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A final piece of the puzzle falls together inside my mind when I hear Sahar Z’s myriad talent. His Dj sets and productions have simply distinguished himself from any pack. I believe, that music first and foremost should inform, educate and then simultaneously entertain….and Sahar is all that and more rolled in to one sparkling performer.
Plus there is no question about his royal presence in Israel’s vibrant night life scene, and is spoken off with much excitement and love. Sahar has always been in the fore front of club doings in Tel Aviv, except now his uncompromising talent and musical repertoire is pushing itself to the rest of the world with great speed and fanfare.
And I’d like very much to take the onus up of introducing the electric focus of Sahar Z to our Indian shores, cause he’s with it…

 

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Sahar 🙂 Tell us how you’re journey began in the initial days of you starting as an up and coming Dj?-

SZ- From when I was 8, I remember coming back home from school every day straight to our living room where my Dad’s Turntable and vinyls collection were kept, I used to pick the same one every day that was ”Cerrone – “Supernature” and without fail hypnotized from the first analog synth arpeggiator I’d ever heard. Since then my desire for music, new sounds and new beats just grew from day to day. I used to go to school with my big double Tape Cassette, waiting for the breaks between classes to play music to my friends who were my very first audience.
When was it you realized that being a DJ/Producer is what you were meant to be?-

SZ- When I saw and heard the way people reacted to my sets and music.
Who were the early influences, the artists that you were growing up listening to that may have made an impact on you’re young mind?-

SZ- Cerrone – Pink Floyd – The Doors – Led Zepplin – Giorgio Moroder – Kraftwerk – Art of Noise – Run D.M.C – Depeche Mode – New order – Steve Wonder – Joy division – Duran Duran.
Israel has made a deep undoubtedly huge impact on the dance music scene, predominantly because of it’s Psychedelic Trance heavy artists, making their way around the world. Having come from such a background, how did you get in to the Progressive/Techno circuit. Is there a fair following for the latter sub-genre, what made you choose this sound?-

SZ- In my opinion to divide music in to genres is not really a productive thing, for me there is only music that I like and music that I don’t like.
Tell us mainly what got you going in to producing music, and is a large amount of you’re time spent tinkering in the studio. What piece of music equipment is your prized possession and do you play any musical instruments?-

SZ- A big desire to translate the way I think about music into something real that I can play and share with others. I played the Piano from age 8 till 15, my favorite equipments in my studio are: Elektron Analog Four & Virus Kb that I use for sounds like arpeggiators ,pads, chords,bass lines and fx, for drums programming I like to use the Maschine by native instruments.

 

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Can you share with us your experiences of the residency at one of the top clubs in Israel, ”Haoman 17”, what’s the current status with it?-

SZ- The Resident DJ degree is a crucial significance in club culture. He or she is unlike artists hosted occasionally, DJing regularly at the same club develops a deep and intimate relationship with the audience. It is a powerful contact to making the degrees of a club experience to a higher level of spirituality. I did it for 12 years and in 2007 the crowd started to change in the club and I’d started to feel like a stranger in my “home” which made me decide to leave, to look and create a new one which is the Cat&Dog.

 

What’s your take on having won the Dj of the Year award, 3 consecutive times as hosted by one of Israel’s premier dance music magazines. Has life changed for you with these accolades?-

SZ- Personally I’ve stayed the same like I was before the win. The only things that changed is the fact that I have become the most popular Dj in Israel. I’ve started to tour the country from South to North playing every weekend. Sometimes in several clubs in the same night. For me it has been a challenging time. I was away from my “home”, from my regular audience that knew me and my music perfect. I needed to play to a new crowd that has never heard my style of music, but they’ve heard my name from the newspapers or from friends that came to parties at Haoman 17.
What made you open one of the most prolific dance clubs to come out of Tel Aviv- ”The Cat & Dog”. Could you share the ideas and vision you had to be part of this as a Dj and club owner. Do you take part in day to day activities, aside from featuring in you’re residency?-

SZ- In Tel Aviv at that time there were only bars playing a mix of all kinds of music and some mega clubs that is too mainstream and relevant to the young crowd.The good old and the new generation of the underground electronic people and music lovers were missing a place to hangout in that will fill their passions and needs. The cat&dog club was opened to fill this empty square in the club scene. In the day time I’m taking part with what is related to the music policy in the club – line ups – Djs and of course my residency.

 

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Sahar, you are collaborating with some of the most respected record labels such as Bedrock, Lost & Found, Renaissance to name some. Happy to be part of such giants… do you suit your sounds with the requirements of the labels, or if you can fill us in with what exactly the process is behind these partnerships?-

SZ- In the studio I focus only in music – I’m not trying to suit it to labels requirements. What comes out in the end stands for itself. The process after is to contact a label you like and respect, that is releasing music in the similar sound and vibe. After the first/second release it’s normal to start a partnership/ relationship with the label if you both are happy with the result.
Do you enjoy remixing work of fellow Djs, as much as making you’re own tunes?-

SZ- I like them both but prefer originals. In remixing other Dj’s music I do enjoy translating their music and vibe in my way and to give the listeners another way to experience that track. As far as my own tunes go, it’s more personal. You don’t need to use other producers parts like in remixing, here everything is born in the studio influenced by your own feelings at that time and not limited by any genre or style.

