Techno Tuesday: Daso on his come-up and mystical shades of house
Techno Tuesday is a feature on Dancing Astronaut documenting the culture of underground dance music. We’ll bring you exclusive interviews, tracks, and narratives from artists within the techno, tech house, and deep house world in an effort to shed light on some of the best talent outside the world of mainstream dance music.
Daso remains in a shadow of relative anonymity, but his music echoes around the globe. Drawn to all things soulful and melodic, the Indian native draws upon his roots and longstanding interest in dance music to create fascinatingly mystical music that resonates particularly well with the transformational crowd.
His history in electronica stems from childhood, where he spent a large amount of time at his father’s discotheque. Where Daso’s true entrance into electronica began, however, was after he moved to Germany, where he began producing and DJing. He earned his stars within the German underground, gaining mass widespread attention in 2006 with the release of his well-received first release, “Daybreak.” His first release was might have been techno, but this is far from the extent of Daso’s capabilities — within the decade, he’d created music all across the electronic spectrum, eventually landing on the ethereal, “desert house” sound he’s best known for today.
After becoming part of the All Day I Dream family in 2015, Daso is now a contributor to Tale + Tone — a brand new imprint by ADID regular Hoj and the man himself, Lee Burridge. He stopped by Dancing Astronaut ahead of the release of his debut EP on the label to talk about his musical upbringing, working with Tale + Tone, and more.
Stream/Buy Daso EP on Tale and Tone here.
Tell us about working with Lee – how did you guys meet? It was at BM from what I remember, correct? Or did you enchant him with a record or set?
A friend of mine who owns a record label/clothing shop in Berlin called Van Liebling, had a release from YokoO that he wanted me to remix. So YokoO, who is an amazing guy and a friend, told me that Lee was a big fan of my work. When I finished the remix I sent it to Lee, and later we met up when ADID came to Berlin.
I fell in love with the party at the first second of being there. The sound was supreme, and I knew that’s where I belonged.
Lee is super down to earth and very easy to work with.
You’ve grown a cult following around your dreamy take on deep house and tech. What led you down the path of making this kind of music?
It started with La Fee Verte on Connaisseur Recordings that I noticed you can play chill stuff on the dance floor without people leaving. I enjoy making slower, deeper music that you can listen and dance to. When the dancers are lost in slow music you can create a group vibe that can connect everybody in a trance.
What inspires you most to write music, and who are your current Inspirations?
I always want to write music. It’s in me and I guess it always has been. Love is my biggest inspiration. I listen to a lot of singers from all around the world to get inspired; every culture has their own sound so you can learn and feel different things from them. At the moment, I listen to a lot of modern and traditional African music.
Are there a lot of transformational festivals or events in your region other than the big psy trance campouts? If not, would you say you’re helping to pioneer a movement?
There are a few like the Nation of Godswana. But I love the idea of a rave as living and dancing in a utopia. A place where you want to live in. An alternative community that is free from racism sexism or other -isms. Where people can be what they want to be and not what the society wants them to be. It is a place for architects and artist to create new shapes and forms for the dancers in the natural surrounding. We all talk often about sustainability and better communication amongst people but we should be making more places for this to happen.
How did you find your vocalist for “De Libbe?”
Actually, the vocal found me.
Pawas, a collaborator of mine, was showing me some acapellas from Arooj—a great Pakistani singer based in Brooklyn—because she was looking for remixers for an upcoming EP. I was laying her voice over a track that I was working on with Lutz and it was just a match made in heaven. Arooj happens to be a good friend of Chymera’s wife. Brendan aka Chymera of Cocoon fame is a close friend of ours. So I asked if we can use her voice on our music and “De Libbe” was created.
What do you think draws people toward the mystical, more ethnocentric side of deep house, and why do you think this type of music has been growing across the globe?
I think it is because the West lost their connection to the spiritual side of music. Dancing is one of most divine things you can do and I think right now there is a resurgence and romanticization of sounds and vocals that are deeply spiritual because of it. We are very Western-centric normally with what we listen to but because deep house became such a global movement with artists from all over world, different influences from different countries and cultures all came together.
Do you ever see yourself launching a label of your own one day? What is the next step in your career that you want to take?
I have a finished album ready actually to be released. Could this be a good first release on my own label?
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