This week on the DEEP INSPIRATION SHOW, you can listen to one of the sickest mixes of the year, with Netherlands duo called FOUK in the mix. Fouk is made up of Daniel Lesemann & Junktion, who are heavily involved in production. This dope ass shaking mix has a lot of there own productions! Hope you enjoy!!
INTERVIEW with FOUK:
MA- Hey there, nice to be chatting…
Hi, thanks for interviewing us 🙂
MA- Please can you introduce yourselves and tell us where are you from?
Hans: Hi I’m Hans, 30 years old, from Nijmegen, in the east of the Netherlands. During the day I’m a graphic designer. I’ve been producing music as Junktion for over 10 years now. I started out with trance, but that evolved towards (deep) house over the course of a decade (quite a difference right?). I’ve released my solo stuff on Slow Town Records, Times Are Ruff and on our own Outplay label.
Daniel: Hi, i’m 30 years old, from Utrecht, the middle of the Netherlands. I’ve also been producing music for over 10 years now, under the 3 Colours moniker and my own name. Besides that I do sound design and music for media and I teach sound design at a school in Amsterdam.
MA- Can you give us a bit of background on how you got started in music?
We’ve known each other since high school and we’ve collaborated on making tracks ever since we began making music. Our recent collabs are as Fouk. It did take us a while to find a sound we were most satisfied with (over the course of a year). Right now we are in love with the sound we have; we love a sound that isn’t produced till perfection. The noise, the crackles and the warmth of 60s/70s jazz, funk & soul music make for an amazing atmosphere. We wanted to capture that feeling and turn it into our style of danceable, warm house music.
Hans: I didn’t have any formal musical training, everything I’ve learned myself. I work from my feelings, I imagine a certain vibe a want to have in the track and start from that. Daniel has helped my technical production skills to become better and better though;)
Daniel: I did have musical training. I started out playing electric organ when I was 10 years old. And I did my studies at the Utrecht School of the Arts to broaden my skills when it comes to sound design and production. This helped me to perfect my productions over the years, although with our current style of music it’s sometimes better to just let perfection go. That results in tracks with a more organic sound. This is a thing with which Hans helped me. So in a way we compliment each other nicely.
MA- Do you only DJ? or are you involved in production too?
Hans: I don’t DJ at the moment. All the time I put into music goes into the production side of things (although the business side of Outplay also takes up a bit of that time;))
Daniel: I’ve been Dj’ing ever since i bought my first turntables with my brother David in 1999, although later I focussed more on the production. Nowadays I play more and more and I love the energy I get when I see people dancing to my own tracks.
MA- What have been your biggest influences and inspirations in your music journey thus far?
Hans: Always a hard question, I think. There are so many influences you can think of. Well, the likes of Jimpster, Max Graef, Glenn Astro, FIO, Saine, Andy Hart, MCDE, Mr Scruff are really a big inspiration for me (that’s just a small bit.) And of course the oldies: Roy Ayers, Cannonball Adderly, Idris Muhammad, Miles Davis. Tom Browne etc etc.
Daniel: Over the years you change your sound constantly to new things and new sounds and so there have been many influences. Jimpster has been a major one when I started producing deep house. Today there are so many other guys like Max Graef, Glenn Astro, Lay-Far that inspirate us. And of course we inspire each other.
MA- How would you describe your DJ style?
Daniel: I’m not so much into the naming of DJ styles. Over the years I used many technologies like turntables, CDJ’s and Traktor, but lately I’ve been going back vinyl. Just as I started out, mixing from one record to another with a simple mixer. Of course I use USB or CD’s when playing my own unreleased tracks.
MA- Vinyl VS CD/USB?
Hans: Let me first say that I’m not one for the endless discussion of which is better. All have their pros/cons.
That said, I think I like vinyl much more. Not only because of the way it sounds, but you get so much more for your money: Something to hold, to build a connection with. Artwork; you get this wonderfully packaged piece of music. The thing that I’ve always liked about buying vinyl is that most of the time you buy an EP for one of two tracks. Then, after you’ve had the EP for a while you start to listen to the other tracks more and more as well. Very often I end up liking another track on the EP much more that the one(s) I bought it for.
With mp3’s you don’t have that imho. It’s a much faster world. There are a ton of mp3 releases per day and they fade to the background just as quickly, I feel. It’s a much more abstract feeling when buying mp3’s.
Daniel: Is this about DJ’ing or the Vinyl vs Digital (mp3) discussion. When it comes to DJ’ing I prefer playing vinyl, but I also play CD/USB for my unreleased stuff or other digitally acquired tracks. I’m not against the digital scene, but it’s like Hans said.
MA- Can you tell us one of you favourite memories with music and spinning?
Hans: Well not while I was spinning, but the parties that will always stay with me are the ones where Jimpster was spinning at Rheingarten in Bonn. Such great people and atmosphere! I isn’t your typical “club”, but the parties! everybody was having such a great time and I think that definitely had an effect on Jimpster as well, his sets were awesome.
Daniel: Yeah, definitely the Rheingarten parties. Such a great vibe with only people that come for the music. With spinning, I have some great memories when warming up for Lay-far at one of my brother’s Beatroom parties in Amsterdam. I played a few freshly produced tracks for the first time a the crowd went wild!
MA- What don’t you leave the house without?
Hans: My phone (unfortunately). What I shouldn’t leave without is my hearing protection. I regret it every time I’m at a venue and the sound system sucks, which in turn will kill my hearing.
Daniel: That’s got to be my iPhone.
MA- What is your hottest track at the moment?
Hans: I’m really looking forward to the first release on Andy Hart’s new label, Voyage. All the tracks on that EP are stellar! I’ve been regularly listening to the snippets on their soundcloud page, I can’t wait to buy that one!
Daniel: Yeah I’m eagerly waiting for that EP as well! Such a great package. The latest Torben is also great!
MA- What can we expect from this guest mix on the Deep Inspiration Show?
Well it’s definitely close to our Fouk sound. Expect a lot of unreleased material from us both.
MA- Anything that you are working on that we might be interested in?
Hans: We’re working very hard on new Fouk tracks, which we plan to release on a couple of awesome labels. We’ve just finished a remix for Lay-Far, which is coming out at the end of June.
Next to our Fouk work, there are two solo EP’s coming out (can’t give you more info yet) and I’m working on two remixes. So we have our work cut out for us 🙂
Daniel: I’m also working on a few solo EP’s and a remix. Can’t tell you yet on which labels they will be released. With Fouk we’ll probably be doing an nice freebie soon!
MA- Where can people follow you?
MA- Finally, what is the one music festival you still wish to play at one day?
Hans: Well I just saw photos of Southport Weekender, that looked awesome!
Daniel: Hard to name one festival. Southport Weekender looked great indeed. I must say I don’t go to festivals that often and nowadays there are so many of them.. Would be great to do a live set with Fouk at some festivals next year! 🙂
1. Martin Hayes – Thrills (Basic Feelings)
3. Lay-Far – Thru
4. Martin Hayes – You Are The One
5. Saine – Worker
7. Daniël Leseman – Keep On Moving
10. Thatmanmonkz – Girl I Know It
11. S3A – 4 Danilo
12. Fouk – Stuff Your Dad Liked
15. Fouk – Cat Lady
17. Lay-Far – Side 2 Side (Fouk Remix)
19. Junktion – FunkinGreatTimes
20. Junktion – Lazy Romance
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