Recent posts: Matan Caspi
With a new release out this week on Bonzai Progressive, Matan Caspi found the time to send us a exclusive mix for our radioshow!
Tracklisting – Episode 168 – mixed by Matan Caspi:
1º Arkadia- Monogamy(Intro Mix)
2º Ninesh Babu & D05 – Skyze (Heever Remix)
3º Blood Groove & Kikis – The Storm
4º Jelly For The Babies feat. Vanessa Kanaan – Salva Me Da Luz
5º Zoo Brazil Featuring Philip – Heart’s A Legend (Extended Version)
6º Alex Project – Fever (D-Trax Remix)
7º Matan Caspi feat. Club House – I’m Falling Too
8º Tasadi & Nhato – Turning Point (Cramp Remix)
9º Hollen – Electrocution
10º Marc Pollen – You Groove Me (Jelly For The Babies Remix)
11º Kikis – Don’t Stop – Spring Tube
12º Pete Oak – Hey Boy
13º Onofrio Conte – Endless Love
A regular feature within the Bonzai realm makes a welcome return, Matan Caspi delivers us his latest cut entitled “Muddy Dreams” which comes backed up with two brilliant remixes from two very talented youngsters.
The Original Mix is pure progressive house utopia with a super tight upbeat arrangement, Matan really goes to town with this one, it is a real treat to listen to as the drums weave out a flowing rhythm against some superb synth work and groovy basses. The big feature on the track are the outstanding vocal samples which really tie the whole thing up beautifully. A must for any house jock!
The awesome talent of Anthony Yarranton is shown once again with his remix. Aside from his own “Cotton Candy EP” back in June this year, he had also featured as a remixer on Quadran’s “Rumour” which has seen fantastic reviews from all quarters. In this remix the groove is smooth as the track builds nicely with cool kicks, soft hats and a subtle pad. The break delivers some well crafted synths before a vocal sample takes us back into the main track, great stuff.
Fresh off the back of his “Miracle EP”, Jakhira is back with more stunning prog vibes. A rhythmic intro full of many percussive elements get us moving with a well toned kick following suit. Cool, funky riffs fill the sound as the groovy bass eases through. Great use of vocals here as the track gets into full on club mode making this one to watch on the floors. The break boasts a wonderful array of lush pads before heading straight back into the main track, excellent stuff.
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October means ADE and this year is no different! Here is a selection of 60+ tracks featuring original works and remixes from Manu Riga, Gai Barone, Nico Parisi, Kintar, Airwave, DJ Fire, 06R, Narel, Rise And Fall, Samotarev, deepAlexander, Kabalo, Kevin Vega, Audio Noir, Matteo Monero, Rishi K., Kindred Spirits, Philthy Chit, Blufeld, Yuriy From Russia, John Scott, Anthony Yarranton, Steve Sai, Pierre Zamyatin, Mindgamers, Florian Meindl, Chantola, J-Junior, Thomas Genchev, Eric Powa B, Ecco, Jusa, Haze-M, Saccao, Matan Caspi, Mylan, Michael Berklin, Alen Simple, In2Deep, Fulltone, Dimitry Liss, Solartoff, Harmon, Landowski, Rick Wade, Sebastien Desay, Rogerio Martins, Accatone, JR From Dallas, Lurob, Hurlee, Fauvrelle, Oushanmete, Chrono, Ascaloon, Electric Bastards, Oz Romita, Van Czar, RV, The Revolving Junkie, Darouge, Active Line Six, Tribal Warriors, Ugur Yurt, Tofke, Lyle Quach, AngelLopez, Redraft Memories, Sander Bongertman, Sean McCaff, Project KF, Jey Fever, Soren Aalberg, Zolex, Gabriel Ben, Ed Whitty, Re Dupre, Rod B., Angelo Fracalanza, Sa.Du, M.R.T.N, Onofrio Conter, Ozan Kanik, Mariano Santos, Filth & Splendour, THiN, Franky Jones and Redhead.
French veteran producer Quadran aka Philippe Van Mullem delivers us his latest progressive stomper entitled “Rumour” which is backed up with three top quality remixes. Philippe’s longstanding music career spans from the eighties right through until now, he also has a lasting relationship with Bonzai who were both responsible for defining the sound of the nineties. As you will hear Philippe continues to belt out quality productions and we are delighted to see him keep on doing this. Look out for an exclusive interview with this guy where he gives us an insight into his technique, his past and much more.
