JM#128 – Dalminjo

Dalminjo returns to the Jæger mix booth in 2019, with a mix that errs on the deeper spectrum of House music. Ole Granli, a producer and DJ with his roots in Drum n Bass and House production, dons his Dalminjo alias again to traverse the subtle side of House music.

On this episode he steps away from the “soulful vocal House” that he’s been known to play in the past, but wispy vocals and airy textures linger in this mix. Serene, floating textures set a languid atmosphere, with sparkling beats and rhythms toiling at slower speeds coming together under House formations.

The sonic aesthetic is immediately familiar from his last Æmix appearance and there is a thread running from his productions to the mix, but in the booth, he trades in the effervescent House productions for a mood, expertly tuned to an early Sunday evening at Jæger.

On this occasion, we had the chance to ask the DJ and producer some more about his background and his music during the mix. In the Q&A he talks a little about his roots, his abrupt entry into DJing and his Jæger mix.

Give us an introduction to Jæger Mix.

Basically it’s just a mix of newer releases I’m feeling at the moment with some older favorites thrown in. The concept for me was to try and play a bit different from the all out Soulful vocal House I played back in my heyday as a DJ.

What is your earliest memory of a piece of music?

Coming from a very musical family with my dad playing in bands and working in music instrument shops, music has always been there for me. Earliest memory has to be maybe something with Sergio Mendes. Dad loved that bossanova stuff.

What encouraged you towards a career in music?

With easy access to instruments at home growing up it came naturally.

What do you consider your role as DJ should be?

Introducing people to new music and hopefully give them a good time on the dance floor with carefully selected tracks.

What came first DJing or making music and how does one aspect affect the other?

Making music came first and if it wasn’t for a sudden interest from Japan for one of my earliest Dalminjo releases I probably wouldn’t have taken up DJing. Long story short; less than a month until gig in Tokyo, no time to put together a live show, ok let’s do a Dj set. Bought two 1210s, a mixer, a bunch of records and rehearsed beatmatching like crazy for a couple of weeks before setting off for Tokyo and my very first DJ gig. It was frightening, but a very fun night and I caught the bug.

As of how it affect each other, for me right now having taken a step back from it all for the moment, I can’t say, but back in the day it was great to be able to drop a new track of your own and see the reactions. That sometimes led to a track being released or left on the hard drive.

Are there any favourite tracks in this mix?

The two back to back tracks from Atjazz and Jullian Gomes’s Album Big Bad Crazy, “Don Esquire” and “It’s My Time” has been my favorite house tracks lately and the last track finishing the mix off, Jazzanova – Theme From Belle et Fou (Danny Krivit Edit) was a nice blast from the past.

What do you hope your Æmix relays to the listener?

After a couple of low energy tracks it picks up and hopefully they’ll find the urge to have a little dance session wherever they may find themselves.

What’s next for you after this mix?

Well, it’s back to kindergarten delivery, diaper change, playtime and bedtime stories for me, but hopefully I’ll find more time for music soon.