Has it only been three years since we had Pan-Pot in for an interview?
Maybe we’re just so hypnotized by their appearance on Mobilee‘s latest Back To Back compilation, transfixed by the cuts selected/created by the Berlin-based duo. If you’re more in the mood for something equally enjoyable with none of the cost, however, we recommend tuning into Pan-Pot’s appearance on FluxFM this Thursday. Expect plenty of their signature minimalist sable techno.
You can listen to the whole radio show with Pan-Pot on Thursday, April 5th via FluxFM, starting at 10pm (GMT+1) – tune into FluxFM via terrestial radio or via live stream (worldwide).
A rerun of the show’s first hour will be available on demand on FluxFM’s website from Friday, April 6th, with the DJ mix following a couple of days later on ElectronicBeats.net. The Radio Sessions is a weekly show so make sure to tune in next week. Also check out and listen to our previous Radio Sessions.
Maya Jane Coles has seemingly come from nowhere over the last 12 months or so – one of the brightest stars in the current crop of club producers she makes house music that is equally thrilling to purists and older heads as it is to club kids raised on a diet of in your face bass and broken beats.
With releases on Hypercolour and Mobilee, one of THE tracks of last year under her belt (‘What They Say’) and a whole load of new music in the pipeline, I decided it was time to find out some more.
Check the bottom of the interview to listen to ‘Hummingbird’ – her deceptively simple house groover that makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up every time I hear it.
Hey Maya, can you tell me a bit more about yourself? Where do you come from and where you live?
Maya Jane Coles – born in London town – still in London town!
How did you get started with music?
I was always around music when growing up. I learnt quite a few instruments when I was at school and my with my parents being massive music lovers I always had all kinds of crazy stuff playing in the house. Music really became a passion in my early teens and when I was 15 I decided to teach myself how to use Cubase. As soon as I made my first track I pretty much knew that it was what I wanted to do with my life.
What drew you towards house?
I was first exposed to good house music as a young party goer on the London club scene. Before I started going out I was never really into house music because all I used to hear was the commercial rubbish on the radio and TV. As soon as I was exposed to the deeper, more intelligent side of house and techno I was hooked. I already produced music before I got into house but I was more focused in Hip Hop/Trip Hop/Drum & Bass etc. But, it was natural that when I started taking interest in a new style of music that I’d try and create my own take of it.
What came first – DJ’ing or making music?
Making music! I’m a musician first and the DJ’ing came later.
You make house in a contemporary but also a ‘classic’ way – was that your intention?
I’m influenced by a lot of music – old and new so I guess that is reflected in my music. I don’t really intend to make house music in a specific sort of way, I just go with what naturally comes out and sounds good to my ears. I think if you listen to all the styles of music I make there is a similarity that carries through the sound.
What kind of things influence your music – is it other producers, or stuff outside music?
I guess everything influences my music. My moods and emotions are reflected in my music and anything can influence those! Anything from day to day occurrences to life changing experiences. Hearing fresh and innovative new music is always an inspiration to create something new myself, but then just having a good night out or being somewhere new can be just as inspiring.
Do you think you will make other types of club focused music in the future?
Yeah definitely. House is only a small part of what I produce. I’ve always had other projects on the go focusing on other types of club based (and non club based) music. It’s taken quite a few years for me to develop my sound and throughout the years my productions have seen a journey through many different genres.
What other musical projects are you involved with?
I have a live act called She Is Danger which is a collaboration between me and vocalist Lena Cullen and this project is more focussed on song based tripppy dubby electronica. I also have an alias – Nocturnal Sunshine which focuses on more dubstep based stuff and I’ve always got a million other projects that I work on in my own time.
You are releasing on a mix of up and coming and more well established labels like Mobilee – is it important to release music on a wide variety of labels?
For me it’s definitely an important thing cause of my different projects, but I wouldn’t say it’s necessarily important for all artists. If your music spans a diverse range of styles it generally makes sense to release on a wide variety of labels, but the most important thing is making sure the labels that you release on are delivering your music to the right people. As long as your music is reaching who you want it to reach and you have a good working relationship with the label it shouldn’t really matter who you release through. I’ve learnt from the past that there are a lot of labels that just treat their artists purely as a product and aren’t really interested in building a decent relationship with who they work with, so that’s something I avoid now.
How does having a lot of hype directed at one track (‘What They Say’) affect you? – do you pay much attention to things like that?
I take it as a positive thing because the hype only gains you new listeners. If someone likes one thing you’ve done, they’re likely to listen to the next thing you do so as long as you keep up the standard then people will (hopefully) keep enjoying your music.
What’s do you have coming up for the next few months?
