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Dave Pham - In The Family

Author: 3D
Monday, 18 February 2008
Dave Pham is one of the most well-known DJs in the Australian clubbing scene so who better to play Subservice’s first birthday- No one. 3D had a catch-up.

You started out playing techno and have gradually felt the pull of electro. What was it about electro that drew you towards it-
I’ve been playing techno and electro together for years. I used electro sounds and beats to contrast the 4x4 pattern of techno. I found it gave my sets more space plus it made way for more adventurous mixes. The classic sound of electro I’ll never tire of hearing – by that I mean artists such as Aux 88, Model 500, Rother, Silicon Scally, etc. The funk and baselines in their productions are unmatched. On the 4x4 side of electro I’ve always had a soft spot for artists such as Nitzer Ebb, Terrence Fixmer, Vitalic, Ellen Alien and Apparat. I guess electro is quite a dangerous word these days but I feel all these artists mentioned have stayed true to their sound. I don’t know if you can classify their sound as strictly electro, most of it is slamming techno with synths with the exception of the classic stuff.

Can you tell us about some of your more experimental music choices- When would we be most likely to hear you drop some leftfield tracks-
Within the scope of IDM (not really a fan of that term but you know what I mean) I’ve worshipped guys like Aphex Twin, Square Pusher, Richard Devine, Phonecia, Kero, Mike Paradinas, Venetian Snares, Autechre, Monolake, the list goes on... Old school I know, but these were the guys who opened my eyes to this crazy world. I use to drop heaps of their tracks in techno and electro sets at big parties or when I knew the crowd couldn’t escape it. It cleared the floor in most cases but I got a huge buzz when a mix worked and I got away with it. I’ve dropped The Well-Tempered Clavier by Johann Sebastian Bach warming up for Jeff Mills and dropped Hey Jude by The Beatles in the middle of my set at a huge NRG party (not sure why I was booked to tell you the truth) but they liked it, lighters came out, 3000 naked flames waving high in the air. A defining moment in my career for sure!

What productions are you working on at the moment-
Sadly I haven’t been in my studio for almost two years. Honestly, I just haven’t had the time to get in there.

What’s on the cards for 2008- International touring- A few releases…-
This year is looking pretty crazy already – I doubt very much I’ll have time to come up with any material any time soon. I manage a few events back home in Melbourne…between those commitments, working at a record store and DJing, my calendar is already full for the rest of the year. I was invited to play in Japan last year by a few clubs but I just couldn’t get away. I do plan on making my way over there by the end of the year however. I’ve always felt though, there was no point in playing overseas without having any of your own records to play...

WHO: Dave Pham
WHAT: Plays Subservice’s First Birthday at The Cross
WHEN: Friday 22 February