ELEVATE – a label started by Pig&Dan focuses on releasing music to make the listener feel just that – ‘elevated’. Since its inception in 2012, its seen a stream of hits climb the Beatport charts, featuring artists including Amelie Lens, Monika Kruse and Julian Jeweil. Not forgetting the smash hit No.1 techno track from Aitor Ronda with ‘Tweezer’ in 2017, which helped firmly put ELEVATE on the map in terms of the labels to watch out for going into 2018.
Mark Reeve collaborated with the guys back in 2015 and this June we see the second project come to form with their ‘Give’ EP which stands as the labels landmark 100th release.
“Working with Pig & Dan is always a pleasure and I can remember many great projects in the past and meeting them back in 2011. This EP was designed for the summer festivals, uplifting, hands up moments” – Says Mark
The EP has two original tracks, which both heavily focus on upbeat techno with the use of catchy, powerful vocal effects – two things which Pig&Dan and Mark have become known for.
“On this release we’ve hit a real high note with Mark. Both tracks are extremely uplifting and have a solid drive behind them however hold clear elements of house within.” – Says Dan
We had the pleasure of chatting with the two while giving each of them a shot to interview each other in this exclusive b2b Q&A between Mark Reeve and Pig&Dan.
MARK REEVE ASK PIG&DAN
Q1. Where did you guys meet and how did you come up with that name?
We met per chance on a flight to Mallorca where Igor is from and my parents were based. I (Dan) was talking about my career as a Drum&Bass DJ to the person beside me and Igor who was sat in the row behind lent forwards and mentioned that he was also a DJ/Producer. We swapped numbers but actually never called each other. A couple of years later a mutual friend reintroduced and we didn’t realize at first that we had met previously. However, when we did, we knew it was fate and that we had to try to produce together.
The name came from the fact that Igor had a nickname “Pig” because of his love for food. From that point, Pig&Dan was born and even though we do think it’s a pretty silly name, it’s memorable and even though the industry we work in is hard as hell it’s still to be taken with a pinch of salt. We love a good laugh and we are all about being fun folk
Q2. How is it working as a duo, tell me about your favorite times or places you have been.
There are so many advantages to have a partner to bounce off of. We have a special synergy hence the fact that we are still here 17 years down the line. Making music is so personal and to work with others can prove impossible on occasions because your opening up and your ego has to be able to adapt when being criticized in a creative process.
Also touring as a duo is so much easier, we mostly inspire each other behind the decks and when going through all the rigorous travel plans it’s often good to have your brother there to take the edge off.
Q3. What kind of sports are you in to and what do you prefer more a fat burger or healthy stuff ?
We both go to the gym as regularly as we can. I (Dan) do intensive core training, swimming and uphill runs when I can, although travel really takes the wind out of your sails sometimes so it’s hard to have the energy.
Q4. What is it like in Palma what could you recommend (or not recommend) to anyone wanting to go?
It’s a stunning city, we recommend to get lost within the back streets of older parts of town. Just walk and admire the extraordinary architecture without knowing where you are. You can’t really get lost these days with technology but for a while turn off the phone and just lose yourself in Palma.
Also, the culinary world has exploded here. Restaurants such as “Canela” are a must if you can get a table that is!!!
PIG&DAN ASK MARK REEVE
Q1. What other jobs have you had before being a DJ full time? Did you have some funny / good / bad experiences you can share?
A1. I am what you call in Germany an IT expert. I passed my relevant tests at the age of 25 and became qualified. After that I started to work for banks in their computer departments. I actually loved doing my IT work and there where never any bad times, but as time went on music became more important to me, and less of a hobby and I decided that is what I wanted to pursue.
Q2. We are well known huge fans of street art, do you like art? If so, what’s your favourite artists and why?
A2. I am a fan of art but haven’t really got any real favs to be honest. I will have to look into street art a bit more. Or maybe you guys can help guide me a little, as I heard you a bit of an expert!
Q3. Where were you born and brought up? Do you have any tips for your hometown for visitors?
A3. I was born in Poole near Bournemouth, which is in the South of UK. I lived there for 16 years with my parents until the big move came to Germany. If you’re in Bournemouth check out Sandbanks which is nearby, or head to Swanage. It’s really beautiful and not many people or crowded areas. The beaches are spot on and really worth looking at.
Q4. What did you want to be when you were a child and why?
A4. I wanted to be a Policeman. To be honest I just liked the uniform and all the law and order stuff got me going…..!