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Interview: Dean Risko (Los Angeles, USA)

Interview Dean Risko

I got a message from an old school buddy about a rapper he was representing in LA. I am always interested in new music so I did a quick search and FIRST headline was: Dean Risko Says He Wants To Be A “White Male Version” Of Lauryn Hill. O. M. G. WHO THE HECK THIS MAN THINK HE IS?! I watched the video and saw Dean talk about his desire to not just rap but sing & after listening and watching Dean he CAN sing, rap & dance. Triple threat alert! Dean has already covered his white comparison to Eminem and it’s 2016 – the world knows white people can rap – moving on from stereotypes! Over all Dean has an entertaining quality about him as well as a sincere story to tell. Take the time to listen to the lyrics and take the time to enjoy the bass the music provides. I’m a major dance music fan so blasting Temple St has been fun as I’m sure those of you following me on snapchat have seen. As well as being a solo artist, Dean, is part of a group from Salt Lake City called Saltwater, take a listen!

I rarely hear an MC who also can sing without auto tune, do you have a preference between rapping and being a vocalist?
I started rapping and singing around the same time 11 years ago but I took rap more seriously until a few years ago. I like doing both live but I do prefer writing melodies to writing raps.

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Where did the title Temple St. come from, what meaning does it have to you?
This project was originally supposed to be a full-length record and I mentioned Temple St in one of the songs that never made the cut. It’s the street in Echo Park that I used to live on. “Temple St.” is literally a window into the 5 turbulent years I spent there trying to survive and adjust to LA.

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I saw that you were performing in South Africa in 2012, what did it feel like going back to your birth place and what impressions did you get?
Going back home was one of the best experiences of my life so far. I got to see family I hadn’t seen in like 10 years and reconnected with my roots. I was pleasantly surprised to discover a vibrant and diverse music scene and a somewhat of a renaissance happening in the city of Johannesburg.

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You are constantly working on shows, videos and have a great energy when dancing – where do you get this drive to perform?
I’ve been a performer my whole life in one-way or another. It started with school plays, then it evolved into a passion for dance that became a professional career for a number of years but I always had a deeper love for music and eventually it became my focus. I started writing songs and performing music at age 15 and by about age 20 that’s all I wanted to do.

After looking at your Instagram account, I see how important your family is. What legacy do you want to leave for them?
I’ve always admired my father for chasing his dreams even when he was faced with adversity and letdowns. In some way I feel responsible to carry on his legacy. He moved us here when I was 10 with the hope of living the American Dream and after 10 years of trail and error it didn’t work out. My parents are back home in Joburg now and I’m in LA carrying the torch. I want to show my daughter that it is possible to succeed even if the path you choose has the most resistance. I want to inspire her with the same spirit I saw in my Dad.

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What up coming events, projects do you have coming up?
Well aside from Temple St. and the SALTWATER collaboration project we just dropped I’m working on my first official full length and putting together a west coast tour. I’ve also got a few videos on the way from SALTWATER and the Temple St EP.

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Pick up Dean Risko’s new album, Temple St., available from iTunes and Spotify

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Snapchat: Riskythebizniss

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Interview: Weldon Woni Sunstone Yoga Texas

The first time I ever danced with Todd & Woni was at Club One New Year’s Eve, since then I’ve watched them become total hunks! It’s incredible how much they glow and how laid back they have become. Yes, they have zen. I know people usually put off going to yoga because don’t want to look silly, never done it before or have just got done paying all their bills so they can’t cover the drop in fee. So no more excuses! Woni is going to be teaching class this Sunday at 9 AM at The Trinity River Corridor Project. It will be on the Continental bridge, mats will be provided so bring a towel and water!

I’ve been able to do yoga with Woni at the Uptown Dallas Sunstone Yoga location and after getting busy with life, then doing 1 round of T25, I’m ready to get back into a yoga practice.Plus Leo Season is coming up so I have to look, feel AND *BE* my best Leo self. So thankful this class is in the morning and with lots of room so I can invite all my friends and family.

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Do you practice yoga outdoor regularly?
I do practice outdoors but not as much as I should. Hopefully this weekend changes that.

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What inspires your practice?
My inspiration comes from the endorphin rush I receive from my Asana practice! The emotions I witness myself as well as fellow practitioners go through within a sequence of postures.

