I like the energy that it gives to me for dancing !

Sundowner: Which DJ or producer hast influenced you the most?
Lawrence Asher: Ricardo Villalobos

Sundowner: Name one other DJ or producer that we should have on our Radar right now?
Lawrence Asher: La Gugga.

Sundowner: Your favorite animal and why?
Lawrence Asher: Orca because of the colour/intelligence/ spirit and also because people think that they are mean but actually they are not.

Sundowner: What is your biggest concern these days?
Lawrence Asher: The Happiness of the people around me.

Sundowner: What would be your advice to other people in the current times?
Lawrence Asher: Be happy, help others and think/act for the planet Earth!

Sundowner: Share with us your favorite not dance-floor record/album?
Lawrence Asher: Yoshinori Sunahara “Lovebeat” is the first that comes in mind.

Sundowner: What are you looking forward to the most right now?
Lawrence Asher: Better sound systems in Berlin and more dancing people.

Sundowner: Anything else you would like to share or say give our readers and listeners on the way?
Lawrence Asher: Moses for President !

Sundowner: Thanks for taking the time and we are looking forward to hear and see more from you in the future!