burda: colectivo futurecast 070

We kick off the year with another mixtape by a member of the ever-growing Venezuelan diaspora. Manuel Arias aka Burda is a selector from Caracas who moved to Kiel in the north of Germany back in 2003. There, he’s been providing dancers with raw tropical sounds whether as part of For The Soul collective or as a member of several bands. On this edition of the futurecast he serves up a groovy 45 minutes of latin soul and boogaloo to beat the cold days away.

Artwork borrowed from an illustration by Venezuelan / German artist Gego.

CF: How and where was the mix recorded?

I recorded the mix at home in Kiel in north Germany. The equipment I
used for it was: two Technics SL-1200 MK2 turntables and an old,
but good Vestax PMC – 07 Pro mixer. For the recording process, I used
a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Interface. My favorite medium is vinyl.

CF: What are some of your earliest memories surrounding music? How did you get involved in DJing and collecting records?

Well, I remember very clearly how everything started. When I was four or five years old, someone offered me a Mickey mouse tape recorder and I
discovered very quickly how to make my personal mixes, by waiting for the songs I liked on the local radio stations and recording them on a tape.

I started to figure out how to DJ in 1997 thanks to my best friend, who
was at that time a record collector and a DJ. He was mostly into Hip-hop, jazz and Bossa Nova. I first started DJing when I came to Germany in 2003.

CF: You grew up in Caracas, but relocated to Kiel in 2003, how have both places informed your taste in music?

Yes, I grew up in Caricuao, a popular neighborhood in Caracas that is very influenced by reggae, ska, two-tone. Salsa and punk music. I also started to listen to a lot of 70´s rock, funk, jazz, fusion and soul music by myself.

When I arrived in Germany I discovered other genres like afrobeat, krautrock, and I got even more into music. I also began to learn about European and Scandinavian jazz as well.

Salsa became also a major interest for me when growing up. With all of these inputs, I have created my own style of DJing.

CF: What do you normally listen to at home? What are 3 of your favourite albums past or present?

At home I love to listen to some salsa, jazz, reggae and dub music. To be honest I like to listen to every kind of music. I am more into dub and reggae to cheer me up when the North German weather is grim. My tough to pick top 3 past-present albums are:

The Skatalites meet King Tubby – Heroes of Reggae in Dub
The Best of The Lebron Brothers
Miles Davis – Tribute to Jack Johnson

CF: What’s your favourite thing about living in Kiel? What would you recommend to someone visiting for 24h?

Kiel is one the few big German cities by the Baltic Sea. The fresh air when
having a walk along the shore is very delightful. The German accent is
also nice to hear in this corner of the country.

I would recommend you to go to the AlteMu (former art school). It is the main place to see in Kiel due to the range of cultural events that it proposes.

The Kiellinie (Kiel Harbor) is also very nice for a walk. There are
also many beaches around Kiel, which are lovelier in Summer. Kiel is
also a very green city, full of parks and botanic gardens and also very
bike friendly.

CF: What projects are you currently working on and where can one hear you play music in the near future?

I play in a band called Sexto Sol (Ska, reggae, punk rock) based in Kiel since 2000. We have already recorded two records and we have played a lot of venues and festivals around Germany and some countries in Europe. I also have other projects like the Higher Elevations, an experimental project witj an MPC 2000 XL, bass, and a Kaoss pad. And I’m also trying to get a dub band together.

As a DJ I was touring the past few months in Hamburg, Berlin, Basel (CH). In the near future you can catch me playing records in Kiel and Basel. With more to be announced soon.

Gracias por el apoyo!
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