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FILE 94 // AMILA

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French DJ and record collector Amila is one of Berlin’s music tastemakers when it comes to all the other genres outside mainstream Techno. With Altered Soul Experiment, he was able to create a platform with multiple outlets both digitally and physically to reach his audience. The label releases only mixes on cassette tapes (like the good old days) and has an impressive roster including names such as Ge-ology, Antal or Specter – all of their mix tapes are sold out. The monthly radio show on NTS plays the finest selection of Soul, Boogie, Disco grooves and ambient Jazz by Amila himself or guest DJs. The party series in Berlin provide the space and time to bring all the fans and enthusiasts together onto one dance floor. To guarantee maximum “Altered Soul Experiment”, Amila brings his own rotary mixer and cartridges as well as recorder to the shows. The fuel to power and grow the ASE empire, Amila shared his secret essential which are, believe it or not, cookies! Apparently the French cookies are the best for inspiration and creativity, but while he is based in Berlin – the German brand Milka does the job. We understand.

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1. RECORDER (TASCAM, CHECK HERE): Essential piece of gear to realise how sloppy your mixes get late in the morning ! I’m now recording everything at home or while playing out and it actually really helped me improve over time.

2. STICKER (ALTERED SOUL EXPERIMENT, CHECK HERE): I stick those out as much as possible. It doesn’t serve any purpose but I like to think that people would take the time to check what it is about.

3. COOKIES (ANY BUT FOR MILKA, CHECK HERE): I don’t think I ever worked on anything without a box of cookies in the room. I like those ones because they are good value and Milka probably put some strange chemicals to make you want to eat the whole box. I can also recommend the other ones with the melted chocolate inside the cookie …

4. CASSETTES (ANY): I’m still taking time to put out tapes on my label. I like to be able to put out mixes on a physical format and cassettes is the only media that make sense. I’m not specially into their sound but I like the limitation of a format.

5. CARTRIDGES (SHURE, CHECK HERE): I find that in almost every club, you have to bring your own needles. Even if everything is dodgy, you’ll know that they will do their job just fine. On the downside, if you miss a beat you won’t be able to say it’s the cartridge’s fault.

6. MIXER (DJR4000, CHECK HERE): I’m not an audiophile geek but this mixer has a lot of sentimental value. I’ve used it out in so many parties and shared it with so many great artists. I’ve always been able to enjoy myself a lot more on rotary mixers and this one is portable enough to be able to carry just about anywhere.

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FILE 93 // DETROIT SWINDLE

Hands Detroit Swindle 5elect5 EssentialsThe Amsterdam-based duo of Maarten Smeets and Lars Dales – Detroit Swindle started their individual music careers  before they joint forces in 2011, to produce, DJ, play live and run Heist Recordings together. Their knowledge and passion for diverse music genres from Classic House, Jazz, African funk to Disco shaped the Detroit Swindle’s signature sound as well as the ability to put any audience on a musical journey. Their continuously developing and seemingly expanding live set up is probably one of the most impressive and elaborate with tables filled with multiple synths, drum machines, samplers, pad controllers and cables.

When Maarten showed us his 7″ record collection along with the beautifully crafted vinyl weights and personal rotary knob mixer, we understood the passion and dedication that got the duo to where they are now. There is always an “easy” route in every career, but Maarten and Lars take up every challenge to grow and evolve their music – which brought them to a collaboration with the nine-piece brass brand Jungle by Night for their new album “High Life” (to be released on May 28th) to make their music more “live and jazzy”. Essentials can be living proof of your career as well as a reminder to where your roots and core inspiration lies: in Maarten’s case clearly his family and the music.

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1. FAMILY (POLAROID AND GIFTS): I always carry my family with me, in 1 way or another. My wife is a big Polaroid geek, so we always have those little photo’s lying around the house. This one of my daughter is already a few years old, but it takes me back to a lovely holiday to St. Maarten in the Caribbean, so i still carry it around with me. My wife’s name is Roos (dutch for Rose), so hence the pin. My 3 year old son is a big Lego head and ever since he accidentally dropped some lego in my record bag when he was helping me choose the records for the weekend, i kinda stuck with

2. VINYL WEIGHTS (SOFT LEATHER CO, CHECK HERE):  We found these 2-in-1 vinyl weights and 7 inch adapters at a really cool shop called The Scout Leather company. They’re really heavy, which works well for those old warped records and they look nice too. We always need some extra time to explain what they are going through airport security, but with a thick pile of records, they’ll stop you anyway.

