Friday, December 01, 2006

dingwalls

Justin Kleinfeld ~ “Talkin Loud and Saying Something” or “Dingwalls” as it was more commonly known was the session that shaped a generation, in sound, style and attitude - its influence spread far and wide. It was the counterpoint to the rave generation’s acid revolution, taking that same spirit and optimism and applying it to a very different music. It became the touchstone for everything that followed in it’s wake, acquiring near legendary status, tempting folk to later claim that “I was there” whether they were or not. It was inspirational, revolutionary, celebrator and radical. It was a family, it was a congregation. It was our Paradise Garage.” – Patrick Forge, August 2006

Celebrating 20 years since the now legendary "Talkin’ Loud" Sunday Sessions first commenced at Camden, UK club Dingwalls, Ether Music is proud to present the definitive tribute CD collection “Sunday Afternoon At Dingwalls.”

Running each Sunday from lunchtime until 6.30pm Dingwalls featured a live act almost every week. During the first hour or so Patrick Forge played less obvious music, spiritual jazz, mellow vibes, modal tunes, stuff that strayed from the obvious 500mph fusion and Latin bangers that the dancers traditionally loved. Different groups of dancers preferred different styles so it was important to mix up the rhythms, and contrast the mad percussive work-outs with more melodic material, mixing rhythmic and harmonic intensity.

Then the band would come on. For some this may have been the highlight of the afternoon, but whenever a live act failed to ignite the atmosphere it was obvious that for the majority, it was the records that really mattered. However some of those live shows were unforgettable: The JB’s, Roy Ayers, Dave Valentin, Poncho Sanchez, the eternally hip Mark Murphy, the mighty Mongo Santamaria to name some of the U.S based artists who performed at the party. Then there was the acid jazz generation of home grown talent, The Brand New Heavies, Galliano, JTQ, et al. Dingwalls also brought about the renaissance of British jazz-funk pioneers Incognito, and it provided a platform to a generation of U.K. jazz talent, Courtney Pine, Cleveland Watkiss, Ed Jones, Orphy Robinson and many more.

Gilles Peterson would follow the band, often building his set from a whisper to a scream, starting with a record so subtle or minimal it seemed more designed to clear the floor than build the vibe, but it worked, allowing the drinkers to get to the bar and the dancers to set the tone for what would follow on the floor. What did follow was musically adventurous, diverse in style and tempo, and more often than not totally inspired. Gilles gave his all to those sessions and the crowd loved him for it. He was brave, dropping hip-hop and house tunes which upset the purists, but he was on a mission to present this music in a new way. Gilles could make an old Latin tune sound like the most relevant, modern thing you’d ever heard just by the way he dropped it; he had a great way of blending and making the unexpected work. The session would always wind down into a more soulful vibe, it’s one thing to leave a crowd wanting more, to leave them smiling and wanting more because they’ve just shared a few special tunes with some wicked people, that was Gilles at Dingwalls. At the end everyone would roll out of there happy, delirious, sweaty, and intoxicated, in love with the music.

The last ever session on a Sunday afternoon at Dingwalls produced a queue that snaked from inside the market to half-way down the high street. Incognito provided the finale with Jocelyn Brown singing “Always There” and bringing the house down, setting the vibe for a session that maintained a fever pitch of emotional intensity until the last bars of “Family Affair” faded into eternity. “Sunday Afternoon At Dingwalls” is a CD collection filled with the music that inspired this “Talkin’ Loud” generation.

For more information visit EtherMusic.net or GillesPeterson.net

ministry of sound session


Justin Kleinfeld ~ Are you ready to jack? Get ready… The acclaimed Ministry Of Sound “Sessions” series continues to push the best names in dance music, whether they’re the hottest one-to-watch or the most established veteran, they scour the world over to deliver the optimum level excitement in every release. The 9th in the series comes from the legend himself, Mr. Curtis Jones, giving us the two sides of his musical character from his Cajmere moniker of the finest house music to the twisted but quirky beats and vocals of Green Velvet.

Curtis Jones has long been heralded as one of the true greats to come out of the U.S. dance scene with his productions having always received a ridiculously large amount of support and attention from DJs across the board. He played a key role in nurturing the Chicago house renaissance of the 1990’s with his seminal label Cajual Records and gained immense success in 1993 with the Cajmere single “Brighter Days” (vocals by Dajae) that is featured on this Sessions mix in the form of the Underground Goodie mix. Later that year, he formed the sub-label Relief mostly for instrumental tracks by himself and others. Besides releases from DJ Sneak, Gemini and Paul Johnson, this is where his alter ego Green Velvet really came alive and “Preacher Man,” “Flash” (Track 2 on Disc 2) and “The Stalker” all helped to cement his reputation as one of the most original and exciting producers in the game.

This mix sees both sides of the man go head-to-head with a Cajmere mix on Disc 1 and a Green Velvet mix on Disc 2. As you’d expect, Cajmere rolls in with his soulful touch; combining classic jackin' beats with swinging horns and lush vocals. As usual there’s a few surprises along the way, with his use of James Holden’s remix of ‘Safari’ being one of the obvious choices to prick the ears up – he uses it brilliantly! The darker side of the man comes out to play on the Green Velvet CD giving it a far more late night feel with strong acid undertones and faster, tougher beats driving the mix. This is the sort of techno that would rock a stadium. Both CDs heavily feature his own productions, remixes and edits.

For more information, check out MInistryofSound.comGreen-Velvet.com or Cajual.com

rob and chris listen again


Justin Kleinfeld ~ BBC Radio One DJs Rob da Bank and Chris Coco are two musical evangelists who have dedicated so much time to the pursuit of new sounds that their own mothers probably struggle to recognize them. Luckily for us, Rob & Chris' family relationships are their problem, not ours, and we can sit back and enjoy the fruits of their labors in the form of Listen Again. This double-CD compilation features a selection of celebrated and undiscovered gems from across the musical spectrum. Listen Again enchants, entertains and promises to introduce even the most jaded listener to what could well be his new favorite band.

In everything they do, Rob & Chris have both found ways of taking the best of what is perceived as “fringe,” “leftfield” or “niche” music and presenting it in a way that highlights its mass appeal. This is exactly what they achieve across the 26 tracks of Listen Again. For every established act like Hard Fi or Jose Gonzalez, there are little known gems from acts such as Patrick & Eugene or Rainbow Family. For every slice of blessed-out studio magic (The Freelance Hellraiser, Jim Noir) there is a slice of raw rock 'n' roll (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Gogol Bordello). Thoughtfully, the pair also included some exclusive live recordings from Arab Strap, James Yorkston, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis and King Creosote from their BBC Maida Vale sessions.

Rob da Bank's first foray into the business of music was in 1995, when he launched the Sunday Best night at Clapham, England’s Tearooms des Artistes. Based on a love of chill out, electronica but with an anything goes musical policy, the club was so successful that in 1997 it spawned a record label - Sunday Best Recordings - which unveiled then unknown acts Groove Armada, Bent and Lemon Jelly to the world via single releases and compilations. Such a good idea could never be contained in one small south London club, and over the last decade Sunday Best have partied everywhere from Glastonbury to Ibiza, and in 2004 launched Bestival - Rob's very own independent three-day festival on the Isle Of Wight. The 2006 edition of Bestival was a complete sell-out and featured live headline performances from Pet Shop Boys & Scissor Sisters.

Chris Coco first made his name as promoter during the acid house explosion of the late 80s, but quickly found himself reconnecting with a passion for moody electronica, dub reggae and film soundtracks first nurtured as a youthful fan of New Order, Kraftwerk and The Velvet Underground. He spent the mid to late 90s as a globe-trotting DJ spinning everywhere from sunset parties in Ibiza to fashion parties in Tokyo. DJing led to producing and compiling, Chris has been behind a string of acclaimed albums over the last decade, recording for labels including Warp and Distinctive, and collaborating with everyone from Nick Cave to Iain Banks in the process. He is also much in demand for his soundtrack work, making music for feature films and TV shows like The Football Factory and Nip /Tuck.

