Brian Wong and Anthony Galati, aka Gingy & Bordello, form a part of the emerging wave of “New Jack Techno” producers promoted by Turbo. They met at school and soon submerged themselves in the rave culture that, as they explain, had left such a strong mark on Toronto in the 90s. It’s a way of understanding music (and life) that they are now seeking to recreate through their tenacious, straightforward techno productions. These tracks combine acid, raw rhythms and abrasiveness to guarantee overjoyed dance floors. It’s no surprise, then, that danceable giants like The 2 Bears, ZZT and Jokers Of The Scene have requested their services as re-mixers.
Now they’re about to release their new EP for Turbo, “Iron & Water”, and kick off a tour that will take them to booths all over the world. Before setting out, they have recorded a vigorous mix for us, as well as answering a few questions so that we can get to know them better.
What's the story behind Gingy & Bordello? How did you two meet and start making tunes together?
We met in school and found that we shared similar musical interests when nobody else was really into the same stuff. That naturally progressed into hangouts and music making.
Do you have shared backgrounds? What kind of music did you both grow up listening to?
We obviously aren't old enough to have experienced raving in the 90s, but with Toronto having been kind of a hub for “rave culture” back in the day, we were able to pick up bits and pieces via late-night music television and Napster bootleg trades. Interest in acts like The Chemical Brothers and The Prodigy spurred on later digging for Plastikman, I-F and Aphex Twin. The common theme here is an idealised sense of “rave nostalgia”, a lens that we project on an appropriated history made up of YouTube videos and forum rants. In a lot of ways, a lot of what we do is driven by an urge to recreate a new piece of this history for ourselves.
How did you first make contact with Turbo? Coming from Toronto, had you been in contact with Tiga before?
Anthony got in touch with them as we were leaving university. We share a lot of similar vibes, and it was only natural to progress together with them.
You're part of the new wave of young talent at Turbo; what are your feelings about being part of a label with such a major history?
It's an honour – it feels great to be part of such a rich legacy, and to also leave our own mark on it.
Although “Vaporizer”, your first release, had quite a minimalistic sound, your recent productions show a much more expansive approach. What would you say are the key factors in your music? What kind of emotions do you want to create when producing a track?
Stripped-down grooves that will work a perfect dance floor.
What kind of work dynamics do you have in the studio? Do the two of you work on everything at the same time or is it more a case of someone starting an idea and then the other adding a twist, and so on?
We work together on stuff.
Could you briefly describe your current studio set-up?
We have a bunch of gear that has been collected over the years, but we're not by any means analogue purists. Just the best parts of new and old technologies, used and abused as we see fit.
You have been very active with remix duties in recent months. Do you have any new releases of your own in the works?
We have a new EP, “Iron & Water”, out on Turbo, as well as a follow-up remix pack containing re-envisionings of our tracks by Kevin McPhee, Locked Groove, J Tijn and Cicerio.
The mix that you've made for us showcases your love for highly energetic and banging techno. Is it similar to a regular Gingy & Bordello club set?
We wanted to touch on many corners of our taste in a one-hour mix. We like to play long sets with lots of different types of music, and this is a showcase of our more energetic side.
How are Gingy & Bordello part of the ‘New Jack Techno’ movement?
‘New Jack Techno’ emerged out of this group dynamic that we share with all of the other Turbo artists on the compilation. A lot of our friends are on the compilation, and I’d say we all share some common musical direction that is really highlighted in the compilation.
Where, when and how was the mix recorded, and what was your intention?
We picked a bunch of our favourite new and old tracks over e-mail, put them together and recorded it through a mixer. We just wanted to hint at what we can do in a club setting.
What are your immediate future plans?
We’re really excited to be playing at an array of marquee venues in the fall (Melkweg, Trouw, Fabric, etc). On top of that, we have new original production and remixes that are near completion. All in all, just keeping busy, making the most of this opportunity.
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