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21 SAUCES OF INSPIRATION – Simon Baker

Simon Baker steps up to the plate for our latest 21 Sauces. Take a listen to perhaps his best known track below before finding out what the British based house and techno producer listens to when he is jogging, his favourite clubs and what his rather humorous ring tone is.


1. What gets you going in the morning?

Coffee and a run usually, but this week I am away snowboarding in the alps, so I am presently looking out at the mountain and that is a huge get up and go for me – hang over or not!

2. What five records would you take to a desert island?

I always struggle with this – five is nowhere near enough, but I would get by for a few days on these off the top of my head.

David Axelrod – Holy Thursday

Frankie Knuckles – Tears

Eurythmics – Here Comes The Rain Again

The Cure – Lullaby (Extended mix)

Chicago – If You Leave Me Now (This is my funeral tune. I would expect I might need this.)

3. What inspires you to create?

It’s a very hard thing to explain how I actually create music really and so it’s a pretty tough question for me to answer, but what I can say is that one of the inspirations to carry this on is partly to do with the fact I had a 9-5 office job for 10 years that I completely hated, and now I am doing something I could only ever have dreamt of many years ago. When I wake up every day I just think I am in a lucky place.

4. What book or piece of literature are you reading at the moment?

Cormac McCarthy – The Road

5. Favorite piece of literature and why?

I recently really enjoyed Shantaram after reading, I also listened to it as an audio book while training for a half marathon and it really helped get through those miles. Loved it

6. Favorite club?

Fabric London , Mint Club Leeds

7. Which historical figure inspires you or would you like to meet?

Che Guevara, Albert Einstein, Guy Fawkes. We can all go for dinner and then onto to a club.

8. List five movies that you couldn’t live without?

Life Of Brian, Inglourious Basterds, Trainspotting, Star Wars, Apocalypse Now

9. Favorite director or actor?

Stanley Kubrick

10. Favorite piece of architecture or building?

Eiffel Tower in Paris or Blackpool Tower in the UK. I can’t decide.

11. Favorite combination of food or recipe?

Anything hot and spicy really. I’m a huge chili freak.

12. Favorite musical genre in the last 100 years and what would you mix it with if you could?

Definitely House and techno music …… with style of course.

13. Favorite Internet site?

BBC iplayer

14. Who has had the biggest influence on you in your life?

I don’t have a stand out person or thing that has influenced me. I am influenced by too many things, events and people throughout my life.

15. What is one record you should never be seen dancing to in a club?

John Cage “4’33” (an amazing piece of……errm……. Silence?).

16. Favorite 5 music artists currently listening to?

James Blake

A Mountain Of One

Gayngs

Maceo Plex

Peter Broderick

17. Favorite piece of art or artist and why?

Si Scott, he did the cover for my album. We were lucky to have him. An amazing contemporary artist.

18. Artist you’d most like to collaborate with?

John Cage. (I like to get my own way!)

19. One obscure band / artist you think should be more popular?

Circle Square.

20. What’s your ringtone?

John Cage “4.33”.

21. Do you have a favourite sauce?

Chili. Hot hot hot.

Simon Baker’s new album Traces is out now on2020vision.

 

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21 SAUCES OF INSPIRATION – Den Haan

21 SAUCES OF INSPIRATION - Den Haan

Den Haan, the camp-disco overlords with a fascination for all things robotic and electronic, will release their debut album next month. The culmination of a number of ludicrously overblown (in the best possible way) 12 inches with titles such as Russian Boat Commander and Release the Beast, Gods From Outer Space is a journey in to sweaty, grinding man-funk that fuses pulsating disco rhythms, italo and electro influences with a massive wink and a nudge.

Read on to find out all about what the duo – made up of Andy Gardiner and Matt Aldworth – have selected as their 21 Sauces of Inspiration.

1. What gets you going in the morning?

Gardi: The bloody cats jumping on my head, then a roll up.

Matt: Intergalactic FM

2.What five records would you take to a desert island?

Gardi:

The Make Up – Pow to the People

Some Bizarre – Don’t be Afraid

Sylvester – Happiness

G’Race – On Fire

Axodry – The Time is Right.

