Brace yourself for this Friday 16 March 2012, where the crew from Darker Than Wax present Scandinavia's Andreas Saag at Velvet Underground with resident, Jeremy Boon. Special guests also include the one-man band extraordinaire, Hafez Masterpiece and a warm-up set by one-to-watch Marco Weibel. Read on for thoughts on where they're at. To get on the exclusive guestlist, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
One-man band extraordinaire, Masterpiece from the Pushin'On crew will perform using Ableton Live, Launchpad, 16-pad controllers, Kaosspads and synthesizers plus of course his signature voice. Watch out for the soul! http://soundcloud.com/masterpiece
Top 5 right now?
CtlAltDel by The Mighty MIscellaneous
Seriously funky hip-hop from the Philippines. The kind that would still sound good when played 'live' with a band. Plus these guys make beats on MPC. Almost Done album out on June 15th.
Dog With A Rope / On & On (Sam Redmore Remix)
All the buzz around Erykah Badu the past few weeks started a re-dig and found this one. Works just as well early hours at a bar or late on at a club night.
Sweet Delight (Kaboom! Dub) by Woods Empire
The main groove gets me from 0:00. Subtle bassline syncopates superbly with the vocal sample on the upbeat. Winner. Could just listen to the drum beat on loop for hours.
Get Down Saturday Night (radio version) by The Wonderful Sound of Induce
A bit of 90's indulgence but great groove and songwriting. It actually has chord changes which makes it different. Refreshing after listening to alot of loop based stuff.
Cocaine In My Brain by Dillinger
Great backing rhythm and a guy spitting prose. Listen to this before listening to the re-version by Escort.
Would you rather be making music elsewhere than here?
Nope...I would want to make music everywhere! Just being able to sit in a room and make music makes me happy. So anywhere there's a room and music making tools, I'll be fine. Maybe also some peppermint tea and a hot shower.
We've all had conversations about how the music scene elsewhere could be better. And there are many creative people leaving to look for greener grass. I guess before saying "I'm sick of this s#*%, I wanna move to *insert country name*!", it's good to ask yourself "Am I really putting in the EFFORT to MAKE music?" and "Am I working as hard as or harder than anyone out there?" If the answer's 'Yes' to both questions, then doesn't matter where you are. Keep working on your craft and the good music will come eventually.
What can we look forward to for your DTW performance?
Soul music, Kaoss pad looping and singing about life.
Give us a weblink?
Ah.... I'm horrible with weblinks. Ok watch some poetry. Like here. Brave New Voices is the evolution of Def Poetry Jam. Always nice to see a new generation of poets. Be careful, this poet's intense.
Kaye from the Cosa Nostra / Darker Than Wax camp will be up to his usual tricks, going solo this time, performing some live cuts of recently completed house numbers alongside Masterpiece to round off the LIVE segment.
Best gig so far and why?
It would have to be the Majahouse anniversary in Bandung, Indonesia in 2011. The crowd was up for anything we threw at them, and the vibe was just pure fun!
Favourite music-making instrument, gear or thing?
It would have to be the Native Instruments Maschine. It's at the core of my studio production and live performance.
Tell us something about Dean we didn't already know.
He likes playing Hello Kitty Adventure Island on his computer.
Give us a weblink?
Any weblink?? Er...here you go! http://www.brothers-brick.com/
Funk Bast*rd (Dean)
Label owner, record digger, DJ and producer, Funk Bast*rd aka Dean Chew traverses the spectrum whenever he gets to the decks. The Funk Bast*rd always has a surprise in the box. Just open them ears.
How has the label business been going?
It's going well. We believe in growing it progressively in a comfortable pace. All our recent releases have received strong feedback and reviews, especially our Loki Laredo project, which had a small feature in the internationally acclaimed Mixmag.
Favourite hot producers of late?
Knxwledge, ManonWire, Ben Houghton, Sango, John Heckle, Alex Bayer, Rekchampa, Christoph El Truento, Handbook. Ok I will stop.
What is your music motto?
Dig, dig and dig. And engage in everything with your heart.
Give us a weblink?