By
Ariana Díaz Celma

In Polish, Kresy means ‘borderlands’. At this latitude, fans of 120 bpm and old house will know we’re talking about the most prolific Asturian in electronic music. His recent Ep Ode To New York (Freerange Records) and other previous to this like Lords of Percussion and Basement Trax (Hivern Discs), released on John Talabot’s label, prove it. Creating your own label and naming it Discomaths, an ode to house music in all its aspects, is only the temporary culmination of a career that goes in crescendo at meteoric speed. We interviewed Kresy at Piknic Electronik…

Tell us why the Discomaths label was born and how do you and Andrea Zanenghi split the work…

We both were excited at the idea of running a label. I was because I wanted to release my stuff without having to be looking for labels, which can be really discouraging. And Andrea for the same reason and because he has a Master in label management and booking agencies.

Is it true that you’re only going to release music that sounds to old house? What criteria do you follow to choose artists?

Well that’s not the idea, in fact the only thing old here are my own productions, I think. Clip’s stuff is quite modern, and Andrea’s has that dirty. lo-fi touch to it that is so cool right now.

How does being the Asturian side of Hivern Discs affect Discomaths?

As far as I’m concerned, it doesn’t affect much. I will continue working with Hivern and other labels. And if they want to release their hits through Discomaths, the door is open and the red carpet all rolled out.

How do you think the birth and expansion of Hivern has contributed to putting what’s happening in Spain on the international map?

Talabot has become very famous and so has his label. People no longer think of scenes geographically, but rather in terms of musical styles and trends with the Internet playing the most important role. So I don’t think people are looking at Barcelona or Spain because they like Hivern. I think they just look for links on youtube that sound kind of similar, visit online record stores, read magazines…

Was there a change, subjectively speaking, between the pre and post Hivern KRESY?

Sure there was. It was very important for me to get all that support from the beginning. If you have Ep on Hivern you’re valued differently, it gives credit and seriousness to your project.

Let’s talk now about Asturias. Gijón has always been a very musical city, but it has evolved over the years. You’re in charge of Lanna Club, a place of pilgrimage for lovers of electronic music. Do you think what is happening now could become a new Xixón Sound?

That’s a dense question there… Well, first of all, I’m a resident DJ at Lanna and also a music adviser in some aspects. Then it’s true that Gijón has always been a musical city, but I don’t agree on your assumption that it has evolved. There hasn’t been any kind of generational change; there are some interesting bands, but you don’t get the feeling of a scene we had before. I think Lanna could help create an interesting scene. There’s talent there, there’re always been in electronic music, and now there’re many people producing at home and baking fresh proposals such as Skygaze, which I hope to release on Discomaths.

How do you see the evolution of Gijón and Asturias in the last decade…

I can’t set a timeline because I’m not very aware of things, but I can tell you the things I like or that I liked. About Xixon Sound I liked Yellofinn, Eliminator Jr and especially Penelope Trip (and Tito’s first solo album as Telefilme, perhaps my first introduction to electronics). Some cool electronic stuff come from that time, for example Memorabilia and Tape. Post-Xixón Sound, I like the passion, anger and authenticity of Arma; Mountains for their originality and for condensing the Asturian idiosyncrasy key primitive rock; Chiquita and Chatarra because they are extremely cool; Fasenouva because their live shows in small venues are brutal and absorbent. I saw Pablo und Destruktion play solo once with guitars, crazy percussion and pedals and it was as if he were condensing timbres and harmonies of traditional Asturian music to shed his sadness with the rage of those who know their history, reaching peaks of intensity and psychedelia that left me agape. As far as dance music gies, I like Reeko and Exium, which are benchmark in global techno. Surely there are many more things, but this is what I can remembered now.

Your favourite places in Asturias are…

It’s a little bit sad there, everything is closing down, but I’ll try: I like to skate down the cholesterol route (laughs) around the Nalon river basin. I like Lata de Zinc in Oviedo, a recently opened cultural centre, a beacon in the devastated cultural agenda. I like Crocante, a restaurant in Cimadevilla, in Gijón. I like La Merced, a second-hand clothing store also in Gijón. And I don’t like gaudy-painted cider bars.

You can’t stop listening to…

The songs I’m working on now. I don’t listen to the rest of the music, I just nibble at it and distribute it in folders. If I have a hangover, I get to see videos of any kind of Spanish bands from the 80s, I don’t know why. That’s that only thing I listen to on repeat mode.

Tell us five house music musts of all times

Mr finger, Roland 303, Strictly Rhythm, Luomo… I won’t say the 5th in case children read this.

You’d ban…

Tele 5.

You never thought you’d end up…

When I was a teenager I thought I would never have a driving license as an adult, things didn’t look good…

Good2b means?

I have no idea. The other day I learned that MILF means wanting to fuck the mother of a friend because she’s very hot. So who knows what good2b means…