INPUT | FIXED Presents Lindstrom/ House of House/ JDH & Dave P at Output with Dennis Kane/ Darshan Jesrani in the Panther Room


Raised on country and western music in the outskirts of the Norwegian oil town Stavanger, Hans-Peter Lindstrøm now lives in Oslo where he is making contemporary disco and running his Feedelity label. Claiming that "Hans-Peter Lindstrom is closing in on Henrik Ibsen and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as being Norway's poster boy of choice" (quoting an article on Piccadilly Records website) is obviously quite an overstatement, but nonetheless his original approach to dance music is currently causing quite a stir.

Hans-Peter never listened to dance music growing up, and the first time he really listened to it, was a few years back figuring out how to make it. He prefers quiet nights in with his family, and Hans Peter never really goes clubbing unless he's Lindstrom. As for artistic background, he used to play the piano in a gospel choir and the Hammond organ in a Deep Purple tribute band in his early twenties, before getting into Bob Dylan and folk/country music. Around 99' he got all fed up with music, sold his instruments, and moved from Stavanger to study literature at the University of Oslo. As retirement often proves unbearable to music lovers, he soon found himself busking the main street of Oslo with his guitar. One thing led to the other: he bought a sampler, borrowed a few 12"s to study the structure of dance music, and had a go at it.

It's quite impossible to pinpoint the exact origins of his musical originality, although traces might be found in the aforementioned background. Coming from gospel choirs, country and rock bands without any knowledge of dance music whatsoever, he entered the scene rather freed from any preconceived notions of style and trend parameters. He hung on to the habit of making music by playing melodies on real instruments, and the fact that he plays all the instruments on his recordings - guitars, bass, keyboards, drums and percussion- enables him to make music inspired by whatever his influences are at the moment. Last time we spoke to him he was mostly listening to 60s, 70s and 80s rock and pop, and he reckons that music from that era is much more interesting, both in terms of song writing and production values.

His first success was the jazzy "Granada", being championed by the likes of Giles Peterson and François Kevorkian and signed to numerous compilations. Wanting to take charge of his own career, he set up Feedelity Recordings - referring to the contrast between feedback and high fidelity - in 2003, and released "the untitled EP" which at first sold the massive amount of 150 copies. The track being included on the Chicken Lips DJ-Kicks compilation did the job though. Then came "I Feel Space", the track that put Lindstrom on the map of dance communities all over the world, a 12" single that sold remarkably 17.000 copies! This single was followed by a string of 12"s that in the end was compiled on the critically acclaimed "It's A Feedelity Affair" album.

Following a consistent flow of highly acclaimed EPs, singles and remixes for names like Franz Ferdinand, Killers, Roxy Music, Doves, Bordoms, The Horrors and LCD Soundsystem, has also released two Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas duo albums on Eskimo Recordings – in 2005 and 2009. The press and record buyers alike loved the Norwegian bearded duos album - often described as downbeat space disco with a singer/songwriter feel – is now regarded as modern classics.
Lindstrøm today enjoys a cult-like status within dance music circles, and although the humble guy himself is happy doing what he loves on an underground scale. He has decided to have control over both his own music and publishing, that is why releases all his music on his own label Feedelity in collaboration with Oslo`s Smalltown Supersound.

2008 saw him debut with his first proper debut album, Where You Go I Go Too, released independently through Feedelity / Smalltown Supersound – to high critical acclaim. And as strange as it may sound, this is actually his debut album as "It`s A Feedelity Affair" was a compilation of his 12" output.

Lindstrøm has collaborated closely with a lot of artists, and one of these is Norwegian-Mauritan Christabelle Sandoo. Lindstrøm & Christabelle will release their debut duo album the 18th of Janury 2010 on Feedelity / Smalltown Supersound, named "Real Life Is No Cool". The album contains 10 pop songs with vocals – electronic music melting together with soul and r´n´b.

And in the meantime Lindstrøm is filling up his vault with more compositions in his studio…

House of House

House Of House is the New York City-based dance music duo of Saheer Umar (Afrika Islam's nephew) and Olivier "Liv" Spencer (Still Going, DFA, Manthraxx).

Throughout time, dance music has been celebrated in singular moments of contained chaos. It is night music, absorbed by "the people" in environments tucked away from mainstream society. To "the people", the 12" and not the LP was king. These were records made to move masses with little more than a kick drum, hi-hat and a bass line. Needles would drop, crowds would rejoice. Simple science, thoroughly tested and assuredly proven.

In early 2009, NYC-based duo House of House honored that rich history by creating and releasing the beast that is the "Rushing to Paradise" 12" on cult label Whatever We Want Records. Instantly coveted and championed by cutting edge DJ's, record collectors and cultural connoisseurs, "Rushing to Paradise" quickly moved up into the upper echelon of "years best" lists, even before the records official release date.

When the extremely limited run finally did hit stores, it instantly sold out and became "the" song of many memorable evenings across the globe. Clocking in at 13 minutes and weaving through the highest peaks and deep valleys of human emotion as well as the history of house music, House of House became synonymous with the word "epic". Repeated requests followed from eager clubbers, itching to experience the fabled hysteria the track would inspire when played.

As the legend grew, the the scarcity of the 12" itself intensified, disappearing from those select few record shops who managed to initially wrangle a few copies and began fetching upwards of 100 € price tags on online auction sites. Due to scarcity, "Rushing to Paradise" was no longer music for "the people".

Fast-forward to present time, House of House let the beast out again . . . and this time, it's stronger. With an accompanying remix from the infamous DJ Harvey (also the first DJ to support House of House), the "Rushing to Paradise" 12" remix package is made for dance floor domination.

People, your music has returned.

JDH & Dave P

JDH and Dave P, hailing from New York and Philadelphia respectively, are the duo behind the FIXED parties, which have been running for nearly nine years. The duo have toured numerous times with Simian Mobile Disco and Soulwax and have recently played Coachella, PS1, Camp Bisco, FYF Fest, and at Pacha Ibiza. In addition, Dave throws the Making Time and Snacks parties in Philly as well as helping run the RVNG record label. You can catch his “Making Time RADio” show once a month on XPN.

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