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Monday 10th, June 2002
Harry 'Lemon8' Lemon

[b]Name:[/b] Harry Lemon (true!) [b]Aliases:[/b] Lemon8, Jack Russell [b]Age:[/b] Depends on how I feel :) [b]Website:[/b] In the making [b]Nationality:[/b] Dutch [b]Favourite DJ:[/b] Larry Levan, the godfather of all DJ's. He died a while back and was from NYC [b]Favourite Producer:[/b]Ivan Gough at the moment (Zero Tolerance Rec.) [b]Favourite Tune:[/b]Sinead O’ Ηonnor - Troy, at the moment. It's on Devolution Recordings [b]Favourite Label:[/b]Too many! [b]Favourite Food[/b]:Indonesian and pasta [b]Favourite Drink:[/b]Lemon8!!! [b]Favourite Movie:[/b]O brother where art thou. Harry Lemon is a DJ/Producer in the true sense of the word. He's considered to be one of the more high-profiled producers of the Lowlands, but essentially he believes that DJ-ing shows more of his spirituality than anything he could ever put on vinyl. His aim is to put the magic and the spiritual energy of a good DJ-set into a record. Any record for that matter." Sometimes that magic moment could be at the beginning of an evening, at the end or somewhere in the middle. I try to put all those magic moments in a single track or split it in different ones", he says



WHAT MADE YOU WANNA START PRODUCING/DJ’ING? HOW DID IT ALL START, AND WHEN ?
I've always been a DJ. Ever since I saw a turntable I fell in love with it and that was when I was 7 years old. By the time I was 9 I had my own cheap turntables, some 20 records and cassettes I taped from the radio and played once a week for my friends in a church of all places. When I was 16 I reacted to an add in the local paper saying they where looking for DJ's. At that time nobody wanted to be a DJ so I got the Job. That's how it all started and I've been playing every week ever since. Then I started doing my own parties during the Acid-House period and I used to put my own name at the top of the bill and that's how I got noticed. After that I was given a residency at the best club of Holland at the time and the same year (1993) I made my first record. Producing came natural as I used to be involved in musicmaking early on in my life. I also learnt myself to play the bass guitar and keyboard and made my own recordings ever since 1986 on a multitrack tape recorder.

WHICH OTHER PRODUCERS INSPIRE YOU ?
Everything that has soul inspires me. It ranges from Miles Davis and Prince to the latest Digweed CD or a new James Holden track. At the moment I get inspired by everything that comes out of Australia like Vapour and Zero Tolerance. It's very passionate and very well produced.

WHAT ARE YOUR MOST PRECIOUS 12”S ?
I have some 20.000 records so it's hard to pick a few. I guess they're all precious to me. Together they make the soundtrack of my Life. It reads like a diary. I can have lots of fun just going down the basement and get a random few. It's like going on a trip. I do have to say that my own Model8 from '93 on red vinyl has a special place.

WHAT DO YOU LISTEN TO WHEN RELAXING AT HOME ?
A few months ago my good friend and DJ Steven Caicedo from New York gave me this CD labelled: 'No House Music in My Living Room!' because he heard me say that. Basically it's true. There's music for every mood and every occasion. I listen a lot to Jazz and latin stuff. Sometimes classical music or Andreas Vollenweider (a harpist from Switzerland). I haven’t relaxed for quite a while as I've been keeping myself pretty busy lately. O, and I like soundtracks too.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE UNIQUE LEMON8 SOUND ?
That's a tough one. I think other people should do that. I'm to close to the fire! It's a combination of things I guess. Making music is a very personal thing for me. My studio acts as an extension of my head and my arms. At least that's how I feel about it. My studio set-up has always been very small but I know it from the inside out. That's very important for a personal trademark sound. So I'd describe it as a unique Lemon8 sound! No really, all I want is to make music from the heart that you can nod and/or dance to and do that as good as I can. Of course I have my secrets and I'll give one away; I made a study of notes and frequencies. They all have their own specific influences on the body and the mind. When I make tracks I always try to put that in use. Call it a bit of magic if you like. But to be more specific: A good bassline, a funky drumtrack, a solid kick, not a single sound at the same time and a bit of room for the listeners imagination.

WHICH PRODUCER WOULD YOU LOVE TO COLLABORATE WITH, AND WHY ?
Ivan Gough because he's technically brilliant and a fun guy. James Holden because he's so talented and to my knowledge only touched the surface of what he's really capable of. I could name some others but basically I'd like to work on my own. I'm a loner. You always risk compromising and I hate that.

