Meet the Fathers of Hard Funk - Kamui
Reported by Jon-Brown
Submitted 10-09-08 14:36
If I had to think of a word that best suited my guests today, I am pretty concrete in the decision that the best word to describe them without a doubt – is innovative. Young, fresh and bringing something new to not only their native Germany, but at several venues and open air events throughout Europe and further a field, Kamui (aka Dominik Felsmann and Patrick Scheidt) are certainly two lads simply brimming with different, creative and ever evolving ideas both in the studio and upon a stage.
Their well stacked discography started in 2004 with the crowd pleasing Ghost on Overdose and now sees them well into over 30 releases across a menagerie of well established record labels such as Tracid, Traffic, Straight On Black, Druck and Drizzly -which, is impressive considering that they both have only just hit their early twenties and in that time have also managed to create their own sound- a sub genre labelled as ‘hardfunk’ that mixes funky with tech, but keeps it hard.
They keep a busy diary, with Australia, Canada, Sweden, Ireland and of course the UK all on the cards and not least, an all star performance at Dance Valley all of which is carving out a clear picture of just how promising these two new European prodigies have become in the last three years alone and that’s before you’ve heard their international smash hit single offering – Electro Slut which has been tearing up dance floors everywhere it’s dropped like a match to petrol soaked touch paper. IN short they are redefining the basic structures of how hard dance is produced and adding that extra mile of depth and intelligence with every thing they do!
I caught up with Kamui ahead of their headlining set at Resonate at The Old Firestation in Bournemouth on Friday 12th September to talk about their latest single, their sound and their unique style.
Your recent works, including Electro Slut and the Toolbox EP seem to be one sold out hit after the next, what do you guys think it is about what you do and the music that you create that makes your work such a success with clubbers?
Not too sure, but we're always on the hunt for the next thing that might be working in a club. We're not happy with producing or releasing 'safe players' because it doesn't feel satisfying when you know you could have done better. This is a danger at the same time though because you might get too ‘eager beaverish’ and produce something that only you like but no one else on the planet does; but yes, we prefer win or lose over being average.
How’s the new single coming?
The follow up is nearly finished so it should be released around November, as Toolbox EP was just released in July.
You boys, along with A*S*Y*S have been accredited with the creation of the hardfunk sound, for those that don’t know what it is, please explain it to us and also tell us how it came about?
We had a lot of people coming up asking: 'What style are you doing?' but at the same time there's still heaps of them who say we're producing hard trance, but if you'd be doing a world wide survey about defining hard trance then the answer would be '2002 Scot Project Sound' and this is definitely not the description for our sound these days. So, we had to come up with something else that describes what we're doing a bit better. Funky, techy, but always on the harder side of things.
Is it important to pigeon hole particular sounds in your opinion? What are your thoughts on this?
It can work both ways, with or without, so it depends on if you are happy in which category you get put in by people or not. The other thing is that some artists seem to live for their style and only their sub style and definition for it so much that they make it impossible for themselves to evolve. Releasing a song with 'Hardstyle forever' vocals and then releasing techno or trance two years later is just not credible.
Your sounds can often be defined as original, creative and stand apart from your fellow German producers, this is because a lot of your work blends different styles into one unique sound. How is it that you achieve this and what inspires you to do so?
I reckon observing and listening to all sorts of electronic dance music is essential and being a duo makes it easier to get more influences into one production, combining forces; and you should never get too fanatic about one sub style, stay open minded for changes and progression.
What does Kamui mean and where did the name come from?
Kamui is a term for God or spiritual divine from an old Japanese ethnic group. There's for example a Kamui of darkness, Kamui of the Sun, etc.
Kamui is not the only name you’ve gone under though is it? Give us an example of some of your aliases and why you use alias names for your varied productions?
In the past we produced under aliases like Virus Inc, Synthflut, Black Phaze, but this is over now. Back then we didn't know yet what 'our' sound was so we experimented a lot till we knew that Kamui was what we wanted.
Your first release was on Overdose and was a massive hit; did you envisage it being that successful? Or were you happy at that stage just to get it out there and in the public domain?
We first gave the track to Drizzly Records where we released the Virus Inc. stuff but they declined it. We thought 'Hmm maybe it's not that great after all', so we were more than happy when Overdose decided to sign it and even happier that a lot of people loved the track.
Producers then DJs – or DJs then Producers, which came first and how / why?
First producers – then DJs. I think we were always more interested in having our own songs than just playing songs of other people. Looking back on it now it was a good idea to keep it like that because it's nearly impossible to have international bookings without successful productions. We never play less than 60% of our own tracks, edits, remixes because we see ourselves more like producers who present their own music and favourite tracks of other producers without calling ourselves ‘DeeJays’ with the original meaning.
You’ll be headlining Resonate in Bournemouth on the 12th September, a party which has grown from strength to strength on the South Coast of England and has seen many names grace it’s stage – including most recently, your good friend A*S*Y*S. For your UK fans that will be joining us and especially for those that have never seen you guys perform before – what can we expect to see from your appearance in Bournemouth?
