Shine A Light On… Squarewave Mix
You know us, we're a bit slow on the uptake sometimes in this world of mass information but we generally get there. Really we should've paid attention when Correspondant unleashed Squarewave's Disco Inferno in the Autumn of last year but… Well I don't think there is any excuse really. Sometimes you just miss things. It was when the ViAAL family dropped the Through My Mind EP through our virtual letterbox that we started to take notice…
From the dark brooding menace of the lead track through to blissed out arpeggios and tracks that exposed black starkness of the "space in- between the music", we needed to find out more.
First let's get the mix on… have a listen at the start for the vocalised R$N-isms…
You're pretty new on our radar, fancy telling us a little bit about yourself. Who are you and where are you from?
I am Squarewave (M.M.) and I come from somewhere in Croatia. Simple words, I do not have anything special to say about myself, I'm just a perpetual lover of electronic music with opportunities to produce and stuff.
Who would you say are your biggest influences and what are you hoping to achieve with your music?
My biggest influences are definitely sounds of the 70s and 80s, the beginning of the electronic era. Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode, Cabaret Voltaire and amazing stuff from John Carpenter. I do not make any plans, I will let go and let fate make the decision.
Who got you hooked on electronic music?
No one hooked me, I'm hooked on.
What was the first electronic record you heard and how did it make you feel?
I remember hearing one part of Kraftwerk's 'The Robots', I shuddered. Quite a nice memory.
What's your musical heritage? Who inspired (and still inspires) you to make music?
I have a lot of inspiration, not only from musicians and musical works that I like but also everything around me, what I was feeling at a certain point in time.
How does your brain work when making music? How does it work when you aren’t?
Sometimes I ask myself the same question. In the moment when I'm making music, the brain floats in waves and when I'm not doing music then the same, brain floats in waves. 🙂
How would you describe your sound?
Who do you listen to in your spare time? Do you spend this time sitting around the house in a comfortable chair listening to music? If so, which chair is your favourite?
I listen to music a lot, every time when I'm at home. First move when I get home is to switch music on. My mix for you describes what I like to listen to.
Where was the mix recorded?
Of course, in my musical residence.
What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?
Maybe somewhere with friends with a few beers, maybe listen once again with a few more beers.
What should we be wearing?
Of course, a Hawaiian shirt and sunglasses.
What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format.
At the turntables in an 80s disco club.
Which track in the mix is your current favourite?
The Splash Band-Unheimliche Schattenlichter.
What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?
Forgotten the name somewhere in my memory but definitely something of Alexander Robotnick's.
If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?
I do not know, maybe with the legendary Sir Weatherall.
What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?
Ejay Clubworld on Playstation. Now CDJs, Ableton and Traktor.
If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?
This is like a cocktail, always tastes nice when you use what you like. A special taste.
If it was an animal what would it be?
One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything…
For me definitely Angerfist – 'Knock Knock'.
Are you a kick drum, hi hat or a snare? And why?
I am a kick, hi hat, snare and a Squarewave. Always sounds good.
What are you obsessed with at the moment?
With music of course.
Upcoming in the world of Squarewave?
Some new releases…
Anything else we need to discuss.