| French Culture | Pandhora | Guestmix | Thurs 12 – 2 |

It’s quite a serendipitous story; the way I managed to get lucky enough as  to be rendered with an exclusive from these two French-born talents.

I was originally conversing with a producer by the name of Mynox, asking if I could buy/download one of his tracks for my show a couple of months back. After a few back and forth messages, I asked if he would be into mixing a guestmix for us. He declined doing one under his current name, as he’d been working hard on another project. In his decline he generously offered me a mix from his other project: Pandhora.

I quickly realised this ‘other project’ was one I was already following closely after coming across what I call one of the most mind-blowing mixes I’d heard all year:

Dumbfounded with delight, (after squealing a little bit) I accepted this offer, and am incredibly proud to announce that I will be sharing the Musicalities of these two musically gifted young men with you all on the Kiss FM airways.

When interviewing Remi & Amine on their cultural inspirations and motives behind the sharing of carefully selected music, this is what they had to say:

“We come from different cultural backgrounds. One of us (Amine) is from Tunisia while the other (Rémi) is from France. We grew up in different countries with diverse cultural heritages. Nevertheless we have been friends for 7 years now and obviously shared our culture with each other over the years, travelling together in both familiar and unfamiliar places. We have strong attachment to oriental influenced melodies and rhythms which is a good thing in electronic music as it makes the tracks sound more sophisticated due to the complexity of such scales and grooves. We also have a strong background in progressive & psychedelic rock music such as Pink Floyd, Tangerine Dreams, Kind Crimson, Led Zep & so on. This is the kind of music we listened to during our teens and you can imagine how it shapes the way you create music. Also more recently we have been really enjoying Massive Attack & Archive; which gives us some perspectives for future EPs or remixes. As we are both guitarists we incorporate guitar leaks in most of our recent productions. This will play a big role in shaping our sound signature.

We want to create inspirational music. The first step is always to be satisfied with what we shape, which is often complicated as we’re both perfectionists… We try not to follow conventions and think out of the box to produce something unique. We just do it our way and if it has some positive feedbacks, we are happy with it. 

We built our own label called Art Vibes Music to be able to release whatever we want. We don’t want to be restricted in our creative process by the norms of the Music Industry.
When recording a mixtape we just play tracks that touched us emotionally. We don’t play “bangers” or “trendy” tracks, instead, we take the time to dig and find hidden gems. The Kiss FM mixtape has a blend of relatively famous tracks and unknown tracks. It describes a genre we feel comfortable with. It has some oriental shades, mid-tempo 110 – 118, and chill infused sonorities. When playing Live Set, we only play our tracks that are specially reshaped for Live performances We play with Ableton, effects and guitars. Our next step is incorporating drums and synths! It’s always very fun for us to share Live. This is definitely the best way to convey emotions and share what we really feel to people.”

Tune in Today from 12 – 2 to catch their exclusive Kiss FM mix.

 

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Sophia Sin

Having spent a large part of her formative years experiencing the pure, personal joys of merging vinyl together in her bedroom whilst amassing an aural arsenal of spellbinding records, Sophia made a fateful decision to let go of what she had (the epic collection) in order to finance her expansive vision (sharing and creating music that means something), That leap of trust has been rewarded - aside from music festivals and other special events, Sophia holds down wheel-spinning duties at multiple venues, including her almost five year residency at legendary Melbourne institution Revolver Upstairs. Her burgeoning reputation (and infectious enthusiasm between the monitors) has also given Sophia the chance to share line-ups with some of the most respected international names in the industry, including Stimming, Maceoplex, Alexkidd, Jay Lumen and Mark Henning. And now the next step has recently been taken in Sophia's music affair: a left field production career that eschews the usual 'paint by numbers' playbook (and strictly-enforced 'genre defining traits') of cookie cutter releases. In creating a soothing-but-not-saccharine alchemy of her voice and her own music recordings, she has remained true to her diverse inner soundscape whilst assembling a "world-ly" style that funkily-straddles the border between dubstep and triphop, with a loving nod to tech and deep house thrown into the brew for good measure. With her first hit "Singing In The Rain" reaching the top 10 in the beatport Chillout charts, she is only getting warmed up to bigger and brighter musings.

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