Next up in the Sinchi series is prolific producer Alejandro Molinari. The popular South American artist is now a resident of Berlin and is sharing his unique sound which flutters between new wave and post punk to electro and occultism. There is no better way to get a taste than to listen to this super mix he rustled up for us.
1) Introduce yourself?
My name is Alejandro Molinari, I was born in Venezuela and spent many years in Mexico until I moved to Berlin.
2) What have been your highlights from the last 12 months?
Playing at Goute de Nuit’s parties in Paris, full of loyal listeners and a very interesting Italo Disco & New Wave concept. I would also mention my latest Live Act at Katerblau, as one the deepest connections I’ve felt with the audience. Also charting #1 best Indie Dance track last May on Beatport with the Remix I did for Sex Kino called ‘Who Do You Love’.
3) What do you have lined up for the coming year?
I have a new album called “Santo Ritmo” coming out on Playground Records with remixes from Mijo, Middle Sky Boom and Teniente Castillo. Also a new single “Noche de Berlin” coming out this summer on Nein Records. Its similar to my latest track “Discoteca Mexicana” with vocals in Spanish and a driving bassline.
4) Which track in the mix is your favourite right now?
Jennifer Touch – Chemistry (Llewellyn’s Retouch)
5) What is your favourite track of the last 12 months?
The He-Men – 3 Hours
6) What is the last record you bought?
Simone – Mabsoute, a cover made by an Egyptian singer that’s been re-edited and re-launched by Sound Metaphors.
7) Whats your number 1 go to track of all time?
Ascii Disko – Einfach
8) Who or what are your biggest musical influences?
Ravi Shankar and Zakir Hussain, I feel attracted by the orient, sitars, table and chants. Also Post Punk and new wave music in Germany and London in the 80’s. Bands like Grauzone and Guerre Froide motivated me to create my side-project Fugitiv.
9) Tell us about 3 DJ’s / Producer’s we may not know but should be looking out for?
10) What is your favourite Venue or Festival to play at and why?
I prefer smaller venues and packed crowds. I would mention La Gare de Mines in Paris, massive sound resonating in concrete walls. Also Kupolas in Lithuania, where during last summer I played at this rounded crystal structure on a beach facing the Baltic Sea.
11) Do you have a ritual before you start playing or straight after?
One Gin Tonic to tune the ears.
12) What is your favourite bit of kit?
My Nord Rack synthesizer
13) What is your favourite film score?
Bladerunner and Only Lovers Left Alive
14) What is your dream destination?
15) What makes you smile?