 

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The name of Sahar Z is synonymous with the other demi gods of dance music namely Lost & Found label owner, Dj/Producer extraordinaire Guy J and of course the Progressive behemoth Guy Mantzur. Can you tell us of how you guys met, got together and decided to collaborate in music. Could you give us a peek in to the specialty of the relationship you 3 share?-

SZ- I met Guy J and Guy Mantzur years ago, each one in a different situation and a different period of time. In both cases we started to hang out and share our vision of music, a subject that immediately led us to play back to back in some clubs and to the studio to make music together. After I met Guy Mantzur, I introduced him to Guy J and from that day we’re like a family and Lost&Found is the home base. What makes this relationship we three share special is that there is no ego here, it’s a friendship that grows beyond music, just pure respect and love.
To a layman this side of the world, how would you describe the sort of music you play currently?-

SZ- It’s music for your head and not only for your legs, what I’m trying to do with my music is to transport the crowd through a journey of atmospheres and moods ranging from hypnotic beats to deeply vintage synthesizers, with melodic sounds and fresh electronica to the harder yet soulful Techno edges.
Let’s talk about an important question that comes to many a mind. That of quality music…I personally don’t feel there’s much of great productions out there nowadays. Do you think dance music in general has become sort of stagnant? Boring? Monotonous?-

SZ- Yes I agree with you that the current electronic music market is flooded with lesser quality music than in the past. Today the ability to create music is accessibility for everyone because of the new technology rise. In this digital age to open a records label doesn’t require mortgage any more, you can release tracks with costs that are minimal. Take these two things, put them together and there’s the reason for that amount of non-quality music flooding the market. But there are still super amazing producers out there old and new ones… one just needs to really dig deep beneath to find the quality ones..
I’d like to know you’re thoughts on the annual Top 100 Dj poll?-

SZ- It was never relevant to me and I’m sure that in the last few years more and more colleagues and underground music lovers feel like me.
To hit the high notes of you’re production sensibilities; what are the elements or sound scape that you like to present in your music work. And if I were to ask you, to choose one tune that you are especially proud of having created, which one would that be…?-

SZ- I like to create a groove that will hypnotize you, it will be deep and warm but still a bit junkie and twisted, on the top one will always hear a deep atmospheric melody that gives my raw sound a human face, to make it less cold. If I had to choose one it has to be the remix I did with Guy Manztur for one of my tracks that came out on Renaissance Records- “Beyond Detroit” (Sahar Z & Guy Mantzur after-hours remix)-ITS A FUCKING MENTAL JOURNEY INTO YOUR HEART AND MIND!
How’s 2013 been for you on the whole, you seem to have peaked with much of you’re work being show cased by many a top Dj. Happy with your musical achievements?-

SZ- Yes, I think 2013 was a great year for my music , I had some great collaborating with Guy J – Guy Mantzur – Chicola and Khen (with more to come in 2014) that’s got some really good feedback, but also it was the year that I found my independence in my studio productions and I finally came out with some solo projects.
In the current day and age of fast rising names and flash in the pans, what according to you are the main stays of a great Dj/Producer who can stand above the rest in terms of longevity?-

SZ- First and foremost it’s important to make your own music, your own productions whether they are originals or remixes, you need to be unique and fresh so it can stand above the rest of the music out there, and there is a lot out there!! Secondly knowing how to use it properly and in a clever way all the new medias out there like: Youtube – Facebook –Soundcloud –Instagram for your own promotions. One can create their own group of followers from all over the world, it’s crazy…Thirdly, use technology to re- create your sound and sets.
What can we expect from the ”The Cat & Dog” club brand in the near future. Any plans to expand and or promote the project in a bigger manner in the rest of the world?-

SZ- We may go global in future, but for now our goal is to keep up with our vision and to keep entertaining the crowd with our music and keep the fun experience one can get when one walks in to this amazing club.

 

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The varying forms of technology remain the topic of conversation now. How much of it do you use in your Dj sets?-

SZ- As much as I can. In this day when music is accessible to everyone, one needs to find a way to be a bit different then the rest and technology can help you do that. One can re create others music the way you like and make it exclusive again, you can bring an entire studio into the Dj booth in a size of an Ipad. Future technology allows you to do things you can’t really do in the classic way of Dj-ing.
Lastly, I honestly have not come across even one track that you’ve made that I did not absolutely love, I’ve always found your music deliciously haunting and dance ready. Can we expect any album or compilation release in 2014? And thank you for talking to us at length about everything Sahar Z and the music you bring 🙂

SZ- My future plans are to start working on my first solo album. It’s something that I must do for myself. My goal is to keep making music that entertains me so it can keep entertaining the crowd.. Thank you and big love..

