The 14th June sees the return of Crescendo at The Boutique, this time heating things up with an exciting debut in the form of a 3 hour set from Dutch duo Redondo. Whilst still fairly young and at the beginning of their careers, they make up for this in quality of performances and production; having already created an international name for themselves over the past 5 years, Redondo are quickly becoming a name that relates to quality and are already releasing on some of the world’s best labels. Ready to conquer the world of House and Techno, Redondo’s sound fills each room with their raw and characteristic deep and tech-house style. SWITCHED’s Louisa spoke to Freek Geuze and Johan Vermeulen ahead of their Liverpool and UK debut.
Hi Redondo! For our readers that don’t know you, can you introduce yourselves?
For sure! We’re two guys from Holland who have been in the music business for about 10 years. We’ve walked many genre paths but have now finally come across the stuff we love most, and that is Redondo.
When did Redondo form? Why did you come to the decision to start producing together?
We’ve been working on this project since about 2009/2010, but we’ve working together since 2001. We were classmates in high school, and the only ones who were busy with music and computers so it was easy to connect and make it work.
Do you ever find it hard working in collaboration when it comes to different individual styles and preferences? How do you overcome these differences and what impact does it have your relationship in professional terms?
Not really, we’re very easy going guys, especially towards each other. Also we have the same taste, so sometimes we can even do an entire production without each other and nobody can hear the difference. There aren’t really many differences to overcome. Also our relationship in professional terms, is as easy going as it is in social terms. We like to do stuff we love and don’t let anything come in between that.
Can you describe your production style for us? Are there any classic elements you tend to use in your work, is there anything you’d like to start experimenting with in future? How do you create a track that’s signature to Redondo?
That’s a nice question! Lately I would describe our sound as ‘House music that makes your mothers and girlfriends dance’. I think that explains it pretty well! We are not trying to be super underground, but at the same time not giving in on hypes. We just try to put a positive vibe in the tracks we produce, right now we’re working with a couple of vocalists. Before we thought that it would be easy to have a vocal and make a good track around it, but it obviously isn’t. You really have to have a super good vocal to make it work, so not ‘everything goes’. Luckily the vocalists we’re working with right now aren’t too shabby so we’re really happy about these possible collaborations.
You’ve been receiving support from some massive names in the industry from Sander Kleinenberg, Mark Knight and Roger Sanchez to name a few. How has this encouraged you to work even harder to gain more public recognition, also how does it feel to know that some of the biggest figures in House and Techno music are listening to your sounds?
This was a while ago, although at least two of them still play lots of stuff from us. It never gets old to see a great DJ supporting your music, putting it in his Beatport chart or just tweeting that they love it. Same goes for watching a crowd go wild to it. This is super impressive live, also watching fan’s YouTube videos is fun and the bad phone quality always makes it sound really huge for some reason. Seriously, tracks recorded live at events on YouTube tend to sound bigger than on the WAV file from Beatport.
Is there any advice that you have for any readers that are aspiring DJs and producers? Is there any important guidance you could give to our readers, that you wish someone had given to you?
Yes. Make sure you use the right samples and synths. There is so much rubbish out there. Even in packs that are pretty solid, there are total shit kick drums and snares. Make sure it sounds big and keep it minimalistic. Don’t bother to layer a hihat 8 times. It has to sound big in a club, so just 1 or 2 fat hihats will do the trick as well, 8 hihats will probably bounce each other out of the mix. Other good guidance is to have patience. If you just found out about dance music and you start producing, don’t fool yourself wanting to release within the next month. Give yourself some time, the more time you put into your own career, the more solid your progression will be and your career will last longer.
You recently released your track “Waist Shake” on Mark Knight’s Toolroom Records which we’re big fans of, this’ll also be released as part of the Toolroom Ibiza 2014 compilation album. You also recently announced the release of your remix of Matthew Codek and Lucco’s “Do You Feel” on Konnekt, do you have anymore upcoming releases you’d like to tell us about?
A lot, we can’t really tell too many things about it yet, but we are working on a few huge follow ups for Love Too Deep. Also we’re working on a remix of Zhu – Faded which is a favourite track of ours this year, that one’s gonna be big. Also we’ve got a track called ‘Get On Up’ coming on Material’s Sonar Sampler.
You’re also the co-owners of Dutch label Witty Tunes with Sideburn, can you tell us more about that? When did you decide to create the label and how have you found it so far?
Yes for sure, however Sideburn started the label and they are from Washington DC. They are friends of ours for a very long time, we were working on some productions back in 2010 and they asked us to come on board. We liked that and together we switched the progressive (real progressive) sound into more deep and techy based tracks. It’s really nice to have our own imprint. When we have a gig coming up we can play so many cool unreleased tracks we signed or are about to sign. The future looks bright for us, we got loads of great releases coming up.
What are you most looking forward to about playing in Liverpool? This’ll be your debut DJing in the UK, but have you visited here much before?
First of all we love the UK accent and the fact you guys also like beer and football. Separately it’s not really our debut as we’ve played with a few different projects in London back in the day, but for Redondo it is indeed our debut and we’ve been getting a lot of nice feedback from the UK so something must be buzzing!. Also Love Too Deep is gaining great support by being played on BBC1 Radio and Ministry Of Sound. We hope it will be a great debut with a full crowd. You can expect a lot of exclusive stuff blowing out of the speakers!
And on a final note, could you list 5 of your favourite tracks right now?
- Teenage Mutants & Purple Disco Machine – The Path. Great summer track on Suara, recently released.
- Drunky Daniels & Mateus B – Reckless. Hot grooves from our own Witty imprint.
- Whitelabel – Sunshine. Little teaser but this is a collaboration from us with another dutch producer and it’s sounding super hot already.
- Dr. Kucho – Patricia Never Leaves The House (Danny Serrano Remix) Danny remixed this classic for Witty, we licensed the original from Kucho. It will be out in late summer 2014.
- TrockenSaft & Spencer K – Come To Me. Great anthem out on Witty Tunes right now. Summer stuff!
Tickets available from Skiddle
By Louisa Newton