Posts Tagged ‘Tech 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 😀

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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!! 😀

 

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

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

The golden boy of electronic dance in India hardly needs an introduction. Having paved the way to a path that is full of intelligent musical sensibilities for many years, not for one minute has the trade mark twinkle diminished. It totally explains why he is such an incredible success story not only as part of the hugely celebrated Electronic act Jalebee Cartel; Ash holds his own even when he is appearing solo.

Dancemunkey caught up with him while on his Europe tour doing what he is known to do best…sing a song, ride the percussions and play out dj sets worth Red Rackham’s treasure…hehe just joking 🙂 (an imaginary character, while Ash is as real as it gets)…

Meet the soul behind the ultra cool music man-

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DM- Ash Roy, you are a supernova of the Electronic dance music scene in India. Tell us when and how did the Djing bug bite you?

AR- Well I was always fascinated with Turntables and the idea of playing records while I was a kid. I started off playing for parties  in 1995  but on cassette players since that’s what I could get my hands on. Then later on in 1996 I got the opportunity to play at Anticlock; one of the first few nightclubs in Kolkata. The day I was hired as a resident dj at Anticlock there was no looking back. I fell in love with what I was doing. The whole process of mixing music just got to me.

DM- You have an illustrious and envious catalog of residencies and gigs from as early as the 90’s, happy with your beginnings?

AR- Yes, very happy with all my residencies and gigs. It’s because of all those experiences I had as a Dj which has got me to where I am today.

DM- Any artists back in the early days, who may have influenced you with their music sensibilities?

AR- Pink Floyd, Depeche Mode & Underworld.

DM- Growing up in Kolkata your home town, a musically rich back ground?

AR- Kolkata has such a strong musical background from Indian classical to Blues, Jazz,  Rock & Roll. It’s because of me growing up in such a rich back ground of music I got into Djing and to producing and performing. I got formal training in Tabla from the age of 7. If it wasn’t for Tabla I wouldn’t be playing all those percussion’s in our LIVE sets. So yes growing up in Kolkata has been inspiring and has been an integral part of my life.

DM- Was veering off from Progressive House a conscious decision, as your early days smacked off those sounds to what you are doing now?

AR- Quality House music was something I fell in love with the day I heard it. Yes it was a conscious effort cause there a lot of other sounds like Tech House & Techno that were being played all over the world ….specially in Europe. All Record labels were signing more Tech House and Techno tracks. So I decided to produce Tech House & Techno. This way I got the opportunity to play these genres to the Indian audience. You have to keep evolving. If you keep playing the same stuff and producing the same stuff then you get boring. You need to move on…and so I did.

DM- How did the explosive collaboration with fellow musicians from Jalebee Cartel happen?

AR- It happened when I shifted to Delhi in 2003 and teamed up with Arjun Vagale and Ashvin Mani Sharma.  Later Madhav Shorey and G. Arjun joined the team and we just hit it off not only as fellow Dj’s/Musicians but as friends. We enjoyed each others company and every moment of producing and playing together.

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DM- Your role in the band with vocals & percussion’s, as a collective…can you think of any one element that has made Jalebee Cartel the most successful of all time?

AR- I think everyone’s effort in whatever possible way has got Jalebee to where it is. It’s the people that make a nation and it was us together that made Jalebee Cartel successful.

DM- How did the singing and playing of instruments take shape, did you get formal training for it?

AR- I got formal training in tabla when I was a kid and I used to sing for the school choir. When we formed Jalebee we wanted to take dance music to another level. I wanted to make it more interactive. So I sang and introduced a lot of different percussion’s in our LIVE sets.

DM- Does your productions have any one quality you like to represent?

AR- It represents me. Most of my productions have a lot of percussion sounds in it and I like to keep it groovy.

DM- Describe yourself in 5 words.

AR- Emotional, Funny, Dreamer, Ambitious, Story teller.

DM- You travel pretty much all around the globe, how do you find time to get stuck in the studio?

AR- Well I normally play on the weekends. I find time in the studio on weekdays.

DM- What is your favorite Dj setup?

