Tell us a bit about yourself and Dirt Crew.
I started DJing in a small bar in my hometown Maastricht around 1991-1992. I also produced my first music together with a friend around that time. My first record is from 1992 as “Amazone”. After that I started doing music as “Break 3000” – mostly trip hop, electro and drum n bass (that’s where the name came from).
So the first Break 3000 things were released in 1999-2000. After doing a lot of electro it slowly changed into more old school house. In 2003 I started Dirt Crew together with James Flavour from Berlin. Since than I have been building up the label, nowadays I only concentrate on the label and my artist.
Your record label is almost ten years old now. How is everything going for Dirt Crew Recordings?
It’s going really well! We always kept true to our own sound and now that’s paying off with the current return of good deep house, we manage to get over the very boring minimal and loopy tech house years pretty well and I am happy that people are more into the true house sound again. So with new artists like Detroit Swindle, Urulu & Steve Huerta, Ben La Desh and soon Waze & Odyssey we will have a killer year in 2013. Furthermore I am planning the first real Tigerskin album and the debut album by Detroit Swindle.
Have you been to Hong Kong or Asia before? Did your Dirt Crew partner, James Flavour, mention anything about DJing in Hong Kong last year?
I have never been to Hong Kong and I’m really looking forward to visit! I have been playing in Asia before, last time I was in Shanghai which was a great experience too! I have also been to Japan twice on tour. It is great to discover a new side of Asia and especially Hong Kong! James Flavour also had a great time, so I am excited!
You vs. James Flavour, who would win in a pillow fight?
Me of course… haha…
Do you notice any new developments with the music and DJs in Berlin?
Like I said, finally some people are returning to the true house sound. We had some really difficult years in Berlin with only shitty minimal stuff going on, but now you have great clubs that play great music. My favorite club is Wilde Renate, that place is just the perfect club!
What was the first record you bought?
I am not sure what was the first one, but I think it was “The House of God” by D.H.S., or “Total Confusion” by A Homeboy, A Hippie and A Funky Dread, back in 1990. That’s for the dance music. As far as my very first record, that was in the 80’s and must have been something by Duran Duran or Beastie Boys… or Madonna?? haha…
How about the most recent record you bought?
As I don’t buy vinyl anymore, I just can tell you what is my favorite record right now. That’s the latest Roberto Rodriguez on Freerange Records. [listen below]
You’re in the middle of a long DJ set when suddenly you need to go to the toilet. What long song will you play to keep everyone dancing until you come back?
Mike Dunn – “Phreaky MF”. That’s 10 minutes and will keep people busy for sure! 😉
Don’t miss Dirt Crew at Midnight & Co. on March 16!
Peter請告訴我們一些關於你 Break3000 和 Dirt Crew
我開始在一間小酒吧 DJing 約1991-1992年我想是在我的家鄉 Maastricht/Netherland. 在那個時候已和朋友開始製作音樂。第一張唱片Amazone 在1992年推出，自始後就以 Break3000 推出我的音樂。早期 Break3000 的作品在 1999-2000推出. 由 Electro 慢慢演變成 old school house. 在2003和 James Flavour (Berlin) 組成Dirt Crew. 我現在非常專注在發展我的 label和其下的artist.
你的品牌已經十歲，可以說說過去和未來的 Dirt Crew Recordings?
一路以來都好好, 很高興能夠見到聽歌的人從只有 looping tech house 聽的日子變成很了解和喜歡 true house sound. Dirt Crew 和 Detroit Swindle, Ben Da Desh 等等新的Artist 將會在2013創下更好的成績!
你去過香港嗎？你的 Dirt Crew 拍擋 James Flavour 提過去年在港打過碟的經歷嗎?
我從來沒有到過香港, 這次也是很期待! James 也很享受在香港的時間和經歷
你和 James 枕頭大戰，誰贏？
你有沒有注意到任何在 Berlin 的音樂和 DJ 的新的發展？
就像我說的終於有些人從 minimal 回到真正的 house sound. 有幾年不是那麼好, 但現在有很好的 clubs 播好聽的音樂
我最喜歡的是 Wilde Renate, 它是一間完美的 club.
