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KAIROS – FADE TO BLACK EP ( INTERVIEW )

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Hi, could you tell us something about you?

My name is, Tom Baillie, my artist name is, Kairos; I’m 22 and from the UK. For this project I compose experimental Drum & Bass music. I am currently working towards starting my degree in Film & Soundtrack production so I can acquire the knowledge I need to pursue a career as a composer in the future.

How long have you been producing? We saw that you are also a DJ; could you tell us more?

I’ve been technically producing since 2010, but after 2010 I only dabbled in music without ever taking it seriously, or considering it as a career. It wasn’t until the beginning of 2014 I started to study music and get serious; I rented a piano later on that year, and have been writing a lot of material on it since. Recently this year, I figured out my voice didn’t sound so bad either, and I have been trying to use it as much as possible in my compositions.

I am also a DJ, it’s been a while, but that was the thing that got me into music. I got a pair of turntables off of a friend in my last years of secondary school in 2009; I used to mix a lot in my room, I remember being really chuffed the first time I got two records playing at the same time in sync. At this point I was completely unaware of how music was created, but my curious nature eventually led me to finding out, and I’m glad it did.

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And what other genres are you interested in?

I have a very large music library; I love the expression, “listen to music that doesn’t sound like yours”, so that is exactly what I do. I mostly listen to a lot of Neo-Classical music, Post-Rock, Avant-Garde Electronica, and Folk music. I am also a huge Hip Hop junkie.

On our label, we released a really great EP; could you tell us more about it?

It’s a collection of tracks I’ve been working on for the past 4 months or so. All of my work is improvisation based; I try not to wait for inspiration to come to me, I like to create it, it’s not that hard to achieve, one sound can create an entire song for me. With my tracks, I like to try and make them so; in the future they will re-create memories for me, and hopefully for other people too. That is one of the greatest things about music for me; songs are like time capsules.

Have you got any other releases in the near future?

Yes, I do. Near-ish anyway. I have a track that is going to be released at the end of this year on Terabyte Records, entitled, “Hall of Mirrors.” But, I have some stuff I’m currently polishing up for a possible release sooner. I’m also working on another project that focuses more on Avant-Garde Electronica; I have 4 songs I’m pretty happy with, so I will most likely be releasing some stuff under that name this year as well.

Could you tell us your 10 top tunes from last year? (2014)

There are definitely more than 10, but here are some off the top of my head, in no particular order.

I’ll say, firstly, I really liked “Heal” by Jan Amit.

Mefjus’ EP was something I really appreciated; the production was incredible.

Joe Ford’s “Off Centre” was very good. So many captivating textures and sounds in that one. Kiasmos put out “Bent”, which was a really cool track.

I really liked Foreign Concept – When Your Alone; the vibes on that were spot on. The Last of Us OST, by Gustavo Santaolalla was amazing.

Sorrow’s Hieroglyphics EP was something I enjoyed.

Dub Phizix & Strategy – Buffalo Charge. A track I didn’t really know what to make of, but I knew I liked it.

AWVFTS – ‘Atomos’ was beautiful.

Lastly, and my favourite on this list: Jon Hopkins with Raphaelle Standell – Form By Firelight.

If you were to say, this artist is my idol; what artist would it be?

I don’t really have an idol if I’m honest. I don’t like to get to the point where I am idolizing somebody, I think when you start to idolize you start to imitate, and that’s not good for music. There are several artists that I appreciate and who inspire me, but I like to concentrate more on what I’m doing than on what other people are doing; I’m not one for wearing t-shirts with the name of my favourite band on them.

Many thanks for your time. Would you like to say anything else?

The pleasure is all mine. I’ll say a quick thank you to everybody who appreciates, and supports my music. Hopefully I can continue to put out good material for you all to enjoy.

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DELPURR & ERASER – EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT EP ( INTERVIEW )

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 How long have you been producing?

