In today’s world it can be extremely difficult to catch the attention of large groups of people. With heavily saturated music markets and more tech distractions on Earth than ever before, there are simply too many options for individuals. But in this age of ‘EDM’ turmoil amidst a changing music industry landscape, there are those few who keep grounded and prove to us that good people still exist.
It’s abundantly clear that his experience speaks for itself. But how does someone get to be where he is? What’s it like to work with some of the brightest stars in the dance music galaxy? How would someone be able to juggle a workload such as his? These are all questions that you could very well be imagining.
As a pronounced fan of the ‘EDM Biz’ and someone who respects how Justin conducts himself, I wanted to know more – much more – and I got tired of speculating. So I sat down with Justin to get answers to some of the same questions you may be asking yourself. Check out our conversation after the jump to catch a small glimpse into a world that most of us can only dream of.
James Cayzer, better known as Jaytech, the Australian classically trained pianist has built his career over the years by producing a steady stream of widely supported tracks that include, ‘Multiverse‘, ‘Stranger‘, ‘Synergy‘, and Electronica Oasis favorite, ‘New Vibe‘. Each has been released off of Above and Beyond’s Anjunabeats label and his next release ‘Inception’ is no exception. Out today as part of the Anjunabeats Volume 10 Compilation (Buy Here) ‘Inception’ is one of thirty featured tracks, coming from twenty different artists that comprise the Anjuna family.
We got a chance to speak with James to discuss what its like to be apart of the Anjuna family, his progression of sounds throughout his career and his upcoming trip to NY to play at Santos Party House (Tickets Here). Also make sure to check out and support Jaytech’s track ‘Inception’ out today and listen below! Full interview after the jump!
Jaytech – Inception
Symbolically represented by the twins, the astrological sign of Gemini has always been known for its versatility and ability to encompass both yin and yang. Fittingly, the same can be said about English producer Thomas Singer, who burst onto the scene less than two years ago under the name Gemini; the innovative then-student shattered convention with his debut EP Blue, and has been altering the bass music scene ever since. Singer’s unique style can partially be attributed to his approach towards the creative process – he has been known to begin his tracks at his piano rather than at a computer, and consciously works toward pushing the musical envelop to carve his own identity in a time when many bass producers are simply attempting to mimic Skrillex. Couple his pioneering original releases (4 EPs to date) with a slew of remixes for the likes of Hadouken!, Ed Sheeran, and Lana Del Rey (before she hit it big), and it’s no surprise that the 21 year old is not only packing venues across the world, but runs his own label, Inspected Records, which is also home to KOAN Sound and Zed’s Dead.
Currently on the road supporting his newly released Mercury EP, Gemini will be in town this Saturday, December 1st to join the stacked UKF US Launch Show lineup. Electronica Oasis was fortunate enough to catch up with the ever eloquent Singer to learn about what toys he uses, what he’s been listening to, and what inspired his latest creations.
With an eye towards replicating the resident DJ culture similar to the scene created by Sasha and John Digweed in the Twilo days, Mister East resident DJ Sevag has been doing a rousing job of filling some rather large shoes. He’s spun with the likes of Manufactured Superstars and dBerrie in just the early months of the club’s existence and has consistently been packing the space. Moreover, after recently entering the Max Vangeli & AN21 ‘Bombs Over Capitals’ remix contest, Sevag was contacted by Max & AN21 as his version was a certified favorite of the production team. Sevag is releasing his own remix of the track for free for you to enjoy, so take a listen below and click through to learn about how the hyper talented producer got into the game.
AN21 & Max Vangeli feat. Julie McKnight – Bombs Over Capitals (Sevag Remix)
Loco Dice and Richie Hawtin are going on the road to show North American students that techno and technology go hand in hand. Along with a few other friends, including Seth Troxler, Paco Osuna and tINI, the legends are embarking on their cutting edge Cntrl: Beyond EDM tour starting Oct. 29 in Buffalo, to show the new generation of electronic music fans that there is more to the sound than just fist pumping and neon. Dice and Richie developed a two part approach for disseminating the word – at each tour stop they will conduct a lecture educating students on the future of techno and then later in the evening perform for those very same participants, along with many others. The duo bring their series to NYC Saturday, Nov. 3 for a lecture at NYU and a show at Webster Hall.
