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Retail DJ April 2011 Podcast!

8 Apr

 

(photo courtesy of Pitulineta)

Over the past few months, as many of you may know, I’ve been doing quite a bit in terms of my personal life. Beyond the family and romance bit, there have been some changes in terms of work (I went in full-time on Retail DJ) and my academic career (I applied to grad school). The results were all positive, with the exception of the tough part that came at the end: deciding to whom I would say “yes.” After lots of careful thought, university visits, budgeting, planning, and nights spent with my eyes glued to mindmaps and pro/con lists on neon paper squares, I made the decision to stay in NYC for grad school.

However, during that process, particularly in the last month, I had been playing around on the mixer and using my mood to dictate what went into this podcast. I really wanted the songs to speak to each other – literally and figuratively – as they came together in the mix. Take, for example, the transition from a Sissy Knobby track to Mike Q’s “Ha Dub” rework. Considering Sissy Knobby’s transgressive performance of gender as a part of the now well-documented “sissy bounce” movement in New Orleans and DJ Mike Q’s presence within the NYC and NJ gay ballroom scene, there is no doubt that the two pieces fit, both thematically and musically. Then there’s “What I Need” by Curses! speaking directly to Hot Chip’s chanting on Jesse Rose’s “Forget My Name.” I let the songs talk to each other in a sense. It’s something that I truly enjoy when putting together these podcasts. Though a stressful and time-consuming process, I find that I learn a lot about the way music works and the power of even the simplest beats and lyrics.

Just a production note: this podcast was put together using my Vestax mixer with Serato and Itch, with final editing (i.e. voiceovers) done in Garage Band on my MacBook Pro.

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tracklist

sebastiAn – embody
kraak & smaak – thinking back
ttc – telephone
djuma soundsystem – junkies vs. rain (djuma bootleg)
kraak & smaak – plastic people
tony senghore – if you came here (shir khan remix)
jesse rose (feat hot chip) – forget my name
curses! – what i need
ka§par – so right
sissy knobby – lay me down (renaissance man remix)
dj mike q – the ha dub rewerk’d
savage skulls (feat tony senghore and sprinkle juice) – watching you (dub version)
mstrkrft – paris
savage skulls – caravan (jacques greene remix)
voices of life (feat sharon pass) – word is love (mercury edit)
database – your heart
todd edwards – come around
makam – you might lose it (kerri chandler kaoz 623 remix)
homework – hudson square

 

– Retail DJ

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I Love Mondays: Ka§par

10 Jan

It’s that time of the day when lunch is over, but work is not. In other words, you’re in need of a boost. As most of you are still sticking to your new year’s resolutions (for now, at least), I don’t recommend sugar or coffee. Instead, reach for the play button on this fantastic mix.

Retail DJ featured artist Ka§par just did some great work for FACT Magazine Portugal, and is the fifth installment of their new mix series. The mix features several of his own creations and many other lounge-friendly tracks to take your mind out of the office and place it safely in the club. Enjoy this and have a Happy Monday!

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tracklist (and more links) after the jump

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It’s November: Time to Party

2 Nov

It’s my month of birth, and while I won’t be actually celebrating my special day until some time in December once Thanksgiving is over I will continue to encourage all of you to party down in my absence. Before the latter days of the month, there are lots of good parties for you to preemptively work off all your Turkey Day weight gain. Here are some upcoming shows at my favorite venues for this month. Click the links for more details:

Santos Party House, 96 Lafayette (Manhattan)

Santos may have been shut down on drug charges, but once they bounce back, go check out these parties:

Public Assembly,  70 North 6th Street (Brooklyn)

Williamburg’s answer to a megaclub has some great acts this month. Miss these if you dare:

Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street (Manhattan)

Retail DJ Featured Artists (all over)

Yes, the folks whom we’ve covered around these parts are busier than ever. Be sure to catch them at their regular gigs and special parties:

Dash Speaks: Tuesdays @ Botanica Bar (Manhattan), Sundays @ The Cove (Brooklyn), 11.24 @ The Blind Barber (Manhattan), 11.27 @ The Bell House (Brooklyn) (w/ Gordon Voidwell + Brahmns)

Lil Ray: 11.5: Fallen Arrows Launch Part w MASEO and Double Dutch (ATL), 11.6: Team Nasty Dance Party w Cool Aide @ The Music Room (ATL), 11.9: Hip Hop Open Mic @ Vibrations Lounge (Manhattan), 11.11: Hip Hop Open Mic @ RSVP Lounge (Queens), 11:15: Lil Ray’s Monday Night Drinking Club @ Heathers (Manhattan), 11.28: I ❤ Hip Hop Sundaze @ Spike Hill (Brooklyn)

