Say hello to South Londoner Bok Bok (best know as Alex Sushon to his family), the grimey house DJ and producer behind the Night Slugs record label with partner L-Vis 1990. BTW, you can catch Bok Bok and L-Vis 1990 every other Tuesday on London's Rinse FM from 3-5 pm. Bok Bok is all about angular music for the club. And we love the things he’s doing. He recently teamed up with Tom Trago for Sound Pellegrino’s “Night Voyage Tool Kit” EP. It’s the first chapter of Pellegrino’s “Crossover Series” that has the label pairing artists from different scenes, horizons, countries and generations. It’s a one-week session, total experimentation and happy surprises all around. It came out last month and you can pick it up via Beatport here. Support for the release is coming from names like Erol Alkan, Boys Noize, Modeselektor, Switch, Crookers, Cassius, Joe Goddard, Rob da Bank, Julio Bashmore and Catz'n'Dogz to name a few. Also due via Sound Pellegrino is Matthias Zimmermann’s “Isla Dub” EP, which is due for release on Nov. 28. And a Joakim & Bambounou collaboration EP that’ll drop in late Dec. Aside from the new Sound Pellegrino record with Tom, look out for his next release from Kingdom dropping soon, as well as lots of upfront white label material alongside that. Early next year Night Slugs will release Jam City's long awaited debut LP.
Things are morphing all around us. Im from that odd straddling generation that remembers what it was like pre-digital but is also deeply entrenched in the new culture. These days you have to be as pragmatic as you are creative.
How would you describe your sound to a deaf person?
Brutal modules and modular micro-atmospheres with physical sub-bass that you can feel with your whole body.
What was your favorite toy as a child and when/why did you stop playing with it?
It was still communist times but somehow my dad got me a second hand Transformer. It was one of the evil airplanes. I transformed the hell out of that thing until it eventually fell apart.
Any colorful incidents involving a fan?
I dunno but one time when DJing I got a request note from someone in the crowd that featured detailed notes about which keys and tempos I should continue to play in/at.
Favor us with a moment in life that changed the course of, or defined, your aesthetic philosophy.
Not so much a moment, but listening and taping pirate radio stations in the early grime days. Hearing brand new music, sometimes never to be repeated again, every night.
Your creative arc. Alpha to omega, go.
I work at home. That involves my Mac, my Yamaha monitors, some synths, a few specific modules (virtual and otherwise), my wooden floor, a lot of Bánh mì for breakfast/lunch, usually a lot of mint tea. There will be some odd standing in the corridor listening to the track thru the wall during mix down. Then there's mastering, normally at Precise, if I can help it. Then there's the road test on the weekend.
The movement from CD to MP3 was a big paradigm shift in the music biz. Crystal ball time. What will be the next big shake up? How are you going to come out on top?
Things are morphing all around us. I'm from that odd straddling generation that remembers what it was like pre-digital but is also deeply entrenched in the new culture. These days you have to be as pragmatic as you are creative. And also I think it’s more important than ever to have faith in your audience... don't dumb it down. Tive them good products and they'll stick with you.
Do you think there are any commonly held societal beliefs that are false?
No. I'm not a Tea Party member, all those things are true.
Bok Bok & Tom Trago "Night Voyage Tool Kit"