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Phonica Mix Series 104:
Felipe Gordon


Cacophony is by definition a collision of multiple sounds in discordance. Sounds that shouldn’t go together basically. Bogotá, Colombia’s Felipe Gordon does this, but in euphony(bringing pleasure to ones ear)! Spreading himself blissfully across jazzy, disco, funky and soulful elements he pours this concoction into his cluby productions and sets which has now given him international recognition.
Having put out forty plus 12″ releases and an album since 2014, including his brilliant “Timeless EP” on our Karakul subsidiary, he has found himself on labels like Shall Not Fade, Razor’N’Tape, Toytonics and some of the most long standing greats more recently like Nervous records.
For Phonica mix 104 Felipe walks us through what for him brings musicality into electronic music, what live elements bring humanity into our dance floors. We have a quick chat about more on this subject below and see what else the Colombian artist has up his sleeve.

Hey Felipe, Thanks for joining us! Can you tell us about your mix and what the idea behind
it was?

Hey guys, thanks for the invite!

It’s been a minute since i haven’t recorded a mix so this one it’s all about the musicality on the tracks, i’m a profound admirer of musicality on “electronic” music, there’s something about the organic feeling of a human playing an instrument on a dance track that really gets me.

I want the people to really listen and pay attention to the solos and small details on each track till you are moving your head to the beat and not just waiting for a predictable house dance beat.

Can you tell us a bit about how you usually approach recording a mix or a set?

I usually just give it a go and accept the end result of that first attempt, during the tour I’m always collecting more dynamic and deeper tracks for whenever I’m making a set again, to be honest I don’t like publishing sets often, I love to keep it special for occasions like this one.

Could you tell us a little bit about your background, perhaps where you grew up and what first got you interested in music?

Well, I was born in Bogotá, Colombia 33 years ago, i’m a musician since I was 16 when I started playing drums and listening to punk and bossa nova. I played and sang in 3 bands till I was 27 and decided to start writing deep house on my own.

I love running, cycling and playing tennis as a daily basis routine that balances my tour and studio musician life.

That’s basically me.

What’s your preferred method for finding new music—do you still enjoy digging around in dusty crates, or do you prefer to buy online?

Well, I try to make it as natural as possible, sometimes through record stores, sometimes through friend’s parties or sets, sometimes it’s movies and great soundtracks, to be honest I rarely dig, I just receive stuff and pick 1 or 2 tracks, it’s a difficult but natural process. The amount of promos being sent these days is unimaginable so it’s hard to really find stuff that hits the right spot!

You’ve had many quality 12″‘s out over the recent years, for people out there making their own music and are looking for advice, what’s your process in developing ideas for releases?

Well I would say the most important part is creating without any preconceived ideas, just create because you love art, because you love playing your instrument, find your own self and your own language and then just keep doing it, the tools and the right releases will come with time and a constant effort to be better. Music is something you have to respect and give it the time and energy necessary to be good.

make music because music it’s the most important thing in your life.

What do you have up your sleeve for 2023?

A couple of nice releases 😉

My second album is coming, a couple of EP’s on labels i love, a few remixes and that’s it, my main idea is to tour with my live band and release the live album with the new live versions of some of my tracks. As always, my discography is my main goal.
Thanks for having me guys, much Colombian love.


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