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My buddy Matt Mauldin aka Wheez-ie is back on DD! For those that don’t know what this man is all about, I asked him for a short description. He said, “It’s like if 90’s rave, Juke, Jungle, Hard House and Pokemon Yellow had a baby..with some Classical and Jazz influences.”

We talk about his latest big project..starting Southern Belle Recordings, his DJ approach for his current tour and other plans for the future. If you’re a NW resident, get yourself to Kremwerk on Sunday 4/20 for his first Seattle set alongside Mascara, Thalo and myself. Presented by Mindfield and Disco Droppings.

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DD Whatsup Matt! What are you up to right now?

W Right now I’m finishing up some paperwork for the first release on my label Southern Belle Recordings, putting together tour dates for June/July and dealing with this random cold spell we’re having in Texas.

DD I was HYPED when I heard you were coming to Kremwerk. The positive vibes continued when I was added to the lineup. You’ve been one of my favorite artists connected to Disco Droppings through our interview last year. Your tracks are also a big part of my mixes opening for Bok Bok and Warp Records, so it’s a true pleasure to be playing alongside you. April 20th will be your first time in Seattle. Me and you were talking about what we’re planning to do, and I liked that we both enjoy switching things up. How would you describe your approach for this upcoming set?

W I have a very balanced approach to Dj’ing. There has to be a careful balance between doing what you want and what the crowd needs. A lot of the shows I play have people from all walks of life, and reaching out to the people that aren’t “heads” or “in the scene” is really important to me. “The scene” has a tendency to alienate and exclude a lot of those people, and I want to help change that.

 

DD Are there any things you’re interested in doing/visiting while in the Northwest?

W I’d really like to see the Seattle Underground. I hear it’s more of a tourist trap thing these days, but my inner 10 year old still wants to see it.

DD You’ve been working hard to get your new label, Southern Belle Recordings up and running. Being someone with a label myself, I know that it is quite the commitment. What drove you in this direction? How has the process been so far, and what kind of vibe are you going for?   

W That’s a complicated question. I started the label because the music that I’ve been writing is getting harder and harder to categorize, and I wasn’t really sure what to do with a lot of it. Around that time I was getting sent a lot of really interesting music that wasn’t going to see the light of day. I felt like it was just the right time to start something. It’s been a really long process. I’ve been doing it all myself, so it has had quite a learning curve, but overall it’s been a really rewarding experience. As far as vibe goes…I’d really like to release anything that I’m into. I enjoy all kinds of music, and I want my label to reflect that.

 

DD Besides the label work, what’s on your list for the rest of 2014?

W I’ll be touring throughout the summer, and putting out a few EP’s on my own on various labels. I’ve also been working on an album for the past year or so. I have a lot of things really close to being finished, and more options than I have ever had. We’ll see what happens. ;]

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– Jimi Jaxon

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Pumped on this new Embassy Recordings release. Label boss Distal and label mate Wheez-ie are friends of Disco Droppings, we’ve talked at length via interview about a variety of topics. Since then I’ve kept my eyes on Embassy, and included tracks from the label in my sets (Sleepyhead, Thefft).

I’ve grown a little tired of being told to put my hands up, too many rave mc’s and dj’s demanding it. However, I will do it for Wheez-ie’s “Five Fingered Salute”. It’s a sassy exception; booty bumpin’ freak music. His “You Lose” goes in the direction of a bad trip or a ritual of some techno sort. Wheez-ie shows versatility here, and it’s exciting for me to think about what else he’s got in the works. * A few months ago Wheez-ie announced that he’s started a record label, with vinyl/digital releases on the way. Just be patient!

There’s a slowmo, badass feel to Moldy’s “All I Want”, could hear this one all day. This track was on heavy rotation at Dub War, the historic first dubstep night in America (2005), which featured Kode9, Skream, Digital Mystikz and Shackleton. The release ends on a spooky, A-class note with “Through The Rain”.

Vinyl release here digital forthcoming

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– Jimi Jaxon

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My ringtones just got a lot more interesting. Noticed that my friend Wheez-ie contributed a ringtone to this free Club Chemtrail compilation (it’s a dark little bit called “This Is IT”). Currently getting hyped on “RING TONEZ” by Schwarz, “Swine Shrieks” by Massacooramaan and “Text (txttone)” by Divoli S’vere. This is a rad idea, and an underused approach to sharing sounds. I’ll be eagerly watching the Club Chemtrail crew and their future moves.  