When you wake up to the musical sensibilities of Sahar Z, you know you’re connecting to cutting edge music, fierce vision not many performers are gifted with. Undoubtedly that itself is enough to leave a pretty damn inspirational legacy…

A kaleidoscope of his tunes, and one turns in to a Sahar Z fan forever…till then I’m hopping like a bunny for his magic to hit India sooner than later!! Cheerioo munkeys 😀

For all his news, views and gig updates around the world, visit- Sahar Z Facebook

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Instrumental excursions from the Pryda Friends Family protegee means only one thing, that this veritable treasure trove of talent understands the mechanics involved in making his audience make unending shapes on the dance floor..The expertise of his musical brain makes him one of the best in the electronic dance music space since the time he’s hit consoles as a young find from the Prydz stables, and he continues his restless and relentless march conquering every path he travels. More-over his artistic success is no quick flash in the pan…Getting to it with Jeremy Olander just before he embarks on a quick tour of India with underground power house lycan sLick! is a pleasure, all mine…

Hi Jeremy, been 6 months since we chatted at your last outing in India. How have things been since 2013 and what’s keeping you busy these summer months?

JO- Things have been great, thank you. Been making loads of new music and have been touring quite a bit. Just recently came back home after about a month in North America where I played a bunch of club shows, as well as some really cool festivals like Mysteryland and EDC in Las Vegas. Really nice experience.

The all important question, what inspired you to become a Dj?

JO- I actually started out producing first and being a DJ was something that came naturally later on. Ever since I finished my first track I started thinking in terms of how a club crowd would react to it. For me the two really go hand in hand.

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You’re quite the computer geek and would rather tinker around with gadgets and music stuff. What’s exciting you at the moment, any musical gear that’s taking up your attention lately?

JO- Haha, yes I am. However, when it comes to my production of music I really take a minimalist approach. My philosophy is to keep my setup simple and try to really thoroughly learn the tools that I work with and make the most out of them. I did get the Maschine from Native Instruments a while ago though thinking it would be a cool addition, but it just ended up sitting on my desk collecting dust.

Your take on new age Progressive House is pretty much different to what’s playing from under the genre by other Dj/Producers. Is this still pretty much following on the foot steps of the giant Pryda label music sensibilities?

JO- Even though guys like Eric, Sasha and John Digweed have been major influences of mine I’ve always tried to leave it at that; them being an influence. I try to create a sound that I can proudly call my own, fit in my DJ sets and offer something that I feel is unique and hasn’t already been done.

You’re having quite a season traveling all over the world more than ever, can you give us your best club experience and any festival that you loved in terms of crowd, vibe and sound systems recently?

JO- Tough question because pretty much every show has been great. There are two that stand out though. For festivals, I have to say Mysterland USA. I played the Sunday School Stage back to back with Fehrplay and the stage production, the vibe and crowd was amazing. Even though it was in America it felt like a European festival. The location was Bethel Woods, which is where Woodstock was held back in the day. That added to it as well. As far as clubs, Beta in Denver was super cool. Played there for the first time and the sound system is one of the best I’ve ever heard.

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What keeps your feet planted in Sweden, do you think the electronic dance music scene there as fertile?

JO- We’ve always had a really good underground scene. Even though it’s been small it’s been innovative and healthy. Nowadays when the scene has so much attention and people have broken through to the mainstream the amount of shows have gone up and they’ve become a lot bigger. I think some of the best DJs and producers in the world come from Sweden but I would love to see some more variety in terms of more Progressive and Tech guys maybe. Would be a cool compliment to the big room sound that’s so dominant right now. It’s definitely fertile though and there are new guys and girls that I hear making great stuff all the time.

As a producer do you consciously like to keep it melodic and bright?

JO- I love melodies and creating them is a really fun aspect of producing. They’re what strike an emotional chord with me when I listen to music and others too I think. More than anything I just think my sound and the music I make is the result of the people that have and still influence me like Eric, John and Sasha.

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How’s your other project ”Dhillon”, coming along, last time we chatted you had mentioned there’s stuff you’re doing through it. Mainly we see a release ”Lost”, on the Drumcode label. Where was your head at, while making this track?

JO- Dhillon is doing great in his dark cave. I love Techno and making drum-oriented tracks just as much as I do making melodies and he allows expression of that kind of sound. Yes, that’s right. “Lost” just recently came out on Drumcode and their compilation A-Sides. Truly an honor for Dhillon to release stuff on there. It’s one of the most special and influential Techno labels out there. We have some cool stuff lined up for Dhillon going forward and I look forward to further developing it.

How’s your buddy Fehrplay doing, enjoying yourselves out there?

JO- He’s doing great! He doesn’t live in Sweden though. He’s from Norway originally but lives in London now. We played EDC in Las Vegas and Mysteryland together and he was all smiles as usual.

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Happy to return with sLick for a quick tour this July, what are you going to do differently as opposed to your previous outings..can we look forward to your new releases being played out at the gigs?

JO- Very happy to be back in India with this mini-tour! With my mother being Indian, it feels extra special to play there, explore the scene and introduce more people to my sound. Had a really good time last time and this time around it’s going to be even better. I’ve managed to stay productive on the road and have some time to finish what I’ve been working on now that I’m home for a little bit, so you can definitely expect to hear new stuff from me!

Your top 3 favorites tunes?

JO- I’ll give you three that aren’t dance music just to spice things up a bit.

Yung Lean – Yoshi
Drake – 0 to 100, A$AP Mob – Hella Hoes

How’s your music been received in the recent North American tour, is the crowd there receptive to the Olander motto of creating a journey and not just go bang bang from the word go?