NSR: Fridays @ Ella Lounge (Manhattan)

EZRAKH: Wednesdays @ Zamaan Bar (Brooklyn)

Mark LaRush: Wednesdays @ Le Souk (Manhattan), Thursday & Friday (7-10) @ Falucka (Manhattan), Fridays (11-4) @ China One (Manhattan), Saturdays @ Flute Midtown (Manhattan)

Ka§par: select Saturday nights @ Fragil (Lisbon, Portugal)

*to listen to the Exclusive Retail DJ mixes by each artist, visit our mixes page

– Retail DJ

 

 

Work In Progress

2 Sep

I just awoke from a frightening, anxiety-inducing dream all about making a bed. In the dream, about 40 people had come to my house unannounced and trashed my imaginary (and unseen) roommate’s room (which was at this point a freakishly elaborate, Rococco-style interior feat), and the dream ended with my screaming and crying because they were unable to make the bed properly and I had no idea when he was come.

Welcome to Thursday.

The dream, while more riddled with panic than I had ever expected considering it’s been such a very long time since I’ve had a full-fledged nightmare, made me realize something. I have a lot of goals, deadlines, and tasks I have to get accomplished in a very short time, and my subconscious mind is starting to feel the pressure and talk back. I can’t cry about unmade beds, but I have to use this dream as motivation to keep pushing myself to prepared for those unannounced sources of drama while still being prepared for the unknown deadline looming in the close future. I’m a work in progress, as is this site, and for the better.

Speaking of deadlines, goals, and tasks, DJ/producer/future model? (I got so many requests for Ka§par’s number/email (which I did not disclose of course) after his interview and photoshoot went up that it was a bit ridiculous; I had to remind readers it was about the music and not just a pretty face!) Ka§par got in contact with me recently about his latest podcast, the first of its kind, for the Groovement-based series, and I immediately got to playing and downloading because I know that everything he does is golden.

Ka§par – The Reach Out, Vol 1″ (Groovement Recordings)

Groovement recordings present “The Reach Out, vol1” by Ka§par by Ka§par

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The Reach Out Vol. 1 mix is a compilation of lots of his previous work, current releases, and the sounds of some of his favorites. He notes:

[the mix was] recorded using two 1200’s, a bedroom Numark mixer, some vinyl and Traktor Scratch Pro…
Three things about this mix:
1. Features a selection of tracks from friends, coleagues, label mates, just mates and, of course, yours truly.
2. It’s a showcasing mixtape, so all tracks are mixed in hiphop style, quickly and painlessly.
3. Post recording production includes overall multiband compression for volume stability, extra dirt and punch Eq’ing on the master, and some added fx to further increase the flow of the mix.
All underground, all fresh, all authentic – the music, the mixing, the featured artists.

Basically, what’s not to like? It’s a solid example of how talented Ka§par is, something I can’t stress enough, but also of his ability to literally do some “Reaching Out” of his own but pulling in tracks from his fellow DJs/producers to really showcase their work. On top of it, he’s given us a sneak peak into putting this podcast into motion, which is always helpful for all your music fiends out there who have tried your hand at mixing and production.

I highly recommend pressing play on this one, folks. As you know, I listen to the music I feature on this site to the point of nausea, and if I still like it after that, then it goes up. This one by far passed the test, so don’t miss it. It’s house-y, light when it needs to be and deeper right when you want it that way, and overall a great podcast for those times when you have a little work to do on your own and you need something to help you find your focus (and maybe dance a little too). ;  -)

tracklist:

01. (Intro) Scary Effects and Sounds vol.2 (thunder storm and howling dog) , White Label
02. Oratai Sound Salon – Lighthouse (Theo Parrish remix) , Oratai
03. TNT Subhead – Deep Shit Show (Neurotic Drum Band Remix) , Groovement
04. Ka§par – Fashionable Friends , 4Lux
05. Mr Bird – Different Train , Promo
06. Johnwaynes – Turn On , Mule Electronic
07. Ka§par – Slum Dunk , 4Lux
08. Mirror People – Echo Life (Social Disco Club Remix) , Permanent Vacation
09. Ka§par – Path of Spheres , 4Lux
10. Funk Ethics – Give (Mr. Bird Remix) , Promo
11. Gerd – Untitled , Promo
12. Florian Muller Project – Nous 2 , Logos
13. Ka§par – So Right (Gerd’s Old School Mix) , Clone Club Series
14. Alkalino – Pull You Through , Audaz
15. Alex FX – Return , Promo
16. Photonz – Aquarian Ball , One Eyed Jacks
17. Ka§par – Whatchadoo (Vahagn Remix, Digital) , Groovement Digital
18. Red Rack’em – It Happens To Us All (Bergerac)
19. Manaboo feat. Curtis Mayfield , Steadfast Recordings

