08.11.2011, Words by Zara Wladawsky

Dummy Mix 98 // Walls


How’s it going?

Going great thanks! We just got back to London after 3 weeks on the road – getting used to normality!

*Please tell us a bit about the mix? *

It’s a mixtape of freaked out tracks that I’ve been enjoying recently.. although I’ve always been able to beatmatch, I’ve been really enjoying just doing blends, rather than mixing, somehow seems more respectful to the songs!

You literally just finished your first American tour. How did that go?

All the shows were great – particular those in Boston, Minneapolis… Also getting to know the Battles guys and tour staff who are such a lovely bunch of people.. From a tourist point of view, the coastal drive along Highway 101 was simply stunning, as was the Redwood Forest, home to the most gigantic trees you will ever see..

*How was the songwriting/recording process for Coracle different than
your previous album?*

Speaking for myself, it’s only the second album that I’ve been involved with – the first one was a much more instinctive collection of tracks that we arranged into a satisfying order, whereas with this record, we really sat down and worked on it as a piece, and wanted to make a more full statement than with the last one..

*You came to music from a DJing/remixing perspective and Alessio played
in bands. Through Walls do you feel like you’ve gotten to get into and
explore your musician side (and Alessio his more electronic/DJ side?)*

I think that that is a neat narrative for the two of us, but the reality is much more complicated as we’re both involved in all aspects of the music, but yes for sure, I’ve learned a lot from Alessio about guitar related stuff, fx pedals etc. techniques etc. and I bring to the partnership the experience of having been a DJ and perhaps a deeper knowledge of dance stuff.

What’s coming up for you guys over the next few months?

We’ve got some of our own tour dates coming up, plus we’re going back on the road with Battles around Europe, as well as some shows with our friends and label mates The Field – all very exciting!


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