JO- To be honest, I was nervous when I went there first time just because I didn’t know what reaction to expect from the crowds and what they expected from me. Kind of like when you start dating a new girl and don’t know each other all too well. Turned out my worries were unfounded and people really do understand my style and appreciated what I do.

There’s of course a lot of people that are just as educated in America as they are in Europe and it’s cool to play for them together with people that have recently discovered dance music and are just starting to dip their feet in the culture. It creates a really great energy because when something is new and fresh, you tend to me more excited about it.

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How’s the Jeremy Olander plan looking like for the rest of 2014?

JO- In addition to visiting you guys I’ll be playing some shows in Africa, Ibiza, Creamfields in the UK and Electric Zoo in New York. Music-wise, I’m prepping a big comeback EP on Pryda Friends. With my most recent release on the label being “Bandersnatch”that came out in late 2013, it feels like it’s been forever and I’m very excited for what feels like a homecoming.

It’s going to have variety of tracks ranging from fan favorites that people have been wanting me to release for some time as well as new, completely fresh stuff. Have more projects in terms of releases lined up that I’m excited about but can’t really disclose more details at this point. Stay tuned! 🙂

Are you ready to be adventurous and sample some spicy Indian curry this time around?

JO- I definitely am! Love spicy food.

sLick! Turns 3 celebrations in association with VH1, shows off the Olander magic at these cities-

Friday, 11th- Blue Frog Mumbai

Saturday, 12th- Blue Frog Delhi

Sunday, 13th- Sanctum Bangalore

Additional Links- www.facebook.com/jeremyolander

Soundcloud- www.soundcloud.com/jeremyolander

Gotta go sharpen my claws for this one…until then my munkeys…keep tight 😀

Can’t wait to get my hands on this release, from Bedrock Records  😀

After all the highly successful Miami releases and with all three CDs of the series completely selling out, Bedrock are extremely proud to present their first ever Underground Sound of Ibiza album pack.

The double CD features a down tempo, chill vibe on Disc 1, filled with laid-back Balearic beats reminiscent of summer days. What’s more, there’s enough exclusive new music from the likes of Pig&Dan, Charlie May and King Unique, alongside some special new versions and takes on some of the label’s recent releases from The Japanese Popstars, Jimmy Van M, Oniris. Plus it features the ambient version of Jemmy’s “Waterloo Blues”, a track that caused a huge stir when it was broadcast from the Transitions 500 Miami Boat Party.

Disc 2 takes a more up-tempo, club/night-time journey and takes in 10 exclusive new tracks from the likes of Marco Bailey, Sasha Carassi, Misstress Barbara and Marc Marzenit, amongst others. There is also a bonus remix of the classic Guy J single ‘Lamur’ courtesy of Sebastien Léger.

The Bedrock legend, sums it up nicely- “We’re really happy with how this album came together and I’m very proud of the down-tempo disc as I think musically it’s one of the best we’ve done so far on the label” – John Digweed

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Underground Sound of Ibiza
2xCD / Digital
Release Date: July 7th 2014
Pre-Order Your Copy Here: http://bedrockmusic.bigcartel.com/products
CD1. Poolside / Daytime

01. King Unique – Brakes Pads
02. Charlie May – Barely Audible
03. The Japanese Popstars – Out Of Nowhere – Reprise
04. Jemmy – Waterloo Blues – Ambient Version
05. Charlie May – We Control Everything
06. Oniris feat. Pat Brooks – The Rebirth – Blissed Out Mix
07. Ramon Tapia & Stavroz – Havana – Downtempo Mix
08. Jimmy Van M & Affkt feat Luxor T – Dreams – Ibiza Summer Balearic Remix
09. Mantis – Stargazing
10. Pig & Dan – Sahara
11. Mantis – Roots
12. Pig & Dan – On The Rocks
13. King Unique – Brakes feat. Packard Ghost

CD2. Clubside / Night-time

01. Marc Marzenit – Fictional Crossover
02. Marco Bailey – Cataleya
03. Sasha Carassi – Tale of Memories
04. Ramon Tapia & Stavroz – Havana – Dub
05. Eagles & Butterflies – Hypernova
06. Ian O’Donovan – Atoll
07. Richie G – Puzzle Love
08. Misstress Barbara – Tenno 5
09. Dave Angel – Tomahawk Dub
10. Guy J – Lamur – Sebastien Léger Remix

And for everything BEDROCK, you can visit anyone of the links below-

http://www.bedrock.uk.net
http://www.johndigweed.com
http://www.bedrockmusic.bigcartel.com
http://www.facebook.com/bedrockrecords
http://www.twitter.com/#!/BedrockRecords
http://www.youtube.com/user/bedrocktransitions

Hot, hotter, hottest tunes in June looks like these…

Label- ONOFF Recording

Title- Dots Are Moving EP

Release date- 21-07-2014

ONOFF Recording is one of my favorite labels in the planet, and their release ”Dots Are Moving”- Sloo is just about super underground fare. The title track has able remixes by the likes of Fernando Guzman, Variond and Mac Dephoner. But what catches my ears is the Original mix. Really make some noise for this nasty bass gore 3 a.m goodness with echoing vocals, that means only one thing…you gotta surrender to this beauty. There’s a second track ”Adeond”, by Sloo, which has a remix thrown by Stefan Naimor…but by the time I get to it, I am totally haunted by the first tune and I keep going back to it. Tops!!

