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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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Goodie bag section- get your hands on this sick mix, the latest in from the musical man at Tel Aviv, for Coalition Music…

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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!! 😀

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

Aloha August munkeys!!

Once in awhile there comes a performer who in the boredom of your dance mind, makes you get up and take notice of the warm beats they get dropping…. To veer away just a wee bit, to me 2012 is turning out to be a golden year for Progressive House and Techno standing out in the Electronic dance music tank.

Moving back to matters at hand..there is an artist of the finest caliber when he gets on the decks, a fabulous thoroughbred. He has been in the club scene many years as the hugely enviable Mashtronic, he is currently enjoying super stardom as one of the hottest Dj/Producers by chasing a successful solo career… which is why I am delighted to introduce to all of you the man cometh on his debut India Tour.

Give it up for CID INC from Finland.

Dancemunkey got the chance to have a chatter with him just before he gets started on his India tour. Get comfortable under your umbrellas and have a read will ya!

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DM– Hello Henri Hurtig alias CID INC;  where did the choice of name come from. Does it  stand for something?

CID Inc– Heyya! Actually Cid Inc is a short form of Acid Incorporation 😉 I really liked and also played a whole lot of acid House/ Techno back in the mid 90s, hence the name and been stuck with it ever since.

DM– Give us some details on the start of your music career, your fans in India don’t know much?

CID Inc I started doing music around ’89 some time, it was with a computer (Commodore Amiga) and a very limited 4 channel program called Noisetracker that used 8 bit samples. Producing music was just a hobby until beginning of the new millenia when I really started focusing on the music. 2004 saw the first vinyl release with Mashtronic. I’ve been Djing since around ’93.

DM– Did you always know you would be a Dj and or producer?

CID Inc– Well I always knew I would have music as a hobby at least, as it’s been a passion since I was a kid. Once I started Djing and House/ Techno music came into my life I knew I wanted to work with that if possible.

DM– You started off in the 90’s, any artists in the scene you aspired to be like?

CID Inc I was really into KLF, Prodigy, Shamen, X-express 2 and also the whole rave thing in the beginning of the 90s. The list would probably be endless if I’d start naming all the influences.

DM– Your early years were spent in Finland and Sweden, did you take any formal training for the craft. Or was it that you just started tinkering at the decks?

CID Inc– We were a bunch of friends who started learning Djing, no one taught us so it’s all self learned.

DM– Mathias Bradler and you started Mashtronic, gaining a lot of prominence in the Electronic dance music scene…are you happy with your initial collaborations with Bedrock and Global Underground?

CID Inc- Yes, we were especially proud of the releases on Bedrock (of course!) Would be great to have a Cid Inc release on there as well at some point 😀

DM– Where does Mashtronic stand today vis a vis your solo career?

CID Inc– Well we made the last gig over in Macao, China back in 2010 and there’s no plans what so ever to continue working with Mashtronic. Concentrating doing solo stuff for 100%.

DM– Henri you’ve released your original productions and remixes with nearly every top label, how did your own happen- Replug Records. Is there a specific sound you advocate under this label?

CID Inc– Like many dudes in the scene, I wanted to have the chance to release what ever I wanted and when ever. When Jason from Proton told me about their “Proton Soundsystem” which is a management for labels, I thought that now is a good time to set up an own label. Proton has a very cool management system where basically everything’s automated, from royalty payments to
sending contracts for artists. This way I can concentrate more on the production and mastering
side of things but at the same time run a label. I usually get hooked on everything between Techno, Progressive, Tech and deeper sounds, so basically anything goes as long as it’s
something that rocks my socks.

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DM– Any thoughts on the association with sLick, it’s a first class collaboration to come to India with?

CID Inc– Looking forward to it and I reckon it’ll be great! Prateek (from Slick) works very professionally so it’ll be  a pleasure for sure.

DM– Do you carry any impressions of India, considering this is your debut performance?

CID Inc– Well I heard the clubs close quite early, not sure if this is the case any more though. Anyway, really looking forward 🙂 to playing over there in India, always exciting to conquer a new land =)

DM– Which is your favorite club in the world you like to play at?

CID Inc– I’d say B018 in Beirut is one of them. I go and play there every summer, the Lebanese crowd is something extraordinary. Always fantastic times.

DM– Any particular thing that you don’t leave your house without, before a gig?

CID Inc Laptop & Controller!

DM– What is the concept behind the Replugged Volume 1 compilation. Are you planning on taking out similar releases?

CID Inc I wanted to put quality tracks in one release. Might be that Volume 2 will be done for next year.

DM– What would you call your current sound?

CID Inc– I suppose it’s a mix between Techno & Progressive.

DM- Do you dig your head in to the studio for days with production time, or do you like to work fast and get out gigging?

CID Inc– Totally depends on the mood, sometimes it takes few hours and some times a month or even more to finish off a track. My Mastering Service also takes a whole lot of time.

DM– What’s happening with your association with Global Underground tours, how’s that going for you?

CID Inc– GU has been very quiet the past year since the organization changed, so there’s not been happening much to be honest.

DM– Are you residing in Finland now. If so tell us how the music scene there is, any clubs that are extra ordinary for you?

CID Inc– The scene is quite ok here, not too much Progressive stuff around though. There’s two good clubs in Helsinki; Venue and Playground.

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DM– Tell us how you like your console set up, anything you must have?

CID Inc– Not sure I understood the question, but if meaning the Dj booth then there’s a must for enough space for my Laptop and midi controller I play with.

DM– Did you ever spin on vinyls?

CID Inc Yes I did play with vinyls a loooong time ago =)

DM– Do you ever like take the older stuff produced out and think that maybe you can do more with it?

CID IncNaah, once a track is done then it’s done, period.

DM– Give us a tune, that you love to drop.

CID Inc– At the moment it’s the upcoming Guy J remix of Gill Norris – Forme. Biiiiig track!

DM– Can you tell us of your forthcoming releases and all that your fans can look forward to in 2012?

CID Inc I have an EP coming on Luis Junior’s Mooseekaa label, doing a remix for DNYO on Proton plus a few originals under the work that will be released on my Replug label and others.

DM– What does CID Inc on a day off, do to chill out?

CID Inc– I usually work seven days a week , but trying to have time off on Sundays (when not traveling) and spend it with my Missus and dog. Usually it involves red wine, good food and long walks in the nature.

DM– Ever recall a crazy fan giving you the evil eye 🙂

CID Inc– Can’t recall,  but I’m sure I’ve given an evil eye for a crazy fan 😀

DM- What’s your gig guide looking in the near future, where do you go from here?

CID Inc– After India it’s time for South America again.

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DM– If Prateek Pandey from sLick has a tear in his eye after your gig, what would be your words to him? Hahha!!

CID Inc– “Have a tissue” 😉

Hehe and so goes the story from a formidable talent in electronic dance…with a killing music sensibility and underground flavor to boot. Contemporary Techno is reeling under CID Inc’s imprint and I am jumping to witness the time he takes control of the rooms at these dates of 23rd, 24th and 25th of August at Royalty, 1 Lounge and Ricks respectively.

CID Inc’s tour of India is brought to you by sLick! a name that is synonymous with quality dance music…I am off  to ridiculous amounts of wiggling and wish you munkeys the same…

To sample a CID Inc experience get your ears on a precious mix set from Henri that’ll munch your brains to a stew! So long chumps….

CID INC AUGUST 2012 Promo mix

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