INTERVIEW RYAN CROSSON & CESAR MERVEILLE
Ninu Nina is very excited to announce a collaboration with Beirut in the Mix, who will regularly feature events and interviews with dj's and producers from across the globe. Here they interview Visionquest's own Ryan Crosson who teamed up with Cadenza’s Cesar Merveille for a full-length album that carries the everprotean label into as yet uncharted waters. The results speak for themselves, threading the divide between cutting-edge dance music and experimental electronica, invoking along the way the history of musical minimalism from its inception with the avant-garde composers of the 60s to New York of the 80s.
Ryan Crosson has appeared on the cover of both of the top two UK music magazines in the past year, Mixmag and DJ, as part of Visionquest. It’s no secret that the four-man DJ and production outfit (together with Seth Troxler, Shaun Reeves and Lee Curtiss) hailing from Detroit and same-titled label imprint are the biggest act of the present.
Cesare Merveille shot to notoriety alongside Luciano’s Cadenza crew in a similar fashion and made his mark during their collected explosion over the last couple of years. Together they unite to create this special body of work, using their unassuming surnames to form a new alias together, mixed by seminal producer Luke Solomon.
Greatest inspirations or influences?
Cesar Merveille : The art of looking sideways (Allan Fletcher), Christian Marclay, Detroit, jazz, music concrete and all kind of experimental music, Steve Reich, Villalobos, Miles Davis, Ennio Morricone, the cosmos, sciences to name just a few
Ryan Crosson: my hometown, my parents, Rich, Ricardo, Eno, Harold Budd, jazz of all sorts mainly Coltrane, Ethiopiques, Miles Davis, Arthur Russell, nature, food, Panama
Most memorable set so far?
Cesar Merveille: Bucharest in sala Polivalente (a stadium arranged for the event) with Mirko and Luciano -The biggest room I've played in having a blast!
Ryan Crosson: A lot to try and recall here. I'd say in recent memory TimeWarp 2012 with Shaun and Seth or our recent 24 hour marathon at CDV.
Favorite websites, blogs?
- stumbleupon.com to discover new things about specific topics
- discogs.com to buy vinyls
- http://talkinsalad.wordpress.com/ Bill Patrick’s blog
- http://www.canalplus.fr/c-divertissement/pid1778-c-pepites-sur-le-net.html for entertainment
Highlight of summer 2012?
Cesar Merveille: Playing @ dc 10 with Ryan, and after party @ ushuaia b2b2b with Luciano and Mirko
Ryan Crosson: DC w/ Ces for sure!
Anything else? Cesar Merveille: I definitely recommend a good cote Rotie (red wine from the Rhone) if you haven't tried any yet!
Ryan Crosson: I'd pair that with any red meat you can get your hands on that's not over cooked.