Adventures Of Tazz - Interview, Album Review and Podcast

By Alex Mohammadi

 

                  Electronic music has always been one of the core elements of Montreal’s nightlife, and since the early days of Montreal’s underground scene, the city has been carving itself a distinguished signature to the feet and ears of party go-ers and dancers all around the world. Obviously, the fame it has is greatly due to talented local artists, since the quality of the music played at venues still matters a great deal to clubbers here, which has allowed the scene to develop along with the versatility of its DJs and producers.  One of the few montrealer artists that has effectively demonstrated this lately is DJ and producer Tazz, whom after releasing a series of EP’s on various labels from Canada and abroad was finally offered the opportunity to release his first full length, Adventures of Tazz, by British label Tsuba Records, which was released last Monday, march 19th.  Although he was already renowned for his distinctive eclectic sound in his productions, by taking on such a challenge, his talent was spread over one more dimension of electronic music, and he did so cogently by taking the listeners on a voyage, a literal adventure, around the depths of the underground world of techno through the exploration of some of the darkest and most intriguing corners of his mind.  As we travel down the musical lines of the album, which suits the middle of a bright day just as well as the dead of a moon-less night, we are taken around the globe, from the abstract depths of aphotic Berlin at night to the hardness of the most lavish and dark warehouses of Detroit.

                  The album starts with Giovanni’s Keys, which softens the mind up and carries it around, forward and backward, leaving a sense of analog warmth behind before leaving the listener to the hard cadence of Worked It. It builds up from a loose kick to a deep voyage through the celestial waves of the brain, before dropping one of the grooviest beats of the album to ones conscience. As the hats and claps succeed one another, a bright symphony comes in and gives the listener a sense of what’s to come, just like early terrace pre-parties set in good vibes as the sun sets before sleepless nights of dancing.  The track exits in well layered delays and reverbs before leaving probably one of the rawest sounding kick drums of the album takes over accompanied by distant clap as one seems to be approaching the source of an abstract chant in a labyrinth carved in the mind, allowing one to explore gardens of growing flowers set at the middle of it, and then time seems to slow down as one develop unity with the melody.  Many Reasons! turns into a mild rhythm before allowingCaptain Groove and The Oscillators to set in, which offers rich synth stabs, succeeding from a 2 tone synth, that get a flow of blood pulsing from on ear to the other, clearly outlining the eclectic nature of the whole album.  That’s What it Said leads on into a summery nocturnal dubby vibe that builds up around a certain sense of broad depth and its wonderful textures set a transcendental dimension to the track.  The percussions are filtered out and the remaining synth holds on until La Salade Techno comes in, an acidic rhythmic raw groove that offers the darkest enlightenment and mesmerizes the body while inciting muscles to primal like dances, almost setting one in a trance like state entirely controlled by kicks, soft melodies and beautiful chaotic layers of sound, on the verge of the definition of noise, yet fully keeping the beauty described by the definition of melody.  Wobble Theory then leads its way through a techy filtered drum line while harmonic beeps dizzy the mind around and rids it of any formal landmarks, allowing one to fully appreciate the soft dub lines carry the soul around, before the track melts into Light Yellow Synth, offering the listener a break for the body and an ecstatic experience for the mind as it pulses long waves to the brain and lets it transform and go from one phase to another while remaining within the boundaries of the skull.

                  Moreover, the album also comes with 2 bonus tracks, one of which is a previous track Tazz released on Tsuba last year, while the other one is a remix by label boss Kevin Griffiths of Tazz’ track Welcome to Dub.  The first offers dynamic grooves that suit the living room just like the dance floor, that is, if your living room isn’t already a dance floor to you. Welcome to Dub however offers a deeper more melodic sense, as it develop on a very cold yet comforting synth line.

 

Along with the article, Tazz has offered Music Never Lies access to the recording of the set he threw last Sunday at the renowned Salon Daome, where his album release party was hosted.  The mix is courtesy of AudioBoxLive.com, which broadcasted the whole set as Tazz graced the Daome sound system of his sound, accompanied by resident Max Reynolds. 

Music Never Lies also had the chance to get a couple of Q&A’s with the artist, and here are the wise words Tazz granted us:

 

MNLWere you trying to achieve something in particular with the album, as opposed to only music, or was it really strictly about the grooves and melodies?

 

- TazzI always look to evoke emotion. Be different as much as I can. Very critical with the sounds. Always looking for new synths be it software or hardware. As you can see in the tracks there’s lots of ups and downs. I also work with musicians of course, so the tracks do tend to be very musical.

 

MNLHow did you find the “adventurous” aspect of full lengths, i.e. how you can plot a story on a larger scale with more ups and downs? Or did you manage it more like an unmixed DJ set of your own tracks?

