For those of you who are not familiar with him, Doc L Junior (Kolbjørn Lyslo) is a Norwegian DJ & producer from Tromsø. Starting in the mid-80s, Doc L Junior began dabbling with synthesizers, pursuing his lifelong passion for music. Some of his early influences include: Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk, Vangelis, Meat Beat Manifesto, KLF, The Orb, Juan Atkins, Derrick May, Carl Craig, Larry Heard, MAW, Frankie Knuckles. His first release (http://www.discogs.com/Aedena-Cycle-The-Travellers-Dream/release/3262) came in 1994 on Apollo (R&S sublabel). Kolbjørn continued working on different projects together with numerous Norwegian artists and relocated to Oslo in 1994, becoming involved in the club scene and spinning records. Doc L Junior’s productions are greatly influenced by classic Detroit & Chicago sounds, as well as disco.
In recent years, Doc L Junior has had releases on the notorious Sex Tags Mania outfit and also a track on Acido Records (http://www.juno.co.uk/products/soundtracks-for-no-film-vol-1/488443-01/).
For more info on the Norwegian electronic music scene and interviews with Bjørn Torske, Doc L Junior and Mental Overdrive, visit http://northerndiscolights.com
insider.fm: You come from Tromsø ̧ in Norway, which is home to a number of famous musicians such as Bjørn Torske and Röyksopp. What was the electronic music scene like there in the 80s and 90s?
Doc L Junior: We all started out at a very early age. I bought my first synth in 1985 (a Korg Poly 800) and started a Depeche Mode cover band with two other guys. Two years later, I met Torbjørn Brundtland and we got together a band with two of my oldest friends Gaute Barlindhaug and Svein Berge. After a couple of years we put together a demo tape that we sent to various labels - this was in 92 I think. Carl Craig called us and wanted one of the tracks and asked us to make some more in the same style. We never did that, but we got the impression our music was ready for a release some place. Then Geir Jensen (Biosphere) brought a tape to Renat at R&S/Apollo in Belgium the year after and that resulted in our first release - The Travelers Dream EP (As Aedena Cycle).
Meanwhile we became friends with Bjørn Torske and me and he worked a bit together in this period. After this, I moved to Oslo, and after a while Torbjørn and Svein went to Bergen and started their work on the first Röyksopp album.
i: For the last decade or so Sex Tags and all its sub labels have really put Norway on the electronic music map. What can you say about the label and what are your 3 favorite Sex Tags 12”s (in no particular order)?
D: I really like what those guys have done. They really don’t have any limits for what they can put out as long as they love it - which is kind of unusual. Norway was already on the map, but they have discovered some unique producers. And it is difficult to find three favorites, but Sex Tags Amfibia release number 6 from 2008 (blue 10”) is great – and also features a very unknown remake of the music from level one in the original Sega Master System game Sonic the hedgehog, that I did just for fun. Bjørn got it from me, put in some extra snare drums, and gave it to Stefan (but Stefan did not know who made it, so it is uncredited).
i: You have recently released a track on Acido Records called Modul 32, which is quite different from your other productions that are more dance floor-oriented. What can we expect from Doc L Junior in 2014?
D: Hard to tell. Right now I am working on some disco-oriented stuff right now that is on its way to Ben Davis from Paper Records, but I’m also in the process of making a live set for some gigs this summer and then I think differently than when I produce tracks for dj’s. Module 32 is actually an example of that – it was an intro for a live gig in 2006 I think…
i: Finally, what is the idea behind your mix and what do you think is the perfect setting for it?
D: My Idea was to make you a mix tape for your Walkman (I miss my Sony Sports Walkman every now and then…)