It has been a minute since I have updated this space with a post, but I had to decompress from the EU trip. Overall the trip consisted of seven countries in little under two months. I rocked dj sets and live PAs as Innerspace Halflife. In the previous post Stockholm was rocked, so now we are back at our base in Berlin as we rock T Room session.
During the next week before I go to Brescia, Italy to play Disco Volante.
After experiencing Brescia for a short time, I drink some fine wine and home cooked food. Thinking about how special Italy is in general, I got to get down on some rotary knobs and snapped off.
I figured I would beat them down with the Jack, some official Chicago shit. Unfortunately none of my set was recorded but it will live on in the peeps in attendance minds. I ride back out to Berlin.
While in Berlin we take in some more history and culture before adding to the culture and rocking at the legendary club called Tresor.
This place is located in an old power station which is responsible for breaking in some of the earliest Techno djs to Europe.
I am still house though, however it was an honor to play this show in which I rocked the drum machine and played records…from here Hamburg awaits.
The Smallville crew welcomes us as we ride up north to rock a live PA.
Interesting place as we get to see more of regular Germany and not the enigma called Berlin. The people were very receptive as we closed down the Golden Pudel at 7am on a Thursday night. The Hamburg party people know what’s up as we rocked the live beats for them.
Berlin is calling again for a few days as I finish recording an album called Reverse Digital Files and Paris comes into the mix.
In Paris, we got to play records at one of the hottest parties in France. Concrete was off the hook as hundreds of people checked out the set and got down.
Paris is definitely full of flavor, with people from all over contributing to the mix. Young inspired artists exists everywhere as we make way through Paris soaking in the intensive art and culture.
Seeing this beautiful city we were in for another treat as we train it to Bordeaux.
Laid back chilled Bordeaux accepted us with open arms as we shared much food, wine, and culture. Again we got to play records on the iBoat and rock a live PA at Bootleg.
Young generation of party people was there to check us out. The spot was rocked as we made our way up to Manchester.
The north English kick it hard, arriving here we had to go straight to the venue and sound check. However once the party got going it was an Innerspace Halflife take over. There were two PA sessions and two record playing sets involved, we did not leave that party until late morning and people were still going.
Whoa is all I have to say, as the Mancunians like there baselines hard and dirty. Me to, me too. Berlin is calling again.
We rock StudioR and then I rock Prince Charles for Soulmate.
Meanwhile I take in the German culture and partake in eating some döner amongst other German eats. Going out to a few parties and meeting with some peeps I then make my way to Bucharest which is trippy.
The Romanians also know how to get down and party. It is a most peculiar place because of the feral dog situation. Though they are regularly scenery to the locals I however am always astonished when I see these packs. The party was great and met up with some nice friends as I got to rock a proper club. Berlin is calling again…
Learning much about German culture I realize I need to take some German classes and get some real practice, this is a nice thought. I then think of this long last leg of the trip. London is next for a week.
It is very cold and heat comes when Innerspace Halflife comes in to rock Boiler Room, which was a pleasure to say the least. We shared the stage with some serious producers and live acts. It was a solid experience.
Then we rock a dj set at the NTS station for the radio show, banging tunes all Innerspace Halflife.
Later we make another attempt to take over the Dance Tunnel with a live PA and dj sets. Meanwhile taking in all the culture. Amsterdam comes up next as we are winding down.
Not knowing what to expect but realizing that Dutch people have to be one of the tallest groups of humans alive we come here for one day to rock Club Up.
Very bizarre times but met some great people all the while. Rocking a live PA then we take the train through Belgium to rock our last show in Paris.
There is little time to spare as we take in some more French culture before we go to our last event. Batofar is in south Paris and is banging boat party. Feeling lucky to be back in beautiful Paris as we end with a serious live PA session.
After an amazing time and getting some chops on the International stage our trip comes to and end. I met lots of wonderful people and touched and was touched by many people and much music. Must say it was a life changing event, hope to do it again some day.
2013 starting strong with solo releases and of course the collobaration live PA as Innerspace Halflife. As we improvise and bang out some tunes on the three machines we get ready to take this show on the road. So, ah, yeah Innerspace Halflife Live PA for 90 minutes.
In advance to the first Innerspace Halflife show at Smartbar on December 15th for Hugo Ball, a nice little article appears courtesy of Time Out Magazine that discusses some of our philosophies and techniques on music making and presentation. The article can be read here. Shouts out to Jason Robinette for taking the photos, Jennifer Salim for the styles, and Natalie Salim for the make up. It was quite a cold day in December when the photo shoot took place, but as Hannibal from the A-Team always says, “I love it when a plan comes together.” More news on the group shortly, so watch this space for details.
