The wait is over! Volume 005 of Mixtapes From Mars by Swizz brothers Hansruedi and Bruno Schnüriger as Echo 106 is here! Born on the country side of Switzeland, with daytime jobs and fairly new in the business, the two brothers is yet an unknown name to many, but signed to Jamal Moss’ incredible experimental house and techno label Mathematics, with artists likes John Heckle and Hieroglyphic Being (Jamal himself), 2013 will hopefully be good to Echo 106.
Creating analog house and techno, Echo 106 is futuristic in an old fashioned and simple manner. We asked Bruno a few questions about Echo 106, their coming live-performance, influences and the future.
As an introduction, can you tell the story of Echo 106?
ECHO 106: The Story of Echo 106;
My brother (Hansruedi) bought a 303 and a 707 some years ago and started playing around with them. At that point I (Bruno) still was mainly working with Reason. My brother added a few more items to his setup.. A SH-101, a TR-606, a MC-202.. So I bought a 303 and an old Siel as well. At some point we started making tracks together and put our gear together.. That might have been the starting point for Echo 106.
After making tracks for a while we put together a demo and sent it to 3 or 4 labels. One of it was Mathematics Recordings. Though we didn’t get a reply for quite a while. After about half a year or so Jamal from Mathematics wrote us that he received the demo and liked it. Turned out the demo was stuck at customs for quite a while. CDs from Switzerland might have been a sensitive issue at that point (Swiss Bank Secret :)).
That led to our first release (Mathematics Vol. 7).. from there on things started rolling.. The two tracks on that compilation were well received, so at some point Jamal asked us if we wanted do an Album on Mathematics. So we sent him all decent tracks we had at that point and he took ‘em all. That’s the album that actually should come out any day (Coco & Cherry). Soon after that, Lux Rec got in contact with us and that became the “Winter Music” release. A great release! I guess this release brought quite some focus on us. Plus at the same time the “Broken Hihat Machine EP” came out. That was about a year ago. Since then we’ve been working on some more projects. And right new we work on our first live-performance which is gonna take place next friday (which should be live broadcasted via http://www.livebeats.com/)
WAS: Spoiler alert question; what can we expect from your live-set? And what equipment will you definitely bring?
ECHO 106: The style will be somewhere between Techno, Acid and House. It’ll be pretty much all new bits besides one or two tracks that we’ll gonna interpret a different version of. Gearlist: TR-707, TR-808, TR-606, TB-303, SH-101, Juno-106, MPC-1000, Mackie 1604 and a few Effects.
WAS: The mix you’ve made for us is dedicated to influences. It’s early and experimenting raw techno. Where did you guys find and party to these tracks on the countryside? Or how are you connected to these delicious raw beats?
ECHO 106: Turns out the mix became kind of a selection of stuff that inspired us and Tracks that we like right now. There were no places to go where we grew up, that would play that kind of music. Back when we started getting into that stuff we started listening to DJ mixes from people like Luke Vibert, Aphex Twin, DMX Krew and Cylob. We discovered some interesting Tracks through their sets. Then we also went on City Trips to London and Berlin to visit their local Record Stores. Plus browsing through online Record Stores a lot since there were and aren’t any Record Stores around where we grew up. At some point we started making our own Parties at our local squat where we DJ’d the music we liked. Every year at Christmas we flew in Cylob to join us having a good time and playing his occasional madness. That was always good fun.
WAS: If you had to pinpoint 3 highlights from your mix, that have affected your sound as Echo 106 most, which ones should it be? We know its a tuff one.
ECHO 106: The whole Analord-Series definitely had a big impact on us. We were eating that stuff for quite a while. The early Acid stuff like the “Coming Down Band” track showed us, that you can actually do nice Tracks with very limited Gear. A drum machine and a 303, there you go. And there’s The Egyptian Lover. A big influence for the electro-y side of Echo 106.
WAS: You mention, you’ve been working on some more projects. What plans do Echo 106 and you guys have for 2013?
ECHO 106: There’s the album on Mathematics that should come out any day now. Then there are one or two EPs in progress. Don’t wanna mention any Labels yet though. Sometimes Projects don’t get realized though you think they’re set. But there’s some stuff that should come out this year. It’d also be nice to get more chances to DJ and play out Live. That’s definitely something we neglected for a while.
WeAreSkitzo says “Thank You” for fab contribution! We’ll keep an eye on those Swiss country side gear nerds.