– Retail DJ

Retail DJ August Podcast

31 Aug

While I was flying from NYC to Sao Paulo, I had 9 hours to kill. Though I had chosen the tracks I wanted to feature in the August podcast earlier in the month, I had yet to work on the full assembly because I had been swamped trying to work ahead at job number 1, teaching and preparing to go to Brazil for job number 2, and updating things here at Retail DJ for job number 3. After putting together the song components, I was pleased with the smooth, lounge-y feel of the set, and all that was left to work on was the voiceover. Yet thanks to the magic of a cold I couldn’t get rid of and congestion that just would not let up (though, given, the surprise 40 degree nights in Sao Paulo I braved with just a grandpa cardigan didn’t exactly help), my voice was a wreck. I sounded a bit like a man and, on top of that, a man who had plugged up his nose and ears with clay. Not sexy.

So I waited it out, hoping my voice would improve, as August steamed along, each day meaning the podcast was going to be coming later and later. After finally regaining a few more octaves of my voice and the ability to breathe through one of my nostrils, I tried my hand at the voiceover. Then, while in Rio, I had to deal with the s l o w e s t wireless internet ever. I could hardly check my email, God forbid upload a podcast. Sigh.

Finally, I was able to release the mix a few days ago once I returned to Sao Paulo, but didn’t have the time to type up a post. Nevertheless, today, on the last day of August, I come bearing gifts.

The Retail DJ August Podcast is a true reflection of where I am right now in my life. It’s the mellowest of sets yet, and even slightly melancholic, yet perfect for relaxing, save a few of the songs I added to keep your ears open. I have to say that despite its mood, it’s one of my most favorite podcasts to date, and one that was completed over one of the best experiences this year – returning to Brazil.

I hope that this mix means as much to you as it does to me, and if not that, that it at least gives you some much needed aural pleasure. Sit back, relax, and enjoy!

Retail DJ August Podcast

Retail DJ August Podcast by RetailDJ

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tracklist:

Pnau – Hard Biscuit
Sneaker Pimps – Post-Modern Sleaze (The Salt City Orchestra Nightclub Mix)
The Aikiu – Just Can’t Sleep (Azari & III Remix)
Ka§par – In the Club (Gerd Remix)
La Fleur – Veris
Juliana e As Fogosas – Arrasta No Chao
Azari & III – She’s an Illusion
Norma Jean Bell – I’m the Baddest Bitch (in the room) (Moodymann Mix)
Felix Da Housecat (ft. Princess Superstar) – Coochie Coo
Mobb Deep – The Learning (Burn)
Moodymann – Tribute

– Retail DJ

Get Ready With Ka§par – The Mix

11 Aug

Ka§par really outdid himself for this mix. When I spoke to him a few months ago, requesting that he devote his time and energy, albeit limited, to this project for Retail DJ, I was expecting something awesome. Despite his talents though, I wasn’t quite expecting THIS . . . this being an hour and 20 minute long mix containing several house greats, old school funk classics, and hip hop. It blew me away with my first listen, leaving me to think of things to compare it to and coming up with nothing because it was that original. According to Ka§par, the mix is “90% vinyl, 4% Traktor Scratch, 6% pure luck… ” and boy did it turn out well.

I kept the mix on repeat in my iPod for weeks, seeing if I could possibly get tired of it (an easy task considering my musical A.D.D.), yet it has grown on me even more with each listen, and I find myself still vibing to it after all this time.

