Endless Summer: T1000 Radio featuring Filterheadz

Endless Summer: T1000 Radio featuring Filterheadz

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Friday, 25 March 2016
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T1000 Radio’s Mark Gilmour catches up with Belgium Techno DJ and producer duo Filterheadz

MG – You’ve had a really interesting background, starting out in a band. Tell us about that and how you ended up getting into electronic music?

P – We started as a band, but never really got far. A couple of years later we both went to jazz school in Frankfurt, a day school to learn jazz. That’s where we started hearing acid jazz. It was the early ’90s and we had never really been into club music because it all sounded so mechanical, so sterile. Acid jazz sounded much more organic and we started to get into US house, Masters At Work, David Morales. All this was in the mid to late ’90s. From there we started making demos. After a while we got into techno and that’s where we are now.

MG – How do you think your skills on guitar and other instruments have influenced your electronic productions?

P – I’ve never actually used any guitar stuff. (Laughter) When you have a pop or rock background you tend to think more melodically. You tend to think more in terms of harmony. Techno is sometimes more abstract. This is both a good and a bad thing. Sometimes you need to turn off your melodic mind and do something more abstract. Sometimes you have to do more melodic stuff.

MG – It’s been over a decade now since you broke through. How has your sound changed over that time?

P – One of the things about Filterheadz is we’ve always liked a lot of music. A lot of people just like techno music. They’ve been listening to techno music the last 15 years and that’s just what they do. But for us, we also like house music, I really like progressive, especially the oldschool stuff. We like techno, we like rock stuff. We always try to use influences from everywhere. If you listen to our first records and remixes it’s actually quite a broad spectrum of sounds. On one hand we have the Latin Loopers EP or Sunshine, which is full-on techno. On the other hand with the remix of Struggle For Pleasure it’s totally progressive-sounding, in the typical Sasha & Digweed sound. Over the years we’ve tried to combine those two. Sometimes a little bit more to the melodic side or techno side.

MG – Speaking of some of those tracks, when you perform, do you still play a lot of your older stuff?

P – We always have them “in the box”, so to speak. We always get requests to play Sunshine, so that’s usually in the set, not always. We also have some older remixes that we like, Green Velvet, La La Land. We just pull it out from time to time, depending on the night.

MG – 2015 was a massive year for you guys, with a whole lot of quality releases. What’s in-store for 2016?

P – At the moment we’re working on some new material. We have a lot of tracks finished already. We’re going back to an older sound. Not necessarily vintage techno, but it’s influenced by older stuff. Influences like old Dave Clarke stuff, a lot of Garnier stuff. Techno at the time was a bit more, how can I say it… These days you have either combinations of harder stuff or more melodic stuff. In those days you had stuff that was hard and melodic as well. That’s what we’re looking for right now, and what you can expect this year.

MG – In the way of tours, what have you got on this year?

P – There’s always stuff coming up in Europe. We’re doing Spain and Eastern Europe. We’re going back to Japan this year, and finally coming to Australia for the first time. (Laughter)

MG – We’re looking forward to it!

P – It’ll be good.

MG – If you could play back-to-back with anyone you haven’t already played with, who would be at the top of your list?

P – If we had to pick our favourite DJ, it would probably be Laurent Garnier. He’s one of those DJs that always surprises you. You always find stuff that you’ve never heard before. It always sounds amazing when he plays.

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