On Sunday are you going to lead a sunstone yoga routine?
Ye,s I will be doing a fire (hatha) sequence. Sunstone is paying me for the hour so they get to select the sequence.  

What was the outside cues that brought you to being a yoga instructor? Do you feel like yoga has a spiritual aspect for you?
The outside ques came from my first class I took as a student, once I felt the adrenaline rush, endorphins etc…. I knew that this was my new drug! My healthy drug, and I want to make people feel good mentally and physically. Also the pay had a tiny influence. Lol! It is my church! Yes! When I’m not stable I can’t really teach. You just want to be a student and refill my spiritual cup. Ya know?

Does music play an important role in your personal yoga practice?
Yes, I love creating playlist for my yoga flow classes! My go to yogi tunes vary. Slow tunes currently Sam Smith, Sia, Sam Sparro…. faster mixes include some dj mixes of current with current artist like tune – yards and some old school stuff like dee-lite! Lol. I’m all over the spectrum.

Be sure to come out & invite your friends. There is no reason you shouldn’t make it, having a hang over is a lame reason to NOT be excellent to your body! *shakes finger*

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Interview: Todd Bot Live Paint Artist Texas

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I watched a video you had set to music and you’ve created while at live music events, does the music play any role in what you put on a canvas?

In a lot of ways music has had a profound and direct effect on the pieces I paint both live and in the studio. Whenever I paint live I act as sort of a conduit by which the energy of the music and the people can be channeled. Translated into the canvas. I’ve painted at rock shows, hip hop shows, electronic events and music shows and each piece has differed significantly.


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Currently you are working a mural at the Park Plaza shopping center in Arlington, TX. Where do you have other murals that you’re working on? Is there a location/project you’d love to have to work on?

I have a 10x40ft mural inside a smoke shop in Arlington. A couple residential ones also in Arlington. And I regularly have temporary murals up in Austin at castle hill.

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There is an industrial elemental to the human figures, with an organic feel to a part of their head, such as a head dress or object being held. What inspires that robotic, industrial element?

Well, I think of humans as machines. We essentially are robots with biological bodies. So the robotic theme is something that I really enjoy doing both for its aesthetics as well as its connection to who and what we are. I have a fascinating with ancient as well as modern cultures. I love their designs and their mythologies. Plus there is something that one can take from just about every culture or belief system to help them gain peace, wisdom, knowledge, and understanding in aspects of their life. So I really enjoy being able to explore my love for science and culture through my paintings.

 How has your style evolved?

As far as evolution goes I guess I’ve started just new approaches and new mediums. Here lately I’ve been using a lot of spray paint to prep my background and that’s opened more creative doors to explore. I’m also noticing that I’m spending more time doing detail and refining little nuances of my style. Every painting offers something to learn. And when I take that knowledge and apply it to my next piece then that’s when you can see the evolution taking shape. This is something that I hope will continue for the rest of my days.

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What do you think has been the best moment of your creative career so far? What upcoming events do you have coming up?

I think the best thing that’s happened in my at career so far has to be being selected as a contestant for the recent Deep Ellum TunnelVisions mural competition and then going on to win the People’s Choice award. I was floored by the amount of community support I received. I love you guys! Coming up I have a trip to Austin for a weekend of murals at Castle Hill. While I’m there I’m live painting at a magazine release party. In a couple weeks I’m going to be painting at Bhaskara’s Wheel. Then immediate after that I’m doing live art for the Texas leg of the Vans Warped Tour. Then same thing for a block party in Fort Worth the weekend after that.

So yeah. Busy.

I would like to take a moment to thank someone who has had my back since the beginning and had been one if the biggest inspirations to me ever. Miss Venus Rain.

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DJ Mag Podcast #23: Neki Stranac (English Translation)

Neki Stranac fan over here! Found this mix with interview – in Dutch. Have it MOSTLY translated. Stream the mix while you read. BTW Generation Bass  is one of my most favorite blogs.

Podcast #23: Neki Stranac

Podcast #23: Neki Stranac

The Serbian dj/producer Milan Djuric comes from a musical nest. On his fifth starts he already with guitar, actually wants it from that time each instrument is playing. If he later with musical production comes in contact he is sold. Have Control over the whole band is much more fun than just one instrument.

