Archives for the month of: January, 2012

For those old enough to drink in the U.S., I’ll have the privilege of dj’ing with Alex Ruder of KEXP and III Cosby, head of Car Crash Set on February 13th (Living Room Bar, No Cover). I recently learned more about friend, Alex Ruder in his recent Stranger article. As you’ll see in my interview below, he is incredibly enveloped with his craft of dj’ing, and missing his show at the Living Room Bar will be a mistake!

INTERVIEW

DD Sup Alex! I enjoyed learning more about your show in that Stranger article, I feel we are kindred music spirits. What are you up to right now? 

AR Hey Jimi! Thanks! Definitely feel like there’s a wonderful community of new music diggers in Seattle and just really happy to be a part of it. I’m chilling on my break from pushing movies at the video store I manage on Queen Anne, trying to sneak in a quick listening session to some new sounds before heading back to work…

DD I’ll be DJ’ing with you and III Cosby on 2/13 at The Living Room. Very hyped on this! What kind of set will you be playing? For those who listen to your show, are there any favorite tunes you’ll be adding to your living room set? 

AR Yes, really excited to get to share a set with you and Ill Cosby for Street Halo on the 13th! I’ll most likely be putting a set together of new stuff I’m digging and go heavy on some lush/introspective/sexy beats (my fave!) before getting into some more uptempo (but still moody) UK dancefloor flavors. I try not to repeat myself too often, and I try to find something new everyday that blows my mind, but right now I’m really feeling some new and forthcoming releases from Shlohmo, Lapalux, The Host, Ghost Mutt, and Time Wharp on the beats tip, and new UK material from Scuba, Throwing Snow, Disclosure, and Dauwd in the more dance-friendly realm. I’ll probably throw in some Burial as well. Gotta pay respect to the night!

DD How would you describe the NW electronic community? How has it evolved since you first became interested in it? Which artists around here have really stood out to you? 

AR Super hard to put it into words, but I feel that the NW electronic community is a group of genuine, dedicated music lovers, explorers, and creators that are doing what they do out of the sheer love for it. It’s been a treat to not only become more involved in the local scene over the past 8 years but also see the community grow, both in our own circle and on an international scale with the continual rise and success of Decibel Festival. Some of the newish artists that have stood out to me include Ill Cosby and a lot of local folks that have been affiliated with his Car Crash Set label, like Kid Smpl, DJAO, and Kimnusico Trio (who just moved back to New Mexico at the end of last year). I’m also super hyped on Chris Roman’s new house project J.Alvarez. Everything I’ve heard him produce under the new alias are some serious jams! Couple other new local producers that I’ve been feeling recently are Keyboard Kid and Giorgio Momurda. There’s loads more, but those are some of my 206 faves as of late.

 

DD Walk us through your show last Saturday morning. What songs were you especially hyped to play? Any NW artists in the track listing? 

AR I was extra giddy before this past weekend’s overnight show, as I felt like I had an extra heavy dose of new jams I was excited to share on the airwaves! As usual, I started off uptempo before chilling out towards the end of the first hour, and then just tried to keep an interesting vibe and flow throughout the rest of the show, hitting various genres from indie rock, worldly flavors, spacey ambience, pretty folk, to banging hip-hop, as well as the usual assortment of fresh contemporary beats that span the hip-hop and electronic realms. It’s a long list, but I was especially hyped to play Shlohmo’s “The Way U Do,” Lapalux’s “Moments,” Scuba’s “The Hope,” Tom Flynn’s remix of Niki & The Dove’s “DJ Ease My Mind,” Amusement’s remix of Disclosure’s “Flow,” Keep Shelly in Athens’ remix of Solar Bear’s “Cub,” Matthew Dear’s “In the Middle (I Met You There),” Todd Terje’s “Inspector Norse,” Two Inch Punch’s remix of Metronomy’s “The Look,” Eliot Lipp’s “I Wanted To Be A Rock & Roll Star,” Panoram’s “Mute City Blues,” Jacaszek’s “As Each Tucked String Tells,” Elephant & Castle’s “En Memoria (feat. tUnE-yArDs),” Goldie’s remix of Joker’s “On My Mind,” Plug’s “Feeling So Special,” Machinedrum’s “Van Vogue,” Gonjasufi’s “Blaksuit,” John Talabot’s “Journeys,” Mmoths’ “Heart (feat. Keep Shelly in Athens),” and Sonnymoon’s “Goddess.” There was still a lot of new tracks I couldn’t fit into the show that I’m looking forward to sharing on my next shift! Some local acts that I was stoked to sneak into the show were Kid Smpl’s latest unreleased track called “Corridor,” Gabriel Teodros’ “Mind Power,” “Format” by J.Alvarez, the new house-oriented alias of Seattle’ Chris Roman (aka 214),  Filastine’s “Ja Helo,” DJAO’s “Engraving” off the killer new Gem Drops Two compilation, and Keyboard Kid’s “Get Based.”