P: I have been devoted to music production for a bit longer than Jano – it is already hard for me to remember when exactly I started – with FL Studio itself, I must have been around 15-16 years old. But it certainly became full-fledged when me and Jano met and found out that we have the same hobby. After that, we realised that we liked the same music and gradually began producing, learning new things, the rules, sound engineering and so on. And it all lead to our collaboration on various projects in 2011.
J: That’s right … just to add, that moment was sometime in 2008/2009, which was also the moment when I finally found some courage to be more active at FL Studio. By then, I knew FL Studio for quite some time, but I was paralyzed because of all the possibilities if offered. I was afraid to take the step. One more fun fact –we were both relatively active since 2008 but in terms of collaboration we only matured in the 2011. Until then, we have commented on each other’s projects, probably all of them, but the idea of collaboration was unthinkable, because our opinions regarding music were completely different. Eventually, it turned out to be a huge advantage, and actually the main purpose of our collaboration.

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Production duo from Slovakia, loving atmospheres, details and beautiful melodies penetrated by strong deep bass. The duo joined forces and in 2013 released 16 tracks on such a labels as Blu Mar Ten Music, Loodma Recordings or Liquid Brilliants

Do you also produce music of other genres, apart from drum&bass?

P: Of course, our production isn’t taking just one specific direction. Apart from downbeat, drum&bass and other experimental electronic music, we are doing other music styles such as hip-hop or soundtrack music. Creativity has no limits and music genre is not a decisive element. Everything depends on the idea, if we start doing a track that is sad and deep, we finish it in a way that preserves the atmosphere.
J: The last year or two, I had the impression that we produce everything but DNB :D It resulted from the fact that we do things the way we feel and don’t produce DNB, just because it is DNB. Emotions have no boundaries in music and when choosing BPM, the producers should not have them ether. It’s all about current feelings. In any case, I am extremely pleased that we can contribute two DNB track to the EP… because for me, this genre has always been, and perhaps always will be, something special. It’s like my mobile home.

New Progress LTD label released your EP, what could you tell us about it?

P: Since with Jano we both like unusual things, we decided to show it this time. The EP is titled Everyone’s Different. The name itself is sort of a metaphor. This is because the tracks are all different from each other. Although the sound remains the same, they differ in the genre as well as the mood and atmosphere. What we’re trying to say is that despite the fact that everyone is different, in our essence we are all the same, although at the same time completely unalike.
J: Exactly. The name explains everything. I see this EP as a mix of four totally different animals, each with its particularities…coexisting under one roof, where their disparities contribute to, as I hope, an interesting result as a whole.

How was year 2014 for you? When can we expect the new tracks to be out?

P: Given that we both went through a lot of things that year, music-wise, 2014 was relatively calm. We released only one EP and we had no opportunities for other releases throughout the year. Nevertheless, Jano managed one extraordinary thing – to have his track released on a compilation by Med School label. Hopefully, this year will bring a change and it will be better – we are starting well – with this new EP. We already have some news at the production line – expect something different and novel for sure.
J: For me, 2014 was a year dedicated to finishing an absolute production revival (form sound design to building my own samples). According to how it went, I guess that 2015 will be a year of going into even deeper waters of sound design and audio engineering – the deepest. What will probably reflect in terms of the number of releases, but sound-wise, expect the unexpected :)

What would be your TOP 5 tracks of 2014?

P: That’s a very difficult question… 2014 was a year full of quality releases. I don’t want to be too specific, I’ll praise few albums though – the first one is Etherwood’s album with a corresponding name, which totally touched my heart and I consider it to be one of the best electronic music albums ever. Then, I was also pleasantly surprised by albums Logistics – Polyphony and Technimatic – Desire Paths, which are full of quality, energetic tracks. I also really liked music by InsideInfo or Enei, tracks like InsideInfo & Smooth – Hear me roar, or Enei – Prometheus.
J: I would never expect that I will say this, but for me, one of the TOP albums was Fred V & Grafix – Recognize. It is varied, well balanced, production-wise very developed and playful at the same time. Functionally combined modern electronic music with live instruments. Kimyan Law presented a surreal album, Bop and Culprate as well. Apart from that, traditionally InsideInfo…each track is a gem. I also have to mention State of Mind wth their very strong album and Tokyo Prose, whose liquid is so liquidy, that it gets me relaxed immediately, it has an incredibly soothing energy. Things by Hugh Hardie also grabbed my attention.

Which artist(s) influenced you the most and why?

