THE BIRDHOUSE 095: Technasia Interview

Technasia has been on the scene for just over 20 years – first, as the East-meets-West duo of France’s Charles Siegling and Hong Kong’s Amil Khan; then, around the turn of the decade, Siegling became a solo act under the same name. Siegling and Khan incubated and highlighted some serious talent under their SINO and Technasia Records imprints, including Jooris Voorn in 2003, Dave Clarke in 2006 and Dubfire in 2007. 

Siegling’s Technasia is carrying on the impressive legacy he began, with both his live shows and DJ sets, not to mention his musical output. (He collaborated with my man Green Velvet, enough said.) We’re sharing a stage at Belgium's Ostend Beach Festival so, to get a preview, I asked Siegling to do a mix for the radio show. It’s a perfect BIRDHOUSE episode to coincide with the start of my Europe tour – his mix has that dark yet eclectic, sample-filled yet simple sound I look forward to hearing whenever I go overseas.

Scroll on to read Technasia’s answers to our BH Questioinnaire, and click play on Episode 095 below. You don’t want to miss it!

THE REAL

How did your music career get started in earnest?

With my first EP "Themes from a Neon City" back in 1996 on my own label Technasia. Started touring right away after that as a DJ and also live act (with my former partner in Technasia).

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

I'm from Paris. And yes it did influence me in that we are the sum of all the experiences we live during our life. But whether accordion and Edith Piaf music were a big inspiration in the music I produce over the years, not really, no... [Ha. True. –CVS]

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

I've never wanted to quit, and I've never tried to make this a career either. My career was there right away in 1996 when I started. The rest was just hard work and focus.

What was one piece of equipment that helped define your sound early on?

My Akai S3200XL sampler. I love sampling and making music with samples. Techno tracks that rocked my life were made with samples. All this Instagram wanking around analog and modular synths, so much space taken to produce a monophonic fart sound, I always found that completely absurd... 

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

Jeff Mills and Dave Clarke. The latter will always remain my ultimate DJ mentor.

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

Spending time with my little girl. I wish I had much more time to give her... 

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

When home in Amsterdam, or when hitting Miami or Hong Kong, which are my second and third homes. 

Do you have any secret hobbies or hidden talents?

I like playing ball, but I don't do it that often anymore because of the risks of breaking a knee or ankle... I broke my feet a few years ago, and it was a nightmare touring like that.

THE REST

Favorite and least favorite colors?

Blue and fuchsia.

Favorite and least favorite words?

Yes and no.

Favorite animal?

The party one.

Favorite guilty pleasure food?

Japanese Tonkotsu ramen.

Favorite guilty pleasure song?

Pet Shop Boys, "West End Girls".

German or Detroit techno?

The D of course.

Festival, club or illegal warehouse?

Club.

Star Wars or Star Trek?

Star Wars.

Exercise or Netflix?

Netflex. [Not sure if this is a typo or a new term for watching Netflix at the gym. But I like it. –CVS]