Young Milan grows on with European folk music and that is still heard in his sets and productions; a variety of electronic music and influences from different cultures. And if he, as Neki Stranac not on the podium with a turntable is in progress, he is a Akai IMO USB controller. An electronic recorder.

And next to dj, producer and musician in the band ShazaLaKazoo, you’re also just blogger for Generation Bass.

What is that?
“That is a blog, and a label that is completely focused on something we Global Bass. So basically dance music with many influences from all over the world: Latino, Brazilian, African, Asian, Balkans, and so on. We mixing modern urban with old folklore, that often presents beautiful music. I have a diploma in cultural anthropology, so i think that different cultures are interesting.”

It Is not difficult to so many different genres to keep?
Look, ultimately, it is all club music but on different pace’s. Online is about what exactly are the different genres. But these styles continue to evolve, just as dance in general. Ultimately, it is just music to shake your booty at clubs and festivals. If you are a little open-minded and are just a party, what makes the than what genre is something?

At the plate in the podcast we should just extra careful?
At the last, that plate is special. It is a trapplaat i with MC Dragan Obloga made, which rapt in Vlach. That is a rare i’d like that but is spoken by 55,000 people. It seems to be a bit on Romanian and it is the only trapplaat in that language. In fact, there are only a piece or five hip-hop plates in that language. And he came from a Dutch labeltje, Downpitch!

We cannot avoid it. You have this podcast just from a disaster included yet? Parts of Serbia are under water.
Is it true, while I recognize that there were major floods in Bosnia and Serbia. Fortunately I live on a higher area in Belgrade, I am safe. But that people who live in the lower areas cannot say. The situation is terrible, one of the urban sprawl of Belgrade is completely under water, a few small villages simply do not exist. The rain is over, and the water level drops back, but the destruction that the leaves is huge. There are 55 deaths. And it is hot, so we must be careful of diseases. There are many animals drowned and the rotting carcasses are still on the street.

Where can we help?
People can use more help, do so mainly through www.floodrelief.gov.rs/.

Thank you, strength!
(via DJ Mag, Dutch version)
Enjoy the mix & donating even $5 is a blessing!

 

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Interview: Joshua Kynd (Our House & Grin Tech) Texas

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I didn’t intend on being a DJ. I collected records 1st just to be able to hear them. You couldn’t find some of the early Techno on tape. After 3 crates I started to play them on a friends busted set up. After the 1st mix I was hooked. Bought a busted set for myself and 3 years later I started playing house parties and shortly after I was opening for some pretty heavy hitters. I never passed out a demo till 2008. I started in Dec of 1994.

Did you have a DJ mentor get you started?

No, I figured it out on my own. I studied a lot of dj mixes, by Dj Sneak and Doc Martin. But Never had some one say this is how you do it. I guess thats what makes my technic my own. I use the mixer as a tool way more then most. I don’t need effect buttons. You can do most of that with EQ’s. Self made.

This makes me laugh, but I played Booty Rap at 1st cause it was easy. I used an UnderDog record with “Here I come to Save the Day” to open my sets. My 1st dj name was Dj Save the Day. lol Thats lasted about 6 months. Kynd came from my early days, now it applied to my persona.

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Where did you start playing out?

1998, I started working at Bills Records in 1999 and made a lot of connections and began to play out quite a bit. I started up a crew called Tribal Elements with Jesse Holt and Dub (Till Dawn) after a long running series of free lake parties we all threw. We did a about 10 shows following. It died off mid 2000’s Prior to that John Walker & I started a crew called Collective Harmoniks.

Are you currently working on any new tracks?

I always have something brewing. I have been writing for 10 years but never made it my priority. It was just fun. Demarkus heard some of my stuff one day at the studio and said. Let’s do a label. (Juno) We have put a few things out, but this year is about to get real busy.

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When you started opening for big name, did you ever get nervous and if so – who was it?

1st big show was a party called Unity [1999]. It was a field party south of D [Dallas]. I did a 2×4 with Frankie Vega, opening for Johnny Fiasco and Mazi doing a 2×4. (2 dj’s 4 turntables)

I get nervous today when playing at a friends house. I still love doing this. I never see it as work, I love to make people dance and when thrown in front of a few 1,000 people its hard not to be on edge. I never knew how good or bad I was. I didn’t have the feed back from people I thought whose opinions mattered. I just kept doing what I thought was cool and it worked out.

