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Basement Jaxx Interview 2014

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basement jaxxThe two-man duo of Felix Buxton and Simon Ratclie, out of the Brixton district of South London, England, has been crafting dance music rooted in House but incorporating pop, hip hop, dancehall, and Afro-Caribbean styles for 20 years.

While they belong with the other great two-man British dance acts like the Chemical Brothers and Groove Armada, Basement Jaxx’s music also has crossover appeal rooted in the fact that the production team prefers to write songs that could stand on their own, whether played on a single acoustic guitar, fully produced, or played with the large band that backs Basement Jaxx when they do their live performance gigs rather than simply DJing.

The act helped define house music of the late ’90s through the mid-2000s, scoring Number Ones on the U.S. Dance chart with tracks such as “Rendez-Vu,” “Red Alert,” and “Bingo Bango.”

Since releasing a stellar singles collection in 2005, Basement Jaxx has entered what could be called their “mature” period, releasing cohesive
albums and even branching out into film scoring by teaming with Steven Price for the music on the 2011 British indie-sci-fi sleeper hit, Attack the Block.

The seventh Basement Jaxx studio album, ‘Junto,’ came out in August, and is followed by a tour with the group’s stage band.

1. The stage show for your last tour was quite impressive. When you start touring for to support ‘Junto’ this year, are you going to try to top the last one?

Buxton: You have to always try and make progress and get better and slicker, and I suppose it’ll suit the new material, as well. In a technological way, it would be lovely to advance the live act, but that’s all to do with cash. How much can you pump into the show? Part of that is how well the album does. Everything’s so related.

2. Do you have a regular band you work with and keep together?
Ratcli‡e: Yeah, three of our singers have been with us for over a decade, and the drummer. There’s a strong core.

3. Is the stage show very technical or are you running everything live? Are you working with any sequencing onstage?

Buxton: We’ve just got Logic playing backing tracks, and we’ve got live instrumentation: drums, percussion. We’ve got DJing and live band at the same time. Ratcli‡e: Keyboards, guitar, brass—all on top—and then about five vocals.

4. In the 20 or so years you guys have been DJing and producing, things have progressed so much that computer power isn’t much of a problem anymore. What do you think about the current state of making music? Do you like how it’s advanced technologically?

Buxton: It’s miles easier. If you think about when we started, getting the beats to sound a certain way—now you’ve got thousands of beats already done, and you can manipulate them and technology just keeps jumping forward. It’s exciting; it’s really good. I think that what 10-year-olds will be doing in five years’ time will be amazing. That’s what’s exciting. One thing I heard about recently is a helmet a scientist in England is working on. It takes your brain patterns, your thought patterns, and uses it to sync up to music creation. The idea that people can think their own music, and think melodies—they’ve actually proved that it works. So maybe we won’t be doing this at all; everyone will be creating their own music, which is amazing. I do want to find out more about it. I thought with our album we should really try to get that involved somehow, because that’s real, new technology and really exciting. That could be like when vinyl first came along or when people first had the radio. It could be a massive step in the way that we get creative and perceive things, and also for everybody to get involved.

5. When you write music, do you often just hear something in your head so that a helmet like that would be perfect for you, or do you more often sit down and tinker with melodies until you have something?

Ratcli‡e: Both, really. Sometimes you’re just playing around, something comes along and you just persist with it. Other times you have a very clear idea of what you think it should be, and it might be a bass line or a melody or a beat or rhythm, and you start with that.

6. Do you write along with the band, or on your own?

Ratcli‡e: We tend to write on our own. We’ve got three possible working rooms in our studio now, so sometimes together, sometimes separately. Then we bring singers in and might try several singers on one song. Buxton: On this album we’ve got more collaborations with other people than ever before. So it was writing a song with someone else. But I think a lot of dance acts often just get someone who comes in and does a top line. We’ve always been more like a band in the fact that we create the songs, which could be around the fireside

7. A lot of the album’s songs sound like it was a party in the studio, with a ton of vocalists and musicians. Do you record big groups of people at once or track individually?

Buxton: Generally individually. One track, “Mermaid of Salinas,” developed over two years, and [guitarist] Andrea [Terrano], he came up with the melody, and then kind of a smooth guitar ri. We took his original file of that guitar and embellished it, looped it and used that as the beginning of the process. Then a trumpeter was coming past, and he did like half an hour of soloing. Then I spent like a month or something editing [laughs]. [Engineer] Duncan [Brown] cleaned it up in the end. So that’s one part of it.

