A MOMENT WITH HOUSE OF YORE..

ANDY VAZ?
I grew up in Bochum (Germany), and then relocated to Dϋsseldorf, Kraftwerk City when I was 19 and now I live in Cologne. My mom made me the person that I am today. She is the nicest, fairest person on earth. I’m the only child of a Swiss mother and Indian descent father-wise. I started getting into music like early hip hop when I was around 12 years old then at age 15 I got turned onto my first techno nightclub experience. It literally (like for so many of us) changed my life. I then started buying techno and house 12” from that magic moment onwards. I spent any money I’d have access to into vinyl. So I have been collecting techno and house for 20 years now. I still consider myself a music collector, a nerd, a person who is obsessed with music.

I established my label after I started flying in Detroit DJ’s night club in the nineties and made ties with some US based producers thereafter we became friends, I though it just seemed logical to provide a home for these artists in Europe, taking care of their music being not only released but properly marketed and spread to a wider audience, have proper design and artwork, provide nice cover artworks on Backgrounds 50 releases. I strongly got sucked in by the minimal side of electronic music. Robert Hood, Minimal Nation, Sakho and Alkies, last but not least Terrence Dixon’s 95 release on Utensil Records called “Minimalism”. I started the background label back in 97 to actively build a platform for an international diverse sound of minimal Techno on the 50 releases the label had until it stopped to then start my latest label Yore Recordings, but don’t get it wrong because I was into House music also especially Chicago and New York styled house music.

It just came naturally after I got so heavily addicted to collecting records back in the day. I felt that I wanted to contribute more as well as to the house sound. So, before Yore, then A Touch of Class for minimal house was born, then my own 12” series of my own experimental electronic free jazz influenced conceptual musical excursion on my very own sound variation, then Yore for the soulful side of the music, we call it techno or house. When minimal became a popular genre and the sound of this new minimal had moved away so much from what we used to refer to as minimal techno back then in the days (again, stuff like Robert Hood , Mr Plant, Early Chicago drum pattern stuff) and all that things did change for me. I wasn’t part of this new minimal that was not break ground vision to me. It all got turned into something cheesy and opposite to what it was supposed to be (maximum effects rather than strict repetition and true minimalism) and the name minimal was taken for something that had nothing to do with what I knew as minimal techno before. The result was a new form of empty hearted, soulless and meaningless music that just didn’t interest me. I just got weak when I got taken out of its original context and has been transformed into something else. So, that’s when I decided it’s time for the deep side of things Yore was born.

THE HOUSE MUSIC COMMUNITY IN GERMANY IS REALLY GROWING; NEW EMERGING PRODUCERS ARE SHOWING WHAT THEY ARE CAPABLE OF, WHAT CAN YOU SAY ABOUT THAT?
Well, Germany has always been a big player, maybe even the biggest in electro dance music and it has a long history including a very good infrastructure on all ends such as events/nightlife/clubs, record labels, distribution networks, magazines, press, DJ’s and producers. So, it’s not a new phenomenon if you ask me and I know, I have been in the seen since 1992, that’s were I started going out to (techno and house) clubs and all that. At that time every medium size city would have 2-3 record stores just for house and techno music, party’s legal and illegal, outdoors, every thing you can possibly think of. I think the new house revival which is going on in Germany at the moment is based on what I said about the long minimal phase the country went through, it just got overdone and it dedicated everything for too long, so at some stage people got bored and felt they needed something warm and positive so house music came back in the plan and saved us with some positive vibes and like I said, the amount of electronic music producers which we have in this country is enormous, so of course there’s enough people capable of delivering some fine house music here.

WHEN PRODUCING YOUR SOUND, WHAT KIND OF TOOLS DO YOU USE TO RELEASE YOUR CREATIVITY ON?
I make music running my external gear through Albeton live which is my recording and arranged facility. I use it with an RME Hammer fall device where I rout my Roland TR 808, TB-303, 606, Electron Monomachine, Casio RZ-1 and some secret weapons. So, I try to basically arrange digitally with the computer but mainly use analogue set up for creating music primarily.

AS ONE OF THE GREATEST MEN WE KNOW, WHAT KEEPS YOU GOING?
My mother encourages me to keep at it and she’s always been proud of me doing my thing. So, I’d give credit to her rather than mentioning any other producer which I admire.

WHAT MAKES YOU UNIQUE FROM OTHERS?
Everybody is unique, we’re all individuals. I am very passionate about music, almost obsessive. So, I really love what I do and I couldn’t picture life without it. There is also a plan B for me, I either do this or I will most likely turn insane quickly. I love music so much, I always did.

ANY RECORDING LABELS YOU HAVE WORKED WITH?
I did stuff for Telegraph records from Paris, France. As I said before I have this 12” coming out this week on Soiree Records and that’s basically it. Iran labels for the past 11 years so I don’t need to release my music elsewhere. I like to have it all under my own wings.

YOUR TOP FIVE SINGLES?
Boogie Down Productions- By all means necessary (Jive)
Robert Hood- minimal nation (M-plant)
Theo Parrish – parallel dimensions (Sound signature)
3Chairs- Three chairs3 (3times12”, 3 Chairs)
Quasimoto- The unseen (Stones Throw)

WOULD YOU LOVE TO COME TO SOUTH AFRICA FOR A TOUR AND WHICH COUNTRIES HAVE YOU TOURED PREVIOUSLY?
I would more than love to come and play in South Africa, I have never been to the whole African continent and I love traveling and seeing the world, getting in touch and learning about other cultures more than anything, maybe the only thing that gets close to my love for music, luckily these go hand in hand so well. Playing and visiting South Africa would be an ace and I would be happy if anybody out there would invite me to come and play. I have toured all over Europe, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Canada, Russia, the US and even India.

WHAT CAN YOU SAY TO UP COMING GUYS WHO WANT TO BE LIKE YOU?
If you really love music and the feeling is strong, stay at it and you will be able to do it. I believe that if you’re in it seriously and you love music, you will be able to make it into something.

CUE MAG EXCLUSIVE MIX #002

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