Motion _ Interview with DSNT

DSNT _ Red and White

Cool – will check those out. Did you do design in college, or did it come about out of necessity with the promotion of stuff? It must be convenient for controlling costs..

It was mostly a development from the street art stuff. Any of the design skills I have now are self taught, though I did do a foundation style art course when I was still going through a phase of education. Not really for me though. I prefer learning things myself. It definitely is a handy skill to have for the label etc and learning the motion graphics & video stuff is just the next step in the DIY attitude I have towards the label.

Yeah, those qualities are definitely needed if you want to be self employed. Identity is important too.  Your name – DSNT – is definitely a winner, as you’re the only / first result on a Google search.. but the hard work doesn’t end there, does it? How hard or easy is it to tell people about what you do?

Generally if I’m telling someone about what I do its in the context of me showing them something, sending them a release or something I’ve created. If they decide they want to find out about all the other stuff I do its up to them. We’re working on continuing our “Stuff I like” blog post series so hopefully by the time this interview is up we will have a few more posts up with stuff we like.

Well, most of the people outside of Belfast probably got to know you because of your passion for Techno.. and the podcasts and then the label’s first release with Mark Rogan’s Anxiety / Paranoia. You went straight for it, with remixes from Paul Mac, FSG, Bas Mooy & Jerome Hill. It was a really really impressive first release for DSNT Oisín. That must have been a seminal moment in your life?

Prior to starting the label I made a point of getting a lot of advice from DJ’s I had booked in the past and various people to figure out the best way to approach it, after careful consideration I felt that the best way to approach it was to aim for maximum impact with a great selection of original tracks and remixes.

How did you approach all the remixes? Did you know everyone to begin with, or was it a case of getting a bit of a wishlist together?

I knew a few from doing the podcast series and running parties. Mark had a relationship with a few of the others. I do have a wishlist of artist that I would like to work with though 😉


Music production and history are my biggest passions in life. Though people often say that Techno is faceless and should be about the music blah, blah, blah.. I believe in the need to document the people and stories behind it. Techno is a very small world in reality and I think it needs a proper resource. I hope that everyone who is interested in Techno finds this blog accessible in terms of the way that it is written. I personally prefer to hear the artists voice as loud as the music and never enjoy synopsised and pasteurised versions of old conversation; the sort that's peppered with the occasional quote here and there.

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