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Do you ever notice yourself playing different types of sets for indoor venues vs outdoor?

Good question. This is a must with me. I play to the environment. If it’s outdoors, you will hear more of an organic sound. Not so so much on crazy effects but more earthy is the best way i can put it. Indoors a will step it up and bang the shit out of it. But it still depends on your attendance. Im not going to tare the roof off if there is just 20 people chilling at a bar. I think that is part of what makes us dj’s who were are. Setting the mood with music to enhance you surroundings. But at the same time with skill and experience you can deliver a story with music and show your passion. I would say one of the best times to catch me would be 5am to 7am in the woods. I get really tribal at these hours.

I do notice a difference in your club sets vs warehouse sets. I was listening to the sounds like… Podcast from about a year ago.

Yea, I like to keep the clubs sexy and the warehouses trippy.

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What are your upcoming gigs you are excited about?

Deff Doc Martin on May 2nd (you better get your ticket) only 350 allowed in. Lol! Always promoting. Then I’m going to Denver in August for a 2 day field party.

Joshua Kynd booked to DJ at Atrium Obscurum annual summer festival near Hughes Springs, Texas on June 13-15, 2014. Facebook details at this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/455448327921761/

You can follow Joshua Kynd on SoundCloud & Facebook

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Interview: J5 (Inner Shyne) Atrium Obscurum Texas

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When and why did you start djing?
It’s actually kind of a long and strange story that I have for the most part kept to myself over the years due to how crazy it sounds. I have trouble at times believing the story myself and I’m living it. I’ll spare everyone the long and winding details though and just hit the main points.

The night before my 21st birthday which was Halloween 2001 I had an experience in which space and time were transcended and i experienced what felt like the totality of everything that ever was, is or will be all in one perfect moment. While in this state I had a vision of a future in which I was dj’ing electronic music for people to dance to with the intention of helping them to facilitate the same transcendental state I was experiencing in that moment. At the time I didn ‘t even like electronic music, had never been to a rave, but there was a realness and a quality to the vision that I could not ignore so from that moment on, I began taking steps to realize the dream. A few days later I went up to Guitar Center and told the sales person to give me everything I needed to make “techno music”, which is what I thought all electronic dance music was called and from that point on I’ve been working at it ever since.
For the first five years or so it was very much a solo journey. Turns out if you go around telling people you’ve seen the future and in it you are a dance music d.j, people will distance themselves from you in a hurry, but eventually I came across the Austin Psy scene and slowly worked my way into the community and eventually started djing. I hope one day in the near future to start performing my own compositions but until then I will continue to create mixes.

How did you end up playing psychedelic trance?
I started out studying and playing around with generic commercial trance and did so for a couple years but then one afernoon while taking a day-trip I stumbled across a winamp radio station playing psytrance and I knew instantly that this was the medium I had to pursue. In addition to connecting with it energetically I strongly resonated with what I perceived to be the idea’s and values of the global psytrance/goa culture at the time.

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One of my favorite events you attended was AUM Festival in Arkansas, how has your role changed since that festival experience?
From my perspective not much as changed, I still have the same motivations today as I did back then which is learning a musical craft to help people transcend their restrictive realities through dance music. What has changed though is now I am more connected and involved with the scene in general. It’s a trip to think back to the AUM festival and how what was once a group of strangers in a van heading to Arkansas is now a close group of friends with whom l am grateful to be able to organize transformative gatherings with under the name Atrium Obscurum. After several years of pursuing the vision alone, it is nice to have a group of friends to manifest our collective visions with.

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Your set times have varied from event to event, when has your favorite time slot to play?
That’s hard to say. It’s fun to play the time slots when it’s dark and people are full of energy and enthusiasm to dance but I often find myself in the position of transitioning from faster stuff down to the mid and down tempo ranges which normally happens on Sunday morning. I love being able to reintroduce elements of harmony and melody to a musical pallot that has been to some distant far-off Alien places and hopefully help people put the peices back together in a manner that is in tune with their heart consciousness. At least that is my intention anyways.

