Riding in with the power to deliver sunshine to world’s rainiest open air events, Monkey Safari brings rays of light to whatever dance floors they cast their shimmering spell on.
2015 saw the brothers swinging to new trees, retiring their previous labels to focus on their new label ‘Hommage.’ It has been the year of transformation for the German producers, developing and tailoring a sound suited perfectly for the unique club nuances while still keeping the core elements of melodic chords and grooves synonymous with the duos productions.
Their first EP of 2016, “On”, features remixes from Techno legend Paco Osuna alongside French producer Chloé. Some of electronic music’s top names are set to receive the Safari makeover with the developed and matured sound apparent in the brothers’ latest movements. Monkey Safari’s remix for Moby & The Void Pacific Choir is the pick of the bunch, returning the favour after Moby’s successful rework of the duo’s track “Walls” last year.
The German outfit has been on an incredible run of form with promising developments in all of their endeavors with exciting news still to come. I caught up with the brothers for a chat about their new label, Charles Bronson Club and their top tips on who to catch ahead of their appearance at The Social Festival 2016 on 9th-10th September at Kent County Showground, Maidstone.
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Welcome guys it’s great to have you join us on Decoded Radio. How has your week been?
Doing fine! We played a couple of festival shows on the weekend and now we’re back in the studio working on new stuff.
Great. Before we start, I’ll get this one in early. Where did the Alias Monkey Safari come from?
We’d tell you, but we’d have to kill you.
Haha, maybe after the interview then? Let’s start with your new EP titled Boris which has just been released on your label Hommage. Can you tell us about the EP, remixes and feedback received so far?
’Boris’ is the third EP of 2016 from a series of four that we created for Hommage to showcase the development of our new sound. We tried to make something more rough and techy to better portray our current direction. This release includes two re mixers whose sounds we really love: Guy Mantzur from Israel and Victor Ruiz from Brazil. The feedback on ‘Boris’ has been amazing! Artists like Stephan Bodzin, Joris Voorn, Jamie Jones and Guy J have given the EP really high ratings. Guy Mantzur’s Remix was played by Solomun in his latest Essential Mix from Ibiza, which also got really good feedback.
The label was launched in 2013 I believe but didn’t you have other labels previous?
We have had two other labels before: What! What! and Mambo. Both were founded during a time where the Tropical House scene and the Ed Banger sound were really big. However, in 2013 we decided to create something new and more timeless, representing the more grown-up sound we like and play today. Founding Hommage was the obvious next step for us.
For anybody who wasn’t aware you are also owners of Charles Bronson Club in your hometown of Halle, Germany. What is the life of a club owner like? I expect you can tie everything together quite nicely with the label, music production and DJ’ing?
We created the club together with a friend of ours seven years ago. For us, the club is like our playground. We can experiment with new music fresh from the studio, invite newcomers to give them a chance to play, and play our own nights at home! It’s a lot of work but it comes from the heart.
It’s a very individual and quirky building. What is the history behind the venue?
Before Charles Bronson was a club, it was a warehouse for car parts. The whole space was full of shelves and we needed to dismantle everything before we could start throwing parties in it. We like the unique character of the venue, especially that it’s located under a bridge.
Let’s move onto music. What tracks are really working for you at the moment?
We try to put as much energy and drive as possible into our sets, while still keeping them groovy. We play a lot of new and unreleased music that we recently produced. There’s one track we usually play in all of our recent sets: “Cleon” by Human Machine.
Being brothers do you have similar tastes in music apart from house and techno?
Yes and no. We both listen to the same kind of music but also have our own preferences! Sven likes more psychedelic guitar stuff from the past like The Doors, while I’m more into laid-back stuff like The XX or SOHN.
Which one of you is guilty of buying the worst CD or album growing up? It’s time to dish the dirt ha!
Haha… I think it’s Sven with a single from the 90’s: Charlie Lownoise and Menthal Theo – “Wonderful Days” but hey, everyone listened to that kind of stuff in the 90’s.
I have to ask what was it like working with the legend Moby having exchanged remix projects with each other? How did the opportunities arise?
When we started searching for remixers for the Walls EP we spoke to his team asking if he was open for a remix. It took some time and many emails, but we finally got a message from him saying he listened to the track and wanted to do a remix for it! For us it was a dream come true.
The Social Festival is only a few weeks away. What is it in your opinion which makes the festivals line up stand out amongst other festivals?
It’s a really high quality festival with a lot of international artists. It’s an honor for us to play there alongside so many artists we really love. A lot of festivals today can have ten or more stages, and as a guest it’s not possible to see half of the acts you want. The Social Festival is different and it seems that Nic Fanciulli had this in mind when he created it.
Who will you be hoping to catch playing if you have the time to stick around?
If you could have chosen a b2b set with any other artist on the line up who would it be with and why?
We think it would be Carl Cox. He’s a legend and his sets are always full of emotion but straight to the floor. We like that a lot!
Lastly what is on the horizon for Monkey Safari as we begin to see out the summer months?
A lot of new stuff and some surprises. You’ll have to stay tuned!
Thanks for the great chat guys. I’ll definitely be coming to check out your set at the Social and grab a beer. Is there anything you would like to add for our readers and your fans?
Great to hear! We hope to see you on the dance floor at Social Festival. Nothing else matters!
Decoded Radio hosted by Ian Dillon presents The Social Festival with Monkey Safari.
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