The Original Mix gets off the mark in classic chunky kick style with an ever expanding percussion arrangement. We get straight into action soon after with a brilliant offset driving bass and superb synth hook. Progressive vibes ooze out of the sound and that bass begins to hypnotise as it drives through your senses. On the break some stunning melodies take over against the backdrop of a sweeping pad before the track smashes back into full on mode, top stuff here and a track that is destined for a lot playlists.
Matan Caspi works his progressive wielding magic on his remix. Subtle percussive intros get us moving with a rising pad coming through right before the chunky kicks take over. An epic deep progressive journey filled with superb basses and delicate melodies are what’s in store here and this will not disappoint.
UK based Anthony Yarranton is back on the remix roster after his track “Cotton Candy” received a warm reception. Here he takes a serious progressive direction with the sound, steady rhythms are built up with multi layered percussions and a strong kick while the bassline sits very subtly on the low end and rises when called for. Wonderfully atmospheric pads come through on the break as the track goes deeper into the vibe, a very strong track and one that will see a lot of air time for sure.
Dutch producer Thorin enters the remix line-up with a stunning tougher edged prog rework. Thorin is a busy guy at the moment with new material his top priority which we can’t wait to see, so watch this space. The remix has that true progressive vibe with the chunky kicks dominating, tight hats compliment the sound with a surging bassline bringing up the rear. An array of wonderful FX do a great job on the sound while on the break a melodic arp sweeps through. Superb stuff from Thorin and sure to draw a lot of attention.
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Episode 9 of the Afterhour Trax compilation series featuring original tracks and remixes by Manu Riga, Nico Parisi, Chantola, Gai Barone, Kintar, Matt G. & Booya, Relaunch, Kay-D, Airwave, DJ Fire, Van Bellen, Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic, Matias Chilano, Neon, Moshic, Monojoke, Anton Chernikov, Franbeats, Santiago Garcia, Dark Soul Project, Matan Caspi, Rise And Fall, AquaDro, LoQuai, Steve McGrath, Chris Sterio, Yuriy From Russia, Frangellico, Midnight Star, Concealed Truth, Cut Knob, Hector Sawiak and Rue Duo.
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7th installment in the Club Traxx – Progressive House series this time with original tracks and remixes by Matan Caspi, Gai Barone, Relaunch, Miika Kuisma, Manu Riga, Nico Parisi, Anthony Yarranton, Marc Poppcke, Airwave, DJ Fire, Van Bellen, Jimmy Galle, Kay-D, Moshic, Sagittaire, Rezo, CJ Art, Rise And Fall, White Resonance, Kindred Spirits, Stan Kolev, Audio Noir, LoQuai, Midnight Star, Andre Bonsor and deepAlexander.
With a new release in Bonzai Progressive this week, we took the chance to have a chat with Matan Caspi on his career and future plans!
Hi Matan, thanks for taking the time to have a chat with us, how are you today?
M: I’m fine thanks.
How did you first get into music production?
M: I started experimenting with music since I was little kid playing the guitar and the keyboard, mostly thanks to my father who pushed me into that direction. Later I played in some rock bands but it was not always easy to gather everybody to play at the same time as you relied on other people. With Electronic music I fell in love somewhere in late 99’ after hearing a few tracks which really made me think that by producing it you are not dependant on other players and can compose the entire track by yourself, and so, with time passing and constant practice on some music production programs I understood that this is what I want to do, so I started producing my first tracks Just for fun over my free time on the weekends. Once I realized that the tracks actually had potential I started to take things more seriously and in 2002 went to study professional sound engineering. After studying I had a long period of time where I produced trance music and only 4 years ago made a switch to progressive house, tech house and deep house.
How would you describe the EDM scene in the Ukraine today?
M: I’ve been living here for almost 6 year now and I think that the scene here is constantly evolving and stays updated like in rest of the world. Thereare varietiesof great clubs and styles and you can see good names getting booked in the big cities, most Ukrainian clubbers understand good music and would not compromise on lack of quality and they are always a great and supporting crowd to play too.
Who or what would be your biggest inspirations for making music and in life generally?
M: I get my inspiration mostly from the state of mind that I’m at and the things I experience in my life or in a certain period of my life, also I would say my inspiration comes from a lot of different kinds of music that I like to listen too, not necessarily electronic music. I like many styles of music and many times in my productions I try to combine a fusion of styles to create a unique sound, I think that what differs me from many producers is the fact that i don’t stick to one style of music, this way I am always on the hunt after bringing something innovative and fresh in every new track I write.