The mix is PERFECT for getting dressed to because it’s mellow enough to help you add some serious sexiness to your mood, yet active enough to make you want to go out and dance a little more. So press play and get carried away to another place where the night is yours as you Get Ready With Ka§par:

Retail DJ Presents . . . Get Ready With Ka§par

Retail DJ Presents Get Ready With Ka§par by Ka§par

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tracklist

 01. Kinky Sex Intro (White label)
02. Detroit Experiment – Highest (Planet E)
03. Italtek – Crush Horizon (Planet Mu)
04. Funkineven – It’s Acid (Eglo)
05. Thriller – Freak For You (White)
06. Grooveman Spot feat. Ahu – Affection (Jazzy Sport)
07. Rão Kyao – Zau , Ka§par’s Lusophonetic Refunk (RBMA lmtd 200)
08. Orelha Negra – A Força da Razão (Arthouse)
09. Hall And Oates – I Can’t Go For That , Mr. Bird Edit (Promo)
09. Black Sheep – Strobelight Honey (Polygram)
10. Parliament – Chocolate City , Alkalino Edit (Promo)
11. Vladimir M. – Evil (Eevo Lute)
12.Professor X – Professor X (Saga) (Clone)
13. Aleem – Release Yourself (NIA)
14. Onra – Wonderland (All City)
15. James T.T Cotton – Jack your own stars (Ghostly)
16. Orgoné – Time is Right , Dub (Ubiquity)
17. Kerry Chandler – House Is House (Downtown 161)
18. Femi Kuti – Beng Beng Beng , Ashley Beedle remix (Nuphonic)
19. Kyle Hall – Must See (Third Ear)
20. Four Tet – Sing , Banton Remix (Domino)
21. 30003 – Side A (Hardwax)
22. D Bridge – ZX81, Ramadanman Remix (Phat City)
23. Tama Sumo & Prosumer – Rarified (Ost Gut)
24. Tazz – Acid Love (Underground Quality)
25. Claro Intelecto – Life (Modern Love)
26. Martyn – For Lost Relative (Aus)
27. Jackal Youth – Let Me Be (Reduction)
28. Ka§par – Hauser’s Blues (Groovement)
29. Underground Resistance – The Hostile (U.R)
30. KiNK – Kiss the Sky (Halal)
31. SBTRKT – 2020 (Brainmath)
32. Iodine 69 – East L.A Disco (All City)

– Retail DJ

What’s Good? Ka§par (Part Two)

10 Aug

Photo Credit: Valeria Galizzi

Continuing from Part One of the Retail DJ Exclusive “What’s Good?” Interview of Ka§par, Part Two shows Pires’ roots. With an early involvement in the music scene and an ever-developing taste, Ka§par understands the significance of history, culture, and state of mind as the foundations of one’s appreciation of sound. Tracing his early exposure to kuduro, soul, hip hop, and other forms of black music, Ka§par charts his connection to modern house and other music that cites similar origins. Though serious and contemplative, Ka§par also has a fun side, as evidenced by his recovery from gig bloopers and his ability to step back and have a sense of humor about himself and others’ perceptions of him, no matter how lacking in accuracy they may be.

For part two, I’ve also included the beautiful work of Italian photographer Valeria Galizzi, who was kind enough to take time from her busy schedule in order to conduct this shoot, as a visual narration for Ka§par’s words. So please join me to find out What’s Good? with Lisbon-based DJ, producer, and free-thinker Ka§par:

Was mamilo.org your idea? If so, how did this come about and what has your involvement in the project been like?

Yes, “mamilo.org” came about to fill in a gap in Portuguese culture that was the absence of a proper visible platform that showcased a DJ mix as a form of art. It was developed by myself and António Alves (Jackzen) some four years ago. As you can see, it’s not something we can absolutely commit ourselves to as our own separate lives often take up some of the necessary time to keep it regular and stable. But we are quite happy with the feedback around it and with the attention it got. We just record whatever we want and let people enjoy the older things we love and that built our character, as well as modern music we find appealing and promising. We respect each others’ choices and ambitions regarding our choices (António is much more a full-on house DJ than me. I try to be less formatted and make different types of sets, but still remain as true as possible to my background in house music and its production).

Photo Credit: Valeria Galizzi

How has the influence of music from other countries affected the audiences for whom you play and the sets you choose to appeal to those audiences?

Culture is the number one concept that is important when you DJ. Every nation has its own collective identity, and even within a nation, you have a lot of regions where there are particular types of behaviors and reactions to music. In Portugal, the crowd is generally shy and has a hard time “attacking” the dancefloor if it’s still empty no matter how good the music is, while in the States, you just drop a decent song and everyone gets their groove on. Often what happens is DJs are playing like the party is going down on the floor, when it’s still inside people’s heads, until some crazy geezer decides to break the ice, and then everyone else does the same.