不太記得清楚, 應該是 D.H.S. – “The House of God” or A Homeboy or A Hippie and A Funky Dread – “Total Confusion” 1990.
但記得在80年代第一隻非跳舞音樂一定是和 Duran Duran or Beastie boys… or Madonna 有關 ?? haha..
我現在最喜歡的唱片是近期 Roberto Rodriguez – “Dance Like Nobody’s Watching” (Freerange Records).
當你玩緊長 set 但突然需要去洗手間, 你會打隻咩歌 keep 住個 crowd 跳舞直至你回來?
Mike Dunn – “Phreaky MF” – 10 mins, 確保會繼續跳舞!
Dirt Crew (Break 3000 / Berlin)
presented by Humdrum Hong Kong
and Midnight & Co.
$150 at door (includes 1 drink)
free entry before 12:00 midnight
In the 9 years since the Dirt Crew’s inception they have mastered the art of mixing old school house, new school deep house and minimal funky techno… and then some! Along the way they’ve succeeded in unleashing a flurry of floor stompers that have got people preaching the good news in every town they touch down in.
The “Crew” are well known for an eclectic taste in vinyl material that can only come from true and honest propensity to party. They’ll often throw down sadly forgotten 80’s acid cuts and chuck some old-skool breakbeats on top, just for good measure. They seamlessly weave these elements into their signature sexy, dance floor friendly, beats with an electro-esque pulse that’s sure to keep the heat rising. They keep Deep House alive… no compromises made!
Dirt Crew’s Remix of “Take Me To The Rhythm” by Soul Minority
Humdrum and Midnight & Co. are proud to welcome Peter Gyselaers (the Dutch half of Berlin’s Dirt Crew) to Hong Kong’s glowing club scene.
Peter Gijselaers started his music career as bass player in the indie/dance outfit ‘Swains‘ in 1989, then soon got involved in house and techno production for the Belgian ‘KK’ label. Between ’90 and ’94 he released several records as ‘Amazone‘ on ‘Nova Zembla Records ‘. His DJ career started in ’90 when he began spinning after shows of the ‘Swains’ , in this period he already played in lots of clubs across Europe.
From ’99 on his music production took priority and he released his first 12” on his own label ‘Casanova‘. In 2001 the launch of the ‘Meuse muzique’ label saw him as producer take another direction , with his electro/techno tracks he got recognition by DJ’s like The Hacker, Mick Wills, Dr. Lektroluv and Tiga who included the track ‘Sacrifice‘ on his ‘DJ Kicks‘ compilation out on ‘!K7‘.
In 2005 his release on MBF called ‘Flash’ stormed the charts across Europe within two weeks after its release. In the years since, Peter and James Flavour have been releasing music together as Dirt Crew on top record labels like Gomma, 2020 Vision, Freerange, Breastfed, Soma, and Crosstown Rebels. Since the 2004 launch of their label Dirt Crew Recordings, they’ve hosted an impressive discography with artists like Tigerskin, Adultnapper, Ben La Desh, Till Von Sein, Mano Le Tough and Detroit Swindle.
It’s clear then that the Dirt Crew are tastemakers and world class DJs not to be missed! Be ready this March 16th for Break 3000’s journey into deep dirty house at Midnight & Co.!
Ocean Lam & Casey Anderson
10PM Saturday 5 January 2013
Midnight & Co.
Lower Basement, Harilela House
79 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong
[off Pottinger Street steps, below Wyndham]
Time Out Hong Kong asks Ocean Lam to point out her favorite places in the city in the current issue’s Essential Selections column.
Our friends at Etui Records in Desden, Germany asked Ocean Lam to do an exclusive mix for their podcast, in addition to an interview. The interview and mix are below, but please visit their site to read the full text with more on Ocean and Hong Kong’s electronic music scene.
