What originated as a few friends collaborating a few years ago has grown into a whole new approach to house and techno, both in the studio and in the booth. Premiesku, comprised of Romanian artists, Livio, Roby and Geroge G, is a new act storming through Ibiza this summer. All three artists hail from Bucharest in Romania– a country who’s house scene exploded in the past decade and is now one of the world’s most respected sounds.
The trio originated as Livio & Roby vs George G while preparing an EP for Cecille Numbers back in 2009. The release gave us “We Got E’s” made popular by Luciano and still one of my favorite “pachanga house” (coined term for that latin laced tech house Luciano is popular for) tracks of all time.
The Romanians have now set up an all-analog live set up for performing and have also taken that sound into the studio. The group’s first long-player (LP), Indirect, on Loco Dice’s Desolat, is a fresh escape from the usual releases I have been coming across today. Today’s music has been dominated by over-complexity and heavy technological influences– laying out the red carpet for Premiesku’s simple and warm, old school analog sound.
In between the trio’s busy schedule on the island and they’re upcoming debut in the UK we got a chance to speak with them about Indirect and what else is going on with our favorite Romanians.
Genres: Techno, house, electronica
You guys have probably had a pretty busy summer so far. Where are you speaking to us from now?
We are living in Ibiza from the beginning of the summer, we installed here a studio and we have a nice working atmosphere.
Can you guys share the meaning behind the word premiesku and how you guys came together to form this group?
Premiesku suggests (premiere) and then we added esku suffix, which has an unique romanian character. Many romanian names have this ending.
The music on this release brings through a lot of different elements – a lot of sounds I don’t seem to hear in most of today’s house or techno. Can you give some insight into what it’s like being in the studio with Premiesku? What are you guys listening to nowadays?
Our studio has a lot of toys, beginning with our old school analogue gear: synths, drum-machines, efx racks, mixers, microphones and continuing with different sequencers and samplers.
Usually one of us starting an idea and then all of us take this idea further in order to finish the track. Depending on the mood each of us choose a combination of instruments and efx. In the end of course all the sounds are going inside a sequencer for the final arrangement.
We are listening a lot of different stuff also dance music in the end everyone of us has it’s own musical taste, we’ll need a special interview for this
What was the concept behind this release?
The concept behind the album was very simple, no rush, no rules, we made 8 tracks exactly how we felt.
What are you production experiences?
We are also musicians so we combine these skills with the skills of a dj/producer, we complete each other in very organic way.
What are your favorite tracks on the release?
It’s hard to choose, every track has is own character, we really can’t decide this.
I heard there will be a special album release party later this month. Is there anything you can share about the event (who, where, when)?
It will be a special album launch party in East London in collaboration with Rhythmatic, on 22 of September, there we’ll present our Premiesku live act for the first time in UK.
What does the rest of 2012 look like for Premiesku?
We are concentrating for our live act and productions, we’ll have some gigs all over the world, like closing party for Space – Enter, Time Warp Italy.