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See ya’ll on the 13th! 

Jimi Jaxon 

I urge you to snag the debut E.P. from Vanguard, Oysters In The Half Shell. Fans of french filter house, Le Knight Club, Fred Falke, Thomas Bangalter & Alan Braxe will be hyped on Vanguard’s tunes. This is an incredibly talented duo and I’m excited to talk with them about their art. Thanks to Sphyramid for showing me this music..let’s go! 

DD Hello Vanguard! What are you up to right now? 

V Right now, working on a new mix, new tracks and a couple of remixes while watching White Men Can’t Jump.

DD I feel like you guys and I would get along very well. Daft Punk’s Alive 2007 was my first electronic show, and from there I got hyped on filter house and Ed Banger Records..

V How could we not when you have such impeccable taste in music?

DD Listening through your debut EP “Oysters In The Half Shell” is very open-hearted experience. The productions are warm, balanced with that strong throwback feel. Nothing sounds overdone. My favorite track is “Mount Helicon”, that drop at about 2:06 is just perfect! A smooth loop that could last forever. When it was in the works, did you get constructive advice from Kris Menace or any other producers you respect? What kind of narrative do you feel this release has? 

V The EP itself we made without any input from anyone else, we had complete free reign to do whatever we wanted and Kris liked it and released it just the way it was. Wouldn’t have had it any other way though. It’s important to us to be able to release the music exactly the way we first envisioned it and WIB is a record label that allowed us to do exactly that.

Narrative-wise; heart break on a Miami Beach…

DD To have your EP released on Kris Menace’s Work It Baby Records, which has played a huge role in showcasing this style of house music must be a total dream. What is your favorite Work It Baby release? 

V A toss up between fred Falke’s ‘Look Into Your Eyes’ or Xinobi’s ‘Best Of Me’ EP.

DD When producing, how often do you have to stop and just groove out to the samples and loops? Sounds like a blast to put together! 

V We hear the same loops over and over, often, we can’t groove out to it until we’ve finished the track. It’s fun at the start, then we get to the serious part of mixing the track which can get a bit boring, then the last hour or so when the song is nearly finished it gets exciting again and we can groove the fuck out.

DD I love these old school Vanguard graphics. Who designs these? Do you have any stickers? :]

V No we don’t have any stickers. Our friend Hefin designed our logo then we just find cool pics from the 80s and put our logo on them. 

DD After listening to these three Vanguard remixes (“Because If I Die”, “Eskimo Boy”, “Uptown Beat”) and the original versions, your character and energy comes through instantly. The use of filters, EQ and reverb on the vocals brings everything up to a more ideal level. Does the production process with these remixes feel the same as your EP productions?

V Remixing is very different because we already have something to start with so sometimes it can be a lot easier to get a remix done and it can be a challenge if the track isn’t something we’d usually work with. Our own tracks can sometimes be difficult because there’s no pressure to finish them and we we want to get them perfect and improve on older tracks.

DD Lastly, what kind of legacy do you hope to leave with Vanguard? 

V We aren’t thinking of a legacy at the moment, we’re just concentrating on making the best music we possibly can.

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– Jimi Jaxon

 

Addison Groove is an artist that enjoys melding ideas, many of which come from unconventional places. I want to take this great opportunity and have Addison Groove guide us along with some music suggestions. The idea for these questions came from his RBMA lecture where he mentions some of his varied influences.

DD A hardcore track you get hyped on?

 

DD Something more African?

 

DD A DJ Rashad track you find most inspiring?

 

DD What something you play in sets lately, that confuses crowds a bit?

 
AG The juke stuff still turns a few heads but once people see that you can dance to it, everyone tends to get involved.

Happy to share that Addison Groove will be releasing his debut LP, with a whopping 13 tracks on Modeselektor’s 50Weapons label, April 3. Thanks XLR8R for the heads up.

