Free Your Body is the second part of DeFeKT and Jensen Interceptor’s exploration of themes relating to attitudes towards chronic or hidden illness.
As well as being a common passion of both producers, according to DeFeKT, electro is a “perfect vehicle to explore this feeling of having your body become alien to your mind…electro is an alien music to an extent. If you aren’t into the sound it probably sounds jerky and unnatural.”
The process of creating these tracks was a liberating experience for Flanagan, “My mind felt free from worrying about what I couldn’t control…and when the mind is free the body tends to follow.
These records feel like the pinnacle of our journey so far. An ending point but a place to set off on the next journey. We’re so happy they are being released on Tresor – it feels like they’ve come home to where they should be.”
We had already chatted with you Mikey before, however, it‘s our first time talking with you Matthew. Let’s start with a simple introduction to your projects.
DeFeKT: I’m an Irish electro producer:)
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When and how did you both meet up? Did you feel the connection straight away?
DeFeKT: Me and J are totally into the same electro which is rare really.
Ji: We first met on Facebook many years ago, I was a super fan of Matthew’s tracks and started chatting just as a fanboy, but as I got deeper into my own electro production wormhole, so did our conversations about the genre, production techniques, life, etc and soon after, a genuine friendship was born. As soon as I moved to Europe from Oz, we couldn’t stop talking about making some tracks together.
You speak about the process of not worrying about ‘‘what we can’t control…and when the mind is free the body tends to follow‘‘ Are there any particular reasons why this album was released or did you ever feel in control or under control before ?
DeFeKT: always in control was amazing love Tresor, kraftwerk 🙂
Ji: The energy that unfolded when we made this album / split EP’s was out of control and something that’s rarely happened before when collaborating in the past.
I was playing a gig in Dublin (where Matthew lives), and we had been talking forever about doing something together, so I decided to come a few days earlier and finally get this collaboration popping. As soon as I got into Matt’s room, I felt like I was at home, completely comfortable, and we both were seamlessly in sync creatively, always thinking the same thing, both anticipating the next edit or thing that needed to be added or cut, we just went off and pretty much finished up the 10 tracks in 2 days. The tracks to me are a perfect encapsulation of both our tastes when it comes to electro, and they are so fire, so how could we not release them, the fact they landed on Tresor was the sweetest cherry we could have placed on top.
Did you always wish to create music together?
DeFeKT: We will get your bass bins ready.
Ji: Yes it’s something I knew I wanted to happen from the first time I heard Matthew’s music, he has a sound that gives Rother & Drexciya, but still sounds unique, fresh and his own. Once we had built a great friendship, and both felt comfortable with each other, we couldn’t shut up about jamming together.
Ji: 是的，这是我第一次听到Matthew的音乐时就知道我想发生的事情，他有一种给Rother & Drexciya的声音，但听起来仍然是独特的、新鲜的和他自己的。一旦我们建立了很好的友谊，彼此都觉得很舒服，我们就不能不说要一起演奏了。
We had a chance to premiere the track Mr. Kinney which is one of our favorites from the release. How does it happen that the album was released at legendary Tresor Records?
Ji: I’ve had the amazing privilege of becoming somewhat of a resident at Tresor since I moved to Berlin in 2018, so through my connections at the club, I simply sent the tracks over to Carin, who is head of A&R, and they said yes, much to our delight (falling off chair moment).
You’ve described Tresor as a natural home for your music. Did you visit Tresor frequently? What makes this space such an organic fit for your work?
Ji: I mean if you’re making electro or techno you can’t ask for a better home for your music, it’s one of, if not the most iconic labels for underground music period!
They were the first club to book & bring all the amazing black legends from Detroit over to Europe in the 90s, they were also one of the first in Europe to release music from those same pioneers like Underground Resistance, Drexciya, Jeff Mills & Juan Atkins, everything we do comes from these creators/originators of the sound, so to have our music accepted by the same folks and sit alongside these icons, solidifies what we are doing & is a dream come true.
吉：我的意思是，如果你是做电子或技术的，你不能要求你的音乐有一个更好的归宿，它是地下音乐时期最具代表性的厂牌之一，如果不是的话。他们是第一个在90年代将底特律的黑人传奇人物带到欧洲的俱乐部，他们也是欧洲最早发行Underground Resistance、Drexciya、Jeff Mills和Juan Atkins等先锋音乐的俱乐部之一，我们所做的一切都来自于这些声音的创造者/发源地，所以让我们的音乐被这些人接受并和这些偶像们坐在一起，巩固了我们的工作，是一个梦想成真。
Are there any touring plans for you both after the release?
DeFeKT: Tour in my mind very far, Drexciya left guide posts in space.
Ji: It would be amazing to perform the album together live somewhere, unfortunately, we don’t actually have any plans for this, but sadly it’s not really in our hands. A huge misconception with touring & playing shows is that a lot of people think as artists we get to choose where we play, but the reality is we can only play in spaces that we are invited to, so basically if the organizers like us and want us to come to play then they will contact us, so if any promoters out there would like a DeFeKT & Ji live show, please hola, let’s do this!!
Where is the series headed in the future?
Ji: We both love making music, so being the friends we are, no doubt whenever we see each we are going to switch on those machines and try & drive Matthew’s neighbors crazy.
Sadly, we haven’t had a chance to get back into the studio, due to ridiculous schedules & living in different cities, but I’m hoping to get myself back to Dublin very soon, so we can continue telling our story of aquatic-inspired dance music.
Talent DeFeKT and Jensen Interceptor
Label Tresor Records
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