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Label- Lucidflow

Title- Nadja Lind & Friends Digital Part 1

There’s a whole loada collaboration going on, in the pack with the likes of  Brendon Moeller, Omar Salgado, Vandermeer and Quintin Christian doing their bit. Tracks included- ”Street Beat”, ”Place of Bliss”.  But what gets me happy as hell, is when my ears tune in to ”Tramp Clown”- a bassy warrior with some cultured vocal pattern snaking around in a bouncy body. It’s got a dirty Tech step to it and simple ingredients with which one hits the break down. Thereafter it sorta gets going in to it’s own mind and makes you do some moves. My favorite though of the pack is ”Saharan Night”- starting off with a quiet menace, the cut throat quality of this one is astonishing. There’s a double bodied bass bubbling with a whistling pattern very very extra-ordinarily good…Pure acid!!

 

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Label- Sudbeat

Title- Big Bang

Artist- Nocturna. Remixes- Hernan Cattaneo, Graziano Raffa, Soundexile

Release date- 16-06-2014

Not many people may know that Nocturna is a new project by Italian duo Andrea Cassino & Danny Lloyd. ”Big Bang”, is an absolute melodic Techno star. Classical chords right in place with a brooding, winding melody along side luminous pads breaking in the inside, is nothing short of relentless progression for your soul. The break down just soars out on top and just about touches memories of terracotta summer nights and breezy starry skies. The remixes have been tackled by some of the heavy weights in the current dance music scene which includes Sudbeat label boss Graziano Raffa’s work fabulously, but the original gets my thumbs up all the way…There’s a cozy, warm ”Microcosmos” tune to end the pack with, which is lovely too.

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Label- Undertechnical Recordings

Title- Never Give Up

Artist- Reelow. Remixes- Gianluca Caldarelli, Marco Yanes

Release date- 10-06-2014

Flurry claps, fat bass flaring, heavy jolts of acidic swish make up for the title tune. There’s a ghostly vocal finding and eerie ripples at the back, then there’s ome steely beat prongs interjecting with nasty attitude on this one. It’s utterly captivating as ever. The Caldarelli remix is just a lot of grooving fun, the vocals get a bigger boost this time around, furnished with quite a bit of splintered sheen in the bass line. Down to the slightly subtle work of Yanes that feels like a respite, and carries a more staccato story to it’s nature. I like this pack!!

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Label- 808 Recordings

Title- Lady With No Face EP

Artist- Nyah Berkley. Remix- Javier Algarra

Loving this smooth as silk EP. The label as always does such fabulous releases, it’s just as well I nod in delight at their sounds and more. And I love both the undertakings of this release with equal feverishness. ”Bolero”, Original mix has lovely fragmented passages of broken bass sound and unresolved melody in a deep way yet quite Tech-House. The Javier Algarra’s Deep House stamp, is an immediate transportation to bigger things. There’s a roiling bass line in his handiwork and a perky attitude in it’s groove sense. One also finds an infectious vocal which is catching swinging in tandem to the bouncy bends. There’s a bee like offering all going back and forth just fine with the rest of the warm bodied tune. Nice one..

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Label- Bedrock Digital/ Dar

Title-Hypnoteric (LP Sampler Part 1)

Artist- Denis A

Release date- 16-06-2014

Russian born Denis A. is new to me, but boy does he make a cutting edge sweep out of this release. He expands his forging work through his DAR label that rounds up his production force. ”Moenjodaro”, is a triumphant statement of the man’s musical sensibilities. The skewered break beatish feel is just lovely to hear, the tune is a portrait of adventurous Techno that strikes a near perfect balance between melody and propulsion of bass fierceness. This ones a ear catching, dance floor fruit. On to ”Space Truck”, a steady going melody vessel reminiscent of old. The melody pattern is fumingly hypnotic and fantastic. By the break, it’s far from delicate and gets me tied up in knots…wonderful bound. ”Flashback”- starts off with a synthetic eerie feel and has bass shuddering raciness on the whole. There’s a bubbling pad that comes and goes off it’s own free will, and the body gets heavier with post punk distortion. Make no mistake though, there’s enough melody to lift you up and keep you floating around for a bit. Must have!! 🙂

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Title- Smash

Artist- Gabriel Ananda. Remixes- Rob Hes, Noraj Cue & Mark Mywords

And saving the best for last, this track is gob-smackingly yummy, wondrous underground steam. Easily the mother of all Techno tunes in sometime now. This rework hasn’t been released, with no plans for it either. To deconstruct this one in words is difficult, yet I gotta say the minute the bass hits your ears, I challenge anyone except the disco mummies to stand still. The synth pattern along with the toughness in the core bass is just too blinding and fierce. The break down introduces a haunting beauteous melody winding up with shattering jars for aural love. Can’t get enough of this huge choon!!

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Enough to keep you going for days and nights I imagine…

With hopes to see you stomping the dance floors I’m at..cheeriooo maniacs!! 😀

 

If there is an artist par excellence who is responsible for making 2012 one of the brightest in Electronic dance music…not much thinking required. There is no doubt in my musical mind that the trophy deservedly goes to the Dj/ Producer making me heave and bump to mellifluous tunes is the one and only Henry; the monster Saiz performer is unquestionably the genius of our times.

