The German duo of Kruse and Neurnberg have been enticed by the house culture for over 5 years now and this week sees them drop their first full length ‘Lets call it a day’. They speak to Ugroove about the album and how they both found love for the music industry.
How did you guys meet? Why did you get on so well?
In 2013 we really want to focus on tunes that are more club oriented and where people would probably say that this is the typical Kruse & Nuernberg sound.
The consistently-prolific Catwash Records boss DJ W!ld takes time out to talk about the French House scene, his residencies at Circo Loco and Cocoon Heroes. We caught up with the Parisian in the build up to his forthcoming UK Gig in Hull at Fruit Warehouse on the 27th October.
Mr. Nice Guy Records Boss Jesse Perez talks to us about his new UGroove Podcast, Miami and his Mr Nice Guy label.
Thursday nights at DC10 this summer have lived up to expectation, showcasing new and current artists from the hugely popular label Hot Creations, along with DJ friends, pioneers and heroes from the industry.
Seth Troxler has become a stalwart figure in Leeds over the years – playing Mint Club, Mint Warehouse and Cocoon in the Park – he nows joins the gang again for the amazing Mint Festivla in two weeks.
How are you? How is life? Life is pretty great right now and I’m feeling on top of the world. The sun is finally shining, at long last and it looks like it’s going to stay this way right through the Olympics. I just got back from THE MOST AMAZING weekend at Secret Garden Party, which is hands down the best festival in the world right now outside of Burning Man (apart from Mint Festival of course !) . It’s unbelievable just how much effort the SGP team put into their festival, from tiny little incidental details all over the place to much larger stuff like daytime fireworks made of multi-colored paint dust and acrobatic airplanes with pyrotechnics strapped to their wings. We are so pleased and honored to have them on board to help produce our Visionquest party at DC10 on Wednesday 1st August!
Can you see yourself doing this for decades, or does your mind ever turn to doing something else? Yeah the whole DJing thing can’t last forever; I don’t want to be doing this every weekend when I’m in my forties. The one thing that I love as much as playing records is grilling meat so the end game is for me to make enough money to open a restaurant (or several if I can) and sit back and watch people enjoying food.
Why so few productions from you in recent years? Would you like to produce more; is it just a time thing? I’ve actually been producing a fair amount recently so expect quite a few tracks from me in coming months. I’ve just remixed ‘Champagne Coast’ by Blood Orange with Subb-an which we’re putting out on limited vinyl soon. We’ve also just done a remix of Dave Aju for Circus company which is pretty big and I’m currently working on a remix of Matt Dear for Spectral and an original track with Deetron.
How is life in Berlin now you have been there a while – again, would you consider moving away? You seem to be a big fan of London… Which is why I have lived in London for the last year and a bit… time to do some research!
What should people expect from you at Mint festival? Bam, Kapow, Splat!!!
You have played Mint many times – and Cocoon in the Park – what makes the brand so good do you think? I’m close friends with Shane, who owns Mint and puts on the Cocoon parties in Leeds
What else have you got coming up/are you looking forward to? Plenty in Ibiza still, then another tour back end of the year – and of course Mint Festival…
Hi, my name is Antonio Colantuoni
My friends call me Antonio or Tboy
I am from Rome
I live in London
A track you would recognise me for is To be. It all came from an older project of mine. The bass and part of the drums were put together before I started working it with Wildkats and then all the vocals edits and a more funk intention came out pretty naturally. We all felt the track and its potential! I was very happy when Lee Foss charted it on his RA Chart and Richy Ahmed played it in his Fabric Podcast for Hot Creations.
Labels I have released on are… Neim, Akbal Music, Suruba
I am going to tell you a bit about myself because…I really like U!
I was knew I wanted to work in music when…..as soon as I finished High School I chose to go and work for a recording studio because I was fascinated by the concept of recording and mixing and wanted to learn more about it.
I got into dance music…when I was in my teens and started going clubbing.
I got into making dance music when… I got hooked up with the first DAWs and Drum machines about a decade ago!
I prefer to…mmm…I love producing as there is no better satisfaction than creating the music and vibes you like, but when you can share those vibes with a crowd it’s definitely amazing! So I love both really.
My favourite studio snack is…Kinder Bueno – I just love it! And Haribooooos!
My best moment out DJing so far is …Well definitely playing for WYS in room 1 at Fabric – the sound there is just amazing and for me it cannot get better than that
The funniest recently was playing in Oslo in May on the Norwegian National Day when everyone was dressed up in the national costume – and very drunk!!! It felt surreal and the venue (Skaugum) it’s a little gem.
A remix you would recognise me for is… The remix I recently did of the hit Mantis from Los Suruba (on Suruba).
Artists who have remixed my work include…. Louie Fresco, Miguel Puente, The Midnight Perverts, Sean Roman
Artists who I have remixed include…Alexis Raphael, Los Suruba and now Sasch BBC and Caspar, Death House Squad (Hugo & Sammy) and Ziggy Kinder.
My music has been featured on… The Space Ibiza 2012 (Official Deluxe Edition) mixed by MYNC and Edu Imbernon and Amnesia Ibiza Electronica (Mixed by Mar-T)
I have collaborated with…Wildkats.
I have played… For WYS! (@ Fabric London), Café 1001, Magna Carta, Egg, a few warehouses, in Lisbon and at the infamous Industria in Porto, in Oslo in Sardinia at The June Festival 2011.
My sound is… a fusion of deep and disco vibes with influences from house and garage.
My next release is…? the remix for Death House Squad (1st of August 2012); the remix for Sasch BBC and Caspar (due end of Summer 2012); an EP on Miguel Campbell’s Outcross (The People Love U – Autumn 2012), one track on Hot Waves with Wildkats (Autumn 2012); and I’m currently working on an EP for Suruba.
