Remi Mazet (Colors/ Hot Waves) Q&A

How did you get into Dance music and who are your main influences?

remiI love to party very much so I guess that is the main reason why I get into dance music. My passion began in London, I was introduced to it through my buddy from home, Guilhem Monin. He showed me some of the Novamix from Radio Nova, he kept on showing me amazing stuff since and always has been a very important influence in my music.

I met Matlar and FB Julian after a few years I lived in London, I totally fell in love with the music those guys play. Saving enough money at the beginning allowed me to buy my first laptop and to  install logic and start producing, that was nearly six years ago.

I’ve had so many influences growing up from all different paths, however 70’s disco, 80’s hip hop and great Chicago house are my main powers and inspirations in production at the moment.

You have already released music on Hot Waves and La Vie en Rose. Tell us about how you got your signed to such prestigious labels and your relationship with them?

I have known the Hot Nature crew from being out in London, they are wicked people, I’m always happy to see them. The first time I signed on Hot Wave happened after Richy Ahmed listened to my track in Ibiza when Guilhem was playing it, Richy contacted me and ask if I wanted to sign up in their label, I remember that day so well I was over the moon.

La Vie en Rose is Terrence Terry’s label, my friend Matlar that was my production partner at the time introduce me to him as well as showed him some of my music. He actually showed Terry a track I would have never shown, Terry loved it and wanted to do an EP. Unfortunately I have not seen Terry in years, we sometimes chat on Facebook, I really like the guy and I think we both fancy the idea of doing it again soon.

Your latest release: I Felt This Way Before EP is for Colors brand new label. Can you talk us through how you produced one of the tracks from it?

“Les Merguez” is the latest track i’ve produced from this EP.

Using Logic as sequencer, first I made the beat, all the drums are samples recorded mainly from 909, 808 and Linn drum. Then created the rhythm in logic then redone it on the MPC to sound nice and tight. Next I have written the bass line on my Triton and processed it through the MPC. I’ve made the vocals simply by pitching down my voice (sometimes sounding too much like a little girl). The rest of the track was made using a Triton, then sampling a few sound effects and a string. I’ve also done few more sound effects with a Juno 106.

https://soundcloud.com/colors-ep/b1-les-merguez-remi-mazet

You were one of the first DJ’s to be resident at Colors. Can you tell us how that came about and what makes the night so special for you?

It happened very naturally as we are rather close friends, not only are we friends but we are synced artistically. This night is brilliant simply because the promoters are popping this party for the right reasons, they have a real passion for music and the vibe, they make an amazing effort. Therefore there’s no need for me to explain why they’ve got such a cool crowd following them, I’m glad to be part of the project.

Your music blends together a number of different styles. What for you is the most important quality for music to have? (And do you have many influences outside of Dance music?)

Good melodies, very cool bass lines, amazing grooves, cleverly produced technically, twisted and surprising ideas but most of all I like music to be appropriate and true to the moment and compliment your surroundings.

Yes I do have influences outside of dance music. The truth is i can be inspired by anything, even something I don’t like but it’s just got to be something that has its own defined identity, even if it’s something I’m not into then it can bring in new sounds and spark ideas.

remHow was Eastern Electrics, and can you tell us about how your ‘live’ performance works?

Eastern Electrics was lot of fun, I played in an area run by kubicle, they did a great job, and lots of friends showed up, I had a brilliant time.
About my live performance, I’m using Ableton to play my songs, using one channel for the kicks, one for the snares, one for the drums, one for the bass… I use my pads to play around with that.

What are your plans for the remainder of 2014 and beyond?

I’ve got a few EP’s in the pipe line and obviously working with Colors in September but also other really exciting stuff I can’t wait to share.

My new studio space in Hackney Wick is pretty exciting too, working with FB Julian, Clive Henry, and Matthew Keating. Being in the studio is by far my favourite thing to do, being able to share that with good friends is the ultimate cocktail mix of work and fun combined so i’m sure this is where I’ll be spending most of my time for the end of this year and the years coming.