The ‘Uncharted’ path Saiz travels on, is full of unfailing musicality and mesmerizing sound scapes that I’m privileged to behold. Dancemunkey is joyous at the opportunity given to explore the mind of the ground breaking performer hailing from Spain, after the conclusion of his successful India tour.  Without further ado, I give it over to Henry in a chat that’ll hopefully get you one step closer to the man who made me mush with the effervescent remix of  ‘Lamur’ by Guy J not so long ago, cause since then there’s no looking back.

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DM– Henry, first time in India. Looking forward to this uncharted territory?

HS- Yes indeed! Been waiting for a long time for this tour.

DM– Resident Advisor top 100 DJs list, and you’ve won in three categories in the DJ Mag Spain awards, Best Live Act, Best Record Label (Natura Sonoris) and Best Compilation (Balance 019). Did you ever imagine such recognition and adulation of your fans and followers?

HS- Well, all these awards are nice because they show how people and media support your work but I don´t really care about it when doing music, its good promotion and a nice way for people to show support so it´s always welcome anyway!

DM– Natura Sonoris (Nature of Sound) your own label; are you happy with the direction it is going towards?

HS- So happy, my own album is coming out on Natura so that means how confident I am about the label´s present and future. The label is definitely growing, the sound becoming more and more special and we have many exciting releases in the pipeline for 2013.

DM– You Sir have been making big waves in the Electronic dance music scene for some time now. Did you always know you wanted to be a music producer and Dj?

HS- Well, when I started being more confident about my sound, I of course thought on the possibility but when I started doing electronic music my only aim was to do something that I liked. For me music making is a passion and a need, so I did not have a higher motivation than just to express myself. After doing this professionally for some years I think that´s the right approach to music, if you start doing this only because you want to be famous and stuff like that you´re gonna get obsessed and probably your music will be just be a tool for you to stay up there in the game, not honest artistic expression.

DM– Having a renowned podcast ‘The Labyrinth’, one can see it’s close to your heart; your thoughts on what makes it special?

HS- I guess it´s the freedom. I created the show because I wanted to show people all the music that I love and which I can´t play in a club for obvious reasons. Besides it gives me the chance to use it as a showcase for talented producers and djs that I know. I love to do it and I’m so glad that it got so many followers.

DM– Did you already have any impressions about India & sLick?

HS- Well I know about the typical things, it´s my first time here so I’m not an expert. As an occidental I find very interesting all the Hinduism and the Indian philosophy. I’m not a religious person at all but I find amazing all the traditions and the religion in India how it affects people´s way to see the world. About sLick I know they do the best underground parties in India so I’m happy to work with them 😉

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DM– Ever happened that you are in the same room as John Digweed & Guy J…if yes would you describe it as a fun gathering?

HS- That´s strange actually but I don´t remember the three of us in the same room, I don´t think we played together at the same party yet..There you have a good suggestion for promoters!

DM– Which is your favorite cuisine?

HS- It would be kind to say Indian, but spicy food is not for me I’m afraid, it´s Japanese food. Actually probably the best Japanese food I ever had wasn’t in Japan but in New Delhi at the Japanese restaurant in Taj Mahal hotel. Strongly recommended.

DM– What’s the first thing you do when you get up in the morning?

HS- I drink Coffee while checking emails. The first 4 hours of my day are like office work. I talk to my manager, reply to emails, that sort of stuff. I’m not 100% ready to face any kind of creative process when I wake up, need at least 4 or 5 hours and then I go to the studio where I’d probably be all day and night long.

DM– A musical gadget you want to own?

HS- Many… maybe a huge Gothic Pipe organ or of course any kind of vintage synth.

DM- Not many people know that you are a sound designer for Films & TV; how did that come about?

HS- I’m not doing it anymore, just a few selected works but yeah I worked doing music and sound design for TV some years. Worked in productions for Disney, Nickelodeon, etc. I wanted to live doing music and this was a good opportunity, wasn’t easy to get to that point but it happened that I had to choose between that or my own artistic career at some point, and I decided to focus on my career and do this just for special projects.

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DM– A tune that you are especially proud of?

HS- Mmm…I’m quite proud of the whole track list of my upcoming album.

DM– What would you say is the Henry Saiz signature sound?

HS- Hard to say, I guess it´s quite recognizable the dirty analog sound, the use of the compression and background noises and of course my kind of melodies, now I’m using more and more vocals so the way I process the fx on them maybe it´s a signature I don´t know. It´s hard to see yourself from outside you know.

DM– If you weren’t a Dj, any next best profession you’d choose to be at?

HS- I always wanted to study Psychology. I love video creation as well. Don´t know, it gets weird to imagine myself doing anything different than music making now.

DM– What’s the rest of 2012 looking like, gigs and productions wise?

HS- I just got back from Creamfields, Buenos Aires and Creamfields, Lima. It was truly amazing. I have to finish my album as soon as I can. I need a lot of time in the studio but for example, in December I´ll be out touring in Australia and Mexico almost the whole month. So be busy as usual.

