Friday, December 3, 2010

Exclusive interview: G.L.O.V.E.S

Yama Indra Hondow-Wellby is the former front-man of the now defunct band Damn Arms, and is now producing wonderful music under the name G.L.O.V.E.S. The Australian nu disco maestro has been one of our favourite producers for quite a while, so today we're really proud to present an exclusive interview with him. Let's cut to the chase!

Hello Yama Indra, tell us what you’ve been up to lately!
Today I had a photo shoot, which I worked on in collaboration with my close friend Chris Hill of KROZM. We spent the morning tracking down a super powerful smoke machine, then picked up some film, burgers, my friend Kate (her hand was in the shot), a bottle of milk, some electric blue flouro lights and then goofed around for the afternoon taking some shots [you see the result in the pic above]. Now I’m kicking back with a chilled juice listening to some Teddy Pendergrass at my studio, going to be a late night working on a remix for a new Aussie band called ‘Gold Fields’. I’m going to be assisting in additional production for their album out next year (shameless plug!).

Sounds sweet! You have a pretty summery sound. With the Australian summer approaching, can we look forward to more music from you to light up the dark winter up north?
Haha, yeah I know, people often say my mixes sonically personify summer. There’s plenty more music coming soon, and all very summery as usual. I have remixes coming for Bag Raiders, Gold Fields and SGF-1, a collaboration EP with Miami Horror we are working on at the moment, a new Gloves EP and productions for a bunch of other artists that I’ve been working on. Music galore!

It seems you have funky basslines running in your blood; do you play the bass yourself?
Yes I play bass, but I’m really not very good. I have played bass in bands, but I can’t play really funk bass or slap. I have to record small sections at a time - lucky I’m great at editing so hopefully it all sounds like one smooth performance in the end! Do I need to say Bernard Edwards is my bass inspiration? Probably not, it’s pretty freakin’ obvious.

What are your musical influences?
I love so much music, so many genres. As long as it’s not electronic music over 150bpm, that I don’t like so much! For Gloves I think I’m most directly influenced by early Chicago and Italo House, 80s boogie funk, 70s rock and of course disco. For me personally though, the biggest inspirations on me have been My Bloody Valentine, Chic (and everything touched by the Chic corporation), J Dilla, The Smiths and Telex (and everything with Marc Moulin).

As part of Damn Arms you labelled your music yacht house. How would you describe the music you make now? Speedboat disco?
Haha, yes that works. I think my next record though will be best described as cruise-ship soul.

Sounds intriguing… The ‘Aussie electro’ scene exploded around the mid-noughties, and a few years ago it seemed all new great music was either French or Australian. What’s your take on the whole Aussie wave?
It’s really hard for me to say objectively. It’s strange though isn’t it? We have quite a small population also (only 20 million), which makes it even more perplexing. You can see many people around the world imitating each other without any heart in the music. In Australia we are still often imitating other people, but I think we put more heart into it. Also it’s just cultural evolution, we’re still quite isolated (culturally and geographically) which I think allows unique trends and styles to develop.

If the Australian wave has moved more and more towards low-fi disco, where do you think the next step is? More straight up house as Dcup for example?
For me, I’m focusing on smooth pop, quality songwriting and house music. I like the lo-fi disco thing and always have, there is now an overabundance though of soul-less and unexciting examples within the genre both here and worldwide which are boring me to death. For Australia specifically though, I think there is a new wave of disco and house influenced pop music coming which should be fresh and exciting. Right now I’m producing some tracks for an artist named Romy that are like deep Chicago house influenced pop, it’s definitely a fresh sound! (shameless plug #2?).

Do you have any personal favourites from Down Under, who we need to know about?
Some new favourites are my friends Gold Fields, World’s End Press and also Nile Delta, they are doing incredible music. Catcall is great, I produced her last single. Of course Knightlife, Shazam, Cassian, Cut Copy, Midnight Juggernauts, Van She and any other friends I have forgotten to mention!
Also Flash & the Pan and Icehouse are my two great Australian acts from the past that are worth looking up - I’m not sure they are very known outside of Australia.

Hadn’t heard of the last two to be honest, so we’ll have to check them out. You dj a lot too, right? What sort of music do you normally play, and what music is the most fun to play?
I mainly play filter house, French house, disco house, Aussie touch, Chicago house and a few older throwback disco tunes in a set. The most fun? It’s all fun, haha.
Actually I have a friend that runs a 90s RnB/Hip Hop night and sometimes I secretly DJ there (not as Gloves) and just play lot’s of g-funk and 90s RnB hits which is always a total blast.

I know you played at a Marc Jacobs fashion-show earlier this year. How was it to play for a catwalk? A bit stiffer than usual, or did you make the models and the audience dance?
When I started playing it was during the show, so everybody had to keep seated & the models were walking. All the models were really sweet. Them, all of their friends and anyone else under 30 was dancing afterward. Such a fun night, I drank a lot of Champagne at the show then stayed out all night partying with a wild bunch of Singaporean friends at a dance festival on a tiny island offshore.

Just a regular night out then, hehe… A little bird told me you’re coming to Europe next summer. Do you have any gigs scheduled?
It’s true! I’m so excited! I’ll be based in Milan from approximately March to September 2011 and will most definitely be doing gigs throughout the European summer! Keep an eye on my facebook / myspace for dates!

We certainly will. Last question; what do you prefer – boxing gloves or silk gloves?
Silk. I’m a sucker for luxury fabrics.

Thanks for the interview!
Feel the love, see you in 2011!

Bag Raiders - Sunlight (GLOVES Remix) by GLOVES

SGF-1 - Castor Sugar (G.L.O.V.E.S Remix)

Radio Ink - Physical (G.L.O.V.E.S Remix)

World's End Press - Faithful (G.L.O.V.E.S 'China White' Club Mix)

MIXTAPE: November 2010 for Triple J Radio Mix Up by GLOVES

Bonus G.L.O.V.E.S classics:

G.L.O.V.E.S - PYX

G.L.O.V.E.S - PYX (Golden Bug Remix)

G.L.O.V.E.S - Too Much To Dream

Van She - Changes (G.L.O.V.E.S Remix)

Golden Bug - Last Dance In Tokyo (G.L.O.V.E.S ReWrite)

Get Stellar - The Moment (G.L.O.V.E.S Remix)

3 comments:

Ubbs said...

not enough remixes posted haha

Arnie Becker said...

Okay, we'll try to find a couple more. :(

Seriously though, I realized that we had posted much too few GLOVES stuff compared to how much we listen to it and play it out. Thought we'd rectify some of that in one post.

Junkyard said...

its funny his remix of "Changes" still sits on repeat all the time for me!

Really stoked to hear more and more sounds and can't wait to get my paws on the 'Sunlight' mix!