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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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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

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….

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

Hello Lovelies,

We are on the threshold of a spanking New Year and what a cracker of all parties to end it with.

It has been my mission for many years now to search out that beastly fun, where one loses oneself to the music, melodies and a Dj who can make one dance like there’s no tomorrow. The genius in question did it for me as way back as 2006 at Smirnoff Experience and it took many of us 5 years to come a full circle. Little did I know that it would be him alone who can bust my every move and how. I found my perfect party with the mother of all Djs this year…meet the devilishly delicious Mr. John Digweed once again! Blue Frog blew the roof off with this double whammy of hosting the legend. It was unfortunate that the Blue Frog in Delhi was not ready in time to release the man there, but turns out we in Mumbai gained it all.

Firstly, it is very hard for any one of us who were there to really describe what the master played and how he so seamlessly put it all together with back to back nights of true clubbing bliss, but allow me to try.

All clubbers present were excited days in advance and went through sleepless nights of excitement to make it for the Bedrock god. Both nights turned out to be gems as it were.

Before I go on, I was a tad disappointed seeing the turn out for this event lower than expected, but that was hardly a determining factor of the musical freight train both nights turned out to be.

The electric feel at Blue Frog was unmistakable and the class of John Digweed performing like the goliath he is more than made up for the absence of many so called music lovers who are forever complaining about the lack of Djs with cutting edge intelligent sounds coming to India to perform, and when one does, a lot of them don’t show up for it. Not really complaining more space for making my monkey moves alright.

Me munkies were delirious at the fact that Diggers appeared two nights in a row, signature opening acts by the ‘Beast from the East’- Sanjay Dutta & console boy wonder-Ankytrixx both of whom more than did justice with their warm up sets full of gorgeous sexy bass lines , that set the tone for the mayhem and magic followed up by the biggie.

John put on a wily display the first night; at once atmospheric and thought provoking with I want to know where these break downs are going kind of foxiness in his tracks selection at which we responded like buds to warmth. He is not only futuristic but played out his set with such murderous calm that we succumbed in mushy bundles of pudding pie. At the end of the night we were unashamedly magnificent in our stomp. We screamed like banshees for more, but later at the exit he did tell me to hold on for Part 2.

The following night smasher, Digweed turned us in to curve balls with a set full of glorious music, abundantly driving us with dance allure. He came in to his own and so did we. Diggers second set isolated and spoilt us with warm grittiness, melodies that’d drop at the exact moment that you think you are going down the rabbit hole billowing out from the speakers. All in all, productions from the might of Nick Muir, Guy J, Henry Saiz, Christian Smith and Bedrock were in splendid showcase to name some. We munkies prepared for it, danced like somewhat possessed and with enthusiasm fit enough to drive Napoleon’s army faster during its retreat from Moscow back in the day.

John Digweed is magnificent and leaves an imprint like no other. I am a victim of his blistering aural assault and I do recall that I had my paws waving at the UK based producer the whole time, but he would have none of it. Sigh!! I was as good as if I owned a dinosaur, by then.

John Digweed not only rocks the scene with taking Bedrock to places few people dream of, his sets are extra-ordinary and to have a mind of an extra-terrestrial, beats it all hollow. He is unforgettable and so were the nights at Blue Frog, it will be etched in all our memories forever!!

I am lock, stock and barrel off to the beaches of Candolim to check out some feisty names in electronic dance music. See you on the sands of Sunburn.

Have a cheery one, until then dance heads!!

Leaving everyone a track that curates my brain from the Diggers back yard no matter how many times I listen to it…

Check it here- Beautiful Strange

I want to sing sing aloud…. ‘Outside its pouring rain but inside my heart the weather is fine’…..la la laala a

Dance music gives us such genius, in times that is throwing up run of the mill dj sets. I witnessed an Electronic music behemoth when the man toured India in the earthly form of U-Recken! Take a bow, sir…

Dancemunkey pays full respect to a mortal who plays like a godly being. Not since the gob-smacking sets of John Digweed, Dave Seaman, Carl Cox and James Harcourt have I come across such abandoned fun & frolic. Trust me they are far and in between too.

The tour unfolded with the spectacular U-Recken in Pune alongside the heavy-weight presence of Helium Project in a sweet opening set that featured tracks by artists like Psycatron, Mutant Clan, Alex Di Stefano & Sun Control Species, and a monster closing set with indecent amounts of banging booty shaking gems from Ankytrixx.

I have to say that 1 Lounge in Pune left me cold, because the venue is quite the place to be, but the sound left a lot to be desired. Reports of the Guy J tour of India was fantastic as he is a Dj par excellence, but sound was petered down to a measly tinkle at this aforementioned venue, I wonder what may have been the reason behind that. Quality sound that 1 Lounge can’t boast of, in this of day and age of superior equipment that is easily available with simple planning for it doesn’t make a hole in the pocket of anyone, this is hardly enchanting.

Blue Frog, Mumbai was another story; this night U-Recken made it his business to enthrall us with magical music. Cutting to Ankytrixx this fearless bundle leaves no doubt in anyone’s mind that he is a power house performer and a star, quick opening & closing sets put the buzz in to everyone of us munkies. He had us eating up bombs from Azax Syndrome, Mad Maxx & Space Tribe to name a few. We could only just about move around at break-neck speed with the tornado in between. I, for one nearly asked for mouth to mouth resuscitation by the time Ankytrixx ended the night on a crescendo.

To keep things tight- U-Recken was epic; his selection of candies was monstrous and euphoric; something crumbled, humbled and transformed in each one of our musical soul.

Mainly playing his productions, I was fascinated by the audacious fierceness of the sounds rumbling out from his console. I charged head long in to the soaring textures, melodic samples and ripping bass lines.

As I sign off, a word of advice to lovers of electronic dance music, you have no excuse to miss the GU World Tours with Progressive House giant Dave Seaman-India edition coming up in the month of September. Check Facebook event page for listings of the cities and clubs he is slated to perform at. Unless I electrocute myself on some live wire, I should make it for this one…ha!

Do make sure you check out the man U-Recken himself and his take on music and his future plans for the coming year, in my following post…

Cheerioo me munkies!!