‘The right song at the right time can change history’ said American folk singer, Pete Seeger’. And while Pete himself would admit he’s been wrong about some things – such as whether or not Stalin was a decent sort of fellow – on this point I’m inclined to agree with him. Think of all the occasions which have been affected or instigated by a popular song.
In the studio music producers work with a variety of tools and technological equipment to build their tracks, bringing these largely artificial sounds together on a computer program. Many of the sounds are digital recreations of real instruments, which begs the question ‘If it’s possible to make house or techno in this manner, how well would it translate to a live band or group?’.
Music streaming site Spotify has reportedly added one million users in the week following its much-maligned announcement that only people with Facebook accounts would be allowed to join up following the two companies’ integration.
The last time I spoke to Jacques Greene, the Canadian was preparing the release of his ‘Another Girl’EP. Since then the elusive producer has endeared himself to new fans through his tour and most recently, a new EP.
Murs has always been one of the West Coast’s most distinctive voices. The famously dreadlocked L.A rapper, who started off with rap collectives 3 Melancholy Gypsies and Living Legends in the mis-90s, has worked with some of hip hop’s finest talents over the years, from Atmosphere’s Slug to producer 9th Wonder.
North London genre-juggler, Blacksmif, welds together elements from over two decades of musical exploits into bass maidens that should get the likes of Gilles Peterson nodding their heads in sonic agreement once they find out about him.
After ten years of absence from the city where it was originated, the festival Rock in Rio comes back to its roots next week. The internationalization of the festival deprived Rio de Janeiro of music festivals for years; but now, the music is back full throttle.
Take a nice portion of internet hype, mix that with a catchy song and a sprinkle of girl power and you’ve pretty much just worked out the ingredients of American’s newest arrival, Kreayshawn. The new generation of female talent takes on the role of rapper in her newest instalment, ‘Gucci Gucci’, which she later tell us is just a spectrum of her whole vision.
In June, 19-year-old producer Checan was invited to a studio session in the build up to Sheffield’s Tramlines music festival. The studio was Ross Orton’s, a highly respected Sheffield musician and the pair spent a day working on a track.
Deetron is a Swiss native with an impressive history, having been entrenched in the house and techno worlds since the early nineties and still going strong. A highly-skilled DJ as well as an accomplished and well-respected producer, Deetron will be appearing in Heidi’s Jackathon room at the huge 8th birthday celebration for London-based record shop and label Phonica. Here he enlightens me on his history, imparts some advice to youngsters and touches on the importance of Phonica Records.
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