INTERVIEW WITH REPETE
Q: What are some of your favorite labels?
A: Believe it or not I do not have a favorite label. I’m very picky of the music I play. I like my techno either groovy, pure or hard with a little groove to it. I try to stay away from filler tracks and it seems like there are a million filler tracks being released everyday that get lost in the shuffle. However I do have a few fillers in my arsenal.
Q: Any Favourite Tracks? (click the artists name for a sample)
A: At the moment I like Eric Sneo – Move On, Rebekah – Suicide Mind, Pfirter – Ahora, Lex Gorrie – Territory, Monix – Unit A and B, Virulent – Rooted Ep, Angel Alanis – Grano Salis (Original), Chris Page – Corpus, Justin Schumacher remix of Diaphragm.
Q: Any vocal artists you see? Or do you usually go with just the beats?
A: I do appreciate a good vocal track. I’m feeling the Depeche Mode – Soothe My Soul (Black Asteroid Remix), but my current state of mind is not into a full vocal. A verse here and there and vocal stabs are cool.
Q: What genre do you specifically do you associate with? ex. Hard trance, hard acid? Any favourites?
A: I’m normally into pure techno or hard techno. I like and respect the sound of Audio injection aka Truncate. His sound reminds me of the old Chicago techno with a modern twist. His techno has energy and has a groove to it. His sound is something I would have played back in the Limelight’s glory days.
Q: What are your favorite nightclubs to spin? What was your first gig? Next gig?
A: My first gig was when I was in the eighth grade and I decided to throw a party because my parents were on vacation. I must have had about 200 kids scattered in the basement, upstairs, and in the back yard. The house was packed out and we were rocking all night. I had two Technics SL-D2 turntables. The turntables had a sliding pitch on the side and sometimes you had to put a penny or nickel on the head to keep the turntables arm from skipping when back quing or scratching. To this day when I see an old friend they always mention that party. My favorite gig to play out is without a doubt Static after hours. Its one of those grimy after hours held in an abounded building or loft. You need to know the password and location to get into the event and if your not in the loop your shit out of luck. It reminds me of the old school club kid, Michael Alig parties. I feel that my music fits the atmosphere of a warehouse event, after hours or a festival. My next gig is June 15th with Static and its with Lex Gorrie of Sleaze Records and Unknown Territory. You can find out the location and password by looking me up on Facebook. Of course the location is secret. My favorite gig was Mayday Germany in front of 20,000 people. Me and Damon Wild performed as a group called Equinox.
Q: You produced High Voltage. It sounds like Hard Techno..?
A: It does have a hard techno feel to it. When producing I like to make my techno beefy. When producing music I try to imagine what will work on the dance floor. I like my music to be a prime peak bombs that lights the dance floor up. Kind of like a secret weapon.
Q: What kind of equipment do you use to create? Software like Ableton or Logic?
A: I use Ableton as my DAW and I’m big on adding FX to sounds and completely change the sound structure. For example: High Voltage is made up of two percussion loops chopped up and I added tons of FX to give it the acid sound. I use Maschine for my drums and when I’m ready to sound design I go straight to the Minibrute.
Todd: High Voltage sounds great! Congratulations on the new release. I was at Berghain the other day in Germany – reminds me of that place: Dark, dirty, power station.
RePete: Thanks for the complement… Berghain is the home of underground techno…
Peter DeMarco, professionally known as RePete, was born and raised in New York. This was where his music career started over 25 years ago. From there, RePete, become the resident deejay of his own Friday night, known worldwide as Future Shock at the Limelight NYC. Future Shock’s, reputation was known for bringing international and local talents to the Limelight.
A true legend was born when RePete broke through the barriers of techno music and brought it to the next level. He was the first to introduce techno music to the New York City nightlife and it earned him his true legendary status. The New York City club scene had exploded due to the new sound and vibe RePete introduced.
Music production was no stranger to Repete. In the 90’s, he collaborated with Damon Wild to form a group called Equinox. They earned international recognition among the techno music community. The success of Equinox earned RePete a spot at May Day in Germany. In addition to his collaboration, RePete was a success as a solo artist. Today production has landed RePete on Alex Bau’s 069 Techno with an EP called Psychological music that reached number 8 on the Beatport top 100 techno releases.
One of RePete’s biggest accomplishments throughout his career was a performance in front of 16,000 people in Dortmund, Germany called May Day. May Day is Germany’s largest annual party featuring the world’s greatest talent in electronic music. RePete has worked with various talented artists such as Josh Wink, Jeff Mills, Richie Hawtin, Audio Injection, Alex Bau, Lex Gorrie, Carl Cox, Joey Beltran, Damon Wild, Victor Calderone, Sven Vath, Moby, Prodigy, Jellybean Benitez, Charlie Low Noise, Mental Theo, Rob Gee, and Dan Bell.
All of his hard work, positive thinking and talent made DJ RePete a true legend. He has brought life to sound and stimulated people in clubs and raves worldwide. He has set his sights on achieving new goals with the music of today and tomorrow.