Formed by Niconé and Philip Bader, Dantze is a true snapshot of the Berlin Underground. In 2009 Sascha Braemer joined the gang 3 years after its founding, and the brand has gone on to consistently deliver outstanding and timeless productions with every one of it releases.
Even though the label is from Berlin, it is connected to artists all over the world with producers such as SIS, Gunjah, Luke Garcia and Th3 Oth3r signed to the compilation among some of the label’s familiar names.
One of Dantze’s family favourites is Haiku 575, two producers based at This and That Lab in Barcelona. I managed to have a quick chat with both of them about their new Dantze track ‘Learn Listen Love Each Other’, their resident night New World Disorder at the Macarena Club in Barcelona and what’s cooking in the studio.
This is great album from Dantze. What is your special connection with them?
Dantze is the project of two really great friends, Niconé and Philip Bader. It was the first label that supported us. Our first release as Haiku was on Dantze, and also our first Podcast. It is a very avant-garde project, based in Berlin and with a lot of great artists involved. We feel like we are a part of the Dantze family and we love to be connected with them.
What are you favourite tracks on Dantze, Baby III?
We love all the tracks on this compilation. Really quality music!
Both of you have been involved with the scene for quite some time. Who or what inspired you to start producing?
We are both music freaks. Clubbers first and then DJs, but honestly we started to produce music when the technology needed to make it became more affordable. Before that, it was really hard to get into. Synths are now easier to find and a computer is in every house. There are so many amazing plug-ins and emulations now that help to expand your creativity. You also have sequencers, effects, samplers, synthesizers for every taste.
We would say that technology is really what inspired us. And since the day we decided to start we became obsessive with quality and research. Sometimes we realize that we spend 16 to18 hours in the studio (and we don’t remember if we went to the bathroom). Happiness comes when we find a groove or a sound that we feel is in line with us.
Where and how do you produce? What special kit can you not do without?
Home studio first. We still have separate studios to put down our ideas. But we also have a nice studio at the This And That HQ. It is brand new and it is like a son for us. We like to see him growing!
Massi is fanatic of the weird stuff, guitar pedals, mono synths and crazy plug-ins, we have a real bass guitar that we drive into all the pedals. We also use Mexican shakers… The last thing that arrived is the Elektron Analog 4 – we still don’t use it well – and this field module by Koma Elektronic, super crazy!
We don’t really know! It was a natural selection, a city that has the sea, a good quality of life, a good airport and good food. It is also a place where the scene is growing fast, a lot of colleagues are living here and this opens the doors to nice collaborations.
It is a city that never sleeps and it follows the wave of the future but it still maintains her ancestral soul.
How did you get your first gig?
We are both from the same city but began as solo acts. We have a long background and history as M_Abbatangelo and Cipy. Massi was a promoter in Napoli, and also one of the first nightlife photographers in Italy. Cipy was more focused on the DJing.
Our first gig as Haiku was at Macarena Mar, a date that I will never forget, August 15th 2014. This day changed our lives! We started our project then which has slowly been shaping into what we have been dreaming of.
How is your year going so far? What is your most memorable moment to date?
2017 was great, we didn’t release so much music but we had a lot of studio sessions and there’s a lot brewing at the moment. We did play in some of the best clubs like Circoloco at DC10, The Egg London for DJ Magazine, Kater Blau Berlin, The Uberhaus in Beirut, Hi Ibiza, Sankeys Ibiza, Nordstern and This And That label showcases all around the globe (a special mention to the one during Sonar, it was a real blast). And we play every month in our beloved Macarena, Barcelona.
You guys are DJing all the time, where have you been and where are you going next?
Not as much as we want to. But yes we are lucky as we can live off of what we love. Nothing was free of charge, it comes from hard work and dedication. As mentioned before we are performing in the best clubs in Europe but as Notorious Big said ‘The Sky Is The Limit’… Let’s work harder and let’s see the results.
Your residency at Barcelona’s infamous Macarena Club Barcelona, New World Disorder. Tell us more about it?
Yes, it is called NWD or New World Disorder, a project that was born two years ago. It happens twice a month, on Wednesdays. It is a zero business night, the club is very little and it is not easy to bring people in on a Wednesday. There are no VIP tables, no prive, it’s very raw.
We do this because of our passion for music and the people love it. You can see a lot of smiling faces there – but never more than one hundred. We have had a lot of big names supporting the night. Artists such as Dubfire, Davide Squillace, Andrea Oliva, Niconé, Philip Bader. Friends and people we respect, Mia Lucci, Undercatt, Pirupa, Ben Hoo and many more.
We can also reveal some of the artists we have coming next, Martin Buttrich, Wajeed, Basti Grub, Upercent, Davide Squillace and of course our residents Manuel del Giudice and Ivan Pugliares. The party now has a really deep imprint into Barcelona’s scene.
Any more releases coming up that you can tell us about?
The track on the VA for Dantze is coming out end of October and we also have a great EP coming out November on Katermukke, which we are really excited about! We are working on some remixes and there may be a release on a really cult label to look forward to as well.
“Dantze, Baby III” is a collection of organic, deep, hooky, laid back, dub-techno and minimal house gems, released Oct 27th.