Spotlight on Austin’s DIRTYCLEAN
This week we are going to poke around in the head of local Austin DJ DIRTYCLEAN who recently joined forces with a well known studio engineer and DJ from Denver Danny Marin.
Ni Hao,Ne.Hau=slang : in Cantonese means “hi””hello”, “Ni hao” (Ne.Hau- ANYWAYS) in Mandarin,which is widely used in greeting especially among those who just met or are unfamiliar with each other.
Ren Albieri aka (DIRTYCLEAN) & Danny Marin have joined forces to create something that has a lot of creativity and power behind their production. With the combined years of over 2 decades of experience in the the music industry these two Audio Engineers are no strangers to the production world.
The style that comes to mind is powerful, continuous momentum, Vocal, drugged out, tetchy-minimal House and electronic. The production is filled with tons of organic sounds, vocals, original sounds and production technquies that is made for a pleasant dance floor experience.
Here are a few questions we asked Dirtyclean:
What single night out has been the most memorable for you?
As a DJ?
In 2008 I had the opportunity to play a main room set at Pacha in Sao Paulo Brazil. My dad was very well connected in Sao Paulo. Something happened and the local who was supposed to headline couldn’t make it. I got called in last minute and played a very well received set for 1,500 people. At that point I had only been Djing for a little under two year so it was an intense experience to say the least.
As an attendee?
In 2009 or 2010 I went to an outdoor festival in Oregon called “Fire”. I was with a bunch of my close college buddies and everything was perfect. Vibe was amazing. That party always stood out to me.
Are you able to share any of your secret tricks with me?
DJ wise, If I have a really big show I will sometimes pre-program 3 or 4 of my first tracks. It will be a sequence that I know for sure works well. I almost always deviate and don’t even end up playing the first track. Wether I use it or not it gives me a sense of security and helps for me to get into a groove. Don’t pre-program your sets! lol
Producing wise, I try to finish a track as soon as I can. This doesn’t mean I rush tracks. I just obsess over it until the main idea is done. I find it easier to put together a cohesive idea when you exploit your inspiration as soon as it hits. I find that when I sit on a track too long I tend to loose direction and drive.
What is one mistake you see a lot of up and coming DJs making?
I see a lot of newer Djs playing a lot of obvious “top 100” tracks and their sets sounds flat and boring. Finding music when you first start is a very mysterious process, so I get it.
Where do you think the scene is headed?
Dance music will play a very prominent role in society in years to come. I feel like the world in coming into a very difficult and decisive time politically. Dance music will serve as a refuge more than ever.
What is something that bugs you about the DJ scene?
I feel like there is a huge quality control issue with club culture in the States. A lot of shitty clubs with shitty sound systems and even shittier employees. It seems like other parts of thew world put a lot more love and authenticity into their clubs and festivals.
Catch Dirtyclean on August 19 at PLUSH in Austin Tx!!!!