Vagon Brei: The ‘Monday Is Ok’ Mix
Acclaimed ambient producer 36 (aka Dennis Huddleston) has just ushered his latest release into the wild – a mini-album called Seconds & Forever. Comprised of two extended tracks and influenced by late-'70s Tangerine Dream, it sold out it's run f pre-order copies, but back out now.
The album is out on Mystic & Quantum, the label run by fellow producer Vagon Brei. To tie in with the new release, Vagon has kindly made us a special R$N ambient mix, entitled 'Contemplations of a Forgotten Man'. Drift into it below, and check out our Q&A with Vagon:
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Please introduce yourself… who are you, where are you, what are you?
The legend says that Sir Gawain, also known as Gwalchmei, visited several lands over the course of his adventure, including a place called "Gwlad gan brenhinol gwir," which is Welsh for "the land of royal truth." Translated into Ancient, the name becomes "Verus Gen Bree," or Vagon Brei.
Tell us about the Monday mix you’ve put together for us.
This mix tells a story. A story between the living and the dead. The last moments of someone. Someone who will be forgotten. In the last moments of the life of the forgotten one, he see his whole life in images, and this is the soundtrack of that life.
If it were to be drawn what would it look like?
Like a fire that is burning out in the middle of darkness.
If it were a food what would it be?
A food that never took the edge off hunger.
What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?
In the night, alone, looking at the stars if you can see them.
What should we be wearing?
Where was it recorded?
In my little spaceship called "Destiny".
Are you on the same wavelength as the Boomtown Rats or do you actually like Mondays?
I like all the days equally.
Who got you hooked on electronic music?
Legowelt gave me my first chance to make the music I want, the music I feel. So maybe him.
Who would you say are your biggest influences and what are you hoping to achieve with your music?
More than who, is "what". I could say a lot of names, but actually my biggest influences are the feelings of the music I like to listen to. If a melody hit me in one way or another, that experience brings me ideas to "answer" that feeling. So maybe my music wants to give the same. Questions to answer with other melodies.
What were the first and last records you bought?
I dunno about the first one but I can tell you what i just bought: Aliens Original Motion Picture Soundtrack on vinyl.
If you were trapped on a desert island with one other person, who would you choose? How long would it be before you eat them?
Richard Feynman. I will never eat that guy! C'mon!
If you could travel in time, where would you go and why?
If science fiction shows me something, it is that time travel is always a bad idea. So of course, I would not go to the past and travelling to the future… maybe not a good idea because I will think daily about my new life and about all the people I loved and are dead.
What are you obsessed with at the moment?
Trying to teach my chocolate lab puppy not to eat my vinyl.
What's your answer to everything?
"Better ask Cristina" (My wife)
Anything else we need to discuss?
Thanks for this little interview, and I would love people to send me their feelings about this mix.