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https://twitter.com/RemiMazet

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fabric 64: Guy Gerber
fabric

Sixteen new productions from Guy Gerber go make up this latest compilation in the fabric series totalling 64. And as you have come to expect from the producer this is another selection of exquisite resonating music that reaches way beyond your imagination. Always spirited, yet incisive and experimental, this effortlessly deep compilation of sounds are as invigorating first thing in the morning as there are very late at night. Weaving between haunting vocals and cinematic instrumentals this once again highlights Guy Gerber as one of the world’s finest in this field of electronic music. Every track stands out in its own right and it would almost be pointless in suggesting particular highlights, but here goes anyway: the completely infectious One Day In May loops heavenly ambience into dancefloor nirvana, while the opening Store-House Consciousness and The Golden Sun And The Silver Moon sound as blissful as the title suggests. The music plays between dancefloor and horizontal listening with consummate ease, with number 64 proving yet another to be a winning formula.

release: June 25

http://www.fabriclondon.com

https://www.facebook.com/guygerber

http://twitter.com/#!/guygerber

http://soundcloud.com/guygerber

 

Jamie Jones
Tracks From The Crypt
Crosstown Rebels

Jamie Jones second album for Crosstown Rebels sees two of the world’s most significant players combine forces again successfully, after the DJ’s string of awards plus the labels succession of killer releases. The collection features unreleased tracks – although heaven knows why – alongside new productions, and if you’ve witnessed Jamie play live then Somewhere, Paradise and Frequencies may already be well known to you. But waiting eagerly to get out there too is the equally fresh future-funk of Mari 2D Underground and the uneasy edge belonging to Tonight In Tokyo feat. Luca C. Also make sure you listen out for the sinister bass experience that is Over Each Other with Livia Giammaria’s vocal sounding tastefully bitter in the process too. All the signature sounds are present, with those defining original House influences playing their part to reinforce what is undoubtedly another essential in the canon.

release: June 25

http://www.crosstownrebels.com

https://www.facebook.com/jamiejonesmusic

http://soundcloud.com/jamie-jones

 

Remi Mazet
Le Kiff
La Vie En Rose

The fifth release from the label sees Remi Mazet deliver breezy summer sounds to quench your thirst for all things funky. Playing with a hint of Gwen Guthrie in the air, the punchy bassline buzzes over introspective Rhodes chords and technological synths on the Original version to great effect. Boris Horel then provides the remix of Le Kiff with bouncy European bass and perky percussion, leaving second track Are you There feat. Mr.Matlar completing the picture with more easily accessible grooves backed up by intriguing voices and frisky snares. Good release.

release: June 25

http://soundcloud.com/lvrose/sets/remi-mazet-le-kiff/

http://lvrose.fr/

https://www.facebook.com/LAVIEENROSELEKIFF

 

NTFO, Karmon, Betoko
Wowshit EP
Diynamic music

This three track EP marks the labels 58th and presents their trademark style perfectly. Opening with NTFO & Karmon ‘Nobody Else’ and its punchy melodic bassline, which plays against snare rushes and atmospheric touches, this neatly infuses together a thoughtful production with dancefloor sensibilities. The title track is then provided by Karmon who works moody bass over sharp percussion and classic early-eighties keys, and this again proves to be easy to fall for. Betoko’s, Raining Again provides a potential anthem for the North of England with shuffling synthetic rhythms and detuned vocals intoning the wet stuff.

release: June 25

http://soundcloud.com/karmonmusik/karmon-wowshit

http://soundcloud.com/ntfo

http://soundcloud.com/betoko

http://www.diynamic.com

 
Amirali
Just An Illusion
Crosstown Rebels

If you haven’t already checked Amirali’s beautifully crafted album for Crosstown Rebels then you’re missing out on an experience. In the meantime here is the chance to love the hauntingly atmospheric new single which also come s with some great remixes. Such as, Franck Roger who expertly builds the tension by adding fresh chords and drums to re imagine the vocal, while the MK version surpasses the remit with typically classy bass and beats feeling totally big-time. Appleblim’s aptly titled Black Mirrorball Mix then twists the elements over throbbing kicks into something altogether more space aged, making his statement loud and clear.

