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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 😀

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All you grinners and sinners! Here’s what’s going down in the new week..one helluva big daddy event is on and on- Lock and load to Tuesday the 1st of April 2014.
Yes earthlings, ”360 Edge” spear headed by the ever friendly and effervescent duo, comprising of Eddie & Vishal; brings to us the crackling ”MyFavDj” showcase, dedicated to our musical heroes who entertain us all year round and more than ever instigate all of us to dance like there’s no tomorrow. With my excitement level at an all time high, I am so proud to present the ever luscious- ”MyFavAwards 2014” preview here on dancemunkey.

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An annual, where we get together to honor the best of music, the artists who play and produce it along-side the machines that make us go!!

The MyFavAwards show last year, saw an unprecedented climb for the number of nominees and the election process undisputedly one of the finest ways, of choosing your favorite performer. India’s one and only online poll that lets you decide who amongst the warriors of music are the kings of tomorrow. An annual voting process; this concept has become quickly popular amongst the old and new. Garnering a whopping 1700 registrations and counting since the first year, the web-site myfavdj.in is the largest resource for Djs and artists….So goes, that the night in question was glittering and the music bomb.

Fast forwarding to a brand new year and fresh stories in the making, MyFavAwards 2014 gets a full frontal make-over all around it. Get a load of the hottest event this year, cause it has a new venue- this time the Hard Rock Cafe, Mumbai will be hosting the proceedings for the very first time. And dearest clubbers, take heart cause the show has opened itself up as a public event, where anyone of the MyFavAwards followers with a musical heart and dance in their feet can attend. (Club rules apply)
If that’s not enough there are some really cool points to sink your musical teeth in to such as- As a continuation to the MyFavDj uniqueness of all is fair in love and musical wars, the concept has introduced the ”MyFav All Stars”, which means to say that artists who’ve gone on to be your chosen award winner for the term of 2 years in his/ her category moves in to the lofty position of the ”MyFav All Stars League” and shall not be participating in the polls for the next couple of years. The idea behind it brings to mind how this will encourage/ create visibility and propagate a platform from where new and up coming talent gets a shake up.

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For the green horns searching for that coveted space…here’s how you go about it:

To get nominated: One has to use the Nomination request app on MyFav Facebook Fan page to nominate yourselves in for consideration that leads to the spanking trophy. There after the nominees are short listed on the basis of how active they have been and the number of gigs they have played at during the current year and of course the all important regulation of how big your fan base is.

The best part of this year is the Producer Nominations that’s gathered speed and momentum like no other.
In the here and now, I am so delighted to see that MyFavAwards has leapt forward to it’s 4th year with great musical attitude and sticking to the supporting emergence of our vast pool of talent in India. I’m also, so happy to announce that taking everything in to account, more than 40,000 votes have come in for the artists at hand.
Get yourselves busy and here’s what you can do to get a piece of the hot and happening cake- #SYLA & #SYLDJ are the coolest hash tags that plays up this awards fun. So get your naughty fingers in a flurry no matter whether you’re an artist, club or promoter. If you wanna get with it use it, abuse it to promote your fabulous home grown machines for this year’s fun and frolic.

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And just to get you guys clued in to all the news, reviews and everything funky, here’s where you gotta go http://www.myfav.in The all new and improved web-site is slated to go public for your viewing pleasure from the 1st of April as well.

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Moreover, the cavernous depth of Hard Rock Cafe is gonna bump and grind to the booming bass lines and stomp yard projections of your dancing feet with the ”MyFavAwards- the After Party” where the army of four fabulous performers that our country has ever seen, are slated to perform at… Cutting edge and chunky electronic dance music, from Rishabh Joshi(Lost Stories) Priyanjana, Bullzeye (Siddhanth Kapoor) and of course last but not the least reigning champion of all champions, winner for two successive years in running, the electric presence of ”Ankytrixx” at the console, to get your freaks on with is sure to be fun from the word go. When the new trophy with the gorgeous new design that resembles the 4 point myfav star is handed over to this year’s winners, we shall go on to celebrate the new brigade of our musical custodians, as much as we have for the ones before them.

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There’s a spark in the air, for the show has all the ingredients for a mega blaster outing, having been there for the festivities last year, some of us already know what a crazy time was had by all. And I’m all up and ready sharpening my claws, polishing my 6 inches for the refined experience once again, which has a fresh face as again, we usher out the giants of today to welcome in the new times and block busting talented winners of tomorrow.

