“I was totally amazed with the sound of the band” – SidiRum and his remix of Kalaha’s “Dragon Jenny”
The album “Mandala” gives you the sound of Kalaha as we’ve previously heard it on their two preceding albums – the live album “Hahaha” and the Danish Music Award-winning “Masala” – and from the many concerts the band has played all over the world since their debut at the Strøm Festival in 2013, but with the added dimension that Kalaha have invited the whole world in during the recording of “Mandala”. Not just because of the eclectic mix of genres and global inspiration, but also in a literal sense. The album is teeming with guest vocalists and musicians, who, along with the group themselves, raise the roof on the party even further. Among the guests on the album are Mamadou Sene from Senegal, Music Group NaMu from Korea and Danish-Turkish musicians Orhan Özgür Turan and Hilal Kaya. All the guests help nuance and spice up Kalaha’s sound universe which is already a broad mix of styles and sounds. SidiRum and Bluetech created two remixes. We talked with SidiRum about his version of “Dragon Jenny”.
trndmsk: What inspired you to make the remix? How did you approach the original track?
SidiRum: I met Jens Berents Christiansen aka Rumpistol and part of the band Kalaha last year in San Francisco. Both were there for playing in a Festival called Priceless. Our friend Griffin Craft booked us and presented us. Jens told me about Kalaha and showed me some tracks. I was totally amazed with the sound of the band, really inspiring groove and instrumentation.
Where and how did you produce it?
I started on the road, mainly in Berlin. And then I finished it in my studio in Buenos Aires. I uses some of the original stems like percussion grooves and bass, and then I added some played drums, synts, shakers and some new melodies.
How did you get in contact with the record label? Who asked you for the remix?
Jens asked me for the remix and put me in contact with the label.
What’s up next after the release? Are you working on other projects?
Im finishing my next album, is going to be my first LP and it has some great collaborations with friends. It’s going to be something between experimental, downtempo and deep.