release: July 2

http://soundcloud.com/amiraliofficial/sets/amirali-just-an-illusion-ep/

https://www.facebook.com/#!/AmiraliOfficial

http://soundcloud.com/djfranckroger

http://soundcloud.com/marckinchen

http://soundcloud.com/appleblim

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Ahmet Sisman
Dance With The White Rabbit EP
Culprit

Love this production from Ahmet Sisman whose Dance With The White Rabbit feels all at once like a party in your head. Impressive sound fx and dubbed vocal treatments give the track a very big feel indeed, but it’s also the combination of differing styles that give it all such a unique edge. Nico Lahs provides the remix with funkier bass and a deeper mood, while Audiofly cleverly break up the beats on their abstracted version. Meanwhile, Hello To Alice continues the Wonderland theme with more expressive voices and dark electronics to finish.

release: July 4

http://soundcloud.com/ahmet-sisman

https://www.facebook.com/ahmetsisman1

http://soundcloud.com/audiofly

http://soundcloud.com/nico-lahs

https://www.facebook.com/CulpritLA

 

Wasabi
Money On U
Arthouse

This is the second release on Artform’s sister imprint, Arthouse and comes from Erase Records’ Dimos Stamatelos. The Original version sets a punchy tempo against cool Rhodes chords, a taught tech bassline and with hard hitting vocal snippets this is set to induce frantic head nodding. The effective Frogs and Socks remix then teases extra tension from its undulating synth and smart dancefloor arrangement, while label head Jamie Anderson’s Latin Hustle version introduces the chords to warmer possibilities with the intensely funky percussion giving it all a precise edge.

release: June 18 as a Beatport exclusive for 4 weeks. July 16 general release.

https://www.facebook.com/artformrecords

http://twitter.com/#!/djjamieanderson

http://soundcloud.com/jamieanderson

 

Chateau Flight
Kounka
Versatile Records

If you like to think outside the box then this will most definitely tempt you. It’s distinctly impossible to categorise but then that is precisely its charm. Sometimes House-ish, sometimes Techno-esque, other times sounding like Pink Floyd through a Dance blender, this isn’t always a comfortable ride but is a rewarding one. One half of Zombi, Steve Moore supplies the remix in two parts with his ‘remix’ making some sense of the madness by building layers of arpeggios over a steady kick drum, as the ‘Off-World’ version provides more of an ethereal landscape by gently playing with voices and pulsating rhythms over an epic feeling eight minutes.

release: June 25

http://versatilerecords.com/release/chateau-flight-kounka-ep-incl-steve-moore-remixes/

https://www.facebook.com/versatilerec

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Jerome Derradji Presents: 122 BPM
The Birth Of House Music – Mitchbal Records & Chicago Connection Records
Still Music

This three CD set from the early to late Eighties catalogues of Mitchbal Records and its subsidiary Chicago Connection Records is pretty much indispensible listening if you’re in any way interested in the history of Chicago House Music. Mitchbal Records was founded by Nemiah Mitchell Jr and released their first influential 12” single by Z Factor aka Vince Lawrence (before starting the infamous Trax Records) I Like to Do It in Fast Cars in 1983 (hear below). The selection also includes music from Mr Lee and Libra Libra, and joins together the diverse set of influences that went to make up what became known as House Music: from UK New Wave/ Synthpop and European/Italian dance all the way through to the soulful end of American Disco. The CD comes with invaluable extras such as a 28 page booklet on the labels’ history plus mix from Still Music’s Jerome Derradji, and also features one of Frankie Knuckles rarest remixes: Unfinished Business.

release: June 2012

http://soundcloud.com/stillmusic

http://www.piccadillyrecords.com/products/UnfinishedBusinessOmni-OutOfMyHands(LovesTakenOver)-StillMusic-84047.html

interview at http://timeoutchicago.com/music-nightlife/clubs/15409691/the-untold-story-of-the-family-that-helped-found-house-music

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