THE BIRDHOUSE 091: Kry Wolf & Don Rimini Interview

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This week's episode of THE BIRDHOUSE features old and new friends: Kry Wolf, with whom I collaborated on 2012's "Turbosteppa", and Don Rimini, who made his Dirtybird debut earlier this year with the "Freaky City" Select EP.

I'm on the road and getting ready for some big shows – Bonnaroo, our Players Boat party in Boston – so I'm keeping this intro short and sweet. Check out the guys' answers and this week's episode of THE BIRDHOUSE below.

THE REAL

How did your music career get started in earnest?

Don Rimini: My music background is heavily influenced by my older brother (I feel it’ lways like this, when you have an elder brother). So I used to listen to Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, New Wave, funk, disco, pop… luckily, he also listened to music that was a little more underground. With him I discovered house, acid house, techno. At this stage I started learning to mix and began to fall in love with Chicago and Detroit sounds from the '90s and the European electro music as well

hen, I started to produce, because it’s the next natural step after mixing. In 2004, Don Rimini was born. The moment where everything has changed, when people everywhere in the world contacted me, was maybe three months after the "Let Me Back Up" released date [in 2008]. So, I started touring all over the world…

Kry Wolf: What really kicked it off was our collab "Turbosteppa" back in 2012. That was a key moment for us in spreading the word of the Kry Wolf project.

Where are you from and does it have an influence on your music?

Don Rimini: My influences come from the club scene, the DJs I saw in a rave or club or tracks I used to listen to on the radio, and of course my brother with his passion for underground music. I think it’s not a question about countries. It’s more about the people around you, the club you go to, your family, etc.  

Kry Wolf: We're from different places originally but met in Portsmouth where there is a lively scene. Bill now lives in Bristol which continues to be a great source of inspiration and is world famous for its bass music scene.

How many times did you want to quit trying to make this your career?

Don Rimini: You mean to stop DJing? NEVER. From the start when I was 14 years old, buying my first turntable, until now, music [has been] my life, my passion, my everything. Some days are good, some not. But I’m a positive man, and I love to challenge myself.

Kry Wolf: Never!

When you were getting started, which artists did you try to emulate (both musically and careerwise)?

Don Rimini: It’s funny, at the beginning, I was trying to copy the producers I loved. But these experimentations to copy others artists let me make my own sound. And for the career, back in the day, I used to be a big fan of [French producer] Emmanuel Top, and I would love to do what he did: Emmanuel Top music for the underground scene, and BBE (his famous other project) for living without money problems, haha.

Kry Wolf: DJ Zinc is a great example for us. He's been a pioneer of bass music since the early days and always stays relevant.

When you have a tough week or a rough tour, how do you get yourself back on track?

Don Rimini: Digging digging digging… if you are not in a creative process, the best thing to do is to organize your work. Looking for some tracks to play in your DJ set is a good thing, it’s 50% of the DJ's work to me. 

Kry Wolf:  Sleep. As much as possible.

Where and when are you at your most content/happiest?

Don Rimini: When I see my friends... at my place, in a restaurant, holidays, speaking about everything, laughing. My friends are really important to me, and I don’t see them as often as I could. It’s a shame. But they are def essential in my life. My last gig in Paris was stunning too,.

Kry Wolf: Definutely in the studio. 

Do you have any secret hobbies or hidden talents?

Don Rimini: When I saw a YouTube tutorial on movie FX (Adobe After Effects, to be precise) presented by a seven-year-old, I was speechless to see this young guy working on a professional software so easily. So I started to learn a bit more about the program. I would love to make my own videos for my tracks. it’s a kind of secret hobbies. 

Kry Wolf: Lewis is getting into growing crops... not that kind ;-) 

THE REST

Favorite and least favorite colors?

Don Rimini: Favorites are dark blue or black. Classic! Is it for a Dirtybird shirt? Hahaha.

Kry Wolf: Favorite is sky blue, least favorite is luminous orange.

Favorite and least favorite words?

Don Rimini: Favorite is "encore" (means "again"). Say it loud in a club, in a bed… everywhere. 

Kry Wolf: Favorite is "mush" (British slang), least favorite is "lit".

Favorite animal?

Don Rimini: Kitty cat.

Kry Wolf: Love them all except wasps. Evil toe rags. [Is this a British phrase? It's great. –CVS]

Favorite guilty pleasure food?

Don Rimini: Pad Thai. I learned to cook it too, cause it’s one of my fav dish.

Kry Wolf: A cheap chicken Kiev. 

Favorite guilty pleasure song?

Don Rimini: Will Smith, "Boom Shake The Room".

Kry Wolf: We don't believe in guilty pleasures. Any ABBA track.

German or Detroit techno?

Don Rimini: All Detroit techno, including German artists producing Detroit techno!

Kry Wolf: Detroit. 

Festival, club or illegal warehouse?

Don Rimini: Illegal warehouse is the best, but you never know if you're gonna see the promoter when the cops arrive…

Kry Wolf: Dark, grimy club or warehouse.

Biggie or Tupac?

Don Rimini: Both are genius. But when I was playing hip-hop, back in the day, I was playing more Notorious B.I.G. tracks.

Kry Wolf: Biggie.

Star Wars or Star Trek?

Don Rimini: Star Wars! A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return Of The Jedi are essentials, the others are decent or crap.

Kry Wolf: Star Wars. 

Exercise or Netflix?

Don Rimini: The Walking Dead, Last Man On Earth, Z Nation, Westworld, Mr. Robot, Stranger Things, The Get Down… need I say more?

Kry Wolf: Both are ace.