Currently, who are your favorite producers?
At the moment the artists who are represented by the Kinematic label are definitely at the top of the list. Terrafractyl, San and Tac, and Spacey Koala to name a few. When it comes to the more intense side of the spectrum Dylalien has been a long time favorite of mine. There is a quality and texture to his sound that is unlike anything else on this planet. When it comes to mid and down tempo music I have a deep appreciation for Dymons, Flooting Grooves, Ekoplex, and just about anything released by Ultimae and Peak Records.
If you described psytrance to someone who had never heard it before, what would you tell them?
In my experience there are different forms that the music can take. Some of the music out there sounds very mechanical and noisey, created by ego consciousness and sounds like what one might imagine a mathematical equation would sound like. However, sprinkled here and there amongst the robotic trance there exists a form of psytrance that has the sound and feel of something that is alive and breathing and comes from the realm where energy creates form from the formless. All in all it is not really something that can be accurately described with verbal language. It is something that has to be experienced and even still it can not be described because like everything else that composes reality it is uniquely created by and for the observer having the experience.

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Interview: Joe Holmez (Eclectic Souls Project/SoulCom Collective) Little Rock, AR

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You started ding in 1998, how did you start djing? What were your early influences?

My first experience with mixing records was when a good friend of mine got a set of turntables when we were in 11th grade. He had a random collection and we had no idea what we were doing but it was so much fun we were both instantly hooked. A few months later I got my first set of turntables, as my 17th birthday present, from my dad. I started going to a record store in Ft. Worth called Neurovox. It’s there that I got my first introduction to house music and learned how to beat match. The guy who owned it was named Kevin. He helped me figure out what was what on a few different levels. I’ve always been grateful to him for that. I wish I could remember his last name. Haha. But he was a really nice guy and an awesome dj as well.

I would have to say my biggest influence as far as djing goes is my best friend (other than my wife) and mentor, Craig Howell aka Craig Lee. I met Craig in ’99 when I’d been playing for about a year. As Forest Gump would say, “We were just like peas and carrots.” He’d already been playing 10 years at that point. So it was pretty awesome having him as my personal house music guru. I still look up to him and go to him for advice to this day. Thanks Craigly!

Now that you have been djing for 15 years, what are your current challenges?

I would say that my greatest personal challenge these days is keeping the spirit of the underground alive in an EDM wasteland. Ha ha. It’s much different from when I began djing and going to electronic music functions. Much more mainstream now. But I’ve also been pleased with how underground music and culture have continued to evolve in the age of DJ Paris Hilton.

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Since you have your bi-weekly show on www.myhouseyourhouse.net. “In the Spirit w/ Joe Holmes” (airs every 2nd and 4th Tuesday from 6pm-9pm CST) how do you decide what to play and which guests to have?

It’s a pretty organic process. Just kind of happens naturally. I ask a lot of my friends and people that I come across that I think can really play and fit the vibe of the show. I’m always looking for quality guests. And am currently accepting submissions.

As far as deciding what to play. It’s pretty much the same thing. Just whatever I’m feeling at the time of the show. I try to stay current with track selections. But I don’t shy away from playing older stuff either. In my opinion great music is timeless.

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Now that you have relocated to Little Rock, Arkansas from Dallas/Fort Worth – what are the changes that you notice when you dj?

Interesting question. Little Rock is a cool little town no doubt. It’s my home now. It was quite a system shock coming from Dallas though. I’ve been fortunate enough to be a big part of bringing underground house and techno here, where it wasn’t before. Along with my crew SoulCom, we’ve been amazed to watch our efforts develop into a nice little family type of scene.

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As 2013 come to end, what are some release, events or even projects that you are working you are looking forward for 2014?

Well, let me tell you! Ha ha. I’m excited for 2014. I’ve got a few irons in the fire at the moment. Planning on throwing at least four real-deal holyfield parties here in Little Rock. We brought Brett Johnson, Demarkus and Chuck Love this year. So you know we’ve got some serious hotness lined up for 2014. I’m also in the process of working with John Walker, Josh Kynd and Craig Howell on pursuing our Horsemen project together through production and djing. We were also thinking of doing a quarterly party together in Dallas. So it should be a pretty busy year. Eek!

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Is there a show from “In the Spirit w/Joe Holmes” that is your favorite or stands out?
The ONE Year anniversary show this past December is my favorite. It’s a two hour guest mix by my good friend John Walker. One of my biggest influences and one of the best djs I know. John did the guest mix on my very first show as well.

