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After the first edition of the RH House Of Music magazine, we really liked the idea of doing a magazine, and that has lead to the second edition in the making!  The upcoming HOM features stories on Invisible City Editions,  Sahel Sounds’ Mamman Sani and… Awanto 3! To warm up for it, we decided to put a part of Awanto 3′s interview online that we will publish in the second edition. 

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Steven van Hulle aka Awanto 3 has been a key figure in the Amsterdam electronic music scene for a long time. For more than 20 years he has been in all kinds of music and art projects like Rednose Distrikt, PIPS:lab, Klakson and more. Just a few years ago, he had the urge to create his first solo album under his Awanto 3 guise: and again we are hearing something so diverse. Opel Mantra is house music, but a lot of tracks go far beyond that, fusing exciting rhythms and musicians into a surprising whole.  Van Hulle tells us more about the versatility of his music and art…

You have been into music for such a long time, what have you been up to all these years?
I was born in Belgium, and in the mid eighties, when my parents decided to move to Noord-Holland in the Netherlands, it was all about electric boogie, skateboarding, graffiti, Doe Maar and Ciske de Rat for me. Thanks to Grandmaster Flash, the Furious Five, Herbie Hancock and of course Michael Jackson, dance music started to crawl through my veins. When I turned 17 years old, I started DJing for real with my uncle’s records. I started to buy hip-hop, disco, jazz and house records for myself… Later on I got also into spaced out jazz and funk and then there was also electro & techno… too much to handle.

But we are only now talking about your solo debut album. Why’s that?
Don’t know. I’ve put out quite some music, but most of them were collaborations, because I am quite a team player. I have never had a real long-lasting focus, I’ve been doing all kinds of projects with different people. I started with graffiti back in the days, and visual jokes and projects have always remained in my life. So like a lot of other graffiti artists, I ended up being multidisciplinary. I grew into a lot of different forms of ‘art’. Yes, it all has kept me really busy for a while.

Can you give an example of your diversity when it comes to your music projects?
I started Rednose Distrikt with Kid Sublime, and Aardvarck joined later. We used to combine weird musical contrasts, in a typical Rednose way. We took it quite far, sometimes to a level that we really annoyed the dance floor. People would have been dancing and enjoying themselves in the flow of the music, and suddenly we kind of scared them off with grind core fragments or carnival hits that fucked or hyped up the vibe totally for a few seconds. We kind of had that punk attitude, liked to be a bit wanton. On the other hand I like to point out Klakson, Steffi and Dexter’s label. I started Klakson with Steffi and released the first three records with music from my friend Dexter. I grew up with him musically as well. That was something completely different from Rednose Distrikt. The music was more electronic, more serious and dark. The crowd we reached was different, the parties as well, and so on. I mean you can see it now. Klakson has become big, while Rednose has never made it, due to a lot of reasons. One reason is that we not really had the intention to become popular with Rednose, and that was a part of our punky attitude.

The Awanto 3 album ‘Opel Mantra’ is very diverse, but consistent at the same time. It is house music, but it goes beyond that. The fact that you have worked together with musicians makes it sound very live, almost like a band. Is this the result of all those years of experience?
I actually hadn’t planned to work with musicians. After I finished the tracks on my MPC, I found out that everything was recorded mono. I was so disappointed in myself, I insisted to overdub all the samples with stereo layers. Then Jameszoo tipped me to go to the Red Bull studio, he had recorded a lot there too, and it was for free. I called up my favourite musicians – New Cool Collective’s Jos de Haas and Frank van Dok, and Zuco103’s Stefan Schmid for instance, musicians that I had worked with before. And Jungle By Night’s horn players Ko & Bo and and Tom Trago joined as well. So that is actually how it happened.

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Awanto 3′s Opel Mantra consists of 3 12″ and a CD. 
Find more info or purchase via the following links

Opel Mantra pt 1
Opel Mantra pt 2
Opel Mantra pt 3
Opel Mantra CD 

 

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When Antal travels for gigs or other occasions, he uses that privilege to travel wisely. Recently he went to Detroit for Wilhite’s VIBES 2 pt. 1 release party, and that motivated him to comb out as much glorious records possible at shops and retailers in a radius of 2000 kilometers. Roel de Boer joined him on his digging trip from Chicago to New York, and of course via Detroit. He brought his photo camera in search of particular sights and sceneries. In the following weeks we will expand our Facebook digging album with those.

Roel, you guys only went for two weeks, so the trip must have been quite intense. Can you introduce what the days were like?
We had a jetlag when we arrived, still we took little time for sleep and woke up around 6, 7 am, and started digging in Chicago. Of course we left early, because it’s huge there, not like here in The Netherlands. We drove a rental car, and it could take even a few hours before we would arrive at a location. Especially at the start of the trip the long days could make us quite dizzy, because of that jetlag. But digging was not the only nice thing. We ran into a lot of situations, and sometimes I tried to capture those with my camera.

