Loose Ends Selectors #2 – Dave Moloney

Dave grew up in Oola, a small village in Co. Limerick. His parents were in a band and records were always played in the house, through some cousins he discovered hip hop and groups like The Prodigy. It didn’t take long until he was buying records regularly, starting out with trance and progressive before finding the deeper sounds of house music.

It was going out in Limerick a little later on, and going to nights like WTF in Baker’s Place (RIP) and meeting like minded music fiends that he heard the music that has stayed in his bag and close to his heart, US House and Techno, disco and funk.

Dave is a regular at the backwardS parties, either on the dance floor or behind the decks and feels like it is a place that he’s lucky to be a part of, with a great crew of people.

“The idea for this mix was to be an introduction to Spring. We’ve had a very, very long winter and I think we all need a little warmth in our lives after it all!”

What’s your favourite funk/disco track?
It’s always changing, but right now it’s Aquarian Dream – It Ain’t Whatcha Say

Can you explain what Yurt means for the rest of the country!
Yurt means yes, although I’m not from the city so I’ve never said it in my life!

What bit of hardware do you like the most?
Well I have an MPC 1000 but I’m ashamed to say I’ve barely used it, all in good time though.

Moodymann or Theo?
That’s a tough one! I definitely own more Theo records, but that’s only cos he represses all the time. Both are incredibly unique, I gotta go with Moody though, there’s something lurking in the depths of Moody’s tracks!

Favourite record shop?
Plugd in Cork has always been great, I haven’t been since they moved though. Road trip is on the cards 😉

If you had to pick a “last tune” for a set what would it be?
For a proper wind down I’d go with Harlem River Drive by Bobbi Humphrey

Where the best venue to DJ at in Limerick?
Hands down backwardS, there’s nothing else quite like it. I’m excited about the Record Room, a new venue only recently opened. I haven’t played there, yet!

This is a tough one! What’s you favourite record out of your collection?
Horrible making me choose, but if pushed I’d have to go with Falling Up by Theo Parrish, heard it many times over the years but it was on the dance floor at a backwardS party. Frawl played it new years a couple of years back and it swept me away that night. It’s a proper masterpiece.

Loose Ends Selectors #1 – Robotalco

Pic: Riccardo Fantoni Montana

Born in 1980, Sebastiano is from Vico Equense, a small town on the Gulf of Naples.

Growing up in the outskirts of Milan, dividing his time between the south and the north part of the City,
he falls in love with Hip Hop culture in the early 90s, during the so called “Golden Age”.

In 1994 he starts to buy his first rap and house records, the latter becoming his long lasting love.
Thanx to a neighbour’s turntable, the first mixtapes are about to come (cassette only), under the name Seby, and handing them out to each and every record store in Milan, felt like the natural thing to do.

Around 2008 disco music was coming back strong and the first official release, for Red Music is out. The chosen name: Club Silencio. After this, a slew of other vinyl, edits and rmxs have been released for the likes of Thisisnotanexit, Slow Motion, Tigersushi, I’m a cliché, to name a few.

In 2009 he starts a new ghost side project, that eventually will become his best and most notorious one, named Robotalco.

The sound is definitely a leap forward and leaning towards deeper vibes. As Robotalco he released music for Home taping is killing Music, On The Prowl, Seven Music, ECSTASY and many more.

Reckless digger, his music research is constantly evolving, and he can count on an incredible vinyl collection of various genres, always having a strong root in the black music scene.

Parallel to his dj and production jobs, he started a new label with some other friends and artists called Getwet, and he co- hosts a bimonthly radio show on Milan best new platform, Radio Raheem.


Pic: Riccardo Fantoni Montana

Who are your favourite DJ’s?

Well, there are a lot of great DJ’s out there but to sum up my main influences i can name Ricky Montanari, Master at Work, Theo Parrish & Trevor Jackson

Robotalco is a really cool name. How did you come up with it?

It sounds funny, a mispronunciation of the italian word “Borotalco” wich means Baby Powder

You have put out a lot of music. What releases do you have coming out?

I just dropped a track called “No More Disco” on a Various EP for a new cool Swedish label called Lyssna (http://bit.ly/2xDacaE) and I also have a couple of releases under my new side project “Fake Congas” (with Luca Fontaneto from Minimal Afrika) will be out soon.

What’s the clubbing scene like in Milan?

Oh that’s a tough one, well, in my opinion Milan (and Italy in general) it’s full of great dj’s & producers but there is not a real scene, i don’t know why, probably because we don’t support each other like we should and we put the whole attention on the same big DJ names, a bit boring!

What’s your favourite Italian dish/food?

Hands down, Parmigiana di Melanzane (eggplants Parmigiana)

When you’re making music what’s your favourite piece of hardware that you always go to?

I don’t use so much hardware gear in my studio too much actually but i love the gritty sampling sound so my Akai MPC i guess.

Tell me a bit about GetWet?

GetWet Music is an independent VINYL/TAPE label i co-run with some dear friends of mine, we made 6 releases and i’m very proud of our catalogue, from Boogie Disco & House Music to Experimental Jazz & Idm, check our bandcamp page – http://bit.ly/2hAMKjU – actually i’m working on the next one with Minimal Afrika, stay tuned 🙂

What track do you love the most?

Oh another difficult question, i don’t know really but recently i’ve discovered a tape called “Fruits of Zion” by “Tribe of Colin” (2015) and i love it.