DTMIX100 – Electric Indigo [Vienna, AUSTRIA] (incl. Q&A)
The 100th guest mix milestone is here with the soundtrack provided by the highly respected Electric Indigo from Vienna. Releasing music from 1993 and seeing it land on DJ Hell’s International Deejay Gigolos, to Kompakt, to Disko B. Having a few years living in Berlin and working at the legendary Hard Wax store, Susanne has been exposed to a wealth and unique depth of techno culture. In 1998, she founded a very important international database and network called “Female:Pressure” for female artists in electronic music and digital arts. Not only this, but she regularly lectures at educational institutions like the University of Music and Performing Arts in Austria. The mix is a wonderfully classy and well thought out masterpiece, from industrial harshness to deep and hypnotic layers. Tracks included from Dadub, Svreca, Adam X, Imugem Orihasam, Kuroi, Reeko, Monya and more…
01. KLARA LEWIS : msuic 1 [Peder Mannerfelt Produktion 01]
02. ELECTRIC INDIGO : zero (Dadub Remix) [Suicide Circus Dark Series]
03. KUROI : climate [Aconito Digital Series]
04. SVRECA : ebisu [Semantica]
05. DONOR/TRUSS : ash 2 [M_Rec Ltd Grey Series]
06. ADAM X : catenary [Sonic Groove]
07. IMUGEM ORIHASAM : load [Exhibition Design]
08. ELLE : ayahuasca 1 [Black String]
09. KUROI : composure [Aconito Digital Series]
10. DEZ WILLIAMS : all that remains [Trust XV-II]
11. MAKATON : lead you astray [Token]
12. DEAD SOUND : forced (AnD Remix) [Decoy]
13. ASCION : ulm [Black Sun]
14. PAULA TEMPLE : gegen [Noise Manifesto]
15. DONOR : menace is mine [Prosthetic Pressings]
16. SAWF : kaseta [Prosthetic Pressings]
17. REEKO : to the sun [Modularz]
18. XHIN : blade moth [Stroboscopic Artefacts]
19. SCALAMERIYA : delegator [Genesa]
20. MONYA : rebelier [Corresponding Positions]
21. VAL_EX : metacognition [Solar One Music]
Q&A with Electric Indigo
by Stuart Ingram & Jack! Who? for deathtechno.com
> 01. Can you tell us about how your forthcoming album is progressing?
As it turns out, there are always more urgent projects. Right now, I am working on a new experimental live piece “109.47 degrees” that will premiere end of December in Vienna. Together with Mieko Suzuki, I am developing a sound installation for the next JULIUS show at the Paris Fashion Week and, together with Thomas Wagensommerer, I am working on a new A/V version of MORPHEME which will premiere at CTM Festival end of January.
My plan is to work on the album tracks in February and see how they evolve. I guess if I had a deadline for the album it would proceed much faster…
> 02. What or whom has inspired you to champion equality in the music industry and set up the “Female Pressure” database?
I started it because I was/am personally affected, out of a natural sense of fairness and political awareness. And, maybe above all, I had a very practical motive: I saw the need for an easily accessible source of information about female artists in my own field of activities.
> 03. Were there particular difficulties you found in developing yourself within a male dominated arena? Do you think things have changed?
I experienced both advantages and disadvantages because I am female. The biggest problem with this is that I wish sex and gender would not matter at all… The most common preconception about women in fields that have some sort of male connotation is a significantly higher level of scepticism. To confront scepticism can be a positive challenge but it has impeding effects most of the times.
Yes, things have changed. The topic is relatively popular now and there are more women visible in the music scene who release and perform at notable festivals.
> 04. Last we heard your label Indigo Inc was sleeping, have you made plans to bring it back?
No, at the moment I don’t have much interest in reviving it.
> 05. You are known for your intelligent and experimental/improvised take on electronic sound. What are the things influencing your direction right now?
Industrial sounding, broken beats and sinister, morphing, multifaceted soundscapes.
> 06. What pursuits do you enjoy outside of music and would you say these have crossed over to your sound?
Politics, philosophy, traveling, technology, arbitrary knowledge, fine arts and food. Actually, I feel that everything my mind deals with crosses over to the music I make and I play in one way or the other. But most important to me are personal relations with other people and minds. Social interactions have a very strong influence on me.
> 07. Who have been your favourite artists (not necessarily musicians) of 2014 and who will you be looking out for in 2015?
Orphx, Dadub, Robert Henke, Angelina Yershova, Paula Temple, Thomas Wagensommerer, Mika Vainio, Holly Herndon, Adriana Lopez, Pia Palme, Aiko Okamoto, Béla Borsodi, Mieko Suzuki, Christopher Nolan, Tarik Barri.
Looking forward to all of them and to: Cio D’Or, hiT͟Hərˈto͞o, Kuroi, Lower Order Ethics, Sonae, Aleja Sanchez, Hyperactivist.
> 08. We love your sound. Have you any stand out memories of gigs in the UK or do you have any in the pipeline?!
Oh, thank you!!! No, there’s no upcoming gig in the UK. I vividly remember Sativa in Edinburgh, must have been ’93 or ’94 – they had their famous drummers who would end the night mixing in with the DJ, competing and always winning.
> 09. What is one of your favourite tunes that you must take with you when DJing?
At the moment it’s Paula Temple’s “Gegen.”
> 10. Are there any new releases or other works you would like to mention?
My new release on Suicide Circus Records – Dark Series 007
Premiere of surround sound version of Morpheme at CTM Festival on January 31: