Marius Interview

Ahhh, how does it feel everyone? Miami music week is over and I know some of you are probably still recovering from the marathon of pre-gaming, post-gaming, 72-hr raves, boat parties, Ultra, WMC, after parties, hotel lobbies… good times for all.

As some of your may or may not know, here at Nightdrive we have a number of  ‘special’ diplomatic relationships with foreign and domestic actors, primarily of the musical variety. Some of our favorite friends from abroad are the lovely guys over at NON Records.

I found myself wandering the Chinatown streets of Amsterdam in search of the one they call Marius. Marius is one cool dude who recently released remixes of his stupendous Things We Did EP, a hodgepodge of new-disco, electro-boogie and all things synth oriented.

After some brief confusion, I found him sitting outside the Cuba Café (Miami holla!) sipping on artisan Belgian beer, smoking French cigarettes and basking in sun on what seemed like the best week of weather I’ve experienced in the last 3 months of living in the Netherlands. With these variables in mind I sat down, ordered myself a cold one and began asking the tough questions.

Lets start at the beginning. What inspired you to do music?

First of all, playing in bands. They were kind of electronic… I can’t really say, I don’t know what kind of genre it was. We only had two guitars and a drummer.  We also programed some stuff on computer but there was no bass. The plan was always to keep people moving and dancing. We wanted that combination so the audience doesn’t just stand and look at us but focus their energy on dancing. We never remembered anything or got anything down, we were only jamming.

What was this band called?

It was called Artic. It’s funny that you ask that because that was waaay back. We never released anything officially or anything, just messing around.

The Things We Did Remixed is fresh take of your first EP released in September. Are both EPs sample-based or real instruments?

NO SAMPLES. In one interview some guy said something about sampling and some how now I’m sample-based but I never sample. No samples… NO SAMPLES!

So did you play all the instruments while recording the album, even bass?

Yeah, of course!

Like Prince?

Yes, like Prince! Nowadays, when you are a producer, you have to do it all on your own. I play guitar and I record it, I loop it, I export it and run it thorough equipment and it becomes a sample and you can use it again. You create your own samples but it is not sample-based…

You’ve been playing a lot of DJ sets recently, are you planning on doing a live tour?

Yeah, I am DJing a lot and doing some live stuff but I need time to develop the live show with visuals and what not. Not sure what it will be like. It will be finished in September along with my first full length. It’s going to be a cross over between Salem, Miami Bass, and Fever Ray so… by then the live show has to be finished.

So far I have played with bands, never alone. The main focus is to make it danceable so people aren’t just staring at the stage. If you listen, some of the tracks on the EP are headphone music, for the bedroom. I try to keep enough space in the music so I can do interesting things live. You get to a point where you get a feeling from the crowd and the live show becomes unique not only for the audience but for myself as well.

I can understand that. You see groups like Justice who more or less press play and flash a cross and everyone is screaming and then you get bands like Caribou who can go beyond the album and make the live experience special.

People like Neon Indian and Toro y Moi… His [Toro y Moi] first albums where recorded in the bedroom then it went to the studio. It’s a development. He earns money by playing, he got signed and now he has more space to focus on the live show. With Things We Did  I was trying to find a personal sound and for the album I guess try to make something more suitable for live sets.

What was your impetuous to do the remix EP? Where a lot of people asking to remix your music?

Renkas wanted to do a remix because he really liked “Staniel Cay” ,that was the first step. Later, we got to know people who liked our music (In Flagranti) but also through our own nights (Jimmy Edgar). We decided to remix every track and picked people who we really liked and who weren’t competing with my sound.

In Flagranti took  “Flamingo Isle “, which has a softer sound and he is a disco guy so he brought his skills and made it his own after I remixed one of his tracks called “Interdisciplinary“. We had a long list of people who wanted to remix but we wanted to link the right people to the right tracks.

NON is very new, isn’t it? The remix EP is only the 9th release but it seems like the label is starting to take off.

NON Nights are quite successful, like at Paradiso in Amsterdam over 800 people showed up and it’s still growing. We have enough people on the label to fill a whole evening… it’s a great setting.

