Ibiza Voice Podcast 559 :: Julian Alexander
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We started the year with a podcast by Samuel Deep, one of the co-founding brothers of Dutch house crew SlapFunk. And we continue the focus on the Utrecht collective with a mix from his younger brother, Julian Alexander.
Alexander first popped up on the radar of vinyl fans around Europe with a debut release on Dungeon Meat Records, the incendiary imprint by Brawther and Tristan Da Cunha. The release hit the number one spot on Juno’s house chart in 2014 and since then he’s notched up releases on minimal house labels such as Fuse sister label Infuse, Chris Carrier’s Adult Only, Berlin crew Blind Box and of course his home label, Slap Funk.
The label owes its existence to the illegal raves that were put on by Deep and friends in their hometown of Utrecht. The money raised from these parties helped pay for their first release in 2012 and since then, SlapFunk has notched up an impressive 18 EPs. Alexander went to his first SlapFunk rave at the tender age of fourteen, under the invitation of his brother Samuel. It was enough to convince him to walk the path of house music and he’s been flying the flag of SlapFunk in earnest ever since.
Ibiza Voice: What have you been up to this year so far?
Julian Alexander: This year is starting to shape nicely. I'm finishing up my [next] EP for SlapFunk at the moment and I’ve got some nice upcoming gigs at places like Bret, Shelter, 93 East feat, CDV, Mysteryland and more.
How did you record the mix?
The mix was recorded using two turntables and a Pioneer DJM-800.
Where do you get your music from?
I mostly prefer to dig at record stores and storage places inside the Netherlands and while traveling abroad. When I'm at home I mainly dig on Discogs and check out sites like Juno, Decks and deejay.de. To be honest I don't really check promos unless they have been sent by friends or people sending stuff to me personally. I always try to dig as much as I make music, but time management isn't my strongest side. I'm visiting record stores and storage places at least once a month, sometimes weekly or a couple of times a week and online digging I try to do a couple of days a week.
Tell us about your record collection.. Do any of these records tell a story about you?
Every record tells a lot about me, I think every record collection is a reflection of oneself. I started buying only jazz, soul and funk music, shortly after I got into hip-hop and electronic music.
This record is quite special to me as the composition skills of some of these tracks from Akio Sasajima are mind blowing. Accompanied by the legendary Joe Henderson, this record is something I've listened for years and will probably do my whole life.
This track by Hal Galper from his album The Guerilla Band is something I've been listening a lot to as well. I like the fact that he was so interested in the things he could do by shaping the sound of the electric piano and his free approach to jazz music.
This remix by Domu on the earlier stuff of Rush hour/Delsin is sick. Extremely musical production!
Tell us about the scene you came up in, how did it influence you?
I got into this because of my brother Samuel Deep when he took me to one of the earlier SlapFunk illegal raves in 2010 when I was only 14. When I was 16, I started going to parties more often. I share great memories with loads of friends going to parties, hanging out and doing music!
Julian Alexander playing Hyte, Berlin.
Were there any clues that both of you would end up being DJs?
My family from my mom's side is quite musical, but we didn't grew up in a very musical environment. Our oldest brother started to get interested in the bass guitar when he was older and Samuel was always extremely interested in finding new gems.
I always liked what they were doing, sometimes my brother showed me a little bit how to play records. When I was older I started to get really interested in playing jazz on the guitar and later the double bass. Me and Samuel always respected each other for what we did. When the first record on SlapFunk came out, I started to get really inspired and made a switch into electronic music. My brother always gave me the seed and let me explore everything in my own way.
You released your first record with Dungeon Meat, how did that EP come about?
I met Sammy [Brawther] during ADE where we had a legendary party teaming up with My Love Is Underground. When we booked him again in Hal 16 in Utrecht he asked my brother about a track he played which was ‘UNDRGR.’
Afterwards he contacted me to say that he wanted that track to release on his label Dungeon Meat. He guided me a lot since then in my musical life as well as in my personal/spiritual life. Tristan and Sammy became brothers ever since.
What's the hardest challenge you've had to overcome to get to where you are now?
My hardest challenge was to finish up my track UNDRGR. It was my first track made on my Sennheiser headphones instead of my silly computer speakers. It took me something like a year to finish it, but I learned a lot.
What’s happening in The Netherlands right now?
The scene in Amsterdam is nice at the moment, venues like Bret, Shelter and De School are really making the difference. Amsterdam is quite an open minded city, so the people have a good ear. The bad thing is that the scene and the 24 hours license and open minded crowds mainly take place in Amsterdam, so all the surrounding cities cannot compete with that.
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