M U S IC
Daft Punk
Ps
What music trends of the 80s can yoi^
recall?
Toma Bangalter:
I hated new wave.
The Cure, Depeche Mode and all that
teenagers' stuff. I hated Madonna. And I was
wrong.
Guy Manuel de Omem-Christo: I
met Toma iff the eighth grade. I was a fan of
The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Suicide and The
Velvet Underground then.
.. It lasted a couple
of weeks, though because since then I've
been hunting for the dark
horses, unknown geniuses
in music. W e were 14 in
1990 when we bought
our first instruments. W e made "Darlin'" demo
tape in 1992 and sent it to the Stereolab.
They liked it.
P:
The first rave party?
Ts
November, 1992. It was Soma party on
the top floor of Beaubourg Center of
Contemporary Art. Andy Weatherall DJ-ed
there.
G:
The first raves were like one never ending
hallucination. I will remember my first party for
the rest of my life. You are at the front
entrance in the cold but you can hear vibra-
tions from the inside: boom-boom-boom. It
was a great feeling. It was like this boom was
coming from another world during those two
first months of partying.
T :
It was an explosion. A dozen parties every
night.
P:
When did you start to use electronic gear?
Ts At the first Darlin' live. I got a couple of
samplers and a mixer for my 18-th birthday.
Ps
How was created Da Funk, your hymn?
TS
W e listened to the Californian G funk a
lot. When we released the track somebody
said it sounded like electro. They said it
resembles Giorgio Moroder's "Midnight
Express" soundtrack.
Gs
The melody didn't sound Moroder to us. I
thought the melody was just imbecile and
primitive exactly like we wanted it to be. The
best music is always on the edge, next to full
idiocy.
F U T U R E
{he Voice Of Pirate Radio
If a radio pirate is cought doing an illegal broadcast the
inevitable punishment will probably make him forget his frequency
for long. The menace, though, only seems to be a challenge for
increasing number of these surfers on invisible waves. DJ Vadim is
a host and administrator at the pirate radio station in Elektrostal, a
town near Moscow. Illegally on the air since September, 1995.
V:
I hate the word. I'm not a pirate: neither do I take anybody's
frequencies nor play commercials. My broadcasting is illegal,
that's for sure.
P:
OK. How long did it take your illegal radio to have become
popular?
V:
Radiotochka (Radio Spot) was making it real fast. I would
receive 20 to 50 phone calls a day. Then even more so that I felt
I needed "a girl on the phone".
Ps
What music you played?
Vs
I'm a tech kind of guy. I love techno so I played danceable
stuff. I bought some real DJ equipment and installed a new trans-
mitter with a signal rac
radio played mostly
acid house and got a
new name. "IWD-
club'or "I Wanna
Dance Club".
.. Now
the radio is called
VIRUS FM.
Ps
What do you
expect from the future?
Vs
Sometime I'd like to
make the whole thing
work on legal terms.
Start a town's music
radio.
Ps
As an experienced
outlaw maybe you
have some advice for
beginners.
Vs
One: never use
other stations' frequen-
cies otherwise - you'll
be in trouble real soon.
If a legal radio
appears on your fre-
quency find a new
one.
Two: it would not be
wise to play classical
music for hours.
Three: pager is always
better than telephone.
Four: about power: 10
Wt transmitter is
enough.
Five: work profession-
ally. No obscenities,
no politics, no drugs.
And don't boast about
your illegality.
ius covering half the town. By that time the
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