1. Dauwd – Acireams – Pictures Music
2. Dub Taylor – Urban Silence III (ETRauh14) – Eintakt
3. Matthias Springer – Feierabend – Eintakt
4. Dapayk & Padberg – Deva (Matthias Tanzmann Remix) – Mo`s Ferry
5. Francesco Bonora & Marcello Arletti – Abstraction – Abstract Theory
6. Yooj – Mademoiselle (Martin Buttrich Remix) – Monique Musique
7. Federico Molinari – La Divina Comedia – Osla
8. Knopf & Seferyn – Blank Tape 1 feat. Polymax – Clap Your Hands
9. Andras Toth – Curious Feeling Of Calling – Alphahouse
10. Skudge – Man On Wire – Skudge Records
11. Elting_Lieb – Roll – Resopal Schallware
12. Autumn Park – Flowing – Space Breaks Records
Many people in China love karaoke. Have you ever tried it?
Not for a long time. Cantonese karaoke is the opposite to music I like – too many predictable melodies and stupid lyrics.
How did you come in contact with electronic music?
I used to listen mainly to trip hop. My friend Wendy Wenn, who’s also a DJ, brought me to my first rave, but it was cheesy trance. Afterwards I found a website from Hamburg called betalounge.com. Through their radio show I heard lots more deep, dubby, dark sounds. After finding some artists like Efdemin, Pantha du Prince, Wighnomy Brothers, I immediately knew this was my music and that I needed to share it with my friends. Most of them didn’t get it though, so I was lucky to find Yumla, where there was already a crowd waiting for it every weekend.
Hong Kong is one of the biggest metropolises in Asia. What about the electronic music scene in Hong Kong?
The number of supporters is low compared to Europe, but since most are really dedicated and all of the clubs here are small we can have good parties with a full house every weekend. More fans have become DJs and promoters in the last couple years, so there’s more variety now. Recently the crowds at our Loco parties have been mostly new faces, and everyone’s just excited to prove it can be done in Hong Kong. This is a stressful city, so we love to see people relaxing and having fun to our favorite music.
It seems to be only a small scene but a lot of international artists such as M.A.N.D.Y., Damian Lazarus or Marko Furstenberg played during the last years.
I think all of the promoters are still friends and don’t really see each other as competition, so when one brings an international DJ everyone else gets behind them. Nobody is trying to get rich, the promoters just want to see the DJs they like and share the experience. And you can tell these huge names love to play in our tiny clubs like Bassment!
And can you compare it to the scene structures of Shanghai or Beijing?
I haven’t played in Shanghai or Beijing… yet!
In 2010 you played in Berlin for the first time. How did you feel and how did you experience the German music scene?
Berlin totally changed my direction. At the time I was playing lots of tech house, just beats and minimal sounds. Afterwards I was into deeper music again like the beginning, tracks with more personality.
With Dan F. and Basil Tam you released two singles in Yumla records. Are there some new releases or remixes planned for the future?
They helped me a lot with the production. Casey is trying to teach me Ableton Live so I can make tracks by myself.
Where do you buy your music? Are there any recordstores in Hong Kong and how do you think about the whole digital vs. vinyl discussion?
Online. I play on CD-Js. I like the sound of vinyl but it’s almost impossible to do here. There are no record stores and apartments are too tiny to keep it. Digital DJ controllers look like a toy but I don’t really care.
What is you all time favourite track or record and why?
My long time favorite track is “Crystal Rain” from Matthias Meyer. It´s good for warm up and cool down the crowd during a peak set. It is also very touching my heart.
What is the idea of your podcast? Is there a certain message behind it and how does it correspond to your deejay sets at a party?
The idea of my mix is to make something to be listened to at home more than the club, more soothing and deep. Also a bit trippy and happy!
Upper Pottinger Street
Below 79 Wyndham Road