Wednesday 30 March 2011

Interview: Katherine (Whirlingturban, Bali)

Today is the start of a new series here on our House Music blog. I want to introduce you to very interesting fans of our internet radio. Like Katherine, a fashion designer, who worked in New York and for the entertainment industry in Hollywood. Now she is in Bali, creating Bombshell Dresses & Pinup Couture. Let's have a closer look:

First, as always,
describe yourself in 3 words:
Manic Dress Nun

Katherine, you are a fashion designer focusing on Vintage Style Dresses. How did your career start?
Actually, I started designing for myself and sewing as a teenager because I grew up in a (real) cowboy town where I couldn’t buy the clothes I wanted. I fled the cowboy town at 18 and worked as a designer’s assistant in San Francisco during the great days of Gay Liberation and the birth of club culture, before the plague, then thru the formative years of punk; another great time to be in San Francisco.
In the 80’s, I went to Manhattan - still my favorite U.S. city - and worked as a patternmaker and designer on Seventh Avenue and for an Upper East Side boutique that made leather clothing for celebrities.

Then you moved to L.A. and created also costumes for Hollywood’s entertainment industry. For example Uma Thurman and Salma Hayek wore creations from your studio.
That was immense fun since, in Hollywood, money is no object; the object is bringing something from the imagination into reality in the most perfect and gasp-inducing manner possible. The greatest garment craftspeople in Europe are in Haute Couture. In the U.S., they are in Hollywood - the pinnacle of the craft is there and it’s a very satisfying and exciting way to work.

Now you are in Bali with your company “Whirlingturban - Bombshell Dresses & Pinup Couture”. How did you end up there and what are you doing exactly? 
I seem to have about a ten year attention span with cities. I came to Bali on a month long vacation between movie projects when I lived in L.A. and within a week I knew I wanted to have a life here. I had already done the best cities in the U.S., with L.A., as a city, being a disappointment after being spoiled by the cultural choices and brilliant minds in New York.

Bali is a crafty-person’s Disneyland, so the creative possibilities seduced me. Also the entire sense of reality is radically different here on the most fundamental level. The chance to expose myself to a culture and worldview that would challenge my entire concept of the nature of existence was something I was ready for and could not resist.

I moved to Bali to make clothes but my first entrepreneurial idea did not work out. I ran out of money and for a year, as I scavenged any work I could find, I spent night after night for hours on ebay, looking at what kinds of clothing sold well. I found that vintage Hawaiian dresses went for great prices on ebay and wondered how a flawless reproduction would be received. I made a reproduction Hawaiian dress that I felt had everything the originals had except the age. To my delight, I found a home selling to vintage dress collectors and eventually moved away from ebay to my own website,

What is fascinating you about the fashion of the 40's and 50's?  
These two decades call to designers repeatedly. I don’t believe that you can find a single season of fashion where some element from one of these two decades isn’t stir fried into the mix somewhere because these were just incredible decades for fashion. Also, both of these decades emphasize, in different ways, the extreme feminine figure and “X” shape with width at the hips and shoulders or bust and narrowness at the waist. That balance is appealing to the eye and the sense of aesthetics, sexy and so primal that it will never lose its appeal as long as humans maintain an interest in reproducing.
In addition, riffing on these two decades lends a peppering of tongue-in-cheek kitsch/camp that is essential in what appeals to me, my customers and fellow vintage enthusiasts.

Who are your customers and for what occasions do they buy your dresses? 
Besides the above aesthetic point of view and taste that I share with my customers, more than 90% of Whirlingturban customers are either artists by profession or are deeply involved in the arts. They tend to have curves and they like to be noticed. Virtually all Whirlingturban dresses are purchased for a specific event at which the woman wishes to make a strong artistic and erotic statement. Today more than half the dresses we make at Whirlingturban are for alternative brides.

I know you are a fan of our radio station DIRTY MIND MUSIC. How did you find us and why do you like us?
Since fleeing the cowboy town in which I grew up I’ve been an addict of urban culture. Little did I know when I moved to Bali that I would be isolating myself from the urban culture I love. I thought I was moving to an international artist’s colony but I find myself back in a small town. I love what I do here creatively and am I’m devoted to it. But I miss urban culture acutely.

I stumbled across Dirty Mind Music while searching for house music on the internet and it was love at first listen. There is NOTHING else like it. I sit in my little tiki hut on a tiny island in the Indian Ocean and urban culture at its finest visits and minsters to me. My mind teleports to Berlin where it communes with gourmet beats and kindred spirits.  I LOVE Dirty Mind Music!

