This episode of Dubspot Radio Rewind welcomes Ancient Astronauts, the retro-futurist duo from Cologne, Germany with an eclectic live DJ set followed by an exclusive interview.
In this in interview video, Kabanjak and Dogu of the production and DJ duo Ancient Astronauts hailing from Cologne, Germany took a break from traveling the “cosmos of music” to drop by Dubspot for an exclusive live DJ set and interview. After an eclectic performance of hip-hop, dancehall, funk and dub, which also includes a batch of original cuts and remixes we talked to the band about the idea behind Ancient Astronauts, advice to new producers, music influences, production techniques, gear used in their productions and live performances, and more.
About Ancient Astronauts
The Ancient Astronauts are Kabanjak and Dogu, a bulletproof production and DJ duo hailing from Cologne, Germany. The phenomenon of Ancient Astronauts is a belief that extraterrestrial beings visited Earth in ancient times to mingle and trade ideas with early human civilizations. The cross-pollination and mashup of ideas, sounds, styles, and a collaborative spirit are their modus operandi.
Although, the long-time friends are quick to admit that they are not followers of the German music scene, Kabanjak notes, “for us music is and will always be an international phenomena,” and Ancient Astronauts are certainly not afraid to draw on influences from international artists and styles.
Self-described as a “mashup of the distant past and far future,” these time travelers’ music is a mystic brew born out of an eclectic mix of ideas, sounds, and styles. The Ancient Astronauts have remixed and collaborated with artists such as Fort Knox Five, Ladybug Mecca (Digable Planets), Zion I, The Pharcyde, Azeem, Analogik, Subatomic Sound System and Anthony B, DJ Brace, Bajka, Vieux Farka Toure, Raashan Ahmad, Zion Train, Bajka, Sleepy Wonder, See-I, and Tippa Irie.
“At an early stage, we realized that we are both big music heads, so we started running parties in our hometown together.” Those parties became the catalyst for a production team that never forgot its roots. They specialize in diversity loosely glued together by a single thread. Like a good party, you don’t just listen to the music; you experience it.
In 2001 Ancient Astronauts started their own label Switchstance Recordings, which was developed as a way of allowing them total musical freedom. The label soon gathered momentum and built up an impressive fan base including the likes of veteran DJ Mr. Scruff. Switchstance Recordings is now famous in international club circles for the integrity of its production and style.
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