David Berrie Q&A

Hello and welcome to Magazine Sixty David. Your latest release: A.D.D. EP is out now on Hottrax comprising of four equally energetic tracks. What elements are most vital to you as a producer? Do you think it is important to be seeking out new sounds as an artist or do the older ones still do it?

The bassline is usually the first element I start with as I think it’s the most vital element of a track. As for newer or older sounds it’s definitely a healthy mixture of both. I love my classic 909 hats and claps with futuristic spacey synth elements to compliment it.

Can you talk us though how you produced one of the tracks from the release. From where you get your inspiration from and how you then turn those ideas into an arrangement?

Usually when I start a new track the inspiration comes from a new machine or plugin that I just bought. For instance with A.D.D. i had just bought the TC Helicon Voice Live Touch 2 and used it with my voice to create the A.D.D. hook. This was the same case with Playing in Space. I put down the drums, a few elements, and then just improvise an arrangement on the fly recording in Ableton and tweak from there.

https://www.beatport.com/release/a-d-d-ep/2098106

How did you get together with the label? And how important is it to you to have your music signed to a certain label?

I passed some music to my long time friend from NY Lauren Lane, who passed it to Jamie, so shout out to Lauren for linking us together. I think its very important to have your music signed to a certain label, because everyone will associate you with it.

Listening to your DJ mixes it strikes me that you have a wealth of differing influences going on. Who has inspired you most both within and outside of electronic music?

Well I started out as an hip-hop/open format DJ so for many years I did all different types of events. From high fashion events to ghetto hip-hop, so growing up playing like this has kept me open-minded to play across the spectrum.

Tell us about life in New York and how Dance Music has evolved for you there? Do you have a favourite place you like to play at?

Life in NY is great, there’s so much energy and diversity, but the dance music scene has definitely changed. Seems like every year NY is getting stricter with codes, shutting down parties left and right. It’s a bit discouraging, but I hope this changes. As for places to play in NY, my favourite room at the moment would probably be the Panther Room for its intimacy.

What for you is expressed though rhythm (instrumentation) that isn’t expressed though words (song)?

The instrumentation for me ultimately expresses the mood of a track. Words just compliment it.

And finally what are your future plans for the remainder of 2017 and into 2018?

Will return back to my apartment in NY after a long first summer in Ibiza. Looking forward to spending most of the fall in the studio to finish some open projects and collabs I started. Have a few collaborations with Guti and a collab with Jessie Calloso that should be out on Cuttin Headz in October.

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M.A.N.D.Y – Rhythm & Soul – Get Physical

I guess what strikes you most about this production is the realisation of technical ideas which come together so effortlessly on this fresh retake of Rhythm & Soul. The trippy, breathy spoken-word dialogue spins out a sense of Timothy Leary into the ether as pounding kick drums are offset by addictive, shuffling percussion amid layers of repeating ambience plus expanding synthesized sounds. Further remixes come from a more robust Tiger Stripes who add a crunchier more abrasive set of electronics to their tense version. And via Roland Leesker who breaks it all down into moodier, introspective possibilities that only add to the voice’s impact as sizzling Acid rhythms then infect the groove.

Release: September 22

https://www.beatport.com/track/rhythm-and-soul-rework/9684239
https://www.facebook.com/getmandy
http://www.getphysicalmusic.com

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Francesco Mami – 101091 EP – Rhythm Cult Digital

Perhaps not my usual tipple but when did tiresome, endless labelling get in the way of what is more importantly good music. Three tracks go to make up this new release from the London MNKY HSE Music Director but it’s the blistering combination of infectious sounds that inform Stilgar which really capture and ignite my attention. Music to get lost in as seven plus minutes feel longer (in a good way) with a sizzling clash of ideas all at once being totally emotional and melodic, yet also hard and unrelenting. So good in fact that immediately repeating the play only goes to reveal more. The proceeding Alia continues the theme with reiterating rhythms again building a sense of anticipation via unfolding atmosphere’s reaching out to eight minutes.

Release: September 29

http://www.francescomami.com

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Kauf – Let Slide – Eternal Order

Again. What’s not to love about music. The Speaking in Tongues remix of equally Los Angeles artist Kauf is a thing of almost beauty. Driven by uncomplicated though thoroughly rigorous rhythms, plus accompanying and suitably smouldering electronic sounds, Kauf’s heart tearing vocals render it all but impossible not to fall for this emotionally rewarding version. In words: excellent, especially when you hit that rush of emotionally charged keys towards completion.