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Only reason one might not attend this festive occasion is if you were a zombie…until Tuesday, my munkeys…keep sharp!!

Regardless of India’s sometimes archaic, some might even say burgeoning night life scene.. my search for a perfect party ended, when I got to experience the legendary Bedrock Records label boss John Digweed, a connoisseur of Progressive/ Tech-House at a local hot spot not so long ago. In a sea of events catering to raking in the big bucks, these nights brought out a handful number of fans old and new who love the underground. The two nights I speak of, remain unforgettable. The turn out was not as expected, but we who were there had an aural carnival. The lights down low, minimal fuss and a cavernous smoky vibe along-side the very nature of the hypnotic quality in the music was designed to dance uninhibitedly. The raving attitude of old, where one finds each other while floating around the room, if they want to on full display.

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In contrast, with due respect to clubs or festival parties featuring for example the popular figures like Armin Van Buuren, Tiesto, Steve Aoki to the Hardwell and Avicii are usually a spectacle of corporate sponsorship at hand with the bottle popping, cake throwing, confetti flying, picture taking decadence.

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The divide is stark and felt immediately between the two segments, as catching up with the west we tend to book one of the Top Ten names, pay them huge amounts of money, which immediately indicates that they are ‘it’. As the cash got discovered in commercial House music world-wide, in turn India seemingly followed trends from international waters causing promoters/sponsors to focus on commercial EDM, as clearly the volume is in the youth. The entire phenomena is concentrated with our young as the core receiver and consumer who find popular music to be cool or trendy. Mainstream dance music mostly depends on vocals rendered by fashionably dressed recording artists collaborating with names such as David Guetta, Deadmau5, Kaskade to drive their packaging. Back in the days, the other experimental EDM came from Frankie Knuckles, Danny Tenaglia, Paul Oakenfold to Sven Vath in the later part of the 80’s/90s and early 2000. Early sign post parties held at Twilo, Tunnel, the Palladium and of warehouse clubbing in Europe are raving yarn. In no way, does the latter scene have lesser numbers abroad, till date.

Many of our local acts such as Anish Sood, Ajit Pai, Lost Stories, Clement DSouza, Priyanjana are sale able artists, who pack places with the younger lot that like the sing along vibe in India. Chatting with Priyanjana brings out the facts that cannot be ignored when she quips- ”Each to their own. Having said that, I am at a club residency where we feature commercial artists as well as the Underground acts. Yet, the only thing that gives it up, is when the public themselves end up enjoying only one and not the latter. It’s frustrating, but I would like to be positive and hope to see a change in that attitude in the near future”.

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Our divide could be because, the club going audience here, does not have the numbers that sample a varied taste in music which is an essential to advocate, all kinds of genres. The early closing times at our clubs also play spoil-sport to building the Underground vibe. D-Nox (Germany) world renowned Techno Dj and label owner at Sprout Music say’s of our club scene-”It’s important for a good Techno party to go the distance of hours, only then can one feel any kind of hypnosis”. As was evident in his gigs in India, where short sets didn’t do any justice to the style of underground music he plays, which requires time to weave a story or create a vibe.

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Founder at Krunk; Sohail Arora is positive though- ” I believe that in the last 2 to 3 years, we’ve seen a positive change to the rise of venues, festivals in our country supporting underground music. It’s been the busiest season so far and I feel the line getting blurry as many of our events are being head-lined by good artists. Even though we have a long way to go in terms of numbers, it’s still a great place to be in”.
EDM in India is the trendiest acronym for Pop music and then one has the respected Grammys acknowledge the impact of EDM stars such as Skrillex, David Guetta and Deadmau5 and our core youth is sold to the prominent styles of today. Several niche parties in metros such as Mumbai and Bangalore do suggest though, of the novelty in mainstream to be fading a bit and a balance created with the underground wheel.
Artists such as Sanjay Dutta, Ankytrixx, Madhav Shorey, Arjun Vagale, Praveen Achary, Jehan Johar, Anastasia & Whosane, Vipul Angirish who play forward thinking sounds reflects the broader range, are in fact performing with greater regularity.
A corporate hoodlum by day with the flip side of a crackling Techno Dj by night- Helium Project banters: ”The introduction of Commercial House music has expanded the size of people listening to EDM, but then roots where the genre originated from, is completely lost. Dance music, with it’s commercial packaging inside of EDM, is responsible for the down trend of quality music, whether by skewed programming in festivals, and club gigs. However, a handful of Djs/Promoters are hanging on to the more purist vibe. It all depends on how many of us are ready to bring in quality music which doesn’t necessarily get the cash registers ringing”.

