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Lights/Out Premiere + Interview: SUDO - Transmission [MOOD]

The man from Japan kicks it into high gear, and gives us the inside scoop into his process

Generally, when Lights/Out does a premiere, it's focused on the sound of the underground, but every now and then, a track comes in from a more mainstream label that really stands out. That is the case with our premiere today, coming from the Berlin-based artist Sudo. The track starts out simple and straightforward, and slowly builds into a peak time driving heater. What's more, is that we had a chance to learn more about the process that went into the creation of this track and its EP. Check out both the interview and premiere below, and be sure to grab your copy when it's released. 


First, I'd like to say a massive thank you for your time. To begin the interview, give us a brief snapshot of the last 6 months of your life. 

Thank you too. Well, the most important and life-changing event of recent times was the birth of our baby. Absolutely the most beautiful emotional event in my life so far.

You're from Japan but now reside in Berlin. Why the move? What was the main deciding factor for you to relocate? Have you found the move difficult?

This is a bit long story. At first, I wanted to experience the music scene in Europe and visited Rotterdam to stay with my friend Andy Godschalk in 2012. He was working with Cocoon as a VJ and living in Ibiza for half of the week, but he came back to Rotterdam every weekend for festivals and took me along. I could experience a lot of great festivals every weekend like Awakenings, SonneMondSterne, Mysteryland, Tomorrowland and also visited many parties in Ibiza and Berlin. I realized then that this was something I needed to do, to be part of the underground music scene and decided to move to Europe and work on my DJ’ing and producing. I tried to live in Holland but it wasn’t a possibility to get a visa. However, I heard that it would be possible in Berlin. It was an amazing city when I visited, so I decided to live in Berlin.

It would appear, at least at first glance, that Berlin and most parts of Japan are total opposites. What are some similarities, perhaps in culture or otherwise, that you find to be similar?

Though it’s just my own impression, people are very kind. When I left my debit card in a Ticket-vending machine, the person who found it informed me on Facebook. And some of our languages is strangely similar. We use the same pronunciation of the words “Ach so” when we understand something.

So, your first release on MOOD is the 55th for the label, and this happens to be your favorite number. Why is that? Can you give us a bit of backstory on what significance the number holds for you?

In Japan, we say “Go”, for the number 5. So, 55 means “Go Go" Also It was my uniform number when I played football.

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The EP takes inspiration from a trip to a Picasso exhibit. Were there any standout pieces for you there? Describe the process of taking what you saw and turning that into an audio representation.

I like “Three musicians”. I wanted to express the unique combination of each sound. Also the depth and warmth of this painting. I tried to make it as unique as I can with a three-dimensional outline, also imagining that the three musicians are playing Techno too. it was a fun process making it.

The track we are premiering, Transmission, is straightforward and aggressive, without ever losing composure. Can you discuss the creation of this track? Where did the idea come from? 

Thank you. My image of “Transmission” is the bringing of energy to the dance floor across all borders. It should be simple, straight and powerful, but it also needs the small break to keep us dancing.

How about production wise? The lead is very strong. What synth was used to create the lead? Was there hardware used in the creation of any of the EP or all inside the box?

I’m using the Moog SUB 37 for the lead. I really love this warm and sensitive sound. And Synplant was also used. I also used samples that I recorded, various noises via my original handmade microphone which my friend Wanico gave to me.

Before we go, one last question. In all your experience, what is the single most important piece of advice you could give a new artist on the scene?

You have to LOVE the music!

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