With so much in common, it seemed inevitable when Rob & Chris were brought together by Radio 1 in April 2002 as the presenters of the Saturday morning “Blue Room” show (www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/dance/blueroom). Presenting the show alone on alternate weeks, Rob & Chris quickly made the Blue Room one of the most influential shows for launching new music on the airwaves; a vision that was reflected in the subsequent release of two Blue Room compilation CDs. Displaying the same disrespect for genre and ear for quality that is so evident throughout the two CDs of Listen Again, the pair made the “Blue Room” essential listening for anyone keen to discover extraordinary music - past, present and future.

2006 sees Chris and Rob as busy as ever. Chris is currently on tour with Robbie Williams, DJing and adding a sprinkling of sonic space dust to the band's live performance; over the course of this year he will have played in front of over two million people. Rob continues to run the successful Sunday Best label and is preparing to take on a new role at Radio 1: from September 2006 he will host a new show called “Sundays With Rob da Bank.”

For more information on “Listen Again,” Rob da Bank and Chris Coco visit: EtherMusic.net,SundayBest.neet, ChrisCoco.comBestival.net or BBC Radio 1 (rob) (blueroom).

a summer channel


Stacey East ~ What is left to do after being on top of the electronic music industry for more than a decade, what achievement outshines traveling the world performing in front of hundreds of thousands of people at venues like Red Rocks and 3-Com Stadium, remixing Madonna (twice both #1 on Billboard), Paul Oakenfold (twice), Seal (#1 on the Billboard), Frank Sinatra (The first official estate commissioned electronic remix ever), David Bowie, America, Curve, The Crystal Method (#2 on Billboard), BT, Keoki, Carl Cox & Markus Schulz? What could be more rewarding than being featured on MTV, and producing tracks for Sandra Collins, D:Fuse, and DJ Rap? What can you do to top mountains of critical and popular acclaim in magazines like Rolling Stone and URB, barely being edged out for a Grammy nomination and a Dance Star award, licensing tracks for films like Tomb Raider and Bad Boys II, television powerhouses such as Buffy The Vampire Slayer and CSI, and spicing up video game soundtracks for Gran Turismo 4 and SSX 3?

You start all over again.

J. Scott G's new Summer Channel venture is a direct answer to the continued enervation of the dance music industry that he helped impel as one half of seminal beat rockers Deepsky. As Rave culture enters its twilight and clubbers become jaded by mountains of listless deep-prog-idm-breakcore tunes, the party-going public has subconsciously clamored for something fresh and exciting with shrinking event attendance, drooping CD and record sales, and a palpable malaise about club nights once considered massive. Enter Summer Channel.

“No one seems to write songs anymore,” says Scott. “Now it's the 'How many stutter edits can I cram into a track to get into the Guinness Book of World Records?' mentality. It seems like people have forgotten that music is supposed to be about something instead of about the technology itself. A wise man once told me (about over using the 303 during it's heyday), 'Use it as your salt and pepper, but don't make your dish out of it.' I think the same can be said about music technology in general. Some people use it as a substitute for good songwriting.”

Songwriting ability is one trait that Summer Channel has in spades. Tastes of songs from the debut album The Sweet Sound of Inevitability showcase Scott's survivor mentality and wry sense of humor about the music industry, loss, perseverance, fortune, and life. The first single, A Thousand Miles, is an emotionally wrought memoir on the trappings of stardom and the imminent rebirth that success compels. Industrial strength guitars trade blows with tech savvy synth jabs to form a whirling cloud of cross-pollinated soul sustenance, topped delicately with breathy, heartfelt vocals from guest siren Kathy Fisher.

Not quite a solo project, Scott has enlisted the talents of several choice performers to make Summer Channel a reality. “The thing that's made this record amazing so far are all of the people I've chosen to work with. My guitarist, Cameron Morgan (www.cameronmorgan.com) is a fucking prodigy. He's been the piece of the puzzle in every song that's made it go from just an electronic track to a 'live' sounding masterpiece. I've also had the amazing luck of finding astounding vocalists like Rebecca Coseboom of Halou who sang on 'I Am Persuaded' (www.halou.com), Patrick Scott (www.patrickscott.com) who sang on “Soulmate In Every City” and a forthcoming track you'll hear soon called 'Undertow.'”

Summer Channel is not merely a culmination of fortunate circumstances; rather it is an evolutionary step on the path to a modern and refreshing force in a world dominated by stale ideas and hyper-processed pop drivel. It is also an energizing catalyst for those that may feel new music has nothing to offer them. “Honestly I can’t remember the last time I actually bought a CD,” Scott laments. “But when I write music now, I always imagine that it's going to be played to a huge crowd. Its part of the reason I have a hard time writing anything that isnt epic in nature. And as silly as this sounds, I still jump around the room and dance like a freak when I have a wicked groove going. Its still as exciting now as it was when I was programming my first drum tracks, holed up in my bedroom at 16. I had no idea how far it could go.”

For more information check out SummerChannel.com !

luna bootlegs


Stacey East ~ At the young age of 23, ear and eye-catching DJ Lea Luna has quite a handle on the club scene. She is a lifelong musician: playing keys for as far back as she can remember, and spinning records since she wasn't even of age to get into the clubs (in the underground rave heydey, 1999). When a 16 year old girl begins sharpening mixing skills and stacking up an arsenal of records and CDs that soon in her life, what potential does she already have in the club industry when she turns 21? DJ Lea Luna will tell you. She's already played all over the country at some of the most prestigious clubs and events the commercial electronic scene has.

Last year, her remix sets and her 6-foot-blonde stage prowess handed her the rockstar nickname "bootlegs."Her crowd-shaking mix of big-room club, house, progressive, rock, and retro landed her in the DJ booths of clubs such as Avalon New York and B.E.D. Miami. Not only clubs took notice. She even rocked the stage with Ultra music fest favorite Kevens, as part of his show, and opened for music legends Steven Tyler and Chuck Berry.

"After these past couple of years, I feel like I've reached a level in my artistry that measures up with the best, and I'm ready to own it. I recently added my first name to my former DJ name, DJ Luna. To me, the name Lea Luna symbolizes the final touch. I've completely embodied the artist I've always dreamed of being. I've become the real ME." ...and that she has. Right now she's unleashing her own original music: vocals, keys, beats, and style. Her first release "What's Your Sign," is an electro-house dancefloor masterpiece with Lea Luna's own quirky, sexy lyrics.

It is only days from being released, and is co-produced by Deepsky's J. Scott G., who also worked with Madonna, Seal, David Bowie, and Paul Oakenfold, to name only a few. "I started early, I traveled, I learned, I met people... I went through all kinds of music training, audio school, and this whole DJ thing forever. Now, I've pinpointed my love for this scene, the music, the lyric, my life in general, and art in general. I've defined my strengths, my own unique style, my inspiration, and my goals to a T. It all leads up to this: basically, I've lived my whole life to make this new music ROCK and take it to the stage."

Recently, Stacey East of East Music Group added Lea Luna to the top names in her roster with Frankie Bones, Disco D., and Heather Heart. It's no doubt, Lea Luna has earned the stage, and everyone deserves the experience.

shiva massacre


Tim Yoder ~ Interview with DJ SHIVA

Describe your style as of late?

