INTERVIEW & GUESTMIX // MONTEL

Posted: May 2nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: GUESTMIXES, INTERVIEWS | 1 Comment »

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Northern Ireland’s Montel emerged in summer 2012 with his first demos and the impact of them was immediate, with the likes of Bicep, Jordan Peak and Waze & Odyssey quick to come out in vocal support and singles soon followed.

Since then he has had some awesome releases on the likes of Let’s Play House, Sccucci Manucci, Skylax and Seven Music. As well as recently launching his brand new label Bass Hit Dub.

We were delighted when Montel agreed to do an interview and guestmix for us. We’re always really happy to support Irish talent! So here is what he had to say when we caught up with him last week. And be sure to give the guestmix a listen, it’s a full phat house & garage workout!

Hi Montel, thanks for taking the time to talk to us here at Givafizz. How are you doing today and where are you talking to us from?

I’m doing great thanks man.. Just at home in Belfast. The sun is out, so everything feels alright! :)

Tell us a little bit about your musical background – when did you get into DJ’in and producing music?

I got into DJing when I was 16. I’d been collecting music since I was around 9, but when I turned 13 or 14 I started to listen to a lot more electronic music. I think as my collection of music grew and grew, I thought it probably made sense to buy proper turntables and have a go at DJn. Plus several of my friends then had decks, so it really felt like the right move. I didn’t play out anywhere at that point though and by the time I hit 18 or 19 I sold my decks and kinda give up on it. I was still buying a lot of music though and keeping myself involved in other ways. When I hit 21 I started a club night, and that sparked my interest in DJn again as I had a new platform to play from. From there things really started to kick off on the local scene and I was playing at the best clubs pretty much most weekends.

I probably started producing around 2004/2005. I got a hacked copy of Reason and started making some terrible sounding music. I wasn’t put off by this though and out of my frustration I went to a music academy and learnt how to use Cubase. From there I tried to work more with friends and pick up as many tips and tricks as I could, then around 2006/2007 I started to release music. Naturally out of production, international DJ gigs came about and it’s been great fun ever since then!

Hailing from Holywood in Northern Ireland, it is fair to say the house music scene is pretty small – so how did your love for all things house come about?

Well the scene in Belfast and Northern Ireland is pretty big. So from when I was about 16/17 I was hitting clubs week in, week out. Big name DJs have been playing Belfast / N.I on a weekly basis since the early 90′s. This is where I got all my inspiration to make & play music!

Once you got into producing, you received early support from the likes of Bicep, Jordan Peak and Waze & Odyssey. Was this key in growing your profile? Was there one particular release that helped launch everything for you?

It was great and very flattering having their support on my initial ‘montel’ material! I couldn’t pick a particular track or release of mine that set everything off for me to be honest. As my music is more DJ / club music, I tend not to concentrate on big hooks, I’m more into keeping things stripped back and groovy :)

You’ve had lots of recently releases and we’re particular fans of your “Lemme Hold U” track on Sccucci Manucci. Can you tell us a little bit about this one?

Like all of my tracks, I start with a little sample and just jam. Playing the hits through a sampler and seeing what grooves best. Then adding other elements around that, while being conscious of not over complicating things.

You started Seven Music with your buddy Sean Grieve back in 2011. How has this been going and what are the plans for the label in 2014?

It’s been going great.. Always building and bettering ourselves as a label. No master plan in place, just going with the flow and working on each release at a time. At the moment we’re revamping our website and adding an artist led podcast, so that should be cool. We’re also doing some adhoc club events and have hosted some cool names like Francis Inferno Orchestra, Jimpster, Funk D’Void and Lovebirds.

And you seem to have a new project, Bass Hit Dub? Tell us about this one?

This is very exciting for me. My new label, just me at the helm. First release by me with dope remixes by Oli Furness and Illyus & Barrientos. The first release is due out on the first week of June. Check out the previews and preorder here.

What does the future hold for Montel? More originals, remixes & sets?

Definitely more originals, some remixes (I prefer to concentrate on my own stuff, but am always open minded to mixing tracks I dig). Some cool podcasts – like this one ;) – focusing on my label Bass Hit Dub and of course plenty of DJing!! Follow me on Soundcloud, as I always up demos and samples of new things I’m working on.

Can you tell us what 5 tracks are really doing it for you right now?

