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RICHIE HAWTIN PLAYS VAN CZAR – DESPOTE – MINITECH PROJECT REMIX

Richie played this weekend at Fabric London and dropped Minitech Project’s remix of Despote by Van Czar!

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23 September 2013 UPDATES Read more

BLUFELD INTERVIEW

With a new release out on Green Martian in the beginning of this month, we took a couple of minutes to chat with David Hearn aka Blufeld!

Hi David, great to speak with you. How are you today?

B: Hello yes I’m great thanks

What sort of things do you like to do in your downtime?

B: Well I’m always looking really to work on the next loop or chord idea for my next production under one of my aliases, to which there are quite a few, just maybe lesser known than my main Blufeld project. I also enjoy various sporting activities.

How did you get into music production and who or what would be your biggest influences?

B: This could be a long answer but I’ll keep this one as simple as I can, 80’s electronic new romantic tunes, 90’s euro dance, which then led to my absolute love for trance which I really started to listen to closely from when I first heard System F “Out Of The Blue” on Judge Jules’ Radio One show back in 1999. Influences? there are many, but I would say the main few at the time which inspired me the most to produce were, M.I.K.E, Airwave, Plastic Angel and Quadran. Just a real combination of trance acts that were around at that time.

Your music is emotive and designed to provoke deep and thoughtful insight, how would you describe your own sound?

B: I would call it Deep & Emotive, with an ethereal lift. I think a lot of producers are pigeon-holed into a certain type of sound a lot, and I like to think I just create the music that I feel from deep inside on each and every production. It just so happens that I have a leaning to express myself in a progressive trance style of sound quite a lot.

We understand you have a new track out now which is a follow up to a track from your very first album, can you tell us more about that?

B: Yes this is a sequel track to my original single which came out on Bonzai Trance Progressive in 2009, it was well received and I felt it could do with a sequel. “Metrobot” is singular about a name I gave to my own imaginary robot. When I was a kid I used to be fascinated with them, so originally I wanted to bring this childhood fascination to life. The sequel single is entitled “Metrobot City”, basically it’s my finalising of my mind that “Metrobot” has to come from somewhere. I wanted to choose a completely new name for this, but at the same time I wanted people to totally recognise the fact that this is a sequel, so hence the title.

You have a very impressive back catalogue now with Bonzai, how did you first get signed to this label?

B: I had listened a lot to artists from Bonzai from way back in the late 90’s, as I used to buy white labels and vinyl from my local independent underground dance music shop. I still have those early vinyls from artists such as Airwave, Push, Blue Alphabet and Quadran to mention just a few. So when I had the right equipment and I had a track that I felt maybe good enough, I knew exactly where I wanted to send my first real demo. The very first tune that was signed to Bonzai was an EP called “Special” this featured two original tracks, “Special” and “Little Wonder” in early 2008.

There is a healthy demand for you to do remixes for other artists, what would be your favourite remix you have done?

B: Well I only ever agree to remix tunes that I feel I can add something to, I have had a fair few remix requests that’s true, but I always feel bad if I have to say no because it’s such a compliment to be asked in the first place. To be honest all the remixes I have done I have enjoyed, although remixing Quadran’s “Forgive Me” was a real delight and also the chance I had to remix Plastic Boy’s “Silver Bath” for a Bonzai remix competition in 2008 was also amazing. My remix went on to feature on a Cream compilation called “Cream Future Trance” in 2009, which was a great moment for me to see, this gave me a lot of encouragement to continue on my journey producing the best music I could.

Already you have three stunning studio albums in particular your latest “Thoughtscapes”, how do you get inspired to work on these and will there be a fourth anytime soon?

B: Thanks for the compliments. I only ever write music from the heart at that moment when I have an idea. Although I normally start with an overall theme or feel, I want to achieve from the album, as this helps me to focus on keeping it sounding like the tracks should be together as a final package. Although I think “Thoughtscapes” is the truest reflection of the journey of my life so far. This album was a concept album and was so easy for me to write as it was just a case of conveying my journey to sound and it felt so natural and fluid. I really haven’t given a fourth album much thought at this stage, although I never say never!!! I have a few projects forthcoming, and my albums have come out 2009, 2011,and 2013 respectively, so 2015? watch this space!!!?!!!?

Can you tell us a bit about what you are working on at the moment and maybe some upcoming projects?

B: Well I have actually had a little break lately from production, the “Thoughtscapes” album was a lot of work, and took a lot from me emotionally and was many countless evenings and nights of work to be honest. Although I have a few releases coming up including a couple of remixes, one for Philthy Chit and another for 06R, also a possible collab in the future with Manu Riga, working directly with him in his studio hopefully. And I have just started work on a new ‘Original’ so we will see how that goes.

Describe a day in the life of Blufeld?

B: I’ll keep this simple. Well I have a day job to earn my living, so I get up and start work for 9am and finish at 5.30pm so by the time I’m at home and showered etc, it’s gone 6 or 6.30pm. Then its food time, then a choice depending on the day, either see a friend or work in the studio. I keep a simple life.

If you could be anywhere else right now, where would you be?

