Techno Tuesday: An aural biography of Andres Campo across 8 tracks
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.
Andres Campo has charted an elongated path through house and techno. The Spanish performer began booking his first hometown residencies at a ripe sixteen years of age, letting his sound simmer until he reached a global boiling point that saw him earning the support of his genres’ top players. Since breaking into the scene, he’s already been booked at marquee events like Zurich’s Street Parade, Tomorrowland, and more—in addition to helping break in venues like Printworks and becoming a regular at institutions like Watergate, Amnesia, and many more. It’s safe to say Campo is a modern revolutionary.
He just released a brand new EP, Forget, on compatriot Ramiro Lopez and Arjun Vagale’s imprint Odd Recordings—a searing double-header true to Campo’s deep dive into modern techno. The musician’s roots stretch far beyond what he makes, however; so, we sat him down to review a select number of tracks by artists that have played a great influence in his life to date. Campo shows off his expert curatorial sense that clearly began at a young age, digging in his memory bank to surface hidden gems like Piropo’s “Generation,” Alloy Mental’s self titled anthem, and more while explaining how each piece fits into his larger musical puzzle.
Vitalic – La Rock 01
“Well this was the first time I saw a dancefloor jumping like a proper punk concert! I love this track and it’s still kicking today. “
Alloy Mental – Alloy Mental
INTENSE AF!! This track has too much history in my Florida 135 sets, especially at the end of the night. I’ve been playing this since its release in 2005 – it’s such an anthem.
DJ Misjah & DJ Tim – Access
Picture it – me as a young stoned raver in the middle of somewhere happily stabbed by this heavy acid monster sound. Ahh nostalgia…
Kick-Side – Time To Blast (TS Mason Remix)
This was my past, hard house as its best. Nothing can beat this if you are on the dancefloor. I’ve played it tons of times at my residency at Coliseum, jump jump jump!
Piropo – Generation
This one breaks my heart… They called it euro-dance, well this track is so much more than that. It’s one of my favourites from my early years as DJ.
Mackenzie Feat. Jessy – Without You (Arpegia)(Club Mix)
While in Catalonia, Makina was a really strong style in my region (in Aragon). But in Pamplona, Basque country etc, trance was really well known; this track is in the same style as The Age Of Love. So good!
No faces meet dave 2002 – U know what
Well, this one drives me crazy. I’ve played this tons of times; at first I was apprehensive because it’s from my old school rave age, but believe me, nothing drives people as crazy as the break in this; BANGER.
DJ Looney Tune – The Egg
Imagine yourself high as fuck in a dark scary club with a proper sound system and this track wrapping around you; well I’ve been there before, and if hell is something like this, I want to stay there forever.
Andres Campo ‘Forget’ is now out on Odd Recordings. Get it here