A Sit Down with DJ Jon Gaiser

 “Music is like food, you wouldn’t want to eat the same thing everyday”

 Hailing from Grand Rapids, Michigan, Gaiser began his musical education studying percussion with the symphony and playing drums in punk rock bands. It quickly transitioned to techno when at the age of fifteen he discovered the endless possibilities of new sounds that only synths and drum machines could provide. Weekend forays into Detroit’s nightlife ultimately led him to move to the city and brought him in touch with the Minus crew. It was only a matter of time until some of Gaiser’s work fell into Richie Hawtin’s hands. He’s a musician who lives off his instincts, channelling his moods and emotions directly into his computer, translating new experiences and sensations into sound. There simply is no other way. Music has always been in his blood, his early punk rock exploits counter-balanced by the more considered approach needed to learn piano and symphonic percussion and by drawing on these earlier experiences, he has avoided the genre’s more self-referential clichés.

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How was created your album “False light”?                                                                                                                My main idea while working on this album was to go into the studio and have as much fun as possible, I wanted to create something where each track complemented each other, where all of the tracks relate to each other in a way so that the whole album tells a story. But ultimately, I wanted it to be a fun story.

What’s your ratio of production to release?                                                                                                              The past two years, I was really light on the releases. A lot of people were making jokes like, “Oh, I thought you were dead.” I just wanted to play everything I wrote. I wanted to just keep my live set fresh and see the response to it instead of putting out another release.

 Would you ever produce a classical music or even a punk album? Do you think you’d ever get tired of techno?                                                                                                                                                                               Yes! To the first question that is… I would love to find the time to record a classical album and a full-on hardcore punk album, for sure. It will definitely be a seriously ambitious studio adventure for each, but I’m pretty sure that both will happen sometime before I die. I still listen to a lot of symphonic and punk, and I always have tons of ideas bouncing around in my head. I’m also quite sure that I will never get tired of electronic music, because for me the main point is creating new sounds that have never been heard before. Electronic music is constantly changing and thanks to technology it will keep on doing so. There are so many new pieces of gear and sound tools being developed every day, and I get so much inspiration by testing and experimenting with them to create something new and unique. It’s a constant process and you’re learning something new every day. I love it. 

Would you ever work with another imprint or even launch your own label?                                                   I don’t really have any reason to start my own label at the moment. If I did, it would only be the outlet for any crazy ideas that I come up with. When you’re working with people who care about it, there is more attention to detail… from the conceptual stage, all the way to the finalised product. Everything is thought out, and results in something everybody is proud of. It all comes down to an amazing group of like-minded people who work hard to create something that we all believe in.

Do you feel like you’ve gotten better as an artist?
I feel like I have progressed in some ways and changed quite a bit. I wouldn’t say “gotten better,” but developed. You have to know your tools. They are an extension of your hands, and once you feel comfortable—where you know what your hands are doing without your mind thinking about it too much—that’s where the creativity comes from.

Who is your Idol?                                                                                                                                                                               This is Richie Hawtin. Ever since I heard his play ‘Withdrawal’ at Sonar back in June, I’ve been dying to first, know what it was, and second, get my grubby little paws on it when it finally came out. Here is a man who can take things to the next level, and if you thought his sound had been firmly pigeonholed in the bleepy shrill whistle effects from ‘Neural Block, ‘Withdrawal’ is not one to stand still. It’s one of the most refreshing, warm, melodic songs I’ve heard in a long time.

How important are loyalty, trust and friendship in the dance music industry?                                              Not just in the music industry, but in life in general… loyalty, trust and friendship are extremely important and create strong relationships that you can rely on and build upon.  It’s also these relationships that inspire you creatively, brainstorming ideas back and forth with those close to you, which allows ideas to develop to their full potential. When you are surrounded by people who support you, and also help you see things a different way, it can help you significantly on your path to wherever it is you want to go. 

What else do you have in the pipeline for 2017?
What is always next for me, is more experimenting and recording. And also, the album tour will be starting around the release of the album, so most of this year will be spent on tour. While I’m on tour, I’m always brainstorming new ideas of how to make the live show more of a complete experience, bringing both the audio and visual together to create a unified and immersive atmosphere. The objective is to create a living, breathing visual experience that will flow together with the audio in a way that represents to your eyes what your ears are hearing. It’s really important to have a proper visual representation that fits well, and has the same feeling of the music to create an atmosphere that is greater than the sum of its parts. I’ve been looking to develop a live visual aspect of the show for a long time and I’m happy that with Ahmet we are able to achieve this. A properly executed visual representation of the audio can take the entire experience to the next level of the senses. At least we have two of the senses covered, and for a live show it’s not really possible to attempt taste, touch, and smell.