 

- TI never plan any of the music writing. All I have is a specific direction and that is underground music period! Most of my productions gravitate towards deep house/techno, but I have experimented with other genres as well. Just a bit!

 

MNLIn relation to that, did you build the structure of your album similarly to how you plan your DJ sets or was it completely different?

 

TNot exactly, but I can say that so far all the tracks work very well in a DJ set in a club environment. If the asses are shaking that’s all that matters!

 

 MNLThrough the album production process, did you find yourself comparing the creation process similar to that of other forms or art, such as literature? Do you have other artistic interests from which your skills with that particular form of art were used/hidden somewhere in the cd?

 

TI’m not much for words tell you the truth. I just let the music do the talking. But can you really compare art forms? At the end of the day artists just create, we just do. It’s how us people express ourselves, either through words, music, visuals or all together.

MNL podcast 007 by BUBBA (Hot Creations, Pets)

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As a kid Jonny ‘Bubba’ Smyth started bashing out sounds on a drum machine and keyboard in his bedroom trying to emulate the sounds he was hearing down at his local club. Developing a love for electronic music, disco and house he started putting together tracks. Scoring a massive release on Derrick Carter and Luke Solomon’s Classic label Scoper & Bubba “I’m Satisfied” which has seen a remastered reissue for the Classic back catalogue for 2011. 
With production partner T-Bone his re-edit of Frankie Knuckles and Jamie Principle’s ‘Baby Wants to Ride’ for the legendary TRAX label has been getting amazing plaudits and support from many heads.

The end of 2011 seen massive releases on labels Hot Creations, Pets Recordings, Dogmatik, ALiVE, Batty Bass and Extended Play with support from the likes of Jamie Jones, Richie Hawtin,Pete Tong Ivan Smagghe, Anja Schneider,Ewan Pearson, Soul Clap, Lee Foss,Robert James, Trevor Jackson, Hannah Holland, Tom Budden, Droog, Seth Troxler, Catz N Dogz and more.

Christmas 2011 he gained support from Radio 1’s Pete Tong and Annie Mac scoring the Essential New Tune with ‘Dance with Me’ on Hot Creations. 
2012 is set to see Bubba release more of his killer Chicago bass influenced productions and remixes on Clouded Visions,Pets Recordings,Electronique Digital,Dogmatik, ALiVE, Extended Play, Love Not Money,Lucid Dreaming and the launch of his own label Runnin Wild with Chris James from Coat of Arms (FutureBoogie/Culprit/OFF).

He played at the Belfast MTV EMA’s along side Azari & III, Batty Bass and Aeroplane which was one of wildest parties the city has ever seen! 
He runs his own party Nightlife in Belfast and with a fan base stretching from the UK to the USA, Canada,South America, Australia and back again he is set to showcase his music to the global party people. 
"Playing and making music is totally compulsive" "I’m happy jackin it out at 1am getting people going crazy or warming peoples souls with some disco/house re-edits on a sunny afternoon getting the pool party started!

MNL Podcast 006 by Dirty Channels (Hot Waves)

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The Italian based djs and producers Dirty Channels are Simone Giudici & Leme. They started working together in early 2008, after a long period as single djs. 
Their debut on the hystorical italian label Manocalda brings up their collaboration with Pastaboys and it has proved to be an essential introduction for these boys, with releases and remixes lined up with various imprints such as Rebirth, Reincarnation, Bcbtec… always supported by big international artists.
Dirty Channels recently joined the Hot Creations family of top djs Jamie Jones & Lee Foss, releasing their single “Give It To Me” on the renowned Hot Waves compilation. 
Being heavily inspired by many artists, their works are a unique mix of deep old school house, detroit techno, disco influenced jams and classic grooves. The variety of musical influences that characterize their background is translated into an eclectic dj set, never dull with a great charge perceived and loved by the floor. This is why they’re playing in a lot of important clubs and events. 
Dirty Channels are working on hot new productions for the future, so stay tuned… the best is yet to come!


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MNL podcast 005 by Diego Moreno (Digital Delight)

Diego Moreno takes control of Music Never Lies podcast from Barcelona to give you something to dance to!

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MNL podcast 004 by Lula Circus (Culprit)

Hot beats straight from Milan, Italy for the pleasure of your ears!

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MNL podcast 003 by Aquarius Heaven

Circus Company is in the house!

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Aquarius Heaven (Circus Company) Interview

- When and how did you first get into production/DJ and what still motivates you to do it today ?

