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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



DD Welcome to Disco Droppings! What got you interested in DJ’ing, and how has your style developed over time? 

S We have Deee Lite, who performed at a Dallas, TX warehouse rave that I attended in 1991, to thank for my young, budding interest in electronic music. I stayed on the dancefloor for the next 8 years. And, then in 1999, I witnessed DRC throw down a blinding set, and thought “Wow chicks can be amazing dj’s…why can’t I?” So, I started out playing a smattering of Hard Trance and NRG, because (not gonna try to make myself all elitist) that’s what I was into 12 years ago. And, I think, like most dj’s when they first start, I wasn’t very good at beat matching, reading a crowd or even truly enjoying myself. Soon, though, I progressed to a life of very serious, very hard techno…and I mean serious. Right around the year 2001 I was lucky enough  to meet an amazing production crew in Vancouver B.C. called Soundproof and bonded with one of Soundproof’s finest, and my first “dj soul mate”, Son of Jacob (Trevor Jacobson). I was invited to play at some of their elaborately, insane parties and that’s where I really learned how to have fun behind the decks. 

Fast forward to today…Trevor and his partner Tanya Goehring are now producing some very beautifully, dark, very serious techno under the name The Automatic Message. I, on the other hand have gone down an entirely different path. After moving from Bellingham, WA to Portland, OR and meeting the love of my life, Carrie; I realized, through her that a dj is a vehicle for the party and it is really just about having the time of your life at that moment.  People want to smile and dance and forget about their troubles…escape.  At a very memorable after party for the S.E.C.T. show in Portland, hosted by Alga Rhythms, I was lucky enough to geek out on disco and play some records with another “dj soul mate”- Charlie Levine of Soul Clap. Partially, as a result of the S.E.C.T. party, my “dj sister”and best friend,The Perfect Cyn (Cynthia Valenti,) and I were asked to record a mix for The Adventure of Soul Clap Podcast that just came out at the beginning of September.

At this very moment (I mean right now, as you are reading this most likely),  I am on a never ending quest for a dance floor filled with folks getting down to deep house, obscure disco re-edits and an all around soulful vibe.  I spend a lot of time and resources finding music on vinyl that make people happy and have a good time.

DD What has your experience been with Decibel Festival in the past?

S You know, I just want to say that Decibel has really put the Pacific Northwest on the map for Electronic music.  I, shamefully, missed the first one but in subsequent years have had the pleasure of catching some of the artists that have been pretty damn influential.  One of my all time favorite Decibel shows was the showcase Akufen performed at in 2004.  He has been, and still is, one of my truly favorite artist and to experience him with all my friends just getting down and having a great time in a truly well produced environment was  pretty ridiculously awesome.  That’s just it about Decibel, it’s not just about top notch talent but really great detail to design and presentation.  Plus, what other festival in the world do I get to experience my fellow Cascadia dj and producer friends doing their thing on the “International Stage”? 

DD How did your set go at Decibel Festival?

S Having the opportunity to dj with my partner in crime, The Perfect Cyn, alongside what I consider my dream line-up for a party was simply incredible!  I’m, seriously, still glowing from the afternoon and it’s almost been a month since it has happened.  We were playing as the boat left docked…boy, what a feeling.  The fun I had was second to none mainly because of all the friends on the dancefloor (meaning all y’all) truly throwing inhibitions off and showing that the Pacific Northwest can do it proper.

DD Favorite mix right now?

S My favorite mix right now is..

The Adventures of Soul Clap: Episode 91 with Soho808

I adore the tracks presented and the kicker here is the that you hear the snaps and crackles of first record and it even skips within the first 2 minutes.  I really do love vinyl!

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Ready For The Weekend,

Jimi Jaxon