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de-VICE #1

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below is an interview between claude and de-vice hack andrez bergen, conducted in 1998 for zebra mag in melbourne...

ANDREZ:
It's been two years since your last visit to Australia - in a nutshell, what've you been up to in the time since and what's the most memorable thing that's happened to you?

CLAUDE:
I've been traveling Europe frequently, as well as working on my new record label Elite Music. I also moved from Detroit to London so I could be closer to the places I found myself playing at frequently.

ANDREZ:
You're no stranger to Melbourne - you've been here quite a few times. What are your lasting impressions, and what would you like to see most when you come down?

CLAUDE:
I'm looking forward to catching up with some old friends and having fun. My time in Melbourne is an experience I will never forget as long as I live as it was my first experience playing outside of the US. Every time I return, it's like coming home to family that I don't get to see often.

ANDREZ:
You've obviously been exposed to a bit of Australian music over the years - are there any particular artists you're keen to see and hear when you come back?

CLAUDE:
I've been in contact with my long time friend GT [Groove Terminator, from Adelaide] via e-mail for quite some time now. I'm also a big fan of Voiteck and DJ HMC's productions, and have been following them religiously. I would also like to hear some bands like Swoop and Dig when I return, as well.

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ANDREZ:
You also make your own music, and I believe you're in the studio right now finishing off an album... is this right? If so, what kinds of sounds and what kind of styles come across in the music you're making?

CLAUDE:
I am currently working on my second album for Elypsia Records in Belgium. My album material is more experimental and not as dance floor oriented as my 12" projects and remixes - I want to explore atmospheres with my album projects.

ANDREZ:
Is there a definitive 'Claude Young' sound?

CLAUDE:
I don't think so; as in life, I'm always changing my views as I experience more of life, and my music changes with this.

ANDREZ:
You come from one of the most famous cities on the planet, at least so far as electronic circles are concerned - what's Detroit like these days, and do you keep abreast of the work of other producers like Jeff Mills, 'Mad' Mike Banks, Stacey Pullen, Carl Craig, Alan Oldham, etc?

CLAUDE:
I try my best to keep in touch with all my friends from home, and I return as often as I can to hear what's going on. I always look out for Carl Craig and Mad Mike productions as they're always of the highest quality.

ANDREZ:
What do you have in common with these guys, and what sets you apart?

CLAUDE:
If you live in Detroit, you have a common drive to be unique and I think that's what brings us as artists together. At the same time we all have different musical philosophies, and this is evident in the various styles that come from Detroit. I am constantly changing and I try to bring this out in everything that I work on.

ANDREZ:
There's a myth that Detroit is epitomized by the smooth DJ mix of the likes of Kevin Saunderson and Stacey Pullen - but then you have the often brutal edge of people like you and Jeff Mills. Are these two sides of the same coin?

CLAUDE:
I think that balance is important, and if we were all smoothed out it would be boring for all of us. I have intense moments in life, and I love energy on a more brutal level when I play my sets.

ANDREZ:
How would you yourself describe your DJing style, and what can the unsuspecting expect from a Claude Young set 1998-style?

CLAUDE
I still call it free-form and expect the unexpected; most of the time I don't know what I'm going to do during a set, and that's what keeps it fresh for me.

ANDREZ:
What records tend to crop up in your record box most often these days?

CLAUDE:
Various things from Surgeon, Jay Denham, HMC, Jeff Mills, Dave Angel, The Advent... and the list goes on and on. Anything with that special something.

ANDREZ:
Which artists and/or labels do you tend to keep an eye out for?

CLAUDE:
Black Nation, Planet E, Torema, Cosmic, Axis, Kombination Research, Frictional, Metalbox, Blue Print, Dynamic Tension, etc.

ANDREZ:
If you were trapped on a desert island with one other person, who would that person be... and why?

CLAUDE:
I don't know her yet, but when I meet her I'll let you know!

ANDREZ:
How do you like your mushrooms cooked?

CLAUDE:
As quickly as possible, please!

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