DAUSTEG is the DJ duo Are Mokkelbost & Tony F. Wilson, aka Single Unit & Spykidelic.
Each night has a theme which serves as a rough guide for what records we bring to the venue. Eclectic to the bone we mix music from polarized genres and demographics, off piste as well as dance-inducing music, always favouring the experimental, visionary and idiosyncratic.
DAUSTEG is improvised and we record straight from the mixer as we play. It is about the two of us playing each other records we like, responding by layering tracks for contrast or compliment - simply thinking out loud via other people´s music. It is NOT about beatmixing, genre subscription or playing requests.
We prefer to play one off gigs in special locations. When possible we use our own light man to create a complete DAUSTEG setting.
Lofoten International Art Festival invited us conclude their two day seminar in Kabelvåg. Held in two Saami lavvos, similar to the Native American tipi, with an open fire, reindeer hides, whale meat barbecue and sauna in the last rays of the midnight sun, the organizers were hoping for a seminar out of the ordinary. And so it went. A Columbian shaman ritual, a spontaneous marriage proposal, a Saami chanting lesson, audience breaking into tears, skinny dipping, poetry readings and a fight was some of the things that happened this crazed summer night.
Latvian festival organizers Skanu Mezs invited us to play after an one-off show with Norwegian Supersilent in Riga, Latvia,. When Supersilent cancelled last minute due to illness we were moved to another club so we could embark on a full night of music and dancing.
Artist Børre Sæthre invited us to play in his installation at Festival of North Norway. Given the Sci-Fi nature of Sæthre’s work and Harstad’s location 250 kilometres North of the Arctic Circle, the resulting soundtrack is influenced largely by John Carpenter’s The Thing: we utilised parts of Ennio Morricone’s original score and other pre-existing sci-fi and horror soundtracks, as well as original compositions, which forms the main part of this opening segment. The rest of the recording was unfortunately lost.
Here is an interview in Norwegian which Ultima Festival did with Are Mokkelbost about DAUSTEG, prior to the Dausteg concert night in August 2009 (see below).
JAKOBSKIRKEN, OSLO: THE CHURCH IS A REVERB CHAMBER
In August 2009 we were asked by Ultima Festival to organize a concert night in Jakobskirken in the DAUSTEG spirit. To play for us in Oslo we invited Tri-Function Million, Mick Barr and Mount Kimbie (who brought their friend James Blake, who performed some of his own songs). Afterwards we played a two hour Dausteg set, introduced by hooking up the electronic church organ to a Tenori-On. And we got light man Kyrre Karlsen to do light for the night, using only yellow and white lights, strobes and smoke.