One of Argentina's finest offers up a set of minimal techno and deep house on this week's RA podcast.
Minimal techno's epicenter may be Berlin, but its rise can also be pinned to the fact that there are unlikely pockets of activity where the genre holds sway. In South America, it's Chile that most often gets name-checked, but with the likes of Fase Miusic Sender, Ernesto Ferreyra and Barem hailing from Argentina, it's indisputable that the land of gauchos comes in a close second.
Simbad Segui may not be a native Argentine, but he comes pretty darn close: At the age of 17, he made the country his home, moving from his native France to Córdoba, the town where his parents were raised. Since then, he's been weaving his early dub and reggae influences into a deep techno sound that incorporates minimal's hypnotic potential while remaining lithe enough to find itself able to incorporate some of that ever-popular deep house that the kids are talking about so much these days.
Perhaps more important than his sound, however, is Simbad's contribution to the Argentine scene: He's been a resident DJ in local clubs for many years, and done much to support the artists around him, including his sister May, Cristobal Paz and Fanco Cinelli—all who feature on his RA podcast. It's a mix that showcases an Argentinean view of current minimal techno and deep house. But be careful: After listening to this one, you may just want to make it your home as well.
What have you been working on recently?
After setting up a proper studio to work at home, I have recently started producing my own tracks. I'm now ready to dive into it, I'm keen to keep learning and experimenting.
Where and how was the mix recorded?
I recorded half of it in my studio in Córdoba and the other half in my apartment in Buenos Aires. It was done with Ableton Live, Traktor Scratch, an Allen & Heath Xone 64 mixer, Technics 1200 Mk2, some WAV files and vinyl.
Can you tell us a little bit about the mix?
I wanted to tell a story using music styles that to which I'm sympathetic to lately, so this includes some deep house and minimal techno. Particularly, I used tracks composed by my sister May and my friends Cristobal Paz and Franco Cinelli, who are all Argentinians and living in Córdoba, Rosario and Buenos Aires, alongside the other artists.
What's it like living back in Argentina, since you moved from Paris?
Since I was a kid I was attracted by the idea of living in Córdoba (Argentina), as my family is from here and we always came for holidays and had a great time. The Cordoba lifestyle fits me perfectly!
Do you have a top tip for things to do in the Argentine interior?
Well, yes. I always recommend Córdoba, for it is a complete city. I always say it has a bit of everything—we have great cultural centres and museums with interesting activities (fairs, festivals, exhibitions, concerts, etc.). At night there are clubs such as Dorian Gray, El Infierno, Era, Random, La Luna, each of them offering different musical approaches. And for nature lovers, a few miles away from the city there are hundreds of nice towns to visit with very beautiful landscapes including lakes, mountains, sierras, rivers...
What are you up to next?
In October, I'm playing with Efdemin and Pantha du Prince for the RA parties at Dorian Gray in Córdoba and then at Cocoliche in Buenos Aires. In November I'm playing Creamfields Buenos Aires. I'll be in the Soup tent with my friends Carlos Alfonsin and Cristobal Paz. Soup is a monthly party I play in Buenos Aires at a club called Bahrein. I'm also doing a mini-tour with gigs in cities such as Córdoba, Bahia Blanca and Mar del Plata, two cities on the coast of Argentina.