Bicycle Corporation guest DJ Otherkind from Sweatbox Records will be presenting his second 'Foundations' show. Scientific Sound Asia is the Asian electronic music station for Asia and internationally.
Bicycle Corporation is an Italian due of the DJ and Producer, Marco Mei and Stefano Ugliano, better known as 6884. Since the Italian pair formed they have released over 50 tracks spanning a variety of House and Techno sub-genres including Deep House, Tech House, French House, Melodic and Techno.
Marco began his career in the early nineties by working as a crew for events like ‘Urban People.’ With time he gained recognition on the music scene and steadily became a man in demand all across Italy. But then things didn’t stop there, after so much so success in his native land Marco was soon getting international bookings across the globe.
Stefano, from Torino, Italy was showing promise as a budding musician right from his childhood. He showed a keen interest in the musical arts which soon began to engulf most of his spare time. He studied classical piano, percussion and drums and also had a great appreciation for ‘Chopin’s and ‘West African Djembe.’
But with all his devotion to so many different kinds of music, there was one thing Stefano had a love for that was like none other, The man spinning the wheels, yes, The DJ became most enticing for the teenaged Stefano. Those beats were so seldom played on any Italian radio station of that time.
Making those sounds let alone playing them before masses of people would seem like a pipe dream to most. But Stefano would not be deterred, he had a vision which he would now see through to the end and with hard work, dedication and sheer tenacity, Bicycle Corporation came to be.
After many years of releasing music, Marco and Stefan have not forgotten their humble beginnings. Just recently they’ve been going back over some of their earlier tracks and have set up a Bandcamp page to distribute them.
Guest DJ Otherkind.
This week's guest DJ is Otherkind, Otherkind is an Iranian-born, Kuala Lumpur (KL) based DJ, artist and music producer. He has over the last few years set KL’s underground dance floors on fire and is a highly versatile and solid DJ.
As a performer, he is prepared to take you on a wild hypnotic journey on the dance floor whatever time of the night or early morning it is. This long-time resident of KL’s seminal underground music brand and night the Sweatbox has played countless opening, peak time and closing sets.
He has also graced the wheels of steel as an opener for electronic music luminaries like Dubfire Nic Fanciulli, Gui Boratto, Kaiser Souazi, ‘Evil’ Eddie Richards, Rob Roar, Clive Henry, Chus & Ceballos, Shahram Jey, Nura En Pure, SABB, Denis Cruz, Miguel Bastida, Sub-Ann, Sammy D and many more. His introduction to music began at home as a youngster listening to Persian music and playing the key percussive instrument of Persian music.
Played using the palm and multiple fingers, this instrument in the hands of a master was not just a piece of percussion but would truly become the heart and soul of a song. This knowledge drives Otherkind’s sets till today.
He cannot be defined as just a DJ during his sets, as he expertly commands the tools in front of him creating soundscapes and setting moods whilst always having his finger on the pulse of the dance floor. He literally plays as if he is actually part of the dance floor.
His deep understanding of the music he plays as well as his ability to read the crowd is what sets him apart from many other DJs out there as no two sets are ever the same, making him consistently a crowd favourite wherever he plays. A move from Tehran to Kuala Lumpur in 2010, a city with its own burgeoning underground music scene that was about to explode proved to have set the tone for him.
Quickly landing residencies in some of KL’s hottest underground hotspots, he found himself playing to a wide range of local and expatriate music lovers. His work ethic and diverse yet forward-thinking style made him the solid choice whether it was for an opening, peak time or a slamming closing set.
But it is his longstanding residency for Sweatbox, KL’s most infamous underground night that cemented Otherkind’s status as one of the city’s top players. Regularly opening and closing the night, across the years has also seen Otherkind’s style and skill develop even further creating spellbinding sets.
Notably, his long-play open-to-close set at Sweatbox remains the stuff of legend for many of those that witnessed it. With over 15 years of experience behind the decks and almost a decade as a producer, with a great catalogue of new releases as well as his hotter-than-the-sun residencies, it would almost silly to call Otherkind the next big thing.
It would be even sillier to pigeonhole him into a single genre (although we dare say he will never betray his first love of minimal techno!) of music style. However, it must and will be said, this is an artiste that will truly leave his musical mark across international borders soon.
Breaking down not just musical barriers but now borders, this is the time to truly take note of Otherkind. As a producer, he currently has releases with Sweatbox Records, Kommunication Records as well as Soul De Anima.
With over a Decade of immersion in the electronic music scene, undeniable talent and a relentless work ethic. Otherkind is a name to look out for on the international music scene in the years to come so all that can be said is catch him while you can!
Listen live on Friday 12th of August 2022 from 10 PM to 12 AM Indochina Time (ICT) and repeating Tuesday from 10 AM to 12 PM (ICT).
'Foundations' episode 44 with Otherkind, 12th of August 2022.
Dubfire - Dust Gas (Original Mix)
Polygonia - Division (Original Mix)
Gabriella Vergilov - The Love Anthem (Mike Derer Remix)
David Merten Becker, Bekkler - Communication (Original Mix)
Samuel L Session, Van Czar - 18-022 (Original Mix)
Decoder - Impatient Figure (Original Mix)
Developer - ARCADIANS 58 (Original Mix)
Luigi Tozzi - Quetzalli (Original Mix)
Decoder - Lunar Drift (Original Mix)
Ignez - Sahasrara (Original Mix)
D-Unity - More Drums Please (Original Mix)
Hayden F - Dynamic Peace (Re-Axis Remix)
Drunken Kong - Spark
Namito Rainer Weichhold - Hick (Pan-Pot)
Dubfire, Flug - Metanoia (Original Mix)
A-STS - Untitled x6 (Original Mix)
Takt - Illusion (Original Mix)
Josh Wink - Balls Back (Marco Faraone Remix)
Deas - Function 7 (Original Mix)
KaioBarssalos - Broken Love (Original Mix)
Editors - Upside Down (Joris Voorn Remix)
Deadmau5 - The Oshawa Connection
Listen on Mixcloud here.