Michel Banabila is a master of sound and music, having composed a wide range of musical scores for films, documentaries, theater productions, and choreographies. His artistry spans a diverse array of genres, from minimal loop-based electronica and fourth world compositions to neoclassical pieces, drones, and ambient soundscapes. Banabila’s works have been released on labels such as Bureau B, Eilean Rec, Knekelhuis, and Séance Centre.
Where are you from ?
Amsterdam, Netherlands. Dutch mother, Yemeni father. Now I live in Rotterdam.
Earliest musical memory?
Help! - The Beatles, Hanukkah songs, Funky Street- Arthur Conley, Qongqothwane - Miriam Makeba.
Why and when did you start making music?
I think I must have been about 20 when I entered an 8 track studio, to see how it works. That made a huge impression, it was all very exciting to me. From then I just knew that recording ideas was what I wanted.
How did you connect with Knekelhuis?
Mark contacted me once about a possible reissue of Marilli. Then later we talked again and we discussed a possible LP for Knekelhuis Records. Eventually that became Echo Transformations.
Some insight of the mix you recorded?
Some tracks that I love and that influenced me or tracks that I am just currently listening to.