Nearly a decade has passed since the electronic music community first heard Gaiser’s name. Needless to say, his talent is continually a force to be reckoned with. Unafraid to experiment with pushing boundaries, Gaiser has kept his eager listeners only guessing at what will come next.

A Sit Down with DJ Vibe Tribe

Vibe Tribe  –  is the Psy-Trance project of Russian-born Israeli producer Stas Marnyanski and, formerly, Elmar Ivatarov.  These two guys from Russia started the Vibe Tribe project in their early twenties. Their first album Melodrama was a huge success in the psy-trance scene, thanks to their remix of the Infected Mushroom track Shawkawkaw which was released just a few months before, august 2004. They released tracks on numerous compilations on different labels and gained somewhat of a star status, viewed as geniuses by many. After their second album Wise Cracks in 2006, they split up, with Stas continuing to produce under the name Vibe Tribe, whereas Elmar went by the alias Spade. No apparent reason has been given for the breakup.
They have released an album each since then, with Stas having the favor of a well-known artist name.

Vibe Tribe’s tracks have been featured on compilations released under labels such as: Utopia Records, Neurobiotic Records, Shiva Space Technology, Turbo Trance Records, B.N.E Records, Crystal Matrix, Spun Records, Noga Records, and others. In 2012 Vibe Tribe teamed with Spade to create new project with name DaVinci Code. What is it? Return to the origins or a new beginning?

“We are making melodic music, inspired by the old school goa stuff, and we love morning sunrise”

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 What do you prefer, playing live or dj set? 
  We think its fun both ways live or Dj set when u play live it has it own goods and bads as well as dj set so we’ll prefer Live and Dj set ! 

Your genre of music is that of Psychedelic trance, what would you say are the main influences for your kind of music?                                                                                                       Influence could come out of no where from anywhere. It could be from – music, views, something I see or hear or eat – that’s the beauty in this for me.

 And next weekend you’ll be in South Africa for the first time. What have you heard about our scene?                                                                                                                                           It will be my debut gig in South Africa, and I am very excited to come down there for the first time, especially after how many times promoters have tried to book me but I have already been booked elsewhere. I have heard so many great things from friends of mine that have played there and everybody says one thing – the South African crowd rocks the dance floor like no other! 

 What kind of music do you think is the most popular today worldwide and why?                                           

 Pop is the most popular because it sells and its played day and night on music channels though its not my cup of tea.

Have you heard Indian music? What do you think of Indian music?

Indian music is very different and has got a eastern feel to it and I actually enjoy listening to oriental sounds sometimes.

What do you think about the mp3 trade by internet? 
We think is killer!  Now seriously, we hate it, but its nothing you can do against it , we guess the people who want original cd quality is still going to buy cds, the same as people going to movies for example.

 What are your thoughts on the internet? Has it made it easier to get your name out there?                    Well, it most definitely gave more options for beginners and more competition for old timers. The exposure you can receive today is endless via social networking and whatnot. But then again, a coin has two sides, and yes there are more available routes to push yourself, but you also have to deal with the increase in competition and wanna-be artists who do their best to have success and fame.

You’ve actually got a new EP out together entitled Blast From the Past.                                                          That’s correct. We’ve actually made a few EP’s together as Vibe Tribe and Spade. It’s just natural for us due to our history that goes back so far. We have that magic click when we sit together in the studio. Blast from the Past is our latest release, featuring 2 brand new original tracks, plus 2 remixes from Painkiller and Micky Noise. I guess it would be best to let the music speak for itself, so for anyone who hasn’t heard it yet, grab your copy on Beatport, iTunes, or any other large online shop.

 How often do you travel to different countries to perform? Which is your favourite party destination?                                                                                                                                       I travel pretty much every weekend. Just before coming here I played at Portugal and next week I will be at Moscow then Belgium, Brazil, Japan and so on. I love it all especially India, Brazil, Japan, Australia and Mexico.

 Your sense of life? 
Party’s, music, sunrise, girls & fast cars.

A Sit Down with DJ Edward Maya

Already at the age of 19 Romanian DJ and musician Edward Maya composed a song of European size with E.Carcota for Eurovision , which took the 4th place. This breakthrough was accompanied by a difficult period for Edward, who worked on various contracts with Romanian composers abroad (Akcent, Costi Ionita, Vika Jigulina, Cassa Loco, Studio One, DjRynno, Dj Sava, Marius Nedelcu, BlaxyGirls, Imba).

  The year 2009 brought surprise to the Romanian music market, the first song “Stereo Love”, written by Edward, in the chorus of which the composition of the Azerbaijani composer Eldar Mansurov ” Bayatilar ” was used, quickly becomes a hit.

 The success of “Stereo Love” was accompanied by concerts all over the world. The song became popular in Greece, Albania, Lebanon, Armenia, Ukraine, Portugal, Russia, Poland, the Netherlands, Egypt, Spain, Italy, Turkey and many other countries.

