Just like Wikileaks, Inculeaks brings important news and information to the public through Radio! Inculeaks gives the Incubate audience a new role as creative participator and functions as a constant leak of information sent straight from the Incubate audience, to the Incubate audience.
Inculeaks collaborates with radio stations, radio makers, artists, musicians and people with a interest in Independent Culture which provide us with their own audio files, and with that, leak their personal interests on Inculeaks. Inculeaks will air 24/7 during the Incubate festival in the local Ether in Tilburg and live-stream on our website.
Leading up to the festival we are going to do lot of interviews. With (Inculeaks) radio makers, artists, DJ’s and also the people involved with Incubate. In this edition we’ve got Bas Welling from Radio Raket (a.k.a Rioteer) for you.
1. Can you please introduce yourself?
My name is Bas Welling, Best known for my projects Neurobit and Rioteer. Under Rioteer I hosted several shows on Radio Raket. The last radio program I did on Radio Raket was Punch & Pie. The program contained a mix of 80’s Industrial, Digital Hardcore, Punk, Breakcore, and some creepy Soundscaping. Punch & Pie was, like many other shows on Radio Raket broadcasted live. After hosting the radio show I moved on to doing more livesets with my own material on stages across the globe. In the days of Punch & Pie I used to give out CD mixes with broadcasts of the show. Nowadays I host the well known Crackbeats nights as well as the record label with the same name. I’m currently involved in releasing music as Neurobit and Rioteer on labels like Enfant Terrible, Provokation, Ketacore, as well as others. Furthermore I’m involved in production work for Meldy Peaches who are ready to drop their first vinyl release after the summer.
2. What can we expect from your radioshow at Inculeaks?
For me it’s very important to recreate that creative vibe we had while doing radio shows on Radio Raket. It was always a collective effort so I hope we can create a good live situation with interesting guests in which anything can happen. And we probably don’t have to watch our backs for the police this time. ;)
3. In what way does Open Source affect you as a DJ?
Punch & Pie ran during the notorious Etherflits days. The government auctioned the FM frequencies to the highest bidder. Therefore they tried to take all FM pirate stations off the air. Etherflits was the name of the project that was responsible for taking down pirate stations and leaving behind a huge fine. This meant that a large part of having a pirate station involved secrecy which made it harder to totally open up the game we were playing.
I think in general Radio Raket was always about bringing good ideas on the air. And good ideas can come from anyone. This meant that although every dj had his or her program and style there still was room for guests with new input. Listeners could also call the station during the broadcast and we always had visiting guests in the studio. Our aim always was to make Radio Raket a community thing to celebrate the different sorts of music happening in and out of the city.
4. Do you notice a difference in participation (interactivity) when you look at Radio DJ’s nowadays? Where do you think this comes from?
The big difference for starters is that we were a FM station and not an internet station. Although internet can get listeners from anywhere I think the intensity of participation is much larger when radio making involves real people, real equipment, and direct personal contact instead of everything happening with a screen in between. I personally feel that because everyone can jump in and start internet radio it is very hard to find something with quality to stick to. As for FM radio where should I start… Radio DJ’s are often obliged to stick to the pre-scripted playlists written by the station and the interests of the sponsors. I miss the idea that a radio DJ goes out to find good music himself and let the world know about it. Everything seems to be handed over on a plate by the big record companies who need the airtime in order to keep the sales up. A lot of FM Radio turned into a non-stop commercial break. I don’t like the idea that someone is constantly trying to sell me something. I just want to hear the stuff that’s good not the stuff that needs to be sold to keep the sponsor happy.
5. What are your plans for the (near) future?
At the moment I’m writing a lot of new material for my different projects. The Meldy Peaches album is well underway as well as a new Neurobit Full length album. Furthermore I’m starting a new project. The first release will be in October of this year. I can’t see too much about it yet but it will be completely new territory for me. After the summer I will have more times for touring again. So we’ll see where that takes me. Meldy Peaches are going to do a few big festival shows in the next few months. I’m currently also setting up a new record label. The first release can be expected either at the end of 2011 or the beginning of 2012. So everything is going really well and I’m looking forward to the future!