JM#082 – Davidow

A Jæger institution, Mandagsklubben has been with us since the beginning and its residents Jeff Niels, Andre Bravo and Davidow make up an essential part of the foundation of Jæger today. They are the glue that ties the week together as we descend from the weekend into the week, providing a platform for some of Oslo’s up-and-coming DJs and a dance floor for those that like to avoid the weekend masses. Where Andre Bravo is Mandagsklubben’s extrovert Jeff Niels its unassuming explorer, Davidow is the quiet, reserved rock at the centre of the concept. Bridging the gap between Niels and Bravo, Davidow’s sets can go from the first precursory moves towards the dance floor to hedonistic heights at peak time.

Davidow crams that into the hour-long Jæger mix this week, with a mix that’s comfortably nestled within the margins of House and Techno in its most unpretentious form. Combining elements of afro-beat with syncopated hats and willowy synth bass-lines ,4-4 kicks and acid stabs, Davidow’s mix lures and then embeds with its attractive arrangements and its primal pulse. Davidow strips everything down to basics where uncomplicated rhythms and unambiguous sonic textures are familiar and immediately engaging. Davidow takes us through the narrative of a night within the hour, which by midway sees us in at peak time with KiNK’s “Throwing Elbows”. Davidow keeps the energy up there for the moment with afro-rhythms before dropping into deeper territory again with Joeski’s I want you. 

A very inclusive mix from a Jæger stalwart, this mix frames a typical Monday night upstairs, and another of the unwavering DJs we call our residents, Davidow. 

Give us an introduction

I’m Davidow. Every Monday I play here at Jaeger and have been doing that for almost 9 years now. I have DJed most of my life and produced music a lot more. I’m happy to still have the privilege to play every Monday, and looking forward to tonight.

 
What is your earliest memory of a piece of music?
 
My father played Chicago in his old Mustang back when we lived in Gran Canaria in the 80s. I think it was “if you leave me now”. I was between one and two years old.
 
What sound or genre do you feel represents what you try to do through your selections?
 
Difficult. It depends. I’m not happy about putting things in genres but I need to have a selection that is balanced. Ups and downs, happiness and sadness, thick and thin, dark and bright. Not sure I nailed that tonight, but I like to think it is representative.
 
What do you consider your role as DJ should be?
 
An entrepreneur. It is your responsibility as a DJ to see and exploit possibilities.
 
What was the theme of your mix? 
 
No particular theme actually. I work after universal algorithms. It’s all just a matter of beat and continuities, the rest is seasoning.
 
Which track in your Æmix best represents the theme of your mix and why?
 
Duccio – Sambao, the last one.
 
What do you hope your Æmix relays to the listener?
 
Mind traveling and reflection. Maybe some kind of mental dancing… at least take a step out of space and time for a short while. Namaste
 
What’s next for you after this mix?
 
Going home to my studio to finish a new track before going to bed. Thank you and good night!

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