Ive been making music now i can say about 10 to 15 years but not always the same  overtime i change style 

this was an exciting moment cause theres always something new to learn , am motivated just by hearing the first clap of the beat 

i love music with body and soul and this wont change

- Who were your early musical influences?

bob marly ,vybz kartel , gannet silk , steel pulse  and so on as u can see after the hip hop i was deep into the reggae 

- How did you meet with Circus Company?

in paris was introduced by the DOP family 

- You have been working on multiple projects and touring the world these days. Ever get sick of it? What’s your secret ?

sure sometimes i just want to stay home with my family but good thing don’t come easily also when you want something you have to be willing to make sacrifices 

- How would you say, you fit in the Circus FAmily?

well its like a big family where every one have to do their part and i guess am doing my part but we still hold hands and walk when its bad weather like any caring family

- What is the perfect setting for your music to come to life? In other words, what’s your ideal spot for producing?

simple its everyday life …i love putting real moments into a track  so when u hear it you´re like hey! this happened to me 

- Which upcoming artist would you say is an inspiration nowadays in electronic music? Who do you think we should keep an eye on?

for sure i listen to a lot of stuff but as always DOP really takes it to a next level  i would say the same even if i didn’t know theses guys

- How do you like the sounds coming out of Canada these days? (I’m thinking of Jacques Greene, for example or Footprintz)

i listen a bit quit interesting , overtime i listen something new it unlock a door in my brains so am gonna be in the kitchen soon cooking up stuff ;)

- Do you have any advice for young producers?  

yes stop trying to please everyone when you do music play whats coming from your heart  and the people sure will hear 

- What is your favorite city or country to play in?

now its russia and germany  also i had  a taste of manchester and copenhagen wasn’t bad at all 

- What are the top 3 most-played tracks/artists on your iPod at the moment? 

mace pled lee foes and jay haze  still on repeat in my ipod 

- Describe yourself in one word.

just an ordinary guy who loves music … i respect everyone don’t matter age colour or race  ,am always ready to learn something new  so don’t be afraid to approach and share with me i don’t bite 

- Justin Bieber or Lady Gaga?

am sorry i don’t fit in their world sure i respect what they are doing but am on the other side of the planet where the streets are dirty and pain is real and people don’t go to school to learn music ,its in the hearts of the people like old days 

- What’s the scene like in France today? How has it changed over the past few years?

the night life in paris had a big break down but now it seem to be coming back slowly lets cross our fingers  it don’t take 20 years to come back and the people get to be a bit more open minded

- You’ve been to Montreal before?

no i prefer say ;)

- What should we expect from your set @ Salon Daome?

expect everything am naturally crazy just a lil heads up and please get me a bottle of good vodka i hate asking all the time for the same shit am not complicated at all i always ask for 

MNL podcast 002 by Louie Fresco (MEXA / N*19)

Groovy beats from the man Louie Fresco!

Louie Fresco (MEXA / N*19) Interview

"If we can define Louie Fresco in one word it would probably be "Versatile".

This multifaceted DJ and Producer from Mexico has single handedly put his hometown Mexicali B.C. on the map with his many original tracks and remixes.

Artists like Art Department, Maya Jane Coles, Deniz Kurtel, Mark Knight, Noir, Heidi, Solomun, Miguel Campbell, Russ Yallop, Siopis, James Teej, Flight Facilities, Tale Of Us, DJ Three, J Phlip, WildKats, The Crystal Method, Felix Da Housecat, Tommie Sunshine, Dirty Vegas, Deepgroove, Oliver Klein, NASA, John Roman, Lazaro Casanova, Larry Tee, and Junior Sanchez to name a few have played Louie’s remixes and songs on many events including shows like Coachella, Winter Music Conference, Get Lost, Circoloco, and South by Southwest.

His DJing skills have earned him invites to share the stage or headline events all over the world with the most eclectic group of DJs out there. DJs like Boys Noize, Crookers, Felix Da Housecat, Steve Aoki, Marco Bailey, Desyn Masiello, Popof, NOOB, Martin Eyerer, Julian Jewell, Heidi, Damian Lazarus, Magda, Marc Houle, Pier Bucci, Uffie, Sharam, MSTRKRFT, Nic Fanciulli, M.A.N.D.Y., Justin Martin, Tiesto, Toy Selectah, Nadastrom, MightyFools, The Young Punx, Le CastleVania, Audiojack, Russ Yallop, Jamie Jones, A1 Bassline, Designer Drugs, Bird Peterson, Harvard Bass, L.A. Riots, The Crystal Method, LAZRtag, Nortec, Panoptica, Tommie Sunshine, Silver Surfer, Lee Foss, Treasure Fingers, The Rapture, DJ Bam Bam, Staccato, Lazaro Casanova, Catz N Dogz, Skrillex, The Bloody Beetroots; among others, while touring all over Mexico, USA, Canada, Spain, Poland, Germany, Netherlands and Ireland. All of these in less than 3 years.