I have been mixing things up a bit lately. Although I am well known for banging the hard stuff, not much hard stuff has really been up to my standards lately. I have found myself getting into what I describe as more "minimal funk". Not so minimal as to be boring (if I wanted to listen to a sink dripping, I would stand in my kitchen), but clean, round sounds, with lots of tweaky noises, bleeps and bobbles. Lots of Adam Beyer's latest, as well as Thomas Schumacher (he is INSANE), Oliver Koletzki, Marc Houle, Ozgur Can, and so on. I have always liked techno that twists yer brain, and I am finding these artists are pushing those boundaries, but still keeping it good and funky.

I have also gotten WAY into a new genre coming out of South London called dubstep. Think hiphop/broken beats, with dub influences and thick SUBBASS. Lately I have been playing more dubstep gigs than techno gigs, mostly because I am one of the few people playing it in the Midwest. And I add in my techno mixing styles, do it all in Ableton live with tracks, loops and effects, and throw a slightly different flavor on the genre.

So I have definitely been varying things up lately, and I am really excited about music right now. :)

What influences have you brought into your music? How has it effected your music?

I definitely come from the more aggressive end of the spectrum, coming from punk rock/industrial, but I love all kinds of music, from folk to funk to hip hop to jazz to classical to ambient. So I have definitely brought the aggressiveness and the political awareness from my punk rock days, the musicality of my classical violin training, and the love of shaking my ass! I think the political landscape of late has had a big influence lately, which ranges from sheer anger to utter despair and every emotion in between. So I think my emotions have affected how and what I play, even more than usual.

Describe the "Goddess Complex"?


The Goddess Complex was an idea I had way back in the day. It was always meant to be a loose collective of women artists, musicians and DJs, but really never came to fruition until I realized that there were more women DJs in the Midwest now than ever before. I had thought of the idea for the Venus Envy parties about a decade ago, but there were never enough women around to make it happen. So this last summer, I finally had the venue, the resources and enough women DJs in the area to do it. So Venus Envy was born and The Goddess Complex came to life. We have done two events with all women on the decks and the proceeds donated to various local women's charities that empower women. I have always maintained that I did not want to play all women DJ events UNLESS they were benefits, so I finally got to do it the way I wanted to. Now we have a loose collective of women DJs in the Midwest who are involved. The purpose of TGC and VE is to empower women, to give back to the community, to inspire other women to get to it and follow their dreams, and to shake our asses and have a great time doing all of the above. Thus far, both Venus Envy events have been successful with some of the best vibes I have ever encountered. I couldn't ask for better people to share it all with than my Midwest sisters! Check MySpacefor more info!


How is SisterSpin going?

SisterSpin has been kinda slow going. I was hoping to build the kind of online women's DJ community that SisterDJs (made my DJs Daisy and Courtney back in the day) was for me, with less fear of being blatantly feminist. Truth be told, I haven't had the time to devote to it lately to really get it hopping, so that in large part is why things have moved slowly. Maybe once winter hits and I have nothing better to do than sit online I can really start to push it a bit more.

I noticed a few records under your belt, anything we have to look forward to in the near future?

That's really up to a few labels that I have been waiting on forever. My remix of Ron S just came out on Anode Records, and there is a remix of Manuel Fuentes that (hopefully) will be out on Germany's Giant & Dwarf Records soon.

I haven't really been concentrating on production much lately, both due to an incredibly busy work and gig schedule, and just a lack of inspiration. I have never been particularly prolific as a producer, mostly because I only really write when the feeling hits. I don't like to force things if I feel I have nothing to say, just to get records out. That strikes me as soulless and pandering to an industry timeline and not necessarily to what my heart wants to do. I have a job already. I don't want music to be a "job".

So what do you see in the future of techno? How has it changed from say five years ago?

The future of techno has always been "right now". :) That said, it has changed a lot in the last five years I think. I played an old school techno set a few weeks ago, and that really made me rethink how I have viewed techno in the last few years. Each record sounded TOTALLY different, and it made DJing really fun and challenging (and kept the crowd interested as well). When things went super loopy (at least in the hard techno realm) it kinda took the fun and the challenge out of it. It kinda got real homogenized, and I don't think that's a good thing.

The genre splits have really taken their toll too. Now, instead of just playing good techno, regardless of its sound, people have split off into subgenre categorizing (hard/minimal/schranz/whatever) and super specialization, instead of just playing what is good across the board. Of course, only having an hour to play takes its toll as far as being able to stretch out and play a bunch of different stuff too, but listening to all techno (and just all kinds of music in general) is healthy as a DJ and a musician if you really want to do something interesting. I get bored easily, so I like to have a good variety at my fingertips. ;)

Tell me a bit about SUBterror?

SUBterror, while it could be seen as just another DJ crew, is so much more than that to me. It is my family. We all have known each other for years, play all kinds of different music, and share the common goal of both loving music and wanting to use music as a tool for progression and personal/social change. We share similar political/social views, and we are all there for each other no matter what. I know that my SUBterror brothers and sisters are there for me, through thick and thin, and I for them. I don't know what else to say. These people are my family and I love them all dearly. Check out the (woefully out of date)SubTerror.com

What direction do you see yourself going in the years to come?

Oh geez...do you have a week? I plan on spinning as much as humanly possible (I get a little tweaky if I don't play on a regular basis; it's my therapy...really...not kidding), hopefully doing more production as well. I am gearing up to work on a totally different kind of production project here in the near future with my friend Saqi Dosaj . She is a singer/songwriter, and I have been working on beats and random musical stuff for her next album. So it's a long ways away from techno production, and it makes me think in a totally different way. So that is a nice kick in the pants to go back to my roots of writing melodies and beats to go with vocals (I used to play guitar and bass in bands back in the day). That's in the embryonic stage right now, but I am plenty excited about it.

I have also been getting back to my poetry/spoken word roots. My friend kicked me out of retirement a few months ago, and then we went to Dayton, OH for a poetry slam, the grand prize for which was opening for Saul Williams in Dayton the week after. Well...I won. ;) That was rockin in itself, but sharing the stage with Saul was truly amazing. So my poetry juices are flowing (albeit slowly) and I am looking at the world through poet's eyes again, which I haven't really done in the last few years. But poetry has always been a little different than DJing for me. Poetry I do for the sheer enjoyment of it, and I have no plans to make a career out of it (the business end of ANY entertainment industry can get on my nerves big time). That said, I have NO idea what the future holds, so if anyone ever wants to pay me to travel around and do poetry, I ain't gonna say no.

I just want to enjoy life, make music/poetry/art, read books, hang out with my friends, travel, meet new people and impart a little joy to a world that is sadly lacking in it.

Oh, and I would like to overthrow capitalism and throw pies at Bush and Cheney. That too. ;)

Care to join me? We can play loud music and dance a lot while we do it, cuz (paraphrasing Emma Goldman) if I can't dance, I don't want your revolution! ;)

For mixsets (and even a short set of spoken word), visit djshiva.subterror.com or check me out live at Christmas Massacare!



a 5th of mazi


Joe Hensen ~ Interview with DJ MAZI ~ photo courtesty of TCA

So I read that you were born in Iran, what originally brought you to the states?

I moved to the U.S. when I was 12 with my family. We came here because of political turmoil in Iran.

What got you into spinning records?

Ever since the age of 16 I was going dancing at a club here in Chicago called Medusa's. Essentially what got me into spinning was my love for dancing. In 1990, my freshmen year in college, I got a chance to mess around with some turntables and a mixer. We were at my girlfriend's house around Christmas time. Her brother had pulled out his old DJ gear and by the time we left their house I ended up commandeering the entire set up. Getting behind the decks was more or less an accident. If my ex's brother hadn't pulled out those decks on that day who knows what I'd be doing now.

Can you play any instruments?

I play the guitar and my keyboards badly.

