intro – vlr

popround is pleased to present vlr – a talented mixer/producer from the unusual location of norway. by all means check out his mixes on it was this collection of Warp classics that originally got us here at popround riled up.

watch this space for further posts from vlr, but in the meantime here’s a bit of background to keep you going:

where are you based, when did you start making music?

– I was born, raised and currently live in, Hellvik on the south-western coast of Norway. It’s a quiet little place, soothing, but a wasteland concerning electronic music. I got my first Technics 1200 turntable early 97, with the intent of learning to mix. I had been a vinyl addict for 2 years and felt I had to make use of the stacks of records I accumulated. At the same time I started messing about with ReBirth, which lead into me and a friend from school trying to start an electro “band” called Elektronische Geist, but my role was mainly supplying a critical ear to his tracks and did a few turntable tricks when we played live. This lasted until about the fall of 99, when I decided to leave this project and try to stand on my own feet.

7 years later I still feel that I’m a bit off-balance, but I think I can stand on my own, both regarding mixing and production. There are always new tricks to learn.

how would you describe your sound?

– At the moment it’s very heavy on the techno and rave sounds of old.

Mostly due to the many R & S reissues coming out and the electronica scene being in boring state right now. But I really like what’s coming out of the dubstep and grime scene lately. I listen to loads of styles and I try to make a logical transition between them when I mix. I rarely keep it at one style throughout a set.

who/what is your inspiration?

– DJs I respect and look to are Rob Hall, Surgeon, Richie Hawtin, PC and Strictly Kev. I may have forgotten a few, but these are the ones that are making my day at them moment. I must add that these are judgement based solely on listening to mixtapes and bootles, jocks of this caliber rarely visit these parts of the world, sadly. I draw as
much inspiration from tracks as I do from the mentioned djs, if not more. The right track at the right time can leave me buzzing for hours.

how long has the website been going?

– I spent a few years studying in mid-Norway and along with the knowledge I got a pretty handy webspace that could store a few mixes at 0 cost for me. The first mix I made available on this webspace was in 2003, and I’ve kept adding mixes since then. I never reached my maximum limit as I suspect it has grown over the years, or the admins have given me a bigger space out of pure generousity – I don’t know.

do you play out anywhere? if so, where did you get your start?

– As mentioned earlier, I don’t exactly live in a hot-spot for electronic music, there is, however, a pretty interesting annual festival happening an hour away from me where national and international talents are brought in for a weekend of great musical
happenings. I played there in 2002, but seeing as the most interesting acts played at the mainstage, it wasn’t the biggest crowd. I’ve had a few other gigs, but I’ve never had any residencies anywhere. For the moment I’m content with being an online DJ, making a few broadcasts every now and then and “release” a mixtape.

what projects are in the pipeline?

– I’m not planning anything big at the moment, I’ve just made an Autechre mix in Ableton and has gotten a pretty good response from that. I’m currently making a third installment in a series I call Computermadness where I try to cram as many tracks as I can into 70 minutes. It’s probably something that would be filed under mashups,
but I’m fine with that. I like the ability to really hone down a mix using the Ableton Live software, my goal is to make a mix that I can listen to without analyzing and regretting why I left a crappy transition there. I’m not going into a software vs hardware debate
here, I’ve tried Live, Traktor and Turntables and they each have their strengths and weaknesses, I guess using the tool for what they do best is the biggest issue in that respect.

you have a great retrospective of old skool warp tunes. was the music
better back then?

– Warp has gotten a lot of frowns from the purist lately, but seeing as I’ve grown up along with the label, I do look back on the early releases much like one would with the carefree days of being a kid.
The first Warp release I bought was Sabresonic by The Sabres of Paradise, so the bleep-days happened before I got hooked on them. I knew LFO from a few old rave-compilations, so most of the tracks on the first part of the Weird And Radical Projects mix are tunes that I found when I started to explore the label. I think I will always be an Artificial Intelligence Series guy though, it really ought to be on everyones Modern Electronic Music 101 curriculum.

(questions by kiterae).

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One thought on “intro – vlr”

  1. A very interesting read.
    i myself am a big fan of dj vlari(vlr)and see only great things for him.
    for anybody reading this i strongly recommend downloading a vlr mix
    you will be back for more.

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