But DJing is just his “weak side”. What really makes heads turn it’s his production skills. Louie started making music at the age of seventeen. 11 years and hundreds of tracks later we find that he has done (and it’s doing) remixes for, originals, and song collaborations with artists such as Art Department, Etienne De Crecy, Tommie Sunshine, Peaches, Felix Da Housecat, Gtronic, Lady Gaga and Michael Bolton, Young Buck (G-Unit), Lee Foss, John Roman, Sergio Santos, Russ Yallop, Bunny Lake, Hot Pink Delorean, etc.

If that is not enough to call him a versatile person, Louie sets 2011 as the year that will definitely make his hometown (and of course himself) stand out. With his new upcoming label MEXA Records almost ready to launch his first EP and many EPs from other new artists like his roomate J Mar, and many EPs and remixes from well respected producers such as Lee Foss, Gina Turner, J Phlip, Silver Surfer, Sergio Santos, Lazaro Casanova, Catz N Dogz, Sierra Sam, Thugfucker, Tale Of Us, and hopefully Jonny White from Art Department, who’s attention was recently caught by Louie’s music and signed him for his first ever album release on Jonny’s label No.19 Music and a remix for Modern Amusement (aka Lee Foss) which has been doing amazingly well on Beatport’s “Indie Dance/Nu Disco” chart currently sitting on the #1 spot and #35 on Beatport’s Top 100 (and still climbing up the charts).

Still not versatile enough? Did I forget to mention that Louie has some amazing cooking skills? If you ever spend some time with him ask him to cook some “Loaded Potatoes” or his famous “Louie Fres-Canellonis”“.

Interview: (by Omar D. for dukeofswabia.com)

- When and how did you first get into production/DJ and what still motivates you to do it today ?

I used to play guitar at the age of 11 but started writing songs at the age of 17, bought a Playstation 2 when I was 20 because I heard about a videogame called Music Generator 2, that was my first DAW, but since it had so many boundaries I had to jump to PC and the first DAW I knew about was FL Studio 5. I’ve been using it ever since.

I started DJing as a hobby but I started loving it as I got better (at least I think I did..) and right now I couldn’t choose one over the other.

- Who were your early musical influences?

Pink Floyd, Michael Jackson, and Sesame Street.

- How did you meet with Number 19?

I did an original track called “Cruel”, which was gonna be released under my label MEXA Records. A couple of months after I finished that tune a friend of mine came down to my apartment and told me that Lee Foss upload a video of someone called “Modern Amusement” who was also using the same vocal sample as me. So I sent both Lee and Jonny a message asking them advice on what should I do with it. Jonny told me to wait some time and then release my version. It really bummed me for a second, but after 20 minutes of putting my head around it I saw a new message from Jonny where he wanted it for the Modern Amusement EP, and the rest is history.

- You have been working on multiple projects and touring the world. How does that feel? Ever get sick of it? What’s your secret ?

It feels great, I’m finally doing what I really love and enjoying every second of it, though it gets exhausting sometimes. I think my secret is that I eat way too much.

- How would you say you fit in the Number 19 Family?

Maybe cause I rock a beard..

- What is the perfect setting for your music to come to life? In other words, what’s your ideal spot for producing?

My room while my friends are in the living room and I’m heading there back and forth to grab a drink, play some videogames, or smoke something.

- Which upcoming artist would you say is an inspiration nowadays in electronic music? Who do you think we should keep an eye on?

I love everything Maceo Plex.. Oh, upcoming! There’s a bunch I’d love to say but I think every one we have on the MEXA Roster will be doing big things this or next year.

- How do you like the sounds coming out of Canada these days? (Prince Club / Footprintz / Valentin Stip…)

In my opinion, Canada has always been one of the front runners of the EDM and I’m always looking up at Canada to find out who’s the next amazing producer coming from the amazing country that came up with the idea of creating “Poutine”.

- Do you have any advice for young producers?

Be patient and work hard. I’ve been doing both and it’s been finally paying off.

- What is your favorite city or country to play in?

Mexico!

- What are the top 3 most-played tracks/artists on your iPod at the moment?

Junior Boys - Like a Child (Carl Craig Remix)

Crazy P - The Hit

Art Department - Touch You Gently

- Describe yourself in one word.

Lazy

- Justin Bieber or Lady Gaga?

Justin Bieber DJ Set

- What’s the scene like in Mexicali today? How has it changed over the past few years?

It’s great, and it’s been great for many years now. The electronic dance music scene in Mexicali is starting to become much bigger. Plus, it’s a really safe place to live in, and the EDM scene it’s constantly and rapidly evolving so there’s a lot of healthy competition between most of the DJs.

- You’ve been to Montreal before?

I haven’t been there but I’ve heard many good things about Montreal’s music scene, I’ve only been to Toronto, Vancouver, and Whistler; which is one of the most beautiful places I’ve been to.

- When can we expect you in Canada?

