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Arkestra Discos Live

Spain’s spaced-out creative beat collective will be playing live in London for their Sunday Sessions

Mweslee and BFlecha are two of the blinding beat producers behind the left coast Spanish music and art crew and label, Arkestra Discos. Coming from Vigo, Arkestra Discos launched with BFlecha’s ‘Ceja de Carnival’, a tripped out Galician G Funk anthem topped off with Maya Hayuk’s cosmic sleeve artwork. The label’s second release is another bumping electronic gem from a new blood called Noaipre. Ark Discos might be young, but Mweslee and BFlecha have been bubbling in the cut for a few years, and Mweslee’s brilliant Eurocane EP managed to sample bag pipes and laser bass in the same track. That’s amazing. Catch an exclusive Arkestra Discos session with Mweslee and BFecha headlining Camino’s Live Sundays on 24th October.

Dazed Digital: How’s the new music? And new directions?
BFlecha: Lately, I’ve been into more traditional song writing, let’s say pop or boleros but with a 21st century twist and trying to evoke what New Romantics did but in a nowadays aesthetic.
Mweslee: I’m trying to get the live show into my production process, to leave mistakes and give personality to the compositions. Working on more dancefloor oriented material on one side, and more textured, sans-beat tracks on the other. 

DD: Can you introduce Noaipre?
Mweslee: We’ve known him for a while, he’s from A Coruña but lives in Barcelona now. He gets his inspiration from dinosaurs and gunshot sound libraries. He makes a lot of different styles and kills it every time, adding his personal touch and trademark sound.

DD: How’s the music scene in Vigo? Anything like a west coast version of San Sebastian?
Mweslee: San Sebastian is a happier place to live; the city is more human, while Vigo is rougher. Here young people move to bigger cities searching better places to live, sometimes we feel there’s a lack on young people doing things, everybody went to Madrid or Barcelona.
BFlecha: This is the main reason why we started throwing parties, inviting artists we liked because we wanted to listen to nice concerts in the city. I guess this roughness makes Vigo a city with very strong feelings, much love and hate at the same time. But this is what it makes special, as the song goes; “Sometimes I love you, sometimes I hate you, but when I hate you it’s cause I love you.”

DD: How would you describe your own live shows?
BFlecha: We come from a background of playing in bands and play diverse instruments. We carry our old synths and effects and try to actually play live, even at risk of fail. We’d rather do that than be stuck in front of our laptops looking like we’re checking our emails!

DD: What’s up for the rest of the year and the other members of the collective?
Mweslee: Whilst the rest of the members are more focused on doing our ARKcast series and DJing at our events, we’re working on launching the label. Apart from that, we’ve still got tons of remixes to do, a split single on Chelis’s Lo Fi Funk records and we’ve also just remixed Slugabed for Brighton’s Donky Pitch and have new material coming really soon.

DD: What other music is inspiring you at the moment?
BFlecha: I try to listen to a huge variety of music and I find inspiration in old stuff. Artists whose music sounds fresh and progressive even though it was made many years ago. And music that have taken risks instead doing regular things. For instance, David Sylvian and Japan are very inspirational at the moment to me.
Mweslee: It changes everyday, 80s and 70s experimental stuff left a huge imprint on me, as does jazz (Strata East or Nimbus labels), early house, disco, Type, Thrill Jockey and most contemporary RnB and hip hop. I would say we’re living another golden era and it’s your choice to embrace it.