With the upcoming release by the Greek-born come UK resident, minimalerror, LABEL sat down with Kostas Apostologlou, the man behind the sound.
LABEL: I understand you moved from Greece to Bristol, UK to study. What are you studying?
Kostas: I have moved from Athens to Bristol to study Psychology. I had to put my studies on hold due to some personal matters (but I’m resuming in October) and I have been working as a community outreach support worker. I support people with autism and challenging behaviours.
L: Your musical focus is minimal techno, with maybe a bit of minimal house in there. Minimal techno is generally composed in two ways (and I’m generalizing here), either: a) loops remain constant with flourishes, or b) things are layered over time. Do you have a specific approach?
K: When I produce, I like to build something and have it transformed over a prolonged period of time. Getting a bit dizzy in the continuous loop, you can then pay attention to details and every element, introducing or removing itself from the whole. It gives me a sense of unity.
I sometimes imagine myself playing a record at home, or spinning it at a mate’s house party, or even being in the front left speaker in a massive club and depending on that, I somehow create a mood. I’ve been thinking about the beach a lot lately.
I mess around with my tempos throughout my production and I run it over and over until I figure out how I like it best. Sometimes just 1 bpm could present sounds in a very different way!
When it comes to record sampling, I just go for what I normally never would! You never know what you can find and you can always have a listen again. I have on occasion found myself complete denying some sounds or samples and then return back to them when I was going through a different musical phase in regards to my production.
L: Does the differences between the Bristol and Athens nightlife have an impact on your sound or approach?
K: Parties in Athens were always great but very “genre specified/predictable”. Parties in Bristol are nearly every time a mystery and a surprise to me as the “techno soundscape” is way wider than back home. I see a techno night for example and sometimes the last thing I’d hear is a 4 to the floor beat, in contradiction to what “techno” was in Athens. I’ve heard lots of live acts and experimental genres all under the “techno umbrella”.
My musical background has shifted a lot throughout my upbringing. I was exposed to electronic / dance music at a very early stage but didn’t quite stick with it (consciously) but it has always been a thing within me. I was always attracted to the repetition, beat, and grooves and house music would always make me smile. I have gone from hip-hop to metal to jungle into psytrance to eventually settle down in techno. Artists I really admire would include DVS1, Delano Smith and DJ Sprinkles.
SCHEDULEIV: IN TREATMENT / CD / DIGITAL [LABEL07405]
It all started at the Russell Industrial Complex in Detroit. Members of various Detroit industrial acts including, Columbine and function13, started a new endeavor shortly after the completion of Columbine’s Deuxality EP (self-released). The Russell served as a practice space and recording studio where Patternicity, the new band, cut their first demos. The original line-up of Patternicity included Kevin McLeod (aka Dr. Sevin) of Columbine, Pam McLeod, Jervon Molloy and Joshua McAllister of function13, and Don Gransden of DeLIEN and Siegemachine. Mike Phipps of Pulse State joined later. Eventually, the city cracked down on the burgeoning artist community that had started to thrive in the buildings, citing the owners of the building with unchecked fire hazards, illegal grow ops, and lack of security in the crime-ridden industrial zone.
With frustrations high and the costs of practicing in the city rising, Patternicity split up. The majority of the tracks were lost. A handful of half-written songs not included on those recordings were kept. Practice was moved to the suburbs. Steph took over on vocals and a new band was born: ScheduleIV.
In Treatment is five tracks of uncompromising post-punk, showcasing the quintet’s dance-rock sound with elements of industrial and goth. EP opener, Broken Crown, and its follower, Simulate, set the stage for ScheduleIV‘s unique aggressive melancholia, while Stray is pure dance-punk. Prison of the Mind is love-letter to 90’s dark alternative and metal. Fault, the most anthemic of the five songs, starts as a ballad boiling in a cauldron that explodes in the end. Written by Steph, Mike Phipps, Don Gransden, Joshua McAllister, and Jervon Molloy. It was produced by Ryan Arini of Rock Hill Sound (formerly Metro 37 Studios).
LABEL is proud to present ScheduleIV‘s In Treatment. Available on digital and compact disc.
TURING: SHADOW FALL / DIGITAL [LABEL07304]
Gerald Gaecke has been making deep, dub waves in the world’s techno underground. Starting his music career off as Lingk, he released several EPs and singles on a variety of record labels, showcasing his unique fusion of Detroit techno, Chicago house, and minimal. In 2016, he debuted his newest moniker, Turing. Turing is an experimental project, primarily focusing on deep, dub techno sounds with lush, filtered atmospheres and thick bass. The project has been featured on Dub Techno Blog, and has been released on labels like Superordinate Music, SubDivizion, and LABEL.
Now Gerald is turning Turing slightly off-course. Shadow Fall is a four-song EP of dark ambient music, the perfect soundtrack to a cyberpunk melodrama. Mourning Air crackles with electric echoes and somber string-work. Forge feels like a cavernous, sparsely operated factory of noise and throbbing bass. Purgefeatures minimal percussion, with evolving analog sounds throughout. Nexus is deep, sci-fi ambient music at its finest, with supersonic analog string sounds and subtle electric chirps.
LABEL is proud to present Turing’s Shadow Fall. Available on digital.
LABEL owner and graphic designer Joshua McAllister just launched a new blog focusing on the relationship between design and underground music. The first article is on Steven R. Gilmore, the designer for much of Nettwerk Records and WaxTrax! catalogs. Read it today.