Hopefully later this year

Young Lovers Never Die - MNL Podcast 001 by our own Omar Diouf

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Adventures Of Tazz - Interview, Album Review and Podcast

By Alex Mohammadi

 

                  Electronic music has always been one of the core elements of Montreal’s nightlife, and since the early days of Montreal’s underground scene, the city has been carving itself a distinguished signature to the feet and ears of party go-ers and dancers all around the world. Obviously, the fame it has is greatly due to talented local artists, since the quality of the music played at venues still matters a great deal to clubbers here, which has allowed the scene to develop along with the versatility of its DJs and producers.  One of the few montrealer artists that has effectively demonstrated this lately is DJ and producer Tazz, whom after releasing a series of EP’s on various labels from Canada and abroad was finally offered the opportunity to release his first full length, Adventures of Tazz, by British label Tsuba Records, which was released last Monday, march 19th.  Although he was already renowned for his distinctive eclectic sound in his productions, by taking on such a challenge, his talent was spread over one more dimension of electronic music, and he did so cogently by taking the listeners on a voyage, a literal adventure, around the depths of the underground world of techno through the exploration of some of the darkest and most intriguing corners of his mind.  As we travel down the musical lines of the album, which suits the middle of a bright day just as well as the dead of a moon-less night, we are taken around the globe, from the abstract depths of aphotic Berlin at night to the hardness of the most lavish and dark warehouses of Detroit.

                  The album starts with Giovanni’s Keys, which softens the mind up and carries it around, forward and backward, leaving a sense of analog warmth behind before leaving the listener to the hard cadence of Worked It. It builds up from a loose kick to a deep voyage through the celestial waves of the brain, before dropping one of the grooviest beats of the album to ones conscience. As the hats and claps succeed one another, a bright symphony comes in and gives the listener a sense of what’s to come, just like early terrace pre-parties set in good vibes as the sun sets before sleepless nights of dancing.  The track exits in well layered delays and reverbs before leaving probably one of the rawest sounding kick drums of the album takes over accompanied by distant clap as one seems to be approaching the source of an abstract chant in a labyrinth carved in the mind, allowing one to explore gardens of growing flowers set at the middle of it, and then time seems to slow down as one develop unity with the melody.  Many Reasons! turns into a mild rhythm before allowingCaptain Groove and The Oscillators to set in, which offers rich synth stabs, succeeding from a 2 tone synth, that get a flow of blood pulsing from on ear to the other, clearly outlining the eclectic nature of the whole album.  That’s What it Said leads on into a summery nocturnal dubby vibe that builds up around a certain sense of broad depth and its wonderful textures set a transcendental dimension to the track.  The percussions are filtered out and the remaining synth holds on until La Salade Techno comes in, an acidic rhythmic raw groove that offers the darkest enlightenment and mesmerizes the body while inciting muscles to primal like dances, almost setting one in a trance like state entirely controlled by kicks, soft melodies and beautiful chaotic layers of sound, on the verge of the definition of noise, yet fully keeping the beauty described by the definition of melody.  Wobble Theory then leads its way through a techy filtered drum line while harmonic beeps dizzy the mind around and rids it of any formal landmarks, allowing one to fully appreciate the soft dub lines carry the soul around, before the track melts into Light Yellow Synth, offering the listener a break for the body and an ecstatic experience for the mind as it pulses long waves to the brain and lets it transform and go from one phase to another while remaining within the boundaries of the skull.

                  Moreover, the album also comes with 2 bonus tracks, one of which is a previous track Tazz released on Tsuba last year, while the other one is a remix by label boss Kevin Griffiths of Tazz’ track Welcome to Dub.  The first offers dynamic grooves that suit the living room just like the dance floor, that is, if your living room isn’t already a dance floor to you. Welcome to Dub however offers a deeper more melodic sense, as it develop on a very cold yet comforting synth line.

 

Along with the article, Tazz has offered Music Never Lies access to the recording of the set he threw last Sunday at the renowned Salon Daome, where his album release party was hosted.  The mix is courtesy of AudioBoxLive.com, which broadcasted the whole set as Tazz graced the Daome sound system of his sound, accompanied by resident Max Reynolds. 

Music Never Lies also had the chance to get a couple of Q&A’s with the artist, and here are the wise words Tazz granted us:

 

MNLWere you trying to achieve something in particular with the album, as opposed to only music, or was it really strictly about the grooves and melodies?

 

- TazzI always look to evoke emotion. Be different as much as I can. Very critical with the sounds. Always looking for new synths be it software or hardware. As you can see in the tracks there’s lots of ups and downs. I also work with musicians of course, so the tracks do tend to be very musical.

 

MNLHow did you find the “adventurous” aspect of full lengths, i.e. how you can plot a story on a larger scale with more ups and downs? Or did you manage it more like an unmixed DJ set of your own tracks?