Do you have any shout outs or shameless plugs?

I wanna give shouts out to my beautiful wife Jessica and my spunky little daughter Jillian. And my whole ESP family Craig, Brain, C-Rod, Jenn-uh, Mookie, Kitty B, Ladd B., Scoe!, Mike J, Uchin, Rick and Amy, Carl Cue, Tony Jr., Ricky Simpson, Stephanie/David and clan, to my SoulCom crew Mason, Joel, Brad, Danny, Jacob, Bobby and James. and errbody else knows who they are.


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Joe Holmes posts great music and event info on his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/joeholmez

“In the Spirit w/ Joe Holmes” airs every 2nd and 4th Tuesday from 6pm-9pm CST on www.myhouseyourhouse.net.

Mixes can be found on Soundcloud as free downloads: https://soundcloud.com/holmez

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Interview: Antagon : Damaru Records/ Alice-D Production : Germany

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There is a video from 2008 when your working with Ocelot & Alpha and you all line up and do breathing for inspiration. (This video is hysterical if you haven’t seen it yet.Do you have any method to creating music?

Haha, yes I still remember our session it was big fun. We were sitting under my loft bed writing music and trying to answer the questions from the video guy. Actually it was more a joke then showing how we seriously worked together, but we used the breathing session as voice samples in our track later. The actual method depends on starting with a concrete idea, maybe a voice sample or a melody & I build the track around this central element. Sometimes it’s a groove which came to my mind or I start with a kick and bass line combination and add some random noise/ fm pattern. At a certain point there comes usually the whole picture of the track to my mind and its finished when it felt right to me.

Originally you played in dark metal band when you were a teenager, now your playing intense dark metal. What lead you to psytrance? You still go to metal shows now?

Yes and I hated every electronic music until 1996. It was a day, I chilled at my friend’s house and he was always into electronic music at this time, usually techno and house but somehow he had one double cd of the tantrance compilations. I immediately felt in love with this style of electronic music, so it happened coincidentally. Soon after my first contact I tried to find out where I can visit psytrance parties. It wasn’t easy at this time and visited several small psytrance events around Hannover. Later on I spend several years on the big psytrance gatherings in Northern Germany. In 1999, I started DJing, bought my first mixer and CDjs, later turntables as well. In 2005, I started to write my own music, which finally leads to my live act and the side project -z- (alpha & antagon). Since I´m living in Mamburg, since 2007, I´m again visiting some shows of dark/ extreme metal bands. My favorites are now “Der Weg einer Freiheit”, Dark Funeral or Anaal Nathrakh. Pretty crazy shit lol!

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You’ve worked with an impressive list of trance producers, if any, who else would like to work with? Do you enjoy working with other artists or prefer a solo project?

When I started writing music it was always a dream to work with guys like Ocelot, Kindzdadza and Cosmo. Their music was definitely a big influence for my own sound. At the moment I have no concrete artist in mind but I´m always open for collaboration tracks. Working with other artists is usually very interesting and the result is often more interesting to listen to because you have to different styles which are melting together (if it´s well done). It´s challenging to make a nice mixture of both sounds without sounding like you are just cutting 2 different tracks together.

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You & Alpha have a project called -Z-, what made you both come up with the idea for -Z-? What is unique about your project?

We where looking for a name with the letter Z, because both of our artist names start with an “A”. Sadly all of the names which came to our mind where already in use by somethin or someone, so in the end we decided to call the project -Z-. Then when our first EP was released we recognized that the letter alone is a pretty bad idea because it´s impossible to find it by internet search engines and we added both of our artist names in brackets hahaha…

What is unique about the project is first of all the live performance because we actually play several instruments live on stage (bass, drums, synths). Secondly we try to melt several pretty different styles of electronic music together such as Dark Wave, Dark Psy, EBM, Indsutrial and even classical influences.

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What gear do you use while creating music vs performing?

for studio production, I usually use Cubase sometimes Ableton Live or Logic, together with a virus ti and loads of software processors. On stage, I always use Ableton Live because it´s much better for real time interventions and live mixing. My live set is usually a mixture between my own tracks (or parts of them), samples and some live played software synthesizers.