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Monday 28 March 2011

DIRTY MIND MIX #121: Stephan Bodzin & Marc Romboy

This weeks DIRTY MIND MIX is coming from German producer duo Stephan Bodzin & Marc Romboy. They are one of the hottest acts right now thanks to their great "Luna" album. Tune in at

01 Stephan Bodzin vs. Marc Romboy "Luna" (Oxia & Nicolas Masseyeff Remix)
02 Shlomi Aber "The Majestic"
03 Lemos "Sher Base"
04 Alan Fitzpatrick "" (Gary Beck Remix)
05 Marc Romboy "The Overture" (Egbert Remix)
06 Marc Romboy vs. Stephan Bodzin "Phobos" (Pan-Pot Remix)
07 Shed "Boom Room"
08 Pig & Dan "Love Song"
09 Samuel L. Session "Drum Track"
10 EQD "A"
11 Stephan Bodzin vs. Marc Romboy "Pandora" (Brendon Moeller Remix)
12 Dapayk Solo "Futu"
13 Steve Rachmad "Virton Upgraded"
14 Robert Babicz "Dark Flower" (Fever Mix)

About the artists:
Just a few minutes till impact. Final approach, three, two, one… Stephan Bodzin and Marc Romboy ain´t no astronauts. They are first and foremost musicians, producers and long time friends. Both would admit that arguing and talking music is as important as making it. Together with their own long running imprints, Systematic Recordings and Herzblut Recordings, they have proven how to build up a distinct label sound. However, similar to some well-known astronauts, the word "Luna" has a very special meaning to the musicians because it´s the name of Marc´s daughter and coincedently that of Stephan´s wife as well. Therefore it had been the obvious choice when they were looking for a fitting title name back in 2005. Six years on the project nears its final touchdown and is honored with a triple-CD and an outstanding vinyl-set of six records! You will be surprised by the mighty sound of Stephan & Marc!

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Wednesday 23 March 2011

Interview: Bas Engels (Shoeless, The Netherlands)

One of the coolest party rows in Amsterdam is "Shoeless", a clubbing experience without shoes. We talked with the man, who brings the living room atmosphere in the clubs, about crazy ideas, Berlin and the Nachtlab project.

First, as always, describe yourself in 3 words:
Entrepreneur, positive and social.

Bas, you are the creator of the famous “Shoeless” parties in Amsterdam. I have to say, I am a big fan! How did you come up with the idea and how did the party row develop?
Thanks man! To tell you the truth it all began as a joke a few years ago. A few friends and me always love to party on bare feet, even on outdoor festivals. Several times we said to each other one day we will organize a bare feet party and so it was. The first edition wasn’t a commercial party, only friends and no entrance fee. I think the reason why a lot of people like the party is because it still has the same vibe for years, with friends for friends, like an afterhour.

Beginning of April Shoeless goes for the first time abroad. Your party will be in Berlin. Why did you choose the German capital?
First of all because of our friends there, after years of visiting Berlin frequently I met a lot of very nice people. A lot of them also come often to Amsterdam and to Shoeless as well. This is why we recently organized a Shoeless bus trip from Berlin to an edition in Amsterdam, which was really cool. You can see a small registration here. Logically a real edition couldn’t stay behind.

Tell us more about Shoeless Berlin in Club Ritter Butzke. What can people expect?
A unique atmosphere, because everybody feels like home without shoes, crazy people, really nice DJ’s from Amsterdam and Berlin and a Ritter Butzke, like you have never seen before!

When not organizing parties you are working for “Nachtlab”. What exactly is this and what is your mission?
Nachtlab is big building in Amsterdam were young and leading companies, musicians and artists operating in nightlife can rent cheap working space. Instead of being subsidised by the government like other incubator buildings I combine forces and organize events all together to keep the rent low.

Please write spontaneously a short comment for each of the following terms:
Amsterdam: Really blooming at the moment
Rotterdam: A city in The Netherlands were they play terrible soccer
Ibiza: You always need a holiday after you had a holiday in Ibiza

Best DJ / Producer: Dixon
Best Club: At the moment Club Trouw in Amsterdam is really cool
Best Festival:
Shoeless Open Air of course ;-)

More information about Bas Engels & Shoeless:

Shoeless Party in Berlin at Club Ritter Butzke
Saturday 9. April 2011 from 11:00 pm to Sunday 10:00 am
Facebook Event

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Tuesday 22 March 2011

New House Tracks: Oliver Huntemann, Marco Carola, DJ Wady

This week we have again great new Housemusic tracks for you:

Stephan Bodzin vs Marc Romboy - Miranda (Oliver Huntemann Remix)
Another great remix from a high class artist of a Luna album track from Stephan Bodzin & Marc Romboy. Watch out, the next DIRTY MIND MIX on our internet radio will come from Bodzin & Romboy!