YOU BEING FROM HOLLAND, HOW DO YOU SEE THE MUSIC SCENE IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF YEARS ? WILL MELODIC/EUPHORIC TRANCE RISE AGAIN, OR HAS PROGRESSIVE/TECH HOUSE/TECH TRANCE COME TO STAY FOR GOOD ?
If all goes well the two should meet in the middle. I don't see why one style should rule out another. A great record is a great record. I love the stuff that Tiesto is putting out at the moment but I also like Creamer and K. wich is totally the opposite. Don't forget that most labeling is done by media, press and record labels as well. Divide and conquer so you sell more mags and CD's. Music will always evolve, especially dance music. But if we all look back at it in say, 30 years time from now, we will probably call it just 'Dance Music' and only pick out the really good tracks regardless of style. Everything that is good will stay for good. Anyway, I think prog house at the moment may well need a banging break. Maybe I'll just do that. A good track, even if it's minimal, makes it's own melody. I always try to let people make up their own melodies in my tracks. I think you should always leave room for the imagination. Some trance stuff is just so prefab. No room for nterpretation whatsoever. No silence. To me that's the power of good progressive trance/House stuff. The silence that creates tension.

WHAT TRACK WOULD YOU LOVE TO REMIX, AND WHY ?
I spoke to James Holden the other day and he was remixing Opus 3 - Fine Day. A classic. Now here's a track! On the other hand some tracks should be left alone as they're fine just the way they are. I'd like to remix Kylie cause she's so hot! I like her music as well. I'd defenitely like to remix 'Wanna be starting something' by Michael Jackson or a Prince track for that matter.

DO YOU RECEIVE REMIX-REQUESTS OFTEN ? WHAT’S THE STRANGEST ONE SO FAR ?
I have an average 2 requests a week for a year now and unfortunately no strange ones, unless you count 'Strange World' for Sog Records.

WHEN REMIXING AND PRODUCING, HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU NORMALLY SPEND ? WE READ IN AN INTERVIEW WITH BELGIAN WHIZZ M.I.K.E., WHO CLAIMS HE MADE “UNIVERSAL NATION” IN ONE DAY, HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE ?
It's definitely possible. I did Model8 in a day and Bells of Revolution as well. I can only call it magic. But those are exceptions. Usually I need at least 3 weeks to finish a track or a remix. I've been producing records for 10 years now and made at least a 150 tracks during that time and I'm not putting out that much! The more you produce, the more you'll learn and the more you'll critisize yourself. That's how it works. Unless you have that all inspiring magic moment it's just hard work. It's like falling in love. It hits you when you least expect it and it won't happen if you look for it.

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE YEAR ? ANY FORTHCOMING PRODUCTIONS / REMIXES WE SHOULD LOOK OUT FOR ?
I have one more remix to finish and will then start concentrating on my own work. I'm not attached to a label at the moment so I'll probably do some shopping for the first time in my life. That combined with DJ-ing all over the globe will probably keep me busy for the rest of the year. You should look out for my remix of 'Strange World' by Greed feat. Lesley on Sog/Devolution as well as 'New York, New York' on Bedrock. A few more remixes are coming out on Release records (Canada), Hope Recordings and Silver Planet (UK), all probably at the end of the summer.

WILL WE EVER WITNESS A REMAKE OF MODEL8, YOUR ANTHEM FROM NIGHTTOWN ?
Who knows? I actually did that a few years back and I really should not have done that. Like I said; Some tracks should better be left alone unless the world runs out of fresh tunes! We'll save it for a rainy day.

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE SUMMER ? ATTENDING ANY BIG PARTIES ? PERHAPS A RESIDENCY ?
The most important thing for me now is to finish some new tracks but I am doing a few festivals and will probably leave for the US and Canada to do a little tour. There's a big chance I'll be in Australia as well this summer (although it's winter over there!)

WHAT’S HOT IN YOUR BOX AT THE MOMENT (TOP 5/10 TRACKS) ?
There's a lot of good stuff lately. Here's a small selection:

01. MINILOGUE – DEEP MOTIONS (BAROQUE/SOG)
02. TIDAL – DEEP THINGS EP (2Q RECORDS)
03. CHRIS FRESH – POSSESSION (ACETATE)
04. MEKONG – LOVE SOMEBODY (PLAYER ONE TP)
05. HAMEL & MOLLISON – BREAK THE CYCLE (TEKNOLOGY)
06. THE NEW ALUMNISTS – RANDON METHOD VOL. 1 (SLIDE)
07. JOHN CREAMER & STEPHANE K – IT’S INSANE (CD-R)
08. EVOLUTION FEAT. JAYN HANNA – WALKING ON FIRE (BEDROCK)
09. SINEAD O’CONNOR – TROY (JOHN CREAMER & STEPHANE REMIX)
10. OKO TEK – BENTO (CHOO CHOO)

ANY FINAL WORDS FOR YOUR FANS AT WWW.TRANCE.NU ?
Sometimes it's nice to know a bit of the person who makes your fave records as you start to listen differently to the music. I hope to make some great tunes in the future as I basically do it for you guys. it's great to communicate with one language that anyone can understand; Music.

