Bergen's Skatebård unveils a mix made especially for the Nordic Playlist and speaks of inspiration and future plans!

Jan 2014

Skatebård, aka Bård Aasen Lødemel, is a Bergen based master mixer whose music is described as a style which “oscillates between emotional techno, neo-italo, electro from an alternative future and a Scando-cosmic reinterpretation of pure Detroitian house”.

Intrigued? You should be! His ability to create seamlessly crafted, expertly executed tracks, edits and remixes marks him out as a truly special Norwegian talent, and Skatebård has been selected by Iceland’s Sexy Lazer as the latest DJ to take part in our Nordic DJ Mix series. Tune in to his exclusive mix right here, and scroll on down to find out more about Skatebård’s plans, projects and to hear his excellent track selections now.

What’s your method for creating your mixes – where do you start, and what inspires you?

I play a 100 DJ gigs for each mix I actually record, I guess. Normally I will just bring a bag full of records, never plan more than one or two songs ahead, it’s best that way for me. But for a recorded mix I might need to plan a bit more, as I have a time schedule. And also had to ask for permission to use a few of the tracks this time, they are premiered here and not yet released.

Can you remember the very first mixtape you ever made? Who was on it (and who was it for!)?

The first one or ones were copied from various sources of either older friends’ record and tape collections or the radio, and I taped it for myself. Mixtapes for myself. But they were of course played and shared that way for anyone who’d be interested. Anything from pop to electric boogie and heavy metal.

We’ve seen that you’ve been busy remixing the likes of Tôg and Sally Shapiro lately, so what are you currently working on?

Some more remixes, a contribution for a new Full Pupp compilation, and a new EP or two by the end of the year. I’m also involved in a truly exciting project regarding the upcoming Olympics, so watch out for that!

What’s the story behind your Nordic Playlist mix? Which artists and tracks have you selected, and which would you say is your favourite?

It’s not so much a philosophy than just finding tracks that fitted together, in a way… Or maybe it is. I’m better with music than with words, as guitarists often say. I’ll let the music speak for itself. That last track is by my favourite band of January 2014, namely Berndsen from Iceland. And I felt it was good having a synthie-pop track after all that house music. Though one hour of house is not that much, anyway! Enjoy the mix.

You’ve included some incredible Norwegian music in your mix – how is the DJ scene in Norway, and where are the best places to go to hear great new music?

Yes, thank you! Some with my own name in there, but in every case the creds must be shared with the reworker (Telephones), the re-editor (Prins Thomas), and the writers of the original track (Tôg). The DJ scene is pretty small, but good. And friendly. More DJs play disco than minimal and tech-house or dubstep and all that crap that I don’t like, which of course is good. Sometimes it just gets TOO nice here, and I feel the urge for some very hardcore gabber techno or something, or at least some Detroit techno. But all in all it is very bearable.

And finally, what does 2014 have in store for you?

The usual and unusual. Some remixes, some tracks, a lot of gigs, and trying to live my life.ård

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