So many beautiful girls at NON Nights … almost too many!

Yeah it’s not only guys who want to talk to you after the show to see what kind of software your using.

How did you find the label or did they find you?

I went to art school with Renkas and Bear (Damen) as graphic designers and then we moved to Amsterdam. Bear had the Idea to start a record label, which was a great idea! I was released on a previous label, but it was nothing special.

People are coming out to your shows because you guys are filling a void… people like all kinds of music but NON is the only record label repping this particular kind of throwback sound in the Netherlands.

People make music but they don’t find the label, if you want to release music there aren’t that many labels, except maybe Clone or Rush Hour, those are great. We started off with a NON Night at Melkweg every two or three months and they were like, “Who are these guys?” None of us are from Amsterdam and we came to claim our space here.

I was speaking with the guys from WhoMadeWho and I asked them this question. They are from Denmark, similar to the Netherlands in that it is smaller and more laidback than Germany. They were always signed to Germany labels and only until recently were more popular outside their homeland. Do you feel like the Dutch are receptive to your music?

Yes of course, but we are not only focusing on the Netherlands. In Germany you can focus on the underground like Warp. did back in the 90’s… you have a large underground scene in Germany while in the Netherlands the scene is a lot smaller.

You need to go abroad, you need to. Naturally you feel like you want to go further than your own borders. We are trying to get our music out there to some bigger venues instead of like squats…. It’s a middle ground. Fortunately, we are going to Paris next month, then Moscow some time later on so that will be cool.

What does Marius do in his free time?

I am a freelance graphic designer by trade and every spare hour I have I play music. I turn in my assignments on deadline but otherwise it is music, 50/50. I work at home and make music at home so it is perfect!’

There are so many different talented artists at NON, any possibility of collaborations between artists?

It’s happening haha! I made some tracks with HyperHyper for a fashion show. I would like to collaborate with more label mates but its all ideas at the moment.

How do you like Amsterdam?  It seems like a pretty awesome place to live. There is nothing quite like it in the US or anywhere I’ve been.

I don’t really know what to say but it’s great for sure. If I need to DJ I do it all by bike, it needs to be compact! It’s great here, truly.  Lots of bars to chill and relax and also lots of smaller venues that are more conceptual but still fun to go to.

There are labels like DFA or 4AD who though appearing ‘indie’ are actually subsidiaries of the largest music corporations like EMI and Universal Music Group. Is that the holy grail for independent labels?

That’s not the goal right now. It’s a different world in that they [big corporations] focus primarily on selling. We want to make money of course, but it’ more important to make your name and let the people get to know your music.

Last question: Who does those super cool grindhouse-eque voiceovers for the NON Records Trailers?

Bear! It’s a chain of effects that distorts his voice. You haven’t heard the voice lately… he quite doing it but he needs to do it again for sure!

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Check out our last post about Marius here

By Laurence ‘pucho’ Henriquez

Chromatics – Kill For Love

In 2007 Chromatics released an album titled NIGHT DRIVE, that’s not really where we got our name but it’s a good start to this article.

Stereogum and Prefix claim Kill for Love is the best album release this week and we don’t think they’re too far off. As expected, the new album is comprised of a bunch down-tempo synth pop ballads however there are a few tracks that will get your head bopping. We’re just happy they’ve finally come out with a new LP after 5 long years.

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Four Tet Ticket Give-Away

Tonight Kieran Hebden (aka Four Tet) will be making his way to the Bardot carpet for a live performance.  Anyone who knows electronica, knows Four Tet.  Going back to 1998, Hebden has a track record that only legends can boast.  With influences ranging from hip-hop to folk, jazz to IDM, he’s remixed Aphex Twin, toured with Radiohead, collaborated with Burial and Thom Yorke and released seven full length albums and three remix albums.

In a last-minute celebration of tonight’s show, we’re giving away a pair of tickets to the 20th person who correctly answers this very easy trivia question:

What was the name of Kieran Hebden’s first band?

Please email all responses to info@nightdrivemiami.com with your full name.  The winner will added to the door list +1.