P: I remember my 7-year older brother listening to prodigy in our room when I was just a child, and I remember how fascinated I was by the energy of the music. Until around 2003, I listened to anything, but then I received a track by FSOL – Papua New Guinea (High Contrast remix). From that moment, I started checking out this music genre, which later affected my entire production. High Contrast, Calyx & Teebe or later Bachelors of Science, Bop and Enei, just to name a few.
J: This question would be best answered by my subconscious, but I will give it a go. Initially, probably ATB and his atmospheric house, later it was melodic metal like Deftones, A Perfect Circle…and then Drum & Bass appeared in my life. Voodoo People (Pendulum Remix), Apex – Space Between, D&B Arena Mix by Andy C, Hospital production from 2003-2008 – and it was clear :) Anyway, I constantly find new exceptional music, which helps me develop and grow in a way, Bop, Billain, Joe Ford…thankfully, there is a lot of it :)

Thank you for this great interview!

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Thanks everyone for entering the IBSTRACT Remix Contest! We loved listening to your remixes and it was really, really! hard to choose the winner. We had 25 submissions to go through, but we ended up narrowing it down to 5 tracks, out of which, one is the grand prize winner. Congratulations to our grand prize winner as well as the second winner who will be signed on the forthcoming remix EP. For us, all of you are winners and that’s why we decided to donate a free copy of the EP to all the participants. Everyone will receive a free download link of our recent EP as a thank you for entering the remix competition.

The forthcoming EP will be featuring remixes by main artists like IBSTRACT VIP remix IM3, with many other names to be announced really soon.

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REMIX COMPETITION IS OVER !

Hi dear friends, the remix competition is now over and we are glad to have so many signed entries.

After 7 days from today, we will announce the remix competition winners and as stated in our “TERMS & CONDITIONS”, we will announced more winners and one absolute winner who wins half a year unlimited mastering from our label.

Hope u guys and girls enjoy the remix competition, stay tuned and prepaired for more releases and forthcoming remix competition by Delpurr & Eraser.

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We are group of people with lifetime passion for music. NEW PROGRESS LTD is a music label releasing and promoting experimental and progressive kinds of electronic bass music such as Drum and Bass, Trap and forms of Dubstep. To let the world know about the new and original music as well as to support talented producers better, we need more creative and dedicated people.

WHO YOU ARE

You are a creative person who wants to use his/her skills in challenging environment. You have decent writing skills, so you can write texts about events, dj´s, producers,releases and everything that is happening around the label and music scene. You are confident in social media such a FB G+,TW and different communication channels, so you can write, promote the label, manage the newsletters, and keep everyone updated. You write ENGLISH extremely well and you are able to prove it. You are a proactive and responsible individual, who can actively support the NP-LTD TEAM and does not need to be always checked and reminded of his duties.

WHAT YOU’LL GET

You get to be a part of a creative and open-minded team and a possibility to make a valuable contacts. You will be paid in form of exclusive incentives as access to music databases, learning programs, free tickets to events, and in near future royalties for great work. Personal development.NP-LTD label supports its contributors by guiding them and providing them with educational materials so you will learn how to use your potential to the fullest (not only in work). Professional development you get to learn many useful skills and this position looks definitely amazing on your portfolio or CV. Tons of good music and experience within the music industry. But the most important thing is that u have FATE in our own hands and u can fill your dreams.

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VIBRANT SCIENTISTS – OTHER REALMS EP interview + download link

VIBRANT SCIENTISTS ( Vibrant Melos ) ,we bring you an overview of their soulful OTHER REALMS EP and an exclusive interview with MELOS and VIBRANT from SONATA RECORDINGS.

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Hi Michael & Sean how are you ? Tell us something about yourselves.

Hey guys. I’m Michael aka Melos and this is Sean aka Vibrant. Together we are Vibrant Scientists, we’re 31 and 34 respectively and have been into music for around 20 years, first with DJ’ing then starting to produce drum & bass, house & techno music for about 9 years now.

How did you come up with project Vibrant Scientists? Tell us something about this project and how did it come about?

Vibrant Scientists all began when Michael moved to Brighton and already had a small studio set up which Sean started using a bit and it all went from there. We then moved into a flat together about 3 years after that and really started working hard at production from that point.

You released a quality EP on New Progress LTD. Please tell us something about the Other Realms EP and the tracks on it?