Matt:

Goblin – Their Hits, Rare Tracks & Outtakes Collection 1975-1989

Queen – Live Killers

IF – Mixed up in the Hague vol. 01 & 02 (Self-made compilation album)

Stockhausen – Spiral I & II

Bernard Herrmann – Citizen Kane – The Essential Bernard Herrmann Film Music Collection

3. What inspires you to create?

Gardi: Well it can be anything from a chance meeting to something I’ve read or even a sudden piece of nonsense that escapes from my mouth, anything really.

Matt: Analogue synthesizers & a nice Rioja.

4. What book or piece of literature are you reading at the moment?

Gardi: Swimming to Cambodia – The Collected Works of Spalding Gray

Matt: John Barry – A Sixties Theme.

5. Favourite piece of literature and why?

Gardi: You Shall Know Our Velocity – Dave Eggers, just an incredibly fun and touching piece of fiction, the kind of book I didn’t want to finish, as with all of Eggers work.

Matt: The Secret at the Heart of Science – because it encapsulates the entire history of the scientific method and explores the future of how man perceives the Universe through the eyes of the most prominent physicists, mathematicians, cosmologists and my father.

6. Favourite club?

Gardi: Wrong Island with Teamy & Dirty Larry at Nice ‘N’ Sleazy’s.

Matt: Luftfunk – a club just starting up by Den Haan – I’m really excited to build up it’s reputation over the coming years and feel confident that it’s going to be a sonic ball hummer

7. Which historical figure inspires you or would you like to meet?

Gardi: Easy, Conner MacLeod of the Clan MacLeod.

Matt: Raymond Scott – Incredibly innovative and invaluable to electronic music – I’m sure anyone would benefit from being in his company.

8. List five movies that you couldn’t live without?

Gardi: Big Trouble in Little China, Just Before Dawn, Jesus Christ Superstar, Zatochi & The Thing.

Matt: The Courier of Death, The Shining, Evil Dead, Blade Runner and Spinal Tap

9. Favourite director or actor?

Gardi: Actor, it has to be Kurt Russell and my director would be Takashi Miike.

Matt: Tom Shaw (B-movie film guru, writer/director from Portland/Oregon) & Kurt Russell.

10. Favourite piece of architecture or building?

Gardi: John Lautner’s houses … most of them still look as if they have come from a future not yet known.

Matt: Anything by Frank Lloyd Wright.

11. Favourite combination of food or recipe?

Gardi: That would probably have to be Kangong Sambal with crispy pork!

Matt: A classic I will always love: Babootee, with Sadza or boiled rice and coconut, banana and mango. (A dish from Zimbabwe where I grew up as a child)

12. Favourite musical genre in the last 100 years and what would you mix it with if you could?

Gardi: Reggae – Italo

Matt: Disco – Speed Metal

13. Favourite Internet site?

Gardi: For all your Robot needs, www.robotsforrobots.net

Matt: www.tcod.co.uk – It’s my labels new website so I’m incredibly excited about it at the moment!

14. Who has had the biggest influence on you in your life?

Gardi: Musically it has to be JG Thirlwell, one man with many faces, who has made such an indelible mark on my tastes from a very early age.

Matt: Steely Dan – I naturally inherited a perfectionist attitude towards song writing/musicianship through my parents but Steely Dan and their no compromise attitude took that to a new level during my childhood and my early teens – Now I am a complete nightmare to work with.

15. What is one record you should never be seen dancing to in a club?

Gardi: Never Ending Story – Limahl, doesn’t seem to work in a club setting!

Matt: Chumbawumba – I Get Knocked Down ….. or something like that.

16. Favourite 5 music artists currently listening to?

Together: Spacelexx, Prince Fingers, Chain & The Gang, Cristina & Amanda Lear

17. Favourite piece of art or artist and why?

Gardi: The Child Enthroned by Thomas Cooper Gotch. I’m not usually a big fan of the Pre-Raphaelites, but I came across this in a private house and must have stood in front of it for at least 40 minutes.

Matt: Francis Bacon because he wasn’t afraid to make a mess and always came up with something intense and provocative.

18. Artist you’d most like to collaborate with?

Gardi: Ian Svenonius

Matt: Prince – the greatest living songwriter/musician/performer on the planet.

19. One obscure band / artist you think should be more popular?

Gardi: Ian Svenonius from The Nation of Ulysses, The Make Up, Weird War, Chain & The Gang, Author, interviewer, the list goes on…

Matt: Anvil, Crème de Menthe

20. What’s your ringtone?

Gardi: It’s on Silent.