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Ash Roy, a member from the defunct yet most successful electronic bands of India, say’s- ‘‘The reason why Jalebee Cartel became a fantastic architect of the Indian underground scene was because we brought in the concept of Live Techno alongside the vibe of a proper rave, but as the band’s success grew and bookings started to pile up, our musical vision started to suffer, as it often happens the demand for a friendlier, more identifiable sounds came to our notice. Which was never our vision nor was it the direction that we wanted to go towards”.

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On to another Dj/Producer making waves in our underground and more eclectic sphere; Madhav Shorey has this to say- ” I think the rift is something that’s always been there. Some things just belong in certain places and that’s just how it is. Underground music over the last few years has made a huge following for itself over the globe and is at a nice place where young artists who are experimenting and unique are making a name for themselves and even tricking into the mainstream. A lot of genres are blending into each other and honestly, neither one would not survive if it weren’t for the other. We would not have an option and I think it’s important to understand that”.

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However, I remain confused at the future of dance music expansion in India, even though non formulaic music is getting a boost from companies like sLick!, Audiophile India and Unmute agency, a most heartening sign at best. There remains primarily, the attitude of a mass majority, who are still not ready to open up their minds to music with out Vocals. Also for the most part much of club etiquette is missing (more on that, later)..

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Cutting edge performers such as Dubfire, D-Nox, Guy J, Richie Hawtin to name some have lured in good turn outs in 2013 and most encouraging for the circuit, that followers with mature taste in music and an older lot of fans are coming out in support more often fantastic news. Whatever void in this scene remains, is slowly but surely enterprising itself also with nightclubs such as Blue Frog, Lap, Bardo leading the way with show-casing many styles other than just the main stream. I want to be part of a day, when we can have a groovy scenario much like Richie Hawtin’s artistic fruition, where from being a typical child of the underground has gone on to make his project ”Enter”, a big business fashionable curation at Space, Ibiza. Much as I rejoice seeing the good times an Armin Van Buuren concert gets for our clubbing youth, I’d like to feel the experience of a Sven Vath driven ”Cocoon” rave instigated with equal equanimity.
The future looks bright but clouded simultaneously. Until we inculcate a broader thought pattern which rises above all to do good, invite more variety with regularity, we in every way stand a chance to languish in a race, no one is winning. Where the habit of a verbal rave is met with an actual one. I think it’s going to take more than that, to be a force to reckon with…

Before I run off to stomp another yard, as a foot note… after witnessing several top names in both the commercial and underground scenes, I’d very much like to point out to our promoters, that I’d rather pay top bucks to the local Dj/Producers of India who do such a fabulous and a far better job night after night, than hear crap coming out from the speakers played by (atleast some of them) these famous international artists of the electronic music scene. Can someone hire me as a disco police? 😀

Cheerioo munkeys, gotta get my freak on….

Hello earthlings…I am yet to catch my breath from all the December and New Year’s dance fun…but there’s no stopping me as I dive head first in to 2013 with so many musical stories that are left to be played out. I am truly excited with all the untold prancing that’ll keep me busy, cause munkeys don’t rest and my hips cannot lie.

So lets get to the burning business at hand… We are just one sleep away from the glittering MyFav Dj awards night at the hottest music venue the Blue Frog- Mumbai to unfold, and it’s giving me so much pleasure to live the dream of two ridiculously talented souls, who’ve made music entertainment a serious business with an undertaking that means so much for the movement in this country.

Behold- the MyFav Awards 2013; which is to be held for the 3rd year in running with much sparkle and musical mayhem, is all ready to roll out in an epical night for the lovers of club/dance fanatics. This unique concept by the 360 Edge duos (Vishal & Eddie) is to celebrate every year the Djs who make an impact in music with India’s only exclusive online poll, that lets you make your choice and makes sure they are crowned the winners of tomorrow. A night dedicated to the Djs/ Artists who make you dance, to the clubs that welcome us in to their booming fold and the festivals that get your spirits free to run around in are all part of this electric package.