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Terranova Interview

I know most of you are already knee deep in insanity that is Miami Music Week (God’s speed), but between your periods of debauche the following might make for an entertaining read. I recently had a conversation with Fetisch, veteran producer and one half of electronic dance duo Terranova. Their latest release on Kompakt, Hotel Amour, is an exquisite slice of house excellence with some gems that I would like to share with you today.

So what is your background?

I was born in Berlin, raised in London and grew up in New York City.

When I was a kid my dad was working for IBM so we moved around a lot. As I grew up I always was involved in music. This kind of music I make is universal. I am always looking for new challenges, and new people.

Do you feel a lot has changed since your days of DJing in NYC during the birth of the modern club scene in the early 90’s?

I think America has changed a lot since the 90’s. New York used to be very raw and wild place where anything could happen at anytime. Now it’s just… safe. It’s the same streets but—I dunno— safe for grannies. Safety is good thing but on the other hand it is not good for culture. Culture strives most in chaos and, you know, desperation. You get the most cutting edge things when people have to struggle to be the great artist.

Do you feel like that happened to modern house music as well?

I was there when electronic music beginning gaining wider popularity. I still play some of those old records from back in the day. I look back and see where things came form but to be clear I do not believe
in revivalism, the machines back then had a particular sound. I think looking back there is no point in copying the sound of the 80’s and early 90’s. You can’t pretend that your making a 30 year old record.

So you just released the LP Hotel Amour  (italics) on Kompakt not too long ago, what is the background to the name?

Basically we worked on most of the tracks in Paris. We went to this place called Hotel Amour where we had lunch and hung out a lot. It inspired how we approached the album because like a hotel gets
different people from different backgrounds every night, our album hosts different kinds of artists and styles of music.

I’ve been digging “Paris Is For Lovers (My Love)” a lot, great track. Wasn’t this floating around a while before the release of Hotel Amour?

Thanks! Originally we used the Justin Timberlake acapella but someone got a hold of it and it was bootlegged. The bootleg is how we started it as a sketch, only ideas of what we wanted. Eventually we finished it with new vocals from Thomas Høffding from WhoMadeWho. There is a different version on the vinyl release where the vocals are an octave lower.

When we were initially in contact you were regularly flying between Berlin to Paris to work in the studio, any future projects?

We’ve been working on remixes for Gui Borrato, recording some new stuff, and playing some gigs when they come. In June we are releasing a remix album of Hotel Amour called Night Porter. It will have 12 remixes from the likes of Kink, Gui Borrato and others.

I recently moved to the Netherlands and I am slowly learning about the local music scene. Would you recommend anything for me to check out from the Benelux region?

There is this label I like a lot from the Netherlands called Rush Hour, I get a lot of their stuff, very strong releases.

Last question. There is a lot of madness going down in South Florida at the moment with Miami Music Week and all. Have you ever attended or have plans on attending Winter Music Conference this year?

You know I’ve never been to Miami. Some time ago I was invited to go to WMC but there was a scheduling conflict so I didn’t end up making it…I would like to go to Miami though!


I sure wish I was down with all of your in Miami for Music Week, I know I am going be missing a lot of great shows but alas, that is my burden. I will always be in Miami in my heart!

Terranova – Hotel Amour (Featuring Everybody)

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By Laurence ‘Pucho’Henriquez

PillowTalk

We’ve been waiting to post about these guys, but since they’re spinning at our NIGHTDRIVE 3 YEAR ANNIVERSARY tonight at CHALK we figured today is the perfect day to cover them.

PillowTalk is Sammy D, Ryan Williams and Michael Tello. Based out of the famous Lower Haight District in San Francisco, PillowTalk’s music fuses classic R&B, boogie and disco with underground house and techno with an original feel. With releases out on Visionquest, Life & Death and Wolf + Lamb, 2012 is shaping up to be a huge year!”