“I am a normal person, that dreams everyday to make music for each and every person in the world”.

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How did you become a DJ?
Since the time I performed at the symphony orchestra in my university I have been fascinated by electronic music and its infinite possibilities. Then slowly I went from piano compositions to computer compositions before becoming a DJ.

Why did you change your name from Eduard Marian to Edward Maya?
“Maya” is a name with multiple profound meanings that fascinate me. In Nepali, “maya” means love, in old Persian, it means ‘generous’, in Hindu philosophy, it means illusion and in Hindu mythology it is also an alternate name of goddess Durga.

At what age did you start music ?

I guess 6 years old, my grandfather is a musician too, I loved music since childhood.

What genre of music is close to you?
I have my inspiration from different genres of music like Indian cultural and music, I will make a combination and this gives me a taste for the new song that we will make.

Who or what inspires you to make music?
All my inspiration comes from God and then takes shape in my heart. In some states of inspiration “I just hear” ideas of singles and I feel exactly how to compose and what emotions the single should give to people.

How do you spend your free days from concerts and studio recordings?

We are touring everywhere. We have a team of five person and we are touring everywhere. We don’t have time for staying in Bucharest because we are always together in the studio, touring, DJ’ing, make shows. This is our life.

Which is your favorite place to perform?
Wherever is a stage, a microphone and people to sing and dance with me until the morning light.

 

How many hours per week do you work on your music?

Maybe is better if you ask me how many hours per week I do not work?:) I am always in the studio.

For someone who has never heard your music before. How would you
describe it? Which song of yours represents the type of sound you want
release out there?
I cannot describe my music; you have to feel it, that’s the catch. I make music for the guy/girl with a broken heart, falling in? Love, fighting for love etc. If you listen the lyrics and the music, close enough you will find yourself in there somewhere.

How many languages ​​do you speak? 

 English, French and some Spanish:)

Does fame itself makes you happy?
Of course it does, but I think the greatest thinga of all is that I have so
many friends all around the world, it’s actually crazy…

Your Career highlights.
Billboard Award Song of the Year 2011, Platinum in over 30 countries, and
a lot of music awards all around the world.

Who is your musical icon?
Sting, Coldplay.

Who surprised you most by being your fan?
A girl from Ecuador, she brought me a cake with my face on at the airport,
I still am in touch with her, she is a great friend…

What interests you apart from music?
I am doing what I love — I don’t think I can clearly separate my work moments from my “free time” moments. All that I do brings me joy. I also work towards keeping myself physically fit through yoga and sports activities. Also, I read a lot and spend as much time I can in the company of nature.

Biggest piece of advice you have been given?
I still remember…when I was working at Stereo Love, somebody told me I
will win the Billboard Award for this song, I thought she was really crazy
back then..

 

 

A Sit Down with DJ Christian Burns

   Christian Anthony Burns is a British musician. Born in the family of a member of the rock band The Signs – Tony Burns. He started his career with The Bleach Works, successfully selling 3 million copies of his albums, then the band broke up, sometime in 2003, and everyone started to perform solo.

One day, Christian Burns heard the tracks of DJ Tiesto on Myspace and decided to contact him for collaboration.
Tiësto was just looking for a new vocalist for his upcoming album “Elements Of Life”. This was followed by collaboration with Armin Van Buuren, Paul Van Dyk, BT, Benny Benassi, David Guetta and Richard Durand.
He also collaborated with Benny Benassi, with the song “Love and Motion” and American singer Jes Brieden for the song ‘As We Collide‘.

“I’m just going to go out and sing to the people and enjoy it and put on a great show”

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   So, I listened to your album today and the first thing that struck me, aside from how great you are vocally, is that YOURS: For most of the tracks did they send you tracks that you wrote to or did you go in the studio with any of them?
  I think it’s just the British charm. It’s great to work with so many great producers, and I do understand what you are saying. I think they just like to work with me and it was really flattering and amazing that I got so many great producers and DJs on the album.

  Tell me how you had to work with BT? He’s such a perfectionist. How did you manage?

  It’s amazing, the guy is a musical genius and I’ve learned so much from working with him. He’s a really close friend of mine as well so we just love it and we spend days in the studio together just working away.  He’s got all of this amazing analogue stuff and all this gear. So yea, it’s great working in the studio with BT.

   Who would you like to collaborate with that you haven’t collaborated with yet?
Well I really like Deadmau5’s stuff.  I would really love to do something with him. You are really putting me on the spot now, I mean, all my heroes are dead.  So if you’ve got a shovel and I can dig John Lennon out, I’ll do something with him.

  What does the title *Simple Modern Answers* mean to you?
Well all of the tracks on the album are basically answers to something at some point in my brain and in my life. Each one of them is an answer to something so Simple Modern Answers is just a twist on it. That’s it.

