Siege: "I love a straightforward jacking groove - but also love melodies and vocals..."

Words by: Mantis Kane
Posted: 17/9/15 9:14
Interview with Sieg Motmans AKA Siege

Sieg Motmans AKA Siege is a Belgium born producer set to release his debut EP on Azuli. ‘Crunk’ is bass-forward club track with an infectious and instantly recognisable R&B vocal. Its bouncing bassline and effective build-up-drop composition positions it as a dancefloor weapon, aimed for those who dig the fruitier side of deep house. We fired a few questions at Siege.

Sent it across and they signed it immediately. Took some time to get the paperwork done because of the vocal...Tell us about your new single.
The new single is called‚ 'Crunk’ forthcoming on Azuli records; came about a couple of months ago when I was playing around with Mary J Blidge’s vocal in the studio. I’ve noticed Defected had picked up the Azuli imprint again and thought it would be a good fit.

Sent it across and they signed it immediately. Took some time to get the paperwork done because of the vocal – but it’s all done now and we’re good to go. The response has been amazing so far especially with Danny Howard, DJ Cameo and DJ Target smashing it on BBC Radio 1 and Radio 1 Xtra.

Your music references the deep house sound of the east midlands UK scene e.g. Inland Knights, Kinky Movement, DiY Discs, whose sound resonates today. Who’s been your biggest influence?
Hard to tell really, I’ve been listening to dance music since I was 10 so obviously I’ve had quite a few... I remember taping Thunderdome CD’s to bang out on my first Sony when I was still in primary school – luckily I’ve moved on from that haha.

I love a straightforward jacking groove - but also love melodies & vocals. I combined the two in Crunk & for me this works wonders...At the moment I do check out a lot of the shows Pete Tong and Danny Howard have on BBC Radio 1 – so that might explain the UK sound. Labels like Defected are an influence as well as they’re always bringing quality and have been true to their musical course throughout the years.

Your dream collaboration?
Ha, I do really like Sonny Fodera’s stuff at the moment. He has this really cool and underground vibe going on but isn’t afraid of using vocals which is rare these days. I love a straightforward jacking groove – but also love melodies and vocals. I combined the two in Crunk and for me this works wonders. Sonny pulls this off in a lot of his tracks and that’s why I’d like do collaborate with him.

What dance music genre do you think will be regurgitated next after deep-house?
Gabba? ;)

If you could keep one piece of studio equipment, what would it be?  
That would be my Mac I suppose, won’t be able to do a lot with my other gear without my DAW.

Given the choice, would you ban smart phones from dance floors? 
That’s an interesting one. Yes why not, when going out your main goal should be having fun anyway – not staring at your phone or trying to film everything that’s happening. Also that way people shouldn’t fear ending up all over the internet when they had one drink too many ;)

Yes why not, when going out your main goal should be having fun anyway – not staring at your phone or trying to film everything...Secret gems - tell us about an undiscovered clubbing location
The Robert Johnson in Frankfurt. Never played there but it’s an amazing venue and great crowd!

What’s the most astonishing thing you’ve seen in a club? 
To be fair I don’t care much about decoration in a club. I’ll pick a quality sound system with a good DJ over an amazing show anytime. Apart from CO2 cannons – I love CO2. I went to Glitterbox in Space this season and for me that was quite on point in that respect.

Unlike sport, the shelf life of a DJ is long affair - how do you guys prepare for the next 90 years? Any tips on moisturising?
Easy: no drinking, loads of sleep and a healthy diet – think every DJ lives by those rules ;)

'Crunk' is out 21st September 2015.

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