MANG: The record I was involved in making in my own studio that came out first was ‘Idjut Boys and Laj – Not Reggae’ I think. Named after an Instant Funk Sample and featuring the amazing guitar talents of my old friend Hugh Turner. Can’t say I’ve seen a copy in the house for some years but I dare say there’s one lurking on a dusty shelf somewhere!
MANG: Why thank you Señor Trisco! I wouldn’t say I really have a specific favourite. Plenty of extremely useful tools, but nothing that exciting. The kettle is always important (and I’m not talking drum!). On the technique front I like to use compression side-chaining, delay designer, Phase-locked flexing (especially on live drums), endless FX, lots of automation and tea!!
DT: How do you see the relationship between making tracks in the studio and playing them out as a DJ?
MANG: It obviously depends on what kind of music is being worked on but if it’s club orientated then it can be quite symbiotic in a good way. Djing (or just going to clubs) gives you an understanding of what can work on the dance floor, an opportunity to listen to lots of music in that environment, sometimes inspiration, and maybe the chance to test works in progress and get some feedback. Collecting and listening to a lot of music is obviously important to both and goes hand in hand. It can be a very happy marriage!
DT: You seem to be very involved in all things Brasilian these days? Tell us about that and how it came to pass?
MANG: Yes I’ve been lucky enough to go a few times in the last year or two. Something I’ve wanted to do for some time but for one reason and another it took a while. Then I was invited to go and play in Brasilia and São Paulo with help from Benjamin, Gui, Du and Miguel. On that trip I met a whole load of lovely people who have gone on to be good friends. One of those was Guga of Mareh fame who then invited me to play his breathtaking NY festival (which I’d heard about from Antonio a few years before after a gig in Madrid) in Bahia followed by a new festival called Marisco in SP earlier this year. I played in Rio for the first time on the last trip which was also a fantastic experience courtesy of my buddies Esdras, Rodrigo and Eric D! And it looks like we’ll be back in Bahia for NY again this year eh Dicky!? Happy days!!!
DT: What is your favourite thing about DJing?
MANG: It’s of course a lot of fun and such a privilege to be invited to play music for people. Compared to being locked away in the studio it’s great to have that instant connection.
I really love meeting interesting people and making new friends all over the world. Travelling and all that goes with it is a wonderful thing.
DT: If you had to give one piece of advice to someone setting out to become a DJ these days then what would it be?
MANG: Same advice I’d give to someone wanting to do anything… If you love it, work hard at it, immerse yourself in it and don’t give up you’ll get a lot back. Oh and hang on to your flip flops!
DT: What would you say was your best experience so far while DJing? And please keep it clean.
MANG: Ahh that’s a bit like a ‘what’s your favourite record?’ type question. Impossible to answer. So many great parties, clubs and festivals. I love the sun, sea and sand so going to places like Boipeba, Rio, Ibiza, Croatia, Bali, and Australia have certainly been highlights. Japan is a firm favourite. Berlin is always great! The Low Life parties and festival. Campo Sancho. Even North Wales can be magical too as you know amigo 😉 Next stop Dundee! Can’t wait!!! 🙂
DT: Do you think it is possible to go to Mareh this year and return home in your own flip flops?
MANG: Not if you’re there hermano!
DT: Name a few producers and DJs you would say are really worth checking out in the current scene?
MANG: Brasilian friends like Selvagem, Carrot Green, Gop Tun, Benjamin F and Balako. LA buddies like Dirty Dave, Lovefingers & Heidi (Congrats!), Damon, and the Rhonda crew. Discodromo. Tomomi and the Moov crew. Rheinzand. Alien Alien. Khidja. To name but a few! There are so many old and new!!
10. Finally can you name 5 tracks at the moment that never leave your box?