How would you describe your sound?
M: I would say a fusion of melodic groovy progressive house combined with tech house & tribal, where sometime I pool it to the edge of the deep house & house and sometimes to the techno and prog-techno basically depends on my mood.
You seem to be a very busy person, running your label Outta Limits, producing and DJing. How do you manage your time to take care of all these things?
M: Always stressful, as there are always things to do and every day something else is coming up that you need to take care of but at the same time I think it’s very challenging. The Label I run with my buddy Stan Kolev, we both push the label and we split the work between us, so we help each other keep everything in flow. We also really love what we do, with the music and the label and we believe it can grow nicely and give an appropriate answer to the quality underground music producers and listeners, now we are both working on our albums which we will release this summer and we are almost done so there is always something to look forward to.
Which would you prefer if you had to choose and why, DJ or producer?
M: If you ask me what I would prefer mostly to do if I didn’t have a choice, only to produce or only to play? I believe it would be a very hard question to answer, hard for me to imagine one thing without the other. In my sets, I mostly play my music and the labels music as I would never get the same satisfaction by playing tunes which are not mine or the labels. I think that every electronic music producer which aims to perform his music worldwide should have the appropriate DJ skills.
How did you get hooked up with Bonzai?
M: Fly contacted me last spring with a remix request and I agreed, since then we signed another two remixes and one original track which is supposed to come out this summer!
You’ve remixed two great tracks for Bonzai Progressive, Chantola’s “Make It Happen” and Mindgamers’ fantastic “Chasing The Sun”, which of those is your favourite and why?
M: I love them both, I think they both came out pretty good though I think I played “Chasing The Sun” the most. If I would had the chance I would change a few things on my “Make It Happen’ remix but I’m totally not objective as I’m very critical about my work.
Describe a typical day in the life of Matan Caspi?
M: My typical working day would be – Coffee, Morning studio session as I find the mornings best to produce when the ears are fresh and nothing on your mind, all energy in the place, later on label work & mastering work till the evening.
What do you have planned for the future?
M: I’m not planning so far ahead, I mostly concentrate on the near future, I believe like all the other producers and artists worldwide to spread the music & talent as much possible, get more people to like your stuff and book you, to grow and evolve in the scene…
Finally if you could be anywhere else in the world right now, where would it be and why?
M: mm.. There are many places I would choose… and so many places I still haven’t been and hope to get the chance to go but I think I will always see the centre of my life in my homeland – Israel.
Well, thanks so much for chatting with us, it’s been a pleasure, take care.
M: Thank you!
Matan Caspi returns to BP after a few top class remixes like Mindgamers “Chasing The Sun” and Chantola’s “Make It Happen” both of which faired very well on major download portals. Matan has had an amazing journey so far having worked with many top artists and DJ’s, his tracks have been on numerous compilations which is a testament to the talent he has to offer, his track “So High” appeared on Bonzai’s My House Is Your House Volume 6. Today we see his full BP debut with “Raid The Bar”.
The Original Mix gets the floor shaking for the get go, superb chunky kicks get right under your skin and a huge deep bass rocks the foundations. Cool house stabs tease their way through and lush strings wait in the background. The track comes together brilliantly on the break with the synths becoming much more prominent before getting right back into this powerful groove for the duration, top quality stuff which is destined to feature heavily on many playlists this summer.
The ever dependable Zas & Sanze aka Mindgamers deliver the goods yet again with their superb remix. The guys have a real knack for getting the most out of a sound and this is no exception. From the start you are thrown right into a party atmosphere as the track pours out a strong, funky vibe. The bassline oozes funk and the synths etch out one hell of a cool groove. The break sends up a surreal melodic sequence which works so well with the big rising chords before powering back into a full on ass shaking groove.
Turning the track more toward the progressive scope is Henrik Kantola aka Chantola. Henrik has a very impressive repertoire and has worked with top artists, currently he is working on a new studio album which we hope to see very soon. We caught up with Henrik not too long ago for a quick Q&A so keep a lookout for that soon. The track intros with a deep progressive vibe, the kicks stand right out and a wonderfully deep bassline holds the sound up brilliantly. Sweeping pads do their work creating an ethereal atmosphere while cool FX work add texture. A real supercharged groove is built here and a wonderful contrast to the original which makes this a must for those late night sessions.