Marco Carola - Play It Loud (Original Mix)
Mr. Carola shows us his funky & groovy side! Cool House track from one of the best techno producers right now.

Aki Nair & Edoardo Hahnel - Your Sin (DJ Wady Remix)
Happy track with cool vocals. When I play this I hear the Spring knocking on the door! 

All three house music tracks are just uploaded to our internet radio pool.
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Monday 21 March 2011

DIRTY MIND MIX #120: Joan Reyes (Spain)

This weeks DIRTY MIND MIX is coming from Spanish DJ & Producer Joan Reyes.
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01. Pierce & Jerl - Philly 3000 (Original Mix) SUARA
02. Luigi Madonna - Open Your Eyes (Original Mix)
03. Joan Reyes & Bass Kleph - Britney (Original Mix) FRESCO RECORDS
04. DJ PP - Miami Vice (Mastiksoul Remix)
05. Nice7 - Point (Original Mix)
06. 123XYZ - Groove Amigos (Original Mix)
07. Pink Fluid - Bitch Lady (Crazibiza Remix)
08. Jay Lumen - Playground (Original Mix)
09. Kaiserdisco - Simplistix (Sebastien L├ęger Remix)
10. Bastian Van Shield - Billie Was Here (Umek & Jay Lumen Remix)
11. John Acquaviva & Olivier Giacomotto - Black Mamba (Original Mix)
12. Steven Lee & Granite - Everybody Wants To Rule The World (D-Unity Remix)
13. Booka Shade - Regenerate (Popof Remix)

About the artist:
Born and raised in Barcelona, Joan Reyes is one of those few artists simply unclassifiable. His productions breaks the solid barriers between mainstream and underground, delighting to all sorts of audiences beyond any label or style. Few like him can boast of unify many worlds with their music, which is that with only 22 years has revolutionized the mass with his mega-hit “Oye Mira” while producing successful tracks supported by Paul Oakenfold, Mark Knight, D.O.N.S., Manuel de la Mare, ATFC, etc. He has remixed artists such Eddie Thoneick, Adam K and D. Ramirez and has published his works on huge labels like Fresco Records, Ministry Of Sound or Vendetta. Deejay Magazine awarded him Best Breakthrought Producer of the Year and he got nominated to the Beatport Music Awards 2011.

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Tuesday 15 March 2011

New House Tracks: Michael Gray & Marco Lys & Plastik Planet, Camelphat, Luca M

Time for some fresh and good housemusic:

Michael Gray, Marco Lys, Plastik Planet - Flashbacks (Club Mix)
These high class artists came together to create a pumping track with a monster reduced octave melody. Flashy!

Camelphat - Amor De Trompeta (Original Mix)
The trumpet and an accordion is playing the main role here. Very nice composition!

David Glass - Latinas (Luca M Remix)
A track with well-tried ingredients: pumping beat and bass line with Spanish vocals. Vamos Chicas!

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Monday 14 March 2011

DIRTY MIND MIX #119: Marco Lys (Italy)

This weeks DIRTY MIND MIX is coming from Italien DJ & Producer Marco Lys.
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01. Kyle Watson - Canned Music (Original Mix)
02. Chase Buch & Nick Olivetti - Notting Hill (Original Mix)
03. Hunzed - Jungle Trip (Dub Mix)
04. Marco Lys - Go (Prok & Fitch RMX)
05. Heartik - Mini Swing (Kaiserdisco's Maxiswing RMX)
06. Bas Amro - This is Me (Original Mix)
07. Michael Gray, Marco Lys, Plastik Planet feat. Xavier - Flashbacks (Dub Mix)
08. Bass Kleph - Oh Yeah (Original Mix)
09. Jay Lumen - Playground (Original Mix)
10. Mental Cube - Q (Marco Lys RMX)
11. Demark & Manna vs. Mind Electric - Wild Out (Chris Lake & Marco Lys RMX)
12. Danny Tenaglia - Dibiza

