Days Of Being Wild: The Ransom Note Mix


Many of us have reached a stage in life in which we look back upon our younger years and question where on earth the time went. I'm not sure if this is the ultimate message of the Days Of Being Wild guys or whether i'm off the money, however, their music is certainly still a relevant soundtrack to those spending a night on the tiles.

The label have long been good friends of The Ransom Note and it's of little wonder. This year they have been busy continuing to release driven club music from the likes of Middle Sky Boom, Eliezer and Languages. They also lovingly contributed to the Ransom Note "Ciquita" remix series alongside the likes of Moscoman and appeared at our curated stage at Alfresco Festival. This mix is packed full of exclusive material and hence cannot be downloaded, one for the heads. Listen and read the interview below:

Please introduce yourself…

Sam and Franz. Together we are Days of Being Wild, label and live band.

Who are you, where are you and what are you?

F: I'm whoever you want me to be, in between London and Berlin a lot these days, not sure what I am, but would love to be a cat
S: I'm Sam, as you asked before. I'm in Metz but come quite often to London. I'm a boy. I'd love to feed the cat.

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)? 

F: It sounds moist. 
S: Moist is good. French radio Nova said it was « salacious » once. I think we like that.

Which days do you usually go wild on? Describe one such day for us please.

Depends on the season. And there is noooo way we will describe such a day publicly. Franz has children. Let's just say that it usually gets quite moist. Haha.

If you could travel in time, where in time would you go?

F: Late 70's to see Joy division live 
S: Word. Or maybe Late 60's New Orleans.

What was the first electronic record you heard and how did it make you feel?

F: Oxygene, I was 8 and it made me feel uneasy and also fascinated me

S: I'm not quite sure to be honest. I'm much younger and that probably came from one of my brothers. I guess the two biggest shocks for me were Beastie Boys' Hello Nasty and Daft Punk's Da Funk.

How does your brain work when making music? How does it work when you aren't?

Making music, it's fully engaged, so it's all quite subconscious, action reaction type of thing. Not making music, it's switched from analytical to daydreaming constantly.

Where was the mix recorded?

At Sam's studio in Metz

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

Having an hour and a half to focus would be great actually!

What should we be wearing?

As if you were the kind of person to « wear » anything.

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

I like mixes to be recorded live from club nights. Especially warmups.

Which track in the mix is your current favourite?

Ewan Pearson's remix of our next release from Languages. I can't stop listening to it these days. I'm chuffed to have him on board!

What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?

That's a tough one. It's always complicated for me to answer questions about my favorite things. I'm listening a lot to Vladimir Ivkovic's mixes these days though and think they are timeless.

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

You might have heard this answer a lot but of course that would be Sir Weatherall.

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

I had a pair of CDJs and a pair of Technics but sold all of it now because I don't DJ at home. I invested all the money on synths since then.

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

The starting point is important to me. People will decide if they stay with you or not during the first seconds.

What were the first and last records you bought?

The first ever was Beastie Boys Hello Nasty. The last one was Erol Alkan's rework of Beyond the Wizard Sleeve.

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


If it was an animal what would it be?

Hmmm…chicken ?

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

Everything I got from Dad, traditional Arabic music.

Upcoming in the world of DOBW?

Well we've just released an EP from Middle Sky Boom & Eliezer. Next on the line is a Languages EP with two original tracks (one we already released before summer) and two remixes from Ewan Pearson and Franz & myself. On the band side of things we'll play in London on December 3rd and will give details about that very shortly !

Anything else we need to discuss?

Do you like it moist?

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