Matt: I prefer to vibrate.

21. Do you have a favourite sauce?

Gardi: That would have to be Green Pepper Tabasco (it usually means one thing… oysters!)

Matt: I absolutely love sauces in general but anything extra hot is always a safe bet with me.

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21 SAUCES OF INSPIRATION – Derrick Carter

21 SAUCES OF INSPIRATION - Derrick Carter

Derrick Carter – just the mention of this man’s name has me jumping out the seat and looking for the volume control. Probably the only person to successfully carve their own unique genre within the cluttered world of house music, Derrick Carter is one of the most exciting and technically gifted DJ’s around.

Alongside Luke Solomon he bought Classic Recordings in to this world and is without doubt one of my favourite DJ’s and producers. With his upcoming Fabric Mix firmly lodged into my eardrums I had to see if we could get some words from the man himself. So in his typically uncompromising fashion I (kind of) got to learn all about Derrick Carter’s 21 Sauces of Inspiration.

1. What gets you going in the morning?

The promise of the day’s offerings, the coffee up the road, and the fact that if I don’t "move it move it" there’s going to be a whole helluva lot of piss and shit to clean up.

2. What five records would you take to a desert island?

Why do people ask this…? Look, if I’m marooned on some deserted and uninhabited island the LAST thing I’m really going to be worried about is what music I have with me.

If it was voluntary, then I’d just take my iPod. So much easier to carry than five records, a turntable, a preamp, an amp, speakers, cables, a generator, gasoline…

3. What inspires you to create?

The process is part of it. The sitting there with what amounts to a blank canvas and figuring out what I want to put on it. Mixing the colours, deciding on the imagery, making the outline and filling it in. I like to make sounds do things. Rhythmatically speaking, sonically speaking, conceptually speaking. Taking nothing but some electrical impulses, some representations of electrical impulses and putting them together in such a way that people get hyped and start dancing. Putting them together and making people feel something.

4. What book or piece of literature are you reading at the moment?

Tokyo Vice – Jake Adelstein

5. Favorite piece of literature and why?

Literature always sounds so highbrow. "Books and written pieces" is probably a little more of an appropriate description of my tastes. It varies though. Lately, I’ve been reading the writings of social and revolutionary movements leaders. MLK’s "Letter from Birmingham Jail". A transcript of Huey P. Newton’s "The Women’s Liberation and Gay Liberation Movements" speech from the ’70s. Even back to "Tecumseh’s speech to the Osages". I like the ideas that are born from resistance and the light at the end of the tunnel.

6. Favorite club?

Clubs are weird places. Debauchery as a business model… I like the sound systems in a few places, the sonics, the responses, the surrounding cities. I’m not sure if you’ve noticed but "straight answers" are NOT my strong suit.

7. Which historical figure inspires you or would you like to meet?

There are way too many. The aforementioned leaders whose writings I’ve been reading. Sylvester (the singer), Abraham Lincoln, Ghandi, Mae West, Frederick Douglas, Josephine Baker. Great thinkers, humorous thinkers, and bon vivants in general.

8. List five movies that you couldn’t live without?

Truth is, I fall asleep during movies so I’m more of the TV show type (quick, easy, and wrapped within an hour) but the closest that I’d get to answering that question would be-

Paris is Burning

The Golden Child

Coming to America

Pulp Fiction

Beautiful Thing

9. Favorite director or actor?

I don’t have one…

10. Favorite piece of architecture or building?

I love Millenium Park here in Chicago. Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate and the Frank Gehry designed Pritzker Pavillion do the city proud.

11. Favorite combination of food or recipe?

I like spicy stuff. I love restaurants that challenge and confound. Schwa, Moto, Alinea, Graham Elliott. Serving experimental cuisine with a bit of fun and whimsy. I also love my local Mexican food place "De Pasada" and "Harold’s Chicken". I’m not a big fan of curry’s or Thai food but Basically if it’s good quality, I’m in

12. Favorite musical genre in the last 100 years and what would you mix it with if you could?

I like funky music. Is that a genre? House, disco, R&B, jazz, rock, dub…but FUNKY

13. Favorite Internet site?

Gizmodo

14. Who has had the biggest influence on you in your life?

I have…? I mean I suppose it would be my parents but they only held sway over the first eighteen years, The past 20+ have been of my own doing…

15. What is one record you should never be seen dancing to in a club?

You can dance to whatever makes you feel like dancing. I don’t even care.