Whats the difference between the crowds of all the different places you've played like Chicago, Paris, Ibiza, Tokyo and so on?

It would take a book to answer that question. Their differences are overshadowed for me by their similarities. Before the set and afterwards everyone can potentially be very different. But while I'm playing music people basically fall into two catagories. Those who get the music and those who don't. I find that those two catagories can exist anywhere.

How do you feel about all the animosity from those who spin on cds and those on vinyl?

Thankfully, I don't hear much of it anymore and it's a stupid debate. Music should be the topic of discussion, not whether it's playing from a CD, a record or futuristic nano cube.

What dj's do you like to hear?

DJ's who put the music above their own ego. The last few sets I enjoyed we're played by Loco Dice, Josh Wink, David Duriez and my roomate Kyle Szmurlo.

What inspired you to produce your own tracks?

"Move Any Mountain" by The Shamen. I remember they had a remix contest for that song making all the parts available on one of the vinyl pressings. Right around that time I was working on accompanying a producer friend of mine with some beats and effects while performing live. We decided to take a crack at the contest. During the process I started to wrap my head around drum machines and sequencing. Our remix sucked but it got me fired up to learn more.

Do you have any favorites?

Favorite...
Writer: Louise Ferdinand Celine
Food: Thai
Band: Joy Division
Ice cream: Coffee or Spumoni
Synthesizer: ARP Odyssey MK3
Music software: Cubase SX
Club: Two way tie between Fabric and Crystal (in Istanbul)
Actor: Harvey Keitel
Moon: Callisto (Jupiter's 2nd largest)
I could go on but that's enough.

I've read that your sets have a "journey style" way to them. What is that, exactly?

I like to go between genres, styles and tempos to create a dynamic set of music that reflects the communication between the audience and me. The most important thing for me about DJ'ing is this impromptu creation of atmosphere that is unique each time. I like to build up a crowd but I think just getting harder and harder is plain boring. Too many DJ's treat their audience like halfwits. When I'm on the floor dancing I like a DJ that can play with my emotions and I try to do the same when behind the decks.

Do you have anything special planned for your show here in Kansas City?

Well right now I've just started working on my next Audio Soul Project album due to be released in April of next year. I have a couple of the tracks near completion and KC will be the first place where I'll be testing them out.

Do you have any advice for any beginning dj's out there?

Don't start your own label. It's pretty much the mold to start as a DJ and then 3 months later become a producer and then 2 months later after everyone has turned down your demo start your own digital label on Beatport. This lack of quality control is choking our scene. I think it's temporary though. The people who truely invest in their music, time being the most precious thing they can give, will succeed and those looking for short cuts will eventually get bored and becoming accountants like they were always meant to be. I guess my advice is to do it for the music and the music alone. For even more on Mazi, visit TCA-Web.comGourmetRecordings.com or Mazi on MySpace!



december 2006 editor note


Well, I wasn't particularly fond of the new layout, so I ditched it for now. I am beginning development on a new backbone, but I really hope to be able to keep much of the same structure. With any luck at all, the whole change will be mostly transparent.

Anyhow... the cover this month is from back in '01 at a little night called Echobass Mondays, held at the former Club Evos in the west bottoms of Kansas City. This event, along with others such as Stylus Fridays & The Wednesday Perk would ultimately help pave the way for electronic music in Kansas City to emerge out of the underground. Each of these nights in had their own significant contribution to the shape of things to come and the people that I met in these humble beginnings will always be remembered. Without them, none of this would have happened. My thanks to them. Specifically, to DJ Fitzroger, who allowed my camera to snap that first shot.

The shot to the right is of the whole krewe from last month's Blackliquid show at the Grand Emporium. It was definitely a good time and people couldn't seem to stop dancing, much like the last time he was here for our anniversary party this time last year.

This month, for our 5th Annivesray Party, we've gotten involved in two events. The first on Saturday, December 9th is dedicated to the club crowd and house heads and will feature DJ Mazi from Chicago at the Grand Emporium. Opening for Mazi will be local Saturday resident DJs Steve Thorell & Eric Sheridan.

The second will be Christmas Massacre - The Return on Friday, December 22nd. As one of the first "raves" that I photographed back in 2001 and with them celebrating their 5th birthday too with DJ Shiva, Arsenic, Offtrack and some of the best Techno & DnB DJs in Kansas City... this is surely going to be an awesome month for dance!

december 2006 issue

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

shadowrunner trance in your pants


I've been away too long and I'm glad to be back in time to be here for our change into autumn. The weather might be cooling off but the decks are remaining hot as ever. The electronic music culture is out there waiting to welcome you to a brave new world if, your up for a little excitement. Let me show you a few places that I know that can get you started in the right direction. Whether it is the music or the culture, TUNE IN, TURN ON, AND DROP VINYL!!!! Welcome to Candyland for the soul.

Home (Vocal Mix) - E-Craig - Reset Records

Massive driving trance that breaks down into a ENYA vocal, and then right back at it again. Absolutely, F@cking genius!!!! If you don't know Enya's breathy celtic singing style, you are lost in a bad place with little hope of redemption. The cast of the Lord of the Rings will have to take on another quest to save your ass from the darkness which has beset you.

Direct Dizko (Sander Van Doorn Remix) - Unknown - Konverted

Agressive pounding drums with a piercing alarm like synth baseline. This is the release you've been waiting for. Dance and release all the pent up energy and stress. Let loose the demons on the dancefloor. People need to let the most primal parts of themselves run free sometimes and cause just a little havoc. Enjoy the chaos!

Summerfish (Scandall Sunset On Ibiza Mix) - Leonid Rudenko - Bestboy Media

This proggy thumper breaks into one of the phattest sounding piano tracks in a while. Imagine yourself on the beach at sunset in Ibiza with a few hundred partiers starting a nightlong revelry of with some pretty tracks. This one is prefect for a beautiful moment. Just make sure that you share it with friends.

Perfect Blend - T4L - In Trance We Trust

If your thing is reaching the outer planes of existance with a lil help from a good track or two, drop this one when you want to have an etherial moment amoungst the chaos. this one flies low and fast underneath the radar carrying a devistating payload of deep floaty synths and pads. You want to be at ground zero when all matter of wonderous havoc is released.

Ghost In The Machine feat. Colleen Riley (Abbott& Chambers Remix) - Kenneth Thomas - Alter Ego Records

This track sends me back about ten years and reminds me of pounding vocal trance tracks with much so much emotion and pain. The only difference is that the quality of this production is just a little higher than those of the past. So if you are a fan of quality female vocal tracks from artists such as Tori Amos, Sarah McLachlan, and Jan Johnston, this one belongs in your collection. Haunting vocals and driving synths, NUFF SAID!!!

... and on the web ...

ENTV - I was a little skeptical of the nice e-flyer that I got, then I logged on. Sensation White 2006 was playing. 60,000 partiers dressed in white getting down to the likes of Sander Kleinenberg and other famous djs. They have a whole line-up from around the globe daily. See some of the best dance videos, parties, and DJs from across the globe.

Sensation White World Tour - The world's leading dance event is travelling the globe in 2006 and 2007. This extravigant production of artists, performers, and DJs is set to travel the globe and wow audiences in Europe, Asia, and America. Ill be there when they hit New York in 2007.

mega scum



Justin Kleinfeld ~ Novermber 21, 2006 - Fresh off his killer run as the mastermind behind the critically acclaimed DJs ARE ALIVE project, DJ / Producer The Scumfrog will soon release his long awaited new mix CD – “Mega Scum.” This album is an attempt to inject a feeling of freshness and fun into the increasingly stale DJ Mix market. From the outrageous – if not scary – cover art to the spanking new and exclusive tracks, Mega Scum is a whole lot of fun from top to bottom.