007 appears as a nasty, crunchy vinyl that will be smashing woofers at a beatdown pace. Alarma! who is an alias of DJ Spider brings out a socially conscious two track single that explores the violent imagery of modern society through beats. Taking from the album Escrito Con Sangre, this excerpt offers two glimpses into the murky waters of Alarma! Crunchy keys and atmosphere dail up an emotive ride for people with the slower bio rhythms. Titled Mentiras Politico or in English Political Lies is designed to be very emotive and minimal while later becoming full of textures. Lots of thought went into the production, all with one goal in mind of informing the masses about the violence of contemporary society and the doings of governments decision to let corporations run the show as they poison the population. Clasificado and Declasificado are here for this instance meant to wake up the people, hence Alarma! is born on vinyl.
Clasificado!///Erie piano keys sounds but yet the melody continues to get sweeter as the delay runs. Crunchy atmosphere strikes like a rain storm as the beatdown journey moves forward for 10 minutes.
HR8791!///Moments from usual business in Congress.
Declasificado!///Staccato strings begin with fuzzy atmosphere that suddenly becomes lush chords, similar to its sibling tune on the A side, prepare for another 10 minute journey of beats, keys, and atmosphere.
Reptil!///Knowledge dropped about mammal and reptil hybrids
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Number 003… Keeping the hot vinyl press churning is the 3rd edition of Machining Dreams by way of the Relapse EP by Obsolete Music Technology. Following on the heels of “The Verged Sessions” on Aesthetic Audio and his track, “Past Virtue” from the various artists’ compilation, Generator: Broadcast In Hi-Tech on Generator Records, Steven Tang of Emphasis Recordings goes into “Relapse” through his alter ego on this brand new 12” release.
This 12” single expresses some serious Chicago mojo, in that the crafting of the tunes fits quite right into the ethos of the Windy City, but in Tang’s unique way, destroying any preconceived notions of what the “Chicago” sound is or was; depending on your point of view. Nevertheless, the music raises deep emotion, touching you subconsciously through his signature instrumentation of warm synth pads, lush strings, and rolling bass lines.
As the chosen pseudonym may suggest, obsolete (outdated) technology was used to create this music. Yet, “Relapse” sounds current and timeless at the same time. Can we really believe that ONLY old instruments were used to materialize this work? Frankly it is insane to believe, but being this insane is good; in that you are in bliss and cannot explain what happened upon your eardrums. Go forth into the world of Obsolete Music Technology and experience firsthand a classic sound circa 2010…
Relapse: acid lines and obsolete drums phase in and out with stellar drum patterns that make you bob your head, followed about a syncopated melody line materialized from a distant dimension.
Drum Relapse: in the remix, drums that can be used to rock the most underground of parties.
Latency: begins, grooves, and then the long whispers of slow pads that beget the title.
End Pass: space is the place as the strings uplift you and deliver you to the kick drum upon you start your decent into the dreamy abyss of toms, snares, rides, and hats.
Relapse again and again and again, you know you want to!
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Yeah, fresh off a surreal experience. I’ve been meaning to make a post as they are building up and DEMF is right around the corner. Now I formulated my plan and let’s go.
Ah, now we have a live PA from Jamal Moss whom makes tracks under his given name and all these psudoyms: Hieroglyphic Being, IAMTHATIAM, Jack FM, and The Sun God.
I worked at Groove Distribution for three years and Jamal would come in to submit releases and pick up records. Over time, I got to know Jamal as I peeped out all the record from his labels Muzique Records and Mathematics Recordings. Lots of unique and good music running around on these vinyl pieces…
When I got my hand on this live PA, I was like I got share this; the 67 minute journey is defined as Jack! Just real-uncut-music.
So this PA is live; and happens somewhere in Western Europe banged out with some drum machines. Jamal takes you on an astroplane of banging drum patterns of beating rhythms.
Anyway, Jamal just creates music in his own way. This PA has the feel of many of his records.
Also, check out this this track “The Long Road 2 Redemention“ from Jamal as IAMWHATIAM on The Invisible Children EP. / Fit Sound Detroit.
Oh man, still in the mists of finishing this last semester, but on a fantastical whim I recorded a mix of what I called ghetto tracks in the mid 1990′s; which is now called Juke at KStarke records in Chicago. The owner, Kevin was banging a mix of Acid from all over the world when I walked into the store. So when he was finished, I got the urge to do a mix with his Dance Mania section. So this is the result an hour after I took the decks:
This is the music that got me into playing records, so I have to get props to my old stomping grounds and homage to my footworking skills. Featured in this mix are tunes from:
- Paul Johnson
- DJ Deeon
- DJ Slugo
- DJ Amar
- DJ Milton
- DJ Skip
- DJ Thadz
- DJ Nephets
- DJ Funk
- Lloyd Devasting Jackmaster
- and others.
So if you want to get down listen up, enjoy my homage to Dance Mania Records and there will be more freestyle mixes to come…