16. Favorite 5 music artists currently listening to?

I don’t really have a thing for artists. I like songs and periods though Prince is always a fav. As is Rakim. Also George Clinton, Patrick Adams & Leroy Burgess, and probably more Prince.

17. Favorite piece of art or artist and why?

I don’t like this "Pick one or five" line of questioning as my editorial skills aren’t developed as such. I like lots and often can’t choose just the one. I can cite one or five but it is in no way a full representation of anything regarding my tastes and proclivities. Currently I’d say that a long standing favorite of mine is Alexander Girard. Always visually interesting.

18. Artist you’d most like to collaborate with?

I’m not really much of a collab guy. Sorry…

19. One obscure band / artist you think should be more popular?

Popularity is not my honor to bestow.

20. What’s your ringtone?I have three.

One is from Harlem Nights "Are you in charge of the girls? I am in charge of the girls!"

One is from Daft Punk Teachers and it’s just Derrick Carter looped.

One is ** ( a crazy ring tone Derrick kindly embedded but we cannot put on the site)

21. Do you have a favorite sauce?

A combination of A1 steak sauce + Louisiana hot sauce (one part A1 to two parts Louisiana)

Fabric 56 mixed by Derrick Carter will be released in March on Fabric Recordings

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21 SAUCES OF INSPIRATION – Nicolas Jaar

21 SAUCES OF INSPIRATION - Nicolas Jaar

He´s barely out of his teens, but Nicolas Jaar is hardly a fresh-faced newcomer. Bursting onto the music scene in 2004 at the tender age of 14 – his musical consciousness imbued with the sounds of Erik Satie, Nico or masters of jazz – Jaar released his diffidently titled The Student EP on New York-based staple Wolf + Lamb. His idiosyncratic take on electronic music has already scored him gigs at Berlin´s Club de Visionaire, New York´s Marcy and the Mutek Festival and his debut album is perhaps the one of the most anticipated releases in 2011. No wonder Electronic Beats included the Brown University student in our Best of 2010 countdown.

We caught up with the rising star of 21st century techno to talk about Bergson, Magritte and the Beatles.

1. What gets you going in the morning?

Waking up.

2. What five records would you take to a desert island and why?

Monastic Trio – Alice Coltrane

Karma – Pharaoh Sanders

Songs From a Room – Leonard Cohen

Angola – Bonga

La llorona – Llhasa

‘Cause they’re on fire!

3. What inspires you to create?

Other things that have been created.

4. What book or piece of literature are you reading at the moment?

Freedom by J. Franzen

5. Favorite piece of literature and why?

Too many – lately things by Bergson.

6. Favorite club?

To play – Compound in SF, Trouw in Amsterdam, Fabric in London and Bar 25 in Berlin.

7. What one historical figure inspires you or would you like to meet?

Aliens

8. List five movies that you couldn’t live without?

Blow up

The Comformist

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Russian Dolls

Man in Black (I still haven’t watched it but according to all my friends, I will be obsessed with it..).

9. Favorite director or actor?

Bertolucci

10. Favorite piece of architecture or building?

Leonard Cohen [SIC]

11. Favorite combination of food or recipe?

Chicken and rice

12. Favorite musical genre in the last 100 years and what would you mix it with if you could?

Ethiopian jazz from the 60s and 70s – wouldn’t mix it. (though I do sometimes).

13. Favorite Internet site?

ubu web

14. Who has had the biggest influence on you in your life?

That’s a crazy question.

15.What is one record you should never be seen dancing to in a club?

Anything made exclusively for the purpose of making a profit.

16. Favorite 5 music artists currently listening too?

Mount Kimbie

The Coltranes

Ahmad Jamal

Abdullah Ibrahim

The Black Keys

17. Favorite piece of art or artist?

"Socle du Monde" – Manzoni

18. Artist you’d most like to collaborate with?

Magritte

19. One obscure band you think should be more popular?

The Beatles

20. What’s your ringtone?

Old Telephone

21. Does Nicolas Jaar have a favorite sauce?

Every sauce my mother has ever made.

Nicolas Jaar´s album Space Is Only Noise is released at the end of January 2011 on Circus Company

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