When Dice was in town a few weeks ago he sat down with EO at La Esquina, one of his favorite NYC spots, to discuss his Ibiza season, Desolat and which artists he has his eye on right now. Also, learn about how he got his name…
‘Come to Butch‘ is this German producer/DJ’s tagline, and his music makes it hard not to gravitate towards him. That, along with the fact that he is a humble and intelligent guy who is in the game for the music. Unassuming, save for a visually arresting mustache, Butch, also known by his off stage name BÃ¼lent GÃ¼rler, started off as a graffiti artist prior to making and spinning records. Now with over a decade and a half of experience and over 500 releases, we are excited to see what’s next for the creator of chunky house, techno and experimental tunes. We sat down with Butch following his twilight set at NYC’s Black & White Festival this past Saturday, to get his feelings about the US underground scene, artists he has his eye on and beer (spoiler alert- he HATES it).
Poland may not be the first country that one thinks of in the context of house music, but natives catz n dogz (Greg & Voitek) are working to bring their country’s music to the forefront through their label Pets Recordings. As veritable veterans of the scene, the duo have gone through a musical evolution throughout their careers, consistently producing forward thinking techno in their past lives, and now deep house. Currently Greg and Voitek are in the midst of a North American tour, making a stop in New York thanks to the lauded Verboten and Fixed this Friday at Highline Ballroom, along with hitting up Boston, Philly and Mexico City this week.
If you havenâ€™t heard of Big Gigantic by now, you may be living under a giant rock. The Colorado duo, comprised of Dominic Lalli (Production/Sax) and Jeremy Salken (Drums), have been carving out their own musical niche since 2008 with their unique brand of electronica, which seamlessly incorporates live instruments and elements of jazz, hip hop, and rock into traditional DJ-based dance music. Known for their genre-bending, high energy live performances, the boys of Big G graced the stages of Bonnaroo, Camp Bisco, Ultra, and Electric Forest just in this year alone, and embark on a 2 month tour this fall in continued support of their 4th and most ambitious EP, Nocturnal (which is available for free download here).
I was fortunate enough to sit down with Jeremy before their show at the newly reopened Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY, a venue that has hosted legends like Janis Joplin and Pink Floyd in the past. In a time when some DJs rival diva-esc rock stars, chatting with the down to earth guys of Big Gigantic was a breath of fresh air â€“ check out the interview after the jump to see what they have in the pipeline, what they think about the current EDM explosion, and how they prep for their infamously spirited sets.
“We want our music to be as vast and non-genre related as we can. EDM is a great home for all of it, and it’s cool that everybody can just be. We were musicians first, before we played with computers, so we wanted to figure out a way to combine both worlds, and still be able to get away with playing our instruments and improvising and soloing.”
This summer EO was able to stake a claim at famed Greek club Starbeach, located on the island of Crete. A popular party destination, Starbeach offers an experience that might resemble something one can generally only find in Ibiza. The resort plays host to some of the biggest acts in electronic music, and every summer attracts people from multiple continents coming together to enjoy both the sun and sounds.
Starbeach is especially known for its Dutch flavor, and thanks to the fine people on his team, when Robert van de Courput, commonly known by the musical world as Hardwell ventured east, we were able to sit down with him and pick his brain with a few niggling questions. Peep the video to see not only an idyllic beachfront landscape, but also to hear what Hardwell had to say about our choice queries.
Felix Cartal may have the greatest head of hair in all of electronic music. But that’s not all you should know him for, as he consistently creates forward thinking dance tracks that fit nicely into a harder electro niche, without the kitsch. He sat down during Electric Zoo to give some perspective into his love of Britney Spears and his unique collaboration style, so read up. Also take a minute to check out Felix’s latest release, his remix of Steve Aoki and TiÃ«sto’s ‘Tornado.’ Perhaps fitting given the recent spate of inclement weather here in New York. Pick up your copy on Beatport.
Steve Aoki & TiÃ«sto – Tornado (Felix Cartal Remix)