Coeo – The Look – Seven Music
Outboxx – Planet Love – Local Talk
montel – For So Long (Oli Furness Remix) – Bass Hit Dub
Swords – Oiled – Swords & Sorcery
Ossie – Heart Beating – Wolf Music

You’ve got the chance to curate your dream line up in a club. You can book anyone to play alive or dead – who would you pick?

Thankfully no dead people playing at my club :)

I mean, I’m sure a lot of people would mention Larry Levan if asked this question. I never saw Larry play and my idea behind this was to only pick guys I’ve seen play many times and that ALWAYS deliver the goods!! I certainly wouldn’t just pick acts because they are new or trendy or simply because they’re a good producer. If I was forking out money to book acts, I’d wanna know that 100% they are gonna rip it up!!

So room 1 would be Deep House, House and possibly some Techno!

Paul Woolford
Funk D’Void
Appolliona
Kerri Chandler
Digs & Woosh

Room 2, pretty much anything goes! Disco, Soul, Funk, Hip Hop, Latin and maybe even some more House and Techno!! ;)

Gilles Peterson
Moodymann
DJ Harvey
Darshan Jesrani
Floating Points

Awesome selections man! So finally, you’ve put together a guestmix for us. Tell us about it?

I just did a vinyl only mix recently for another blog, so I thought I’d keep this one really fresh and upfront. Really cool new tracks that I will certainly be playing out all summer! I started of the mix pretty slammin’ and took things a little deeper as it progressed. Pretty much how I play when I’m out DJ’n.


BICEP // CIRCLES EP

Posted: May 2nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: music | No Comments »

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Bicep, the Northern Irish fellas, clearly developed a solid relationship with Will Saul’s during the DJ Kicks compilation, as they are now putting out a new release on his AUS music label. It’s a pure analogue jam from the pair, as always, nice and deep! Due out later this month. Pre-orders here.


DJ RAW SUGAR // LOVE SEXY EP

Posted: April 30th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: music | No Comments »

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DJ Raw Sugar is a native of Berlin, but has done a 6 year stint in New Zealand and now resides in Perth. His productions are deep and raw house beats mixed with jazz, boogie, disco, funk and soul.

Over the years he has put out music via other people’s labels like Gazeebo International, Midnight Riot and ISM, but is now taking matters into his own hands via Love Sexy Records – a label he has just started. The debut release kicks off with a piece from the man himself! It’s a sweet and sultry slice of disco. Inkswel, also Australian based, takes up remix duty taking the track in a more club-ready direction. Slow goodness all over!

Drops in June via Love Sexy Records.


TANZLIFE // BISCUITS SYMPHONY EP

Posted: April 30th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: music | No Comments »

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Here is something a little bit special from Polish producer, Tomek Matuszczak aka Tanzlife. He delivers a 5 track journey entitled, Biscuit Symphony. As the name suggests, the release is an epic yet whimsical and bizarre journey, which we’re enjoying a lot.

The EP leads out with a throwback acid jam with lots of other samples thrown in for good measure. With the second half of the A side - Horizon - all you givafizz readers will know this vibe is right up our street, laid-back house number with plenty of warm percussion and delightful R&B vocals. On the flip is a completely new journey, but it’s better if you just listen!

Out on Let’s Play House on May 19th. Pre-orders here.


CREATIVE SWING ALLIANCE & THRILOGY // WOLF WHITE 002

Posted: April 29th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: music | No Comments »

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The Wolf Music guys have started a new white series, which is a very special vinyl only collection. Serious secret weapons with a limited run. This is number 2 in the series and features a double A side from Creative Swing Alliance and Thrilogy. We feel in love with Thrilogy’s productions after his stellar track on Futureboogie last summer. This time, both producers take on a deep house groove. A unique vibe we’ve come to expect from all of the Wolf Music crew.

It’s out now on 12″ Vinyl.


EDD FISHER // INTERVIEW

Posted: April 22nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: INTERVIEWS, music | No Comments »

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If you’re a Melbourne local, chances are you’ve seen this long locked DJ wizard in action. If not, pull your head out from under that rock and get involved!

Edd Fisher caught our attention very soon after we arrived in Melbourne last year – he shares our love for all things disco, funk and house. He has been crafting his style as a DJ since 2010, with a focus on vinyl and quality records – gaining the attention of many, not just in Melbourne but further afield during his travels around Europe. With lots of projects on the go, from his weekly show on PBS Radio, to the Roof to Reel sessions on Cookie Rooftop and Wax’o Paradiso – we managed to pull him away from it all for a few moments, to get some more detail into this local legend.

