Trenton Chase: The ‘Ransom Note’ Mix
Trenton Chase is the alias of Athens-based producer Demitri Kokkinakos, a moniker for his experiments with synthesis, drum machines and live recording.
Alongside friend Tsampikos Fronas AKA June, he runs June Records, a space for the synth-laced electronics that has been a home for his and June’s own releases, as well as their production partnership under the guise of Manie Sans Délire.
We got him on board for this week’s Ransom Note mix which glides through coldwave sounds and the metallic synths that are central to his own productions.
Please introduce yourself… Who are you, where are you and what are you?
My name is Demitri and I am a recording artist based in Greece. Now I’m in self isolation on the island of Rhodes.
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)?
It doesn’t always sound the same as I experiment with different styles.
I only use synths and drum machines so I guess this image could describe it.
Where was the mix recorded?
The mix was recorded in my home studio here in Rhodes, Greece.
What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?
With the current COVID-19 situation? In your house.
What should we be wearing?
Gloves and a mask.
What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format?
Haven’t thought about this really. The only locations I am tied to are outdoors, they have their own music and they are perfect as they are. Adding music would just mess with the balance. If you look or listen carefully theres a lot more than a nice view. Its always nice to have a good sound system when you play but format doesn’t matter to me, whatever you have works. If I was able to travel back in time I would record the sets I did with June at Smooth bar 6 years ago.
Which track in the mix is your current favourite?
Hard to decide as I have a few favourites in there. I would say its the track interstellar Funk and Robert Valera did, which is forthcoming on Artificial Dance.
What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?
I don’t have one. Not a big mix listener.
If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?
I like DJs who surprise you and that are able to blend many genres of music together. No one does it better than TRAXX. Plus I have a soft spot for music from Chicago.
What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?
First setup was two Technics SL-1200 MK2 and a crappy mixer that I don’t even remember what brand it was. Now its an Allen & Heath Xone 92 mixer, two Technics SL-1200 MK2 turntables and two Pioneer CDJS.
What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?
They are both equally important in my opinion. If you start out bad there is time to fix things. When it ends bad its a different story.
What were the first and last records you bought?
First record was the Blade Runner soundtrack by Vangelis Papathanasiou. Last record was a box set from Psyche.
If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?
If it was an animal what would it be?
Japanese Spider Crab
One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?
Don’t know. Even if I can’t mix it I just press play. Sometimes it works better than actual mixing.
Upcoming in the world of music…
Caroil a Lithuanian artist just released his ‘’Vega’’ LP on June Records. Its worth a listen.
Anything else we need to discuss?
The Ford F-150 is the best pickup truck ever made.
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