Kaveh from Pleasurekraft returns to South Africa to play Truth Nightclub on 28 June adding to ridiculously awesome lineup of international DJS that have graced the decks at this top JHB club over the past two months. We had a very interesting chat to him ahead of his visit…
Working in the world of electronic dance music do you find yourself listening to more ‘conventional’ music in your spare time (away from dance music) or are you mainly a fan of dance music?
I find that most of the non-electronic stuff I listen to is older – (rock/metal/hip hop) – whereas most of the current stuff – even if it isn’t “club” material – you could still call it “electronic” – Empire of the Sun / Disclosure / Classixx etc etc.
If so, what album/artist have you found yourself listening to a lot lately?
Besides the new stuff I just mentioned – I really have been on a big Rodriguez kick after seeing the documentary “Searching for Sugar Man” – and always still listen to Tool / Deftones / Kings of Leon / Tribe Called Quest – like I said – older stuff.
And dance music; amongst yours peers who has really impressed you with their output over, say, the last year or so?
As far as club music goes – I have been loving Brazilian producer DJ Anna – whose tracks always manage to find their way into my sets. Also really digging Dusky.
Kaveh you do all the travelling and DJing, whilst Kalle is known for preferring the studio. Both have their pros and cons, I guess. Kaveh – do you ever get tired of the constant travelling and wish for a month or 2 off from the road?
Yes – it is quite tiresome, though people don’t really have much sympathy for DJ’s whining since our job is supposedly fun and games 24/7 so I’ll just stop there.
Techno has slowed down since the 90’s (IDMs) and has also become quite fashionable nowadays. (I remember when techno was a dirty word) – with this comes a lot of copycat music and the same boring tricks being used over and over (happens in every genre of dance music) – you guys have a strong signature sound though. When you write a track are you conscious of trying to sound different or do you just let it flow naturally?
I think we try to consciously maintain a “signature” but are careful to always try new things within that framework – the fact that our last 2 releases have been categorized in deep house and in techno – literally the most mellow track we made came out right before the hardest track we ever made is a testament to that – and not to sound arrogant but I really love that (even though I know some fans just prefer the same sound over and over from an artist).
Remixes vs. Original tunes… How does the process differ and which do you find easier [or prefer]?
Well with a remix you are starting with existing material so you have SOMETHING to work with – however sometimes that something can paint you into a corner as well – again it depends on the track – I wouldn’t say one is always easier or harder than the other.
Although dance music (EDM as it’s now being called) is growing substantially in popularity and there are so many genres and sub-genres now, it seems that whether it is techno, trance, bass music, house… the dancefloor reacts mainly to breaks, builds and drops… the journey is being lost a bit. Do you agree with this observation? [please elaborate].
FUCKKKKKKK YESSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I think over the last few years – electro and prog and Dubstep reaching such mass audiences have made for audiences that come to techno/tech house/house shows expecting the same kind of intensity and energy – when by its very nature – tech house for instance just is not that. I remember going to clubs when I was getting into the scene – you could go watch a DJ like Hernan Cattaneo or Deep Dish or Carl Cox even – go and play tracks that were 9+ minutes long and sometimes without ANY break! They would kick you off the decks “Mansion Style” if you tried that today.
South Africa: Kaveh I know you were here once before and from what I’ve heard it was NOT a good experience. Are you ready to forgive and forget and enjoy yourself this time?
Uh oh – I think there has been some misinformation here – I had a great time there actually – sure the first club was a bit VIP for the type of music I play – but overall had a great time – and Origin in Durban was wicked. My only complaint is that it’s the second time I’m coming to South Africa and again there was no possibility to secure a show in Cape Town – so for the next time I HAVE to make a stop there and see all the fans there!
Last question: Kaveh: your strangest moment behind the decks that you can remember?
Hmmmmm – probably an outdoor gig in Brazil where a massive cockroach managed to get onto the EXACT knob I needed to use on the mixer – and I looked like an idiot to everyone in the crowd blowing on the mixer to get the thing off – I’m sure the crowd thought I was high as a kite.