BRAWTHER INTERVIEW, by JASON KENDIG of Honey Soundsystem
Brawther plays Housepitality Wed 5/16/15 and you can buy $5 early bird RA tickets here and come when you want to, otherwise it’s $10 after 10pm at the door.. FREE champagne from 9-10 as always, we got you.
While some of you may not know who he is, our job at Housepitality is to expose you to the heat of the Underground. Thus we welcome BRAWTHER, half of fast-rising label/production outfit Dungeon Meat. A Paris-born, Leeds-based artist who wants you to know that all you need to know is that he was raised on house! Our dear friend Jason Kendig of Honey Soundsystem has taken some time out of his busy schedule to conduct this short but to the point questionnaire on the man, BRAWTHER, his work as Dungeon Meat and his upcoming solo efforts…
JASON KENDIG INTERVIEWS BRAWTHER (DUNGEON MEAT)….
Jason: Did you find that djing became an extension of making music? Or did making music become an extension of djing?
Brawther: Djing came after. I did buy records before starting to dj but i never planned to become a dj. Producing has always been coming first, but i admit that now i enjoy just as much as producing and i guess it has influenced the music i make too.
Jason: Was there a specific moment when you realized that this was the path you wanted to follow?
Brawther: After a few solid parties in the UK during my youth, i got to see how much life and energy could be generated within a small group of people under the same roof. Somehow i knew that i wanted to be part of this, in a way or another.
Jason: I have many of your releases as Brawther, Paris Underground Trax & Dungeon Meat. Have you considered what type of music you would release if you were to use your given name of Alexandre Gouyette instead of an alias?
Brawther: Interesting question, i really don’t know and i don’t think i’d ever do it, if i was to become a real musician i guess i would venture into jazz?
Jason: Do you have a favorite time in the evening to play?
Brawther:Not really, every time serves it’s purpose and every club and country is different. If you have a good crowd, it’s always a good time.
Jason: Do you have a specific routine when preparing for a gig?
Brawther: Yes, i’m late and disorganised usually, scrolling through my record shelves for that one record i want to bring with me!
Jason: What do you like to listen to when you’re not listening to dance music? Or when you’re trying to relax?
Brawther: I love jazz funk and old latin jazz from Cal Tjader. It takes me to a place i wish i had experienced. It’s got that instant coolness about it, the 70’s..
Jason: Any favorite tracks for closing out the night that you wouldn’t mind disclosing?
Brawther: One of them is Gino Soccio – The Dancer
Special thanks to Jason Kendig for taking some time to write this interview. CATCH BRAWTHER OF DUNGEON MEAT WEDNESDAY MAY 6TH AT HOUSEPITALITY… Info below.
May 6th 2015.
Housepitality Featuring BRAWTHER.
:BRAWTHER (Dungeon Meat, Balance Recordings | UK)::
Opening set by:
::BENJAMIN VALLERY (Slinky, Forward SF | SF)::
Lounge takeover by:
::MARTY MARS (Chicago)
WE GOT YOU.
$5 early-bird tickets available on RA:
Bottomless champagne 9-10pm
Free b4 10pm with RSVP – $10 after
$5 Jameson (with mention of Housepitality discount)
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Born in Paris, now living in Leeds and raised on house – that’s just about all Brawther wants to tell you. You’ll have to glean anything else you need to know from his music. So far it has been only selectively released into the wider world, but on esteemed labels like secretsundaze and My Love Is Underground. It varies from pad-laced daydreams to tough edged 4/4 beats, always displaying such true school ideals that it wasn’t long before he became a close friend and protégé of US pioneer Chez Damier.
As a DJ he is as comfortable playing Circo Loco at DC-10 as he is at fabric, Panorama Bar or Glastonbury, and so too does Leeds institution Back to Basics come calling for his services on a regular basis. Brawther is also the man behind record label and production partnership Dungeon Meat, a like-minded collaboration with Tristan da Cunha. Very much prising quality over quantity, Brawther knows just when to release his records into the wider world. When he does, it seems the world takes note.
Benjamin “BodyRock” Vallery’s sound delivers darkness with moments of lightness, maintaining momentum and going the distance. His sets sprint like predators across the night, hunting down the beat, then disappearing before you can catch them, creating an undeniable dancefloor unity in his wake that motivates him personally to continually improve. His energy is notorious, and he’s fond of creating environments that burst with personality, unusual samples and ringing percussions. His style encapsulates Detroit hustle (tech), Chicago flair (deep house), Oakland swagger (funk) and New York success (vocals and highs). No wonder he feels right at home in San Francisco, a city technologically adept enough to hold all his attributes.
His SoCal collective, The BodyRockDJs, is influenced by Benjamin’s West Coast travels and stays in Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles. His residency with Forward SF propelled him to new creative heights, alongside the legendary and beloved Adnan Sharif, founder and DJ for Forward SF.
His productions and co-productions catalogue is soon to grow. Receiving some worldwide recognition for the vinyl and digital “L.A. Loves You” EP in 2006—with remixes by Justin Martin and Broken Home—was helpful for getting him booked repeatedly in Japan, as well as in Mexico. Ben’s dedication to the underground culture and scenes in L.A. and S.F. has created a pillar of respect for him as a DJ and promoter along the “Best Coast” and beyond.
Curiously known as “Grandma,” Benjamin’s bravado is anything but retiring. Just wait until Grandma has you in his claws …
Marty Mars is a Chicago based DJ, producer, and remixer.
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