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An annual voting process; it has become quickly popular amongst the old and new. Garnering a whopping number that’s over 1700 registrations in just under a year, the web-site www.myfavdj.in  is the largest resource for Djs and artists.

MyFavAwards is bigger than ever in size and all that’s nice with 14 award categories that serve you delectable bits of musicians as your chosen one. This year we see added, two new categories called ‘Producer of the Year’ & ‘Festival of the Year’ plus as I know it a spanking hot trophy design more than makes it a collector’s item. The event gets a glamorous boost with lovely Ramona Arena making sure you’re clued in to the proceedings from the word go.

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A birdie tells me there’s a performance slated by the effervescent Kunal Avanti with his upcoming music video release LA- LA Land; who happens to be quite the hot-stepper in recent times.

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The event will be a belter with Indie Pop star Raxit Tewari from Sky Rabbit show-casing a song from his solo project ‘Your Chin’ as well…Exciting times indeed!

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To top that up, a galaxy of stars will be descending in their musical shoes as award presenters. In addition, the nomination panel comprises of professionals in their respective fields yet carrying immense understanding for the industry at hand shall be putting in an appearance to support music and above all for the ones who make it. MyFavAwards is a comprehensive show-case of significant performers with a jaw dropping body of work; that have made an impact on the music scene and I’m jumping to see which Djs/ Producers are going to walk away with that spiffy prize.

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The festivities of the evening will continue as the intent is to recognize and celebrate music in its best face with the MyFavAwards ‘The After Party’ hosting a line-up designed to make you move the hardest with 4 of India’s most brilliant dance music Djs. The heavy weights to perform are BoomBaba, Arjun Vagale, Janux & Ankytrixx….

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I am loaded and locked to a night that will be remembered for one more thing which is to raise a toast to an art form that is subjective but nevertheless focuses on music and seeks to shine the light on the chosen few who have scorched many a dance floors with their console magic.

At the end, the way to honor these individuals who influence the industry is to celebrate their talent and the way to let them know we care enough is to stomp the yard!

For further details and information go to- http://www.myfavdj.in & http://www.facebook.com/myfavworld

For peeps who didn’t vote for your favorite Dj/Artist, there’s always next year…So don’t get caught napping again.

Toodles bozos…as I get on the quest to see, the winners who rocked your vote!! 😀

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!! 😀

Guy J is at the forefront of a movement in the melody rich and emotionally charged roots of the House music spectrum. He is a young, innovative producer, Dj and Live act whose infectious production talents resulted in his amazing 3 cd artist album (1000 Words) being acclaimed as one of the musical highlights of 2011. Now, in 2012 he is continuing ever upwards with the launch of his own label ‘Lost & Found’ in July. He has just released an exclusive track on Sven Vath’s latest Cocoon compilation, a superb collaboration ‘Trezzz’ with John Digweed & Nick Muir on Bedrock and an amazing remix of the classic ‘Turquoise’ by Circulation on Mesmeric.

One of my all time favorite Dj/producers is coming to town and the only way to rejoice is to get close Image to the genius in question to help understand when he makes you dance, how it’s so easy to feel alive. Allow me to lead the way in to the labyrinth of his mind and contemporary Progressiveness..

MEET GUY J!!

DM- Hello there Guy, can you tell your fans who know so little of you where you were born and brought up?

GJ- Hello, I was born in Tel Aviv, Israel. It was here that I was exposed to Electronic music and fell in love with it.

DM- Was growing up in Israel a musical childhood?

GJ- Yes, very. Israel has a rich night life and at the time there was always good music on the radio from Electronic, to Rock, to Classical- I used to sit around a lot next to the radio and listen for hours.

DM- Did you always know you wanted to become a Dj and music producer?

GJ- It was the first thing I knew I wanted to be. I was getting in to it at a very young age, I think at an age that often you don’t think what you want to do or be when you grow up.

DM- How did the initial days start off?

GJ- Well, really just sitting in front of my computer and starting to try out stuff, listening to a lot of  music, buying some records…Looking for music was more like a challenge back then. To find a record you’d heard and you really needed to find that 12′. The end of the 90’s was just loaded with so much good music.

DM- Which was your first professional gig?

