With new collaboration 'Who You Are' about to drop on ABODE, we conduct the laziest artist interview ever...
Released on Friday (25 January), Mendo & Fancy Inc's Who You Are is a track you're going to be hearing a lot over the next few months: between them, the Swiss veteran and the Brazilian duo have cooked up a tune that's got 'anthem' written all over it.
Fusing tech-house beats, a decidedly non-reticent bassline and proper old school diva wails, Who You Are is one of those tracks that could've been released at any point in the last 25 years or so - and that would have been a floorfiller regardless of what year it actually was. Listen to it below and you'll see what we mean!
As to who Mendo and Fancy Inc themselves are… Mendo (for those that don't know) is a house veteran whose release CV dates back to the late 90s. Originally from Switzerland but now based in Spain, where he's something of a superstar, his tracks and remixes - over 200 of them to date - have appeared on many respected labels including Gruuv, Natural Rhythm, Great Stuff, Saved, Defected, Elrow, WOW!, Toolroom, Suara, OFF, Tronic, Stereo, Desolat, Moon Harbour, Knee Deep In Sound and ViVA Music. He also somehow manages to maintain both a healthy release schedule on his own Clarisse Recordings, and a hectic international DJ diary.
Fancy Inc, meanwhile, are the Brazilian duo of Adriano Dub and Matheus R. Their discography only stretches back a few years, but they've already clocked up over 30 releases on labels including Toolroom, Elrow, Lost, Incorrect Music and Criminal Hype.
But that's about as much as we know. So to find out more, we figured we'd make life really easy for ourselves, and get them to interview each other...
Fancy Inc: New tracks or classic tracks?
Mendo: "I love classics because, since I started mixing in 1992, I’ve collected and played hundreds. But nowadays I prefer to play new tracks, because I constantly buy music I like - so I’m not always playing the same things and also, to enjoy discovering new bangers at the same time as my audience!"
Fancy Inc: How do you prepare yourself before a gig?
Mendo: "Most of the time, I try to sleep a few hours before playing - partly to relax, but mostly to anticipate the hours I won't be able to sleep after the gig if my flight is early in the morning! And just before I play, I often have a little shot of vodka to wake me up."
Fancy Inc: What's the most important thing to you in a DJ set?
Mendo: "Firstly, the choice of music. Because you can have technically the best DJ in the world, but if the music is not good, it is useless. After that, there needs to be a consistency in the construction of a set and, finally, that there is originality in the way of mixing, using the effects and acappellas."
Fancy Inc: What are you most excited about in your life right now?
Mendo: "I would say to be able to continue to live from my passion after all these years, because it's not easy to continue in this business. There is a lot of competition and you have to constantly renew yourself in the studio and as a DJ."
Fancy Inc: When a fan come to the booth to request a track, do you usually listen or ignore them?
Mendo: "I always try to take the time to listen to what they want. I would be more likely to play a track requested towards the end of my set, as I like to play what I had planned in the earlier hours."
Fancy Inc: Which DJs have you spent the best time with in DJ booths?
Mendo: "Throughout my career, I've had a great time with a lot of amazing DJs, but I would say that Oxia, Mark Knight and Luciano are the DJs I've shared my best booth moments with."
Mendo: What are the best and worst purchases you’ve ever made?
Fancy Inc: "The worst would have to go to a chocolate bar at the airport in Buenos Aires, to get change to buy water in the only machine available at 3am. It was hideous. The best was our Subpac S2, because it give us complete precision to understand dynamics in the low frequencies."
Mendo: What do you do when you feel like giving up?
Fancy Inc: "Thinking about giving up is a feeling that happens whenever something goes wrong, but on the other hand, when we think about everything that we have gone through so far, it gives us the strength to work and to continue dreaming."
Mendo: What accomplishments are you most proud of?
Fancy Inc: "For two humble, penniless Brazilians, the greatest achievement has been realising that we can impact people's lives through music: crossing borders, discovering new places we never imagined visiting and making new friends wherever we go. This really is priceless. We already feel blessed by what music has given us so far."
Mendo: Did you start out as DJs, or as producers?
Fancy Inc: "We both started as DJs. Adriano had his first club residency at the end of 1998, and Matheus by mid-2005."
Mendo: Which label helped you the most at the start of your career?
Fancy Inc: "The game-changer for us was the That Record EP on Clarisse. It was our first work that received support from giant artists, and through it we received several invitations from other big labels. It was also through this release we that met you! And now here we are presenting our first work together..."
Words: Russell Deeks
Who We Are is out now on ABODE