Jon Rundell is the hardest working man in the techno world. This we have learnt from interviewing him below. He is also a damn hot producer and DJ, rather dapper, a label honcho, sometimes footballer and bezzies with Carl Cox. Yeah, he’s pretty awesome!
Hey Jon, you’re playing Awakenings Festival THE biggest meanest techno festival of the year in Amsterdam, the line-up is mind blowing. Are there any lesser-know djs we should be keeping an eye out for?
I don’t know if you could call him lesser known, but I would for sure check out Harvey McKay, he has a release coming out with us on Intec pretty soon and it’s been the biggest track I’ve had this year so far.
How do the crowd in Amsterdam differ to us London ravers?
Holland has always had a great techno scene, when I think back to clubs like Trouw and Melkweg, the big parties we did in Rotterdam a few years back, The Gashouder in Amsterdam and all the festivals that always represented techno with an arena or two, it always brings back some great memories. I don’t know why it’s been supported so well, I guess it’s a cultural thing. It’s the same in London less the big techno only festivals at the moment. We have had some really seminal clubs and DJs pushing it forward. I don’t feel the crowds are really that much different really when you think about it; all know what they like, where they can hear it and all enjoy it.
You always seem to be on the go, jetting between gigs, what do you do on your days off (if you get any!)?
I can’t remember the last time I went on a holiday, let alone sat around doing nothing. I guess people can look at the places we visit and it looks like we have time off, but often in reality we just aren’t in any one place long enough to. The way I tend to look at it is why do you need a day off when you really enjoy what you do?
As well as heading up your label Etch, what else have you got coming up for us this summer?
I’ve just had the ‘Cybernetics EP‘ out on Intec and I’ve been very pleased about how it’s gone down, it’s a development in style and sound from last year. Next up is the ‘Animatronics EP‘ on Octopus, a remix on Form and Clutch and then I’ll do the next Etch EP late summer before another Intec EP into the winter. Etch is really only there for me to release my own material, sounds selfish when you write it, but it was actually born out of frustration that people wouldn’t sign my records. I’ve never done what everyone else does and perhaps that might have been why, I believed in them still and I felt I’d like them to still be heard and for others to then make up their own minds about if they liked them or not.
Which record in your bag is currently working the hardest?
Harvey McKay’s ‘Something Good’ and Mattew Jay’s ‘One Night In Brooklyn’ have both being doing some serious damage for some time now and we are very proud to be releasing them on Intec.
Talk us through a typical day in the life of Jon Rundell….
Usually up early except on Mondays where I take a little longer! Then it’s checking the news to keep on top of what’s going on out there, especially the business sections as with running Intec we are essentially a small business and I’m always on the look out for any government info that can help us be efficient. Then I hit the gym to clear the head for the day ahead before settling down into label admin, general business and liaising with Marjan on how releases are doing, what we are promoting next and any event organising. This usually takes up most the day and once the emails and phone slow down a bit I start to get creative, this is when I tend to write most my music, I’ll take a break for some dinner then I’ll do it until I need to sleep.
Do you have any pets?
Unfortunately not, but if I did, it would be a kitten that liked techno music..
And finally, the one we ask everyone, what would you do as a techno kitten for the day?
Cause havoc while having a pair of headphones on listening to techno music all day!
Jon is playing at Awakenings Festival in Amsterdam 28-29 June. We weren’t kidding when we said it’s the best techno line-up of the year. More info, buy tickets and drool here – http://www.awakeningsfestival.nl/
This fabric promo mix from Jon is superb and it’s available for free download. Grab it with both hands!