whether its through feeding canberra's local radio transmissions or flipping dancefloors across australia upside down, finn pederson's not quite disco venture remains dedicated to presenting global interpretations of funk, disco and house. we prod pederson's brain further in interview, and bliss out to his sunny sounds...
1. Hey Finn. How are you? How is 2017 treating you so far?
Yeah, I’m good and 2017 is going great. Back in Canberra now and just sorting out the rest of year.
2. Your radio programme on Woroni provides a great snapshot of your wide-ranging taste, particularly through the way you present featured mixes. How did Not Quite Disco come to be?
Well, it’s interesting because I really didn’t have much of an idea for a radio show in the beginning. I knew I wanted to do something to do with music but the idea ball wasn’t really rolling. I went to the introductory radio meeting and just before I was asked what my show would be I saw a world map on the wall of the room and thought I’d combine music and that somehow. I guess it was just a combination of some divine intervention and my dad making me learn capitals when I was young. After I did the plan for the first podcast, Not Quite Disco in Japan, I figured out a rough method of research and from there have just been developing the way I explore and music, events and people that have shaped a country’s music scene.
3. You’re originally from Melbourne, but have been Canberra-based for some time now. As I’ve mentioned to you previously, I’m pretty taken aback by the strength in Canberra’s music scene, given its size. What have you come to learn/ love about the city and the scene there?
It’s incredible really what Canberra has achieved in the last three years. It probably comes down to the fact that at the core of the music scene there are a few groups of seriously passionate and intrepid people. Also the scene up here is fairly carte blanche. I guess it’s the combination of those two things that makes Canberra’s dance music scene so interesting and accompanying. So in that respect it’s hard not to fall in love with the place.
4. Please, tell us a bit about the mix you’ve put to heavyset.
I put it together on a stiflingly hot day. So listening back to it I realised it’s full of music that I’d like to hear when I’m at the beach. But also, I tried to select a bunch of music from countries all over the world. There’s a bit of 60s and 70s Brazillian, downtempo Italian, Jamaican, Ethiopian and some other bits of pieces. It jumps all over the place but that’s what I think defines my podcast series and my taste in music a lot. But maybe at its core just consider it a look into the musical mind of a Canberran with no airconditioning.
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