Vienna Tales from LeSale

Austrian-based producer LeSale returns from a brief musical sabbatical to deliver the stunning ‘Mister Easy’ EP on Luv Shack Records. A-side ‘Antilope’ is a sleazy, hypnotic slice of deep house that wouldn’t sound out of place at sunrise on the Playa at Burning Man, whilst ‘Mister E’ offers up a unique slice of 80s influenced synth pop. One EP; two destinctive sounds.

With DJ support from the likes of Bicep, OOFT!, Ejeca and The Magician, plus a whole host of remixes for Voyeurrhythm, Undertones, The House Of Disco and Audio Parallax, LeSale is a name that is synonomous with quality underground music.

We took the chance to sit down with the man himself to get the inside track on the new EP, his production techniques and to learn more about the underground dance scene in Austria, as we discussed Vienna Tales with LeSale.

Congratulations on your ‘Mister Easy’ EP on Love Shack Records. You have released a lot of music through them, how did the link up with the label come about?

I was an integral part of the label from the beginning. We launched Luv Shack Records as a group of five friends, in an effort to pursue our musical visions, without having to go the often tiresome path of finding suitable and passionate labels to work with.

“I really relish the richness of the sound as well as the limitations of these [analog] machines. You have to work harder, but the results are much more pleasing!”

What were your initial ideas when creating the tracks?

For ‘Antilope’, I really wanted to work with very few ideas and try to squeeze the most out of the chosen elements. It became quite techy and that’s something new from me. I absolutely wanted to allow myself to go that route. The synthetic bell theme from “Mister E” existed for a very long time, I just did not have the wits to make something out of it. When I found it again, everything else just came naturally.

What equipment did you use for the release?

I still mainly work on my PC and sample almost 50% of my drums from old dusty records. However I have acquired some new (old) studio gear in the last two years, and the Roland SH-09 became my ‘go to’ synth for bass lines. It’s in every track I make. I also work with my Juno 106 a lot, and for this EP, even my Micro Korg was put to good use.

How has your production techniques changed over the years?

I always used to heavily sample disco records and that may never change. When I started, everything was pretty much made entirely with software and samples. Now I use some analog gear for every track and I really relish the richness of the sound as well as the limitations of these machines. You have to work harder, but the results are much more pleasing!

You recently took a break from music. Why was that?

I moved to the Austrian countryside and my second son was born. I really had to re-focus a little bit and get into the groove of making music again.

What is the dance music scene like in Vienna?

It’s a really vibrant scene, with lots of talented artists and DJs in various musical niches. If there’s one thing that the scene is lacking, it’s the exchange between those niches. Just to name a few producers, there’s the ever busy MOTSA, Sam Irl who just made a fantastic album, the young talent HEAP or Neon Amish who just debuted on Luv Shack Records.

Do you have any tips on cool places to visit in Vienna? Bars, clubs, restaurants? Be our tour guide!

Well this is really where Vienna shines! It’s so densely packed with culture in every form, that you can hardly point out everything that’s relevant. As far as clubs go, there’s the ‘Grelle Forelle’, the new ‘Pratersauna’, the ‘Sass’ but also more weird places like the ‘Celeste’ or the ‘Werk’. There’s everything from glamorous house to really beat-up techno places. There’s the ‘Cafe Leopold’, a bar and club in the shopping center of the city. If you want to buy records, there’s the legendary ‘Market’, a tiny goldmine for all things disco and house.

You can only take one album to a desert island. What would it be?

That’s hard. Probably ‘What’s Going On’ by Marvin Gaye. Production values, songwriting and soul.

Who is your favourite all time DJ or Producer?

I’m not the kind to worship DJs, but I guess my all time favorite producer would be Zdar of Cassius fame. And early Nile Rodgers.

Which DJs and producers are you feeling at the moment?

I really like a lot of DJs that are taking a more soulful approach at the moment. Among them Kai Alce, Kid Sublime, Art Of Tones and Harvey Sutherland.

Any special plans or gigs for the rest of 2016?

Actually I’m focusing on new productions and the intriguing projects for Luv Shack at the moment. There will definitely be some gigs in Vienna and Berlin in the summer.

Is there anything away from music that you’d like to achieve?

Yes and no. I’d love to be able to educate people about music culture and relevance on an institutional level one day.

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