Expect me, handsome, 1.89m, dark hair, foreign accent, doing love looongtime! Yeah but seriously, you can expect new unreleased tracks, remixes, edits as well as well known stuff, so it will be definitely a fun night! See you at the Old Firestation!
Thanks boys! We look forward to seeing you very soon in Bournemouth!
Photos courtesy of Kamui. Not to be reproduced without permission.
Friday 12th September
The Old Firestation [map]
22:00 - 05:00
£13 Members, £14 Advance, More On The Door, On The Night
Online Bookings: http://www.resonate-tickets.com or via the usual South Coast & West ticket outlets. Coaches are available by getting in touch with the relevant coach operator in the specified area – for South Coast contact Ernie on 07973 55 11 71, from Wales contact Sketchy on 07900 055 090, from Bristol and Bath contact Anthony on 07979 272 412 and from the West Country contact Jon at Eventz Travel on 07779 232 854.
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International DJ’s & Producers Kamui, Mark EG, Frisky, Kidd Kaos & HTID Album Stars Re-Con & Squad-E all Confirmed for Resonate’s Return to it’s Original Home in September
12th September 2008 – Resonate - The Old Firestation, Bournemouth
Quite literally fresh off the back of tearing up Arena Nine at the almighty Sanctuary Festival, Resonate return in September to kick off the Autumn with a star studded cast of Hard Dance heroes with Techno, Hardstyle and Hardcore nicely meshed in to solidify your soundtrack to the weekend. Chunky, funky, filthy, dirty and hard are all high on the to-do list across three rooms as they return to their original home – The Old Firestation in Bournemouth on Friday 12th September from 22:00pm – 05:00am to welcome a plethora of DJ talent that includes Kamui, Mark EG, Frisky, Kidd Kaos and for the first time at Resonate a Hardcore Arena featuring Re-Con, Squad-E, Gammer, Geos Crew, Supreme, Sunset Regime and a packed MC line-up!
Kicking off with a fully stacked Main Arena, this particular edition of Resonate has some very special guests lined up for their September festivities with headlining German sensation Kamui taking to the Main Stage, Resonate resident and international master of Techno and Hardstyle – Mark EG and Welsh belle and full supporter of the European Hardstyle movement, the gorgeous Frisky will be making an appearance. The Main Arena will also see a set from rising prodigy Kidd Kaos, currently part of the Kiddfectious, All Star Squad which consists of Alex Kidd, Kutski and Kidd himself and no less a regular at countless Goodgreef parties across the nation.
Resonate’s September onslaught will of course include it’s residents – Resonate promoter and creator SL-DJ, Iain Cross, another rising star in the Hard Dance forum that has surplus amounts of potential, getting rave reviews for his latest free download mix ‘Futuristic’ and another newcomer that’s currently on the verges of breakthrough - Louk. The Arena will once again be hosted by established Techno and Hardstyle MC, Ribbz.
However, if all of this wasn’t enough, then fear not because if you like things a bit more uplifting look no further than Room 2 as Resonate are joined by their UK Hardcore cousins and my, my have they brought the goods! Featuring a line-up that reads like the who’s who of South Coast raving and bringing a nice blend of well known superstars and breakthrough new breeds – welcome to Room 2 a handful of UK Hardcore legends and promising break through artists including the boys recently responsible for mixing the Top 10 HTID hit compilation album - Re-Con & Squad-E, True Hardcore 2 album stars Gammer, Supreme and Sunset Regime; Electrik residents and producers the Geos Crew, Fusion residents the Chunky Boys and from the South Coast new breed of talent - Paul EP & Smithy and up and comer Danny P. MC’s for this arena include Whizzkid, Wotsee, Knight, Casper, Scotti B and Skatty.
Room 3 will be the stomping ground of the South Coast’s finest up and comers as DRS, Louk & Joel Heaton, Pete Bennett, Serky back to back with Si Searl, Dave Sayer back to back with Stratton and residents John Black and Major DJ set the scene for a wall to wall DJ battle of the very best in new, up and coming talent.
Tickets for this event will be £14.00 in advance plus booking fee from selected ticket outlets, £13 for members or direct from resonate-tickets.com, with the price of admission being more on the door, on the night. Coaches are available by getting in touch with the relevant coach operator in the specified area – for South Coast contact Ernie on 07973 55 11 71, from Wales contact Sketchy on 07900 055 090, from Bristol and Bath contact Anthony on 07979 272 412 and from the West Country contact Jon at Eventz Travel on 07779 232 854. Please note that this event is for over 18’s only and that Baseball Caps or headwear covering the face is not permitted on site.
Whether you like it dark & dirty or neon and fluffy – join Resonate on the 12th September as they thrash the roof off the Old Firestation in Bournemouth the way only they know how!
Don’t hesitate… Resonate.
Hard Trance. Psy Trance. Hardcore. HardStyle. Hard House. Acid Techno.
Hard Dance & Hardstyle
Re-Con & Squad-E
Paul EP & Smithy (THE COR)
Resonate Up & Coming
Louk & Joel Heaton
Serky B2B Si Searl
Dave Sayer B2B Stratton
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