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Courtesy – Adding nuance to the Copenhagen techno sound (interview)

English November 30 2018 Courtesy-4-Please credit Kasia Zacharko

Interview and reportage by Cameron Pagett. Additional photos by Kasia Zacharko.

A liberal array of red and blue light columns course across a very crowded floor. The beginning hours of morning have fallen over the city and again I am perched at the lighting desk in Volume KBH. Another year, another chapter in diy-organiser Fast Forward’s history unfolds in a smokey warehouse. The speakers are loud, it is nearing halloween and many of the patrons arrive and move with the music in outlandish costumes bringing an extra flair to the scenery and special ambiance this Copenhagen-based collective is known for.

Standing in the dj booth, tenderly and carefully managing the controls stands almost certainly Copenhagen’s most recognized techno-dj, Courtesy (Najaaraq Vestbirk), founder of the now closed renown local label Ectotherm and current creative director of new project based label Kulør. Music swirling like a ravishing tailwind after a hurricane, bodies swaying in the heat, she is taking the audience through a joyous and energetic set full of feeling, emotions and dancing bliss. The lights begin to beam as fire strobes reaching down and the familiar nostalgic and present melody from Kulør’s first release and Schake track “Automated Lover” fills the room.

From the lighting desk situated near the ceiling I feel as if the room is standing still. The mood is strong in this track, it’s the type of song that makes one feel as if you can see time unfold in slow motion while your feet move a kilometer per second. The strobes turn to glorious pillars of lightest blue and drape over the walls romantically, Courtesy sways her head rhythmically from side to side residing in her element, hands on the controls and heart seeping into the speakers. She is in a special place. Læs resten

Golem – Ny Aarhus-kompilation samler scenen til Cassette Store Day (premiere)

Feature October 17 2015 golem1

Af Simon Christensen

Tidligere i år startede distroen Golem som en platform for diy-miljøet i Aarhus med vægt på mikrooplag og kassettebåndsudgivelser. Initiativtagere var folkene bag Flux Festival og det hedengangne label Golem Tapes, der altså genopstod under samme navn som det første formelle samarbejde i den bølgende musikundergrund Aarhus.

Den daværende introduktionstekst lød: En god del af kræfterne bag Århus’ små labels og booking-grupper er gået sammen om at åbne én samlet distributionskanal for sine produktioner: Golem distributionen. Hensigten er hermed at etablere et overblik over de involverede parters aktiviteter og øge disses tilgængelighed. Desuden håber vi gennem centralisering at kunne intensivere produktiviteten i byen samt på sigt at kunne præsentere et omfattende udsnit af alle interessante danske smålabels’ produktioner på ét fysisk og virtuelt sted.

Meget passende udsender Golem i anledning af den årlige markering af Cassette Store Day (ikke at forveksle med den kritisable Record Store Day) lørdag den 17. oktober en C90-kompilation med musik fra labels i byen. Udgivelsen er kurateret af Mikkel Reher (Shiggajon, Golem Tapes), Matias Guldvad (Partners), Alexander Julin (Flux og Brystet), Rud Kjerstein (Flux og Brystet), Jesper Moeslund (Taarnet Tapes), Natal Zaks (Help Recordings), CR Hougaard (Night Vision Tapes), Yung Shord (Shordwood Records), Jeppe Berg (Flux). Titlen er “Golem I” og er en fin parallel til bl.a. Dokument-LP’en, der samlede miljøet i København. Golem-projektet har en endnu større spredning musikalsk spredning, der reflekterer den tyndtmaskede aarhusianske alsidighed lige nu.

Passive/Aggressive har fornøjelsen af at have premiere på “Golem I”, som du kan høre i Sounds. Efter ønske fra Golem bringer vi A- og B-siden i sin fulde længde, så man i kassettebåndsmediets ånd skal lytte udgivelsen som en helhed. Se trackliste og læs interview med Rud Kjerstein og Mikkel Reher herunder.

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