 

- TI never plan any of the music writing. All I have is a specific direction and that is underground music period! Most of my productions gravitate towards deep house/techno, but I have experimented with other genres as well. Just a bit!

 

MNLIn relation to that, did you build the structure of your album similarly to how you plan your DJ sets or was it completely different?

 

TNot exactly, but I can say that so far all the tracks work very well in a DJ set in a club environment. If the asses are shaking that’s all that matters!

 

 MNLThrough the album production process, did you find yourself comparing the creation process similar to that of other forms or art, such as literature? Do you have other artistic interests from which your skills with that particular form of art were used/hidden somewhere in the cd?

 

TI’m not much for words tell you the truth. I just let the music do the talking. But can you really compare art forms? At the end of the day artists just create, we just do. It’s how us people express ourselves, either through words, music, visuals or all together.

MNL podcast 007 by BUBBA (Hot Creations, Pets)

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As a kid Jonny ‘Bubba’ Smyth started bashing out sounds on a drum machine and keyboard in his bedroom trying to emulate the sounds he was hearing down at his local club. Developing a love for electronic music, disco and house he started putting together tracks. Scoring a massive release on Derrick Carter and Luke Solomon’s Classic label Scoper & Bubba “I’m Satisfied” which has seen a remastered reissue for the Classic back catalogue for 2011. 
With production partner T-Bone his re-edit of Frankie Knuckles and Jamie Principle’s ‘Baby Wants to Ride’ for the legendary TRAX label has been getting amazing plaudits and support from many heads.

The end of 2011 seen massive releases on labels Hot Creations, Pets Recordings, Dogmatik, ALiVE, Batty Bass and Extended Play with support from the likes of Jamie Jones, Richie Hawtin,Pete Tong Ivan Smagghe, Anja Schneider,Ewan Pearson, Soul Clap, Lee Foss,Robert James, Trevor Jackson, Hannah Holland, Tom Budden, Droog, Seth Troxler, Catz N Dogz and more.

Christmas 2011 he gained support from Radio 1’s Pete Tong and Annie Mac scoring the Essential New Tune with ‘Dance with Me’ on Hot Creations. 
2012 is set to see Bubba release more of his killer Chicago bass influenced productions and remixes on Clouded Visions,Pets Recordings,Electronique Digital,Dogmatik, ALiVE, Extended Play, Love Not Money,Lucid Dreaming and the launch of his own label Runnin Wild with Chris James from Coat of Arms (FutureBoogie/Culprit/OFF).

He played at the Belfast MTV EMA’s along side Azari & III, Batty Bass and Aeroplane which was one of wildest parties the city has ever seen! 
He runs his own party Nightlife in Belfast and with a fan base stretching from the UK to the USA, Canada,South America, Australia and back again he is set to showcase his music to the global party people. 
"Playing and making music is totally compulsive" "I’m happy jackin it out at 1am getting people going crazy or warming peoples souls with some disco/house re-edits on a sunny afternoon getting the pool party started!

MNL Podcast 006 by Dirty Channels (Hot Waves)

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The Italian based djs and producers Dirty Channels are Simone Giudici & Leme. They started working together in early 2008, after a long period as single djs. 
Their debut on the hystorical italian label Manocalda brings up their collaboration with Pastaboys and it has proved to be an essential introduction for these boys, with releases and remixes lined up with various imprints such as Rebirth, Reincarnation, Bcbtec… always supported by big international artists.
Dirty Channels recently joined the Hot Creations family of top djs Jamie Jones & Lee Foss, releasing their single “Give It To Me” on the renowned Hot Waves compilation. 
Being heavily inspired by many artists, their works are a unique mix of deep old school house, detroit techno, disco influenced jams and classic grooves. The variety of musical influences that characterize their background is translated into an eclectic dj set, never dull with a great charge perceived and loved by the floor. This is why they’re playing in a lot of important clubs and events. 
Dirty Channels are working on hot new productions for the future, so stay tuned… the best is yet to come!


Like the Music Never Lies page on Facebook!

MNL podcast 005 by Diego Moreno (Digital Delight)

Diego Moreno takes control of Music Never Lies podcast from Barcelona to give you something to dance to!

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MNL podcast 004 by Lula Circus (Culprit)

Hot beats straight from Milan, Italy for the pleasure of your ears!

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MNL podcast 003 by Aquarius Heaven

Circus Company is in the house!

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Aquarius Heaven (Circus Company) Interview

- When and how did you first get into production/DJ and what still motivates you to do it today ?