Tonight they’re closing the party. I really can’t wait as every time I listed to them I find myself uncontrollably shoulder shimmying…oh and remember the party is FREE

Please see our flyer below for the entire lineup :)

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TONIGHT FOR FREE!!!!!!!!! (grab set times here)

 

Kim Ann Foxman Interview

Throughout the last few years of running this blog and working on the radio I’ve done tons of artist interviews. The interview below is my favorite so far. Kim Ann Foxman seems like a genuinely humble, gentle, and down to earth person which is most valued in my book and always very  much appreciated in this industry. In our conversation she touches on how she began DJing, growing up in Hawaii, her involvement & detachment from Hercules & Love Affair, some personal tastes, and thoughts on being a female DJ ( which I couldn’t agree with more).

We booked Kim Ann to DJ at our Nightdrive 3 Year Anniversary this Wednesday at Chalk because we wanted to bring you an exclusive act; someone original, with a true understanding of house music, and with a DJ practice that will blow your mind. We’re also really looking forward to the rest of the all-star  lineup:

DJ T. ✦ (Get Physical)
PILLOWTALK ✦ (Wolf + Lamb/Visionquest)
MAXXI SOUNDSYSTEM ✦ (Kojak/Nurvous/NeedWant)
DANNY DAZE ✦ (Hot Creations/Crosstown Rebels)

THE PARTY IS FREE!!!


Q & A with KIM ANN:

You were born and raised in Hawaii, land of Luau, Hula, and Happa Haole. Was there a dance music scene there while growing up and if so how did you first get involved?

I was born in Hawaii! i loved growing up there. There was a dance music scene there,  but it was very small being that Hawaii is so far away from everything. But we did have raves and a few club options. I used to work in a little club there in high school. It was one of the ways my mom let me stay out late- cuz i was “working”.  I worked behind the bar, serving non alcoholic beverages and making energy drinks. The club had cool people come through, like Deee- Lite played live and there was some good djs that came through as well. It was really special when people came all the way to Hawaii to play because we didn’t have as much access to things as easily. so we were really excited when good music came our way.

What extracurricular activities were you involved in as a young child?

I was always at the beach. I loved boogie boarding, or we call it body boarding. I loved hiking especially to arrive to a waterfall. I was very active as a kid. I also played basketball after school, but every single weekend  was at the beach. I even went to the beach before school sometimes occasionally really early in the morning. I love the beach and I love nature.

What was your first step in becoming a professional DJ/ musician? Did you decide to go out and buy turntables one day, had you been collecting music for years and it seemed like the next logical move, or did you start DJing out of circumstance…? 

I had been really collecting dance music records for probably 7 years, I always wanted turntables, but I never had a proper DJ set up of my own. when I moved to New York, I got asked to DJ a couple parties for friends- which I did.  And then I decided I wanted to get turntables so I can practice and get into it. I bought used turntables from a friend and I borrowed crappy dj  mixers till l i could get one of my own.
 
Can you tell us about your first public DJ appearance?

Sure my first gig was in NYC for a party called La Boom in Brooklyn, in 2002. It was a friend’s party.  i was really nervous.  I wasn’t that good at the time, but luckily  it went over well.

Lots of folks recognize you as a member of Hercules & Love Affair, I know a million people have probably asked you this, but how did you link up with that crew? What’s been the most memorable experience with them? 

Technically I was a member of Hercules and Love Affair for a long time, recently I have moved on to new adventures. But I’m happy to tell u how it all came about.  I was really good friends with Andrew Butler and was working with him just for fun at his house long before there was a Hercules and Love Affair- sometimes I’d be just around him while he was making music, sometimes we would make tracks to DJ out together, and one day I turned into his guinea pig to test out vocals on some proper songs he did. That’s how i came to be on the record. One of those songs was Athene, I didn’t even know I’d be in a band. It was all happening naturally, out of fun we were having for years before there was any record deal or any band.  I do feel really lucky for that- that I got the opportunity in such a natural way. so many talented people struggle to get heard. so I feel fortunate to have experienced being in an international touring band.