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– Jimi Jaxon 

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Gotta say right off the bat, I absolutely love Wheez-ie. This interview is a dream come true, as his raw productions have influenced my DJ style a lot lately. Between him and Slick Shoota, I’ve got some powerhouse tracks that have demolished audiences. In this feature, I’ve posted some favorites that I frequently play out. In terms of his most recent releases, check out the Remember The Score EP on Well Rounded Records and the All Werked Up EP on Individuals. We talk about a whole host of things here on Disco Droppings; from his work with Embassy Recordings label boss Distal, to acid juke, his musical family and his favorite Busta Rhymes track. You should know that when I post long interviews, it’s because I just have so much to say to this artist and they responded in a warm and inviting way. Let’s get started..

 

DD Whatsup dude? So happy to have you here on Disco Droppings. Been meaning to write about your work. I first played one of your tracks at Decibel Festival 2012 here in Seattle. I opened the Warp Records Showcase (Clark, Jimmy Edgar, Machinedrum), and included “Keep Yer Chin Up”. That track was one of the ones I was most excited to present. The energy just gets me sooooooo hyped! Have you heard any mixes using your tracks that especially got you excited?

W Dave Q played Keep Yer Chin Up at DubWar. That was a real highlight. I had been going to DubWar for a while and to go from just being a guy vibing in the back to having a track played by one of my favorite Djs. That night really meant a lot to me.

DD “Keep Yer Chin Up” is the title track of your Embassy Recordings EP release. This is a brilliant collection of originals and remixes. That label is run by Distal, who I interviewed for Disco Droppings last year. He’s a prolific dude with a razor sharp perspective on music and life in general. What’s your relationship with him like?

W I met Distal on the Internet in 2010 after listening to “Boss of the South” on Youtube. We exchanged tracks, and since then we’ve become really good friends. He and Mite put out the EP with Keep Yer Chin Up on it and are also putting out my new EP on 12”. I’m really excited for you guys to hear it!

 

DD I’ve never been to your hometown of Houston, Texas. How would you describe the music community as well as the general environment?

W Houston is an interesting city. Rap culture is unavoidable. I doesn’t matter where you go in the city you’ll hear bass booming out of peoples cars. We also have generally good food, and nice (but sometimes random) weather.

DD One of the free tracks on your Soundcloud is “Dreamz”. This one is INSANE. Acid juke is something I’d like to hear a lot more of. How has the acid sound influenced you?

W HAHA. I’m glad you liked Dreamz. That was the first Acid track I ever made. At the time I was listening to a lot of the old Trax back catalog and was trying to figure out how they were making their tracks sound so raw. I don’t think that Dreamz really nailed that sound, but it turned out to be a banger.

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DD You’ve said in a past interview that you “..like the idea of playing around with funny words and serious music”. Can you think of some tracks outside your own that really embody that?

W For a long time I struggled with trying to figure out if words in music even matter. So many pieces of music have no words, yet they are extremely emotional. I’ve always felt my instrumentals were serious while the lyrics didn’t have to be. A Lot of Ghetto House and Ghettotech is like that for me. Trax like “Nut In Your Eye” by DJ Assault or “3 Fine Hoes” by DJ Deeon are really great examples.

 

DD I’ve also gathered that everyone in your house plays music. Your mom is an orchestra director, dad’s a retired band teacher, your brother is in school for classical piano and you play the oboe. How does your family react to your music as Wheez-ie?

W I think by now I’ve written this answer like 6 times. Everyone has been really supportive. As I’ve progressed and my arrangements have become tighter and more musical they’ve really started to like a lot of my music. I’ve been writing electronic music in various forms since I was 11, so they’ve had to hear every stage of the process lol.

 

DD Your “Woo Hah! (Wheez-ie RMX)” is hilarious. Every time I show it to friends it makes them laugh. What’s your favorite Busta Rhymes track?

W My favorite Busta track is “Break Ya Neck.” I remember seeing the video for that track on MTV back when I was in middle school and I thought it was AWESOME. HOW DOES HE RAP LIKE THAT?!? Busta might just be my favorite rapper that isn’t from the South, and he just DESTROYS that track.

 

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– Jimi Jaxon