KAMMA dan Masalo, duo DJ Belanda Di Barisan Depan Gelombang Baru Musik Elektronik Amsterdam
Wajib kalian Tonton Jika Sedang Berada Di Bali Akhir Pekan Ini.
Kamma Masalo adalah duo DJ yang sedang naik daun, set mereka pada Dekmantel tahun ini mencuri telinga penikmat disco global. Pencetus seri pesta Brighter days ini memiliki referensi yang berbeda tetapi justru menjadikan set mereka ke dalam dimensi lain lantai dansa.
Kamma dibesarkan dengan musik jazz, funk, dan disko warisan orangtua nya. Namun, pilihan lagu Kamma jauh melampaui akar tradisional yang dia terima. Naluri dan pikirannya yang terbuka menghasilkan set dengan berbagai suara, dari ritme yang kompleks hingga gelombang “dreamy” dan elektronik era baru.
Sedangkan, Masalo dengan akar musik dari Jepang ditambah dengan wawasan musik elektronik Amsterdam yang dia miliki. Menjadikannya pemimpin generasi baru dari talenta musik dansa di ibukota Belanda itu. Trek-trek produksi Masalo terdengar organik dengan ‘spirit’ khas musik elektronik negri kincir angin, sering dimainkan oleh para pencita musik elektronik sebagai bentuk dukungan mereka.
Frekuensi Antara mendapat kesempatan untuk berbincang melalui e-mail di tengah kesibukan gigs dan tour Kamma dan Masalo. Interview ini akan dalam Bahasa Inggris, karena menurut kami essensi nya akan hilang jika diterjemahkan ke Bahasa Indonesia.
So, now the buzz around you guys have been of course, Brighter Days. Can you tell us more about what that is about? And where does that fit in the Amsterdam scene?
Brighter Days is a party that we started with our friends, to share the music we love to other friends and music enthusiasts. It’s a colourful party where all kinds of people come together.
We did events in Amsterdam on different locations, starting in unconventional places where we brought in our own sound system and we had our friends and family helping to run the night. This year however, we’ve found a new home for Brighter Days, which is Doka. A club that we’ve been working on to make it as dope as we can think of. We’re talking: renewed acoustics, a four point Danly soundsystem, Alpha Recording Mixer 9900, and a Space Echo among other sound treats in a custom made DJ booth. We did our first party there during ADE together with Spinna, Antal, Nevill and Margie and it was amazing! The intimate dance floor and the atmosphere is perfect for Brighter Days.
The selection in your sets are varied, eclectic even. But in a previous interview you stated the aim was “hybridism” and specifically making people dance in different settings and moods. Can you elaborate more on that philosophy.
We’ve been shaped by many different sounds and forms here in Amsterdam and that reflects to our way of selecting and playing music. A dance floor experience is so much more than just moving to sound. We have so many different forms of emotions and alternating energy states while dancing and listening to music. We feel that it’s a non-linear journey for a non-linear mind and that’s the way we like to play.
Also, what comes into mind when you making the selections in your sets. What’s the process?
Knowing your music well is where it starts. Every song has its own personality and it’s for us to get acquainted with it and form a relation with it. Once we’re on, it’s just jamming out and playing from a feeling.
Throughout the years, have your record collections become similar? Where does your music merge?
We dig and buy separately, so we have a different record collection. However sometimes we both unintentionally buy the same new releases or we both find similar music from the past though, because our taste is quite similar.
Do you play each other’s records? Does any sharing happen?
We always want to surprise each other so we keep the sharing to a minimum. Digging for music is a very personal journey and once you find a song you form a bond with it. So for us it doesn’t work when we simply share that song to each other. It doesn’t do justice to the way we feel it on a personal level. There are certain Kamma ‘classics’ and there are certain Masalo ‘classics’!
How does your strategy differ from when you play together vs. solo, for example, who sets the tone for the night?
Right before we start we discuss the first track and what options we have to take it from there. We have no particular preference for who starts it off. We keep each other free in the selections and in the direction one wants to go as if we’d play solo.
Now a question for each of you.
Kamma, your parents are also DJs, what influences have come from there? Ever played any of their music in your sets?
I’ve listened to a lot of music through their collection as a child. Things I listened to as a kid varies from jazz and funk like Miles Davis and Roy Ayers, but also more hiphop like ATQC or Guru’s Jazzmatazz, or more house like stuff from Masters at Work. When we go on holiday we listened to music together in the car. The “Strange Games and Funky Things” compilations on BBE were our favorite cd’s for in the car!
I definitely play some of their records every now and then. Sometimes when I dig on Discogs and I have a feeling my dad might have that record in his collection, I borrow it. He has a lot of dope disco but also weird acid stuff I love to play.
For Masalo, (from I’ve heard you grew up in Japan). Having roots in two very different cultural capitals, how has it shaped your music direction? Is this the first time you’ve been in Indonesia? What kind of noise have you heard about the scene here? As our countries have a somewhat close relationship historically, any expectations you have on coming here?
I was born and raised in Amsterdam. But Japan has shaped my music direction in a significant way. When I was a kid, my family and I visited Japan frequently during the summer holidays. When I was old enough to enter the clubs I went to clubs like Yellow in Tokyo. There I could witness legends such as Timmy Regisford and Danny Krivit playing long sessions. The music, the soundsystem, the circle dancers and the way the Japanese experience the music, it all made a huge impact on me.
I see this similar way of approach to music in Indonesia. There is a growing number of appreciation for deeper sides of music. I think it starts from individuals that have a different taste, inspiring other people, leading to subcultures and eventually leading to a wider appreciation of these subcultures. Of course there is more to it, but I think this development will create an environment where more and more local dj’s and producers will flourish.
What do you expect the vibe to be like on the Island?
Island life is always special, the people are so relaxed and the vibe is laid back. We hope it will stay like this and that the visitors from abroad respect the Island’s values.
For Kamma, we’ve heard you were a summer kind of person, does the island environment play an effect on what kind of vibe you will dish out?
YES! I definitely am a summer person! The warmth of the sun and the vibe of beaches makes me so happy. Especially Bali, which almost feels like a second home to me. I’ve been here many times because I have family here and in Jakarta and therefore the Indonesian culture is in my roots.
Lastly, is there anything you’re curious about Bali’s music scene?
Indonesia has many talented musicians and it’s so great to see this comes together in new dope releases. Like the band Zatua with their release on Second Circle. Organic vibes blended with new electronic sounds, so good! We are very curious to many more unique creations from Bali that will follow in the coming years!