Valentine’s Day is one of those traditional feast days when E-cards experience a giddying resurgence – a phenomenon that Brussels’ own DJ Sagat took as a cue in the creation of his inspiring Word-exclusive mix: “I made it for the prefabricated E-cards that are sent through Facebook on Valentine’s Day and merely cause a mouse arrow to drift towards the “Like” button. They deserve something special.” Sagat has made quite a name for himself with his dubstep-infused electronica, characterised by a undertones of broken techno and deep house. We are profoundly looking forward to his debut EP due to be released on Vlekrecords this March. Scroll down for his mix ‘Valentine for E-cards’ and the full interview.
Can you describe this mix in a couple of words?
This mix is a hommage to that little heart surrounded by stars in the corner of a random internet website. You try to ignore it, but it’s there, alright? Inescapable like an eye floater. The mix is for midi-tunes that start playing automatically when you open that greeting card from your special valentine. Grids of pixelated cupids and love statements scattered through the world wide web, piercing your retina. I made it for the prefabricated E-cards that will be sent through Facebook on Valentine’s day that will merely cause a mouse arrow to drift towards the “Like” button. They deserve something special.
When and where did you record it?
This week I was going through my records looking for love songs – of which I don’t have too many, when I came across an old second hand LP called “Memories from the 50s and 60s”, pretty much all cheesy love songs. I recorded them and started messing around looping them, adding reverb and delay,… That’s about the first part of the mix. It was great fun.
What is your favourite track on it?
The last track “Only Your Voice Can Sing To Me” by Simon Hold, a good friend of mine who posted 30 giveaway tracks on his website as an experiment wondering if he’d ever come across them again somewhere unexpectedly.
What do you have coming up in the next few weeks?