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Modular Summer Sundance

Dazed speak to the elusive Tensnake before he plays the next Modular party alongside Annie and Russ Chimes...

Set to play in June at the Modular Summer Sundance party at London's Cable, Tensnake aka Marco Niemerski from Hamburg has made a name for himself with his lo-fi tropical disco-tinged jams, fusing electronic sounds with old school melodies and laidback, chilled out vibes. Besides running his own record label Mirau with a variety ambient electronic tech-house releases from Iron Curtis with his ironically named 'Hands in the Air' EP to Arp Aubert and Erobique, Niemerski himself has released on the likes of Get Physical, Rekids and Beats In Space. He's also proved his skills as a remixer, re-working The Faint's 'Battle Hymn For Children' on Boys Noize Records, Prins Thomas, and Goldfrapp more recently, applying his characteristic Balearic/tropical house style with '80s disco funk.

Elsewhere in the line-up will be DJ sets from everyone's favourite Norwegian popstress Annie, Treasure Fingers, 80s electro-tastic Russ Chimes, The C90s, Dazed's own Flammette, Mighty Mouse, and the Modular DJs, whilst playing live will be Acid Washed, The Swiss, and Hind Ear so expect a mighty spectrum of sounds.
Dazed Digital: How is your label going?
Tensnake: Mirau is going well- quite a few releases right now - our next record next month is from this obscure Romanian guy, called Aeromachine - with a remix from Markus Vogel which is really exciting. And also one by the guys in Denmark, Tomas Barfod of WhoMadeWho and Kasper Bjorke.

DD: I heard there was going to be an EP on Ghostly?
Tensnake: Yeah but the tracks were like two years old, so maybe will make some new ones for a release later this year...

DD: So what direction do you think your music is heading?
Tensnake: Well that's the thing, the plan is to do something not dance... but definitely more downtempo, something to listen at home.

DD: Being a producer in Germany, have you found it a hinderance or a benefit to be creating music that diverges so much from the usual German techno sounds?
Tensnake: There is so much music going on in Germany, and labels like Permanent Vacation are doing really well and are successful, which is not the 'typical German sound'... but I guess I just don't really think about it, no hinderance or anything, I just do my own thing really.

DD: So far your releases have tended to be solo, is there anyone you would like to work with in the future?
Tensnake: I guess I try to sound more like a band or work with bands, so really like pop music. I love the melodies and harmonies.

DD: What is your production process like?
Tensnake: I like to start off with a melody and develop a beat around that- so it's a mixture of old synths and work with Ableton Live.

June 5th: Modular Summer Sundance party, Cable, 33a Bermondsey Street, London SE1 2EG. Tickets available from Ticketweb here.