The Other Realms EP is a project we are really pleased with. The lead track ‘Other Realms’ was started by myself (Melos), then taken to Brighton last Xmas as part of a week and a half non-stop studio session in Vibrant’s brand new studio set up. He’s spent a long time building and treating the room acoustically, double doors, completely soundproofed, it really is amazing to write in there. The mixdown we achieved was some of the best we’ve ever worked on so the results are shown in the rest of the tracks on this EP. We managed to get around ten tracks finished in the time we worked and they have all been recieved quite well by labels around the whole world, yours included. ‘Evaisive Action’ is another one that I started up north and took to the south for a final mixdown to make sure the deep vibes growled a bit more! ‘Revolution’ started as just a few little ideas Vibrant had got going and I really liked the vibe so we added lots to it and it just came together pretty quickly. It has some beautiful little quiet moments, very atmospheric that one! ‘Fortune Teller is one of our faveourites from this EP, the Apollo mission spoken word and chilling sounds tease you for a bit before you get the amen break to underpin the whole track and finish it off nicely.

Are you releasing any new music in the near future, and on which labels?

Yeah for sure, we have a lot of music out there right now, as well as stuff forthcoming on Ted Ganung’s label Deeper Vision, we just signed a two track single for Liquid Brilliants, this EP with you guys on New Progress LTD, we have a vinyl release out soon on our own imprint Sonata Recordings, it’s on a small offshoot simply called Sonata LTD and will be white label 10” vinyl, hand stamped and limited to 100 copies. I also have a Melos & Friends EP coming out soon on 22 Digit Recordings on a house and techno vibe with some wicked support from Laurant Garnier, Josh Wink, Brothers Vibe and Moodymanc. I write a lot of house and techno stuff with Kyber and with other people and it’s going really well so it’s good not to just stick to drum & bass all the time, Vibrant is exactly the same he likes to write house stuff regularly.

Searching your name in google, I found out about the labels that you are managing. Can you tell something more about them?

Myself and Vibrant run Sonata Recordings, a drum & bass label that’s been around for about 4 years now. I also run Mora Music with Frederic. It’s a house & techno label which has been running a year or so longer and they are both doing very well in terms of popularity and support. We have started doing fairly regular vinyl releases on both labels now they are established and since striking a proper distribution deal with SRD, our products and files are everywhere they should be. We aren’t making any money yet because of the small runs of vinyl we do, but we feel it’s crucial and is the back bone of any decent label these days. Vinyl is more important than ever now and being the vinyl junkies we all are, it’s our number one priority even though it’s always running at a loss. We really do this stuff for the love of it, and nothing else. Not interested in the politics or the money. Just good music, plain and simple, it’s our philosphy on both labels. I am also about to set up a third label with Kyber called Nibiru Recordings which will solely be for vinyl & digital releases of our own material. You can find any of our labels simply by searching ‘Sonata Recordings’ ‘Mora Music’ or ‘Nibiru Recordings’.

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What led you to start your own labels? Don’t you think that the market is over saturated with music labels nowadays?

The music industry is over saturated with shit labels yes. Good labels, not so saturated. There are many people doing amazing things right now, and myself and Sean support many of them personally by buying all the music that we do. However, we see more and more labels pop up every week, but it’s cool because they don’t last. I say the more labels and the more music, the better. Gone are the days of everything been controlled or restricted in any way. Music has to keep evolving and if that means everybody and his dog starting up labels then so be it. It would be hypocritical to say otherwise, we were just another label 5 years ago!

What are your goals with these labels? What do you want to reach ?

Our goal is to keep supplying great music to people that want to hear it, and nuture & support our artists in anyway we can. Also it’s very important that we find new artists as they may not get heard about otherwise and Sonata is focused firmly on good music no matter who made it or if they’re known about. Breaking new artists is crucial.

Do you have any special producer selection method of how to choose the right music for your label? How much time does it take to make the right choice ?

If it’s good, and it’s something we have a personal love for and passion for, we sign it. Very simple.

Would you like to add something in conclusion?

Just like to say thanks to everyone buying our music, those tuned into Sonata Recordings Radio (first Sunday of every month on Liquid Sessions Radio) and anyone who regularly supports our music in their sets or listens to the Melocast or Melodic Vault (also just search either to find them).

Thanks a lot for taking the time to do this interview and good luck with your labels & music.

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