Exclusive Mix & Interview
October 20th, 2019
Red Pig Flower
Genre: Techno / Minimal / Tech House
Label: Sound of Vast
Welcome. So glad to have you here with us. Introduce yourself to our audience. Anything special you would like them to know?
Hey, my name is Red Pig Flower. At this moment I'd like to introduce myself as a geek who is into music, languages and art. In theory, my job is being a DJ and a producer but I also do a lot of stuff on my own which doesn't necessarily give me income, such as doing exhibitions, researching about memories, drawing manga and whatever inspires me.
Let’s get right into it. Why do you do it? Tell us a defining moment that you knew music would have a big impact on your future.
Why? Because it is fun. I've been doing it for quite long at this point in my life - about 15 years and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. Doing music has become more and more fun as time passes. And the more I do, the more I realize there are so many things to dig and learn.
I actually really didn't know I'd do music for this long as I am quite an introverted person. I thought I'd become a painter but I was really hooked by the beauty of repetition in dance music. It gave me a kind of meditation and hypnosis and once I got into it - there was no way back.
"I was really hooked by the beauty of repetition in dance music. It gave me a kind of meditation and hypnosis and once I got into it - there was no way back."
Any advice given to you that you would like to share that has shaped you into the artist you are today?
There is no particular advice that was given to me technically but I was just naturally inspired by senior producers and DJs who have done this job for a long time. There are a few people in the scene who became legends - and remained nice people, down to earth, passionate and have a long history. While watching these people, I naturally started to think, "I want to be like them".
Those are the kind of people I admire. They never tried to give me the "advice". They just do their job - very well and be themselves.
If you could draw your sounds in a picture - what would everyone see?
I would like them to see kind of a surrealistic picture. Something like a David Lynch film. Like inside of a dream world - colorful, light contrast, a few characters hanging around while mumbling some subconscious keywords and mysterious atmospheres.
This picture that you just drew, what has influenced you in the past that has led you to illustrate sounds in this way?
I grew up reading stories like "1000 Nights" and "Empire of Ants". Some stories about "another world" - not the world we are living in but rather a Science Fiction or Fantasy novel. The stories about foreign worlds always stimulate my imagination. My reality was not easy when I was young. I didn't like the world I was living in at all. Reading a book was my way to escape and made me travel to another world. In the same way that I wish I can tell a story by my music or by my art - works to make the audience travel.
Other than music, how do you express yourself as an artist and as a person? What message would you like to convey to the audience?
I think I'm a very curious person. I think curiosity is the most important thing to me in life right now. I think as long as you are curious and urge to learn - the possibilities are limitless. Once you stop learning, you are like a deadman.
"I think curiosity is the most important thing to me in life right now. I think as long as you are curious and urge to learn - the possibilities are limitless."
Major cities across the world. Which cities showed you the most love when you gave your performance/gigs? Which was your favorite and why?
I always love to play in Italy and Turkey. Lebanon gigs were great too. I think I normally love the countries where the crowds are passionate and expressive. I love to play the cities where the promoters urge to feed me local food. I think those warm countries genuinely meet my needs.
Sound of Vast. What is the history there and where would you like to see it go?
Sound of Vast is a label I made with my partner, Knock. We met in 2011 in London and ran a party together. Once he moved his residency to Amsterdam, we decided to make a label to continue our legacy. We used the name "Vast" because I wanted the label to be open minded - not only fixed with one kind of sound but focus on quality.
Where do I want it to go? I don't know - history will tell us later. What I know is that I want to run it with my partner Knock for a very long time - as long as we both live.
As the time goes by Red Pig Flower, how would you like to be remembered?
Maybe I want to be remembered as a nice person. Yes of course I'm a weirdo, but I don't want to use my weirdness to abuse anybody's feelings.
There are some art projects that I'd like to combine with music such as a "memory project", etc. These are more about research projects which I do to satisfy my curiosity. I try to find the connection between memory, sounds and visuals. To be remembered by my memory project, would be a good metaphor hah.
Tell us something about you that the audience at your shows might not ever know.
Hm...Apart from being a DJ, one of the longest jobs I ever had (3 years) was a Tarot Card Fortune Teller. It was fun but a tough time as I encountered so many strangers per day and listened to their secrets. But it was definitely worth it to train myself to have interactive skills with people. Yes, well now you know.
Any upcoming projects you wish to speak about?
I've made a Jazz Electronica duo with a drummer. I started to get into Jazz and started to practice piano. It is a lot of fun but I don't know how long it will take to properly form a project.
As working with a musician who plays a "live instrument" in Electronica music, the context is pretty challenging, but it kind of helps me open my mind and helps me by not getting in a boring routine of making the same loop. So I want to push this project for a while. It will be fun to do more of a live concert with him with a fun theme. Let's see what will happen.
Red Pig Flower, in a few sentences. Tell us about this mix you made for us. Where did you get your inspiration? Is there anything special you want the audience to know?
As requested, this mix is 100% made of my music. I always had this idea to make a mix of my music only but never had a chance to realize it. I also somewhat felt insecure about my productions. But at this point I have so mannnnnny tracks.
Anyway, I thought, "Ok, why not challenge myself?". The genres of music I make are quite vast - sometimes Techno, Minimal or it can be Experimental. But for this mix I wanted to keep it minimal and try to express a trippy and deep vibe. I hope I did a good job. Let me know if you like it.