Published Jan 01, 2006There tend to be many musical influences and a variety of tastes amongst DJs. Studio !K7's tremendously rewarding DJ Kicks series have allowed phenomenal beat-makers to mix some of their favourite tracks for listeners to absorb. The latest turn on the DJ Kicks dial is pointed at Germany-based Rainer Trüby whom, when combined by Fauna Flash's Christian Prommer and Roland Appel, form the Trüby Trio. The three-piece is known for their bossa nova and Brazilian influences that line their melodies, but the mixed compilation they're serving up demonstrates much broader musical tastes.
"As DJs we want to make people dance," explains Trüby with a very chilled-out tone to his voice. "So hopefully DJ Kicks represents the danceable side of us." As well as those faster-paced grooves the mix illustrates their downtempo abilities, all weaving together to form a wonderfully subtle blend. "The album should also be enjoyable at home on the sofa or at a bar. We wanted a combination of the two, so we some vocal tracks as well as instrumentals some more jazzy and some more house-y." Originally the trio had planned to base the mix around their more vintage Brazilian records from the 60s, but when they couldn't get the licensing, they opted for more modern cuts such as Block 16 and Modaji, condensing their favoured numbers into one record. "It's difficult to show old music that we like within one CD without losing the flow of a DJ set," admits Trüby. "We normally play four to five hours sets crossing boundaries of the old and new stuff, downtempo to house, drum and bass to Latin and Brazilian."
The vibes found on the Trüby Trio's DJ Kicks offering is a common noise threading various musicians working out of Germany, such as Jazzanova and Kruder & Dorfmeister. "Our type of musical family is steadily growing in Germany. When acid-jazz' became a bit of a swear word and very un-trendy around '95, we were reborn through the media as new jazz,'" Trüby laughs. "Now over the last couple of years people have had open ears to what we've been doing and the parties are getting busier and better." This is a trend that is bound to carry with the help of a debut Compost Records release from the Trüby Trio next year. "There's a good scene going on right now, whereas Germany used to be known more for the techno and the rave scene. Now there's space for everyone and I'm very happy about that."