Dj Assam: The Ransom Note Mix


Lehult has moved from strength to strength since it was first brought to life back in 2014. The label run by Dj Assam and his friends has established itself a sound which sits somewhere between the playful elements of house and abstract electronics. Together the crew have released music by the likes of Johan Kaseta, Liem, Tony Rainwater and many more.

Dj Assam has remained a strong presence behind the label having helped guide the path and musical direction across a number of years. He himself has released several times on the label and remains a figurehead behind the 'sound'. Now based in Berlin he has taken some time out to record a mix which represents both himself and the label. 

Listen and read the interview below: 

Please introduce yourself… Who are you, where are you and what are you? What does your music sound like?

Hi, I’m DJ Assam. I’m currently in Berlin where i just moved back to, and I am DJ, Producer and also I run the Label Lehult with four of my best friends. I made this mix for you guys which is probably quite a good representation of what I play out, and the music I make myself sounds more like this.

Where was the mix recorded?

At my label mate Johan Kaseta’s Haus in Berlin, with him and Lucky Charmz on the couch. I’ll be moving into that flat in April, so all my records were there already. I was planning a more diverse mix but by the time I had the latency sorted out I just went and played whatever record I found without planning ahead much, more like I play in the club.

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

Probably in Johan Kaseta’s room drinking Efes beer or when you’re in an ICE train Bordrestaurant eating the world’s best microwave Sauerkraut.

What should we be wearing?

Comfy socks are the most important thing.

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

I’d like to record a mix in a park while it’s raining and there’s no one there

Which track in the mix is your current favourite?

I love the X I tune which is the fourth in the mix. It’s annoyingly/beautifully wonky and hard to mix but it just hits the spot and makes me dance every time.

What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?

Flying lotus – the black fist.

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

Dj Sprinkles probably! One of the best Dj’s out there I think.

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

My first DJ setup was a pair of Denon CDJ’s and a Denon mixer. Nowadays I don’t have my own setup at home really but we have decks in the studio !

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

In a mix, the one i start on. It sets the tone. In the club, the one at the golden ratio of the set, the one that switches it up for everyone. In this mix, that kind of happens with that Joe Claussell Bongo tune being the one that would switch the gears on the dance floor.

What were the first and last records you bought?

The first one I ever bought was an efdemin record I think, “Bergwein”. The last one that I bought was the new Hailu Merga Album for my Dad.

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

Toast with cream cheese, bacon and scrambled eggs washed down with lukewarm, very strong coffee in the sun—aka breakfast in Lehult, the place our label got it’s name from.

If it was an animal what would it be?

A Newfoundland Dog.

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

The woodwork – Claude young

Upcoming in the world of…

I’m releasing a dystopian clubby EP called “i’m still in 2 it” on Lehult and got two more records out this year on other labels I can’t tell you about yet unfortunately!

Anything else we need to discuss?

Sorry for not coming to your Oye Neukölln in-store thing last night, i was recording this mix last minute.

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