Ive been making music now i can say about 10 to 15 years but not always the same  overtime i change style 

this was an exciting moment cause theres always something new to learn , am motivated just by hearing the first clap of the beat 

i love music with body and soul and this wont change

- Who were your early musical influences?

bob marly ,vybz kartel , gannet silk , steel pulse  and so on as u can see after the hip hop i was deep into the reggae 

- How did you meet with Circus Company?

in paris was introduced by the DOP family 

- You have been working on multiple projects and touring the world these days. Ever get sick of it? What’s your secret ?

sure sometimes i just want to stay home with my family but good thing don’t come easily also when you want something you have to be willing to make sacrifices 

- How would you say, you fit in the Circus FAmily?

well its like a big family where every one have to do their part and i guess am doing my part but we still hold hands and walk when its bad weather like any caring family

- What is the perfect setting for your music to come to life? In other words, what’s your ideal spot for producing?

simple its everyday life …i love putting real moments into a track  so when u hear it you´re like hey! this happened to me 

- Which upcoming artist would you say is an inspiration nowadays in electronic music? Who do you think we should keep an eye on?

for sure i listen to a lot of stuff but as always DOP really takes it to a next level  i would say the same even if i didn’t know theses guys

- How do you like the sounds coming out of Canada these days? (I’m thinking of Jacques Greene, for example or Footprintz)

i listen a bit quit interesting , overtime i listen something new it unlock a door in my brains so am gonna be in the kitchen soon cooking up stuff ;)

- Do you have any advice for young producers?  

yes stop trying to please everyone when you do music play whats coming from your heart  and the people sure will hear 

- What is your favorite city or country to play in?

now its russia and germany  also i had  a taste of manchester and copenhagen wasn’t bad at all 

- What are the top 3 most-played tracks/artists on your iPod at the moment? 

mace pled lee foes and jay haze  still on repeat in my ipod 

- Describe yourself in one word.

just an ordinary guy who loves music … i respect everyone don’t matter age colour or race  ,am always ready to learn something new  so don’t be afraid to approach and share with me i don’t bite 

- Justin Bieber or Lady Gaga?

am sorry i don’t fit in their world sure i respect what they are doing but am on the other side of the planet where the streets are dirty and pain is real and people don’t go to school to learn music ,its in the hearts of the people like old days 

- What’s the scene like in France today? How has it changed over the past few years?

the night life in paris had a big break down but now it seem to be coming back slowly lets cross our fingers  it don’t take 20 years to come back and the people get to be a bit more open minded

- You’ve been to Montreal before?

no i prefer say ;)

- What should we expect from your set @ Salon Daome?

expect everything am naturally crazy just a lil heads up and please get me a bottle of good vodka i hate asking all the time for the same shit am not complicated at all i always ask for 

MNL podcast 002 by Louie Fresco (MEXA / N*19)

Groovy beats from the man Louie Fresco!

Louie Fresco (MEXA / N*19) Interview

"If we can define Louie Fresco in one word it would probably be "Versatile".

This multifaceted DJ and Producer from Mexico has single handedly put his hometown Mexicali B.C. on the map with his many original tracks and remixes.

Artists like Art Department, Maya Jane Coles, Deniz Kurtel, Mark Knight, Noir, Heidi, Solomun, Miguel Campbell, Russ Yallop, Siopis, James Teej, Flight Facilities, Tale Of Us, DJ Three, J Phlip, WildKats, The Crystal Method, Felix Da Housecat, Tommie Sunshine, Dirty Vegas, Deepgroove, Oliver Klein, NASA, John Roman, Lazaro Casanova, Larry Tee, and Junior Sanchez to name a few have played Louie’s remixes and songs on many events including shows like Coachella, Winter Music Conference, Get Lost, Circoloco, and South by Southwest.

His DJing skills have earned him invites to share the stage or headline events all over the world with the most eclectic group of DJs out there. DJs like Boys Noize, Crookers, Felix Da Housecat, Steve Aoki, Marco Bailey, Desyn Masiello, Popof, NOOB, Martin Eyerer, Julian Jewell, Heidi, Damian Lazarus, Magda, Marc Houle, Pier Bucci, Uffie, Sharam, MSTRKRFT, Nic Fanciulli, M.A.N.D.Y., Justin Martin, Tiesto, Toy Selectah, Nadastrom, MightyFools, The Young Punx, Le CastleVania, Audiojack, Russ Yallop, Jamie Jones, A1 Bassline, Designer Drugs, Bird Peterson, Harvard Bass, L.A. Riots, The Crystal Method, LAZRtag, Nortec, Panoptica, Tommie Sunshine, Silver Surfer, Lee Foss, Treasure Fingers, The Rapture, DJ Bam Bam, Staccato, Lazaro Casanova, Catz N Dogz, Skrillex, The Bloody Beetroots; among others, while touring all over Mexico, USA, Canada, Spain, Poland, Germany, Netherlands and Ireland. All of these in less than 3 years.