“Mega Scum” is packed to the hilt with a number of exclusive tracks, including The Scumfrog’s own "Durty Extra" and his remix of The Simple Minds new single “Different World” (not available commercially in the US) Another MEGA exclusive is White Leppard’s “Come Save Me;” the hot collaboration between influential members of the NYC nightlife scene (including Gaby Dershin from Astro & Glyde, Swamy - the modern day version of Michael Alig - and The Scumfrog). A true exclusive, the White Leppard boys are keeping this track for their own live gigs and this compilation!

The official record release party of Mega Scum will be held in Second Life! For those who don't know Second Life, go check it out SecondLife.com (a bit of a 3D MySpace Virtual World) The Scumfrog will open a club in Second Life shortly after the record release party, so if you make sure you're on my MySpace page (http://www.myspace.com/thescumfrogscoop) you will be kept up to date about everything!

On the production front, the always busy Scumfrog recently had his 10th number 1 club record with a remix of Paris Hilton’s “Stars Are Blind” and is currently finishing the new Scumfrog single "Secret" with Sarah Tancer. Stay tuned for news on other brand new productions and the return of DJs ARE ALIVE!
For more information check out TheScumFrog.comDJsAreAlive.com or RephlektorInk.com

choose noise


Justin Kleinfeld ~ November 21, 2006 - NYC - Hybrid need little introduction in the world of electronic dance music; Mike Truman and Chris Healings have been writing, producing, touring and DJing all over the globe for the best part of a decade and have amassed nearly 250 productions to date. However, you really haven’t heard anything yet! Brace yourself for I Choose Noise, Hybrid’s third and most complete artist album to date.

Nothing quite matches up to the sheer beauty and complexity of Hybrid’s I Choose Noise. Healings and Truman have long been known as one of the most technically adept production outfits in the industry and it’s personified on the new record. A heavy breakbeat backbone is supported by sublime sounds of the 36-piece Seattle Orchestra and a score co-written by white hot Hollywood composer Harry Gregson-Williams. Rock legend Perry Farrell stopped by and lent his voice to the epic “Dogstar,” and even brought his Porno For Pyros mate Peter Distephano along to drop some guitar licks throughout the album. Elsewhere, vocal contributions come from sirens Judie Tzuke and Kirsty Hawkshaw; and John Graham, best known for his productions under the Quiver moniker. Just to make sure this record sounded as good as it needed to be; Hybrid mastered the album with famed engineer John Dent (PJ Harvey, Kasabian, Kylie Minogue) at his custom built studio.

Preceding I Choose Noise was 1999’s Wide Angle and 2003’s Morning Scifi. Both released on their long standing record label, Distinct'ive Records, worldwide sales on these albums stands at over 170,000. The recording session of Wide Angle took Chris and Mike to Moscow to record with the 85 piece Russian Federal Orchestra at MOS Film Studios, to New York to record David Lynch's chanteus Julie Cruise and to Paris to record with Parisian rapper E MC. The LP was a blend of widescreen cinematic reference mixed with the throb of the newly forming break beat culture that was germinating in London. Subsequently from the release in the US on Warner's Kinetic Records, the duo were hand picked by Moby to support him on his 2000 North American tour which covered 43 dates over 56 days, from LA to New York.

The second LP¸ Morning Scifi, was debuted at Miami's WMC festival, Ultra and another bus tour of North America kept them on the road throughout the autumn of 2003. Morning Sci-Fi's more fragile and darker sound featuring the 24 piece St Petersburg Hermitage Orchestra led them to getting involved in scoring for film and the duo worked with Harry Gregson Williams in January 2004 on Tony Scott's Man On Fire. They were involved in the production of the score for Ridley Scott's Kingdom Of Heaven and the latest Tony Scott film, Domino and have recently completed their first solo score for Twisted Pictures newest production, Catacombs. During their album sessions and touring dates, Mike and Chris have remixed a vast array of artists, now totalling over 120, including Alanis Morrisette, Future Sound Of London, Jean Michelle Jarre, UNKLE, Radiohead, REM, Moby, Carl Cox, Crystal Method, BT, Sarah McLachlen and The Orb to name only a few.

The coming months will be non-stop for Hybrid. They’ve co-wrote three tracks for Perry Farrell’s much anticipated Satellite Party CD, including a completely different version of their own track “Dogstar.” Hybrid are also providing additional music and sound design for Harry Gregson-William’s score of Déjà vu, a new film from Director Tony Scott, and continue their global live and DJ dates in Australia, USA, Asia and the top festivals across Europe and the UK. The duo also holds US residencies for Liquified at 1150 in Atlanta and at Avalon in Hollywood.

For more information on Hybrid visit DistinctiveRecords.comHybridSoundSystem.com or RephlektorInk.com.

halliwell air


Mike Zelazek ~ A stroll down the Queensway from the gleaming Bullring and fire-bombed Dubliner bar will lead you to one of Birmingham, England’s, greasier superclubs—Air.

On a typical Saturday day eve, the queue starts growing beneath the Industrial Revolution era arches and squishy, chip-littered sidewalks much later than an anticipated Eddie Halliwell night. In preparation for the new national hero of hard house and hard dance, club-goers in Birmingham must squeeze by Air’s edgy security staff into an Amazonian atmosphere with steam machines creating rain clouds on the lower level.

By the 1:30 a.m. headliner set, everyone in the club is moist to some degree. While the comparative lateness makes Plump DJs after party less attractive to a foreigner, the group attitude and energy is evocative of advice avidly taken from the Human Traffic “screaming kettle” pep talk.

Upon the national brand of the weekend warrior ethos, Halliwell has increased the brightness of his own spotlight especially over the last three years. His sizable following of nutters live for his exhausting performances. “Jenny,” one such groupie (and self-proclaimed lesbian love child of Paris Hilton and Kate Moss) traveled with her mates from Liverpool on this weekend to Birmingham (Brum) to round out their summer trek across the UK to see the man noting Global Gathering and Creamfields as other highlights. While the faux-hawked, furry-booted crowd feigned Tylor Leigh’s vinyl-less set as amusing with classics from the last few months, they expressed their want for the pixie DJ to vacate the stage and allow Eddie take to charge and put the club into full-on Bosh mode.

When the main man did take the stage, his reliable smile quickly turned fierce as the plug was mistakenly pulled on one of his signature intros. His momentary Milli Vanilli-ish paralysis caused his entourage to scramble and adoring fans to sweat, but once repowered, the beginning of the night’s pounding began and let up only for only a few trancy highs amidst some revved up Prydz and cross-Channel beats from Marcel Woods.

In all its slick, split-level glory, Air can deliver on a tidy weeknight-er out in Birmingham. But how does the place compare to Broad Street clubs? Space is at a premium in any of the Digbeth neighborhood clubs including Air, and depending on your comfort in being groped by strangers several hundred occasions per night, it may not be the ideal scene. Godskitchen usually has a strangle-hold on the best performers, so it leaves little choice for the time being. And dependent on your preference, the £25.00+ cover for next month’s O’Bir and Tiësto gig, might lead you choose to a venue with more freedom, and yes, air.

For more information check out AirBirmingham.comGodsKitchen.comEddiehalliwell.com and FireItUp.co.uk

cerrone by bob sinclar


Justin Kleinfeld ~ From behind his drum set, he set the disco beat in America and Europe, becoming the first French disco superstar and giving rise to Modern-day artists like Daft Punk, Groove Armada and Bob Sinclar – all who have sampled his work. We now present you with Cerrone’s greatest tracks mixed together by one of today’s hottest dance music talents.

