Written by Holly | dir.: Interviews Tresor Records Videos
As Tresor Records gear up for their latest release–a diligent dancefloor work-out from one of the club and label’s longest-standing members, Pacou–we asked the born and bred Berlinner to tell us about a few of his favourite records. In his own words:
“Here are my picks for this, these are *some* influential records for me. I could go and list 100, so don’t put any particular order or weight on this: they are influential in a general sense but also indirectly played a role in this new single I made.”
Alphaville – Jet Set (extended)
Around 1984-85 I got into the 12 inch/ extended mixes of pop music (mostly electronic). It was getting fashionable to have longer mixes for the DJs to play the tracks in a disco. At the time I was a small teenage kid, but I was immediately fascinated by this concept and started looking for these “special mixes”. I was not aware tho that it would be that influential to me at a later time. The tracks were rearranged, stripped down in parts to only drums and synth sections and mastered more oriented for club use for the 12″ pressing and cut at a louder volume. Nowadays mastering has become almost the most important point of the entire production process.
Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Welcome (Fruitness mix)
Trevor Horn was one of the best producers of this typical 1980s studio sound at the time. FGTH was mostly just a regular band, but he gave them sonic superpowers with his studio productions and edits. At the label ZTT they were making fun of the 12″ trend and just put out 3-5 different mixes on different pressings of each release, completly confusing and stirring up the fans. I really love the synth sounds and effects he used.