GJ- I played a lot in Israel, which helped me a lot to read and understand the audience. But my first gig outside Israel was in Holland; a very exciting day that I’ll remember for my whole life.

DM- Any one particular artist that you got up and took notice off, take influences from?

GJ- Guy Gerber and James Holden were big influences on my music and on me. There are many great producers and you can learn a lot from them, but those two were good ‘teachers’ through their music.

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DM- How did your association with John Digweed begin, you guys seem close?

GJ- It just started from the first release I had on Bedrock Records and just kept going on from there. Bedrock was always supporting my music since that first time.

DM- Your top 5 favorite tunes.

GJ- Lost and Found- Guy J, La Lokomotiva- Mowgli (&ME mix), Trezzz- JDNMGJ, Divine- Cid Inc, I’m your Country- Guy Mantzur.

DM- This is going to be your 3rd time in India with sLick boy Prateek Pandey doing much good for the electronic scene in the country, excited to come back?

GJ- Yes! The last two tours were full with great gigs and I’ve met very nice people in India. I’m happy to be back again and looking forward to meeting more people and playing some new music 🙂

DM- What are you planning to do differently, have your sounds changed from the last time you played here?

GJ- Since last time I was in India I’ve worked a lot on my music, so I have some new tracks I’m really looking forward to playing out. Some great music by other artists too, so it’ll be a lot of fun.

DM- Any gig that’s special, a favorite club?

GJ- My last visit to Buenos Aires, Argentina was just magical. One of the best crowds is there and I am loving going back every time.

DM- You have a leaning towards keeping it deeply Progressive and dripping hypnotic Techno, a sound that best describes you?

GJ- I make music that is a blend from a few different genres of House music, trying to keep it sounding amazing for a wide cross section of Djs and listeners. So maybe you could say Tech/ Progressive/ Deep House music lol.

DM- Any hobbies, when you have time away from work?

GJ- Photography, I love it!

DM- You’ve come a long way from the ‘Esperanza’ days, any track produced by you that’s your personal best?

GJ- No, it’s hard to choose a ‘best one’. Every track you finish producing you think it’s the best, but when you think about it the last one was the best also…. So each track is my best in some way for me.

DM- News is you are starting a new project ‘Lost & Found’ in association with your fellow colleagues at Bedrock, is this sub-label your brain child and what is your vision behind this venture?

GJ- Yes, it’s a big step for me to start the label ‘Lost & Found”. Bedrock, as I said before has always supported me and now I have the chance to start my own label as a sub-label for Bedrock. It’s a dream come true and also a great challenge. ‘Lost & Found’ will be my way to release more music and also support some of the many great artists that are out there. It’s my way of giving more good music to the scene.

DM- Any tunes releasing we can look forward to from your side and what’s your gig guide looking like this year?

GJ- The first release on the label is titled ‘Lost & Found’, an original track by me with massive remixes by Guy Mantzur and Sahar Z. We are already getting good feedback from Djs and the track is working great on the dance floor. There are a few more remixes of mine coming out soon. You can listen to ‘Lost & Found’ here- http://www.soundcloud.com/lostandfoundrec. My gig list is looking great and I am happy everywhere I get to play.

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DM- A birdie tells us that you have a love for Pizza, where have you eaten your best one 🙂 or is it a secret?

GJ- Hhehehe!! It’s not a secret, I am addicted and the best one I had was in  in Bangalore, I think. We have to ask our friend Prateek, that was magical.

DM- Any particular way you like your console setup?

GJ- Well I play with Ableton, so I need enough space inside the dj booth to set up my stuff, besides that just a crowd in a good mood for music. 

DM- A djing gear you cannot do without?

GJ- My Mac!

DM- With the club scene in some trouble, we hope your fans get to see you performing in Mumbai, but happy to play in the rest of the cities?

GJ- Yes, traveling is very rewarding, every place has it’s own vibe. So I am looking forward to it.

DM- Where do you travel from here, where are you playing next?

GJ- Next after India is The Egg in London.

