This week’s Electronic Directory podcast is a funked-up techno groover from Submerge Recordings’ The Plan.
The Detroit-based DJ and production duo, The Plan (Cliff Thomas and Jon MacNish), executed a hit-and-run with their critically acclaimed debut record "Plan A" in 2005. Their tracks have appeared on everything from Submerge Recordings’ compilations to Richie Hawtin’s "DE9 Transitions" and Hardfloor’s "Tales Of The Unexpected". Cliff and Jon’s production talents can also be seen in their DJ sets. They released a mix CD "D. Part Vol. 1", which blended hypnotic grooves, sci-fi techno soundscapes and Motor City soul.
Electronic Directory caught up with Cliff Thomas briefly to talk about the mix and what he’s up to next.
Interview with Cliff Thomas by Kazuumi Ishii
It’s been over a year since your last output for Depth Charge Six. What have you been up to in the meantime ?
Well Depth Charge 6 was my final project with Submerge Recordings under the excusive contract me and Jon were under at the time. That compilation was allot of fun to put together. Since then we had done a few remixes for Aaron Carl on his Wallshaker label. Jon started going back to school like he had planned and we haven’t had much time to work together on new material since then. We have however made allot of music that has yet to be released that we had been putting away for a new label that we plan to launch soon. We had been in training for this for quite a while. Since then I had moved from where I was staying into the Submerge building where there is a very creative era happening right now.
Where and how was the mix made ?
It was recorded at Jon’s house off of all vinyl into a computer in one take so I would have something to listen to in the car on my way to work that day.
Can you tell us a little about the mix ?
I just wanted to do a quick mix for fun out of some new and old records I like. This was made at the same time we did the "Before The Collapse" mix that we released for free download on Detroit Digital Vinyl at the time. It was all for fun. I actually havent listened to this mix in a while. It’s like a trip in the time machine for me.
What’s been happening in the Submerge camp, lately ? Is there anything on the horizon that you’d like to tell us about ?
All I can say is that there is an energy around the camp that I have never felt before. It’s a very creative period for allot of people going on at once and allot of freindly competition going on. The knowledge keeps on being handed down to the next generation and many new monsters are about to emerge from the dungeon along with some older ones. This camp is full of some extremely talented and hard working people and the bar has been set very high for all involved. There’s some producers around here that are really doing some great work right now like Nick Speed and John Dixon. Nick is a really talented hip hop producer, i’ve never seen somebody work like he does he pulls beats out of the air that none of us would ever even think of. John Dixon is simply one of the best keyboard players I have ever seen, he’s got the studio right next to mine and I constantly hear things coming out of there that makes my hair stand on end, he’s got a gift.
What can we expect from The Plan in the future ?
More music more mixes. We’re in this for life…..
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