I can tell that American music has permeated throughout the whole world like no other, possibly because its genesis is very pan-cultural and has something for every creed, nation and ethnicity, and of course, Portugal is no exception. But I’d say the UK has a strong bass-driven identity that can easily be crossed over with the more soulful and song/lyric-based American counterpart, and here in Portugal you can also feel the presence of African music (mainly because of our country’s presence in Africa up until the mid-70’s) and Brazilian was well. Actually, modern Portuguese music incorporates a lot of African elements into it – just check out Buraka Som Sistema! Some of my first music was co-written with Kalaf and J-Wow, when they where anonymous artists trying to make it, but once they embraced the African heritage, things just exploded for them. Curiously, my first ever production work to get released was a kuduro album I did when I was 14 in 1996, way before BSS ever came about . . . this is because I grew up in a suburb where there were a lot of black kids and black/African music was very present.

Photo Credit: Valeria Galizzi

Do you have any funny/strange stories of things that happened while you DJ’ed?
Damn, I must admit to leading a life that is very prone to funny stories. I’ve had a lot of funny things happen to me during the course of this adventure. One time, I was playing and my pants tore from knee to knee when I kneeled to pick up records. Portugal had just beaten Holland in the Euro, thus making it to the finals, and as an oath, I was not wearing any underwear!

One club I play in, Level Club, has a very funny crowd (I mean, a lot of people are still stuck in the 80’s) and I get the funniest requests when I’m DJing and that always cracks me up. Also, I once had to DJ with a microphone instead of headphones because my piece got broken halfway through the set… another time I dropped a whole drink on top of a bald guy by mistake in Frágil (the booth is one floor above the crowd). Last week, I tried to offer my latest 12” to Alex Barck from Jazzanova, but he already had it in his bag (that was an honor). Plus a lot of funny things happened when I was playing under the influence, but I’m not sure I want to go on record on those… (blush)

Photo Credit: Valeria Galizzi

You are fairly young, but your music has reached a lot of people. How have you personally dealt with fame and having a job that requires you to be so public?

You know, I’m not so sure that’s true, as flattering as this question is. I know there’s some attention regarding my work, but it’s still very centered in people who research releases and aren’t solely caught up in the latest hyped-up names. Some of my releases went down pretty well in record shops and got great support from a lot of the people I spoke about (I remember one time actually hearing Derrick May play my record, and another time Moodymann played a track from my album – still unreleased to this day). And that was a big surprise . . . But I still have a long, long way to go to get the recognition I hope for, especially from Europe (because, funny enough, some of my biggest supporters are in the States).

I was very happy with having gone to Seattle for the Red Bull Music Academy of 2005 (especially because I was one of the youngest in the group at the time), and currently I’m also proud of my work with Rui Torrinha, in Groovement, and with Gerd in 4lux and Clone (in Holland), but that doesn’t mean I’m well off, nor that I feel like I’ve reached my full potential at all!

I must transpire a lot of self-confidence (although I’m not really that strong inside) because people who don’t know me usually judge me too quickly and say I’m probably an arrogant dick. I must say in my own defense that it’s not an adjective that describes me well. I can understand why that gets said, but really, I always try and help out people with talent that are just getting started, either by trying to release their music on Groovement, or by introducing them to the game, helping out with first gigs, and so on. So, I don’t let success (the little I’ve got so far) get in my head at all. I’m as I always was: a perfectionist and an obsessed geek, but also an accessible friend, a free thinker and one who is never unavailable or self-centered.

Photo Credit: Valeria Galizzi

How has your job, if at all, affected your loved ones and the relationships you have with others?

Well, I keep myself surrounded by people whom I believe are good friends, and feel strong support from my family as well. I guess when you show results, and that you’re not just wasting your life away, it’s not impossible to make things work on an affective level. Of course it took me a while to get to finish my degree because of how consuming nocturnal life often is… and my parent were worried often times, but I think I made it through in time.

Photo Credit: Valeria Galizzi

What is your “day job,” or, in other words, how do you spend your time when you are not DJing and producing?

I have a degree in psychology, but I don’t practice. I had great fun studying it, but it’s really not my life’s dream to be stuck in an office all day long. My parents are both doctors and they are the people whom I love and respect the most, but I grew up seeing them a couple of hours a day because their work was so demanding. I chose a path that allowed me the freedom to work on my own terms. So, in truth, I spend my days doing many things aside from writing and producing, or shopping for music and organizing my bags: from managing Groovement recordings with Rui Torrinha, Beat Add Ventures recordings with Cheeks, booking parties, promoting my music, responding to emails and generally stirring up local talent. It might not sound like much, but believe you me, I’m usually quite busy doing what I like.

