Memory 9 has been getting props from magazines such as Clash and several artists including DJ Vadim who's band The Electric have had the pleasure of being remixed by this exciting producer who has a serious understanding of bleeps. In sight of his most recent release Black Dragon we catch up for a quick chat, a mix featuring some seriously good music and a free download of his track 'Theme From Dragon Ball'. Hari Glitch
HG: Welcome to EMW. Please introduce yourself to our readers.
M9: Hi, my name is Gadi Sassoon, I am a musician from Milan. People know me as Memory9.
HG: Your new release Black Dragon is out now. What can we expect from this release?
M9: It's an A-side/B-side single, the first release on my own label Mnemonic Dojo which makes it kinda special for me. There's a juke track in there and a more laid back beat, both of which are very representative of where I am taking my sound. Loads of 808 basslines and spacey textures, and arpeggios... I love those ingredients, they really create some cool geometries for me. Also, there's a super limited 12'' version of the release coming with remixes from Bobby Tank and Valance Drakes, both amazing producers who took the tracks in totally different places. It will ship in May of early June, 100 numbered picture discs with hand made sleeves.
HG: How did you get involved in making music?
M9: Well my passion for music began as a kid, when my dad showed me a couple of chords on a guitar. It was the beginning of an obsession that took me from punk bands to jazz, and eventually to electronic music. To me that was a very natural progression, because it was really hinged on a desire to understand music and sound while keeping a kind of freedom, but these things are very personal I suppose. Music has been the biggest thing in my life for almost as long as I can remember, and I have been involved in loads of projects, ensembles and bands in the US, the UK and Italy.
HG: You've had exposure from Ninja Tune and their excellent radio show Solid Steel. Was this a game changer for you?
M9: It made me very happy. My deep love and respect for Ninja goes way back. Their releases were a huge part of why I went from jazz to electronics and beats a few years back, so it was a thrill to be included in their radio show. And it did help me a lot, because a lot of people heard and enjoyed my mixes around the world. I am very grateful for that.
HG: You've lots of gigs coming up this year. What does your live set consist of?
M9: I use Ableton, Max, a Monome, a Microkorg, sometimes bass and sometimes guitar. It's a mixture of things. These days a lot of it is experimenting with all my new unreleased stuff on the dancefloor while rocking out a bit, I love bashing things on stage! In some situations I get to be more of a crazy one man band, in some other ones bit more of a dj, I try to balance the two, even though sometimes it's not so easy.
HG: Where are you most looking forward to playing this year?
M9: Jakarta and Hong Kong, I have never been to either and I am so excited to go! Also Glade and Soundwave, I love festivals, the energy is always amazing.
HG: Top 5 tracks of 2012 so far?
1. Dream Continuum - Give a Lil Luve [Planet Mu]
2. Shlohmo - The Way U Do [FoF Music]
3. Clark - Black Stone [Warp]
4. Kromestar - Outer Limit VIP [Cosmic Bridge]
5. Lapalux - Moments feat. PY [Brainfeeder]
HG: How can people find out more about your music?
By checking out my website, http://www.memory9.net, my soundcloud page http://soundcloud.com/memory9 and my label, http://www.mnemonicdojo.com.