Gigs, gigs, gigs, making music, gigs, making music, gigs, making music, gigs…. err… gigs, making music, oh, did I mention gigs?? err and maybe the occasional 10 mins here and there to chill out…
jozif is the rising star of London’s underground house (and beyond) scene. He recently launched the vinyl only imprint Fist or Finger alongside fabric resident Craig Richards and via his own productions and expertly crafted DJ sets he is fast becoming a man in who is very much in demand.
With more collaborations in the pipeline alongside Richards and his recent Electronic Beats Radio mix hitting the airwaves we thought it was time to find out a little bit more about jozif.
Hello, please can you introduce yourself?
Hello – I’m London DJ/producer/misfit jozif
When did you first become involved with music?
I’ve just kind of always been involved in it really. My father was a professional drummer and my mother was in the Royal Ballet before moving into singing…
Both my brothers play drums, piano, guitar etc, so we’ve all just been playing and making music since we were little.
Can you tell me some more about Fist or Finger?
Of course! FoF is the little vinyl only label that I run, in the loosest sense of the word, with my friend Craig (Richards).
It’s something we had been talking about for a while because we had been writing some music together and just thought it would be a cool little thing for us to do…for now it’s just my original on one side and his amazing reinterpretation’s on the other. We have do some original stuff from both of us that I think we’re going to put out later on….
How did you first meet with Craig?
Well, I kind of met him through Andrew Weatherall. Andrew had been playing some of my music that I’d given him after a gig together and we started to hanging out. To be honest at that time my music wasn’t anywhere near where it is now but Andrew gave me loads of support and advice… so, the only other person that I had the same feelings for was Craig. So I just went to see him at fabric one night.
It wasn’t exactly what you’d called love at first sight! But he called me a few weeks later and asked me for some more music. I went down to club and we hung out over the next few months and that was that – I think that was about 5 years ago…
How do you work together – what is the division of labour in the studio?
It varies every time to be honest. We don’t really have a set way of working.
Craig has an amazing studio in his beautiful house in Dorset and I’ve got my little war zone in Dalston – sometimes I’ll go to him and we’ll work from there and sometimes he’ll come to me.
Sometimes we’ll sit and write something together or he’ll do it and engineer it…or vice versa. He might send me some sounds bites in the middle of the night to work on! You have to understand, Craig has an unbelievable ear – it’s quite staggering sometimes watching and listening the way he digests music… totally awe-inspiring at times – or unbelievably frustrating at others.. He’s a total artist in the truest sense of the word – his paintings/sketches & drawings are fucking outrageous!!!
Do you think it is gives your joint productions an edge, because you are working with someone who is coming at things from a slightly different angle?
Hmmm. I’m not sure about that. Most of the stuff that we’ve done together, no one has really heard apart from us. The Fist or Finger stuff is one side him and one me… so…. there’s not a huge amount of crossover. I mean, to be honest, there’s no way on earth I’d be able to come up with something as painfully beautiful yet spooky and edgy and ‘out there’ as his versions of Beats in Space and Brick Jane… When he first played me them I fell off my chair!
Any plans to play live or DJ together?
Yeah I think so; we’ve both obviously got lots of DJ commitments of our own but it’s definitely something we have been talking about. We played back to back last year all night in room one of Fabric which was completely bonkers!
You also happen to work at Resident Advisor – is that a help or a hindrance with regards to you ‘night job’?
It’s definitely not a hindrance – I work with a great bunch of people who all love their music and are as crazy for it as I am. We are very fortunate to have such a massive wealth of talent and knowledge. It’s like a constant inspiration/learning exercise.
I’m sure you can imagine the amount of amazing music that flies round the office. Not just electronic stuff but just everything in general…
What’s coming up for you in the next few months?
Obviously more Fist or Fingers, we have so much more material it’s very exciting! Volume 3 is going be a little bumper, something I’ve been playing for ages – a proper little cosmic disco vibe number. I’ve got some remixes that are coming out, Mobilee, Compost, Future Classic, the SECT guys on Jonny Whites No.19 and another for my mates Shelton and Subb-an at one records. Then it’s time for Miami, Ibiza… and beyond.
House music’s hottest property 23 year old Maya Jane Coles will release her latest EP through Berlin’s bastion of stripped back and grooving house Mobilee. Leaving gender aside, except to say that this is the 3rd female release in a row for Mobilee, Beat Faster comes hot on the heels of Coles’ releases for Hypercolour and Dogmatic. ‘Hummingbird’ has been a particular Electronic Beats favourite, and therefore we are very excited about her first Teutonic record.
Featuring three cuts of relentless grooving house (‘Beat Faster’, ‘Perfect Imperfections’ and ‘Play The Game’), her latest EP is only going to add fuel to fire of hype growing up around one of the most exciting young producers in house music.
We also recommend that you check out Maya Jane Cole’s fantastic contribution to the Resident Advisor Podcast series here.
Mobilee will release Beat Faster later this month