John Templeton is a powerhouse in the Denver techno scene. Between his duties as creative director and curator of the Great American Techno Festival, running his upper echelon record label Emote Music, and keeping things lively at his year-round workshop/party space the Would Shop, John is constantly propelling techno to new heights in his city. Now he's returning to Seattle (he played a phenomenal set at SpaceRock Saturdays in May) to check out Decibel Festival for his first time and play Yagottawantit… More!, the off-Decibel Sunday morning day rave alongside Eddie Fowlkes, Derek Plaslaiko, Mass Prod and a handful of others put on by Sweatbox, of which I am a member. In anticipation, we asked him to record a promo mix and give us a few words on his festival, his favorite tracks of the moment, and whom he's most excited to see at this year's Decibel Festival. Mix and track list after the jump:
How was Great American Techno Festival? Templeton: It turned out really well, despite the adverse weather, rain, and floods nearby. That definitely put a damper on the mood, as many people couldn't make it to Denver due to all of the washed-out bridges and flooded roads in the foothills. Nevertheless, people came through the doors in record numbers this year, so we are very happy with that. Overall, I thought we had a lot of great performances highlighted by Bruno Pronsato's live PA and Jeff Mills' 5-hour set at Beta Nightclub on the quad-Funktion-One system; that was pretty special.
Top 3 tracks you're playing right now? 1) Pfirter - Multiverse (Markus Suckut Remix) I play almost everything that Markus is putting out these days, but this is an older remix that I still play out all the time. It's very subtle in the way that it develops throughout the course of the song, but I just love the way it sounds in a mix.
2) Benjamin Damage - 010x (Truncate Remix) Like Markus Suckut, I play virtually everything that David (Flores), aka Audio Injection/Truncate is producing. This remix of Benjamin Damage though, has it all: a pulsing groove, small elements of some house music, and it never fails on a dance floor when you build up to it.
3) Daniel Avery - Taste I am starting to play a lot more UK Garage/UK Bass music and this track by Daniel Avery has a little bit of everything. It works so well in mixes as a change-of-pace track from my usual techno that it gets worked into almost every set I'm playing right now
Who are your must see acts at Decibel Festival this year? KiNK (live), Kode9, Hessle Audio Showcase, The Orb, Speedy J, and a slew of others that I'm forgetting at the moment.
You've been up to Seattle a couple times now; any thoughts on the city? I love the city for many reasons, which is why I've visited so often, but I'm an outdoors guy, so the fact that Olympic National Park, Mt. Rainier, and Cascade National Park are so close is a huge factor. I'm also a beer nerd, so getting to try all of the Oregon and Washington breweries that don't distribute to Colorado is a major plus. Moreover, I had a really great time at my last gig in Seattle at the Electric Tea Garden, so there's really nothing not to like about the city from my experiences.
Are you excited for your gig at Yagottawantit… More! on Sunday? Of course. Why wouldn't I be? I mean, the lineup is great with Eddie Fowlkes, Mass Prod, and Derek Plaslaiko, so I'm just honored to be mentioned beside them. I am really looking forward to playing with Jesse and you again, as we had such a great couple of sessions the last time I was in Seattle, so I'm just hoping we can keep the momentum going, and turn a few new heads to our type of sound along the way.
John Templeton plays 3pm Sunday at the Electric Tea Garden for Sweatbox Presents: Yagottawantit… More! alongside Eddie Fowlkes, Derek Plaslaiko, Mass Prod, Ctrl_Alt_Dlt, Roddimus, and Eugene Fauntleroy. $15, 6am-6pm
Cosmin TRG - Noise Code [50Weapons] Lena Deen - Sleep Don't Come Easy (Claudio PRC Remix) [Prologue] Myk Derill - B [Re(Form)] Truncate - Control V2 [Truncate] Lodbrok - Feukt Call (Henning Baer Remix) [Counter Pulse] Echologist - Head On [Prologue] Hidenobu Ito - Eeetherz [Numbolic] Jesper Dahlback - A Day After Work [ISL Recordings] Raffaele Attansio - Black Bloc [Markus Suckut Remix] [Non Series] Oscar Mulero - Proof Mass [Semantica] Mike Parker - Mnajdra (Shifted Remix) [Geophone] Nick Hoppner - Decal [Ostgut Ton] Rødhåd - The Wall [Dystopian] Silent Servant - Sampler 2 [Sandwell District] Recondite - Hermelin (Skudge Tribal Remix) [Trolldans Records] DJ Hyperactive - 25 Hours (Markus Suckut Remix) [Droid Recordings] Daniel Avery - Taste [The Lab]