Adam Beyer Charts Angel Alanis' Release on Impact Mechanics
GO ANGEL GO! GO IMPACT MECHANICS!!!!We caught up with Orlando/Submerge, the owner of Impact Mechanics to talk about the future of techno, his label and more.
Groove Media: Chicago is known for the house sound. Impact Mechanics on the other hand have held a long staunch foothold in techno. What is the role of the techno label in a city whose identity is so intertwined theoretically with house?
Orlando: I think Chicago, musically, has become much more diverse. People have become accepting of new things. Both genres have been around for a very long time, this city is the foundation of House music, but I feel techno will be a leading genre in the future. Impact Mechanics is a needle in a haystack in Chicago, and at first it was overwhelming, but people would be surprised of the amount of supporters here in Chicago. I feel the reason I.M. stands out is because of our attention to detail. A lot of work goes into the label, such as the artwork, production, marketing, and of course, the quality of the music.
Groove Media: What comes after minimal? Orlando I think that's a question that is being asked worldwide, and the truth is I believe that in the stage we're in, anything is possible. Things tend to shift back and forth. What I would like to see, is music staying on the level it is on, as well as moving forward and progressing. The whole theory behind techno music is that it is related to technology, and what happens with technology? It advances. As long as there is good music, people will play it.
Groove Media:Some people would argue that in techno, the world follows Europe. Do you agree or disagree. Elaborate on your answer.
Orlando: I agree to a certain extent, but things are changing in the US. I have also learned that there is an enormous amount of respect that Chicago receives around the world. One of our goals is educating and promoting techno in the US. It is now becoming very common to hear Techno/Minimal/Electro at a club, and we are one step closer to being up to date. I have to say that I am very proud of the attention Impact Mechanics has received globally.
Groove Media Why did you want to work with Angel and how did the release come about?
Orlando: The label started as a very traditional Chicago techno style label (Ex. Contact, Majesty, Dancemania). I wanted to make sure that I included Chicago artists as I saw the label shifting towards being recognized internationally. I had to do a bit of thinking, and it just made sense to have Angel on board. When you think of Chicago Dj's, one of the first artists you think of is Angel Alanis. I have a great amount of respect for the guys I grew up with, and have known Angel for over 10 years now.
Groove Media What's on the horizon for Impact Mechanics? Who will you be working with? Orlando: There are so many projects that Impact Mechanics is working on at the moment. We have releases booked until November 2008. Some of the artist we have lined up include: The Advent, Virgil Enzinger, Brian Sanhaji, Bas Mooy, A.paul, Dustin Zahn, Agaric, and of course myself (Submerge / Impact Mechanics). We are also working on a starting up a club night; more details will be disclosed in the near future.