Archives for the month of: May, 2011

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Got a party on a boat coming up fast! Here’s the information, a short interview with Ramiro of Uniting Souls below.

Thanks to all who have bought tickets so far, we’re super excited for Aquafunk this Saturday! 

We still have some tickets left at the $20 price:
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/169000

At the dock, tickets will be $25 *pending availability, it may be fully sold-out by departure time, so if you havent yet, grab yours soon =)

Here are the time slots:

Lower Deck: 
6:00-7:30 Ramiro 
7:30-8:30 Hanssen
8:30-9:30 Karl Kamakahi
9:30-close Brian Lyons

Upper Deck: 
6:00-7:30 Cybo 
7:30-8:30 Derrick Deepvibez
8:30-9:30 Recess Shameless
9:30-close Kadeejah Streets

Visit our site for all other details:
http://www.unitingsouls.com/

See you on the floating dance floor!!! 

>>> Afterparty @ ETG 
DIGGIN’ DEEP featuring Rob Noble, Jeromy Nail, Eugene Fauntleroy (aka Michito), and Deepvibez

INTERVIEW

DD: How would you describe the energy of the Seattle electronic community when you first arrived here, compared to it’s current state?

There’s always waves of ups & downs, things seem to ebb & flow over the years and over the last decade since I moved here from SF, but for the most part I’d say Seattle currently is at an unprecedented peak, as far as talent, creativity and community in particular. We are very fortunate & blessed here in the Northwest to have a tremendous sense of unity and engagement amongst the major players who make it all happen – from the original pioneers such as Michael Manahan/Starborne, our own Uniting Souls, Decibel Festival, Innerflight, Shameless, SunTzu, the Burning Man community, Infinite Connections, and even newer/younger crews like LiveNLove,  Sweatbox, Booty Resin, and Condiment, along with many others. There’s an amazing sense of unified and collaborative energy – we’re all friends, we all support each other as much as possible, and it’s pretty awesome that we all make an effort to go the extra mile, to make sure that our commitment to furthering a strong sense of community takes high priority in everything we do, everything we set out to accomplish through our musical and creative endeavors. We’ve got some amazingly talented musicians, producers, and performers in our community that have reached international acclaim, support and recognition, really putting Seattle on the map in a new unprecedented way, and this is across genres, house cats like Pezzner & LawnChair Generals, our own Uniting Souls label, to the techier end of the spectrum, like the 0-1 label, L’usine, Jeff Samuel, Truckasaurus, and so many others, who have really charted new territory for Seattle music culture. And the Decibel Festival in particular, whose success is completely grassroots-driven, with so much energy from so many different crews, including volunteers, who have just worked so hard to build something truly special.

DD: What’s been one of your most memorable Seattle events?

Oh man, there’ve been so many, where do I start? Definitely the Magnetic/Kinetic series we did at The Pacific Science Center, not only due to the nature of such a unique, landmark venue, with so much of a personal connection to childhood memories of a lot of the attendees/dancers, but to Seattle culture in general, very special & memorable! Also, the Uniting Souls/Innerflight and Uniting Souls/Decibel boat parties we’ve done on The Islander, some incredible memories from those. And of course, some of the outdoor camping summer parties, like Photosynthesis, every single one has been pretty epic! But going way back to early 2000’s, our parties at I-Spy/Nation, and the early days of the Baltic Room, we did the Life parties from 2001-2004, so many great memories from those… some of the parties we did at Church of Bass, and there was the Om Records Tour in 2001, which we did at The Showbox Market (back when there was only one Showbox) – we had Mark Farina & Marques Wyatt with Soulstice & aFRO-mYSTIK both playing live, it was an amazing night, by the end of it as Farina was closing the night, the stage had filled with all the musicians from both bands and even people from the crowd up on the stage playing percussion & congas, and Gina Rene doing vocals on the mic, totally impromptu, and they told us that it was their favorite stop on a 50+ city tour they did that year. We’re really fortunate & humbled to hear that quite often from touring headlining artists, they love the vibe in Seattle, and even the crowds may not be the largest they play to, they definitely recognize that we have something really special here, and that seems to be truer now more than ever.

DD: What’s kept you motivated and encouraged throughout the years? Running a production company, plus doing work as a record label is a major commitment, and it takes a while to get everything rolling.

It does require quite a bit of energy and ongoing motivation for sure, especially after having been doing it for over 15 years. But you know, first and foremost, what keeps me going I’d say is my love of the music, and the intention behind what we do, which is to promote community and “cross-pollination” if you will, among the different groups which make up our tribes. And right up there with that is the huge outpouring of love & support & appreciation which we receive back from all of our friends, supporters, music lovers, and everyone who comes to the shows and enables us to keep it all going. It’s amazing how much that appreciation is constantly expressed, not only verbally, but through people’s attitudes and actions, it’s quite empowering and motivational, without a doubt.

– jimijaxon 

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Included in this mix, Slappin’ Plastic’s remix of this Stanton Warriors track..

http://soundcloud.com/slappin-plastic

– jimijaxon

 

INTERVIEW

DD: Hello hello Kontakt! How would you describe what you’re doing with Kontakt Recordings? You have a huuuuuuuge amount of tracks on that soundcloud of yours..

KR: Hey guy (s) /girl (hopefully attractive). Kontakt Recordings is a promotional label spreading the good quality European and “West Coast” electro to the rest of the country where it has not yet touched down. We are also bringing back a lot of old skool rave and breakbeat influences in as the next evolution in the fidget/electro sound. Down with the amen break! We are in contact with many of the producers that are featured in our mashup tracks and hope to get them the East Coast / USA representation they deserve through our free mashup releases and monthly podcast. Personally, I’m working on my first new album release in 4 years…time to stop djing for a bit and go back to producing, where I came from. Yep that’s what we’re doing!