3. 7″ RECORD BAG (A GIFT): Lars gave me this bag for my birthday last year. I was always messing around with silly ways to bring the 7 inches, and this little bag is great. it holds more than enough for a weekend, and i can stick it to my Rimowa case with industrial strength velcro. pretty cool :).

4. MIXER (A GIFT, CHECK CONDESA): This mixer was handmade for us in Australia by the lovely people of Condesa. It’s a great sounding machine, fully analog and those potmeters look so lovely. It’s a joy to play with and in the 2 years that we’ve taken it on tour, i can’ remember a single sound engineer that wasn’t head over heels in love with the sound. And that says quite a lot.

5. BOOK (YANN MARTEL, CHECK HERE):  I’ve been wanting to read more for a long time now, but with a full bag, it’s not always easy to find a nice, smaller sized book. I’ve actually just bought an e-reader, so this might be the last book i’ll take on tour. It’s one i’ve read a long time ago, but I really enjoy reading stories like this for a second time, to discover more meaning behind it, and pick up the nuances that you might have overlooked the first time. It’s a great book about a Taxidermist and a writer who’s decided he’s no longer a writer. The storytelling is enchanting and there’s a lot of hidden layers of meaning in the book, which i really like.

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FILE 36 // RAFIK

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1. SOCKS (NO BRAND): Designated Hotel Socks. Seemingly random, yet so important. Hotel room floors are behind hotel room doors and we all know what goes down in there so no thanks, I’m not going in barefooted. It’s for protection!

2. SLIP MATS ( CHING ZENG, CHECK HERE ): Custom Slip mats. Always go with what you know best.

3. MASCHINE (NATIVE INSTRUMENTS, BUY HERE ): The homie. You can slay shows while making beats in between. Do you know that Bud Spencer movie with the kid from space that has a photon cannon that can do anything? That’s it. Like a swiss army knife from space.


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FILE 31 // EGYPTIAN LOVER

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1. WALLET (MIAMI DOLPHINS, CHECK HERE ): When I was just 8 years old I watched Miami Dolphins go to the Super Bowl only to lose to the Dallas Cowboys. It was a good game I really liked the Miami Dolphins. The next year they never lost a game and Won the Super Bowl. I was hooked and a Fan for life. Then the following year they won the Super Bowl again. Best memories of my life so I carry this Miami Dolphins wallet everywhere I go.

2. RECORD (EGYPT, EGYPT – FREAK BEAT RECORDS, BUY HERE ): My first solo record and the memories of making this record is a movie playing in my mind. One day I will make a movie for all the world to see. But this record not only changed my life but many others as well. For over 30 years I have had this same record in my crate and I bring it all around the world with me.

3. DRUM MACHINE (ROLAND, READ MORE HERE ): This machine is the foundation to Egyptian Lover Music. The 808 has a sound so unique and so pure that it’s the only drum machine I still use to this very day. My brand new album 1984 is full of 808 beats and I also bring it to my shows and rock the crowd with it. It’s a masterpiece and I absolutely love it. 


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FILE 26 // LOCKED GROOVE

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1. LUGGAGE (RIMOWA – PILOT CASE, CHECK HERE ): My trusty sidekick when I´m traveling. I bought it because it´s build like a tank and is perfect for a weekend on the road.

2. RECORD (PLACEBO – BALL OF EYES, CHECK HERE): One of the records that will never be far away from the turntable. Sampled by many, but the real thing is unbeatable.

3. SPACE ECHO PEDAL (BOSS RE-20, CHECK HERE ): My bread & butter in the studio. Lovely remake of the classic Roland space echo.
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FILE 09 // ARGY

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1. RING (NO BRAND): My ring is a 100 year old family ring. I have been wearing it for about a decade now and its a mother and son thing.
2. PASSPORT (GREEK CITIZENSHIP ):  I don’t know what i would ever do if i lost my passport. I use it for over 16 flights a month.

3. ARGY & MAMA RECORD (BPITCH CONTROL, BUY HERE): At the moment i am going through the phase of listening to my ARGY & MAMA album with fresh ears and hopefully a more objective perspective.

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