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  Gene Carbonell interview

 

 

 

 



Related sites

- genecarbonell.com
- Choo Choo Records


 

 

 

True progression comes from a driving need to expand boundaries. For Gene Carbonell, progression describes how this multi-faceted producer and successful DJ/Promoter, has been able to build a very fulfilling career. With the Seks club night held at Eleven50 (formerly know as Petris), which he co-promotes with business partner Howie, Carbonell has come along from way from his early days spent behind the decks while spinning tunes for the devoted at The Chamber in Atlanta, Georgia. Carbonell, who has released several tracks under a variety of monikers, including Dark Driver and Echo, is now focusing his creative energies on his DJ career. Recently, Carbonell took the time to grant an email interview to discuss his latest single "The Beat" and explain why his music career these days has him feeling "chuffed"...

How old were you when you were first exposed to dance music?

19, when 99X was Power 99 Radio and they were doing a Sat night mix show broadcasted live from Petris (which is now Eleven50 where I have Seks and my residency)

Do any early track names stick out in your memory?

Wow....a million to say the least. "Drop A Beat" my Moby, "I Sit On Acid" by Lords Of Acid, "O'Fortuna" by Apotheosis and so on.....those are the tunes that got me into (what was then called) Techno.

Where were you first exposed to dance music?

Listening to the radio when I was 19 as described above.

How would you describe your sound as a DJ?

I would say funky and chunky house with a dash of Prog + Techno for the late night sets :)

How does it feel to be name checked for your work by DJs like Danny Howells, Saeed & Palash, and Danny Tenaglia?

One word....."Chuffed." It's a slag term I've picked up from my Choo Choo mates. It means OVERLY happy, excited and pleased. To think that these DJ's have played my tracks and remixes to thousands and thousands of people can only bring a smile and have me say, "I'm Chuffed".

How long ago did you relocate to Atlanta?

Been there since '81 because my Mom got transferred. I live in Birmingham, Alabama following my life long dream of marrying a doctor and settling down to have a Eugene the 3rd.

Your website states that Moby was an early-influence for you while he was still "underground"? What aspects of Moby's music caught your attention?

At the time, Moby was just starting to break into the global Techno crazy of '92 + '93. The energy of his music at the time was really up and helped me get into the music faster.

Were there any of his early tracks in particular?

"Drop a Beat", "Go", "Thousand" and few tracks off his "Early Underground" album.

What do you think of Moby's current level of success?

I think he's a genius! He's taken techno pop to a new level. He's taken "the next step" of music production and has made people from my Mom to early teens enjoy his music. I applaud him for his success.

Who/what are your current musical influences?

Barry Gilbey, Shafunkers, Deep Dish + Luke Fair

How were you first approached to work with Choo Choo Records?

Winter Music Conference in 2000. Scott and I gave Barry a demo of our track (then called Dig). He called me on my cell that same day, offered some suggestions on how to make it better, we went back into the studio the next week......and out came "Revision-2". The rest is history.

Have you played the demo game with labels in the past?

Hell yes!! And, still do.

What are three things people should know about Gene Carbonell?

1.) That I have pubes for hair.
2.) www.genecarbonell.com
3.) I may look like an asshole, but I'm not.

How was touring in Europe? Any good road stories to share?

On my last trip, Delta lost my bags before I landed in Lisbon, Portugal and didn't get them to me until 3 days later when I left. When I arrived in London (from Lisbon) to take the tube to Choo Choo towers, the tube broke down and I had to walk with my 2 record cases and 2 bags of luggage about ? of a mile to the nearest station and then climb about 10 flights of stairs to get out. On my way to Lithuania, there were train strikes in Sheffield which prevented all routes to Manchester airport be cancelled which in turn made me miss my gig. On the last 4 days of my trip, my girlfriend came to London for my last gig of the tour and we got engaged at the top of the London Eye on the clearest night in London ALL year. That made the stress of the previous 13 days all go away.

How would you describe your sound as a producer?

Deep to chunky house. I'm still developing a personal sound.

If you could work with anyone as a producer, who would it be?

Deep Dish. They can make a 10-minute track with 8 sounds and still make it the best thing they've ever done.

