Nothing but the best from Motor City Drum Ensemble, this will put a smile on your face.
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Since acclaimed pianist Chilly Gonzales released “Solo Piano II” about a year ago, he’s been touring the world and in celebration of all those amazing shows, he offers us a free download of a full 65 minute concert from his performance in Munich in November 2012. Listen in for songs from “Solo Piano II” along with other hits from Chilly’s repertoire.
So Clubfeet has done something very interesting. They’ve taken video footage of their live show at Prince Bandroom and combined it with a Q&A from us and some of our favorite music writers across the world, including Electronic Rumors, Salacious Sounds, and Your Music Radar. Watch the interview and performance unfold, and look out for a special cameo by fellow Aussie darling Chela.
In anticipation of his DJ set tomorrow night at the .WAVs music boat cruise in New York City, we sat down with Reuben Wu, the mastermind behind Ladytron, to chat about a couple things. These things include (but are not limited to) a new Ladytron album, Reuben’s favorite production equipment, and the synergies between music, art and photography (all things that Reuben dabbles quite a bit in). So without further ado, here’s our interview with Reuben.
And if you haven’t already gotten your tickets to tomorrow night’s event, you can still purchase them here!
Discobelle: Hi Reuben! How are you doing?
Reuben: Very well thank you!
Discobelle: So to start off, how would you describe your style as a DJ, does it differ greatly from your production style?
Reuben: I like to play a blend of electropop, electrohouse and some new wave. It always depends on the crowd really. It can differ slightly as I don’t really produce music for dance music clubs, it’s more fitting in an indie club.
Discobelle: What role will moving on water in the night have on your performance?
Reuben: More new wave in my set, possibly.
Discobelle: What equipment are you into lately when it comes to producing?
Reuben: I’ve using the Polychord app on my iPad to help work out chord progressions – it’s great that it’s not keyboard-based. and can work wirelessly in MIDI as well.
Discobelle: Who are your greatest influences both DJ and production wise?
Reuben: The Chemical Brothers playing a DJ set on BBC Radio 1 twenty years ago I think.
Discobelle: When can we expect some new music from Ladytron?
Reuben: A new album next year.
Discobelle: Do you plan on releasing any new non-Ladytron solo/collaborative work soon?
Reuben: I always have stuff going on but I’m not focussing on it right now.
Discobelle: What was your worst DJ gig? Best? Why?
Reuben: Probably the one where, (after I had endured a day of logistical nightmare), I turned up at the venue at 3.30am and I was asked to just plug my mobile phone into a pair of blown computer speakers, because there was no PA for me to play music on. And also everyone had gone home by 3am due to a fire alarm which had continued for a whole hour.
Discobelle: Read that you are a photographer and an artist, as well. Do you recognize a lot of porosity between these mediums, or do ideas kind of start with a feeling and move into one realm for good?
Reuben: There are parallels between the two (I’m talking about music and visual arts). Both require composition, balance and some kind of narrative.
And they are endlessly compatible.
Discobelle: On a scale of 1-10, does the last question make any sense?
New Jersey born and bred DJ Sliink first came on my radar by chance last year. While perusing Soundcloud as I do, I stumbled across his remix of Grimes “Oblivion” and that was that. At the time, I also happened to be collecting tracks for a Dirt collaboration with our friends at Gotta Dance Dirty and knew that I had to include this remix. If you read the post over at GDD, you’ll see my comments on the remix are pretty straightforward: “D.O.P.E. No seriously.” So when I had the chance to interview Sliink of course I jumped on opportunity. In my chat with DJ Sliink, I ask him about the New Jersey music scene, how he got started and most importantly, his feelings on the new Kanye album. This of course is all leading up to his performance at DC’s Trillectro Festival happening on 8/17 and yes, you should definitely come.
Nancy: So thoughts on the new Kanye, Jay-Z and Daft Punk records? Be totally honest here.
DJ Sliink: My thoughts on the new Kanye album – I actually like it . I didn’t expect it to be that dark. Jay-Z’s album is amazing and he showed why he is a OG. Get Lucky I could see myself remixing that on one on one of my off days.
Nancy: I feel like you came up pretty quickly but I know that’s never how things really are. I remember first hearing about you when I featured a remix you did back in October of 2012 in a Dirt collaboration with Arod at Gotta Dance Dirty. Can you tell me about how you got started?
DJ Sliink: Growing up I started off producing Jersey club music for years. I was always one of the dope young dudes. I actually started a production team called ” New Breed” and it was full of dope young dudes. I always had leadership type tendencies and wanted to look out for people. My big break was actually when I met Dirty South Joe and he had some remix work for me. I did a remix of the record ” I Think” on Pelican Fly. Down the line I met up with Joe’s good friends Sam and Jerome from Body High and from there I released my Vibrate EP with their label. Further down the line a group organically came together called “Cartel Music” consisting of some of my best friends. Coming up I’ve met so many great artist like MikeQ, Flosstradamus and Brenmar. We all colllabed on some pretty great music.
Nancy: How do you feel about mashups and bootleg tracks? Do you think that’s still a viable way to get started as an artist?
DJ Sliink: I’m very big on remixing and mashups. Sometimes as a artist you might want to rework a song the way you like. I believe your audience can really get a piece of your personality and style by the way you remix something. Remixing and mashups can give you great input on your original work as well.
Nancy: What’s the music scene in NJ like if you could describe it?
DJ Sliink: The music scene in NJ is so great! Many states have a lot of culture but I think Jersey nails it to the bottom. Jersey feeds off of Jersey club, basically it’s an offshoot of Baltimore club ranging from 130 to 135 bpm. Right now the scene is pretty cool and they make a lot of videos to the music that’s made. The videos give the audience a better insight on the music.
Nancy: What do you think of the current state of the music industry and music promotion?
DJ Sliink: I love the current state of music and promotion. Promotion wise I think Coundcloud is a label running itself. It’s a great outlet for new artists to breakout and show the world their talent. Most of the time all an artist really needs is that good look. The way music is going now is great; it’s kind of like “do what you want”. Making music without any rules is an amazing thing.
Nancy: What do you hope your music conveys to people?
DJ Sliink: I just want my music to make people happy; I want my music to take them to a great state of mind. People might be having a bad day and might hear my music and it puts them in a better place. I also just want them to turn up and get ready for my next show!
Nancy: Last year you released your Vibrate EP and also recently released a trap collaboration with Flosstradamus. What else is coming up for you?
DJ Sliink: I’ve been working on my next solo EP. They say your first EP is important but the follow up is really a big deal. I’ve just been working hard to feed my audience music on another level. I’ve also been working on collaborations with Brenmar and MikeQ so stay tuned!