Can you give an example of such a situation?
It is hard to give one stand out example. It is just what travelling is. You get inspired by all kinds of things, even on the road. We met a lot of people with fascinating personal stories. For instance… I have never been at the pioneering club the Music Institute. So it’s quite magical to speak with some one who has worked there… When we just walked down the street we all of a sudden saw Theo Parrish just sitting outside. We also ran into Ron Trent’s percussionist, Sundiata O.M. That is just funny, awesome.

When you dig in the States, what in particular do you expect to find?
You can find quite some soul, funk and gospel. A lot more different titles. It doesn’t mean that you can find it al lot. I think only 5% of what we dig is really worth taking home. Or maybe even less.

You also went for Rick Wilhite’s VIBES 2 pt. 1 release party ft. Interdimensional Transmissions, Josh Milan, Glenn Underground, Vincent Floyd, Terrence Dixon and Recloose. How was that?
Musically it was a real experience, so nice. As expected. If I have to point out one performance, I’d like to point out Terrence Dixon. He came with a band, five or six people, percussion, keys for instance. It is quite weird, feels adverse, when you see a live band playing raw abstract techno.

These are a few of the photos by Roel de Boer. You can find more foto’s here.

1. The start of quite a road trip!

 

2. One of the first stops is KStarke in Chi-town.

 

3. Holy towing…

 

4. Good ol’ 8-tracks!

 

Pls find more and stay updated on our digging trips!

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Jorge Velez, the artist that brought us the exceptional MMT Tapes series returns to Rush Hour with a new two-track 12″ called Ausland this week! Also known for his work as Professor Genius, amongst other monikers, Velez has long been one of the US underground’s most revered figures to those in the know. ‘Ausland’ features two deep and darker workouts by this veteran Jersey-based producer. Sonically approaching house and techno as open fields for experimentation, Velez crafts rhythmic and hypnotic beats across the two tracks on offer.  

Velez his MMT tape jams stayed in their little boxes for over a decade when we luckily took notice here at Rush Hour. We definitely like to learn a bit more about the jams we released in 2012. But most of all we like to learn more about Ausland.  Jorge Velez was willing to give a few insights!

You have released a selection of your early productions under your personal name on RH in 2012. After you produced these tracks, you continued producing a different sound as Professor Genius and under other monikers. Why didn’t you put out the early work back then? The world wasn’t ready?
In the nineties I never thought anyone would want to hear that music. I made it for myself as I was learning how to make music with my machines. Then the tapes would go into their little box and I’d continue making more stuff. I still work like that today but it all goes onto hard drives. If it wasn’t for Danny Wolfers (Legowelt) hearing those tracks and really liking them they probably would have stayed in that box.

How did Legowelt hear about the tapes?
Two years ago I made a little mix for fun out of some of the many hours of material and put it online. Danny listened and emailed me to ask what it all was, and I told him it was my old music. He was into it and he pushed in the right directions to have it heard by people who could release it. The best part about it is how much love there is for this music. I’ve had people come up to me and thank me for it. It’s amazing. And I’ve always thought some of those tracks were cool. I just never expected anyone else to think so! At the time I made them I passed some around to people in the NYC Techno scene and never heard anything back. I guess they were too simplistic or crappy for them.

The MMT tapes were produced in the nineties, in a time that New Jersey was known for a completely different sound. Were you alone in this, or was there a small scene?
I didn’t know anyone else in New Jersey making this music. I had friends who knew people producing the House that came out of Newark, for example, but I never met those people. I just went to parties and clubs and danced and then came back home with a head filled with ideas. I wanted to be a painter originally. I went to art school and all that. But after school I decided to learn to make music instead of paint. I felt it was more immediate and I was still making decisions and using chance and things like that. Plus there was no mess!

Now you are releasing Ausland. Can you tell me how Ausland arose and how you produced it? Why is it called Ausland?
The records I made in 2013 that are being released soon, including Ausland, have been influenced by my experiences travelling and touring in that year. It was a fantastic year to be honest. I got to see so much and meet great people. My wish is to hopefully play some more live shows outside the US this year and present all this new music. Sort of bring it back to the source! I also miss much of Europe. I feel at home there.

How did the touring influence your productions?
It’s not easy to put into words. It’s all there in the music and even the titles of the releases and their tracks will point the listener to where I was. But what’s most important is how the person listening or dancing interprets this music. Sonically I’ve rediscovered that House and Techno are such open fields for experimentation. They always have been but I seemed to have forgotten that in the past 10 years I guess. Hearing amazing new music while in Berlin or Hamburg or  Paris has opened my ears up again, so to speak. And then collaborating with amazing people – and musical heroes – like DJ Gilb’r in Paris among others has taught me how to approach creating music in different ways.

J Velez – Ausland is out this week! 

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Tracklist

1. Ausland
2. Lost Highway

 

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When Traxx is playing in Amsterdam, he usually pops by the store to dig for some records. Not so long ago, just before he played at Doka, a club here in Amsterdam, he ran into this very rare Liquid Liquid copy called Successive Reflexes on 99 RecordsWe are always up for sharing artists their inspiring stories about records on this page, so you can imagine that we really liked to ask mr. Melvin Oliphant III for his. He promised to play it that night and he kept his promise by playing it next to a gazillion other luminous records… What a night!