Do you prefer to play in the club or work in the studio?

Club! There is nothing like pleasing people with music you enjoy.

Does it come easily or are you a perfectionist?

It sure doesn't come easy and mostly because I'm a perfectionist. It's a disease!

What impacts your working in the studio?

I am THE A.D.D. poster child.

Who have you worked with recently?

Mike Andrew (Decon) and Darryl Windham of Red Shift.

Why was "The Beat" selected to be released as a single?

Both Choo Choo and I decided a single would be best to increase my profile in the DJ market. Aliases are good when you have a lot of material, but will hinder you if you are trying to a name for yourself as a DJ.

How has the response to "The Beat" been so far?

Absolutely MASSIVE. It's been #1 on Plastic Fantastic and Tune Inn's chart. It's been in the Cool Cuts + Hooj Buzz chart and a number of well-respected DJ's have been charting in the top 10. I'm really excited about it.

Is there a full disc of your tracks in the works?

Not yet. Just working on some remixes for Choo Choo at the moment and putting my next single together.

How is your Atlanta club night "Seks" doing?

Still VERY well.

What style of music do you generally play at Seks?

Howie and I try to stick with lower profile DJ's (meaning non-"A" list) that play really good progressive and chunky house.

Any of the remixes in your past work exceed your expectations?

Every one of them!

What are your reflections of the dance music scene in 2002?

It went from bad to worse and I hope it gets better soon. I think the MP3 stuff has put a MASSIVE strain on smaller labels and less known artist that now can't get paid because everyone has their music for free. I am one of them! Please buy your records and CD's so artists can get what they need to survive.

What do you think is on the horizon for 2003?

A virus that is injected to everyone that steals and exchanged MP3ed tracks.

Will you be attending the Winter Music Conference in Miami in March?

Yes, I've got "The Beat" to promote as well as some remixes for labels.

Will you be touring at all in 2003?

I'm trying to put something together in the US for the springtime. If anyone is interested, please email me at gene@genecarbonell.com. Another European tour is slated for May / June.

Thanks Gene!

-- written by Shawn Wallace

 

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Related sites

- genecarbonell.com
- Choo Choo Records


 

 

 

True progression comes from a driving need to expand boundaries. For Gene Carbonell, progression describes how this multi-faceted producer and successful DJ/Promoter, has been able to build a very fulfilling career. With the Seks club night held at Eleven50 (formerly know as Petris), which he co-promotes with business partner Howie, Carbonell has come along from way from his early days spent behind the decks while spinning tunes for the devoted at The Chamber in Atlanta, Georgia. Carbonell, who has released several tracks under a variety of monikers, including Dark Driver and Echo, is now focusing his creative energies on his DJ career. Recently, Carbonell took the time to grant an email interview to discuss his latest single "The Beat" and explain why his music career these days has him feeling "chuffed"...

How old were you when you were first exposed to dance music?

19, when 99X was Power 99 Radio and they were doing a Sat night mix show broadcasted live from Petris (which is now Eleven50 where I have Seks and my residency)

Do any early track names stick out in your memory?

Wow....a million to say the least. "Drop A Beat" my Moby, "I Sit On Acid" by Lords Of Acid, "O'Fortuna" by Apotheosis and so on.....those are the tunes that got me into (what was then called) Techno.

Where were you first exposed to dance music?

Listening to the radio when I was 19 as described above.

How would you describe your sound as a DJ?

I would say funky and chunky house with a dash of Prog + Techno for the late night sets :)

How does it feel to be name checked for your work by DJs like Danny Howells, Saeed & Palash, and Danny Tenaglia?

One word....."Chuffed." It's a slag term I've picked up from my Choo Choo mates. It means OVERLY happy, excited and pleased. To think that these DJ's have played my tracks and remixes to thousands and thousands of people can only bring a smile and have me say, "I'm Chuffed".

How long ago did you relocate to Atlanta?

Been there since '81 because my Mom got transferred. I live in Birmingham, Alabama following my life long dream of marrying a doctor and settling down to have a Eugene the 3rd.

Your website states that Moby was an early-influence for you while he was still "underground"? What aspects of Moby's music caught your attention?

