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Four Heroes: DJ Deep

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Kern is the latest series from Tresor which is a showcase of old meets new, house meets techno, in the form of an exciting mix series aimed at delivering fresh narratives in electronic dance music. It will provide an insight into the tastes and personal histories of some of the scene’s leading lights, allowing artists free reign to weave their own story through a mixture of rarities and brand new material. KERN transcends the usual parameters of an artist’s mix to present a unique and timeless listening experience, which breaks down into a DJ-friendly and highly collectable trio of releases.

Kicking off the series is Parisian protagonist Cyril Etienne aka DJ Deep. Selected for his career-defining dedication to Detroit techno, NYC and Chicago house – “the roots” of house and techno – as DJ, producer and head of the Deeply Rooted House empire, DJ Deep heads back to his own origins to present Kern Vol.1

“As I was struggling to find an order through all the great material on the Tresor catalogue or what my label currently does, I came up with this idea of a DJ’s diary – like the picture of a guy writing down in his notebook which new and classic tracks would be relevant today. I kept this concept in mind when making my selection, which really helped me to simply follow my feelings and the flow of the music.”

The mix begins with a track recovered from the Tresor archives: A.E.S’s “Music In My Head” produced by Arthur Forest, Eddie ‘Flashin’ Fowlkes and Santonio. The latter, who also brings a never-released title from '93 forth, “Amnesia”. Along with Xperiment’s “Karn Evil #10” and mix-closer “III”, an early record from St. Germain as Deepside, these all make up The Rarities EP – one of two 12” records escorting Kern Vol.1 mixed by DJ Deep.

The other 12” is a collection of tracks picked by DJ Deep exclusively for the compilation. Originally designed to appear on his “Computer Games” album in 2008, Kerri Chandler signs the a-side with “Cobal” – propped on the b-side by new French signee Marcelus, “Y02”, and Psyk wielding his Maan alias on “Jackin”. DJ Deep even goes to greater lengths and digs up more exclusive works for the mix – Bleak’s thudding “Noon Shape” as well as another entry from Kerri Chandler, this time an unreleased edit Rootstrax’s Harlequin. Both titles are set to come out on Deeply Rooted House this fall, along with a reissue of "Head Talking" a genre-hopping tour-de-force by DJ Gregory.

“When I do these mix CDs, I try to bridge the old spirit of what I used to like so much in house and techno, with what I think is somehow still alive in the new generation of producers, making these, as we say in French, “clin d'oeil” moments. Musically it works so you don’t have to know what’s going on but if you actually look into the track list you will find, for example, a young French guy mixed into one of France's techno originators."

We went deeper & deeper with Cyril to get his Four Heroes on the words & sounds that influence his musical world...

Slavoj Zizek - The Pervert's Guide to Cinema

I always enjoy listening to this controversial character, who presented this interesting DVD six years ago now. His views on various topics such as philosophy, sociology etc. are quite original and he is not afraid to refer to the most specific authors as well as to mainstream culture to exemplify his corrosive thinking.

Slavoj Zizek - O Guia Pervertido do Cinema (The Pervert's Guide to Cinema) - Parte 1 de 3 from A.C. Vagalumes on Vimeo.

Jon Hassell - Power Spot / Air

Derrick May introduced me to Harold Budd and Brian Eno's "The Pearl". I remember visiting him one morning in Amsterdam, after having no sleep for a few days and driving all night. When I arrived at his place that's what was playing on his sound system, it blew my mind. He then started to play some John Hassell titles and I instantly fell in love with his music. I am really thankful for having been lucky enough to discover a lot of music thanks to such mentors or friends, and not just by typing names in Google or YouTube. Of course, I also appreciate having access to an infinite source of unknown material through these websites, but nothing beats Human interaction and the experience of learning from someone. The idea of transmission is definitely something that is essential to me.


I really enjoy French movies, especially from the 60's and 70's. I don't think this is the best Philippe Labro movie, but I have a thing for this one: "L'Héritier" ("The Heir"), starring Jean Paul Belmondo, released in 1972, and also featuring my favourite French actor Jean Rochefort. Among some other personal elements, I enjoy it's dark atmosphere. The soundtrack is not bad either as you can hear on this video!

Hannah Arendt - Between Past and Future

A classic book of course. I cannot help but being impressed every single time I go back to it, by how actual and modern it has remained.


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