New York – French Producer Cerrone is one of the originators of disco. In 1976, his epic “Love In C Minor” became a breakout hit, selling more than 3 million copies worldwide. His follow-up release “Supernature” was another smash and went on to sell 8 million copies. In total, Cerrone has sold over 30 million records worldwide. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Cerrone’s top productions and his role in igniting the global dance phenomenon, Recall Records will reissue this artists most celebrated albums – “Love In C Minor,” “The Golden Touch,” “Cerrone’s Paradise,” “Cerrone 3” and “Hysteria.” In addition to these vital reissues, Recall will also release – for the first time in North America - “Cerrone By Bob Sinclar;” a wonderful introduction to Cerrone’s body of work and the perfect way to connect the dots between classic disco and today’s dance music. This historical release has already sold over one million copies in Europe.

“Cerrone By Bob Sinclar” is more than a retrospective of Cerrone’s career or a remix project. Although some of the tracks here have benefited from a slight facelift (“Major Sea,” ”Striptease,” Love Is The Answer” and “Rollercoaster”), Most of them are actually presented in their original version. Spanning Cerrone’s three most creative years, between 1976’s “Love In C Minor” and 1979’s “Angelina,” this album is a refreshing look back at some of the most exciting disco tracks ever released. Highlights include the beautiful “Love In C Minor,” “Cerrone’s Paradise,” “Living On Love,” “Look For Love” and “Supernature.”
With this album, Bob Sinclar pays a flamboyant homage to the man who has been one of the main sources of inspiration for him over the years. In fact, it’s likely that without Cerrone there wouldn’t be a Bob Sinclar today. This rings true for other artists Cerrone has inspired including Daft Punk , Groove Armada and Modjo, to name a few.

In addition to his productions, Cerrone also produces some of the largest dance events in the world and draws hundreds of thousands of fans at a time. This fall, Cerrone will celebrate his 30-year anniversary with a party and live performance at a major New York City venue. This precedes a mega dance party to be produced by Cerrone and Nile Rodgers (in conjunction with NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg), scheduled for fall 2007.

Cerrone is the recipient of 1 Golden Globe as Best producer and 5 Billboard Golden Awards and has worked with artists as diverse as Lionel Richie, Paul McCartney, Donna Summer, Armand Van Helden, Frankie Knuckles and Danny Tenaglia.

For more information on Cerrone please visit Cerrone.netRecallRecords.come-Recall.com or RephlektorInk.com

biscayne bay bang


Betty Kang ~ November 11, 2006 - Miami - The Southeast's newest diverse music event-returns to Miami's Bicentennial Park Saturday, November 11. The event's promoters Haddad Productions are pleased to announce Duran Duran, Daft Punk, Tiesto, Gnarls Barkley, Modest Mouse, Common, Thievery Corporation, Kinky, Los Amigos Invisiblies and more than 50 bands and DJs on 5 different stages for the day-long fete.

The U.K. mega-group Duran Duran's appearance at BANG! is a special live-performance engagement they are making in the midst of recording a new album. Duran Duran is one of the most successful British bands with a career celebrating 25 years of continuous chart success and more than 70 million records sold.
French electronica duo Daft Punk's stunning new live show-cum-space ship has been hailed as the must-see act of the year after their first US appearance in eight years at Coachella 2006.

Other new additions to BANG! include: Common, Roger Sanchez, Kinky, George Acosta, Christopher Lawrence, Markus Schultz, DJ Icey, Yerba Buena, Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso, Cedric Gervais, Ivano Bellini, Hyper, Misstress Barbara, Baby Anne, Truth, Edgar V, Spacemen, 4 Strings, Kevens, Filo & Peri, Austin Leeds, Jen Lasher, Speechless and Devine & emilyPLAY. The full line-up will be announced at a later date.

The BANG! Music Festival will be spread out over 30-acres of lush landscape on the waterfront of Biscayne Bay with three outdoor stages and two massive tent stages, plus five VIP areas with preferred viewing and bottle service. The sound for each area will be provided by V-dosc, Turbo or Nexxo, three of the world's best sound systems so festival goers will be privy to the ultimate sound quality available. The event will also have mist tents, Port-o-lets, food concessions of various fare, clothing and jewelry vendors, bleachers for general admission guests, an eco-village, onsite ATMs and an 'urban village' with an MC battle, turntabilist battle, break-dancers, graffiti artists and more.

A portion of the proceeds for the BANG! Music Festival will go to Cure The Planet, CurethePlanet.org: A fledgling non-profit organization that focuses on saving the planet’s precious eco-system by recycling and creative ways to keep the planet pure.

For more information on Bang Music Festival’s artist line-up, ticket pricing and travel info, please visit:  www.BangMusicFestival.com or PlexiPR.com

hypnotic africa hi-fi


Brent Crampton ~ Interview with Sonia Hassan & Ron Trenty ~ Club culture beyond the cocktail: Africa Hi-Fi "This music is a higher form of communication; when it is channeled and used properly, when the sound is correct and the energies (of the people) in the room are vibrating together . . . that's when it all happens."

This is music according to Ron Trent, co-creator and resident DJ at Africa Hi-Fi.

"Yes," replied Sonia Hassan, the 'harmonious' host and fellow co-creator of the night. "Emitting that energy, the DJ has it, and they're spreading it - that's the vibration bringing all into one."
Relating the DJ and dancers as the priest and congregation, while sitting in a high-rise apartment in downtown Chicago, Trent went on to say, "That's why the DJ as god thing is garbage, because we (the DJ) are connected to that dancefloor."

Hassan and Trent: two people with a clear purpose, coming together to make a difference. Rather than providing a club-clichÈ space to drink and socialize, these two promoters are deliberately changing a dancefloor into a sacred, rhythmic sanctuary. For them, that difference takes place once a month at Sonotheque in Chicago during a monthly event titled Africa Hi-Fi.

The motherland; the hot bed of creation and creativity - Africa is the soil with which the roots of music are bound. To honor this, pay homage and "present an open forum that will tap into the creative energy of Africa to help elevate the consciousness of people," said Hassan, Africa Hi-Fi ultimately "fuses music and social consciousness with art and dance."

As the sound protruded from the pristine Function One system during their August 11 two-year anniversary event, what I heard Trent mix was a story-line of musical messages. Fela Kuti, founder of afro-beat, vinyl-atticly fueled the airwaves with his politically challenging message. Then matching the drum rhythms of the non-quantized track, Trent blended in an atmospheric, celestially induced house track with a breathy afro-Cuban flair. Half an hour later - James Brown, after that - A Tribe Called Quest, after that, a future soul, funk, jazz musical onslaught.

The people, some 200 of them during the peak, are moving. Some heads bowed, swaying to the sound, feeling their memories of when they first heard Trent's Manu Dibango selection, or creating new memories when they hear an Osunlade track for the first time. Some were ecstatically absorbing the pulsating groove and shaking their bodies as if awakening something ancient. Some leaning against the bar, saying to me, they wish this night happened more than just once a month.

Each generation of music came from its predecessors. While the tracks Trent plays comes shrink-wrapped in different music categories, span many decades and continents, the drumbeat is the cohesion and the ancestral lineage leading back to Africa is the message.

Record label owner, international DJ and producer, Trent was there to lay the foundation for what we know as the Chicago house music scene. But to say Trent is a 'house DJ' is too limiting, as he boldly says. "To be honest with you, house music is dead. When they formulate it and put it in a box, it's a done deal. But the roots and elements live on forever."

And it's those roots and elements that Trent has continued to pull upon with his music selections at their night.

As the DJ booth at Sonotheque is lined records, Trent's rhythmic library spans house, jazz, soul, funk, hip hop, afro-beat, afro-Cuban and Brazilian sound-scapes - old and new.

"Each song has a program like a computer chip," explained Trent. "My thing is to put together a program that will evoke a lot of different emotions. I want to take you on a journey of past memory, of future memory; the places you are going that your body already knows."

