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a3567574645_10Back in May 2012, 7 Deadly Records presented its fourth release; the pristine “Flush” single from Norwegian producer, Seazo. From then till a couple months ago, I let 7 Deadly sleep. As head of the label I wanted to invest time into the management and execution of future releases when I was creatively, and mentally prepared. It felt right reconnecting with Pressure Suit (Greg Campbell), an individual that I’ve known for several years. Ambienz, and the upcoming 4-track EP (8.24 via Bandcamp), are older productions that I am dusting off and giving a proper release.

Where Ambienz Pt. 1 & 2 are more spacious productions, the EP will demonstrate a sharper edge. “tChipz” is a journey through digital space, and into a blippy, transcendent reality. “Glikq” is more of a slow motion groove, still in the dreamy outer-space realm. My recent exclusive mix for Bottom Forty featured “PRSRST”, which is also on the EP. The release ends with a track called “Injin”, drifiting away into the far reaches of the universe. I’m challenging myself to avoid listing genres as much as possible, as I feel the comparisons don’t do Pressure Suit’s unique identity justice.

If you want to come celebrate, I am throwing a release party at Vermillion on August 24th (FB Event). It will be presented by 7 Deadly Records and the Structure monthly, with a live audio/visual set from Pressure Suit, and DJ sets from Tremel and myself.

Pressure Suit – Soundcloud

7 Deadly Records – Vimeo Soundcloud Bandcamp

Huge thanks to Stephanie Battershell for the wonderful poster design.

Jimi Jaxon - 7 Deadly Release Party Poster Small– Jimi Jaxon



Lately, I’ve been keeping tabs on Ghostek. What he’s been creating and who he’s been working with. I started with his label, March’85 and their debut compilation, Tracks 4 My Mom. From there I’ve soaked in his productions, with their sharp rhythms and looming atmosphere. I’ve spent a lot of time mixing “My Lady” off his Easy Changes release. So far, this is my favorite Ghostek track, filled with slick movement and shuffled excellence. I enjoy connecting Disco Droppings to my artist work, giving the music I love a platform online, as well as in a live setting. Ghostek and March’85 are featured in my exclusive Bottom Forty Mix, which was recorded at Vermillion in Seattle, this past May.


I’m honored to share this talk I had with Ghostek. I hope this interview inspires, while also giving insight into the mind of this relentless force..

DD Hello Ghostek. Very happy to have you here on Disco Droppings. How are you doing?

GH Hey mate, I’m good. Bit busy as always.

DD This forthcoming collaboration you did with VVV called “Flashing Light” on DPR Recordings is rad. Can you give a clue into the release date? Also, I went over to VVV’s Soundcloud to get feel for his style. I was swept away by the depth and emotion of his productions. What attracted you to him for this collaboration, and what did you guys learn from each other through this process?

GH Shawnin (VVV) is a nice guy and I like his productions as well. Been following his music long before we started working together. And I’m so happy we made it. As for the release date  of ‘Flashing Light’, not sure atm, so I won’t lie. What I really like in working with Shawnin is that he’s quick on production. This is really rare thing, I know a few more guys that are as fast as VVV.

One of them is Sorrow


DD The debut release from your new label March’85 is solid. The diversity of sounds that still work cohesively as a whole is very admirable to me. I’m especially fond of Ed Motion’s “Everyday”, Arctic’s “Kings” and Atlus’s “Apophenia”..

GH I’m glad that you like the release, but I have a feeling that it is left a bit underestimated. There’s so much good and versatile music in it. It took long time to collect all those tunes. But it was out when I had some rough times, so I couldn’t spend enough time on promo and stuff. That was a mistake. But apart from it, I think this is one of the best things I took part in. And much love to everyone who supported the compilation! Special thanks to Olga Kalitkina and her mom for the photo and the artwork!

I hope to release more good music with March’85, but I’m too focused on preparing releases for Square Harmony atm. And I’m just trying to get the whole machine working properly. When it is done, I hope the releases will come more often and more regularly.


DD I’m also wondering about the time spent in each area of your artist life. Between your own productions, remixes and label managing does one area dominate the others? Are there times when one side has all your attention, and other areas take a break?

GH It is all simple. It differs from time to time. Everything is about inspiration, you know.

DD One release of yours that I absolutely love is the Leaving For The City of Saints EP. I feel a strong spiritual and expansive pull with this release.

GH Thanks man! I think this is one of my best releases so far. I was full of thoughts and ideas at that time. It was just before I was moving to Saint – Petersburg. Had a great time with my family despite all the problems.

DD What significance has becoming an artist played in your life? What kind of evolution have you noticed in yourself, comparing who you were pre-music making and after?

GH That’s a good question. A lot of things changed since then. Now I see everything through the prism of music. I’ve managed to connect all my life with music. Nearly all of my friends now are musicians or good music lovers. Music was around me since childhood. But it was a difficult decision leave everything behind and become a producer. It was a breaking point for me. But I don’t regret anything. If I had another chance, I’d have chosen the same way.


DD You did an interview with Katipo Audio recently and mentioned that you’re working on a sample pack. Seems like a fun idea.

GH Yeah, that sample pack is finally out. It was a huge work, but I’m pretty happy with it. And I’m glad I was given that chance. Thanks to Samplephonics for that.

Hope that people will find it useful and inspiring!

DD Any last words?

GH Want to say thank you to everyone who supports me and all the good music. It’s you that keeps it alive!


Ghostek – Facebook Twitter Soundcloud Discogs

– Jimi Jaxon


If you’re unaware, I have joined the Bottom Forty DJ collective, based in Seattle. Run by Nark, this crew acts as a resource for lovers of underground music. Via the newly released Bottom Forty site, each of the members (Nark, Riff-Raff, Spaceotter, Pavone, Tony Radovich and myself) will post about music every week. In addition, we have a podcast series, featuring exclusive mixes and interviews. Each B40 member is requesting mixes from people we like, and working on mixes ourselves to debut. I’ve asked some of my friends to create podcast mixes, so keep an eye out for those, along with mine which will hopefully be up in the next few weeks. 


You’ll notice my Bottom Forty posts often piggybacking Disco Droppings features, giving additional support to artists I’m fond of. So far I’ve written about Rubix, Misun, Dreams, Sleepyhead, Karma Kid, Velour, Boston Bun, Qween Beat, Nacey and most recently, Mirror State. Almost all of those have links to free downloads. 

“Bottom Forty is a mirror ball in New York, a basement in Chicago, a cruise in L.A. and a night in the desert.”

– Jimi Jaxon