Rising artists from The Netherlands, Huminal are certainly no stranger to each other with deep roots inside and outside of music. They recently featured on Sudbeat Showcrates Vol. 7 with their track ‘Blue on Blue’ and in the near future their Carousel EP will be released on the vital Einmusika.
So we thought there is no better time than the present to chat to them both…
What is your first memory of each other?
Paul: We were in highschool together, although not in the same class. Eventually we became neighbours and started hanging out at my place to play with my old school turntables, exchanging music styles during the day and philosophies during the night. The more we hang together, the more our musical preference grew into one auditory journey and also grew into a strong friendship.
Jelle: Good question! If my memory serves me right I think it was during some kind of high school party where Paul was breakdancing. I remember that he was launched into the air by his B-Boy comrades and flew about 3 meters high! We became friends a few years later when we became neighbours.
What was the first record you remember buying?
Paul: Besides fangirling over the Spice Girls, the first record I bought myself must have been from The Propellorheads or the Prodigy. Their sound was something I had never heard before, communicating so much roughness and all layers of electronic bliss blasting over my dads speakers. I was jumping on the sofa like there was no tomorrow.
Jelle: It was either a single of Craig David or some kind of really crappy dance / pop compilation like Hit Zone or Mega Top 100. I must have been 9 years old and I felt king of the world when I left the record shop. There is still something special about buying physical records.
Which song reminds you of the other?
Paul: When we started hanging out together our electronic music styles were quite far apart. Over time we came closer and closer together that combined both of our musical backgrounds into what we create today. The song that simultaneously hit us was ‘Into Your Skin’ by Trentemoller. This electronic masterpiece has it al, the dynamic story, emotion and grinding expressionism.
Jelle: there are a lot actually, but the one that really takes me back to the beginning of our friendship is ‘Dave Spoon – At Night’. Paul introduced me to the slightly more darker sound of electronic music and this track really resembles a new direction of music taste for me. He sort lured me into techno-ish side of dance music.
What was your first festival experience?
Paul: I went to North Sea Jazz festival for many years, seeing incredible artists like James Brown, Marcus Miller and Al Jarreau. The first dance festival I went to was Mysteryland when I was 13 years. I remember being chased by security dogs and slipping under the fence to witness Marco V, who was playing this high tempo hard house paired with some insane lasers and fireworks. This was something I had never experienced before and made me love electronic music even more.
Jelle: I think it must have been Mysteryland as well. This festival, which is still being organized every year, was about 500 meters from my parents’ house. The organization actually gave us free tickets to compensate for the noise. Back then, I was very much into the house sound of Laidback Luke, so I was really happy when he played there. You can still find some (really low quality) videos on YouTube of his set if you search for ‘Laidback Luke Mysteryland 2007’.
What was your first gig playing together?
After practising a lot in my bedroom we decided to combine forces and go back to back at a local dance bar called ‘The Old Goat’. Not the best place as you can imagine, but a lot of friends were there so they hyped up the place pretty well. Unfortunately we had to cut the music after about an hour because two beefed up guys were having a fist argument. One guy left the place with an egg on his forehead. After that we had a blast!
Who is the party animal out of the two of you?
Paul: We both discovered the scene together when we were pretty young. Every weekend, on both Friday and Saturday, we’d support local promoters and throw parties ourselves. So we were the last men standing a lot of times. Now, if we are playing we’ll keep it more civilized than before depending on what we have going on the following day. If we go out for ourselves, we’ll let the atmosphere decide if we are the last ones that close the door.
Jelle: I think the real party days, as in going out every weekend, are a bit behind us. But we still go clubbing or to festivals regularly, we’re just a bit more selective in a sense. But if we go out Paul is always the last man standing haha. I sometimes call him the tank because he’ll just keep on drinking and partying until someone puts the lights on.
What is your favourite club to dance? & play?
Paul: Although we love playing in clubs, there is something special about these intimate secret raves for a selected crowd. It feels like you are slowly synchronizing together tapping into the same frequency. We also really enjoyed a club in Antwerp called Café D’Anvers, it has this huge fan inside that gives you this Michael Jackson feel when you’re on the dancefloor.
Jelle: There are a lot of great clubs in Amsterdam that we love to play and dance, but I think I like the illegal raves the best. I like the tension that it brings; you’re never quite sure if there’s going to be a next song because the police might drop by or the speakers die on you. Because of this people tend to enjoy the party a bit more than in a normal club or festival environment.
Who is the better cook? Signature dish?
Paul: As much I enjoy cooking myself, I think Jelle is going the extra mile when it comes down to food. He did some great research on healthy and vegetarian food. So he’s filling the missing knowledge when I need it. My signature dish is Paul’s pesto pasta (rocket leaves, vegan chicken, pine nuts, sun dried tomatoes, mozzarella, green olives, pesto and whole weat fussili and a garlic bread). We’re both into sustainable food that minimizes the biological effect on our mothership; Earth.
Jelle: Paul really makes a mean pasta! But for me it’s mostly about making a healthy and tasty dish within as little time as possible. I try new recipes here and there, but I’d like to do more. Only 24 hours in a day though! My signature dish would be vegetarian fried wraps. I absolutely love mexican food.
Huminal – Blue on Blue buy link: http://classic.beatport.com/release/sudbeat-showcrates-7/2740974
Huminal Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/huminalmusic