CF: How and where was the mix recorded?
This mix was recorded at my home studio , I used two Technics SL1210MK2 turntables , a Pioneer DJM 400 mixer and a mostly jazz records selection.
CF: How did you start collecting records and DJing?
I started collecting records about 15 years ago, buying all kinds of music, but mainly reggae & dub records, then I got involved in a musical production project called Ian G. and invested my money in studio gear so I had to stop buying records on a regular basis, however during the last years I have continued digging in the crates looking for a lot of jazz, African and Latin American music, and some ambient and experimental sounds as well.
Regarding DJing, I have never seen myself as a DJ in any case, I am a mere selector; it’s something that I do very occasionally.
CF: Tell us about your newly launched label, 2 Headed Deer. What is the concept behind the label and what have you released so far?
2 Headed Deer initially emerged as a meeting point around record collection and exclusively vinyl sessions, from African music, jazz, Latin, to more experimental sounds. I think it was two years ago when my colleague and 2HD co-founder Sergio and I began to shuffle the idea of turning this project into a record label in which we could release music that we both like.
The editorial line we are following is mainly linked to jazz, trying to approach it from a more experimental perspective, either approaching the essence of free jazz or even from an electronic point of view.
So far the label has released 2 references, the first one came out in October 2019, it was a 7” produced by Antonio Marini aka Healing Force Project and the second one will be available in mid-March and it´s an LP from the Italian “jazz” band oAxAcA.
CF: What do you normally listen to at home? What are 3 of your favourite albums past or present?
These three albums summarize quite well the genres that are most heard at home, reggae & dub, jazz and all kind of music coming from Africa and South America:
Duke Ellington – The Afro-Eurasian Eclipse (A Suite In Eight Parts)
Scientist – Scientist Rids The World Of The Evil Curse Of The Vampires
Laba Sosseh – Formidable Laba Sosseh
CF: What’s your favourite thing about living in Santander? What would you recommend to someone visiting for 24h?
The best part of living in Santander is probably the tranquility that a small coastal city provides, the distances are not very long and allows you to walk almost anywhere, so that´s what I can recommend, a long walk from Pereda Gardens bordering the coast to reach the Sardinero beaches. At lunchtime you can visit Tetuan street where many of the restaurants specializing in fish and seafood are located (I recommend Casa Silvio).
After a post-lunch break you can always visit Discos Cucos, the only record shop in the city kindly run by Ana and with a bit of luck you may coincide with a local band showcase.
As the night approaches I suggest a visit to Rio de la Pila, where Kaneda is located, a small restaurant with a wonderful cuisine and an unbeatable service and atmosphere.
Not far from here there is a place called Rubicon where you can enjoy live music in an intimate environment or if you prefer a place to dance and let yourself go you can always go to Roots Muzik Club, which schedules DJ sessions focused on black music.
CF: Where can people hear you playing in the near future?
Well , my partner at 2 Headed Deer, Sergio, together with a good friend of ours and great record collector, Borja Juanco, and myself set up a vinyl only party called WAX-A-DISC. We’re now we organizing the sixth edition!
The Indo-British Ensemble – Yaman (The Colonel´s Lady)
Okay Temiz – Fidayda
Al Doum & The Faryds – Harappa
Claude Delcloo, Arthur Jones – Africanasia
Roy Brooks & The Artistic Thruth – Eboness
Abdul Rahim Ibrahim (Doug Carn)- Casbah
The Detroit Jazz Composers – Yes Lord
Johnny Dyani with John Tchicai & Dudu Pukwana – Radebe
Milt Jackson – I´m not so sure
Isao Suzuki & His New Family – Bamboo Dance