For the latest instalment of rhinestone-encrusted disco bash Cult Culture, the Bristolian partystarters have recruited Power Station mastermind Kris Baha! The Berlin-based DJ, producer and label boss has garnered a cult-status following transcendental sets in the Cocktail D'Amore cosmic hole as well as throbbing EBM releases on his own Power Cuts label. It's high time we welcomed him to the lazerhole to serve up a slice of his trademark mind-bending body music. Cult Culture promoter and resident DJ Ranks caught up to chat career highlights, unsung talent and plans for the rest of 2017!
We are hyped to have you join us for PLU’s Cult Culture party! You’ve been super busy over the last couple of years; what with a move from your hometown of Melbourne to Berlin, together with the label and a number of great releases – what have been a few of your highlights?
Thank you, I am equally as excited to be joining! It’s been a funny three year transition but I am finally cemented here in Berlin. Some highlights for me have been Salon Des Amateurs last month with Theme For Great Cities' Rearview Radio, Aki Aki and an impromptu b2b2b2b with Tolouse Low Trax. I also played at a festival called Ant Bangos run by the Opium Crew out of Vilnius which is on the Baltic Sea beach front (literally on the sand) and down in the cosmic hole last year at Cocktail D’Amore in Berlin.
A record that perfectly sums up these highlights?
Tell us about your relationship with the legendary Berlin based, gay party Cocktail D’Amore crew?
It happened pretty organically which is something I go with a lot. From afar in Melbourne (pre-Berlin transition) I was already a fan of the label and knew about the party and then had some people I knew playing there who relayed that it is exactly like it's reputation - wild and musically open. We also tried to book Discodromo for our party Power Station in 2014 but we postponed it until 2015. Coincidentally some demos of mine were sent to the DD guys in early 2015 and this was about the same time we put out our first record on Power Cuts which they really liked and then the rest, as they say is ….
One of the reasons we’ve invited you to play for our Cult Culture party is your eclectic taste and your ability and willingness to weave disco, industrial, punk and house into your sets. With house becoming ever more popular in the mainstream, do you think there is an appetite in the underground for more than just your standard house and four to the floor? Has there been an emergence of music that looks to challenge what we have become used to as the usual rhythms of dance music?
Sure, I think people are becoming much more open… Well I hope so, otherwise I am out of a job!
If so, are there any records that perfectly encapsulates this?
Here are some I have enjoyed playing out:
Favourite record of 2017 so far?
I don't have favourites, but some reissues and OG music I’ve been listening to a lot that were released this year are
Esplendor Geometrico’s - Fluida Mekaniko on Geomtetric
S/M Nurse on Domestica
Khidja’s Microb incl TLT Remixes on Malka Tuti.
Modern Art - Stereoland on No Coat
Nv - Binasu on Mind Japan
The Resident Advisor top 100 DJs poll has just regurgitated a very similar list to last year and the year before – if you could turn the spotlight onto some unsung artists, who would they be and why?
As they always do ;)
Artists who I think have saddled around the rodeo for some time as well as some up-and-comers are Tolouse Low Trax, Vladimir Ivkovic, Lena Wilikens, Jan Schulte, DJ Normal 4 also Dane//Close, Zozo, Allesandro Adriani, Elena Colombi, Don’t DJ, Alexis Le Tan, Odopt.
As we head into the festival season and the half way mark of the year, what exciting plans are in the pipeline?
I'll be playing live again which I have been eager to get back into since my departure from band world - I have an experimental industrial duo thing happening with Niklas Wandt who is a very talented drummer. Also I have my other project with Dreems which is called Die Orangen and we’ll be playing live at Monticule Festival France in June and our LP Zest will be coming out on Malka Tuti mid year which we are pretty psyched about. Short of that, you will see a Kris Baha EP on Cocktail D’Amore very soon, another Power Cuts release, a new label series merging Power Cuts and Bahnsteig23 as Power23, a release on Pinkmann Records, more output from Power Station and the Power Cuts Label and I’ll try and sleep at some point as well.
Talking about festivals… Which dance bomb do you have in your bag that you can't wait to unleash in the sunshine?
In five words, what do you have in store for Cult Culture?
Dark energy waves of sweat
Catch Kris Baha at PLU presents Cult Culture this Saturday 3 June from 9pm-3am at Dalston Superstore!