B: I would want to be climbing my favourite mountain called ‘Blencathra’ in glorious sunshine, with a sweeping and swirling breeze wrapping itself around me. It’s just so stunning and the beauty at the peak of the climb that surrounds you is just simply breathtaking, that it makes my heart flutter just digging back into my memories thinking about it.

Thanks so much for speaking with us David, take care.

B: Thanks very much for giving me this opportunity to have this interview with you, all the very best.

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23 September 2013 UPDATES Read more

BONZAI BASIK BEATS 159 – MIXED BY VICTOR MAXIMILIANO

This week on Bonzai Basik Beats we have Victor Maximiliano!

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Tracklisting – Episode 159 – mixed by Victor Maximiliano:

1º Marius – Can’t Get
2º Dutchican Soul, Mavis Acquah – Ecstacy (David Ortiz Dub Mix)
3º Flapjackers – Deep Down
4º Rishi K. – Galaxies
5º Anton Chernikov presents Nile – Sunlight
6º Tantsui – Beautiful Day (Dub Mix)
7º Boulevard – On My Own (Island Groove Remix)
8º David Durango – 1961
9º Dynamix Illusion, Daniel Cleav – Faithful
10º Tom Lown – Too Loose – (Santiago Santamaria Remix)
11º Francesco Zani – Yellow Bar

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19 September 2013 UPDATES Read more

YUSUKE YAMAMOTO – YELLOW EDGE FEATURED BY BEATPORT

Yusuke Yamamoto, out this week on Eyepatch Recordings, is featured by Beatport on their Staff Picks section at the Deep House genre page!

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12 September 2013 UPDATES Read more

THOMAS GENCHEV – NOISE & SILENCE FEATURED AND CHARTED BY BEATPORT

Thomas Genchev – Noise & Silence, out this week on Bonzai Progressive, is featured by Beatport on their Progressive House genre page, plus the Original Mix is included in this week 10 Must Hear Progressive House Tracks chart!

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BLUFELD – METROBOT CITY FEATURED AT BEATPORT

Blufeld – Metrobot City, out this week on Green Martian, is featured by Beatport on their Progressive House genre page!

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BONZAI BASIK BEATS 158 – MIXED BY YVES DERUYTER

The one and only Yves Deruyter is back this week on Bonzai Basik Beats!

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Tracklisting – Episode 158 – mixed by Yves Deruyter:

1º Pig & Dan, Mark Reeve – Bubbles (Original Mix)
2º Julian Jeweil – Don’t Think (Original Mix)
3º Ron Costa – Fraaz (Original Mix)
4º Hollen – Jobless (Original Club Mix)
5º Cristian Varela – Ganglio (Gabriel D’Or & Bordoy Remix)
6º Pleasurekraft, Jaceo, Vedic – 313 (Detroit Calling) (Original Mix)
7º Bodyscrub, Tom Laws – Eagle Eyes (RedHead Remix)
8º Leonardo Gonnelli – Get Started (Original Mix)
9º Samuel L Session – Distant Piano (Original Mix)
10º Alan Fitzpatrick – In The Beginning (Original Mix)
11º NHB, Pascal Nuzzo – Shoreline (Original Mix)
12º Cirez D – Thunderstuck (Original Mix)

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GAI BARONE – LULLABY FEATURED AND CHARTED BY BEATPORT

Gai Barone – Lullaby, out this week on Bonzai Progressive, is featured by Beatport on their Progressive House genre page, plus the Original Mix is included in this week 10 Must Hear Progressive House Tracks chart!

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5 September 2013 UPDATES Read more

SOUNDS R US RECORDINGS 2013 ADE SHOWCASE

Last years ADE was the very first for SRUR. 12 hours long we had the finest tunes along with the finest producers taking CUE bar to another level.

This year SRUR is presenting a 10 hour showcase again with the finest tunes and producers.

The main sound is Techno and in the early stage of the night a bit of deep tech house to create the mood that you gonna need.

Like last year we are not charging an entry fee, meaning….FREE ENTRY all night long! BAMMM!!

Tom Hades
Steve Mulder
Ozan Kanik (Official)
Analog Effect
Drumcomplex & Roel Salemink
Rod B.
W&DY
Oz Romita
M.R.T.N

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BONZAI BASIK BEATS 157 – MIXED BY KEVIN VEGA

This week we have Kevin Vega on the wheels of steel!

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Tracklisting – Episode 157 – mixed by Kevin Vega:

1º Darin Epsilon – Shine the light (Ryan Davis Reconstruct)
2º Traumer – Escape
3º Audio Noir – Abgeklart
4º Edu Imbernon & Triump – Veranoski (Henry Saiz remix)
5º Quivver – Here’s This
6º Nick Stoynoff – Berlin Dream (Guy Mantzur & Khen remix)
7º Rob Benninger – Evil Air (Oliver Lieb remix)
8º Guy Mantzur – Let it Rise
9º Marco Bailey & Filetrheadz – Fifth Avenue
10º Coyu – Long Time Awaited
11º Zolex feat Nikkie – Assault (Soren Aalberg Add lips remix)
12º Slam & Pan-Pot – Media

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