So many great memories.  One of my most favorite memories is when we were in Australia doing festivals.. and the crowd, they love to throw things there. Well, mid singing, mic in my right hand,  I caught a size 12 timberland boot in once hand, effortlessly in my left hand. the crowd was so shocked – and so was the band, and so was I actually but then again,  I do have a strange talent for catching things. Anyway, I caught it, and I threw it back into the crowd. And that same show, I crowd surfed afterward for my first time. it was a blast! so many great shows, so many wonderful places we went to. So many funny stories, crazy shows.

I was with the band for a long time, but now I have decided to concentrate on my own music, and on my own collaborations. H&LA was an amazing journey for me, so much great experience and memories and growth but its time for me is done now. i just feel its was time to choose my own adventure.  I think change is good and change is sexy.  I needed it, and I’m really excited and this year I’m working a lot on music and I’m Djing like crazy. Almost every weekend flying to around- mostly to Europe. Ive been pretty busy.  ill have some releases in the near future, both solo and collaborations. Iv’e had a great year so far, and there is so much more to come.

What new collaborations are you working on?

I have done several. Im not sure I can say yet or not whose albums I will appear on this year. but you will find out soon enough. I’ve had so much fun collaborating with artists I admire.

You seem to be a connoisseur of classic and Chicago house music, what are 5 albums from either sub-genre you couldn’t live without?

I am a fan of classic house, chicago house, acid house, and Im also a huge fan of classic techno and detroit techno as well.

coco steel & love bomb- feel it
4th Measuremen – 4 You (MK remix)
LFO- Leeds Wharehouse mix
Liberty City- Some Lovin’ (deep dub)
Adonis- Two the Max

Where do you think the disco/ deep house scene is headed? What’s the next hot shit?

I think a lot of people are getting into house music that weren’t so into it before, and I think a lot of artists are making some good deep house right now, also making more classic references as well. I think there is a lot of good new stuff out right now. I don’t know what the next hot shit is. Azari & iii are really hot now, they r great live.  Im not sure what is coming next,  but Im sure well see some great stuff!

Aside from music, what else are you super passionate about? If you wouldn’t have chosen to take this career path what do you think you’d be doing today?

I’ve always been into design,  I had a line of jewels for a while.  I like designing things. I like accessories.  I also love film and video. I would have loved to get into film or video if i wasn’t doing music. I’ve never seriously tried though, but I’ve made some very silly videos that I used to play at my parties that i really had fun making.

As a female DJ I get this question all the time… sorry to pawn it off on you but I’m curious as to how someone else would answer: What challenges or benefits have you encountered being a female DJ in a male-dominated industry?

As a female DJ, I get both challenges and benefits. challenges are, people don’t take u seriously sometimes. Also, having been connected with a band, sometimes people think Im just a personality or a celebrity DJ rather than a proper one. once I had a guy tried to show me how a mixer works as if I never touched on in my life- he was teaching a “girl” how to use one obviously. But then after he felt pretty stupid after I played I think.  haha. It is such a male dominated industry- but there are loads of amazing female Djs out there too! In the past few years there have been more and more.   I feel really supported by both men and women,  and its great.  Benefits are, sometimes I think its refreshing for people to have a female DJ play. in a way, there is a novelty edge to it for some people. I don’t usually think about though to be honest.

What’s the first word that comes to mind when you think of Miami?

Beach

Lastly, what’s next for Kim Ann Foxman? ( please say a full length album plus some more amazing music videos ;)

YES- i will put out a few 12″s first of my own, and collaborations as well, while I’m working on my full length!  and you can def  be sure to see more amazing videos! please keep posted!

Preview:

A Saturday in November (Dub) – KiNK & Neville Watson feat. Kim Ann Foxman

River Seine (Kim Ann Foxman Remix) -  International

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WhoMadeWho Interview

It’s been some time since my last post but fear not, I’ve got a few things up my sleeve for the coming weeks.

I recently had a conversation with Jeppe Kjellberg, singer/songwriter of the Danish dance punk outfit WhoMadeWho. Formed in 2003, they have been slowly honing their beatcraft and amassing a global fan base with their lauded live shows and dance floor swagger.

They recently released an exquisite LP called Brighter on Kompakt that I highly recommend everyone check out. I really have no idea how the descendants of Beowulf and the Viking hoards transformed their countries into to the yummy music factories they are today but GOD DAMN do they know how to make an ass move!