I am next playing at… WYS! @ Fabric on the 29th of July.
In 10 years time I see myself…fishing somewhere in Guatemala…
Showing my work big love at the moment is… Miguel Campbell that took me in the Outcross family; and definitely Suruba and Neim.
My favourite producer at the moment is… From the UK – Miguel Campbell and Waifs & Strays; internationally – the Mexicans Balcazar & Sordo and Climbers.
My favourite DJ at the moment is… mmm…there are a few, but to mention one I’m quite hooked with Julio Bashmore
Quirky musical talents of mine include… vocal samples recorded at home and that you can also find in To Be and the upcoming Eye Of The Tiger (Outcross).
The strangest thing about me is…some of my friends say I’m a bit of a hurricane when I’m in party mood while when in the studio I’m very focused and demanding (almost serious!)
The worst day I ever had musically was… When I heard Justin Bieber on the radio.
The best day I ever had musically was…when Lee Foss charted To Be J
My first club memory is…gone!
We should keep an eye on you because… I’m short and easy to lose…
My famous last words are… “from Monday I’ll start going to the Gym” and / or “Next week I’ll get a tan”
Where can we find out more about you?
Lee M Kelsall is a fast rising producer who has recorded for labels like Hot Waves in the past. His creamy house and disco sound is a long way from the gritty Northern town he grew up in, but already the man’s sounds are picking up plenty of support. Now finding himself on Lucid Dreaming Records, he turns in Transitions, a slo-mo house groove that shines with bright disco synths and floats an airy female vocal right up top. We caught up with I’m for more…
Tell us about your recent Transitions single…
The sound of Transition came from nowhere … I popped into a friends Studio one afternoon and we just started playing with a few sounds etc. I created a moody beat that I liked and from there found an amazing vocal that at the time had so much meaning to me personally that I loved it . I’ve had so many people contact me saying they listened to the words and could relate to the track …. Moving on , Starting Fresh – Making that Transition.
And how did you hook up with Thabo for vocals?
Thabo is in a band called Extra Curricular who are signed to an Electro DJ called Doorly. Doorly and I worked together years and years ago when we both ran club events in the UK. Anyways I dropped Thabo a message saying I think his voice would suit House Music … He replied and we hooked up in the studio and created some amazing stuff together . This guy is a true professional and has an unbelievable voice!
How is it working with vocalists? Harder or…?
All depends on who the vocalist is … Unlike many producers 95% of my productions all use live vocalists – So the last 3 tracks I have worked on have included Maria Luisa, Thabo and Flex Cop vocals. It can be time consuming but you know your product is original . I’ve recently had a vocalist called Lana in the studio , I originally saw a youtube video of this girl singing Miguel Campbell’s ‘Something Special’ track just her and a piano and I loved it. I got in touch shortly afterwards and when I last visited Leeds met up and invited her into the studio …. Expect a big 90s inspired track very soon !!
Do you set long term goals for yourself, or take things day by day?
I try and not plan things in life then if something happens that’s good, it’s a bonus, however I have set myself some goals … Number 1 is to play at Miami Music Conference in 2013 and it looks like that is almost 100% confirmed so I’m over the moon plus to make sure my new releases cause some havoc in the download charts.
I have a management team now that looks after the business side of things and for me as an Artist and I couldn’t have really asked for a team more experienced. At the beginning of 2012 I received an email from Nervous Records (NYC) saying that they wanted to manage me as an Artist. Nurvous only look after 8 Artists worldwide so this was an opportunity I could not turn down and so far its been great, they look after all the contracts , negotiations etc as well as giving advice, feedback and contacting labels so my stuff is getting signed to the more established labels to boost me as an artist. I’ve got some amazing new material out on Nervous also in the coming months.
Any more releases line-up?
Yeah its non stop this Summer … My Something EP came out on Louie Fresco and Climbers MEXA Records label last month. This month my Transition EP on Australian Label Lucid Dreaming drops, followed by my NY Shuffle EP on Nervous Records beginning of August. Finally 2 Remixes to end the Summer are being released on Love Not Money & Lucid Dreaming.
So yeah 5 Tracks over Summer is busy but I’ve been holding onto these for a while and wanted them all to drop whilst I was in the middle of my European Tour …. I’m currently sat in a hotel in Amsterdam answering these questions … I have 2 gigs today alone – I’ve DJ’d in 8 countries in the last 3 weeks - It has been very busy but wouldn’t change it for the world. I love music!
What’s most important when producing, the production itself, a feeling, a groove, or making people dance?
I make music I like … So if you look at my releases and future releases , I don’t stick to one genre. If I wake up and feel like I was to make funk I will do (Watch this space by the way … big collab coming up .. we are almost finished – funk ep with a well known French House DJ) Or Garage or Disco or House . As long as the production is tight and sounds great i’m a happy person. Then its up to the remixers if the label wants a deep house / nu disco track adding to what they originally signed.
Who or what inspires of influences you the most?
My biggest inspiration as a producer is MK … I don’t think anyone can compare to 15+ years of consistency – One unique sound that formed 90s house/garage and so on. I listened to a mix of his before finishing a remix for Lucid Dreaming .. The track is by a guy from Brisbane, Australia called Flex Cop he does his own vocal and I was sent the original and asked if I would be interested in doing the remix , after listening I had so much confidence it would do well I agreed and it sounds great … Very MK inspired check it out here http://soundcloud.com/spacetoast/been-looking-lee-m-kelsall-mix
What are your top 3 records of the moment?
1) Cameo Culture – Night Swimming (No.19 Music) – TUNE OF THE SUMMER !!!
2) Newbie Nerds – Third of Sept (Dialtone Recs)
3) Tough Love – Night is Calling (Unreleased)