DISCOGRAPHY
1992 – LEMON8 – TOUCH SOMEBODY (12”, 4 MIXES) (BASIC BEAT)
TUURIFIC – LOOK AT THE POWER (CD FOR REGILIO TUUR TITLE FIGHT) (VB REC)
FULL MOON ENTERTAINMENT VS LEMON8 – OUTTA SIGHT EP (BASIC BEAT)
LEMON8 – MODEL8 (2 MIXES) (BASIC ENERGY)
LEMON FUNK – NEW FUNK ESSENTIALS VOL. 1 (3 TRACKS) (RISE & SHINE)
DANCIO – CRAZY LOVE (3 MIXES) (BASIC BEAT)
LEMON8 – THE BELLS OF REVOLUTION (BASIC ENERGY / TRIPOLI TRAX)
LEMON8 – MIXTAPE (DJ MIX CD) (BASIC ENERGY)
LEMON8 – HOUSE (3 MIXES) (BASIC ENERGY)
MI MUCHILA (WITH ERIC DENZ DA DENZ) – OPEN UP YOUR MIND (4 TRACKS) (DENZ DA DENZ)
MI MUCHILA (WITH ERIC DENZ DA DENZ) – COMMUNAR (3 TRACKS) (DENZ DA DENZ)
LEMON8 – THE BELLS OF REVOLUTION (TWISTED USA)
JACK RUSSELL – LIVE TOGETHER (12” & CD-SINGLE) (BASIC BEAT)
JACK RUSSELL – TEMPLE OF BOOM / SCREAMTEST (BASIC BEAT)
LEMON8 – MODEL8 (’99 REMIXES) (BASIC ENERGY)
JACK RUSSELL VS HARRY LEMON – DISCO CHACHA 2000 / THE HAPPY SONG (LEMON8)
LEMON8 – THE BELLS OF REVOLUTION (’99 REMIXES) (BASIC ENERGY)
JACK RUSSELL – 2 TRACK MIND / FAST ATTACK / DEGENERATE TRACK (BASIC ENERGY)
JACK RUSSELL – MANHATTAN FEVER (LEMON8 REC / ROQUE UK)
LEMON8 – GROINSHAKER (BASIC ENERGY)
LEMON8 – INNER SANCTUARY SESSIONS VOL. 1 (BASIC ENERGY)
LEMON8 – INNER SANCTUARY SESSIONS VOL. 2 (BASIC ENERGY)
LEMON8 – INNER SANCTUARY SESSIONS VOL. 3 (BASIC ENERGY)
LEMON8 – INNER SANCTUARY SESSIONS VOL. 4 (TBA)
LEMON8 – LOSE CONTROL (BEDROCK)
LEMON8 – NEW YORK NEW YORK

REMIXOGRAPHY
NAOMI – STATE OF MIND (BASIC BEAT)
LEB-I-SOL – CON BRIO RUBATO (BASIC BEAT)
OUADRIPART – JOY (UMM, ITALY)
FREE INSIDE – THE UNDAGROUND (BASIC ENERGY)
LIGHTCONTROLLER – LIGHTCONTROLLER (BASIC ENERGY)
MANNEQUEEN – SYNTHETIC CONSCIOUSNESS (ACCOR, BELGIUM)
CHOSEN 4 SOUL – BABY I (BASIC BEAT)
ALENA – TURN IT AROUND (BASIC BEAT)
EDC – NO PILLS (ASPRO)
SAMIR – EVERYBODY WANTS (ASPRO)
OUARC & DJ SAN – LIFE’S A JUNCTION (COMBINED FORCES)
PROMISS – THIS WAY UP (BASIC BEAT)
THE ORIENTALIST – TRON (BASIC ENERGY)
ANDREAS KAUFFELT – ALTERNATE (BASIC ENERGY)
SOLID SESSIONS – JANEIRO (COMBINED FORCES)
SOLID SESSIONS – JANEIRO (ADDITIVE, UK)
RBA – NO ALTERNATIVE (PURPLE EYE)
CAJUN – AWARENESS (FLUID RECORDINGS)
TAG FEAT. AZUNX – THE ARRAHANT (INVERSUS, US)
MIKE VANDENBERG – SPOOKY (SADIE RECORDS)
APRON – THE MIND (SOURCE, FR)
CASS – THE TRADER (FIRE, UK)
NORTH ATLANTIC – LIGTHTS OUT (EQ-GREY, AUS)
KID VICIOUS – CONTAGIOUS (TSUNAMI)
REVOLT – RELAX (UNKNOWN)
JF SEBASTIAN – BURDEN (BASIC NRG)
ARRAKIS – AIRA FORCE (DEVOLUTION, UK)
FILMPALAST – ISTANBUL (HOPE RECORDINGS)
GREED FEAT. LESLEY – STRANGE WORLD (SOG / DEVOLUTION, UK)

Trance.Nu would like to thank JM at Progressive Management (www.recordcompany.nl/progressive), Geremy at Devolution Recordings for setting up this interview for us, and ofcourse Harry Lemon himself for his time and efforts. Best of luck in the future!


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