With a broad musical sensibility and inspiring enthusiasm for House and Techno, Portland DJ/Producer/Electronic Musician Erik Hanson is more than deserving of an Ecstasy feature. A shining star in Portland's nightlife, Erik has been shining a torch on the path, so to speak, for some time now. Below is a dark and mesmerizing dub edit of a Japan tune for download. I was able to ask Erik some questions about context. Go dance with him this month and enjoy the dub! -Avalon
Why did you make this dub, how did it come about?
I love this song and have always wanted to effectively work this song
into a DJ set, but the mood of the song, to me, is full of a certain
heavy restlessness. It's beautiful at home, but I wanted to diffuse
the mood a bit for a club atmosphere. Plus, it's just fun to dissect
and mess around with the structures of songs that I like. For
instance, trying to isolate the vocals and set David Sylvian's voice
in an abandoned, frozen factory. I also wanted to add a mechanical
aspect to it as sort of an underline to the original's repeating drum
pattern. I made this one with DJing at Holocene in mind. I did it for
a particular night that I was booked to the DJ between bands. The time
between having the idea and the show itself was pretty short. It made
me have to be strategic about what I wanted to do it, in order to get
it done in time.
What music are you really inspired by right now?
There's a ton... Inspiration comes from all over. Inspiration drawn
directly from music is tricky to pinpoint for me because it is so
wrapped up in feeling. When I feel connected with a piece of music and
get that *zap* it has everything to do with how I'm feeling at the
time. I'm very inspired right now by the interviews in the book "The
Record Players: DJ Revolutionaries" by Bill Brewster and Frank
Broughton. I really admire the eclecticism that was embraced by DJ
pioneers such as David Mancuso, Afrika Bambaataa, Françios Kevorkian,
and Frankie Knuckles. These guys would pull records from many styles.
I would love be able to effectively combine a diverse variety of
danceable music, regardless of genre, into a night of dancing the way
that they have done.
What do you think of the dance/tech/house scene in Portland?
I think I've spent the past four days trying to type an adequate
answer this question for you, Avalon, and I am now opting for the
short response! :P
Currenty, for techno, DJs Folding and Ian Obe are keeping me on my
toes! (Their set from the last Various is excellent:
http://www.pdxindub.com/?q=node%2F313). Their night, Shuffle, at Crush
on SE 15th and Morrison, is a party that I am very excited to see
I've had some amazing times in Portland dancing to music that I love,
with great people. I see a lot of potential for growth in the quality
of dance parties and music coming out of here. Sometimes I just want
to go out dancing, regardless of specifics to the sub-genre of music.
Sometimes I wish my friends weren't so picky. Sometimes I wish I
weren't so picky. We've been working our asses off all week at our
jobs, now I wish that we could all just meet at the same party and
dance and have a good time. But at the same time, I also appreciate a
lot of the idealism around me. Just because something is
four-on-the-floor doesn't mean it's worth the electricity to amplify
it. That being said, Thank You, everyone in Portland who is making a
quality difference in house, techno, and dance music. Thank you for
the hard work and dedication. Let's all work hard to make what we want
What other stuff have you been up too?
Sweating Tapes is helping us put that one out. There's basically a
full-length album of music that the 7" will come with as a download,
as well. It will be quite the "bonus content!" Other than that, I've
been working hard on a number of recorded DJ mixes. I have a wide
variety of music that I want to share, so I have been programming and
plotting what will either become a podcast, a handful of cassette
tapes, or both.
I have two gigs coming up: Maxx Bass and I are DJing at Langano Lounge
on Wednesday, June 15th. We will be playing boogie, funk, disco,
house, and more. It's all about the variety in music and the mood,
overall. Then, on Friday the 18th, I'll be joining Ian Obe, Folding,
M. Quiet, and DJ Kuma for this month's Shuffle at Crush.