At the time, Moby was just starting to break into the global Techno crazy of '92 + '93. The energy of his music at the time was really up and helped me get into the music faster.

Were there any of his early tracks in particular?

"Drop a Beat", "Go", "Thousand" and few tracks off his "Early Underground" album.

What do you think of Moby's current level of success?

I think he's a genius! He's taken techno pop to a new level. He's taken "the next step" of music production and has made people from my Mom to early teens enjoy his music. I applaud him for his success.

Who/what are your current musical influences?

Barry Gilbey, Shafunkers, Deep Dish + Luke Fair

How were you first approached to work with Choo Choo Records?

Winter Music Conference in 2000. Scott and I gave Barry a demo of our track (then called Dig). He called me on my cell that same day, offered some suggestions on how to make it better, we went back into the studio the next week......and out came "Revision-2". The rest is history.

Have you played the demo game with labels in the past?

Hell yes!! And, still do.

What are three things people should know about Gene Carbonell?

1.) That I have pubes for hair.
2.) www.genecarbonell.com
3.) I may look like an asshole, but I'm not.

How was touring in Europe? Any good road stories to share?

On my last trip, Delta lost my bags before I landed in Lisbon, Portugal and didn't get them to me until 3 days later when I left. When I arrived in London (from Lisbon) to take the tube to Choo Choo towers, the tube broke down and I had to walk with my 2 record cases and 2 bags of luggage about ? of a mile to the nearest station and then climb about 10 flights of stairs to get out. On my way to Lithuania, there were train strikes in Sheffield which prevented all routes to Manchester airport be cancelled which in turn made me miss my gig. On the last 4 days of my trip, my girlfriend came to London for my last gig of the tour and we got engaged at the top of the London Eye on the clearest night in London ALL year. That made the stress of the previous 13 days all go away.

How would you describe your sound as a producer?

Deep to chunky house. I'm still developing a personal sound.

If you could work with anyone as a producer, who would it be?

Deep Dish. They can make a 10-minute track with 8 sounds and still make it the best thing they've ever done.

Do you prefer to play in the club or work in the studio?

Club! There is nothing like pleasing people with music you enjoy.

Does it come easily or are you a perfectionist?

It sure doesn't come easy and mostly because I'm a perfectionist. It's a disease!

What impacts your working in the studio?

I am THE A.D.D. poster child.

Who have you worked with recently?

Mike Andrew (Decon) and Darryl Windham of Red Shift.

Why was "The Beat" selected to be released as a single?

Both Choo Choo and I decided a single would be best to increase my profile in the DJ market. Aliases are good when you have a lot of material, but will hinder you if you are trying to a name for yourself as a DJ.

How has the response to "The Beat" been so far?

Absolutely MASSIVE. It's been #1 on Plastic Fantastic and Tune Inn's chart. It's been in the Cool Cuts + Hooj Buzz chart and a number of well-respected DJ's have been charting in the top 10. I'm really excited about it.

Is there a full disc of your tracks in the works?

Not yet. Just working on some remixes for Choo Choo at the moment and putting my next single together.

How is your Atlanta club night "Seks" doing?

Still VERY well.

What style of music do you generally play at Seks?

Howie and I try to stick with lower profile DJ's (meaning non-"A" list) that play really good progressive and chunky house.

Any of the remixes in your past work exceed your expectations?

Every one of them!

What are your reflections of the dance music scene in 2002?

It went from bad to worse and I hope it gets better soon. I think the MP3 stuff has put a MASSIVE strain on smaller labels and less known artist that now can't get paid because everyone has their music for free. I am one of them! Please buy your records and CD's so artists can get what they need to survive.

What do you think is on the horizon for 2003?

A virus that is injected to everyone that steals and exchanged MP3ed tracks.

Will you be attending the Winter Music Conference in Miami in March?

Yes, I've got "The Beat" to promote as well as some remixes for labels.

Will you be touring at all in 2003?

I'm trying to put something together in the US for the springtime. If anyone is interested, please email me at gene@genecarbonell.com. Another European tour is slated for May / June.

Thanks Gene!

-- written by Shawn Wallace

 

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