Release: TBC

https://www.facebook.com/Kaufaudio
http://www.eternalorder.net

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De Beren Gieren – Dug Out Skyscrapers – Sdban Ultra

Translating into English as The Bear Vultures what could prove to be more fascinating and equal parts refreshing as this poignant, beautiful bold blend of the elements consisting of bass, piano and drums accompanied only by the illumination of the studio. Yes it’s Jazz, but with a massive improvised twist. Its heady, the sort of musical format that you can escape into dream up, imagine your own breath of cinema. It is also challenging yet rejuvenating in terms of unsettling anti-melody some moments but then it also contrasts via heightened emotional tension resonating in typically human form in others. However, rather than me drone on describing the nuances and daring subtleties perhaps it is much more effective if you simply hit Play and locate the results for yourself.

Release: September 29

http://www.deberengieren.be
sdbanrecords.com

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MODD – Kuljinder – The Soundgarden

Kuljinder is a great record. I love music like this. It explodes upon the horizon in a rush of colour that forgets the past while forging at the future with contemporary sounds that never-the-less are soulfully resonate. It’s tempting to use the word cinematic because that is what comes to mind, but that’s not to understate the hard-hitting nature of it all driven by a series of contrasts from chiming, surging ambience to the dark intensity generated by the bass. Ocean Vibes, then signifies a sense of relief via a brighter atmosphere that again squeezes every moment of emotion out of the cool, cleverly crafted instrumentation which includes the occasional splash of piano along with a heavenly chorus of sound effects and voices.

Release: september 15

https://www.facebook.com/SoundgardenSessions

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David Berrie – A.D.D. EP – Hottrax

David Berrie’s four tracks amount to the sort of brutal intensity that sits easily on the hips. Shaking, grooving you while at times transporting you out of the building. The title track, A.D.D suggests all that plus more with its vocal refrain referencing: this is place where I wanna be, while serving up a course of unrelenting, fast beats and addictive Acid bass which you won’t forget in a rush. The cheekily titled Hands To Pants follows with big-time low-end sizzling across whirring keys and brisk drums, as Playing In Space suggests the future via a cryptic succession of electric’s. The heavy duty feeling Personal Opinion competes the message care off repeating, blistering rhythms that all at once leave you shaken, breathless with the emotional reward of not quite knowing what happened?

Release: September 15

https://www.facebook.com/davidberrieofficial
https://www.facebook.com/hottraxlabel
http://hotcreations.com

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Audiofly and Patrice Bäumel – Atacama – Crosstown Rebels

Fuelled by a bewildering sense of stereo Atacama does nothing short of stun the listener i.e. you and me into a challenged state of being. It’s no day at the beach either as emotions are engaged, lifted and bounced around the room with forceful release as abrasive bass notes hit you, yet the stream of emotive arpeggios soothingly reassures. The subsequent Damian Lazarus Re-Shape does precisely that introducing the human touch of vocals amid a swirl of atmospherically rewarding pads, punctuated by insistent percussion alongside a timely arrangement of lifts and drops realising each second.

Buy https://www.beatport.com/release/atacama/2098112

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https://www.facebook.com/patrice.baumel
http://www.crosstownrebels.com

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Balaphonic – Balinese Saints – Well Cut Records

Sometimes when you’re lost in a haze of smouldering electronics it’s good to get recharged by the flair of relatively real music, which of course tempts you in the direction of this label. Have to say second listen and I’m hooked into the opening salvo of Balinese Saints which fires off irredeemably energetic percussion breaks together with a jazzy, latin-esque sense of rhythm and language. Mondays, follows fuelled by jaunty shuffles, reversed sequences plus the joy of guitar all rolled into one. While the excellent Sunflowers In Dub then exits via a final, reassuring blast of resounding Balearic echo plus stereo enhanced, life-affirming goodness.

Release: September 22

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Harrison BDP – Time is of the essence EP – Music is Love Records

There’s something irresistibly funky going on within Harrison’s taught, informed grooves that fuse punchy kicks together with swinging snares while being tastefully offset by dark, expansive bass and pads. The introspective sounding, I Still Meet You In My Dreams From Time To Time is far from self-indulgence connecting moods and emotions with the listener in a spirited yet hard-hitting manner. The remix comes from Liam Geddes who adds his distinctive flavour to the affair by colouring the rhythms with a more intense sheen that leans heavily on the bass drum underpinned by fast and furious percussion. I like it when you don’t expect what you hear next and the melodic Disco vibrations of My Summer Lover do just that. Though have to say it’s the final track, Time which ends on a high via its suggestive, undulating synths plus rolling rhythms which almost tips the balance in its favour. A fine release.

https://www.facebook.com/harrisonbdp
http://musicisloverecords.com

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