Maximono, comprised of This Ain’t Bristol’s label manager Sebi and second half Nick, have made major waves over the past few months, releasing on This Ain’t Bristol, CUFF, and Dirtybird. At the front of the bass house resurgence, Maximono has managed to produce hit after hit, played in sets across the spectrum, from tech-house, to more bass-driven collections, bridging the gap between the underground and the more easily digestible. Today, they continue This Ain’t Bristol’s infamous “Selections” series with a 22-track compilation. Featuring tracks from power houses like Taiki Nulight, Worthy, Marc Spence, Bruno Furlan, Clyde P, Harry Judda, and Maximono themselves, the compilation is a nearly overwhelming collection of huge tracks. Rarely do such heavyweights come together into one collection, showing just how much power the label and Maximono themselves have gained in the past year. We caught up with Maximono to talk about the release and all their success. Pick up a copy of the release on Beatport here!
What was the selection process for "V.A. Maximono's Selections [TAB013]“
We took our time and spent about 4-5 months carefully selecting the artists and tracks to go on this album. Our main goal was to find a tracklist which shows the whole range of house music that influences our productions. So it’s a mixture of weird tech house bangers, UK influenced bassline house tunes and some grimey broken beat tracks. At the same time it was important for us to involve three types of artists: 1. people we’ve been already working with in the past, either on the label or in the studio 2. people that keep inspiring us and that we always wanted to work with 3. some fresh talents which names haven’t been out there yet. In the end it was worth every minute of work that has gone into the process and we’re super proud of the result.
What’s your favorite song on the release?
As you can imagine that’s a tough one. Even though 22 tracks sounds a bit like we couldn’t decide and therefore took so many it’s basically the other way around. We’ve selected these bits out of more than a thousand tracks i’d say and therefore all of them are super special for us. If we would really have to pick one, i’d say it’s Tru Fonix – Orange. First of all we wanted to work with them for quite a while now and this track has been killing it in all our sets over the past months.
Where's your favorite place to play?
It’s hard to pick a favorite as we’ve been to a lot of amazing places lately! In Europe, Paris is always amazing, incredible crowd, top notch clubs and always a great energy. But I think we’d both agree that playing the „This Ain’t Bristol“ nights in Hannover is where we have the most fun. It’s home turf for us and those parties are crazy, always sold out and proper family vibes going on!
Which show are you most looking forward to this year?
We’ve been invited out to the States for a few big shows this year. Can’t say any more than that until we’re allowed to! But watch this space, big news to come on that front!
You've become a huge name in the bass house realm - how have you seen the sounds and the popularity of them change over the past year or so?
Yeh I guess its been gathering steam for a while but in the past year or so suddenly feels more exciting than ever. We’re just happy to be part of such a cool scene and meet great people through music. It seems to be really forward thinking at the moment, producers really experimenting, having fun and taking the sound to new levels, 2016 just feels like a really exciting time.
You've released on Dirtybird, Cuff, and This Ain't Bristol - how do you choose what to send where?
Well when we get in the studio we never know what we’re going to come up with! So our process isn’t to sit down and say ‘Ok let’s write a tune for CUFF’ because that would mess up our flow before we’ve even begun. We just get in the studio when we feel inspired, sometimes we’ll write 10 tracks in a few days, then pick the strongest few after testing them out Djing. Then we can think about what track might fit where.
This Ain't Bristol is becoming a household name, what TAB accomplishment are you most proud of?
Speaking for everyone in the team i can say the thing we’re most proud of is to see people all around the world wearing our T-Shirts and Hoodies identifying with the brand and therefore with the music we put out. It’s such an unbelievable and unreal feeling as for us it seems as if we haven’t even started yet. Seeing it growing and spreading that fast is something we don’t take for granted and we enjoy every second and every moment right now.
Nick, you have a huge background in Drum & Bass, how does that influence your productions with Maximono?
I’ve been in that scene for a long time and still have a lot of love for it. Sebi also came from a DnB background, that’s actually how we met. We feel like these days it’s become quite formulaic and overly DJ orientated so when making house it feels like you have so much more freedom creatively. Like there aren’t really any ‘rules’ these days, so for us this was a great transition. With a few of our tunes you can really hear the dnb influences, the bass sounds, the broken beat stuff, but mainly the sampling and rawness of it. Dnb teaches you really good skills in that sense.
Biggest differences between playing in Europe vs. playing in the states?
You could say the crowds are different, for sure they are, but we think the crowds are different if you play other cities in Europe, so as long as there’s a vibe for the music and people are digging it then we are happy to be playing. I think when the massive EDM wave came along in the states, that obviously changed a lot of things, but I think the house scene is in a great place right now and really forward thinking in a healthy way. Our experiences so far of playing in USA have been awesome, proper party vibes so we can’t wait to get out there some more.
Favorite non-electronic song?
Radiohead – Creep
What’s the worst gig you’ve played?
Between us we’ve had many over the years, too many shockers to mention!! Years ago I played in a forest in the middle of Russia, took about 10 hours to drive there, and when I turned up it was clearly some kind of dodgy illegal rave, and there were these enormous bugs flying towards the DJ booth because it was the only light. So I was playing with my whole face covered by my hoodie and couldn’t even see what I was doing or breath, with bugs attacking me… FML that was awful.
Producers to look out for?
You could check any name on our Selections album! And that’s no joke, it’s packed full of serious talent. One of our own, Billy Kenny will be massive in the next year, he’s killing it. In the States, Ardalan, Landis LaPace, Sage Armstrong, Worthy etc etc. So much talent, exciting times.