DM- Can you describe yourself in five words.

HS- Sorry but I can´t do that, the risk of looking pathetic or egocentric are too high haha!

DM– Having received such critical acclaim in your musical career, is there anything still to achieve?

HS- Of course, there´s always something more to achieve. The next step for me is my album and show people my real musical soul and personality outside of the club music. That and the tour for the album which will be quite different from my Dj shows, a proper Live one. Can´t wait for this, 2013 is going to be so exciting.

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The story of a man who is a master of celestial tunes and fabulous Dj sets. His style is other worldly and carries luscious dimensions the only way he can. Electronic music is being re-defined as we dance along to higher highs, the Saiz matters way…

I for one can’t wait for him to get to India again,  just so that the many of you who missed his shows here in 2012 can get your ears on to the Saiz mixology that which he does in such cutting edge manner; it leaves your mind boggled. For those who don’t know, the tour was put together by sLick! The one man show- you know who you are 🙂 does no wrong in bringing quality underground sounds that make for top notch clubbing nights in India.

On to the goodie bag section- feel the magic of Henry Saiz in the guest mix put together for John Digweed’s highly influential Transitions radio show in the link below-

Henry Saiz Guest mix for Transitions 2012

See you on the other side of delicious December munkeys!! 😀

Hello dancelings,

A crackling summer of 2012 and I’m delighted with all the musical musings in my stride. So much music, so much dancing and prancing to get up to and there’s still the better part of the year to be dealt with.

All hail dance music and above all Percept Ltd for making such a comprehensive and magical impact in our lives for they bring music, performers and the platform for all of us to enjoy in spades.

Cultural diversity of the arts and music sphere all collected at one fantastic gathering created for our discerning music loving audience, has given Percept the boost yet again to bring us another gigantic undertaking in the form of GOD Music festival.

The first ever break through Live music venture is a total go at a breath taking venue along with eclectic artists under the scanner for everyone to behold. The location in question is Cocoparra in Pune; it’ll not only have Live music entertainment featuring some of the best musicians of the world in its fold.  The festival also promises state of the art technology, effects and fun activities to put ones dancing feet at.

Dancemunkey is excited as GOD Festival is making a musical hole in the stratosphere with a headlining name in the earthly being of Beardyman, the UK Beatboxing champion is a feather on the British music scene with unique ways of grabbing eye balls with his ridiculous vocal talent.  Layering beats with authenticity, many free style antics and a mind boggling range of vocal coolness done with ease and fun is truly mesmerising. Working with the best in the music business and featuring in top clubs and festivals, not only validates the two time UK Beatboxing winner that there is no one like him, even goes to show that his uniqueness in performance knows no bounds. He is all set to release his e.p full of his entire special vocal prowess and as well as a solo album, under top-notch labels internationally. Radio shows, Live performances and voice overs for international consumer giants are also part of his brilliant package.

Beardyman is currently touring this side of the world and I call upon each one of you music heads to get funking with the beat master extraordinaire. Catch exclusive action from the man himself this October, the 27th at GOD Festival along-side some the best of the local heroes of India to other heavy weight international presence.

3 Stages, 10 artists, a spanking new experience along-with fun features in the festival; throw Beardyman in to it and you have the mother of all parties, the one incredible spectacle for all your senses.

I’m off to the live arena that’ll host an oasis full of myriad performers and acts of musical splendor, called GOD!!

Cheeriooo earthlings, I’ll be back to tell you all about the celebrations, in the meanwhile hang tight to beat busting parties this season is bringing, like we only can.

For more information on the artist please check the links below-

http://www.youtube.com/user/beardyman

https://www.facebook.com/therealbeardyman

Information on the event please check the link below-

http://www.facebook.com/events/170145093123173/

In a life time, one is confronted by any number of entities capable of inducing magic and much awesomeness that’s so other wordly in what they do; it mesmerizes and gob smacks in its perfection. I am left speechless with the obvious talent and uniqueness that’s present and shining in spades in this musical man . That I am fortunate to come across one such soul whose perfection is not limited to his music, but extends beyond the melodies with his articulate persona, full of unheard of etiquette and courtesies in today’s day and age, is surreal. So enough said, I am a fan for life!!

Meet that wonderful man in superlative form and in question- Internationally acclaimed DJ, Producer, Radio host and label owner Darin Epsilon often referred to as a leader of the Progressive & Tech House scene.

I am thrilled to bits that I got the opportunity to come in contact with his vast Progressive music sensibilities and without a doubt eclectic mind in the musical stories he weaves.

Say hello to the avant garde performer in an exclusive!!

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DM– Hi, Darin..can you tell your numerous fans in India where you were born & brought up?

DE- I grew up in an area just outside of Chicago and spent 20 years there before moving to Los Angeles.

DM– How did the DJing and Producing start for you?

DEMy first taste of real electronic music happened in the late 90’s when I was around 14. I used to live 45 minutes from Northwestern University, and every week they would air various mixshows featuring local House and Trance DJ’s. I instantly fell in love with the sound and even recorded some of the mixes on cassette so I could listen to them over and over.

