A familiar collaborative pairing, Rogue D and Memoryman AKA Uovo are set to release their Electric Safari EP this September on Damian Lazarus Crosstown Rebels imprint. On top of that, renowned German artist Roman Flügel features as remixer. One of the founding members of Flashmob, Danny Minchella these days lays his focus on his solo project, Rogue D, which in recent times has seen him release on the likes of Hot Creations, Rebellion, Pets Recordings and more. Today we’re very pleased to be speaking with Danny ahead of the release…
Hi Danny! Great to have you with us today, how’s it going? Whereabouts are you based at the moment?
Hello guys, I’m well and thanks for having me! I have moved from Milan to Bologna for a few years now and I must say that I am very happy here!
The music scene has been through a lot over the last year and a half. How has it been for you given the impact of the pandemic?
Sorry guys.. don’t want to talk about the pandemic… I’ve had enough!!
Ok cool. Having appeared numerous times on sibling label Rebellion in recent years, this September you are set to make your eagerly anticipated debut on Damian Lazarus’ flagship label, Crosstown Rebels. The Electric Safari EP sees you back alongside Memoryman AKA Uovo, a pairing we always like to see! Can you tell us a bit about the EP and how it came together?
I’m so proud to be part of this big family that is Crosstown Rebels! Electric Safari was born from an idea started listening to ‘Berghain’ and ‘Padlock’ by DJ Harvey. These two masterpieces came to mind while recording synths and sampling. We wanted a mix of afro electric funk and dub.
What’s the story behind you and Memoryman AKA Uovo and what’s it like working together?
Christian and I have been working together in the studio for years now. We met in Bologna for an evening and from there our friendship and collaboration began. We often have different ideas but then we manage to merge into something interesting. Cristiano is a collector and a lover of vinyl so we have a lot of records available to listen to, sample and to get ideas from..
How does your creative process differ, if at all, between working alone and when collaborating with another artist?
My production process is a bit more or less the same both alone and with other producers, almost always starting from a sample. Generally, once I have found the right sample, I immediately move on to the realization of the drum and then go on with Bass, voices and effects!
German heavy-weight Roman Flügel provides two great remixes on the EP. What were your reactions when you first heard his takes on Electric Safari?
When Damian was interested in our release he proposed us some artists to entrust a remix to. The names were many but we always love Roman’s works and that’s why we chose him!
Given the effects of the pandemic, have you been able to return to gigs yet? If so, have you had a chance to play Electric Safari out yet?
It is starting slowly after these long 18 months of inactivity .. I had the opportunity to try Electric Safari a few weeks ago here in Bologna and I was very satisfied with the reaction of the public, especially for Roman’s remix!
Thank you Danny, great to chat with you today and congrats on the Crosstown release! To round things off, is there anything else in thepipeline from yourself that you’d like to share with us today?
Yes of course, I have an original on Roger Sanchez Stealth Records I did in collaboration with a NY singer Chantae Vetrice that will be out in October. And also I did a remix of a Classic House track by Roger Sanchez. Thanks guys for having me!