After podcast contributions from a series of label artists, we’ve got someone from outside for the first time. But it makes sense in the form of Nuno Dos Santos, as he was one of the first supporters of Atomnation and after all these years still has a warm heart to the label. We couldn’t resist to ask him a couple of questions:
Hi Nuno, it’s a pleasure having you on our podcast series. You’re dj’ing across the globe and your label Something Happening Somewhere is releasing magic lately. Therefore, can you tell us a little bit about how you once started?
Thanks for having me! I started working in a record shop in Utrecht when I was about 16 or 17 years old. Since I was working there and got exposed to a lot of music, I started collecting a lot of vinyl. At the time it was mostly electronic music, the old 90’s Warp stuff and techno/house. So I started out as a collector until one of the guys from the record shop asked me to dj at an illegal rave party they were hosting. I think there were 300 people in a space that couldn’t even comfortably fit halve of them in there, a lack of oxygen, sweaty temperatures, you know the best types of warehouse party’s haha… They put me in this cage at a prime time slot, even though at the time I couldn’t even dj properly! Because I didn’t have the skills yet I did some pretty crude mixes just swapping faders, but it was amazing because everyone went nuts. So I realized it was actually kind of fun to dj and I bought two turntables which I had to pay off in several instalments. I just started practicing a lot and build up from there, starting to do more gigs etc. After club Trouw closed down in Amsterdam I decided to start with my own label called Something Happening Somewhere, which we have been running for almost four years already. Time flies…
We know you as a man who loves a broad range of music, so lets bring it to extremes: what is your favourite ambient record and what would it be in case of harder techno?
Of course this is a unanswerable question, there are multiple records that would fit but here are the ones that popped into my head just now:
Ambient: Global Communications – 76:14 (Dedicated)
A timeless record which was way ahead of its time! I still really enjoy putting this record on and dive into the world they’re creating.
Techno: Laurent Garnier – 30 (Fcommunications)
This is a techno album where you can hear a lot of personality, that really speaks to me both as a listener and artist. I still think this is his best album yet…
Between running SoHaSo, dj’ing and promoting events, do you still find time to work on new material of your own? And if yes, can you tell us what we may expect in the future?
It can be a rough balance sometimes, also having to perform in the weekends and needing time afterwards to recharge your batteries. It’s the usual story, but it can be hard to find the time in between all the gigs and things surrounding the label to find some isolated time in the studio. Having said that, for some time now I started blocking more time in my calendar to have these moments so I could finish a lot of the music I was working on. This resulted in my Trigonometry of Love ep back in April of this year. There is a remix EP of that just released on SoHaSo which I’m very happy about! It also includes a great remix by one of your fellow label mates Polynation. Apart from this I’m working on a few different projects at the moment: new original material, a collaboration EP with Eefje de Visser which is coming out soon and whom I also recently remixed for our SOMEHWERE compilation. I’m also finishing some music with my buddy Ben aka Cosmic Force, which is turning out pretty interesting so it will probably get a release somewhere in the next few months or so.
Your podcasts are always a journey through music, with surprising elements to be found every time. Can you tell us what you wanted to achieve with this Atomnation podcast?
With this podcast I wanted to indulge a bit more in the broken beat side of things. A bit higher tempo and rougher mixes besides some electro stuff that I have breen appreciating a lot lately. It includes two tracks by SoHaSo label artists which are yet to be released and some other surprises so no tracklist. I always thought it is really cool to discover things by looking hard and doing research and only after some time find the record you’ve been looking for. Oh that’s the one! Now it’s track id’s everywhere, everything is a bit pre-processed in that sense… Happy searching!