Eventually, it was no longer enough to be just a passive listener. I wanted to become an active participant in the scene. It took me two years working part-time at a music shop in order to save up enough money for my first pair of Technics turntables. Fast forward to 2007 and I released my first-ever remix in stores during my senior year in college.

 DM- When was the time that you felt the need to open a label of your own?

DEI reached a point in my career when I decided that it was time to do my own thing. I was getting frustrated working for other people’s labels because it seemed like nobody in the industry really had my best interests in mind. The Perspectives radio show was already doing well, so I felt that incorporating the name into the label would be a smart idea.

DM– You’ve come a long way from the ‘Bluephobia’ days, how different are your sounds from then to now?

DE- Haha, well I’ve produced a lot of different styles of music since then. These days, it’s more or less the same as ‘Bluephobia’, but I think my production skills have developed and the sound has become more techno-oriented. However, I’m a melody freak, so it’s not likely that you’ll hear any production of mine that doesn’t try to include a strong theme or idea.

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 DM- Were there any artists that influenced you in the early days?

DEThere have been plenty along the way, and just naming them all would take up my entire day! Paul Oakenfold was a major influence for me at the beginning of my career. This was around the turn of the century when Balearic Trance reached its peak in popularity. A few years later, Sasha & Digweed were in town for their Delta Heavy tour, which I would describe as a life-changing experience. These days, I’m primarily following the sounds of Hernan Cattaneo and Nick Warren because they play elegant dance music without borders.

 DM- Between your radio shows, gigs all over the world, productions, and record label Perspectives Digital, is there anything that you want to make time for?

DENot really. Asides from spending more time with family and friends, I feel like I’m doing exactly what I want to be doing with my life.

DM- Is there any music machinery that you are yet to possess?

DE- I’d love to get my hands on an NI Maschine or Access Virus keyboard. A Pioneer EFX unit would also be a nice addition to my DJ setup.

DM- What’s your favorite cuisine and holiday destination?

DEThat’s a tough one to answer! I certainly wouldn’t mind eating Sushi any day. I also love a bowl of hot Vietnamese Pho. Indian food is great as well, my current favorites are Tandoori Chicken, Biryani, and Samosas. As for holiday destinations I’d say New York, Miami, or Punta Cana.

DM- Any crazy fan requests that you may have received?

DEWhen I was in Colombia last June, the promoter asked if I could talk on the mic because she loved the way my voice sounded on the radio!

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DM- According to you is there a difference with the dance music scene in the US as compared to Europe?

DEI’d say the average European is far more educated at the moment. US audiences as a whole tend to stick to what they see on TV or hear on the radio. It’s what I refer to as the “MTV” effect. Even the Detroit Electronic Music Festival, which used to be so underground, has become so incredibly commercialized.

DM- Darin you have played at countless prestigious clubs, is there a favorite?

DEHands down, my favorite gig this year so far has been at Vertigo in Costa Rica. It’s currently ranked in DJ Mag’s Top 100 Clubs and has one of the most impressive DJ booths in the world. The acoustics there are also unbeatable.

DM- How did being named one of the winners of John Digweed & Beatport’s DJ competition make you feel; top of the world?

DEIt was definitely an incredible feeling. All those years of annoying the hell out of my neighbors and family with my music were worth it after all : )

DM- You have a winner with ‘Lapis Lazuli’. The tune is beyond beautiful…are you sitting in the studio and celebrating?

DEThank you! I’m really pleased with the way the package turned out. It’s currently featured on Beatport with a big banner. Up next, I’ll be releasing my new original track ‘Shine The Light’ on Nick Warren’s label Hope Recordings.

DM- What’s your gig schedule looking like in 2012?

DEI had an incredibly busy summer playing shows in Kenya, Costa Rica, Mexico, Colombia, Canada, and the US. Now I plan to be toning it down so I can focus my energy and attention in the studio. I’ll have no less than 5 releases out by the end of the year.

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DM- We in India can’t wait to host you; what impressions do you have of the country and its club scene?

DEI think India is an incredibly diverse and fascinating place. I love Indian food, art, history, and culture. The club scene is still growing, but with a population of over 1.2 billion, the sky’s the limit to the amount of creativity we’ll be seeing from your country in the future.

All Hail the crowned King of Progressive House to whom fusing lush melodies with simple bass lines making that instantly gold!

In my mind, Darin as an artist is instantaneously adding a compelling dimension to dance music, seldom seen. When a performer consistently pulls at my aural senses, I damn well swear on all treasures in the world that he is just top class. Celebrating the Epsilon power comes easy to me, as I dedicate this chosen one feature to him alone. With much work collaborations with big weight labels, productions that scream of astral goodness and mix sets that stimulate dance joy, he cannot go wrong.

To keep your feet tapping to news, happenings, gigs guide and sample his ridiculously fabulous sets one can visit these following sites for updates and information. I  bid you munkeys a fond adieu cause I got so much dancing to get going with. In the meanwhile get your ears on to one of his newest mix set to understand how his kinda music genesis turns you in to mush. So long!!

Download- Darin Epsilon Guest mix LessThan3

Youtube- Darin Epsilon in Kenya

In other Links-

http://www.darinepsilon.com

http://www.soundcloud.com/darinesilon.com

http://www.facebook.com/darinepsilonofficial

http://www.twitter.com/darinepsilon