Exclusive mix 55: Handless DJ

If you ever happen to run into Pablo Saccomano (1983) during one of many gigs as Fuse club resident, radio host, and bartender (we too wonder if he sleeps) you might just be gladly gruntled by a contagious energy he seems to run on. And as a favourite local party DJ, we were not going to miss out on having him at our Dream edition release party, where he’ll be sharing the decks with two other favourites Lawrence Le Doux and Captain Starlight. With this party teaser exclusive mix Pablo delivers “a colorful journey around my multiple influences, from wave to disco, house to techno… Made with love, soda cans and a pack of cigarettes,” nothing more, nothing less. That said, our date for the Dream edition release party is February 19th. Mark you calendars.

Can you describe yourself in a few words? Your sound, your influences, how it started, etc?

I’m Handless DJ and since I collect records, one day DJ Soumaya Phéline asked me to play for her birthday party at café Central…this was around 2007. I couldn’t understand why I wasn’t able to beat match a 135 bpm track with a 112 one at the time (thus my DJ name…), after that I kept on practicing to be able to make a “proper” warm up at my own party, High Needs Low. I had a punk rock radio show in France when I was 17 and my best friend had a hip hop show on the same independent radio station. I started listening to electronic music in Brussels (which saved my DJ skills, as I’m a very bad hip hop DJ) and was influenced by a lot of friends who helped shape my sound and enlarge my music spectrum (sounds like a annoying pop up advertisement…). I like to keep a naive scholar approach towards music in general and most importantly, share it with close intimate friends. I like the blend of genres and going out of the “safety zone.”

How did you first start making music? How does it fit into your life?

I’m a novice as far as making music is concerned. I’ve always been fascinated by the journey dimension of a DJ set. Being able to blend beats, emotions, colors and feeling as a never ending trip. I spend a lot of time on the decks at home by myself sipping sodas. It’s something I need on a daily basis. I’m a resident for Beyond Nights in Fuse alongside Pierre, Kid Strike and Walrus, and we have a weekly radio show with Athome, Lawrence le Doux, Walrus (again!) & Dekeyser called Brussels Alternative Show on Radio Panik. I’m playing sometimes abroad thanks to and extended Swiss, French and German family.

Is music a full-time thing for you at the moment? If not, what are your other occupations?

Music is a passion for me and so far, I’ve always had side jobs. I’ve always been afraid to lose some independence and creativity if it was a full time activity. I guess I’ll be super stressed all the time, haha. This will steadily change but I definitely need to work on my rigor. I just spent a year working for a club at the office and I don’t really fit in office jobs. I need direct contacts and maybe a dash of working class action, hehe. I took a lighter job as a bartender in one of my favorite venues in Brussels with a great team full of creative people, Beursschouwburg (yes, I googled it to check the spelling.)… This means, of course, more time for music!

Can you describe the mix in a few words? What is its overriding influence, where would it best be enjoyed, what makes it special?

Well, it’s a collage of everything I enjoy playing / listening to. It’s definitely not a club mix, I like mixes as an intimate journey, with a beginning and an end, with drama, lighter moments, darkness and lights under the different variations and sous genres of house, techno, disco and pop music. There are some classics, some more experimental tracks, some fresh house tunes, some jazzy vibes, deep hazy gems, boogie and some dirty nasty beats. Well, maybe a train ride by night with headphones on would fit the mix.

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?

You actually have two exclusive tracks – lucky you! The first one is Michele Mininni – Aspera (Dreems remix), it’s coming out in march, the two originals are non dance tracks and it comes with a Red Axes remix too. Vidis from Best Kept Secret / Silen-ce Music is launching a new label branch called Le Temps Perdu. He left a test press at our last  “galette des rois” session at home: it’s a killer cosmic Balearic tune, love the bass break when the synth and the ecstatic voice kick in. The second one is an extract from the forthcoming EP from my friends, Bepotel: a long hypnotic track, super pitched down titled Wolf, released on their own label. I’m quite proud of the Bepotel family, from their solo projects (Walrus, Sagat, Elmer) to the whole collective/Record label.

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…

It was recorded at the beginning of the week in the Moron Farm Lab. I live in what I like to call the countryside, Jette. Lots of parks, close to the center by bike, a nice blend of communities living in harmony and we even have a replica of the Lourdes cave. The podcast was made under the eye of my lovely roommates Yoann (half of Goldffinch) and Pierre Passion. We moved in a few months ago so our furniture, for now, is still basically record piles, a sofa and a book shelf. I could hear the chickens calling so I guess it was pretty early. The funny story is that the first take was recorded with the microphone on. It would have been nice to release it hearing me yelling at the records, swearing, hand clapping, foot stomping, smoking, etc.

What’s your favourite track on the mix?

Tricky question.. I love the Geena, the track from Zanzibar Channel’s Luis CL, the one from Shubaka Records, Our Own Organization (Specter + Jose Rico) is a killer too. Mike Dunn’s classic from 1991 under his QX1 moniker is also a timeless tune. Yeah, maybe the Moana track released on FTD Records could be my favorite. Such an epic jam! I love the soundscape, percussions, the voices and the slightly trancy synths. I’m very much looking forward to playing this track in a sweaty basement at around 4:00 am.

What are your top 3 albums of the year so far and why?

I’m pretty impressed by the Napoli scene, Early Sounds Recordings nebula, Magica Movida – Stump Valley, the Mystic Jungle Tribe with their mini LP Solaria from 2015. I lately I’ve decided to focus more on second hand records for a change (so many gaps to fill in!) but let’s say the Lyon scene is quite prolific at the moment with the Pilotwings and their mini album on Macadam Mambo, and I’m looking forward to putting my hands on the Voiron EP on Nocturna Numerica, coming out at the beginning of March. Not to forget Ensemble who just released a Aksak Maboul remix EP by Krikor, Onzes dances pour combattre la migraine, a must have!

What do you have coming up in the next few weeks?

I’m delighted to play for you guys alongside Lawrence le Doux and Captain Starlight, two DJ’s I personally cherish. The radio show every Wednesday, a gig in Amsterdam at Canvas, a Redlight Radio session for my friend Club Lederhosen in March, back at Fuse for a Beyond event and a first time in Ghent for Vlammenverper.

 
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