Bezier: The ‘Shine A Light On’ Mix
Next up is a familiar face whom has worked closely with some of our favourite labels. Bézier is a multi disciplined musician who works behind the scenes of Honey Soundsystem whilst releasing music on Dark Entries as well. As a disc jockey he is a fierce talent, chopping and changing between rugged house, post punk, new wave, eclectic soundscapes and so much more. He has established himself as a prominent presence upon the electronic music circuit and his new album on Dark Entries is a deep and meditative statement of intent.
We invited him to record a mix for us, he delivers an absolute screamer clocking in at two hours.
Listen and read the interview below:
Who are you, where are you and what are you?
>Hello, I’m Bézier / Robert Yang currently working at my desk (under lavender sheets, in my bed at the moment) in Taiwan. But I’m a musician and DJ based out of San Francisco. My favorite color is somewhere in the indigo spectrum.
What does your music sound like? Can you draw what you think it sounds like for us (an image from the old internet is acceptable)?
>My music takes on a variety of emotional forms. Some days it swings one direction and then another. Everyday it’s a different mood. I think this image correctly encapsulates what my music is all about:
Where was the mix recorded?
>I’ve been away for home for quite a while so: a few airbnbs, apartments I’ve crashed at, planes, trains, busses and a farm somewhere in Vietnam.
What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?
>A sweaty basement with perhaps an indoor pool below the basement- the basement’s basement.
What should we be wearing?
>Wear something loose, smooth and soft to the touch. You’re probably mostly sitting around drinking Rosé having a chat and you’d want to be comfortable moving around in your chair. There might even be some balloons being passed around.
What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format?
>Dream setting would be recording a very austere mix in an Integratron like dome in Joshua Tree, seated position with two turntables and some cdjs. *Please leave the native headdresses and dream catcher earrings at home.
Which track in the mix is your current favourite?
Desert Sound Colony’s ‘Suffocation’ from Harry James’ SC&P label is a really refreshing take on techno with a song structure. There are only a few labels right now that are releasing this kind of music like James’ label, DKA Records out of Atlanta, or Optimo Music.
What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?
>I-F’s ‘Mixed Up in The Hague’ and Intergalactic Gary ‘Woman & Car’ really honed in on a style of DJing that I always go back and reference when I think about playing.
If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?
>If only I could be a young, gay, Asian twink growing up in the Midwest I’d be hard pressed to choose between: Ken Collier (Heaven), Ron Hardy (Music Box), and most relevant to me Medusa DJs Mark Stephens and Bud Sweet. The sound of combining industrial, new wave, synthpop and techno is really the one I’m constantly chasing.
What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?
>My first dj setup at home was technics 1200s, a mixer from radio shack and a Yamaha tape recorder which I digitally transferred audio to a cracked version of cool edit on a homebuilt PC. Now it’s Technics 1200s, Allen & Heath mixer, a Focusrite Saffire for digitizing, Ableton, some controllers, pedals, synths and anything else I can grab to add to the mix.
What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?
>What you’re trying to do in the meat of the mix decides the beginning and the end. You always have to have some kind of thesis and then you start to fill out the intro and the conclusion.
What were the first and last records you bought?
>I went about a record dig in Old Delhi without much preparation, and walked away with some fairly mediocre Bollywood LPs. I ended up spending more time buying ikat styled fabrics.
If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?
>It’ll taste like black sesame paste – a little sweet- gritty, with unrefined textures, but completely nutty.
If it was an animal what would it be?
>A mangy bat.
One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?
Upcoming in the world of…
>Come May I’ll soon be hitting my stride in tours through the US and a month-long trek through Europe in July with my Honey Soundsystem crew. Also, there are more releases on the horizon so keep your ears tuned.
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