Malka Tuti – The ‘Shine A Light On’ Ransom Note Mix
We like aural outpourings from Tel-Aviv. Malka Tuti came to our ears via another great equestrian enthusiast and fellow Tel-Avivian Mr Moscoman. Malka Tuti is a new record label founded by Asaf Samuel and Katzele, they're two of the founders of the 84%Creativity collective.
"Over the years, we understood that our “provincial” way of musical up-bringing and education is actually a good thing. Not bound by any official musical culture or heritage, we have a certain freedom in creating a fusion of the influences we were exposed to over the years."
We listened, we liked what we heard, so we promptly asked them to record us a Shine A Light On… mix for us. They did it, quick smart too. So here it is, in all its glory. We also needed to find out a bit more about em as their biog above gave little away.
Get this on, then read on below…
Who are you:
Asaf: Still trying to figure that one out, but people call us Asaf and Katzele.
Where are you:
Asaf: Tel Aviv/ Berlin.
What are you:
Asaf: We are two friends with similar taste in life, faking it till we making it, with minimum movement and maximum groove.
What on earth does your music sound like?
Katzi: I'd use a friend's quote "sounds of faded memories"
What was the first electronic record you heard? How did it make you feel?
Asaf: Beverly Hills Cop Theme tune. Made me feel like the Reebok pump shoe.
Katzi: If I'm not mistaken, I have a vague memory of hearing Asi Me Gusta by Chimo Bayo when i was about 8 and already i was hooked by the phrase "exta si, exta no"
Where does the name Malka Tuti come from?
My name Katzele is in Yiddish a small kitten, my grandma used to call me like that. I chose it as a DJ name little after she died, and I knew I wanted to use her real name in something I'd do in the future. that's the Tuti part. As for Malka, that's my other grandma's name, as we couldn't dare to leave her behind 🙂
Have you ever eaten Tutti Fruttis? Are they your favourite sweets or do you prefer other sweets?
Asaf: Yeah, they are definitely in my top 10, right under camel balls chewing gum.}
How do you like your milk?
Asaf: As much as the cow liked giving it to me
Where's the highest you've ever been?
Asaf: Michatronix club's backroom, Sylvester 2013.
Katzele: A club in Buenos Aires, I don't remember anything from that party
Who was the first person to use the word 'smudge'?
Katzele: The inventor of Photoshop?
Are you vinyl fiends? What's the best thing about vinyl?
Katzele: The best thing about vinyl is those 180 grams you can feel in the palm of your hand unlike 010100010101010
What’s been the funniest moment of your career so far?
Katzele: Isn't there a saying "If you remember the 60's you weren't really there"?
What’s the best piece of music you’ve ever heard?
Katzele: Dunno if ever, but defo top 10 of all times: Lee hazelwood & Nancy Sinatra
Asaf: A timeless tune
If you were a cat, what type would you be?
Asaf: Samurai cat. The lazy one.
Katzele: I'm Allergic
What do you think the future holds for music if people are no longer willing to pay for it?
Katzele: I think the scene will minimise, leave behind the commercial and the money and the business side of it since it won't be that profitable, and only art will remain.
Asaf: I think the live shows, live dj sets will be the main form of income for the performing/producing artists. people will always look for the connection, for the human in the picture and they will consume vinyl and digital releases as a form of marketing the music to "potential crowds".
Please describe the best day of your life to date.
Asaf: I'm a sucker for live bands, so i guess it was one of those days at Werchter festival 2007. Everyone was there. No phone, bunch of friends, all kinds of genres and nothing but awesome music.
If you had to send one record into space, to introduce extra terrestrials to human music, what record would you choose?
Katzele: Jimi Hendrix – Electric Ladyland
Now, onto the mix; Where was the mix recorded?
Katzele: In Katzele's Home
What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?
Katzele: When you have time and emotional capacity for some sort of a "close " listening, cause there is a vague idea behind it. Oh, and with a nice spliff / fine drink in your hand.
What should we be wearing?
Katzele: Preferably nothing.
What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format
Asaf: A bag of weed, matching sweat pants, cold water with cucumbers,an open cabin that leads to the beach, no phones, no computers and lots of kickass music
Which track in the mix is your current favourite?
Katzele I have to say the one before last one, a sneak peek into Malka Tuti's future….
Asaf: All of the Sun. Xen <3
What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?
Katzele: Either Beppe Loda's Meccanica 22, or from recent years, a psychedelia balearic set by a Berlin based duo SpatzHabibi
Asaf: I love Moscoman's podcast for Comeme label. Pure israeli gems selected by one of the best djs around.
If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?
Katzele: No need to go back in time! Marc Piñol, just tell me when and where
What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?
Katzele: 2 CDJ100 and a really cool vestax mixer that I can't remember the model, now i have nothing or I would never leave my room, ever.
What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?
Katzele: Podcast-wise the first, live dj set, I think the 1st might be a bit more important but the last is the most memorable, no?
What were the first and last records you bought?
Katzele: First record I can't remember I gotta say, last one was the Jose Padilla LP and Peter Tosh – Mystic Man (For that amazing Buk-In-Hamm Palace track.
If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?
Katzele: The colour yellow
If it was an animal what would it be?
Asaf: Half Tiger half Sloth
One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?
Katzele: Scatman – Scatmans World
Upcoming in the world of Malka Tuti?
Asaf: An amazing EP by a good friend of ours and another collective Member Yovav who basically became one of our biggest sources of inspiration in the past year and a half. Also expect amazing remixes on that EP. After that we leave Tel Aviv for a while with an EP by the magnificent Khidja boys, with a surprise mega remix so stay tuned…
Anything else we need to discuss?
Katzele: Relationships? Middle East? World Peace? maybe we need these monty python's topic cards…..