Addison Groove on Twitter Facebook & Soundcloud

– Jimi Jaxon

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed listening to this EP. Read my conversation with Blixaboy below to learn more about his rhythmic, energetic style. His new EP, “Intro To Futro” has just been released on Brighton’s Concrete Plastic label, and can be picked up here.

 

DD Your new “Intro to Futro EP” opens up into this vast world. Listening through these productions, you’ve got a strong foundation of rhythm and are very fluid. Congratulations on this collection of new songs!

B Thanks.

DD With this EP I envision a dark club, beats pulsing, audiences getting lost in the Blixaboy sounds. I’ll definitely be playing these out in Seattle! What visuals come up in your mind when thinking about this release?

B I am a bit of a comic book and sci fi nerd. I love William Gibson, anime and the whole cyperpunk mythos. Kind of the imaginary soundtrack to the future movie in my mind.

DD Your the latest artist to join the Concrete Plastic label based in Bristol. What about this label stands out to you most?

B Their connection to Ai recordings was a big attraction at first, but their enthusiasm for my music turned out to be the real stand out. I can honestly say I dig the other music they have released. I submitted tracks. They curated what made the cut for the ep and the album. I was not sure about that at first, but those guys have great taste and at the end of the day I am way to close to the material. Having an external filter was welcome change. I am a bit of a anomaly in Texas so being on a label that is not from here is a big plus.

 

DD You just had an E.P. release party, what did it look like?

B Convextion played right before me which is always a treat. He’s my buddy and I tend to do gigs with him fairly often here in Dallas. He is a true master of Deep Techno and this gig was no exception. I DJ’d a bunch of my own tracks for the 1st half of my set. Mostly unreleased tunes. I tend to always play whatever I have written in the past few weeks before a gig. I did the second half of my set with my buddy Cygnus. We did an all hardware(no Computers) improv set of heavily acidized warehouse techno. I was using my yamaha sequencer and a couple of Kaoss pads. Cygnus was using a Monomachine and a 303. We got down pretty hard. Like most Blixaboy gigs the video was done by VJ S(eye).

DD Last words? I’m sure this isn’t the last time you’ll be coming through Disco Droppings!

B Very cool to be chatting with a blog from my favorite City. I am a huge fan of Seattle. I missed Decibel last year, but I attended the previous 2 years. A few years ago I played with Glenn Branca in his 100 guitar symphony in Seattle and before that got to Judge a Laptop Battle. Something keeps drawing me back to that city. One of my closest friends lives there and I try visit as often as possible. You guys have some truly amazing record stores.

Blixaboy on Facebook & Soundcloud

– Jimi Jaxon

Mm what a pleasure to have Max Cooper on Disco Droppings! With a staggering amount of music (over 50 releases), and a razor-sharp ability to blend emotions and atmosphere into his productions, this guy is quite the inspiration. Catch him tonight at Re-bar with Nordic Soul & Michael Manahan for $5, FB Event. Now, onto the interview..

DD I had a lot of fun at your show last night. Lots of positive energy from the crowd. How did it feel debuting this live set of yours? 

MC It was a great party thanks, I tried out a few new tracks for the first time as well, luckily they didn’t clear the floor! But no, I love playing in Seattle, that was my third time after Decibel and the Electric Tea Garden afterparty last year, every set has been a lot of fun, always a really friendly and responsive crowd who are willing to get involved and follow me off on some tangents!

 

 

DD You’ll be switching gears tonight with a second show at Re-bar. This time you’ll be doing a DJ set. What will the vibe be like for this mix? 

MC I think the vibe tonight will be a bit more housey in general, as I’m standing in for Motor City Drum Ensemble who couldn’t make it, but I’ll still be dabbling in some mayhem if I can get away with it! As always, I’ll do my best to play to the crowd.

DD Are there any songs your especially excited to show people tonight? Will we get to hear any exclusives?  

MC I’ve made some glitchy bootlegs recently which I’ll be playing, a couple featured on my recent RA mix incase you want a preview.

 

DD Lastly, what do you enjoy most about Decibel? 

MC The most enjoyable thing is getting to play at the amazing parties of course! As well as having the opportunity to play alongside some of my favourite acts – the booking policy is very much in line with my personal views on how things are done best, in the way that the festival combines multiple genres in single events, giving the audience something really fresh and interesting but still with a flow and the bottom line of a great party.

maxcooper.net

soundcloud.com/max-cooper

facebook.com/maxcoopermax

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– Jimi Jaxon