Javi Redondo: The Ransom Note Mix
For many years Javi Redondo has remained a consistent presence within the underground electronic music culture of Spain. Both as a disc jockey and producer he has evolved with delicate precision his sound drawing upon a range of deeply rooted elements and fundamentals. His music has been firmly supported by the likes of Dixon, Ben UFO, Laurent Garnier, John Talabot, Erol Alkan, Mano Le Tough, Ivan Smagghe and more… He has maintained residencies at the likes of Sport and Mondo Disko and has since evolved his international presence gracing the likes of Panorama Bar and beyond. As a producer he has appeared most prominently on Correspondant, the record label run by the pioneering force of Jennifer Cardini. He has made several appearances on the label across a number of years and this summer he will grace the stage at Nuits Sonores as part of a specially curated date by Jennifer herself.
In celebration of this we have invited him to humbly contribute to our mix series, listen and read the interview below:
Please introduce yourself… Who are you, where are you and what are you?
I’m Javi Redondo, a producer and dj from Cordoba, but I’m based in Madrid since 2004.
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)?
Where was the mix recorded?
What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?
Small club with a good sound system, early morning preferably.
What should we be wearing?
Fun outfit, comfortable sneakers and a good pair of sunglasses to leave the club.
What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format?
Different setups come to my mind but I’d go for a classic. Sunrise on the beach, proper soundsystem, a good dancing crowd and I’m the happiest man. Turntables, CD players and a nice rotary mixer.
Which track in the mix is your current favourite?
I love all of them, but if I have to go for one I’ll choose the last, solid space – destination moon (red axes edit) I’m a bigger fan of solid space and space museum is one of my favorite albums.
What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?
It depends on the moment. I don't have a favorite of all time.
If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?
Fran Lenaers, he was the first dj in Spain mixing post punk, new wave, guitars with electronic music with an incredible taste and skills. I’m up for that B2B anytime!
What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?
2 technics and a vestax mixer. I still have them.
What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?
I pay a lot of attention to both of them but I believe the last one matters the most. Few people will remember your first track but many go home with your last choice in their heads so it better be a top pick.
What were the first and last records you bought?
I’m not 200% sure about it, but the first I think it was a Cassete tape of Modern Talking in a cantina bar in Cordoba where I was with my family when I was 6 or 7 years old. The last: Job Sifre released on Knekelhuis
If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?
A dish with personality, lots of flavor, spicy & acid.
If it was an animal what would it be?
One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?
I will say A Certain Ratio – Loss, I tried including it in this podcast and I wasn’t very happy whit the upshot, so I’ve played another in the end.
Upcoming in the world of…
An ep on Correspondant, remix for wolfstream on Mange moi.. and spending a good amount of time in the studio
Anything else we need to discuss?
How about my love for what you guys do???
Catch Javi Redondo at Nuits Sonores HERE.