If you were really into that disco-influence punk rock sound that infected our brains for the better part of the 2000’s thanks to the likes of LCD Soundsystem, The Rapture, and Chk Chk Chk then I am pretty sure these cool cats from Copenhagen are right up your alley.

Based on what I read in your bio, the members of WhoMadeWho come from varied backgrounds, you with an avant-garde Jazz background, bassist Thomas Høffding with a rock background and your drummer Thomas Barfod who is also the producer Tomboy. How did decide on your sound?

We all come from different backgrounds but in 2003, I was playing in Tomboy … it was like this house band. One evening at some after party they started playing all this music from New York from DFA records and the band Chk Chk Chk. It was like this 10-minute instrumental disco stuff and I was like, “This is the kind of music I want to make.”

The dynamic of playing acoustic dance music appealed to us where we can play in front of a crowd for hours, creating a mood and building the music off the crowds energy. We wanted to be a live band that acted like a DJ, playing late and all night long. It has been a gradual process, our sound has changed but we started to become more serous in the last two years, focusing on developing our live show and what not.

All of you are from Copenhagen, what’s up with that town?

Yes, we are all from Copenhagen, its small and cozy… hard to describe. These days Copenhagen is experiencing a more positive era. 20 years ago the music was really bad… where bands were just clones of 90’s American bands. With the growth of the web people have a wider perspective now. The scene is now so international, so vibrant.

Do you fee like you have a good base of fans at home?

Well, we are signed to a German label and we have always been signed to German labels. We always felt like our home was just as much in Germany and France as Denmark.  In a way it is strange because the scene is so global, even when you play in a venue 1000 miles away from the last the crowd is similar. Regardless, in the last three years we really feel like Denmark is our home, it appreciates us a lot more.

How is it like now?

Now it’s like an honor to come home. For example, right before we started this interview I was checking in at the airport security in Copenhagen and the security guard knew who I was and he loved our music, I was flattered.

You seem to be very busy in recent months, releasing two albums, Knee Deep and Brighter in less than a year. Are these two projects of a similar aesthetic or are they standalone?

We see the albums like a book series, part one and two. They have a unity because they where made at the same time. Knee Deep is definitely a darker piece while Brighter is more melodic. You can definitely feel a more electro sound in Brighter for sure

Our bassist Thomas has become really addicted to playing the keyboard. I play guitar but have started to play the keyboard a lot more, which is kind of weird for me. We looked as the new album like an adventure of sorts, a keyboard adventure.

It looks like you are skipping SXSW this year after you were well received last year, any reason why?

It is a pity because I really want to go back to that place. We love Austin! It’s kind of like NYC where the city is so different from the rest of the state.

You have a history of playing with a lot of acclaimed bands (Daft Punk, LCD Soundsystem, Hot Chip), groups that personify a nostalgic aesthetic to music from the 70’s and 80’s. Do you feel in a sense that tastes are cyclical?

When I was younger you were “old school” if you listened to Jimi Hendrix, the Beach Boys and so on… now the old school is the 90’s. The 80’s 70’s and 60’s had a lot going on and we are influenced by our past but you need to make your own fresh music.

It seems that there are centers of music throughout the world. For some reason Scandinavian exports a lot more bands from varied genres than countries like the Netherlands or Germany. What is it about the culture that makes Scandinavia so musically inclined?

You know I don’t know really, I think in Scandinavia we have this melancholia that drives our music and perhaps a futuristic tradition.

If you like what you hear, WhoMadeWho are currently touring Europe but are planning to go stateside sometime in September, hitting up the East and West coasts and Canada. There are no plans for shows in Miami but who knows, maybe with a little bit of Nightdrive magic we can do something for all you music lovers out there in Miamiland ;-)

WhoMadeWho- Never Had The Time
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Bonus:

Delirium Tremolo (WhoMadeWho remix of  Tremolo Beer Gut)

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Posted by: Laurence ‘Pucho’ Henriquez

DJ T.