DD: What’s been your favorite song to remix/mashup?

KR: When I’m playing live, my favorite song to mashup is N-Joi’s “Anthem”. As far as the remixes go, it’s a tie btween the new Hyper Go-Go “Never Let Go” remix and my David Guetta “Delirious” remix from last year. I love bringing back the classic anthems, but that Guetta remix really takes the cheese and gives it groove.

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DD: How many artists are connected with Kontakt Recordings?

KR: We have about 8 producers and 11 DJ’s right now under affiliation, in NYC, Philly, DC, Orlando, and LA.

DD: Whoaaaa, very nice. How would you like to see Kontakt Recordings develop as time goes on?

KR: I’d love see us doing some international events more than just gigging. Kontakt has sponsored some great events on this side of the ocean, the other side would be a great thing for us. It would also be great to go back to our experimental / techno roots and explore the darker side of EDM. We’re in contact with two German labels now to get both of those things started *high five*.

DD: What’s been the strongest show you guys have put together? What stood out about it?

KR: Orb Festival 2009 was the best event hands down so far. We worked together with a team of great people and artists, had a real international line up (20+ international acts), and the festival looked out of this world. Many of the people we worked with on that are still our best connections in the industry. When you are camping for 4 days with people, you make great friends! it was very inspiring for all of us.

DD: Any final words for all the lovely blog readers?

KR: A great philosopher once wrote, “Naughty naughty very naughty”…It’s been great talking to you guys, and a message to all you dancers out there on the floor: The music will set you free!

http://soundcloud.com/kontakt-recordings

– jimijaxon

FREE TAKE ONE: http://www.mediafire.com/?tss950a3hj7a6b4

MMMatthias was on Disco Droppings last year, happy he’s back at it! In additition to the free remix above, he’s got a new remix release on Juno for Rotze, here’s a previewww

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INTERVIEW.

DD: You’re sounding fresh MMMatthias! What do you enjoy most about Ed Banger Records?

Thanks, I’m glad you enjoy it! I mostly enjoy their powerful comeback! Been a fan since day one and after some disappointing moments in the recent history, it’s great to see they found back to their greatness. Pretty excited for the upcoming artist albums…like everyone else is, I guess =)

DD: Any touring plans near Seattle? 

Unfortunately no touring plans for North America yet…Bookers, hit me up!!!

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/MMMatthias/124606589723
Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/mmmatthias

– jimijaxon

continuing on with the freeness..hit that little down arrow on the right side, make it yours 

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INTERVIEW

DD: Aww another artist from France. I would like to visit very badly. What are you doing right now?

CP: Yes I’m from France, it’s a nice country and I would strongly advise you to visit when you get the chance. Lately I haven’t been as productive as I used to be, as my main focus recently, I’ve been trying to learn tablas which is a very versatile indian percussion, but it’s also very demanding and needs a lot of work to be mastered. Hopefully I will be able to spice up my electronic music production with it in a very near future, nonetheless I’ve been working on some tunes in many different styles as usual.

DD: I would love to hear some tabla music when that comes together. How did you get interested in electronic music?

CP: I started with metal actually and very quickly picked up a guitar belonging to my father, then started to play in a few metal bands. Then I learned drums, around ’98 my interest in electronic music started to grow. I was very enthusiastic when I first discovered electronic music, I was deep into Tricky, Amon Tobin, Squarepusher, but also some Drum and Bass, mainly Roni Size, Four Heroes etc.. At that time the computer started to be able to handle audio processing, so I started to experiment with sampling, sound processing etc., but it was purely for fun and it wasn’t my main musical focus at the time. Then a time went by and we (our band) started to introduce some electronic elements in our instrumental music and when my last band to date stopped, I decided to focus more on electronic production, and as I was getting better, the music started to get better too, and this led to my first gigs and first releases, and I definitely hope I will keep on improving my musical skills.

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DD: Coming from bands earlier in your life, do you ever collaborate with other artists in songs?

CP: Yes I did quite a few collabs in different styles, I think the key here is to trust (and respect) the creative and musical skills of your partner but overall it really is a hit or miss process it really depends who you’re writing with. if the persons involved have the right attitude it will yield great results, to sum up working with the right person will be a real pleasure, working with someone who isn’t opened to discussion can become a real chore.

DD: Do you play out much in France? What does the electronic community look like there?

CP: I used to play out a lot but no so much anymore as what I really enjoyed is creating new stuff, playing for a crowd isn’t so exciting for me anymore. Regarding the musical scene in France there’s a lot of different styles represented obviously, I think the most developed  is probably the electro house scene, the kind of stuff JUSTICE and the label Ed Banger is putting out, there’s also quite a few minimal techno nights going on, other than that every style is out there but it’s more underground, there’s a decent Drum n Bass and IDM scene too but there isn’t a lot of producers…but there’s a lot of events so overall I would say the electronic music scene is rather healthy.

DD: What future projects are you most excited to work on?

CP: I really want to start working on some cross genre music, so far I’ve been producing within easily identified genres (Drum n Bass, IDM, Minimal) and I would like to think more outside the box and be ablet to mix all my different influences into one unique style, it’s easier said than done but hopefully this project will come to life in the near future.

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DD: Onward and upward! Any final words?

CP: i was very pleased to answer your questions, and glad you find my music worth interest.

Chaotic Pulse on Soundcloud

– jimijaxon