Dubfire himself defined them as: “The future stars of electronic music!” whilst Beatport dubbed them “Richie Hawtin’s Prodigies”. With releases already on Dubfire’s Sci+Tec Digital Audio label as well as up and coming remix work for Layo & Bushwacka, their productions are also backed by Richie Hawtin (he famously featured one of their remixes for the CD “Sounds from Can Elles” distributed with the magazine DJ Mag and also out on his M_nus Label), Marco Carola, Paco Osuna, Joris Voorn and many others. Not bad for a duo who have been on the scene since 2006! This Friday Minicoolboyz hit Crucifix Lane for a very exciting (and their 1st ever!) London set – we speak to them just ahead of this to get the lowdown…
Hi Mike and Raphael, thanks very much for taking the time to speak with us, I understand you’re in London on the 18th for the first time for the Misstake party at Crucifix, what have you got in store for us?
Hello and thanks for having us!! Yes this is indeed our debut as djs in London and we’re super excited about it!! We have some great music ready for you and can’t wait to make you dance all night long with us.
So how long are you in the UK for?
Just for one night, but we look forward to being back here at the soonest (opportunity)
Describe your sound for those who haven’t heard it yet
Our current sound is a perfect blend of techno, tech-house and minimal with a lot of groove and energy!!
Richie Hawtin chose your remix for a DJ Mag compilation back in 2008 – can you tell us how this happened?
We’ll never forget the day when, while on holiday in Ibiza, he e-mailed us saying he wanted to release one of our remixes on a compilation he was putting together. It was a great pleasure and a big achievement because it was successfully featured for a long time as the second most downloaded track on Beatport’s techno chart.
It was another great satisfaction because Dubfire is one of our favourite Djs
You are Italian born, but Berlin based. Tell us about your experience in Berlin. To what degree has it influenced your sound and career?
Yes we are both originally from a town near Milan and we’ve been living in Berlin for 6 months now and, beside wearing warmer clothes than usual, we keep doing what we do best without being influenced by anybody. Without any doubt our remix of “Varese ist leer”, which introduced us to the electronic music scene.
Why did you end up making techno?
Well we discovered electronic music around the year 2000 and we’ve been following the Italian nightlife and attending the most important European shows like Belgium’s “I Love Techno” and “Time Warp” in Germany ever since. We could feel the connection between the djs and the dancing crowd, and this has inspired us most of all.
What’s been your biggest achievement so far?
Again we have to say our remix of “Varese Is Leer”.
In an age of Ableton and Serato, do you think the art of DJing is being lost, or just changing to a new level?
We think the art of djing is currently evolving. We started using vinyls – we still press them for our label “Amazing Records” – and then we moved on to the first Final Scratch and eventually to a set up that includes Maschine.
So, you have had tracks out on Dubfire, Ritchie Hawtin and Nic Fanciulli‘s record labels, What do you guys have in store for the rest of 2011/early 2012? I hear a project with Layo and Bushwacka is on the cards
Yes we’re proud to have a remix out soon for Layo & Bushwacka! on their label Olmeto Records, a new ep on Dubfire’s label and more music on our own “Amazing Records”.
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