Cliff Lothar’S Riverette Djs – The Ransom Note Mix


Contrary to popular belief, a riverette isn't actually just a very small river – it may not even be that in all fairness, we just made a rapid assumption. No, Riverette is the label that burst into life last year and releases work from the very talented Cliff Lothar and several other lovely people. We've managed to get the label heads and childhood friends Carlos and Andres to provide us with this week's Ransom Note mix AND, in case that wasn't quite enough to satisfy you, Cliff Lothar pops in as to answer a few questions.

So, without any further waffling, we'll hand you over to the sounds of Riverette and the words of Cliff Lothar;

Who are you where did you come from? Some people say you came out of thin air, is that true?

It was closer to osmosis, being oozed out of the CBS online radio station back in 2004.

If you had to get a tattoo of a famous person on your back, who would it be?

Merle Allin.

If you could involve another genre in your music, anything at all, what would it be?

Prog rock.

Where are you ticklish the most?

Funnybone, just put on some Patrice O'Neal and watch me go.

Where should we be when we listen to your music?

The Laundromat, or working out with a bullworker.

When I listen to you music I imagine a little mole with glasses on, in its hole underground just bassing away, living the good life. What do you see?

Make it sunglasses and you are about right.

If your music was a first date, how would it go?

I don't know, I only go on second dates.

Tell us a fact about you.

I started playing RTCW Enemy Territory back in 2004 on the highly secretive CBS server and it's still the only game I play.

Do you have a dream collaboration?

I won't tell, wouldn't wanna jinx it. But lets make it Prince or Kraftwerk for the sake of the conversation.

What does a week in your diary look like?

Monday, nothing
Tuesday, nothing
Wednesday and Thursday nothing
Friday, for a change, a little more nothing
Saturday once more nothing

I'm quoting Tuli Kupferberg here.

You are like the invisible DJ, what do you look like?

Is this a riddle? Predator without the dreads.

Upcoming in the world of Cliff Lothar?

Hard to tell with record plants focusing hard on the career of Mark Knopfler. Will stuff be out this year? Next? Five? Nobody knows. Outside of that, probably some live sets – I know I'll be playing at some weird ass cyber party at Urban Spree in Berlin on 5th September so check that out.

Anything else we need to discuss?

Book me via for your party or social function.

Onto the mix with Carlos and Andres…

What is your favourite sound in the mix?

The sound of silence at the begining, that's when anything can happen.

Pick: Hi-hat, snare or kick drum?

Hi-hat of course, even though it´s way better when it's accompanied by some snares and kick drums.

Where was the mix recorded?

In our lair, Riverette HQ, in the dark.

What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?

In our lair, in the dark while we look closely at your every reaction and study it, this would be ideal. For us.

What should we be wearing?

Well if you're going to be at Riverette HQ you better bring your A-game, I'm thinking black tie and sweat pants if you are a woman and any sort of overalls if you're a man.

What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format?

Hmmm, our dream setting would be a bunker full of records, everyone is dead except for 500 people inside said bunker and we are partying like it's the end of the world (it is ). It would get pretty dark pretty soon but those first couple of hours though – mmmmm.

If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?

Laurent Garnier, although it would be kind of scary, cos he IS the boss. Why? He IS the boss.

What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?

A pair of Stanton decks and a Behringer mixer. Now it is Technics decks and that same crappy Behringer mixer, we really need to get a new one. We also have a lemur wich I know see was not such a good idea…

What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?

It depends on many things I guess, but if the mix is for home/car listening, applying Hollywood rules, the last one.

What were the first and last records you bought?

We have been buying records since forever! There's no way I can remember the first one! The last one though, Soichi Terada. I know I'm a bit late on that but still, wooohooo!

If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?

It would definetly taste like Nutella.

If it was an animal what would it be?

It would be a rat.

One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?

We have never encountered that problem, we have 4 hands!

Find out more about Cliff Lothar here.