LWE Podcast 35: Margaret Dygas

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Margaret Dygas’ position as an avant garde techno producer has been achieved with only three proper releases to her name but backed up by years of formidable DJ sets around the world. Born in Poland, she spent her formative teenage years growing up in America and now, like so many other dance music producers, lives in Berlin. Her exquisitely executed tracks have been released on Contexterrior, Non Standard Productions and Perlon, each showing a progression in her abilities and slowly revealing a distinctive type of sound. LWE hoped to learn much more about the budding artist in our interview but it turns out that Miss Dygas prefers to let her music do the majority of her talking. Read on for the words we managed to glean out of her and check the stunning podcast after the interview for a more revealing glimpse into the world of Margaret Dygas.

LWE Podcast 35: Margaret Dygas (78:17)

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Tracklist:

01. Daniel Stefanik, “Reactivity 8″ [Statik Entertainment]
02. Cirkel, “Cirkel003.1″ [Cirkel]
03. Murmur, “Barrier” [Meanwhile]
04. Intrusion ft. Paul St. Hilaire, “Angel Version” [Intrusion]
05. Luke Hess, “Reel Life” (cv313 Dimensional Space Mix) [Echocord]
06. Bernd Maus, “Tell Me” [Statik Entertainment]
07. DJ Joey Anderson, “Oval” [Strength Music]
08. Terrence Dixon, “Emergency” [Meakusma]
09. Peter F. Spiess, “Wortkarg” [Adjunct]
10. Moritz Von Oswald Trio, “Pattern 3″ [Honest Jon's Records]
11. Baby Ford, “Westway” [Autoreply Music]
12. Avus, “Boute Diabolique” [Stolen Moments]
13. Theorem vs. Stewart Walker, “Too Distant Images” [M_nus]

Judging by your bio you’ve done lots of moving around in your life from a young age. Musically did this help you discover a lot of different types of music?

Sure, traveling helped a lot, but I know I’ve only scratched the surface so far.

Having experienced the laid back lifestyle of California, the club-kids era of New York, as well as living in London and Berlin, what place do you feel has shaped you the most, both creatively and as a person? And are the sounds that you assimilated with in those different parts of your life and love of music creeping in to your current productions?

Every place left a mark in different ways. If I have to point a finger, it would be New York. I loved that place! Amazing times with lots of great memories, as with London and Berlin. There are very specific sounds that remind me of New York, for example, but I’m not sure if they are creeping in to my current productions. I will check it out.

You’re known for having a distinct sound of your own. A DJ’s sound is one that is always evolving but also there is a moment when it clicks for them. When did you think to yourself that you’d found a unique sound and what were you doing at that time in your life?

I don’t look for a specific “sound” as such, so it’s very nice to hear that people think I have a unique sound.

What has been your most enjoyable residencies to date?

Panorama Bar, a very, very special place for me!

Where did you get the vocal samples from for “Invisible Circles”?

From an Internet radio station.

Your productions have a very free form element to them. Rather than regular floor tracks which tend to be more predictable with their arrangements to the point of knowing when the bass/kick/synth is going to come in etc, how do you write and sequence your tracks so that they are cohesive and resolve themselves?

I don’t have a “formula” as far as arrangement. Listening to it over and over and over again (with some tea breaks in between) helps to see if something is annoying or doesn’t belong. I keep playing around until it feels comfortable somehow — and in a way, because it’s never really finished, or am I alone on this one?

You have spent a good many years based in London and are now residing in Berlin. What do you feel are the differences in the working patterns of producers and DJs and how have you operated in each city?

Some have studios at home, some like to go to another location to make noises.I would guess there are quite a few night birds around here, like myself. I don’t know the patterns and operations enough of those two cities to compare.

What are the pros and cons of living as a DJ/producer in each city?

That “cons” can be “pros” and sometimes “pros” may be “cons.”

Tobias Freund has helped out on a couple of your releases with some mixing and production. How did you two meet? What did he bring or unlock in each track he helped out on?

I met him at a party in Berlin. Tobias helped me with pre-mastering and levels in general. Made the sound warmer, more detailed. [He has a] very cool pair of ears.

Your output so far is somewhat teasing to those who are encountering your music. Can we expect more frequent releases from you soon?

I’m sweatin’ ova’ here, workin’ ova’ time. There will be something on Power Shovel Audio, in the spring.

What can we expect from you next year?

Maybe some gray hair?! Wishing you all lots of warm vibes out there! Give earth a kiss!

LWE Podcast 35: Margaret Dygas (78:17)

Ulterior  on November 9, 2009 at 6:32 AM

I remember her bodytonic podcast, it was pretty good. The tracklist shows that the style is different, but I expect nothing less.

harpomarx42  on November 9, 2009 at 9:04 AM

Niceness! Love me some Ms. Dygas.
I have that Theorem/Stewart Walker track somewhere on vinyl. Techno goodness.

Ulterior  on November 9, 2009 at 11:21 AM

This mix goes so well with the rainy Monday…

Jamie  on November 9, 2009 at 12:08 PM

Very enjoyable set. Thanks!

Sam  on November 9, 2009 at 1:38 PM

35:00 > 42:25 = Nice! Distills the Sade vocal sample into it’s most bare and pure essence. I’m also partial to one note string builds…

Pito  on November 9, 2009 at 4:02 PM

quality over quantity. this girl is ace.

Pete Srdic  on November 10, 2009 at 2:22 AM

Sweet – how nice is this ! Thanks for putting this up.
Great tracklist.

Andrew  on November 10, 2009 at 12:24 PM

I always enjoy a set from the Gosia. When is her collaboration with Monsieur Lotrain gonna come out?!

goodnight  on November 11, 2009 at 5:50 PM

not a false move, very nice

German_Corner  on November 14, 2009 at 7:10 PM

I DUB YOU ;)

Isbjorn  on November 27, 2009 at 5:50 PM

Amazing mix. One of the best. Thoughtful and deep.

Don Simon  on December 3, 2009 at 12:10 PM

Wow! Might just be the best podcast so far!

T-BASS ROBOT  on January 8, 2010 at 4:25 PM

yo miss dygas,

astonishing set on this podcast page!!! I love it!!!

…music non stop…

love,
t-bass robot

Dave B  on October 3, 2010 at 4:13 PM

A very light touch that gives an impression of effortlessness when considerable skill is at play. This mix will cure the headaches induced by lesser DJs. Therapeutic!

Will  on January 4, 2011 at 2:47 PM

This is one of my favourite mixes ever.

www.eqtv.dj  on March 1, 2011 at 2:35 PM

Margaret Dygas and Zip playing out for the ever-impressive Louche at The Mint…
http://eqtv.dj/video/margaret-dygas-zip/

Vishal  on April 28, 2011 at 4:41 AM

Really chilled and thoughtful mix, can imagine putting something like this on when you need inspiration and introspection, Margaret really puts a lot of thought into her mixes

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