Interview: Subradeon

Naples born techno duo Subradeon are still relatively early-on in their careers as DJs and producers, but have already released tracks on labels like Motech as well as Radio Slave’s Rekids imprint.

The latest sound to come from their now Berlin-based studio is their Breaking Down Borders EP, which alongside three original tracks also includes a remix from Stephen Brown.

We had a brief chat with the pair to ask them about the EP, what they think of Brown’s edit, how the tracks came to land on Anja Schneider’s Sous Music, and more. Get the full discussion below.

You’re about to release your new Breaking Down Borders EP on Anja Schneider’s Sous Music, tell us about the EP in your own words?

This record is coming straight from the soul. The whole world in this specific moment is fighting against one of the biggest pandemic’s of modern times, now more than ever we don’t need borders, difference and distance among people. Breaking Down Borders was the perfect explanation for everything.

And it includes a great remix from Stephen Brown, what did you think of his edit when you first heard it?

Stephen is a great guy and he loves our sound. From the first time we met there was a great connection between us. We were already pretty sure about the result, then the remix arrived and bang, pure energy combined with Detroit soul. Absolutely in love with it.

How did the tracks come to land on Sous Music?

When we released our first record God Bless in 2018, we immediately caught the attention of Anja. Since then we became friends and after couple of meetings we decided to finally release this piece of art. She believed in Subradeon since day zero, which means a lot to us.

In the past you’ve also released on labels like Rekids and Motech, what do you look for in a label when considering them for a release?

We actually didn’t look for a label for our records released before now, they all came one by one. If you make good music with a strong message behind it, a label will come to you. We always say: “Don’t let the label put a label on you”.

And what other labels can we expect to see you on in the near future?

There are some releases planned on our own imprint, Subradeon Records, including some special projects as well and more 12” to follow on others.

You’re both from Naples, but now live in Berlin, what are some of the biggest differences you’ve noticed between the two cities?

Well, there are many differences, each city has completely different roots and vibes. For sure in Berlin we found the greatest inspiration to make music and to build our sound. As we know Berlin is the melting pot of the electronic music. Naples is amazing, the whole city has a lot of influences from all kinds of aspects, but the Techno scene at the time we moved was not in the best shape.

2020 has been a pretty trying year for the music industry, what’s one album or EP that you’ve been rinsing this year to get by?

2020 has been a really tough year for the music industry, but we have to say that there is so much interesting music coming out every day. One of the best albums so far is Jon Hester’s Converge Part 1 on Rekids, Stojche’s Urban Chaos on his own Tangible Assets label, and then of course Original Not Crispy from Detroit’s Filthiest on Casa Voyager.

We also love the house sound of Levon Vincent with his World Order Music LP on Novel Sound. Thanks for the nice talk and we hope you enjoyed reading. Giuseppe and Salvatore from Subradeon.

Subradeon’s Breaking Down Borders EP is out now on Sous Music.

Photo credit: Marie Staggat