Marcin Czubala, hailed as Mobilee Record’s Techno maestro made it all the way to Cape Town shores last night and played at Zula Bar in Long street. Just before his gig we met up for drinks and a friendly chat to talk bout ‘Your Mama’s Friend‘, his DJ Mag recognition and the on set of his ever growing and changing music producing future. If you are in Joburg you can catch him at TRUTH for the NYE Party next!
Mary: How do you feel about being named number 15 in the DJ Mag Top Compilation charts?
It came as a big surprise to be honest, not really expected at all. Right now we have received a lot of support from DJ Mag. They also listed my own label ‘Your Mama’s Friend’ as label of the month this year in October.
Mary: How would you describe the dance scene in Poland?
These days Europe is really like one place. It’s all merged and everything has become one style with most of us taking the lead from Germany. In Poland itself we don’t really have such a big market and have like four or five major clubs and Dance music is the main music market. We do have a good momentum going though and we are getting a lot of exposure.
Mary: How would you say your production has changed since signing to Mobilee Records?
In ‘07 and ’08 there was a big speed up globally of Minimal sounds and Mobilee was leading with just that and whatever they put out was blew up and they gained a lot of respect that way. The last single I did for Mobilee was focused on that German clubbing sound and I tried to keep it similar. Now it’s calmed down a bit and I’m taking my music exactly where I want to now. I’m doing my own thing making it more bassy and groovy with Old school Speed Garage and R&B samples.
Dev: The second disc of ‘Back to Back’ you used live instruments and vocalists. What is your favourite live instrument?[Smiles thoughtfully] I really like the big acoustic Timpani drums.
It’s going to be completely different because we won’t be focussed on Dance music only. We doing slower tracks at like 115 Bpm, we are using genres such as R&B, UK Based House, Old school Garage and Chicago House.
Mary: I find it interesting that you incorporate R&B, because for a lot of SA Dance producers, R&B is a swear word…
Really? Well it’s the way of the future everyone’s sampling R&B tracks using the vocals etc. take James Blake for example; you see it just has so much soul. I love that.
Top of your personal playlist
I listen to and play everything by ‘Eats Everything’ he is also the DJ Mag breakthrough artist of the year. He is definitely the man of the moment. I’m also listening to Red Axes from Tel Aviv and Fusion Electro newcomers, Viadrina that we just released on ‘Your Mama’s Friend’. Another one is Ellen Alien.
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