the EDWIN music channel has been an incubator for exciting and genre blurry mixes shaped by world-renowned DJs, producers and taste makers. To celebrate a new era and decade of EDWIN, mixes specially curated by Phillip Jondo and Low Bat have already been published.
Next on the conveyor belt is the Parisian DJ Hajj Sameer with mix n ° 103. Sameer is a true archivist who plunders the coffers of obscure world music rhythms, hip hop samples and psychedelic-funk gems; crossing the introspective realm of Allysha Joy from Melbourne to the future jazz of Otakee, it evokes an experience that is both fresh and referential, raw but full of verve.
Tune in to the mix now and read an excerpt from the EDWIN Music Channel interview with Hadj Sameer below …
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What was your musical contribution when you were younger? How did you become a “leading musical digger”?
Long story short, my parents had their own small, unassuming record collection. They brought together different genres: Middle Eastern music, American jazz, French disco, psych rock but also music from the charts of the 70s. In fact, being from Algeria and Turkey, born and raised partly in the western suburbs of Paris. , having spent a few years abroad mainly in the UK, my musical landscape is diverse.
The next step was when I started recording hip hop FM radio shows on cassettes with my sister when I was in college. Then I went back to my parents’ collection during my high school years. Eventually I started buying records and exploring new genres on my own through the internet. I love to dig and for me music is comparable to the cosmos, a whirlwind of genres, styles, grooves, coming from everywhere. I can give you advice on French jazz and then recommend you niche or jungle 12 “invisible West Indian records.
What are your favorite places to dig for new music and why?
Before answering your question, I would first like to share with you what I call digging. Digging for me is the process by which we find out about a musical project, whether it’s vinyl, cd or cassette, and how we get substance from it. Unfortunately, that definition today is skewed by the speculative vinyl market, with an extraordinary rating system based on hype and other irrational factors, forgetting the gist of the music itself and what it can do. we bring.
My favorite places to dig are the flea markets, especially the one at Porte de Clignancourt. Then for jazz and hip hop from all over the world my favorite place is Superfly Records. For electronic music, my best spots in town are clearly Heartbeat and Syncrophone Records. I have so much respect for our elders and previous generations of collectors – every interaction with them is a blessing.
You have a residence with Rinse France. What are you trying to accomplish with your radio show? You play B2B sets with guests like Meftah and Butterbandz from Detroit and JR Chaparro or Ko Saito from Tokyo.
I have been running my monthly radio show on my own for over five years now. It is such an amazing and familiar platform where I have the opportunity to express my art widely and freely without any constraints. Congratulations to the whole team ! I do vinyl-only shows just because I’m a lot more comfortable with turntables in terms of feel and especially in the way I create a vibe like a trip for listeners.
I feel lucky enough to have my own music space and my own time slot where I can share my own music and projects with my friends. Most of my friends on the stage come from natural interactions we had at concerts, or through social media. Therefore, welcoming some of them to my radio show is a way for me to materialize and elevate the fellowship, in a sense.
Your Rinse show also offers a wide range of styles, from zouk to hip hip, fourth world grooves and house rhythms. Can you tell us about your diverse taste?
I would define myself as a British DJ and selector. I have a very curious mind and can focus my attention on both distinct and diametrically opposed genres. But to give you a quick idea, the backbone of my musical curiosity is an umbrella term called “Black Music” from soul to jazz to Detroit techno, Chicago house, break beat and so on. . I really miss London, haven’t been for almost two years and have been wistfully returning to the jungle lately, remembering the years I was there when I was younger.
As a digger and DJ, what qualities do you look for in music?
One word: Energy! I’m looking for songs that can rock my soul and others. Music is one of the best vehicles for sharing emotions. Without emotions, music is useless in my opinion.
What recordings from the past have marked your life?
A. Lunatic – Mauvais Oeil, Hiroshi Yoshimura – Soundscape 1: Surround, Ahmed Malek – Original soundtracks from films, Moodymann – The Silent Introduction, Ali Mohamed Birra – Ali Mohammed Birra with the Adu Band.
Complete this sentence: “The world would be a beaten place if only …?”
… racism did not exist (or at least ignorance).
If someone gives you a million pounds and you have 24 hours to rinse it off, what would you do?
I would buy a big house by the sea with my parents, who would travel with me and invest most of the money in building wells and infrastructure such as schools for people in need in Africa. I don’t really care about value for money; I’m just looking for a comfortable standard of living, but not easy.
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