Posts Tagged ‘Progressive House’

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 😀

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!! 😀

 

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….

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

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Yeooowww munkeys,

We are hot n heavy with summer fun…so much dancing to be still done! Pull up your socks or don’t, getting a load of the genius behind the fantastic ‘Way Out West’, comes easy.

Jody Wisternoff needs no introduction to the world of Electronic Dance music. His kinda Progressive House is distinctive and unique, to me. Forever slinky and somewhat with a mystical quality, that’s never failed to pull me in. Jody’s musical traces go way back and has left a magical imprint, since.

sLick in India, is a front runner for quality Underground House music and has the onus of presenting Jody’s tour in this country. June is becomingly Progressive with the Dj in question hitting consoles on the 8th, 9th & 10th of next month. With Delhi, Bangalore and Pune playing host to the artist.

I am delighted to get a peek in to the Jody Wisternoff matter. Get yourselves cozy and have a read munkeys…he is wonderful…

Welcome to India Jody, can you tell us a bit about how you started off with Djing?

J- Thank you! I started mixing Hip-Hop and Funk when I was a kid, cutting up Breakbeats/ scratching and all of that stuff. Still at school I was too young to go to clubs, so my dad would take me to house parties where people like the guys from Massive Attack were playing. I was fascinated by this whole thing, and was really drawn to the music side of things, and I was lucky enough to have encouraging parents so just went for it.

Where were you born and brought up, was it a musically rich environment?

J- I was born and bred in Bristol and have no plans to move. It has an extremely potent music heritage and is still on the cutting edge if you ask me. But yea, having hippie parents meant I was surrounded by music and an alternative lifestyle from the go. I am sure this has rubbed off and helped me develop my creative side.

Which were your earliest gigs, how did that go?

J- My earliest proper big gig was the first Universe rave, somewhere near Bristol back in 1990 or something. It was an incredible experience playing to 5000 people in a huge tent at 3 a.m. I quit school the next day.

Can you share with your fans, how the production side took shape?

J- I was in to making music from the very start, initially with a 4 track Tape Recorder, a Casio synth, TR808 Drum machine and one deck for scratching. My little brother was the rapper and we just made tons of demos, one of which was picked up by early Bristol pioneers Smith’n’Mighty. Allowing us to use their proper studio and put out a real record. This blew my mind, along with the fact that they gave us a publishing advance which was enough to buy us a sampler/computer/mixing desk and a few effects units. Having these equipments really allowed me to learn and develop the technical skills, also the fact that my parents insisted that I took Piano lessons gave me the theoretical understanding of music. Things just evolved from hereon really…

Any fellow Djs that you may have been inspired by, in the early days?

J- Obviously the Bristol guys like Massive Attack & Smith’n’Mighty…Also people like Mantronix, Jazzy Jeff, Grandmaster Flash & Jam Master Jay. In the early days it was all about Turntables skills and beats. I wasn’t really in to the House/Techno/Rave scene yet. This was to come next…

How did your association with Nick Warren begin, is it safe to say that ‘Way Out West’, has a Progressive House bend to it?

J- I had been doing the Sub Love for a few years, the Rave scene was starting to get a bit dodgy and I really fancied a change of vibe. This was around 1993, a year after the rave thing really became commercial. Nick came along and asked if I fancied a collaboration and trying out a different style of music, which was to be a mixture of my hardcore Breakbeats and bass lines with his Balearic clubby kind of style. I really liked the idea, we had instant studio chemistry so we started making the music together which was to be called Progressive House 🙂

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‘Trails We Blaze’ on Anjunadeep, happy with the debut of your solo artist album?

J- Yes, definitely. It’s an expression of where I am at right now musically….I suppose. Anjunadeep are a great label to work with too. Really cool people, with a very professional attitude.

Your radio show ‘Intensified’ has grown in leaps and bounds, music wise is it what you love to show case and call your current sound?

J- Yes for sure, I just try to play the hottest tracks of the month with a healthy balance of unreleased/ promos and commercially available stuff. Hopefully people who like certain tracks actually go and buy them, if this is the case then I am doing my job properly 🙂

Any thoughts on India, is it a first?

J- I played in Hyderabad and Chennai a few years ago, had a fantastic time. I am super excited and happy to be coming back. Very friendly people, and the mixture of beauty and poverty is very eye opening.

It’s been a long way from the Sub Love days, how do you juggle production time with gigs around the world?

J- The tricky bit is juggling the music with family life, as I have two young kids. Luckily the studio is below their bedroom, so it’s all good lol!! But seriously, weekends are for traveling and mid week is for studio. That’s how it works.

What do you like to do to chill out?

J- Spend time with my family, it’s really nice to switch off from it all and just take the kids to the park.

Your favorite cuisine?

J- Indian of course 🙂

A particular club in the world you love going back and playing at?

J- Cinema in Budapest is awesome, everyone is there for the music and they go bonkers.

Do you like the direction dance music has taken in this day?

J- Yes I think it’s a very healthy time right now…a lot of cross pollination of styles and generally things have got sexier and cooler. Also, the 20 year old cycle seems to keep happening so there is a lot of early 90’s influence again. Which is great, cause that was where I started.

Indian clubs play spoil sport with timings, as we are known to close early; will you re-work your set to hit the right note at the right time?

J- Haha yes sure!! I’ll shift everything back a few hours. This should not be a problem at all.

Your impending India tour, excited to feature this side of the world again?

J- Absolutely, bring it on baby!!

Tell your fans a bit about what they can expect from you musically in 2012.

J- Similar stuff to the vibe of the album really. Going to keep doing the vocal stuff but also got some really cool new tunes on the go in the studio. Mixing 90’s style Jungle with Deep House. Also Nick and I have started working on a new album together and this should hopefully take shape soon.

If you were to be born as an animal, which would it be?

J- A Fox, cause I am incredibly sly 🙂

Describe yourself in 5 words.

J- Positive, Driven, Impractical, Noisy man.

sLick the brainchild of young entrepreneur and music junkie Prateek Pandey is the front runner of Underground quality House music in India; looking forward to the association?

J- Can’t wait to meet him, he sounds like a right geezer 🙂

To keep yourself tuned in to the master, please visit http://www.jodywisternoff.com

And for a taste of all that is to come this summer Jody style is a mini-mix from his album- ‘Trails We Blaze’.

Until then bozos…

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