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Happy New Year everyone!
The Phonica Mix series kicks off 2017 in style with Stockholm's finest Henrik Bergqvist delivering the first instalment of the year.
The Swedish DJ and producer cut his teeth as a resident DJ at The Office, a series of warehouse events that became an underground institution in his home city. After a string of succesful releases on Aniara and Bossmusik, Henrik started his own imprint, Trouble In Paradise, in 2015 alongside Noah Gibson.
His consistency both behind the decks and in the studio is earning him the reputation as one of the freshest emerging talent from North Europe. We are thrilled to present you this mix!
As usual, the full archive of the Phonica Mix Series is available for playback right here.
Hey Henrik, Happy New Year! What have you been up to lately and how is 2017 going so far?
To you too! I’ve spent my New Years Eve in Amsterdam playing for Breakfast Club. Otherwise the usual; making tracks, working on my day job, hanging with my girlfriend and buying too many records.
Do you have any releases in the pipeline for this year?
Yes! We have a 12” compilation on Trouble In Paradise coming in February with a fun little track by Abdulla Rashim and me. It’s a live recording from when we where just started fiddling with gear and producing our first tracks years ago. I'm also working on my next solo ep which is almost done, no label for that one yet, I might do something fun myself!
Tell us about the mix, where and how was it recorded?
The mix was recorded in my living room in Stockholm with a Formula Sound FF-4000 mixer, 2 x Technics and a Cdj (shitty needles though sorry!).. There is some unreleased stuff, favourites of mine, some new tracks, a few edits.. Last thing I did was to send it off to wizard Arkajo for light mastering.
Did you have a concept in mind for it?
I did not think of a specific concept before doing the mix but now when I listen back to it think the year has made it’s mark on it. 2016 was a dark year in many ways and I think I needed something optimistic and hopeful (with some bumps) for the start of 2017.
We’ve heard you enjoy playing at after parties - like the one pictured in the banner above. Has this influenced your style as a DJ?
I like to think about the peak time as the time when the dj should give people what they want and afterhours as the time when the dj should give people what they didnt know they wanted! And I’ve always gravitated towards this second approach so I guess it has influenced my style quite a lot.
How is the scene in Stockholm these days? Any local DJs, producers, labels or events we should keep an eye on?
The scene is a alive and kicking! Too many to mention! I’ll do the short list..
For once I used one of my friend Basement Space’s unreleased tracks in this podcast. Velv.93 is an upcoming dj with a head turning record collection, Noah Gibson soon releases on a major techno label. The Office dj’s, Haloomi Crew, Doviu, Sthlm Murder Girls etc etc! Regarding events I enjoy Mmmmm Club, Under Bron and various underground events curated by Eie and S&L.
Will the city see another The Office event in the future?
I hope so! Maybe we should make that our New Year Resolution!
Lastly, any New Year resolutions you are already not planning to keep :)?
I promised myself to buy a little less records in 2017 but I’m already using my next Panorama Bar gig in February as an excuse to not keep it!
Many thanks Henrik, we wish you the best for 2017!
Hey Phonica, Thank YOU!