We sit down with Alkalino to quiz him about music, travel and some things in between.An introduction, please … who are you, where are you, and what pays the bills?
Hi guys, thanks for having me. My name is Lino, I’m a 43 year old DJ and music producer from Lisbon / Portugal, living in Munich now for 13 years. I’ve been DJ’ing since 1988 when I bought my first set of turntables and production wise, I started in the mid-90s buying equipment and in 1996 I released my first 12“. It’s every day a blessing to be able to work as a DJ and a producer and pays the bills :)Where was the mix recorded, and what is the inspiration behind it?
This mix was recorded in Munich in a club/bar called Pimpernel. Its one of the oldest clubs in Munich with a history of more than 40 years. (Freddie Mercury was often seen there in the 70s, when he lived in Munich). I wanted to record something with deep vibes which I think would fit the Afield clothing while trying to play the latest tracks I think are fresh and modern.Strictly vinyl? Strictly digital? Couldn’t care less?
I play one time per month in a bar in Munich where I still carry records (they just have turntables) When I go abroad, I only carry usb sticks. For me, good Music in good quality and I’m there, wherever format.‘Balearic’, seems to be a somewhat overused term these days, but if you had to – and we are asking you to - describe the essence of ‘Balearic’ in one record?
Innocence - Natural Thing“ from the Cooltempo label…was the first balearic record I bought, still love it, especially that „Pink Floyd“ sampled part at the end.. Tangerine Dream - Love on a real train is the biggest balearic track ever made (imho) Favourite place you’ve travelled to? And why?
Japan (Tokyo and Kyoto) or the city of Moscow. Moscow blew my mind. I love it! Im a big fan of the Soviet Union times (grew up admiring it as a kid) from Yuri Gagarin to those enormous buildings and the old cars. The whole city really impressed me when I was there in 2012. I went in December to play, and stood a couple of days. Walking in that city with low temperatures alone by myself (the metro is not really that english friendly) was a good memory I will not forget. St. Petersburg seems to be really nice too. Tokyo was crazy and nice, but Kyoto because of the shrines and of the culture, impressed me a lot. Japanese people are very gentle and friendly. Almost to an extreme. I had people trying to help me looking for places and they didn't even understand where I was planning to go to. U can see why buddhism and the love of nature is so big there. Lovely country!
Sunset or Sunrise? And the best place to experience it?
Bali sunset was once a great experience. Sunrise in Auckland after a 34 hour travel (from the starting point) was also a memory that will stay long with me.
The most you’ve ever spent on one record that you’re willing to tell us? Or the best bargain bin finds you’ve digged out over the years, which you’re happy to brag about?
I never really paid ridiculous amount of money for records. In Brasil I once spend around 40 or 50 euros for 2 records, that was probably the highest I’ve paid I think (not really sure in more than 30 years buying them though). In Reykjavik, a couple of years ago as I went just with usb sticks and came back with a bag full of records (around 30 or more) all at really cheap prices. In Tel Aviv, Seattle and Vancouver the same. I like to look for bargains on my DJ trips :)
Favourite DJ you’ve heard play out over the years?
I always refer to Laurent Garnier or Andrew Weatherall as great DJ’s that impressed me in the past and still do these days. Both still keep the energy to look for fresh music out of boundaries and take crowds on real „trips“.
Anything else we should know about you or what you are up to … and do you have a track listing for the mix you provided?
Although most people might know me because of doing edits and reworks, I’m concentrated right now only on original tracks and remixes. I have a bunch of tracks I want to finish and an album may come along (feels like the perfect time for it). Sorry, unfortunately I have no tracklist for the mix but I’m sure 80% of the tracks can be spotted by Shazam :)
Massive thanks to Alkalino for taking the time out to answer these questions.