A number of months back, we announced the re-launch of our Ask the Experts series, and invited you to get the answers to everything you could possibly have ever wanted to know from Gerd Janson; we then followed that up with sessions in the hot seat from Mathew Jonson, DeWalta, Headless Horseman, and, most recently, Daniel Avery. We can now announce that December's experts are Mind Against.
Berlin-based Italians Alessandro and Federico Fognini have enjoyed a meteoric rise over the past five years since the Mind Against project was birthed back in 2011. The pair were taken under the wing of the then emergent Life and Death imprint, forging a relationship that would produce a series of three defining releases—debut EP Atlant in 2013, followed by Avalon and Strange Days the following year.
With the records, the Fognini brothers not only earned themselves a callback for several more releases, but became part of the label's management for some time. Moreover, they have since released a collaborative EP with Locked Groove on Hotflush, as well as contributing to Cocoon, Plangent, before finally landing on Afterlife. It is with the latter imprint, run by fellow Berlin-based Italians Tale of Us, that the pair are now working closely and touring at its events.
Citing the likes of Aphex Twin and Boards of Canada as their original electronic inspiration, their current sound in fact aligns more with techno, taking direction from everything from '80s psychedelia to IDM. Catch one of their DJ sets, and you'll get a feeling for that depth in understanding of electronics; they certainly know how to rock a dancefloor.
Whether it be DJing, production or anything else, all questions should be sent to email@example.com; we'll pass them along to the Fogninis who will select their favorites, and in December we'll publish their answers.