Expressing a musical venture that draws from the combined roots of IDM, house and techno, Mind Against are the Italian native but Berlin based project of Alessandro and Federico Fognini. Heavily affiliated with DJ Tennis’ revered Life and Death camp, the duo embody a sound that they say is “difficult to describe”, instead referring any attempts to define their sonic identity to the psychedelic hooks of 1980s soundtracks and dancefloor antics of Milan’s imperative parties. Currently in the midst of a European tour, the duo are about to stop off at our Charterhouse corner for the very first time when they join DJ Tennis, Clockwork and our main man, Terry Francis in Room Two. But before the aforementioned event, both Alessandro and Federico have kindly taken a few moments out of their busy schedule to tell us what they’ve been up to over the past few and deliver a new and exclusive promo mix along the way.
Hey guys, how are you today?
Ciao, we're doing great, you?
What have you been up to the past few months? We’ve actually been pretty busy touring many cities around Europe after our second EP Avalon came out in February. Unfortunately, we didn't really have time to concentrate on the production side of things but we are planning some time off from touring next month.
For anyone that might not have heard of Mind Against, could you briefly introduce yourselves? Mind Against is an electronic musical project born in 2011. We're brothers, born in Italy at the end of the 80’s but currently living in Berlin. We both started playing in several college rock bands years ago before we finally found electronic music in 2005, when a friend showed us some techno records of that time. We started performing as resident DJs at a party called Just This in Milan in 2009, just after we met Tale Of Us, DJ Tennis and the rest of the Life and Death family.
How would you best describe your sound and what you do? We can’t really describe our music or relate it to a specific genre. IDM in general has definitely inspired us from the very beginning, with influences ranging from psychedelic rock to indie and new wave, to 80’s movie soundtracks and techno and house.
How did you both end up collaborating and releasing music under the Mind Against banner? Well, since we approached to electronic music in 2005 we’ve always been working together in terms of productions and performances. We started mixing records first, before setting up our first studio tback in 2008. But it was in 2011 when we decided to give a name to the project and that’s it!
So what have been your most pinnacle moments so far?
We’ve had many great moments so far but if we had to choose our most memorable gig, we would definitely have to say the Life and Death party at ADE in Amsterdam last year.
Who, what and where do you take your influences and inspirations from? We think inspiration in music is very subjective and depends on many different factors. Touring and meeting different people is definitely a good input but sometimes loneliness is the best partner during the creative process. We sometimes find inspiration just listening to someone else's music, and other times inspiration comes from an experience that made an impression on us.
So you’re based in Berlin but are from Italy right? How would you compare Berlin to Italy in terms of its house and techno outputs? Yes, we moved to Berlin in early 2013 and we have to say that Berlin is an amazing place to live for an artist. With so many good producers based there, everything there is very inspiring, especially during winter. Saying that, we wouldn’t compare Berlin to Milan, we think there are some huge differences: In Milan, but in Italy in general, there’s a great energy and a good willingness on the part of those who organise and participate in events. Unfortunately, there are several laws that often make the work of those people very difficult.
What are your other interests? Is there anything that you’re both involved musically and non-musically? Right now Mind Against occupies 99% of our time, so there’s not much space left for other interests or activities.
What’s in the pipeline for 2014? We will be touring North America in July and we’ll also appear at some of the main festivals in Europe this summer. We’re also looking forward to making our Ibiza debut next June and we will definitely try to find some time to get back in the studio to prepare some new original material by the end of the year.
Can you tell us a little about the mix for us?
Well, we just put together some of our recent and old favourites ahead of our gig at fabric in Room Two this Saturday, which we’re really looking forward to.