It’s time for the third installment of our Nite Versions Mix Series. You may have already heard of Shindu, the Belgium based newcomers who recently released their debut Happy House EP on Kitsuné. Their single definitely became one of the summer anthems of 2011, and that’s why I’m so happy that these guys agreed to be the third act making a mix for our website.
Ten tracks – all of them are 100% niteversions.com compatible.
01. The Swiss – Double Or Nothing (Louis La Roche Remix)
02. Chromeo – When The Night Falls (Lifelike Remix)
03. Punks Jump Up – Chimes Pt. 1
04. Cassius – The Sound Of Violence (Aeroplane Remix)
05. Rimer London – Put Your Gun Away
06. Moullinex – Catalina
07. Kamp! – Cairo (JBAG Remix)
08. Mustang – Shooting Love (Fat Club Mix)
09. Justin Faust & Gloves – Girl Talk (Gloves Remix)
10. Digitalism – Silenz
I remember when we met each other back in February. I heard “Dreams” and I immediately thought: “Oh, I can see a bright future for these guys! They’re definitely going to become bigger soon.” So how did things happen after that – your debut release, Kitsuné?
After our release on Kitsuné, lots of booking requests followed, so we decided to focus on touring rather than getting cooked up in a hot studio all Summer long. “Happy House” is having an excellent run, getting all that exposure worldwide… We’re enjoying every bit of the way!
I also remember you were a duo. How did the third member join?
Yes, Shindu actually arose from Belgian DJ duo Static & Greedy (respectively Christopher & Maxime). After years of journeying through Belgian club life, we felt eager to bring something different without alienating into experimental music that would sound too inaccessible. We wanted a mixture of sounds we liked without denying our own taste. So, electronic music and 80s pop became the main ingredients to our project. To complete the band, we needed a strong leading lady to take on the Shindu-vocals. So we set up some auditions, and it quickly became clear that Chibi was the right one for the job. And that’s how two made three! :-)
What does “shindu” mean by the way?
Bamboo was our first idea, but quickly found out the name was taken. From bamboo we went to pandabears, and ended up googling the Chengdu Research Base Of Giant Panda Breeding in China.
Chengdu’s too Chinalike and has no significance to a band’s name, so we came up with Shindu. It’s the perfect fit for us if you’d look up the meaning in the urban dictionary. A real lesson in brainstorming, huh? ;-)
“Happy House” is actually an old track that you’ve reworked. Why did you choose to release a cover version?
We think it’s needless to say that to succeed in releasing a good cover of a track that’s been out there for so long, but somewhat got into oblivion, is a great way to get the attention of a diverse group of people. Siouxsie & The Banshees’ “Happy House” is a perfect example of that. Not only did we use a different approach to the song and its content, but we managed to urge people to discover the original track as well and make a comparison. Whilst Shindu’s version of “Happy House” is all about fun and games, Siouxsie’s quite dark and mordant…
Do you have any special talents other than producing music?
Chibi’s a horseback rider, Christopher shoots them hoops and Maxime kicks soccer ball like a shotgun!
3 acts whose live shows you’ve attended recently?
Prince, The Chemical Brothers, The Subs. All equally stunning performances, each in their own way.
Imagine you didn’t start producing electronic music. What type of music would you make instead? Hard core? Gaga-ish pop? Northwest Chinese Hua’er music?
Bitpop, Batcave and Barbershop, all mixed up in a medley. :-)
Please, tell us something about your future plans that no one knows! :)
Our second single of course, which will surprise you we’re sure, and some remixes are coming your way! Your patience will be rewarded.