Hi Edd, thanks for taking the time to talk to us here at Givafizz. How are you doing today and where are you talking to us from?

I’m a little tired after the weekend but feeling great, it was a beautiful day today. I’m talking to you from my beachside shack in St Kilda.

Tell us a little bit about your musical background – when did you get into DJ’in and how did your love for disco & funk come about?

I used to be an instrumentalist and studied jazz composition.  I started djing about 4-5years ago, funk and disco got me started.

You’re involved in lots of interesting projects – Roof to Reel, Wax’o Paradiso and of course your weekly show on PBS. Can you tell our readers a little bit about each of these projects? 

Roof To Reel is a recoded live mix series at Rooftop bar,  its third summer finished at the end of February. It is a platform for local DJs/crews to be recorded and showcase their sound.

Wax’o Paradiso is a residents party which includes Andy Hart, Simon TK and myself. It’s an all vinyl outdoor disco.

Tomorrowland shows a more eclectic side of my musical taste, its a weekly radio show on Melbournes PBS106.7FM. Friday afternoons 1:00-3:00pm.

As the summer comes to a close here in Melbourne, what are your plans for the winter months? More events / sets we can look forward to? 

This winter I’m headed to Japan to buy records, Wax’o Paradiso’s next bash is at Section 8 on May 9 and you can also catch us playing at Dark Mofo festival in Tasmania.  I have some nice supports coming up but not sure I can talk about them yet!

I’ve been in Melbourne for 6 months now and I think I’ve finally got to grips with the scene! What’s your opinion of the scene here and how has it changed over the last few years? 

The scene seems to be rewarding knowledge again as opposed to flash in the pan musical movements, more people are rewarding DJs and venues that invest in their art. There will always be the other end of the spectrum but its nice to see the following of true and honest music grow.

You recently played at the Boiler Room in Melbourne. A very last minute thing I believe. How did this come about? 

One of the DJs booked to perform missed their flight from Sydney. I was having a late dinner in the City when I got the call. It gave me 1.5 hours to get home, pack records and get back to the city to play. It was stressful not having much notice but the camera / lack of preparation were quickly forgotten once I started playing!

Over your years of DJ’in, could you pick out some highlights? 

Playing at Rhythm Section in London, great crowd, great music and an intimate venue. Every Wax’o Paradiso, Let Them Eat Cake on NYD this year, warming up for Darkside at the Liberty Social and Teebs & Floating Points at Melbournes Where?house were also pretty special.

Can you tell us what 5 tracks are really doing it for you right now?

1. Jayme Marques Y Su Orquesta -Africa Brasil, Te Ama
2. Mission Control – Outta Limits
3. Demis Roussos - Midnight is the Time I Need You
4. DJ Fett Burger – Speckbass
5. Tambien – Indignados

You’ve got the chance to curate your dream line up in a club. You can book anyone to play alive or dead – who would you pick?

Theo Parrish, Larry Levan, David Mancuso, Floating Points,
James Holden, Larry Heard, Four Tet, DJ Harvey.

Big ups, thanks a lot for your time Edd. For all your Melbourne folk, make sure you catch one of his sets about the town. You are in for a treat! And for everyone back in Europe, I’ll leave you with this awesome mix he did for the Melbourne Deepcast guys. I’ve had it on repeat all week! 


GIVAFIZZ // ROOF TO ROOM

Posted: April 22nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: FIZZMIX | No Comments »

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I’ve recently put together a 2 part, 3 hour mix – Roof To Room. It’s a journey through a range of music I’ve been listening to a lot recently. Some old stuff and some new.

The 1st half - Roof Mix - is all about rooftop / daytime vibes. It’s a blend of disco, funk & house. Laid-back vibes aplenty! The 2nd part - Room Mix - gets down to business with some after sunset groovers.

Hope you enjoy. Any ID requests, just ask!


FELIX DICKINSON // BURNING FLAME EP

Posted: April 17th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: music | No Comments »

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Felix Dickinson’s latest release on Futureboogie is one that stands out in style. It’s entitled “Burning Flame” which takes us on a deep and acid tinged journey. Hackman & Machete Savane are on remix duty – both keeping a similar vibe to the original, but adding their own slice of goodness to it.

On the flip is the second original from Dickinson, “Seven Measures ” is sex for the ears. I can’t put words to this one, other than it’s oh so smooth and I’ve had it on repeat all morning!

Vinyl with full artwork sleeve coming soon. I’ll be the first to order!


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