Undo: The ‘Shine A Light On’ Mix
Although Gabriel Berlanga has done the rounds, with records & mixes out on labels such as Correspondant, Nein and Melomana, undoubtedly here his Aeromuerto EP on Beachcoma brought this to us. A wonderful homage to analogue synths and the 16 step sequenced journeys they created brought aching joy to this R$N fella. Familiar at Razzmatazz, The Loft and Moog, Barcelona loves Undo.
With his own Factor City Records label (which has featured Club Bizarre, Offset and Morgan Hammer) to look after too, we asked the salt & pepper haired Catalonian to do a mix for us. And give us a little about his favourite food and stuff:
You’re pretty new on our radar, fancy telling us a little bit about yourself:
Please introduce yourself… and give us some background to Undo’s journey so far!
Who are you: I’m Gabriel Berlanga, I’ve been producing and playing around as Undo since 2003, year in which I also started my Factor City label. Before I played in a couple of indie bands, guitar, bass and vocals.
Where are you: Now in Palafrugell, a little town in Catalunya 100km north from Barcelona in a really beautiful region called l’Empordà. Also spending a lot of time in Barcelona where I have my second home now.
What are you: A human music maker, DJ, label owner, procrastinator, father, lover…
Where was the mix recorded?
I’ve recorded it here at my home studio in Palafrugell.
What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?
In a cozy and little open air with a great sound system. Or in a proper club like Moog in Barcelona or Panorama Bar in Berlin.
What should we be wearing?
Whatever you like, but it has to be comfortable for dancing. Or naked.
What would be your dream setting to record a mix?
At the same little open air or in a club with a great sound system and a confortable both including a rotary mixer, 2 Technics turntables & 3 CDJ 2000 Nexus.
Which track in the mix is your current favourite?
Today my current favorite is Weval’s “I Don’t Need It". Tomorrow never knows.
What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?
Hard to say… impossible for me in fact, there’s to many good ones and I’ve haven’t heard even 1% of them. Yesterday I was listening to this great cold wave set from my friend Richard Fearless, this is my recommendation for today.
If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?
In my opinion to play back to back with somebody you got to know this person and also the way he spins before, then it can be really fun. Last time I played back to back was with Fairmont and Morgan Hammer and we both had fun. There’s a bunch of DJ's I admire out there but I’m not sure if I’d have fun playing back to back with them. I’d rather prefer to make a warm up.
What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?
I still have the two Technics turntables I bought back in '98 with a couple of friends. At that time we were sharing the decks in a garage with an awful mixer, I can’t remember the brand. Now I have a Pioneer mixer and a CD player to complete the set up.
What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?
Both are important, every song in the mix is important. But I guess the first one is the more important at the end.
What were the first and last records you bought?
First record I bought was Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” on cassette when it came out. I bought the last ones last week at my favourite record shop in Barcelona, 'Discos Paradiso'. It was Parple on Hivern Discs and DMX Krew, “You Exist”.
If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?
Oh I love food and cooking. This mix would taste like a “Salmorejo” as starter, followed by a “Bacallà amb Xamfaina” and a “Tatin” as desert. Good appetite amigos.
If it was an animal what would it be?
One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything…
I have more than 4000 vinyl records, but I think Milford Graves “Percussion Ensemble" with Sunny Morgan is just impossible to mix.
Upcoming in the world of Undo?
I’m currently working a lot in the studio. There’s a few remixes coming soon and I’m working on a new album. And there’s a couple of great EP's coming in the next couple of months on my label Factor City. One from Cabaret Nocturne, including remixes from Heretic and myself (included in the mix). And another one from Nhar with a remix from Paresse.
Anything else we need to discuss?
All fine with me. Thanks for all 🙂 Have fun!