The wearing of masks is a common tradition in many cultures. By masquerading, ritual dancers allow the souls of the deceased to escape to their final resting place and join the ranks of their ancestors, thereby restoring order to the universe. Over the evolution of civilization, the mask symbolizes different believes and found its way into our modern societies.
Ingo Möll, the creative mind behind Kabanjak and Ancient Astronauts, captures this heritage with his project Deela and transforms the concept into his musical expression. For him, the skull mask represents the fact that all humans are equal beneath their skin. All forms of music draw their energy from the same source, the source of culture and nature.
Deela is producing music since the year of 2001. What started as a four piece band ensemble is now Ingo Möll’s own imprint for electronic world music. It’s a funky fusion that fuels his inspiration from Global Bass, Latin, House, Afrobeat and Cumbia. The sound is a result of his experimentations with traditional and modern sounds, often ending up being mixed so precisely that the listener can’t explain if the music is from a distant era or fresh from a computers’ hard disk.
Although there are no oceans and palms surrounding his Evergreen Studio in Germany, he manages to come up with a truly tropical style. Because of this unique sound, Deela gained a lot of international reputation by DJ’s, musicians, press and fans alike. Artists like Ease (Nightmares On Wax), Diesler, Danny Massure or Mo’ Horizons praise his energetic and moving songs, playing Deela’s music on worldwide dancefloors. In the typical fashion of an electronic producer, he also remixed various artists like Issa Bagayogo or Soulphonic Soundsystem. Companies like Mini, Red Bull and many others developed a foible for his sound and used the music in various advertising campaigns and image trailers.
The Deela skull reminds us of our ancestors’ traditions in a modern, hectic world. The interconnected aspect of our cultural diversity can be revealed through masked rituals, and maintain their power and mystery both for their wearers and audience. Masquerade yourself and join the tribe!
Skulltura Part 1
"Pure fire in here, so time to catch some sun and sea!"
Alex Flexible Sounds / Cannibal Radio Greece
"Deela comes back with some party rocking remixes. This is an ace in the hole for any DJ!"
DJ Brace / 2016 DMC Online World Champion
"Be it under the Kabanjak, Ancient Astronauts or Deela alias this guy always delivers the rawest, most exotic beats You will hear, and this Ep is no different. Perfect material to dance a hot, sweaty night away."
"The unique blend of Chicha Sabrosa with Dead Prez, Old School Cumbia with Biggie - Deela knows how to get the Latin Bass massive on the Dancefloors!"
Paco Mendoza / Raggabund / Mestizo Fm
Revenge Of The Calavera
"Summer is here, packed with the Deela edits the weekend can't go wrong. Joe Cuba edit is my favorite!"
Renegades Of Jazz / Agogo Records
"Revenge Of The Calavera in a nutshell consists of four heavily produced bangin mash up tracks from Deela. Each one is like a secret weapon when DJing. I'll be playing these tracks for a long time to come!"
DJ Brace / Nostomania Records
"Really like the Joe Cuba Remix!"
Thomas Blondet / Rhythm & Culture, ESL Music
"Absolute killer Highlife that will bring fire to the dancefloors!"
Danny Massure (USA)
"The African guitar work & vocal parts are nice!"
K. Sabroso (USA)
Ritmo De Las Calaveras
"Traditional and modern music in a tight mix!"
Andrés Digital (Tropical Bass)
"BRASH! CRAZY! WONDERFUL!"
Aaron C. Hollis
“That's global bass! the tight production along with deep analog sounds and latin attire sets the dancefloor on fire, hotter than jalapeño!”
Musco Antonino (USA)
“Just up my Summer-Alley! Always lovin’ the Deela Sound”
René Josquin (We Are On Air / Germany)
Denny Seeber (Kölner Illustrierte / Germany)
Best Of Deela
"Action-packed Best Of!"
We Dance To Forget EP
"This new EP might just be his best yet!"
Everything Counts EP
“Great tracks with an authentic afro feeling ! just heard some snippets & I'm really looking forward to get the full length versions.”
Makossa (G-Stone Rec./FM4 Radio/AT)
“It´s a cool package.”
Pathaan (BBC Worldwide/UK)
“Sounds like a nice well-rounded EP”
Andrew Jervis (Ubiquity Recordings/USA)
"Varied record with a lot of flair!"
"An energetic piece of music with excellent beats!"
"Super fresh sounds!"
“Really lovin the EP man! One love”
Ease (Nightmares on Wax/UK)
“Big fat tunes that are destined to shake dancefloors the world over. A really really strong EP!! 9/10 !!“
Diesler (Tru Thoughts/UK)
“Can't wait to drop the Ruhrfahrt EP onto our dancefloors, especially the latin funk mix, I predict a riot!”
Pete Isaac (Jelly Jazz/UK)