And while Trent and Hassan's story may sound foreign to the culture and structure we attribute to dance music, all it takes is a look into past memory to see that they're carrying the torch set a blaze before them.
Indeed, since the beginning, music has been a tool of communication to gods and spirits, and a sacred expression of the human condition. For as Alvin Ailey, American Dance Theater Director, said in a National Geographic article, dance is "as close to God as you are going to get without words."

But even more recent, when you look back to the root of club culture, you find an interesting upbringing...
David Mancuso is accredited with laying the foundations for modern club culture with his legendary Loft parties in NYC during the '70s. Pioneers for dance music such as Larry Levan (Paradise Garage) and Frankie Knuckles (Warehouse) regularly attended and were inspired by these parties. But what started it all was a very organic progression.

Mancuso often conversed and attended gatherings by pop-icon, Timothy Leary. Through their association, Mancuso was inspired to host small gatherings of people where LSD would be consumed, and various activities, such as transcendental mediation, would take place, according to Trent. To accompany the psychedelic process, Mancuso constructed music tapes to play throughout the trip. Dancing naturally began to take place more frequently until he decided to throw a large event solely geared towards LSD consumption and dancing, which eventually led to the historical plaque known as the Loft parties.

Mancuso speaks of the "third ear" when he was selecting the music in Tim Lawrence’s Love Saves The Day. "There was neither the DJ nor the dancer. Someone would approach me to play a record and I would already have it in my hand... It got very psychic because we knew we were following a sonic trail."

And as that trail led on, it paved a template and served as an aspiration for thousands. From humble beginnings in an NYC loft space while indulging in LSD-induced meditation and musical experiences to what music has become today, there are still many using music and dance as a sacred and spiritual path.
I'm talking about Deep: Where House Lives in LA with Marques Wyatt; former night, Body and Soul in NYC with Danny Krivit, Joe Claussell and Francois K., Soul Revival in Boston with Adam Gibbons and KC Hallett. There are club nights, DJs, promoters - people from all over the world who are elevating club music a bit beyond the cocktail. Rather than just a four-to-the-floor beat going on in the background while jager bombs are being shot, people are using this music as a tool for social progression, for spiritual outlet, for fellowship - for many things.

With infinite stories to tell, I've chosen one to tell now, and it goes by the name of Africa Hi-Fi...
"This music is unity music," said Trent. "Where it was played, how it came about."
"The number one goal is to unite no matter what the fuck you are," said Hassan.
The night is based on vibrational energy. "Why do people dance?" Hassan asked rhetorically. "Certain frequencies can change your vibrations, and most of our music is based on a positive frequency."

With 'master resident dee-jay selector' Ron Trent, the positive frequencies of the night have featured past guests including Francois K., Rich Medina, Derrick May, Jody Watley and various dance acts ranging from Capoeira, tribal belly and carnivale dancers. They've featured visual artists to take command of the flat screens, or conduct live paintings. Beyond entertainment, they support and spread literature on Amnesty International and NextAid.org - both non-profits that serve needs in Africa. In addition, Hassan has made a point of making the Africa Hi-Fi flyers and posters pieces of art in themselves. Their Africa Hi-Fi boombox branding has been widely recognized around Chicago and artfully respected, created by Cody Hudson. After Hudson went on to other major projects, Rob Hamilton took over designing the art and posters, and recently, Adam Gibbons. As Hassan likes to say, she's "incorporating entertainment with consciousness."

To check out more info on this night, go to MySpace, or their forthcoming website at AfricaHi-Fi.com.

"We are energetically connected, but people don't realize that, so they end up not caring about what else is going on in the world," said Hassan. "Africa Hi-Fi is a hypnotic way of bringing people together through music, letting them realize we are all connected, and healing them in the process."

soul aid soul system


Brent Crampton ~ November 11 - 2006 - Omaha, NE - Within a single generation AIDS has reached pandemic proportions globally. There are now over 40 million people living with AIDS. Of the 13.2 million children who have been left behind in the wake of AIDS, 95% are in Africa alone, and every 14 seconds another child is faced with losing his or her parent and taking on adult responsibilities because of AIDS.
In response to this, Ultramusique.com is on a soul mission as we present, Soul Aid: A NextAid.org Benefit, which will take place on Nov. 11th, from 7 p.m. – 1 a.m. at The Omaha Press Club (scroll down for directions and parking info).

A celebration of culture for a cause, Soul Aid will feature live saxophone, percussion, keys and dee jay combined in the national headlining jazz-house ensemble known as Soul System (www.soulsystem.com). Opening act will be Brent Crampton, alongside a rare appearance by LJ Munz, with host Jay 'Rhythm Souldier' Kline.

Proceeds will be donated to Nextaid.org and as a further contribution, we'll be hosting a donation dinner from 7-9 pm, where contributors can make a minimum donation of $30 for a full course dinner (this fee includes ticket price as well). RSVP must be received by by Nov. 8th.

Flickering city skyline view, 22-floors up and right in the middle of Omaha’s downtown business district is The Press Club. A private member-based bar and dining club that has previously never been open to club culture, The Press Club offers a high-rise view of the city that extends unto the horizon.

What is NextAid?

NextAid is a Los Angeles based non-profit organization dedicated to creating sustainable solutions for African children orphaned as a result of AIDS. NextAid actively links artists, musicians and the global community with some of the most impoverished and vulnerable children on the planet. By partnering with various organizations in the production of music events and other awareness raising activities, NextAid channels emergency and long-term aid to African children in need.
NextAid is committed to represent the international dance community in its effective and practical response to the AIDS pandemic. Having worked with top DJ's such as Carl Cox, Miguel Migs, DJ Dan, John Digweed, and organized events in New York, Chicago, LA and Spain, NextAid is an international organization relevant to today's club culture.

blackliquid

(Originally published in the "on decks" column of the December 2005 issue of phocas.net. Scroll down, read and listen.)


Hailing from London, Iheanyi (Ike) Ngwaba aka Blackliquid, came to Los Angeles armed with 16 years DJ experience and 12 years of production. His intention was to spend as much time with the best of the best talent in the United States writing, producing and DJing. After a quick six years, he accomplished that goal and established a solid reputation as a one of LA's best House DJs, Entertainers & Producers, playing right alongside of the biggest names in the industry.

Only recently, he finished a remix for DJ Colette's "Hypnotized" and I had the rare opportunity to preview that track. It is definitely hot! It just so happens that this particular track has also been released on the new compilation CD, "Femme Fatales". In addition,he has new EP, entitled "The BlackLiquid EP" that is very near release on Magnify Music, though no date has been given.

Originally mixed for last December's "on decks" column, we thought it would be good to pull it out of the vault again so you can have a little taste of what's in store for Friday, November 10, 2006 at the Grand Emporium when phocas presents... Blackliquid at 10 pm.




All tracks are written, produced and remixed by Blackliquid. Hope you enjoy! For more information, visit BlackLiquid.com
  1. Tump - Original jam from the BL vault
  2. Keepin Up - Original house jam from the BL vault!
  3. Havin Sex - One of Blackliquid's fun remixes. Having sex vocals courtesy of La Tour track 'People Are Still Havin Sex'
  4. Sex Healin (BL 05 remix) - slightly more bumpy version of the classic Marvin Gaye hit 'Sexual Healin' remixed by Blackliquid
  5. Track Me Down - Original jam from the BL vault.(Imagine searching for the mischievous and mysterious piccolo whilst grooving in a club with your friends.)
  6. Spaced Invader (BL 05 remix) - After jamming the original mix some years ago the 'Liquid Invasion' mix was created for the soul driven house dance floor.
  7. Don't Believe The Hype (BL 05 remix) - Public Enemy are a
    favorite of Blackliquid. This is a ethnic percussive house bump remix made strictly for the dance floor.
  8. Come Enjoy - An original funky groove based soulful house jam. Produced for the London (UK) club night 'Got To Go' as seen on DSI

november 2006 editor note

Somehow, somewhere along the way, this page got lost.  Should anyone find this lost page archived anywhere on the internet, please return to sender.

thanks...
... phocas

november 2006 issue

Sunday, October 01, 2006

plastic motive on decks


Hailing from Victoria, BC, by way of Toronto, ON, Canada, Jeff Harris aka Plastic Motive has been active in the electronic music scene for well over a decade. At the age of 27, Jeff has run 3 different production companies (Sourkee, NeXstep and Blunted By Choice), as well as two very successful weekly nights (Re-Form and Funk’N Fridaze), and has played a major role in the Canadian underground electronic music scene.