Belgian producer Adriaan Baussens aka Manu Riga is up next with his Deep Trip Remix. Adriaan is another one of those artists with an extremely heavy workload yet still churns out quality every time. He recently released his latest track “Reborn” which is a collab with fellow producer Nico Parisi and is currently working on other projects including an album. The remix is a super smooth journey deep into progressive vibes. The kicks pound the speakers delivering a shudder through your core while the bassline sits perfectly matched with a lush residue. Classy pads ease by and subtle synths provide a rich contrast, great stuff again from Adriaan!
The one and only Matan Caspi is our guest this week for Bonzai Basik Beats!
Tracklisting – Episode 145 – mixed by Matan Caspi:
1º Kastis Torrau, Arnas D – Ride (Verve Remix – Matan Caspi Mashup Edit with MUUi – Rewind)
2º Mike Vale featuring Stella Mercury – Don’t Give A Damn (Wehbba Remix)
3º Unknown Track (MashUp with Endless Winter Ketaneo meets Paduraru Proghouse Remix)
4º Stan Kolev – Change The World (Original Mix)
5º Audio Noir – Nocturnalogic (Original Mix) Matan Caspi Mashup
6º Deep In Calm – Funny Monsters (Piotro Lonely Monster Mix)
7º Evave – Daylight (Anjey Olaf Remix = Matan Caspi Mashup)
8º Hokima Inorrdito (Bexwell Remix = Matan Caspi Mashup)
9º MiDiMAN – Dreams Come True (Original Mix = Matan Caspi Mashup)
10º Luiz B – Music Is Hypnotizing (Blood Groove & Kikis Remix) Matan Caspi Mashup
11º Matan Caspi – Raid The Bar (Original Mix)
12º Tech D – Space Arps (Khen Remix)
13º Mark Knight – Your Love (Original Club Mix)
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Sixth installment in the Club Traxx – Progressive House series comes with original tracks and remixes by Relaunch, Neon, Moshic, Mindgamers, Matan Caspi, Steve McGrath, Chris Sterio, LoQuai, Tom Conrad, Andre Bonsor, Van Bellen, Frangellico, Domased Electronica, Noa Romana, Deersky, Matt G., Booya featuring Iulia Constantin, Kintar, Crocy, Manu Riga, Timewave, Citizen 42, Philthy Chit, Oliver Morgenroth, Erich Lh, Cut Knob, Hector Sawiak, Blufeld, Kevin Vega, Paul Martinez, Fiddler, Thomas Genchev, Downgrooves, Mariano Mellino, Wally M, Deepfunk, and Mathov.
Gearing up for another round of quality cuts is Bonzai’s latest vinyl venture “Bonzai Worx – Volume 3″. This pressing comes complete with four top drawer tracks and a couple of outstanding remixes from the very impressive roster of artists and labels Bonzai has to offer. Give your record bag a reason to exist and grab your limited copy, you will not be disappointed.
First up we have Metodi Hristov’s remix of Mindgamers track “Can You Feel It”. Metodi turns the cool meter way up with a superb big club friendly effort. All the goodness of house with the prog element shining through, super suave steady rhythm filled with tight percussion and a subtle kick. The big focus here is the awesome bassline backed up with a mesmerizing vocal which works an absolute treat.
Matan Caspi’s remix of Chantola’s “Make It Happen” is a perfect selection for vinyl as he drops a hint of tech into the prog house vibe while keeping the coolness and suave of the main sound, very well crafted remix, a little more synth work and some crisp guitar keeps the summer theme alive.
Paduraru’s “Games For Girls” makes the cut with a strong and steady rhythm on the beats and a wonderful bassline adding extra weight. Top quality synth work here in a true progressive groove, on the break we get an off key piano that adds melancholy to the track. Big strings make a show and a well rounded track is the end product, top stuff destined for many boxes.
Loquai & Shimmer’s very well received “Fly Fortress” is a must for this vinyl, kicking off into an awesome world of progressive vibes with very subtle yet highly effective melodies. Real cool steady rhythm with the kicks and percs, the melodies are enhanced with some brilliant rising pads and FX with a chunky bassline tying things up nicely.
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Sixth installment in the My House Is Your House series, this time with original tracks and remixes by Matan Caspi, Rogerio Martins, Piek, Efron, Accatone, Joal, Luis Bravo, GarcyNoise, Electric Bastards, Dimitry Liss, Daniele Kama, Ecco, Wonji, Kike Mayor, Charles Ramirez, Chanelle Pearl, Oraa, Brett Lawrence, Rob McCarthy and Crocy.