I am off to a week-end full of Guygantic tunes. My gum boots are out, if I need to wade to get to these venues as the Israeli Dj/Producer is slated to appear at F-Bar, Mumbai for the DJ Mag India launch on Friday the 6th, the following night at Ricks, Delhi that’s Saturday the 7th and then you can catch him at A Day of sLick which will be held at 1 Lounge, Pune on the 8th a Sunday. So lotsa fun & frolic to be had…and it’s gotta start with this beautifully sculpted set full of melodies layered with deep basslines. My current pick in the download section- Guy J- Electronic Groove

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Hello munkeys…

I’ve packed up my furry boots and hoodie from Goa and leapt off to an electrifying number of days in the sun. The dancing has begun in earnest with the recently concluded Universal Religion up in the mountains of Nepal, which I am saddened to say I had to cancel on. The reports out- a fabulous festival full of color, top class music and a kick the guts line-up of djs. More power to them for future editions!!

As I bounce along to the beats news you mad hooligans is, that one of the main stays of electronic dance music for years now, has announced his retirement from djing. Danny Tenaglia… is hanging up his head phones; the world of music entertainment will miss him no doubt.

And the music goes on so without further ado, Sunburn 2012 Mumbai was of epic proportions.

The first ever edition in Mumbai brought to us by Percept gave the mother of all party boosts and immediately created major topsy-turvy fun to everyone’s life in the very heart of our favorite concrete jungle. The city had an electric buzz and an unmistakable excitement that pervaded in the air for all to feel.

The elephantine Tulip Star at Juhu stood like a long forgotten relic to host the festival in its massive fold. The 3 days were super duper fun with the line-up sagging with the weight of some of the most popular djs of the world featured at the party.

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Gareth Emery, Mat Zo, Fergie, Skazi, GMS, Sultan & Ned Shepard, John Dahlback & some. The aforementioned names had a zillion peeps eating out of their hands…it was plain to see the mass brigade in full force taking to popular music as expected. The turn out of clubbers attending all 3 festival days were fabulous and an energy filled lot. To me all the main acts sounded the same to be very honest; the mixes were different. One  played a Psychedelic mix…the other a Housey one, who cares anymore.

What I cared about was the production quality of the event.

Top notch right from the lights, visuals, to the sleek looking stage areas. Sound was a bit dodgy…could be the venue space is such a way that could’ve been the reason so, it played spoil sport at some points with certain artists with certain sounds.

Fabulous visuals giant ‘Immersive’ did the honors of giving my eye balls some work-out. The nitro blasts were so much damn fun …the lights were blindingly happy go lucky. The confetti, balloons, disco police and special effects blinder- ‘Revibe’ all rolled in to one was one spectacular Sunburn.

On to the artists who made me thank god I am alive and dancing-

Arjun Vagale- Slurrpyy…I felt like I was in an aerobics class. Techno dripping Santa, if ever there was one.

Boombaba went EVP gone mad, Ankytrixx- played under his new project name ‘Firefly’, under which he will showcase Psychedelic & Progressive Trance was high octane energy & Janux all full of deep Psychedelic intensity performed indoors on Day 3- Thanks be to god for the invention of air con and the fact that all of them gave me much Psychedelic wonders to dance and run around to. Electrypnose was the one artist whose set was canned entirely due to issues at the venue, as usual cops came and stopped the party way before it’s scheduled time on the first festival evening calling it a rave. Hahaha…in British slang it really means boisterous dancing, didn’t know I had no right to.

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The icing on the cake though which I did dance very boisterously to was Sanjay Dutta’s Techno candies the size of asteroids through his Afterburn set at Royalty, Bandra…post the festivities at Tulip Star. Then came Aly & Fila and he barely played  some tracks, and was promptly told to end the evening at a gob-smackingly early time of 1 a.m. I cannot believe I work hard; I pay my taxes and someone else gets to decide when my party should end or what time I should go home. Regressive as ever a society I’ve ever seen.

As we stand Mumbai is going through a lock down of sorts, parties getting busted by cops in the name of a rave. Music lovers, artists/ producers and clubbers stand shocked at the immensity with which this art and entertainment is being targeted, the  less I want to talk about it.

This once great city is saturated with corruption and we are all in the middle of the bust. I for one am not hanging my dancing shoes up and my musical heart gets brighter ever more so. I am gonna blast those speakers and rave like a beast, let’s see who is going to stop me….

Adios munkeys and not leaving before I give you sparklers this gem from the Beast from the East, the mix was aired on Frisky Radio recently. It gives me much melodic  groovy love I can get lost in to..

Download- Sanjay Dutta gets Frisky with Submerge April 2012