And the cherry on top… his set was recorded and shared online….

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Under his Awanto 3 guise, Steven van Hulle has long been considered a producer with immense potential. Now, he’s finally delivered on that promise with Opel Mantra, his stunning debut album.

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Shop: http://www.rushhour.nl/store_detailed.php?item=74433

Distribution: http://www.rushhour.nl/distribution_detailed.php?item=74433

 

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Tom TragoIn the House Of Music magazine, Tom Trago talked about his mission to put particularly Dutch artists on the map, ‘because there’s enough talent walking around here’.  What will his label Voyage Direct bring these Dutch in 2014? We asked Tom Trago, and a few short answers to a few questions give a slight introduction.

What more can we expect in 2014?
“Next to the Voyage Direct label nights at Trouw in Amsterdam, we are starting some international label nights. Traveling so much and playing all of these parties is a great way to share the music coming from Amsterdam.”

In 2013 you have released Interstellar Funk his debut, can you give a sneak on the releases on the roll for 2014?
“I am very glad we can work with Bear Damen, Boris Werner, Elias Mazian, and San Proper. Also label veterans like Maxi Mill, Overlast, and myself will continue to release on Voyage Direct.”

We have  to be absolutely on the lookout for…
“…the ambient remix that Maxi Mill did for William Kouam Djoko, a beautiful piece of music – out soon on Voyage Direct.”

Voyage Direct website

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Jonas Frederiksen - ToekomstjeRush Hour distribution’s No ‘ Label ‘  imprint has had a really productive year full of diverse and very well received releases.  When it comes to 2014, ‘there is no ‘schedule’ as such but keep your eyes peeled for a bunch of tasty items in all sizes from some you know, and some you don’t’.

We asked the busy distribution crew how the Black Deer and Jonas Frederiksen records came about.  Interesting as it was Willie Burns’  debut release under the Black Deer moniker (he’s gone on to do releases on L.I.E.S., Peak Oil and Emotional Response), and we wondered how the heck they stumbled across the eccentric Jonas Frederiksen.

“We are big fans of Speculator.  Simple as that.  His radio show is often on in the office, after hours, on a Monday eve (WTBS Radio), and we dig/support his label W.T. Records.  Also, he’s been around in Amsterdam a few times the past years.  On hearing the music he made on a 12 string guitar + drum machine, and other bits sampling native American records.we just made it happen!  He’s a fun guy to work with, and Marion Guillet was generous with her artwork contribution too. Very happy it worked out.”

““Jonas Frederiksen was in a great band called Girlseeker from Copenhagen. We like that band.  Stenz Quo (exceptionally talented designer of a few No ‘Label’ releases) then passed a CDR of Jonas’s solo ‘Rap Album’  and another love affair was born. Again, it had to come out. Special music.”

Here’s Jonas Doing It Live:

More info on Black Deer – ‘Trail of Tears’

More info on Jonas Frederiksen – ‘Toekomstje’

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– > First of all we like to thank everyone who supported us in 2013 !!

It’s been a crazy and inspiring year, with approximately 10 releases on the main label,  the launch of our store-only platform and the releases on our sub-labels and the reissue series …

For Beatport we did a Best Of 2013-list. With releases that you have found on vinyl, and some Beatport exclusives as well that you can download there.

Click on the pic to find out!


Rush Hour Bets Of 2013

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RUSH HOUR ON & ON WEEKENDER
Trouw Amsterdam
23 Nov 2013

Sadar Bahar (Soul in the Hole, Chicago), Tom Trago (Voyage Direct, Rush Hour, Amsterdam), Antal (Rush Hour, Amsterdam), Ron Morelli (L.I.E.S., New York), Svengalighost (L.I.E.S., Chicago), Marcos Cabral (L.I.E.S., Runaway, New York), Terekke (L.I.E.S., New York), Kyle Hall & Jay Daniel (Fundamentals, Detroit), Traxx (Nation, L.I.E.S, Chicago), Young Marco (ESP Institute, Amsterdam), Interstellar Funk (Voyage Direct, Amsterdam), Elias Mazian (Barre Tijden, Amsterdam)

https://www.facebook.com/events/1421771151371586/

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We have just published our own magazine! The first volume is out now! Incl. interviews with Charles Manier, Willie Burns, Tom Trago, Xosar & The Burrel Brothers. You can pick up your FREE copy via the Rush Hour store or order it online…http://www.rushhour.nl/store_detailed.php?item=73227

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During Amsterdam Dance Event  Rush Hour will organize several in stores parties with guests such as NY label L.I.E.S., Chez Damier, FunkinEven, Hunee, San Proper and others. All the shows will start at 18:00 in the Rush Hour store on Spuistraat 98.

If you happen to be near, swing by….
Otherwise it will be broadcasted live via http://www.ustream.tv/channel/rushhourrecords

 

Wed 16th Oct Instore w/ FunkinEven & San Proper
Thu 17th Oct Instore w/ Hunee, Inkswel & Kid Sublime
Fri 18th Oct L.I.E.S. takeover!
Sat 19th Oct w/ Chez Damier and Maxi Mill


For more info check: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rush-Hour/254587075064

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