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Space Ibiza Festival Preview: Q&A with Berlin DJ duo and childhood friends M.A.N.D.Y.

In Interview, Music, Q&A on May 29, 2011 at 3:23 pm
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Berlin’s M.A.N.D.Y. consists of childhood friends Philipp Jung and Patrick Bodmer, who prefer to keep an air of mystery around the true meaning behind their acronym; toying with various possibilities such as Me AND You. When it comes to their music, the duo is dedicated to making bodies move; pushing the boundaries of dance music with their “electro kissing house while caressing disco and flirting with techno.” The boys have also created a revolutionary touring show that involves infrared technology and a new mapping technique to project inverted video effects onto their physical form as they perform. Whatever this means, we’re very intrigued.

Heading Space Ibiza Toronto this Saturday, the duo tells us about how their relationship with dance music began, their favourite cities to party in and how they handle creative differences.

SDTC: When and where did you relationship with dance music begin?
In a small town in the South West of Germany right at the French Boarder. It’s called Saarbrücken and that where we met in 85. The first Acid House parties took place in ’89 in our area. So we got hooked around that time.

In your opinion, what makes a good remix?
Ideally you would keep the song structure to some extend and just do your own interpretation of it. I think you should be able to recognize the original song; that is most important and the biggest challenge sometimes.

How would you describe the M.A.N.D.Y. experience in one sentence?
Learnt everything, then forgot it all.

What are some of your favourite cities to party in?
It’s still exciting to come to places where you have never been and get a guided tour from somebody who knows the good spots – doesn’t get boring luckily! Otherwise we love to play in cities where we have lots of friends who we can hang out with and spend some quality time.

Being a duo, how do you handle creative differences?
That is just like in any other long term relationship. Lots of talking, step back a little when you are thinking you are right as you are maybe not, listening and sometimes fighting for your point of view.

What can we expect from your show at Space Ibiza?
Space is always special and always different. We sit down before those shows, but we leave it a bit open. As people change every week on the island you have to be prepared that what was working last time may not work this time.

Check out M.A.N.D.Y.’s Myspace for tracks, tour information and more.

* Published on May 26, 2011 at She Does the City

A round up of inspiring, quirky, and beautiful real-life weddings helps one girl get her I-Do-Groove back. (Warning: This post is addictive.)

In Life Stories on May 18, 2011 at 2:24 pm

I went through a brief period recently where I decided I didn’t want to get married, much to the dismay of my boyfriend of nearly six years. It wasn’t that I don’t believe in marriage, after all, I come from a small town where literally 99% of the people I know have parents who are still together and getting married and buying a house by the age of 25 is the norm. I think the issue was that I wasn’t inspired by the idea of the traditional church/here comes the bride/big gown wedding; I want my special day to be truly special.

Then the Royal Wedding happened alongside the launch of our wedding section here at She Does the City and I started to realize that, uh, maybe I do want to get married. Needless to say, much of my spare time since then has been spent getting inspired by others’ unique and quirky weddings and so, if I’m going to do this wedding thing, it HAS to be like one of these.

Playful Vineyard Wedding
Check it out here, and here and here.
The Location: Crane Creek Vineyard in Georgia.
The Dress: Knee-length with a ruffle bottom.
What I Love: The floral bridesmaids dresses, floral decorations, vintage floral plates… SO MUCH FLORAL! Oh yeah, and it took place on the most adorable vineyard ever.

New York Farm Wedding
The Location: Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, New York.
The Dress: Knee-length and slightly shimmery.
What I Love: The handmade wedding invitations and complimentary tote bags! No one could possibly turn down an invite when it looks as cute and playful as these.

Bohemian Forest Wedding
The Location: A farm in Upstate New York.
The Dress: Long, flowy and oh-so-bohemian.
What I Love: The earthy, 60’s vibe! I can only imagine how much fun it would be to dance the night away in the middle of a forest.

Denim Wedding
Check it out here and here.
The Location: A very green field somewhere.
The Dress: A simple-yet-chic Oscar de la Renta gown.
What I Love: The denim dresses and suits paired with Hunter boots! Non-traditional attire ensures a wedding is just as memorable for the guests as it is for the couple.

Carnival Extravaganza Wedding
The Location: Calamigos Ranch in Malibu.
The Dress: Long and strapless with intricate embroidery.
What I Love: The fairy lights and carnival atmosphere! Seriously, how amazing would it be to go for a ride on a ferris wheel after exchanging vows amongst trees decorated with pretty lights?!

Hot Springs Resort Wedding
The Location: Dunton Hot Springs in Colorado.
The Dress: Long, strapless and classic.
What I Love: The scenery! Mountains of trees, roaming cows, tipis, cabins, hot springs, bonfires, fireworks… I want it all!

* Published on May 17, 2011 at She Does the City