Jeff began spinning under the alias Plastic Motive in 1998 and landed his first gig in little under a year. Before that he would mix cd’s and tapes at school dances and friends birthday parties. Like most DJ’s, Jeff took to music at a very young age and it was no surprise that he would aspire to share his passion with the world.
From 1999 to 2005 Plastic Motive held down DJ residency spots with 6 additional production companies (ONdaFLY, Goodfellaz, Funkadelic, Impure, Embryon and 420 Pro) all in the Southern Ontario area. He describes his style as “Nu Skool Electronic Rock n’ Roll” as he strives to stay ahead of the game with his sound. Drawing his influences from many different genres, including Ska, Punk, Industrial and Hip hop, he says “I think I have a fairly well rounded taste in music and it helps to make me a well rounded DJ..” It’s for this reason he is now entertaining international inquiries from all over the world.

Plastic Motive is fresh off of his recent stop in Shanghai, China, and has played in other such cities as Montreal, New York, Buffalo, Seattle, Vancouver, Victoria and Niagara Falls, among many others. Recently, Plastic Motive has been trying his hand at production, having helped on a couple remix collaborations. He says more production is definitely in his future, but for now, his main focus is to continue to throw “kick ass events” while keeping his live performance level as high as it can be. “There’ll always be more nights, more parties” he says, “I’ll just keep playing this stuff till everyone likes it! They won’t even have a choice!!”

Be sure to keep your eyes and ears open for Plastic Motive on the decks near you soon. He plays hard. He plays funky. He’ll make you freak on the dance floor like you’ve never freaked before!! Breaks, beats, and heavy Bass are at the top of the menu when this man comes to town, and he’ll serve it to you Red Hot! Get ready to get it on!!!

Have a listen to Plastic Motive's Mix, "Cheese & Crackers" to get a taste of what you can expect to hear from him when he opens for Frankie Bones at the Grand Emporium on October 13, 2006!   For more information on Plastic Motive, hit him up on MySpace!



driven arnold g

Shelli Andranigian ~ Hollywood, CA - 15SEP06 - Southern California-based singer/dancer/performer Arnold G is set to release his debut CD DRIVEN: Straight to the Dance Floor, this week on A & G Records. The album covers a number of dance genres and also touches on social issues such as AIDS awareness, hate crimes and crystal meth.

Arnold G has traveled much of the world, performing in Eastern Europe, the UK and Canada along with America. He started his career as a dancer and choreographer for various recording artists in Hollywood. After a decade as a dancer, he became a print-model but his love of music brought him to singing locally in nightclubs. There he found himself winning singing contests throughout California. As a performer he has been a part of shows at The White Party in Palm Springs, Knotts Berry Farm in Buena Park, California and The MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

A special marketing campaign includes extensive promotion on MySpace, Internet distribution outlets and traditional one-stops. A distribution agreement was signed with Super-D for the latter (www.sdcd.com), while digital distribution outlets all over the world are additionally on board to carry DRIVEN: Straight to the Dance Floor. There will also be an awareness campaign at the upcoming Billboard Dance Music Summit to be held in Las Vegas next week.

Two of the songs from DRIVEN are currently charting on Soundclick (www.soundclick.com), an artist-driven website by and for artists. "Give It To Me Baby" went to #7 on the Electronica chart (out of 168,587 ssongs) and #3 on the Electronica -- Subgenre Dance charts. (out of 11,268 songs). "Carry On" went to #162 on Alternative (out of 91,920 songs) and #13 on Alt Power Pop (out of 4,129 songs). Another song on the record, "Ocean Dreams," went to #1 on the Electronica chart for two weeks and also topped the overall genre chart.

SoundClick is a music website that features both signed and unsigned bands, according to their website. It has been around since 1997. Well-known artists such as Janet Jackson, Sarah McLachlan, Moby, Gravediggaz, PM Dawn, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush and Letters To Cleo are also on the site. The driving force are hundreds of thousands of great unsigned bands looking for their big break. There are 50,000 new songs and more than 6000 new bands approved each month.

There are a few socially-aware songs on Driven, including the pop-flavored "Carry On," which talks about the importance of AIDS awareness. A special DVD will accompany the track and is a video montage of lives lost over the years. A portion of the upcoming single's proceeds will go to AIDS awareness. Meantime, other strong messages are sent through "Our Rainbow" (hate crimes) and "Angel Eyes" (crystal meth).
A promotional club tour in select markets is planned for later this year. Single releases (TBD) will be promoted to Billboard reporters and mixshow DJ's.

Check him out on Myspace.com/ArnoldG for additional information about both DRIVEN: Straight to the Dance Floor and Arnold G or contact Andranigian Media, also on MySpace!

miss nine


Justin Kleinfeld ~ New York, NY - In the heavily male dominated DJ market, it’s rare to find a female DJ who can create a huge impact on the scene in a short amount of time. Miss Nine (AKA Kristin Schrot) has not only been able to outshine and make her presence known in such a world, but she has done so all within three years of picking up a record. With her eclectic taste in music, ranging from energetic grooves with plenty of vocals to a deeper, progressive sound, Miss Nine turns heads and moves feet any where she performs. With Yoshitoshi Ibiza, Miss Nine becomes the first female to mix a compilation for Washington-based Yoshitoshi Recordings, the world-renowned leader in all genres of dance music.

Kristin Schrot began her career, not as a deejay, but as a model. At 16, she made it to the finals of one of the largest modeling pageants in Germany, and soon after secured a worldwide contract with Elite Model Management. Longing for more, her passion for music led Kristin to move to Amsterdam where she dubbed herself Miss Nine and began pursuing a career in the electronic industry.

At the end of 2005, Miss Nine was asked to join Bullitt Bookings, the reputable agency of A-list deejays such as Deep Dish, Nic Fanciulli, and Danny Howells. This merger has allowed Miss Nine to explode onto the forefront of the DJ scene. Currently touring with Deep Dish, Miss Nine performs around the world, spinning at clubs such as Pacha in Ibiza, Space in Miami, Avalon in LA, Crobar in New York, and Ministry of Sound in London, with her fan base multiplying by the minute. This summer, Miss Nine was one of 2 residents for Yoshitoshi@Pacha parties in Ibiza opening for Deep Dish.

While enduring this exhausting tour schedule, Miss Nine still works full time as model for Elite. Modeling also takes her across the globe as the highlight of various photo shoots and ad campaigns for designers like Tommy Hilfiger, Armani, Lancome, Custo, and Pepe Jeans. She has appeared on the cover of several magazines, most notably Elle Magazine in Amsterdam.

Yoshitoshi Ibiza is released on Yoshitoshi Recordings on October 24, 2006. Miss Nine will be touring worldwide to promote this flawless and magnetic mix, so make sure to check www.bullittbookings.com and catch the queen of the decks at a venue near you!

For more information, check out Miss-Nine.com or RephlektorInk.com!