Casio Blaster and 99 Mistakes aka 1000names are already around since a while but managed to stay under the radar in order to produce peerless tracks beyond big media attention. When they discovered the Hip Hop culture in the late nineties they start to play records together. A while later they began to experiment with samples and juggle with rhythms – a science that especially Casio Blaster been into since long time as a drummer in different Bulgarian Jazz and Funk bands. In 2008 they released their first 7inch Monobinate/Run! Dont Walk on the French label Eklektik Music followed by one more 12inch and their debut longplayer Toys Room Combat. With their second album Illuminated Man on the British Dubstep label Black Acre they released one of the most underrated instrumental Hip Hop and experimental IDM records of the last year. For Carhartt Radio they now produced a show charged with a string of brand new tracks that soon will hit the stores. To back their awesome mix we had a chat with the two funny guys from lovely Sofia.
You come from Sofia – can you tell us a little bit about the music scene of your hometown?
1000names: Yeah we are from Sofia and the scene there is mostly into Dubstep, Elektro, Disco stuff.
Do you throw parties in Sofia?
1000names: Yes of course and we make it eclectic and as full of leftfield electronics as possible. Sometimes it goes like 5-6 hours djing. It’s incredible to play such a long sets.
How would you describe the musical bandwidth of 1000names in your own words?
1000names: Two guys, same taste, different approach, and results most of the time. It’s moving more towards popping electronics, cracked samples, blasters off the wall.
What was your biggest hit so far?
1000names: We think it is Mellon Ball Bounce and Monobinate. Old ones, but most of the people know us for these.
How do you think 1000names is going to sound in five years?
1000names: Hmmm… maybe old fashion Disco haha naah, really don’t know, maybe we’ll be tired of doing beat things and change to something ambient.
What advice would you give to producers who are just starting out?
1000names: Not to be afraid to try and work in different styles.
How did you select the tracks for your Carhartt Radio show?
1000names: Our latest tracks, not a special selection of old stuff. We just wanted to put some good vibes out there with fresh cuts.
How is music a part of your life?
1000names: It’s in every part!!!
And what are your hobbies beside music?
1000names: Because it’s almost music we are everyday in the studio. That’s why we try be under the sun and collect air, trees, nature moments as much as possible. And we love to dig in the trift shops. We love antiques too!
What other projects do you have going on?
1000names: It’s called Nuclear Nomads, soon there will be series of three ep’s on Svetlana Industries !
In what ways did your parents encourage you to be creative?
1000names: Ahh – we think in everyway, maybe they don’t understand to much of our music, but they respect what we are doing and support us.
And what were you guys like as little kids?
99 Mistakes: I was a quite kid always listening to my mam haha, but doing the things on my own. Having a happy childhood with a lot of outdoor memories. I did not understand the world and I did’nt give a f*** about anything!
Casio Blaster: I was a happy one always singing on the street and banging the table when my mom was cooking. She was getting nervous from it and finally they bought me drums so i can smash them away.
What are your favorite animals and why?
99 Mistakes: Cats, I love to watch them move, how independend and lazy they are.
Casio Blaster: Dogs, such a good buddies!
What do you usually order from room service?
1000names: Usually we don’t have time for the room service. We always play and the next day we leave!
And what are the craziest pieces of clothing you have in your closets?
1000names: Yeah our second hand colourful Moroccan style pullovers. They are really ravey!!!
When do you feel most at peace?
1000names: After a gig, especially when it was a good one. It is like you don’t have to do anything in this world, the mission accomplished!
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever seen in your career?
1000names: A lot of weirdo things happened around us when we play. But the weirdest thing that comes to our minds is that crazy woman from The Simpsons thats trowing cats for no reason..lol!
You have a 1000names blog. What would you never post there?
You live in Sofia – can you tell us some nice spots and secrets about your town that you can’t find in any travel guide?
1000names: Yeah Sofia got nice spots indeed, we hang out in some nice parks and very few bars that we go to, one to mention is definitely Butcher’s Bar, great food, music, and people. We are currently in Berlin so the things are different for us in every angle. Here we found also nice spots, beautiful parks and this place Panke got soul!!!
And at least: what is the best part of being in 1000names?
1000names: The best part is that theres a lot of sharing ideas, sad, and good moments. It is always about sharing and traveling the planet!