About the artist:
If you’ve been anywhere near an electronic music event in the past few years, the likelihood is that at least one point during the evening you will have been moving to the hypnotic sounds of Marco Lys. Born and raised in Italy’s legendary Venice, Marco Lys’ reputation has been forged on endless days in the studio perfecting his unique sound of electro tinged house, and demand for his sound has continued to grow with every production that he works his magic on. His work on labels that include Positiva, Rising Trax, Oxyd, Audio Therapy, Baroque, Rise and Direction have gained support from the cream of the world’s elite, whilst collaborations with Chris Lake, Christian Hornbostel, Sam Paganini, Matt Darey and Danny Kirsch amongst others show his diversity and ability to bend his sound to suit. 2010 has seen Marco playing in some of the most important clubs in Europe like The Space in Leeds or Amnesia Ibiza.

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Tuesday 8 March 2011

DIRTY MIND MIX #118: Chiro (Bulgaria/Germany)

This weeks DIRTY MIND MIX is coming from DJ & Producer Chiro. Born in Bulgaria, now living in Germany. He is presenting an energetic house music set for us.
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01. Tube & Berger - Free Tribe (Original mix)
02. Poussez - Methane Lakes (Original mix)
03. Dave Kurtis - Sundari (Cristiano Casiraghi remix)
04. Jean Claude Ades - Vallee de Larmes (Loko remix)
05. Juan Sanchez - Movin (El Mundo & Satori remix)
06. Ramon Tapia - Yeah Yeah (Original mix)
07. Anil Chawla - Mixed up (Original club mix)
08. Ross Evana - Panic Room (Original club mix)
09. Dave Rosario - Scandalous Pink (Lojak remix)
10. Stefano Noferini - Move your body (Original mix)
11. Prok & Fitch and my Digital Enemy - Raveo (Original club mix)
12. Stefano Noferini - Bad Davis (Original mix)
13. Chase Buch & Nick Olivetti - Tu Droga
14. Sultan & Ned Shepard & Maher Daniel - Pink Panther (Alex Kenji remix)

About the artist:
Chiro was born in Silistra, Bulgaria. He started his professional DJ career in 2002 and became popular with his long-lasting energy on the stage, fascinating the audience with his sophisticated rocking techno sets. Then he moved to Germany, where he looked for even bigger challenges. Having already played on hundreds of national and international events, Chiro’s performances are always unique in themselves. If you think tech-house is just an endless groove, you should see him performing – no matter if he is playing on 2 or 3 decks, he takes you to a journey into a completely different world – “This is what I call manipulation” – he says. When he is not performing, you can see Chiro in the studio – working on his next projects. Having already remixed artists like Run DMC, 2 Unlimited, Londonbeat and released lots of own tracks, he’ll never miss putting all his energy and a piece of his heart into the music.

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Tuesday 1 March 2011

DIRTY MIND MIX #117: Sergio Fernandez (Spain)

This weeks DIRTY MIND MIX is coming from Spanish DJ & Producer Sergio Fernandez. Tune in at

01. Mark Reeve – Push It (Original Mix) Variante Music
02. Franco Cazzola – Cutzola (Original Mix) Monique Musique
03. David Glass – Latinas (Luca M Remix) Electronique Digital
04. CamelPhat – Amor de Trompeta (Original Mix) Monique Musique
05. Mark Reeve & Sergio Fernandez – Tron (Original Mix) Insert Coin
06. F. Sonik & Andrew Technique – Words (Original Mix) Monique Musique
07. Hertz & Subway Baby – Interstellar (Original Mix) Neptune
08. Peter Bailey & Carlos Fauvrelle – Jungle Hunt (Original Mix) Insert Coin
09. Timo Garcia & Jerome Sydenham – Mutualism (Original Mix) Noir Music
10. Stefano Noferini – Everybody (Original Mix) Deeperfect

About the artist:
Sergio Fernandez is one of the most relevant electronic artists of our times. During the last years he has received several nominations. Sergio has already released two fantastic albums “Mob Rule” 2008 and “Angel or Demon” 2010. Both were critically acclaimed and recieved commercial success. By the end of 2009, Chris Lake found Sergio Fernandez´s talent asking him to remix his new single together with Deadmau5 “I Said” for Mau5trap Records. He has also released original works and remixes on the best international labels, such as Toolroom, Cr2, Starlight, Plastic City and of course, his own label Insert Coin Records. His style varies from exquisite house to more intense tech house beats. One of the most important facets of Sergio´s performance is the balance he strikes between his pure technique as a DJ and his ability to transmit great energy into the crowd.

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