Anil Chawla is on a roll!
He’s newest release titled “Bells” is out now on KD Music, the label owned by German Techno giants, Kaiserdisco who also feature on the EP on remix duties!
Here’s what the label had to say about the release:
Already Supported by: Luciano, Karotte, Mark & Nic Fanciulli, Slam, M.A.N.D.Y., Oxia, Christian Smith, Florian Meindl, Sasha, Shinedoe, Thomilla, Danny Serrano, SiS and many more.
Anil is a stunning artist and producer from India. His talent has been recognised in multiple global dance music awards, including a nomination for DJMags Best Breakthrough DJ of 2008 in their Best Of British Awards, a Mixmag Future Hero spot, and an award for Best Deep House Track (for Leftorium with Dale Anderson). He was also shortlisted for Radio 1s In New DJs We Trust roster, a post narrowly missed out on and currently occupied by the likes of Heidi, Alex Metric and Toddla T. With Bells he presents you an outstanding super catchy tech-house summer tune! The remix is made once again by the label owners them self. They added a little melody to it and taking the summer vide one step higher.
WE chat with the man himself …
– Congratulations on such a great release on KD Music. Give us some insight on the Bells.
Thank you! I’ve been speaking to the Kaiserdisco guys for a while now, and they do the A&R for another label, Takt, which I had a release on recently (Tandrum). We’ve stayed in touch about doing a release for them on their new imprint ‘KD Music’, and when I sent them ‘Bells’, they were really into it. To top it off, they decided to a remix of it themselves and put it out on vinyl, which was great! We’ve already scheduled a follow up for later in the year.
It’s been getting some really good early support too, with plays from Luciano, Nic Fanciulli, Slam, M.A.N.D.Y, Christian Smith, Karotte, so I’m really happy how it’s been going so far.
– What’s new in your studio setup?
It’s a never ending learning process, and I’m still learning a lot as I go along, so I try not to take on too much software as it takes a while to become comfortable, so right now I’m sticking to what I know. I’m spending a fair bit of building up my sample library right now and organising it (a never ending process), as that’s currently my greatest resource when it comes to production. When me and Dale (Anderson) first started producing together, we always used a lot of samples (from the Cubase/PC days), then when I moved onto logic and mac about 5-6 years ago, everything was programmed using the ESX24. Now I guess it’s gone full circle, as I’m mainly doing the house/techno stuff but in Ableton this time (at least for building up a track), as it’s the best for getting loops together to get a groove going.
– Mumbai or London?
1 year ago, Mumbai. Right now, I have to say London. It’s really sad to see what’s happening with the nightlife there. When I first came to Mumbai, there was a buzz in the air, and you could almost feel the anticipation of a movement just waiting to happen (with regards to dance music). Alas, the buzz is no more. It’s like the government wants to make India this massively enticing and appealing place and and give cities like Mumbai international city recognition, but at the same time, it’s stunting its own growth by putting these plain ridiculous and stupid laws out there. The ministers need shaking. Everyone knows what the state of politics is in India, but at least now, from what I can see, the youth culture are starting to take note, speak out, and I really hope it makes a difference, and with any luck, these are the next generation of open minded people that are going to be in charge of the country. I’ll be back in September, and I really really hope it can turn around, and also hope there’s something I can do to help.
– Who is your DJ Hero?
Laurent Garnier. I used to watch him play at The End in London, when he used to spin for 8 hours straight, and he would give the perfect master class. I consider it art. He would usually start off with sublime deep house/techno and progress into the more heavy stuff, then out of nowhere, you’d get a classic disco track, then back into the heads down techno. An hour later, you’d get 4 or 5 drum and bass tracks, and the whole night would be mixed up between house/techno/rock/disco/d&b, but everything done so well. Really, anyone could throw of music together but he’s the only DJ I’ve ever seen that’s able to mix genres like that, seamlessly.
– Your top 5 tracks of the moment?
1. Tony Dee – Break Down (Suara)
2. Anil Chawla – That’s More House (Maktub)
3. Sinisa Tamamovic – Tips And Tricks (1605)
4. James Dutton – Tesla – Reset Robot Remix (Alive Black)
5. Anil Chawla – Pondi – Uto Karem Remix (GU)
– What’s next for you in terms of releases etc?
Aside from Bells and the follow up scheduled for November, I have a 3 track EP coming out on Arjun Vagale
‘s label, Maktub. I’ve been wanting to do stuff with Arjun for quite a while, but schedule’s didn’t really permit, but it’s good that we’ve finally managed to get a 3 tracker together. The tracks are That’s More House, Fruitcake, and Nada. That’s more house has been receiving a fair few plays from Richie Hawtin lately, which is always nice.
On the remix front, I’ve got 2 to do this summer whilst I’m back in London. One for Oliver Moldan on ‘Sounds R Us’ (a new subsidiary for Bonzai Records), and one for James Trystan on System Recordings. I’ve also got a stack of half finished tracks, which I need to finish off by the end of the summer.
That’s all solo stuff, but with regards to what myself and Dale have been doing. We’re actually working on a new album, but not really in the realms of techno! You’ll just have to wait and see…
Bells is NOW available on
VINYL – http://bit.ly/bellsVINYL // Decks.de
Beatport – http://www.beatport.com/release/bells/925975
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