Exclusive mix 82: Ancestral healing with Dove Cake

An hour-long emotive and spiritual exclusive by US exile Dove Cake. Best enjoyed in a sensory deprivation tank during a full moon according to the man himself. Immerse yourself.

Can you describe yourself in a few words? Your sound, approach to making music, your influences, how it all started, etc…

I was raised on Marty Robbins records and Oumou Sangaré. My father always had music playing, and I was confronted with it from an early age. I instinctively connected and understood the world through my body. This led me to sports and later dance – which I’ve explored almost my entire adult life; the body’s connection to itself, society, the earth. In DJ-ing and creating sonic worlds, what interests me are emotions and the drama of ecstatic spiritual vibrations. The cosmic polyrhythmic magic that’s spread across our vast playground and how that experience transforms us and transforms matter. As an artist of colour I’m keenly invested in using sound and art to explore narratives and embodiments outside the constrictions media places blackness within. Using the imaginative realm as a vehicle for fantasy, and rejecting assigned stigmas attached to black and brown bodies, while equally exploring difference, a resistance towards domination, and the alchemic voracity of freedom.

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

I started DJing 6 years ago. I didn’t like the music most DJs were playing and I simply thought “shut up or do better”. It fits into my life in between episodes of Atlanta and Shadow Yoga.

My father always had music playing, and I was confronted with it from an early age. I instinctively connected and understood the world through my body.

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

When I’m not using my body as an instrument, as a performer, I DJ at happenings and parties, using music as a vehicle for creating a safe community, in which love and empowerment reign.  I have a monthly radio show on Radio Panik,  which I could describe as an ancestral cosmic odyssey exploring the human experiment through energetic celestial migrations. You can listen to the shows on my Mixcloud page. And when I’m not busy doing that, I’m fighting imperialist white supremacist capitalistic patriarchy, and doing my nails ;-).

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

At any given moment people are fucking, crying, meditating, bleeding, breathing. There are so many energetic properties that fill the landscape of the human experiment. With this mix I wanted to explore some of those elements that tell stories about what it means to resist and survive on planet earth. This mix would best be enjoyed in a sensory deprivation tank during a full moon. It’s special because I made it with love!

Can you tell us about the exclusive track on the mix? Why did you choose to include this one? If it isn’t one of your own productions, how did you come across the artist?

Gan Gah – untitled is a track by my good friend Reda, a Brussels based producer who fuses the Gnawan and Berberic rhythmic traditions from his childhood in Agadir, together with pulsating bass frequencies. I like artists who create narratives between the past and present – ancient and mutant – death and life. He’s a buddy but I also appreciate what he’s doing creatively and think it’s important to showcase his work.

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…

On the top floor of our flat in Antwerp. I’m sitting at my desk that faces windows looking out over a gathering of trees and motorway just behind. The sun is shining and painting the leaves a soft golden. I’m drinking tea and wearing my favorite wolf t-shirt while burning the incense I bought from a Brazilian man at a market.

What’s your favourite track on the mix?

Obviously, I love all these tracks for different reasons and sensations, but the first time I heard Weib, siehe, das ist dein Sohn by Exit Sense, I was blown into some far distant dimension. This dissolution and reimagined transcendence of the known into a clattering perforated ambiance is literally everything!

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

I almost never listen to “albums” but I am SO inspired by Yves Tumor’s Serpent Music on PAN records. Truly some cosmic voodoo magic juju! This deeply personal and hugely emotive and spiritual work makes me feel ALL the emotions. Very powerful, poignant work. One of Yves’ tracks – Limerence – is in this mix -, and although it comes off an earlier album, it shares the familiar transcendent beauty and melancholy of Serpent Music.

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

Performing with a wonderful group of dancers and musicians in Denmark and London.
Collecting worlds for my radio show which will air later this month.
Reading and healing and listening. (and more yoga – more tea – more love – more magic!)