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JOE LE GROOVE INTERVIEW 30 HOUSE / TECHNO Issue 37 / MAR-APR 2012 ANTHEA A DJ turned producer with a very bright future. We spoke about her new productions, her influences and the music that inspire her. hope I've made my way back. Joe Le Groove What kind of music did you listen to as a child? A lot of influences came from my father because he had quite a nice record collection. He listened to everything. There was a lot of reggae, a lot of soul and jazz. He liked of everything, even Eric Clapton and The Police. Yeah, it was different. A bit of rock, a bit of pop, reggae, soul and funk. I was in a steel band for a little while. I was the drummer. We did really well, but our teacher was giving us music from 'Astraud Gilberto' a massive Latin jazz musician. And that was the music we were playing. We weren't playing Calypso or anything like that. When all my friends were listening to Ragga and Hardcore, I had this Astraud Gilberto album going round my head. For about a year I had this album on repeat and I loved it. So Jazz was a big thing for me when I was young. Once I hit Uni and was away from home, I started to get into partying and dance music, but not the good stuff… at least I don't think so.I went to a lot of student parties, My music taste started off really good and then kinda took a turn for the worse. I When you DJ and produce music it almost becomes your life, doesn't it? I have been so blessed. I've got some lovely people around me. I feel really supported and that's really important when it comes to production, even though you do it alone, you don't do it alone. Music isn't something you do alone. You really need to share. You really need to have a group of people that you trust around you to bounce ideas off and learn from. Anyone who says they're doing it on their lonesome is chatting absolute rubbish. You listen to other music to be inspired… or whatever. Music is all about the energy. I've spent a year at home alone trying to make a track. I've done my own head in. It wasn't until I relaxed and started to have fun and started to record my friends that things started to move along quickly. I'm really enjoying my time with the production. I'm making music that I'm proud of, which is a nice place to be at. For me music is a journey. When I was young, my father had a little 8-track, a little studio at home, and we would jam together. Production for me isn't really alien, even though for such a long time I wasn't doing it. If I started production when I started DJ- ing, I might be in a completely different position today. But I didn't. I was too busy partying, When I started in the 90s it was all about your Atari or Amiga, your sampler and more outboard gear. Things were generally more hands on…and it sounded better. Yeah, and it sounds better. That's what I think Berlin has. Living is a little bit cheaper here. More people here have real studios with full equipment. I have some friends here with a studio and we just jam. It's completely different. Not clicking a mouse all day long. I hate that. I'm not into that at all. (Laughs.) That probably comes from your dad and his Bass Guitar right? Yeah, exactly, I'm more focused on the groove. I guess percussion was a big thing for me. I still think there's a place for percussion. At the moment I'm over it. I like it deep. I just think we went through this phase where house music had a revival. In 2009 it moved from minimal to tech house to this per- cussion tech house that everyone was playing. Dice and many others are still playing this stuff. It's not the sound for me right now, but it works. You've done collaborations with close friends—Alex Cellar, Guti, tINI and a few others—but more importantly, you've been working hard on your own pro- ductions. How's that going? I've had some acceleration re- cently. If I think back six months and then look at where I'm at now, I think it's much better. I have some new releases coming out, one on Air London. That'll be my debut release. That's got a tINI remix and she worked really hard on it. She was constantly asking me what I thought of it. She's amazing and such a sweet- heart… she wanted it to be per- fect for me. Then I have another EP out in this summer with some remixes from Dan Ghenacia and Subb-an. Who are your favourite produc- JOE LE GROOVE´S TOP 10 1. Alex Costa - It's A Groove - Intacto Records 2. Catz 'n Dogz - Bring Me That Water - Dirtybird 3. Another Planet - Stargazer 4. Chris Carrier - Thrashin (Deep Mix) - Act Natural Records 5. Jib Rafil - Indian Summer - Brake Horse Records 6. Zee&Eli - I Wanna Dance - Flumo Recordings FLR031 7. Oli Furness - Product - Recore Records RCD003 8. Dani Casarano, Felipe - Valenzuela, Demian Muller Hole In The Middle - Cadenza Records 9. Doomwork - This - Street King 10. Eats Everything - Slink - Futureboogie Recordings ers at the moment? There's a guy called Nina Sol from Argentina—a young guy— and he's been making House music for a long time. He's very talented. I'm also loving the Romanians. Not all of them, but I love their sound because it's kinda like deep house, but for me it feels as though they're taking it a bit further. They've still got that energy, and it's really abstract. That's what I'm really in to. I guess these producers are the most exciting for me. If we're talking about Romanian produc- ers, there's some cool new blood out there: Maayan Nidam, Vera, Dana Ruh and tINI. These guys are always inspiring me. Anything you want to plug before my last question? I'd like to push the label Brouqa- de. Dana Ruh is the owner, and we just signed a lot of new artists. We're not just signing artists. We've just started to do label nights (one in September in London). We've got an amazing crew and an amazing space here in Berlin. I feel like I'm on the right path. Which three people would you take with you to a desert island? The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Keep up to date with Anthea at djanthea

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