Ahead of their headline show at The Waiting Room, Minimal Violence feature in our latest In Short…

They call their sound “Hardware Hardcore”; Ashlee Luk and Lida P are Minimal Violence – the Berlin-based Vancouver duo making thrilling, thrashing live techno. After putting out music on First Second Label and then Lobster Theremin, Minimal Violence have since found a home on Technicolour, Ninja Tune’s dance floor-leaning imprint. A double sided single, MVX / U41A landed in June 2018, and their debut album InDreams arrived back in April this year. Now, the duo are playing a headline show in London at Stoke Newington venue The Waiting Room on Saturday December 14th.

The Minimal Violence brand of hardware techno comes with that same frenetic DIY sensibility of acts like Giant Swan, courtesy of the duo cutting their teeth in Vancouver’s punk scene. InDreams spans 120 to 150bpm; banging live techno threaded with acid, trance and breaks.

Ahead of their The Waiting Room show, where they’ll be supported by Proteus and Harry James, get to know Minimal Violence In Short…

Three words to describe our music
Frenetic, euphoric, jarring.

The first artist you saw live
Ashlee: Kris Kross in Winnipeg, Manitoba
Lida: AFI in London, Ontario.

Favourite label
Minimal Wave / Cititrax / L.I.E.S.

The best venue to play
Deep Blue in Vancouver, British Columbia

The best venue to party at
A venue that’s dark, where you don’t know anyone and you can actually dance.

Most underrated producer
Maral. Mahur Club is such an insane album.

Best track to save a flagging dance floor
Nitzer Ebb’s ‘Control I’m Here’ (original version or remix by The Hacker)

An artist you’d recommend to fans of your own music
Sigsaly – Vancouver favourites!

A track you’re listening to on repeat
Ashlee: Kym Amps ‘You Don’t Know My Name (But I Know You)’
Lida: Dead Can Dance ‘Ocean’

A record that cheers you up
Ashlee: The Distillers – Coral Fang
Lida: Hole – Live Through This

Three artists you’d book to play your birthday party
We’re having a joint birthday party so we get four: Pelada, Giant Swan, Free Love, Light Asylum.

Minimal Violence play live at The Waiting Room on Saturday 14th December.