AR- I always loved playing records so it was 2 turntables and a mixer, but since it’s easier to carry a laptop, Soundcard & a Midi controller so I made the shift.

DM- Do you think the dance scene in India is plodding a bit, as compared to the massive party attitude prevalent in the rest of the world?

AR- There has been a huge change in India. More and more people are listening to Dance music nowadays but looking at our nightlife situation in the country just makes me sad. New rules coming in and Night Clubs shutting early plus some clubs shutting down completely. If it continues this way then it will be difficult for the scene to grow. Besides this I think we in India have a great audience and have the same energy compared to any other country abroad.

DM- Any gig that you will never forget?

AR- Fusion Festival, Germany 2010. We played on the main Techno stage called Trumbuhne. We had nearly 10 – 15 thousand people dancing to the music. It was phenomenal.

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DM- A crazy fan request?

AR- This happens a lot in India ” Can you please play some songs “

DM- Vinyls, would you play on them now?

AR- I would love to play Vinyls, but playing through my laptop with a sound card and midi controller is more convenient. We don’t get vinyls in India plus most labels have gone digital.

DM- Give the latest news on any upcoming releases this year?

AR- Well as of now I have a 2 track Ep called ” Hour Glass ” which is soon to be out on Kasey Taylor’s ” Vapour Recordings ” and another 4 track Ep called ” Smell.S.D soon to be out on Elektrotribe Records Berlin, plus a few remixes.

DM- Your project with another member of the band member Ashwin, ‘Crash & Boom’, how’s that going and where are you headed with that?

AR- Crash & Boom is a project Ashvin and I started just for the love of Psychedelic Trance. We have quite a few original tracks. We have been producing and performing just for fun.

DM- Any collaborations with labels, we need to know of that’s big news?

AR- Releasing on Vapour Records is a good sign.

DM- What’s your summer looking like, we know your headed to Europe. Anything that you are especially looking forward to in the upcoming tour?

AR- Yes a lot of gigs lined up and looking forward to playing in Fusion Festival again.

DM- If you were stuck in the woods with Ritchie Hawtin, Josh Wink and a console?

AR- Hahahah….well I’d play them a set and then tell them to come and play with me back to back 🙂

DM- Your personal favorite club or festival?

AR- Fusion Festival, Germany.

DM- How do you handle the fame & adulation that’s come your way?

AR- I try and be humble.

DM- As one part of a successful band; do you prefer to play out at live performances or Dj sets, a leaning towards one or the other?

AR- I enjoy playing alone as well with the band. 

DM- How different is it to you performing solo to when you are performing as a collective of Jalebee Cartel?

AR- When we play LIVE as a collective then i do vocals, Percussion’s and then Dj, but when i play alone I Dj and throw in a few percussion’s.

DM- Lastly, any tune that you have produced you may be especially proud of?

AR- Well the 2 new Ep’s to be out soon are the ones I’m looking forward to.

The dynamism of Ash Roy is on glorious display here in India and internationally. If someone were to ask me what makes Ash Roy special, I would reply- origin unknown…

As usual in my goodie bag section a special mix set by Ash Roy full of luscious candies and I can’t wait to put it on real loud!!

Download Get set, Go set- Ash Roy

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There’s a man behind India’s landscape of exciting dance; the artist is poised to create history as being one of the longest running musical innings the country has seen.

Still going strong, his imprint in the Electronic dance arena is unquestionable and consistency has been his calling card.

Meet the ‘Beast from the East’, as he is popularly known. I should imagine that he needs no introduction, whatsoever. From when I was kid in a tutu, Sanjay Dutta has made me dance the hardest with epic sets, like only he can.

