Inland (real name Ed Davenport) is a British producer, DJ and founder of Counterchange Recordings based in Berlin. Known for his detailed and explorative techno, he’s released numerous EPs on his home label Counterchange which was set up in 2013, appeared on Ostgut Ton, Figure, Infrastructure and Nonplus, and released his debut LP on Ostgut Ton sub-label A-TON, an Audio-Visual collaboration with conceptual artist Julian Charrière.
1: Black objects appear black because they absorb all other colours / wavelengths.
2: Thank you in Korean is ‘Kamsahamnida’.
3: The Sun’s light takes 8 minutes and 20 seconds to reach earth.
1. What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
So hard to pick only one, but today the first thing that sprung to mind is: Delay (as in effects; pedals; tape-echo).
2. How and when did you get into making music?
From childhood, slowly and naturally I guess. From 11 or 12 I was learning guitar and then around 14 I discovered some music software. I got decks at 16 released my first records when I was 21.
3. What are 5 of your favourite albums of all time?
Reload – A Collection Of Short Stories
James Lavelle – Global Underground 023: Barcelona
Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Zuma
Oasis – Definitely Maybe
Tim Hecker – Ravedeath, 1972
4. What do you associate with Berlin?
It’s the place I call home, where I met my partner and started a family, but it’s also the place that helped me to become an artist and grow up musically.
5. What’s your favourite place in your town?
6. If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
Write a book.
7. What was the last record/music you bought?
Mike Parker – Vertebrae Waltz Part One (remastered) – bought it from Mike Parker’s Bandcamp in .wav format.
8. Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Mark Pritchard, Tom Middleton or both as Reload.
9. What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
Performer: Berghain closing set(s) – 10 hours of pure music therapy.
Spectator: Underworld live at the Bristol academy, 2002.
10. How important is technology to your creative process?
It’s important in a basic foundational way, in that I use machines to record and generate sounds. I’m not a big follower of the very latest tech however. When a new book is published, read an old one!
11. Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career/art?
I don’t have any siblings. My mum dances to my music though!
British DJ and producer Inland (Ed Davenport) has compiled and mixed ‘Stream State’, his biggest project to date, bringing together over 20 artists in a DJ-ready compilation of colourful, diverse modern techno on his label Counterchange. Complete with a 90 minute continuous mix by Inland himself, the project celebrates over 15 years behind the decks and cements Davenport’s reputation not only as a tireless force in the studio, but as a trusted selector and curator of contemporary club music. Spanning deep idm-rooted studies, lush chord-driven euphoria, powerful modernist workouts and tough house- groove jackers, Davenport weaves an addictive mix full of character and his precision mixing style.
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