You’ve worked with just about everyone in the world of dance music. Who would your dream collaboration be?

That’s a tough one. I like trying different things with not the obvious combination. I would really love to do some more R&B stuff and some more rock stuff which I’ve been listening to quite a bit recently. I just like changing it up. I don’t like doing the same thing over and over.

 

  Your music has definitely evolved over the years. When you started off with BBMak years ago, you had more of a pop rock sound. How did you get involved in the EDM world?

 It was just a natural thing. We quit in 2003 and I just started experimenting with different sounds and instruments. We always used guitars in BBMak and then I started experimenting with synthesizers. I had a band called Inhaler and then Tiesto actually got in touch with me and said, ‘I really like your voice. I’d love to do something,’ and we wrote “In The Dark” together. That was in 2007. And since then really, it’s just been kind of something that wasn’t planned for me to go into. It was kind of just something that happened. The song was a big hit for us and it led to me working with all the great producers and DJs.

For most of the tracks did they send you tracks that you wrote to or did you go in the studio with any of them? 

 Some of them I go in the studio with, some of them send me tracks, and some of them I’ll write the whole track and I’ll send it and they’ll change it. So it’s different every time really.

      *SINGLES* 

Co-Productions:

  • 16 April 2007 – “In the Dark” (as Tiësto featuring Christian Burns) – #133 UK
  • 29 September 2008 – “Something About You” (as Inhaler featuring Christian Burns)
  • 22 November 2008 – “Power of You” (as Allure featuring Christian Burns)
  • 21 February 2010 – “Suddenly” (as BT featuring Christian Burns)
  • 2 August 2010 – “Night & Day” (as Richard Durand featuring Christian Burns)
  • 12 November 2010 – “This Light Between Us” (as Armin Van Buuren featuring Christian Burns)
  • 28 February 2011 – “Tokyo Cries” (as Glenn Morrison featuring Christian Burns)
  • 12 September 2011 – “On the Wire” (as Allure featuring Christian Burns)

 

A Sit Down with

“The fact music can make you happy, make you cry, make you think about about you’re best memories is fucking incredible”

   East Coast superstars Anthony Riggi and James Piros, AKA Riggi & Piros, have been making New Jersey proud while simultaneously taking the EDM scene by storm with their larger than life sounds and massive remixes.  Not wasting any time getting their careers started, the duo started DJing at just 16, and got into production at 17. After only a year of production they had their first Beatport/iTunes release with Clockwork’s “Surge” (Riggi & Piros remix) that charted in the Beatport Top 20, an accomplishment that takes others years to achieve.

More recently, the guys have shot another video that will not leave you indifferent to their creativity..

  Anything you’d like to say about yourselves?

    We love the genre of electronic music, we started mixing music as young as 8 or 9 on DSS-DJ. Our love for music grew when we first started to go to events such as Electric Zoo and club events. From that point on we knew we wanted to be producers and make our own music the way we liked it. We’ve been doing it ever since!

How did you guys meet?

We met in elementary school. On the first day of school, we were playing basketball during recess and I threw the ball at Riggi’s head. From then on we became best friends.

What are your backgrounds in dance music, production wise as well?

We’ve been producing music for about 2 years and just recently we started to release some of our newest remixes. Now, in our best efforts, we release a new project as a weekly event.

Where do you guys draw inspiration from for music?

We hear famous DJs everyday, we have many inspirations. To name a few, there is TiëstoHardwell, and Clockwork. They have been our role models and we hope one day to be as big as them.

What do you think about the role social media plays in dance music?

The radio plays dance music everyday, its being blown up as we speak and its a great thing. Social sites such as Twitter, Soundcloud, etc. really help tracks gain major publicity. Everyone is getting on the EDM wave and we really don’t have a problem with it.

What kind of stuff do you guys like to do besides make music?

Photography, hiking, working out, cooking & when we’re in our hometown we love going to local bars with our homies!

What are your plans for the future?   

Well, sooner or later we hope to sign to a big label, but our biggest dream of all is to play in front of a huge crowd at a festival where the people come just to enjoy our music. It all seems as if it is possible now because our biggest role models are starting to support our tracks and talk to us, it feels surreal.

What would you be doing now if it wasn’t for music?                                                                                                 

To be honest we have no idea. Probably in a classroom somewhere learning about something that we don’t even care about.To be honest we have no idea. Probably in a classroom somewhere learning about something that we don’t even care about.
What was the best reaction you’ve gotten when a fan got to meet you?
We always love meeting the people that support us. One time someone got our names shaved into there head, that was sick. We always love taking pictures with people too.

 When do you usually make music?
 Everyday when we’re not on the road. We built a new studio a couple weeks ago and the only time we leave is to play shows.