Indygo & Ivan Smoka are Discodelia, a two-piece DJ and production outfit from Spain.
They recently released their debut EP, Centipede, on Voyeur Music, and it’s a brilliant insight into a production mind that we’re really digging. With this in mind, we decided to put a few questions their way…
Can you tell me about who’s involved in the duo and who does what?
The duo is made up of Indygo & Ivan Smoka, we are two artists enshrined in the Spanish electronic music scene for many years. We both like to produce and play, trying to find balance in our mixes and we´re constantly looking for new sounds, aiming to achieve a constantly and funky groove on the dancefloor.
How did you guys first meet one another? Was it through a shared love of music?
We’ve known each other for over 15 years, and from the moment that we started to talk about music, we connected. We shared the DJ booth at a Sunday venue in Madrid called ‘Essence’, where every week we’d let our imagination run riots. From that moment we began to create things together. The years passed and we kept in contact, and a year ago we said: Why not create something together?? And so, we did – Discodelia.
What was Spain like as a place to grow up for electronic music?
We live in a country where living off electronic music is a case of survival. Everything is so difficult. We don´t have support from politicians or institutions. It seems that nightlife is a bad thing that needs to be finished. That means no support from radio or meetings as there is in all major world cities like Miami, Amsterdam, Berlin, London. There is so much talent here, but political matters with the spanish artists don’t help. We have so much fear, fear to not raise, not like, to share. That is the real problem. Until that changes, we will be a very mediocre country with respect to electronic music culture.
When did you start to take music seriously then?
We´ve always taken music seriously. It´s our work and what we live for. Luckily, it goes beyond considering it a simple job. It is our passion, and when you have passion for your job, something close to magic is created. Above all, if you get money for that, it’s great!
And how did you come up with the idea for the name, Discodelia?
We have a friend, Tommy Reay, who is a big music lover and culture fan in general. He has an innate talent for creating, and being in Ibiza last year we told him that we wanted to form a group. Then he suddenly said, ‘DISCODELIA’ and we all agreed from the first time, we loved it.
So if you were giving advice to someone just starting out, what would you say?
The first word we would say, PRODUCTION, nowadays it’s very important to get your own sound and investigate your own style. Be sure to listen to music every single day, music from the best producers and the best labels, and above all, perseverance.
Tell me about your latest release.
Our first work together is called ‘Centipede’, and is released by Voyeur Music, a Spanish electronic music label, and includes a package of remixes that cover a few styles in electronic music. We wanted to get a different sound by mixing techno and progressive house, accompanied by the amazing voice of Rock Serling.
And how did you end up having Rock Serling doing the vocals?
Rock Serling is one of the best musicians from our country and for many years has been devoted to electronic music in all its aspects. Beyond that, he has a very peculiar and unique voice. Working with him was a great experience; he contributes so much talent to the project. We are working together with another track that will be released shortly.
How would you describe the music you make to people?
The groove on the dancefloor, the percussive sound is what we want to convey to people. We don´t typecast us into one style. Inside house and electronic music there is a lot of sounds and we want to experiment with all of them. But what we defines us is to make people dance.
What 5 tracks are you guys playing a lot right now?
– Discodelia – Centipede
– Discodelia- Creature
– Maceo Plex, Odd Parents – Learn to fly (Maceo´s flight home)
– Alcatraz – Giv Me Luv (Nicole Moudaber Remix)
– Timo Mass – Kick1 Kick3 (Maetrik Remix)
What have you got in store from now until the end of the year?
We have several other releases planned, including an EP on a Canadian label. We have another track ready for Unclosed Records, and are beginning our tour that will bring us to Madrid, Valencia, Alicante, Barcelona and Ibiza. We hope that 2015 will be a very great projection year!
Discodelia’s Centipede EP is out now on Voyeur Music. Read the review here.
And listen to the Oncina remix here: