Radioslave: The multi-tasker
Fri 23rd Dec, 2011 Featuresin
It’s the early days of a long Berlin winter and Matt Edwards has rushed home from a dinner with friends to talk to inthemix. If we’ve inconvenienced him, he isn’t letting on. Instead, the man known for his spacious, elastic and often dark dancefloor epics as Radioslave seems in a sunny mood.
It’s been yet another busy year for Radioslave. The Rekids imprint has kept its high benchmark in what Edwards calls “a really difficult market”, while the label boss busies himself with DJing across the world and in his adopted hometown of Berlin. Away from the clubs, Edwards presented his ‘adventure in music and art’ The Machine at a string of shows, exhibiting yet another side to his musical acumen.
This New Year’s brings Radioslave back to Australia for Summadayze and Space presents Kehakuma in Sydney. Here’s what he had to say from the other side of the world.
Do you find Berlin works in reverse almost, and the clubs are more buzzing in winter?
In summer there are all the outdoor parties, and places like Kater Holzig, the new Bar 25, have been a big success. But places like Panoramabar really come alive in the winter, because people want to spend their Sunday afternoons somewhere dark and warm. We just did our last party on Sunday and it was packed. In summer if it’s really hot the last place people want to be is inside.
The lack of time constraints obviously allows your Rekids nights at Panoramabar to really stretch out…
Of course. Berlin is an incredibly free place. This has done a lot for electronic music and spawned sub-genres, this kind of trippy micro-house and long tracks.
On the flipside, you seem to spend a lot of time doing festival stages where it’s probably two hours max…
Well, that’s the great thing about Berlin, the parties can go on for days. There’s no time constraints. In London where I grew up, people would go out at 10pm and be smashed really quickly because the clubs have to close at a certain time. Here things are much more free and looser.