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does DIGITAL PRIMATE have a siege mentality?

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MAD PROFESSOR huffs and puffs
the de-VICE answer to Tarantino's DEATH PROOF
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KID CALMDOWN and SLEEPY ROBOT: sydney's coolest djs?
ISNOD is good
J-MACHISMO: top men in Japanese anime cinema
DJ NEO: acid meister
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CAPTAIN AMERICA is dead
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movie review: PAPRIKA
SON OF ZEV: who's your dad?
GOLDIE
GENIUS PARTY: new anime from Studio 4C
RYOJI ARAI: the best kids' book ever made into animation?
does DIGITAL PRIMATE have a siege mentality?
just how sweet is KANDYMAN?
jonathan more on COLDCUT
much ado about BASEMENT JAXX
JEFF MILLS: one man spaceship
from the back of the fridge: SI BEGG
from the back of the fridge: GAIJIN BABY
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interview by andrez bergen

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Chris Coe is the Melbourne (Australia) based creative entrepreneur behind the Digital Primate moniker, behind which he's been DJing, producing records, running parties, and releasing scintillatingly yummy records for a decade.
 
His work has appeared on Aussie label IF?, and more especially on the internationally-renowned Pro-Jex imprint - often bearing hilarious titles like My Bush Would Make a Better President and Playin' For The Ladies.
 
Now Chris has a brand-spanking new album ready to celebrate the launch of the new year: say !hola! to "Siege Mentality"...
 
 

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de-VICE:

What projects have you unleashed upon the world over the best six months?

CHRIS COE:

I’ve just completed an album, which is due for release in January [2007], but there was a single released from it on September 11, called My Bush Would Make a Better President... the video was made by John Power [you can check it out here: www.youtube.com/digitalprimate].

Aside from that, I’ve unleashed a very large love vibe encased in an indestructible protective aura, and it should start emanating throughout the world, and slowly encircling it over the next few months… do not be alarmed; you will fell some fear, but that will dissipate, and then you’ll all be under my power... mwah-ha-ha-ha-haaaa!

 

de-VICE:

What can the faint-of-hearted look out for from your musical coffers in 2007…?

CHRIS COE:

There’ll be some dance hall, some electro, some techno, and it will be all mixed up in a nice potpourri that I have entitled "Siege Mentality", which will be released in Australia in January... there will also be international releases of a few new tracks on iTunes and Beatport, etc.

I’ve got a new electro-house classic coming out through Bush Records (yes, the very same) soon through the electronic stores, featuring remixes from Devilfish, Eric Powell, and others.

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de-VICE:

What other artists and/or labels continue to influence you, or at least challenge your artistic sensibilities?

CHRIS COE:

Henryk Gorecki at the moment.

 

de-VICE:

Any hot tips for all the aspiring DJs and live acts out there?

CHRIS COE:

Throw everything in the mix... everything. Who cares if it doesn't seem to fit…? Squeeze it.

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de-VICE:

Which other artists are you currently working with?

CHRIS COE:

I’m working with a whole plethora of artistes: John Power on visuals; Queen Khadeeja and Demilition B-Girl are featured heavily on my album, as are Macromantics, Melodic (NYC), Valerie M (Freestylers, Groove Armada, Maxfield), and so many others...

I’m also working with a really great producer, Samuel Acres - he is a whiz at fucking up sound…

de-VICE:

A few enlightened bods like yourself, Cassetteboy, Luke Vibert, Si Begg, and Isnod in Melbourne, are nicely adept at mixing up hilarious samples with rather yummy tunes. What does humour mean to you, and why use it as a tool?

CHRIS COE:

It means you can make a poignant point with out being over-earnest, and you can get in under the radar! I think that people are more receptive to humour, and when there is a message behind it, it adds substance to the entertainment.

 

de-VICE:

Do you think some producers and DJs take it all way too seriously sometimes?

CHRIS COE:

No, really? I mean, really? Sometimes I think people like to believe their own hype... because it is a nice feeling indulging yourself, etc... But if you can't laugh at yourself, then you're missing half the fun, aren't you?

de-VICE:

How would you cheer 'em up?

CHRIS COE:

Umm… I probably wouldn't bother. I might take some pleasure in pushing some buttons, though. Is that mean…?

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de-VICE:

Sampling: the pros and cons, according to you? Is sampling an art form?

 

CHRIS COE:

The art form is how you use any tool… sampling is a tool which allows us to expand our creative possibilities.

de-VICE:

Is there a "never-neverland" so far as you’re concerned when it comes to sampling? Or is everything open slather?

CHRIS COE:

As long as the idea works... then I am up for it...

de-VICE:

What do you dislike most about the contemporary music scene?

CHRIS COE:

Everybody is so goddamn scared of downloading... and I am sad that vinyl is dying out a bit... and, also, the 80's. I mean, I lived through them... boring!!! Why rehash that when there is so much exciting stuff going on that is progressive?

de-VICE:

Imagine that Paul Oakenfold – shock, horror! - picks up one of your records and puts it on high rotation in his DJ sets at commercial clubs around the world. How do you feel about this “honour”…?

CHRIS COE:

I would be delighted.. I don't give a fuck who plays my music, as long as they like it; also, it would mean that more people get to hear it... some of Paul Oakenfold's stuff is actually good!! …shock, horror…!

Of course, I would also love Tommy Sunshine to play my tunes, Carl Cox, Laurent Garnier, etc.

de-VICE:

Can you tell us some of the musicians you most admired when you were a wee tacker?

CHRIS COE:

Madness, The Specials, The Beat. The Police, Kraftwerk, Joy Division,  the Au Pairs… you know… the usual suspects.

de-VICE:

George Bush and John Howard: your honest opinion?

CHRIS COE:

George is quite simply an idiot.
Johnny is deluded, single-minded, authoritarian, inhuman and stubborn - but he is also worse, because he actually has the intelligence to do good, and he chooses to stick to his conservative view.
However, I think it is a good thing that George got elected… the world needed a wake-up call! And Georgie boy gave it to us, even though that was not quite his intention.

I think now the world is even more aware of how bad things can get when we are complacent about our individual political responsibility and power. Fascism can creep in.

de-VICE:

Who’s your all-time fave TV villain?

 

CHRIS COE:

J.R. Ewing - he was a cunt.

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