But DJing is just his “weak side”. What really makes heads turn it’s his production skills. Louie started making music at the age of seventeen. 11 years and hundreds of tracks later we find that he has done (and it’s doing) remixes for, originals, and song collaborations with artists such as Art Department, Etienne De Crecy, Tommie Sunshine, Peaches, Felix Da Housecat, Gtronic, Lady Gaga and Michael Bolton, Young Buck (G-Unit), Lee Foss, John Roman, Sergio Santos, Russ Yallop, Bunny Lake, Hot Pink Delorean, etc.

If that is not enough to call him a versatile person, Louie sets 2011 as the year that will definitely make his hometown (and of course himself) stand out. With his new upcoming label MEXA Records almost ready to launch his first EP and many EPs from other new artists like his roomate J Mar, and many EPs and remixes from well respected producers such as Lee Foss, Gina Turner, J Phlip, Silver Surfer, Sergio Santos, Lazaro Casanova, Catz N Dogz, Sierra Sam, Thugfucker, Tale Of Us, and hopefully Jonny White from Art Department, who’s attention was recently caught by Louie’s music and signed him for his first ever album release on Jonny’s label No.19 Music and a remix for Modern Amusement (aka Lee Foss) which has been doing amazingly well on Beatport’s “Indie Dance/Nu Disco” chart currently sitting on the #1 spot and #35 on Beatport’s Top 100 (and still climbing up the charts).

Still not versatile enough? Did I forget to mention that Louie has some amazing cooking skills? If you ever spend some time with him ask him to cook some “Loaded Potatoes” or his famous “Louie Fres-Canellonis”“.

Interview: (by Omar D. for dukeofswabia.com)

- When and how did you first get into production/DJ and what still motivates you to do it today ?

I used to play guitar at the age of 11 but started writing songs at the age of 17, bought a Playstation 2 when I was 20 because I heard about a videogame called Music Generator 2, that was my first DAW, but since it had so many boundaries I had to jump to PC and the first DAW I knew about was FL Studio 5. I’ve been using it ever since.

I started DJing as a hobby but I started loving it as I got better (at least I think I did..) and right now I couldn’t choose one over the other.

- Who were your early musical influences?

Pink Floyd, Michael Jackson, and Sesame Street.

- How did you meet with Number 19?

I did an original track called “Cruel”, which was gonna be released under my label MEXA Records. A couple of months after I finished that tune a friend of mine came down to my apartment and told me that Lee Foss upload a video of someone called “Modern Amusement” who was also using the same vocal sample as me. So I sent both Lee and Jonny a message asking them advice on what should I do with it. Jonny told me to wait some time and then release my version. It really bummed me for a second, but after 20 minutes of putting my head around it I saw a new message from Jonny where he wanted it for the Modern Amusement EP, and the rest is history.

- You have been working on multiple projects and touring the world. How does that feel? Ever get sick of it? What’s your secret ?

It feels great, I’m finally doing what I really love and enjoying every second of it, though it gets exhausting sometimes. I think my secret is that I eat way too much.

- How would you say you fit in the Number 19 Family?

Maybe cause I rock a beard..

- What is the perfect setting for your music to come to life? In other words, what’s your ideal spot for producing?

My room while my friends are in the living room and I’m heading there back and forth to grab a drink, play some videogames, or smoke something.

- Which upcoming artist would you say is an inspiration nowadays in electronic music? Who do you think we should keep an eye on?

I love everything Maceo Plex.. Oh, upcoming! There’s a bunch I’d love to say but I think every one we have on the MEXA Roster will be doing big things this or next year.

- How do you like the sounds coming out of Canada these days? (Prince Club / Footprintz / Valentin Stip…)

In my opinion, Canada has always been one of the front runners of the EDM and I’m always looking up at Canada to find out who’s the next amazing producer coming from the amazing country that came up with the idea of creating “Poutine”.

- Do you have any advice for young producers?

Be patient and work hard. I’ve been doing both and it’s been finally paying off.

- What is your favorite city or country to play in?

Mexico!

- What are the top 3 most-played tracks/artists on your iPod at the moment?

Junior Boys - Like a Child (Carl Craig Remix)

Crazy P - The Hit

Art Department - Touch You Gently

- Describe yourself in one word.

Lazy

- Justin Bieber or Lady Gaga?

Justin Bieber DJ Set

- What’s the scene like in Mexicali today? How has it changed over the past few years?

It’s great, and it’s been great for many years now. The electronic dance music scene in Mexicali is starting to become much bigger. Plus, it’s a really safe place to live in, and the EDM scene it’s constantly and rapidly evolving so there’s a lot of healthy competition between most of the DJs.

- You’ve been to Montreal before?

I haven’t been there but I’ve heard many good things about Montreal’s music scene, I’ve only been to Toronto, Vancouver, and Whistler; which is one of the most beautiful places I’ve been to.

- When can we expect you in Canada?

Hopefully later this year

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