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I just wanted to add this bad ass album cover for Cerberus (Kasatka – Antagon – Extraterrestrial) because I looked over the details for a good 20 minutes. It’s an Akrashik released this past April. You can purchase this at beatspace (>click here<).

cerberusTour Dates for Antagon are:

August 31st: Guadalajara “SPACE INVADERS 2013” ANTAGON LIVE – Las plantas de los dioses 
September 7th: Mexico City
September 14th: Tijuana

 

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Artist Spotlight: Dawn of Dstar Designs (Texas)

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Did you have training for event design? How did you get your start?

I’ve always been into art, since I could walk & hold crayons. I started working in the event industry at age 17 making 2D & 3D art, props & backdrops for one of the foremost sought after event companies in Dallas & across the world. It only flourished from.

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How would describe your styling?

I would say my style would be a modern animated feel. Something a little whimsical, expressionistic & fun is what I aim for typically.

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Not only have you designed for events but you do print as well, do you find yourself using similar elements in both formats?

Well, considering I have differing clientele that’s hard to say. Some things I create are ethereal, some techy, some organic – so, really it just depends on the mood/ideas I’m given in the inception of the project. I love working with my hands & my creative energies – you can find out more at: dawndreyer.carbonmade.com/

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A common thread from your dance music events is the use of UV reactive elements, what is yr favorite go-to material?

My favorite go-to material… that’s tricky. I use quite a bit of foamcor, ½” foam, wood, spray paints, etc. I’d say generally I use UV spray paints a lot as they’re easy to use & time efficient.

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What has been your best or most memorable design-related encounter?

They each hold a special place w/in my designer heart but, a couple that stand out are the 3D gas mask & a 6’ dimensional Biohazard piece I designed & produced for Fully Funktional events. I like to incorporate lights into my design & some high reactive elements mixed with texture.

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What has been your best or most memorable design-related encounter?

They each hold a special place w/in my designer heart but, a couple that stand out are the 3D gas mask & a 6’ dimensional Biohazard piece I designed & produced for Fully Funktional events. I like to incorporate lights into my design & some high reactive elements mixed with texture.

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Interview: Fractal Cowboys ॐ Tantrumm Rec/Alpha Centauri ॐ California

Just now getting caught up with being off the grid for 3 days. Here is some video from the Taurus birthday party. I am physically exhausted from hearing Dylanen then after his set he stopped the music, looked at Quzar & said, “Now with my friend.” It was ON! Thanks to Apophena for this video of Fractal Cowboys.

You’ve performed in Texas several times, what are you looking forward when coming back to Texas?

d::i am looking forward to eating breakfast tacos, and the nice weather. the parties in texas are great fun, and the crew there is easily the best outside of California 🙂

q:: lone star light and playing for the home crowd!

 

Tell me about how Fractal Cowboys 

d::we met in Austin, and moved to San Francisco to pan for gold. quasar became immortal, and the rest is well documented history.

q:: We were both doing stand-up comedy and, little did we know, we were both using the same stage name: The Facial Crowbar Guy. After collaborating on a boiled chicken franchise called Fractured Chicken we thought, hey, let’s start a nudist colony! And The Freckled Crotches was a runaway success. Then we got hit by a meteor and The Fractal Cowboys were born!

One of the biggest events is Boom Festival, how what that experience for you?

d:: Portugal is really a great country, and boom festival is the Woodstock of the nineties. very many cultures coming together.

q:: I could have stayed for another week! It is great hanging with a bunch of freaks from everywhere. It is fun to play on a big system, though it is tougher to connect with the dancefloor.

The music that I’ve heard has a crazy cosmic sound, have you ever had an alien experience?

d::
aliens took dylan in a spaceship, and taught him how to do stuff. if only he could remember. we both saw a ufo together at burningman
q:: i thought I was an alien for a while, then I realized I was just watching ALF. He’s got funny hair.

What can yr fans expect from you coming up?

d::
we are just finishing a new album, which has been heavily 70’s influenced. return to west psy. and we are constantly trying to deepen the bass, and widen the groove,.
q:: We play live remix arrangements of our songs and also improvise new material, though we do mix in some of our studio tracks as well. Basically our setup is tuned to maximize transference of vibe between dancer and music.

Do you have any shout outs?

d::
http://partybabas.blogspot.com/
q:: rrrrrrrrrraaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwrrrrrr!

Thanks for yr time!
Ally

q:: thanks for having us! let’s make a crop circle!!!!

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