Although he may have been releasing records since 2011, ava. boss and Cologne based artist Damiano von Erckert has enjoyed some kind of break out year. With his first album being released in January, the genre hopping Mr. Pink, What Have You Been Smokin?, produced alongside friend and fellow Cologne based beat maker Tito Wun, we knew Damiano wasn’t just your average producer. His follow up record and debut solo album, the aptly titled Love Based Music is more of a work of art than a selection of tunes, and in addition to the hand made artwork, it even includes a short film which Damiano also directed and produced. With equal amounts of quirk and DJ friendly material found across the two pieces of vinyl, particularly the peak time ready “Housem” and funk infused “No Good Times”, the album is a complete package and has cemented Damiano’s place on one-to-watch lists around the world.
With his label ava. and its artists championing a new movement of sorts in Cologne, ‘music not bound by genre specific constraints’ has become the blueprint for the collective which includes Motor City Drum Ensemble and Murat Tepeli amongst others. Staying true to the message, Damiano makes his addition to the Deepcast an eclectic excursion, full of refreshing twists and turns that make for a fun filled listening experience suited to any occasion.
Ohh there were so many nice parties I’ve played and met a lot of cool people. But I think one of my highlights was definitely Red Bull Music Academy’s ‘Revolutions in Sound’ event. It was in the London Eye. That was a great experience.
Hmm.. Well I think there are some parties in Cologne that got more into a mixture of House, Soul, Disco, Hip Hop and other genres which is really good and necessary to move forward. I don’t know if ava. started this change. Maybe.. You know I always tried to push ava. internationally. I wasn’t focused on the local scene which is pity sometimes. But that was the right decision otherwise ava. wouldn’t be known in other countries.
When I founded ava. 3 years ago I just saved money for one record so it was a huge risk to do it and it would have been overrated to press more then 300 copies of the first release as a totally unknown label. Fortunately it was successful! Every cover is hand made, that’s the reason for no repressing with the original cover. It’s simply too much work. But there will be some represses in the near future with less complex artwork..
Yeah it was big fun but also heavy work. I mean we made this film in two months. Starting with creating the script, finding the right actors, assembling a crew, finding the right places to shoot etc.. I learned how to use Adobe Premiere to cut the movie and a lot of other stuff. So this was crazy! This was simultaneous to organising the whole album. I think in German you describe it as “Mädchen für Alles”, which means in this case a mixture of being producer, general servant and commander. Hahaha…
Yeah of course I took Housem as an inspiration. My goal was to maintain the feeling of having a good time and happiness. We’ll see…
Well this one here made a lot of fun to mix because there are so many nice records in it. Something to have a good time I guess!
My next EP will be released on ava. at the end of February / beginning of March next year. There will be a new record from Tito Wun and me later in 2014. Also I’m gonna play a tour in Australia and Brazil. I think i’m gonna play at Panorama Bar and Boiler Room London beginning of next year. A lot of good stuff!