Many would scowl and quiver, at the man’s attitude and Progressive sauciness in front and behind the console. That’s what Sanjay has always been, larger than life with a brave heart that not many possess.
Sanjay Dutta was the biggest inspiration and influence in my young mind back in the day, that has shaped me dare I say to the intelligent clubber & musical heart that I am today. If there is one Dj I want to shine my light on it’s undoubtedly him. To me he is the uncrowned king of errr let’s not quarrel here the iceberg tip of Trance (we call it Euro these days) & Progressive House.
According to me a good Dj is someone who plays stuff that I’ve never heard and whose mixes create something extraordinary out of illogical selections.
Sanjay Dutta embodies all of that add to that a crackling personality and we have a monster legend.
His residencies in hip night spots Someplace Else- Tantra at the Park Hotel, Incognito at the Taj in Kolkata are still talked about with much love and sweet nostalgia.
I’ve cried many a tear at the maniacal euphoria that this man could generate in all our hearts through the tunes he would unleash so effortlessly.
The joy of seeing the man play records of gold and with such swift craftiness is unmatched, still. He was also a man with the midas touch, I have seen him filling up empty halls in to packed like sardines sweat boxes. None of us can erase the hurricane nights of watching him put that shiny vinyl on, down to making a check list of whether we are carrying our sun glasses cause we knew we wouldn’t be going home before the sun rises.
The glory days are undiminished, the fires still burn. There isn’t a naughty nook he hasn’t graced.
Sanjay Dutta plays at every distinguished club, festival or event even till today. Compromise a word that does not fit in his musical brain.
People who know the music scene are aware of the magic he still creates. Fresh out of a fabulous outing at Sunburn Afterdark in Goa has me in thralls of joyousness.
Fast forward to this brand new digital age, his steely underground form and varied interloping music infusions is the why he is still in our subservient eyes one of the best around.
I pay ode to this fearless engine with impeccable timing & technique, he is the marathon runner behind the decks, who packs the hugest punch.
This post is a dedication to Classic Trance and those who love them tunes and lastly to the man who has made me dance more than two decades.
Dj Sanjay Dutta- Take a bow!!
Before I shimmy on to some electric nights; I have a gift from the beast himself. All of you are invited to share with me in the melodies and block rocking bass lines of a Classic Trance set, which he show-cased at Afterdark, Butter not so long ago. The night in question was a stomp the yard fest for all present.
Sanjay will be at Sunburn, Mumbai on the 8th of April, he has ushering honors for Aly & Fila at Afterburn of the mega dance event.
 Catch him if you can!
To all the listeners who tune in to the set, do keep in mind that there are glitches and slippery slopes 🙂
Equipment used- Technics 1210s & Pioneer 400 mixer.
Plus he jammed it up right in his home.
Taste the experience- Dancemunkey Classic Trance 2012
To keep abreast of his news, abuse, upcoming gigs interspersed with colorful language check his artist page on Facebook.
Twitter-djsanjaydutta

Introducing the new Tech-inspired specialist to dance heads, the sparkling artist is the new kid on the block; just unveiled of dance music.

Meet Shaan, the new boy of Electronic dance, he is leaving an imprint where-ever he is playing up a storm of chunky club sounds. Shaan has been show-casing his lively and smooth dj sets internationally and is well on his way to working up a sweat to near home India in recent times.

Being invited to play a much talked about energetic gig for a worthy cause, in the UK that raises awareness for Global Truce is just hitting the right spots for this youthful performer. Add to the repertoire… London swings to his magical beats when Shaan puts in a guest Dj appearance at a wonderful classical yacht overlooking the London Eye & Houses of Parliament at Temple Pier no less. Shaan makes for an avant-garde artist to watch out for in the musical horizon.

Traveling fast and furious to our Indian shores to crackle at club consoles of Mumbai and Goa is seeing the rising star timing out the beats to perfection. Touching and melding Funky House with Tech predominantly are the happy sounds that are connecting deeply with clubbers alike as he is playing at many renowned festivals along the way.

Early influences ring true for this blue blood, his sounds prettily reminiscent of the much popular Dj Axwell.

Shaan has also played a much talked about guest dj set at Asia’s biggest dance music festival Sunburn in Goa, last year that garnered him many more fans and followers in his already champion career, all set to burn even brighter in the future to come.

Already, he is touted as a fetching find amongst dance music, as the youngest one to play out beats of super gold.

Catch live and exclusive action from Shaan and get connected to his far out dj performances by keeping an eye out for his incredible gig calendar coming up this party season.

All show dates shall be posted online for your dancing fun. Keep going with Shaan to get happy feet!!

Check the new sensation at the name highlight below.

Shaan!!