Under the hot sun, we managed to steal Zimmer for a few moments to hear about his upcoming EP release with his Roche Musique friends and we were able to pick his brain for a bit. He’s been busy since we caught up with him a mere two days ago, and he’s released his single for his release on July 10th. Check out the track below, and check out our interview after the jump!
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We sat down with Vanilla Ace shortly after his set, and we had an absolute blast at the Hilton Hotel lobby, where we talked old school DJ-ing, advice to future musical artists, and even a bit about George Clooney.
He’s also got a couple of fantastic remixes out for us, just in time to kick off the new week. Check out both tracks below, and read below for the fantastic interview!
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We took a little break from scouring the corners of the internet to face the desert resort town that is Palm Springs. Admittedly, we music writers prefer prowling out to dark clubs when the moon is full instead of spending two full days under the sun, but we fell in love with the friendly people, great vibes, and stunning sets. Although we loved every act that was playing, there were some really great performances from a spectacular few. Check out our favorite DJ’s from the weekend, and let us know who you enjoyed!
Wes James aka Le Youth first came on our radar when we stumbled upon his remix of Goldroom’s “Angeles” back in 2012, his mix classic house and r&b was something that had yet to find it’s footing within the dance music community. Flash forward three years and Le Youth’s style of deep 90’s era house music has exploded and the Los Angeles based producer shows no signs of slowing down. Set to play Splash House this weekend, Wes answered some of our burning questions before heading out to the desert.
What are your essentials in the studio?
Keyboard, laptop, caffeine, iPhone, white wine, my dog
I first remember hearing the name Le Youth because of amazing remixes. Has your process in picking songs to remix remained the same throughout the years?
I’m definitely more open to remixing things I wouldn’t have wanted to remix before. I was super neurotic about the whole thing. I’ve relaxed a bit these days.
You use a lot of vocal sampling in your tracks but we’ve heard you’ve been in the studio with the likes of MNEK and some other vocalists, does this mean you’re going to experiment more with lyrics and songwriting?
I’ve been a songwriter for years, so it’s not exactly experimenting when I’m in the studio writing vocals. That said, vocal sampling is very experimental for me
You’re launching your own label this summer, can you tell us a bit about it and what can we expect in terms of releases?
I’m excited to be able to release music by my friends that inspires me. It won’t necessarily all sound like my music, but I feel it all gels together regardless of what microgenre it falls under. There’s a pretty great group of artists producing right now that I think just make fun music. And that’s what this label will be about. There’s a lot of these artists at Splash House this summer that fall within realm. And that’s all I can say for now ;)
Are there any other labels or artists that have inspired you in this process of starting your own imprint?
French Express, Blasé Boys Club, Hot Creations
When you’re not producing, what kind of music do you listen to?
A lot of indie rock, some folk, though I’ve been rinsing the new Clean Bandit record over the last couple weeks
Your sound is heavily influenced my 90’s pop and r&b, does stem from your childhood or is it a more recent inspiration for you?
Definitely from my childhood. I grew up on 90s pop radio.
Splash House is an unique concept that’s drawing 20somethings out to Palm Springs. In contrast, there’s been heavy debate about the dying down of festivals. Do you see this festival as being a part of a new era in the way people see live music/DJ sets?
It can definitely be easier to cultivate a specific vibe at a smaller festival like Splash House which I think is really cool, and it allows for festivals in some awesome and unique locations. That being said, I don’t think huge festivals like Coachella will ever go away, they’re too big to fail.
What can we expect from you in the 2nd Half of 2015?
I’ll be finally releasing some new music that I’m really excited about.
Make sure to check out Le Youth’s upcoming tour dates below, and catch him at Splash House this Saturday (psst you can get your tickets here).
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The time has come, it’s SPLASH HOUSE SEASON.
For those of you out of the loop, Splash House is a bi-annual festival that takes place in Palm Springs and spans over three hotels around the city to create the ultimate summer party. With the festival just around the corner, we thought we’d put together a little playlist to highlight some artists we’re extra excited to see. If you like what you hear, go on and check out the rest of the lineup and purchase tickets over on their website.
Now let’s get wavy y’all.
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