Different Fountains is the kind of project we find it difficult to pigeonhole. Threading a fine line between house, pop and experimental music, the band’s sound is all about mix-and-matching the great to the ever greater, and infusing their own, singular twist in the process. And so it is for exclusive mix number 35, one they described as “as special as Gringos eating Okonomiyakis in wartime Moscow.”
Can you describe yourself in a few words? Your sound, approach to making music, your influences, how it all started, etc…
Seriously funny ghosts approaching music by never stopping doing what we don’t usually do. Influences, well so many… we certainly listened a lot to Talk Talk, Tones On Tail, Jeff Mills, Erik Satie, Talking Heads, P.A.N., and in the last years to all the belgian ‘similar-people’, whom we have met throughout time.
How did you first start making music? How does it fit into your life?
Childhood years usually are accompanied by music lessons, this may be later developed in different forms, either continuing the lessons, or taking an instrument and jamming with friends, making punk bands, arriving to music while descending from the sky on a parachute, or coding in pure data… more and more things are stretching out in a fabric of hybrid muses. It fits very well in our lives, thankfully.
Is music a full-time thing for you at the moment? If not, what are your other occupations?
Music is like a living metaphor, it might sometimes strike you while it trespasses a blurred out perception; but occupations vary in length of time throughout the year to be capable of fulfilling the dread carried along these busy shoes that regulate actions, anyhow, professionalism is still a question to be answered thoroughly for us in the future.
Can you describe the mix in a few words? What is its overriding influence, where would it best be enjoyed, what makes it special?
The mix in a few words: veiled bubble gum from shared territory. Its overriding influence is in your north zen thrall robes, and it is best enjoyed after the expiration date; even though some touches of the present are within it. It is as special as eating Okonomiyakis could be for gringos in Moscow during wartime.
Can you tell us about the exclusive track on the mix? Why did you chose to include this one? If it isn’t one of your own productions, how did you come across the artist?
The exclusive track on the mix is from some good friends of ours from Brussels. We really like their sound and attitude towards music and this track is one of our favourites among their most recent productions.
When and where did you record it? Describe the room, the furniture, the walls, the view from the room, the neighbourhood, the weather at the time, etc…
The room is a cult movie from 2003, a moist-sea, it depicts romantic drama cliches and even hints at chill-wave aesthetics before they burst into the blogosphere. The furniture: no couches, it might make you lazy, better are vacuum cleaned carpets to lay on in case tiredness forces the body to rest on gravity. The walls, are a sum of bricks and dry walls, painted white, off curses and absolutely not acoustically thought of. The view from the room lands on a mini-football court, where matches can last until long hours in the night, blasting the ball against a high metal fence. The neighbourhood is fantastic, there used to be a river next to the street and a heliport; sometimes when buses pass by the building shakes a bit letting concrete pieces of the beams fall underneath. It has taken more than one day to complete this mix and the weather keeps changing, fortunately!
What’s your favourite track on the mix?
Like the weather, it keeps changing!
What do you have coming up in the next few weeks?
Working on this and other mixtapes, preparing a concert for the 25th of April at Art Brussels and on 29th of may at MUTEK, Montreal. We will also play some records on 30th of april at London Calling (by the way they now serve incredibly good pizza there) and we are currently pressing a new EP called ‘The Snake’ which will be out in June.differentfountains.com/wp/ soundcloud.com/differentfountains