Photo Credit: Valeria Galizzi

Who are some up and coming Portuguese DJs you’d recommend?

It’s a very tricky question, I get along with most of the DJs/producers here, and have a fairly decent friendship with most of them, so I’ll just drop some names that people can follow up on. Guys, please don’t get mad at me if I forgot someone. These people do many different things, some of them I ‘m not really into that much, but I still respect them immensely for doing what they believe in.

So here goes, and in no particular order some of the people who where able to break through, or will one day, I think, do so: Tiago Miranda, Ride, Photonz, Yari, Johnwaynes, ZNTN, Rui Maia, Portable (he lives in Lisbon) Johnwaynes, Calapez, Moullinex, Discotexas, Social Disco Club, Jorge Caiado, Infestus, Unite, Dedydread, Vahagn, Alkalino, Pedro Goya, Magazino, João Maria and Bloop, Ramboiage, H.O.R.S, and many others, to whom I apologized in advance for not having thought of. Some great DJs also include Pedro Tenreiro, Rui Vargas, António Alves, Rui Murka, DJ Al, Mr. “Daddy” Cheeks… That’s all I can think of, off the bat.

Photo Credit: Valeria Galizzi

What is your favorite place in Portugal thus far to DJ?

It as to be my “baby”: Frágil. I’ve played there since I was16. I’m 28 now and it’s still the most amazing place to DJ in. It’s a gay friendly club where people REALLY get down. I never went to the Garage, but I can imagine it’s the closest thing you can get to that feeling in Portugal and probably in Europe. I’d compare it to Panoramabar in Berlin, the vibe is really humane and uplifting, and you can get away with almost anything if you play your cards right.

Of course, the dancefloor level in Lux has a very intense feel to it, when the crowd is up for it, and there’s a lot of other places where you can do great gigs too, like Trintaeum, Pitch or Gare in Porto. There are a lot of quality spots, it’s just that the public is often “anaesthetized,” especially since this whole “maximal” thing came about. That’s why it’s so good to play during the summer, because of all the tourism – foreigners usually don’t feel as shy as the native crowd.

Photo Credit: Valeria Galizzi

Are there any other places you’d love to DJ one day in the future?

Hell yeah! I need to go outside more, experience Japan, Berlin, New York, London, behind the decks more often. Different people and places always excite me, and I think I’ve gone through all I could here, from small intimate venues, to huge festivals. I’ve played abroad on occasion, but I hope my next releases will help me get the exposure I need to make this happen on a more regular basis. God knows I’m ready for it… (I feel like I should have one of those Dr. No style evil laughs to complete this thought).

Photo Credit: Valeria Galizzi

How does DJing and producing music make you feel and would you recommend the career to others? What has been beautiful about the experience and, on the other hand, challenging?

Well that’s as broad a question as they come… It would take me forever to answer that fully. But the most rewarding thing in this line of work is to see someone you admire playing your record or your track. I got involved in production and label management very early on, in my late teens, and I did it so I could have a stronghold, a platform to further express myself. This came to a real palpable result some six years ago when we released Groovement’s first 12”s. I got involved in promoting music via the net with “mamilo” and producing parties to further expose these concepts as well. So, my advice is be perseverant. Don’t let others bring you down or tell you how to do things. Be as much as you can be, and try not to be pigeonholed. Try to know as much as possible of what’s around you and what other people are doing, because it will only enrich you.

The most challenging part of this journey is dealing with jerks and jealous evildoers, people who won’t pay you what you deserve and that suck your enthusiasm and life energy to sustain their own miserable and insecure existence. All you need to do is to avoid them, focus on your vision and persist as hard as you can, and one day things will happen. Don’t let others abuse you or your work. It’s not like you want to be America’s Next Pop Idol. This is an industry that works for people who are creative! And the more personified and unique your point of view, the more chances you have of one day people catching up to what you are doing.

Look at Kenny Dixon! It took him almost twenty years to get fully recognized as he is now, and there are many such examples. One time flings and hits come and go, but real supported, self-sustained and independent work is outside the confines of time and memory—it’s valid eternally. So, in the words of James D. Train “sky is the limit when you know you must keep on, just keep on pressing on”.

All photos courtesy of Valeria Galizzi: myspace | facebook

– Retail DJ

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