THE BIRDHOUSE 156: Pig&Dan Interview

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This week on the show, by way of Mallorca and London, we have Pig&Dan taking over the guest mix. Pig&Dan are a duo that have been in game as long as I can remember. Starting in 1999, the duo’s production skills and unique sound has landed them on prominent labels like Drumcode, Terminal M & Filth on Acid. Beside having released music on some of the world biggest techno labels, Pig&Dan are at the helm of their own label, Elevate Records. Enjoy Pig&Dan in the mix on the BIRDHOUSE, and check out their questionnaire below.

THE REAL 

How did your music career get started in earnest?

For me (Igor, it all started when I used to drive to school. I used to love singing what was on the radio at the time, and back then it was always Michael Jackson ‘I’m Bad”. 

Dan started to play the piano when he was younger, and lived in New York, his Dad was actually in a band who has a lot of success in the 70’s so he was exposed to a lot of music, and music world people from a young age. Could only go one way really! 

Where are you from and does it have an influence on your music?

Igor - I’m from Mallorca, where there is absolutely no influence taken through to my music. I got more influences from the parties that I would go to in Ibiza and Germany. I remember seeing Sven Vath, Toby Neumann etc. and it was inspiring. Back home in Mallorca it was all house music.

Dan – My father worked in a studio in New York, and I was often went along with him, and I met some of the most influential people in the music world still to this day. Legends like Chaka Kahn, Marvin Gaye, Led Zeppelin and Phil Collins. I came back to London and worked as an assistant at Rak Studios, where I worked with The Stone Roses – so yes, I got a lot of exposure to such legends, and seeing what they do and how they work, wow. I’ll never forget those years.

How many times did you want to quit trying to make this your career?

I think that we can both answer this one together in that yes, many times. Trying to make it in this industry as a producer or DJ is very hard. It's a hugely challenging career choice and it’s not for the faint hearted. You are bound to have some seriously shit times, and it’s how you learn to make it through them.

What was one piece of equipment that helped define your sound early on?

Rather than a piece of equipment, I would have to say our ears and minds. In the early days, we relied on whatever was available to us at the time, and therefore cannot really pinpoint one piece of equipment that has helped us to define a sound specifically. It’s not about the equipment, it’s about your evolution over your career, and how you use inspiration and put that into ideas for music.

When you were getting started, which artists did you try to emulate (both musically and career wise)?

Hmm not really anyone, when we started it was a long time ago, and back then there was techno and electronic music, but not to the level it is now. We made what we liked and hope that people enjoyed the music. We are always looking at our past, present and future, and seeing how we can improve ourselves rather than emulate anyone else. Of course, there are people to look up to, who have been around for years, and are still rocking it all over the world, like Carl Cox – and of course, everyone hopes they can only have such an amazing and fantastic career as he does. It’s inspiring to look at someone like him in every way possible.

When you have a tough week or a rough tour, how do you get yourself back on track?

The key is to have a healthy routine, and by that we mean to get enough sleep, and make sure it’s good sleep! Eat a healthy well-balanced diet and try to get in some form of exercise. You feel so much better for doing a little bit of something every day. Some meditation we find is also really a good way to ground yourself after a long tour.

Where and when are you at your most content/happiest?

When you’ve played a couple of great gigs where the people have enjoyed dancing to your fresh productions that just came out of the studio and you know you have a few days to go back home and rest with the family….

Do you have any secret hobbies or hidden talents? 

Dan is an avid art collector….

Pig loves cooking and would have been racing cars if not a DJ…..

THE REST

Favorite and least favorite colors? 

Igor – Black is favorite, Yellow least.

Dan – Turquoise always blows my mind, can’t stand yellow either, especially mustard

Favorite and least favorite words? 

Igor – Fuck is my favourite (universal word lol) and the least fav I can’t list as its two words and that's cheating….

Dan – Positivity if my fav. Perception is my least because it seems to be what the world is about these days

Favorite animal?

Igor – What kind of question is that, of course a pig!

Dan – Cats 

Favorite board game?

Igor – Monopoly

Dan - Backgammon

Favorite guilty pleasure food?

Igor – Japanese

Dan – Crème Brulee

Favorite guilty pleasure song?

Igor – The Police “Message In A Bottle”

Dan – Duran Duran “Reflex”

German or Detroit techno?

Igor – German

Dan - German 

Festival, club or illegal warehouse?

Igor – Festival

Dan – Illegal Warehouse

Biggie or Tupac?

Igor – Biggie

Dan - Biggie

Star Wars or Star Trek?

Igor – Star Wars

Dan – Star Wars

Exercise or Netflix?

Igor – Both

Dan - Both