Q+A: DJ Red Returns to Electric Deluxe
'Underwater' is due out July 29.
Berlin-based Italian Simona Calvani (a.k.a. DJ Red) earned her reputation as a respected DJ in Rome’s techno scene, garnering attention via her residency at the local Goa Club. As a producer she has also impressed with releases on the likes of BPitch Control, Unpolite and Electric Deluxe.
Following on from 2014’s Duality EP, she is now set to release a follow-up on Speedy J’s imprint entitled Underwater, which the label describes as “sleek and functional.” In addition to her two original cuts, both Stanislav Tolkachev and Zeitgeber (a.k.a. Lucy & Speedy J) offer remixes.
Ahead of the release, we caught up with Calvani:
You released your first EP with Electric Deluxe back in 2014. How has your relationship with the label grown since then?
After releasing my first EP on Electric Deluxe, I felt that it was important to start working on other music projects to send to the label in order to provide some sort of continuity. So, I started conceptualizing Underwater. We have a good working relationship which I hope will continue to develop in the future.
What can we expect from Underwater? There is a really interesting selection of sounds, can you tell us the secret behind them?
Underwater is a limited edition 2×12″ which is only available on vinyl from the Electric Deluxe webshop. It features two of my own tracks, “Underwater” and “Sweet Silence,” which are complimented by a set of more experimental remixes from Stanislav Tolkachev and Zeitgeber. For my side of the project, the leading sounds were generated by a Korg MS-20, the Roland RE-201 Space Echo-Analogue mixer.The first remix is characterized by an uncompromising and intense prelude leading up to a dramatic transition from a taut reverb kick-drum to a rhythmic, drone-like finish. The second has a jazzy bass-driven groove, punctuated by some ambient breakouts. I‘m very happy with their remixes—I think that they’re equally elegant and refined, while also in some way dark and hypnotic.
You were performing at the Electric Deluxe tent at Awakenings Festival in Amsterdam last weekend—was it your first time playing there? How was your experience playing for such a massive crowd and equally as a techno lover there?
Yes, that was my first experience at Awakenings and I absolutely loved it. It was a very good, exciting experience and I feel honored to have been part of such a great team of artists.
Underwater will be available to purchase from July 29, as a limited edition 2×12″ vinyl available exclusively at the Electric Deluxe store. Pre-order it here, and stream snippets below.