Dicono che il soprannome One Man Party gli sia stato affibiato da James Murphy degli LCD Soundsystem dopo aver assistito ad una sua performance entusiasmante a New York e abbiamo chiesto direttamente a lui di raccontarci quest’espisodio. Alla nascita lo battezzano invece col nome Steve Slingeneyer e poichè ha la fortuna di nascere in un paese, il Belgio, che sforna un musicista un giorno sì e l’altro pure, entra a far parte dei Soulwax come batterista. In più gira il mondo come dj per far felice la gente (parole letterali dal suo myspace) e calca i palchi del più importanti locali metropolitani.
Questo venerdì 3 febbraio Le Cannibale lo ospita al Tunnel di Milano e noi non vediamo l’ora di assistere al suo djset fatto della miscela perfetta di electro, disco e funk del momento. Speriamo passi il mio amato remix di Gravity’s Rainbow dei Klaxons, scommetto che qualche anno fa era in loop sui pc di parecchi di voi.
1) Hi Steve, introduce yourself to our readers.
Hello Italy, my name is steve and i’m a dj and the drummer for Soulwax.
2) I know that your nickname ”One Man Party” was an idea of James Murphy, who was very excited after one of your performaces in New York. Would you like to remember that moment with us ?
James Murphy has been reponsible for coming up with nicknames or monickers for friends for a while.when we used to tour together with lcd soundsystem and even before that while i lived in new york,we used to party and dance like there was no tomorrow!i got the name one man party because i was almost always dancing somewhere on stage or in the audience!!!
3) You are from Gent, in Belgium, a little town where the 70% of the population is composed by students. How old were you when you started to play drums and mixing tracks ? In your opinion, why are there so many succesfull djs from Belgium, is it something in the air ?
I started playing drums when i was about seventeen,i had a punk band called chronic disease for about 5 years and i taught myself to play drums and guitar during that time.
I moved from my birth place bruges to gent in the early nineties and got immersed in all kinds of musical styles and started going to clubs and raves.i discovered techno,house,hiphop,jungle,drum & bass,jazz and rave music.it was the best place to be and it’s still an inspiration.belgium is a melting pot.we’re used to listen to all kinds of music and djing is just an extension of that. At some point there are trends and waves of music that seems ‘in’ but in general in gent people like diversity and are open to hearing anything new and exciting.i think that’s why there’s a good music/dj scene here…
When i got pro tools in 2006,it opened the door for me trying out producing and mixing music…
I have a hate/love relationship with making music on the computer,i think it’s a great tool,but playing music vs working on the computer is still a different ballgame…
4) What does it mean to make people dance today and what did it mean in the 90′s ?
In the nineties people didn’t give a fuck about trends so much,the dance scene was smaller,more intimate and there was a genuine feeling of needing a release.now it’s huge, dance culture is all around,it’s part of the mainstream,and i have the feeling that the essence of the ‘party’ has been lost a bit.the feeling of letting go,getting lost in music. Of course there’s always people who are grateful for giving them a good night.that’s what i’m here for.
5) The list of clubs where you played is very long, from Fabric in London to Social Club in Paris. Where did you find the best atmosphere ?
Some of the best nights have been:’guernica’ in melbourne,a small club that magically transports you to an ‘alice in wonderland meets bjork’ kind of atmosphere.lots of smiling,dancing people too.’Lektrica’ in rome,for a unique concept,half indoor,outdoor room,where the emphasis is on good music and good vibes.the crowd knows the vibe,the dj knows what to play. It works like a charm.’Bar secreto’ ,’the edge’ and ‘gloria’ in sao paulo,brasil.these places remind you why you started djing in the first place.the energy is next level.open,wild and adventurous are the words that come to mind.
6) What are your future projects with Soulwax and as One Man Party ?
Soulwax is writing a new album,all i can say it’s going to be a new exciting chapter.new songs,new inspiration and new angles….As far as one man party’s concerned i’m working on a long mixhour that features what i think has been the best of dance music in the last year or so and will contain a lot of little tiny omp teasers and snippets of partynoise and friends’ little comments.i want it to be the ultimate party mix to put on to get pumped!
It’s going to be the culmination of what i’ve been trying to do live.
Next to that i’ve been making a weekly radioshow with my girlfriend,birgitte.
It’s called ‘elskling radio’ and each show is based on a letter of the alphabet.It features music,topics,recipes and circles around things that we are tickled by.We do it for fun,and as we say,we have an appetite and we want to share it!
7) Is there a song in your ipod you’re ashamed of ?
You know the little hole on the ipod where the minijack goes into?it’s broken,so i haven’t been listening to my ipod and i don’t have a dock.there’s about 95 gigs of music on my laptop and if i have to think of one embarrasing track that’s on there…well,there is not one.
8) Ok, this is the last question. Reccomend us the top five tracks of the next months. Thank you Steve, see you on the stage of Tunnel.
Verdena: attonito…should be played in all clubs all over the world!
Django django: silver rays…imagine the marriage of belle & sebastian and the dancefloor.
Fare soldi: cassa forte…open with this and nothing can go wrong.
Peo de pitte: grey tape,who do you love…as far as heavy elektro goes…this shake my butt.
The field: it’s up there…amazing record.this needs to be played everywhere!
Thanks!looking forward to see my friends in milan and plat tunnel!!!