This new record from Dj Asscar has been on pure repeat in our office, we thought it was a good opprtunity to speak to the artist behind it and have a little chat. Enjoy…
How would you present/describe your work to someone who doesn’t know you?
“Fun and sassy house music with hints of italodisco and euro dance.”
And your last record? How was it born? And where do you want it to lead?
My record was born out of a bad case of depression and stupid dating situations that happened to me during the past years in Berlin. I was seeking some solace from it all and I found an old Ableton project, my only song, that I had given up on years ago and decided to rework that which then became “DON’T EVEN KNOW YOU”. Working on this EP was a refuge from my depression and made me feel a sense of purpose. I’ve always loved music and humour and to be able to combine it was a huge thing for me. I love it when DJ’s play silly euro dance tracks from the late 90s, early 00s and I wanted to bring something along those lines but in a more modern take to the crowds.
What message would you like to convey to the public?
“All I want is to make people dance and laugh, simultaneously.”
How do you make music? What is most important for you?
“I normally just play around on my keyboard until I hear a melody I like and record it to suit my idea. For example, I wrote the lyrics to buns (which is related to a true story) before I wrote the melody.”
Is there a unifying concept behind your art?
“I take inspiration from my misfortunes in life – classic make lemonade out of lemons. I do like to make puns and make light of some experiences I have in life by making jokes out of them and that is a concept I most probably will have moving on with my next projects.”
What makes you unique?
“I guess, it’s the way I blend humour with house music without it getting TOO cheesy (I do have a penchant for cheesy music though). I haven’t heard many artists that are conveying the sound blended with the humouristic aspect as I do, in a modern take.”
As for your studio, what is it currently composed of?
“I make music on Ableton with my MacBook Pro. My set up is pretty basic. I have a Casio keyboard that I use as midi, a microphone with a pop-killer for my vocals and small monitors. I’m more of an idea type of person and can make them happen without using loads of gear. I’m also very happy to live in an age where a simple DAW can make all your ideas come to fruition.”
What is the one instrument you would never get rid of, no matter what?
“I guess my keyboard. It helps a lot to have it standing there for me to just play around and find ideas for melodies and basslines.”
Do you have hope for the future of music? How would you like the future of the music industry to be?
“Yeah I guess so. As I touched upon earlier, it’s never been easier and more accessible to make music at the moment which enables a lot of creative talent to come out of the woodwork. It also allows people to experiment and clear genres does not have to be adhered, more room to experiment which makes me excited!”
Can you reveal some future projects to us?
“I’m going to be travelling for a longer time, aka escaping the grey winter in Berlin in a few months. Which will give me loads of inspiration for my next EP that I already have written out the ideas for. I think I will take a little more time on the next project to fully allow myself to be able to experiment with new sounds. I’m also going to focus a bit more on booking gigs and doing hybrid DJ’ing. Would be nice to be able to perform some tracks live!”
What makes you happy?
“In general, good music, good food and good company.”
What bothers you?
“Music “purists” that are narrow-minded about how music should sound and be made.”
Written by: Alejandro Serrano
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