We had to make a few changes to our Nightdrive 3 Year Anniversary show next Wednesday March 21st at Chalk. It’s funny how things work out because now one of my favorite producers/ DJs is playing our event. Yay!

The FREE party’s lineup now consists of:

KIM ANN FOXMAN ✦ (of Hercules & Love Affair)
DJ T. ✦ (Get Physical)
PILLOWTALK ✦ (Wolf + Lamb/Visionquest)
MAXXI SOUNDSYSTEM ✦ (Kojak/Nurvous/NeedWant)
DANNY DAZE ✦ (Hot Creations/Crosstown Rebels)

with LAURA OF MIAMI & PATRICK WALSH

For those of you who don’t know who DJ T. is:

Thomas Koch aka DJ T. has been a vital part of electronic music and club culture for over 20 years. Uniquely accomplished in both influence and scope, he has excelled in every one of his incarnations: DJ, label owner, producer, club operator, publisher and journalist. Having recently closed one chapter of his working life – behind the scenes of Get Physical Music management – DJ T. is now primed to conquer 2012 purely as an artist, with his highly-anticipated third LP Pleasure Principle.

As disco reached its shimmering apex in the late 1970s, young Dusseldorf-born Thomas relocated to Frankfurt with his family. His parents plied him with vinyl compilations, and as a nine-year-old he succumbed to disco’s seductive charms, beginning a lifelong commitment to crate digging and vinyl collection. Thomas’ budding obsession moved through disco and hi-nrg, to the burgeoning sounds of early American rap & hiphop music, and finally to electro-funk, the beloved genre that has left an indelible imprint on all of DJ T.’s own productions. It was love at first listen, and driven by the sounds of seminal protagonists like Afrika Bambaataa, Planet Patrol, Newcleus and Mantronix, Thomas took up breakdancing, compelled to move by the genre’s urgent funk and infectious beats.
Whether DJing in his hometown of 5 years, Berlin, gigging internationally, T.’s sets are invariably stirring and extraordinarily varied. T. is no style fascist, nor is he a slave to trends; he is a bass- and groove-addicted club historian, with a firm grasp of the contemporary. His sets turn 25 years of electronic music history into one finely rendered journey, transforming the links between genres and ages into a truly physical experience, whether he’s capturing the peaktime party spirit, or sending early morning crowds into veritable delirium with one of his famed marathon excursions.

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Music For A World Unknown

So they say that Dissident Records died back in 2009.  This UK label, headed by notorious EDM aficionado Andy Blake achieved cult status for its consistent top-notch quality and refreshingly purist approach to recording and distributing music.  With little to no internet presence or marketing outreach, the label simply let the music speak for itself.  It was built with a lofty and genuine ideal, and low and behold, they came.  Featuring artists such as Den Haan, Hard Ton, Cage & Aviary, Clap Rules, Neville Watson and many others, Dissident was on a roll.  But like I said, the label closed shop back in 2009 and Blake has moved on to his new projects, Cave Paintings and In Plain Sight.  However, releasing a compilation for ol’ time’s sake never hurts, thus we have Veros Artis Volume 4: Music For A World Unknown.  As expected, the 10-track release gives us a good taste of that left-of-center disco, techno and house that made the label famous including a few previously unreleased tracks.  You can buy the compilation HERE

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Bear Damen’s Latest Remix

If there is anyone who embodies the saying “you are your own worst critic” it is Bear Damen of NON Records.  The multi-talented owner/producer/videographer/

graphic artist of the Dutch label previewed several yet to be released demos and songs of his during my tenure there.  To me, these “rough drafts” sounded ready for the dance floor, but to Bear they had to be perfect.  I will admit I’m the impatient type, and weary of this, especially when patience pays off.  Well, seems like Bear has proven again to be worth the wait, with his finished copy of his remix of Das Pop’s “Skip the Rope” being another classic from the NON catalogue.  My only hope is that some of the other gems I heard snippets of will eventually emerge soon too.  I am impatience, anyways…
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Das Pop – Skip the Rope (Bear Damen’s Broadway Remake)

Bear Damen – Failures And Wins

Check out our previous post on Non Records

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