Then the song actually develops around these parts, because you get really good parts and then it’s kind of like doing a patchwork or a collage.
You just keep on adding layers. Then Andrea was around my house, and I was saying the song should have a melody and a vocal on it as well. He said he wasn’t very good at writing songs, because we were trying to tell the story of the Mermaid of Salinas: Basically he went into the sea and he ended up making love with this woman who was a stranger. So we sat together through every emotion of this experience and got the melody.

Then we did a DJ set somewhere else and he did a live acoustic version and went o going all Flamenco-y. Luckily someone had filmed it on a camera, so we had a record of what it was, and then that piece led to adding a bridge. So that song over two years kind of grew and grew and grew.

8. What’s your studio space like?

Ratcli‡e: We moved there two years ago. Before that we were in just a room basically for a decade in Brixton. That was starting to leak and fall
apart, so we decided to find somewhere nicer. We got a place with a mixing room with an SSL desk, a writing room, and a vocal booth.

Buxton: One of the main things we got back that we had in the beginning was a window. Often studios are dark and all sealed o. Where we moved, the writing room can have the window open, and you don’t need to play music loud to have ideas. So that’s why one room is specifically for mixing; you can pump it up, and it’s completely soundproofed. The other room is a bit soundproofed.

9. How often do you work in the studio?

Buxton: Every day. Ratcli‡e: Five days a week. I try not to work weekends if possible.

10. When you are working in the studio, do each of you gravitate toward your own roles, or do you both work on everything?

Buxton: With Simon, he gets two bars to sound like a track. For me, I’ll do the whole thing, and I’ll play it to Simon, and he’s like, “I can’t hear a thing of what’s going on.” I can hear a whole song that’s all in there, but it sounds like a mess. So it’s kind of like the elements are more important to me than the way it sounds. Obviously it has to sound good, but that’s the way my mind works.

I think generally our music-making process has always been very much a mixture of organic and electronic. So we could be in the studio playing some live instruments; it might be playing the furniture, because it sounds good making a noise. And then processing that, and using synths in the box and things from outside. And then if it sounds good when that train goes past, let’s put the mic out the window and record that.

Everything is just sound, and then you try to make that as quality as possible. ‘Cause we’ve always had lots of layers, and that just builds a picture.

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Dar.Ra Talks Latest Single And Confirms New Album In 2021 — Interview

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Following the release of his latest single “Rise Like The Sun” along with its proper EP, Dar.Ra also plans to drop a new album in 2021. ‘Ballads For The Down-Trodden’ has been confirmed to be out by the end of January. In this exclusive interview, the British artist talks about the recent single, the most important details on the upcoming album, but also his various side projects, which include his own radio show.

1 – Can you reveal to us the name of your upcoming album?

I have two new projects out, a single called “Rise Like The Sun” with 6 killer remixes. One from Columbia and one from Sri Lanka from a killer Producer called Vidula who did the “Lights” remix from the new kinda normal album.

I did the other mixes which have a tribal House feel and an Ambient 6 am Chill Out mix. All mixes have a Sunshine title, from UK Sunshine mix, Indian Sun mix to Australian, Indonesian, USA, and Columbian mix. It’s all about not being dictated too in your time here and “Rising Like The Sun” every day of your life.

The other project is more of an alias back vibe and is a compilation of slower more Ballad type songs that I have had released over the years. I am doing a radio show called The Kusha Deep Radio show which is going out around the world through various Radio outlets and I did this show which featured some of the laid-back tracks I’ve done and I thought it would make a great album of torchlight songs. The album is 12 tracks long and is titled ‘Ballads For The Down-Trodden’ and is out later this month.

I am also working on a new album of songs for the spring with a new single planned for the first quarter of the year release.

2 – Were there specific things that helped you get creative?

I’m always inspired by life, it’s hard not to be unless you shut off from what’s going on around you. Even in the middle of a global pandemic, I had two singles out “Stand Up For The Heroes”, “Rise Like The Sun” and the ‘Whisky n Honey’ EP plus two remixes out. I also started doing a new project which is now syndicated around the world called The Kusha Deep Radio Show, which started off playing tracks that I had out over the past 25 years.


I also started doing a TV show with a Washington DC-based journalist MJ Godfrey which is a cultural review show looking at things happening in the UK and the USA. I’ve also written the next album to follow up on 2019’s ‘New Kinda Normal’. If you stay open to ideas and let them flow it’s a natural vibe for staying creative.

3 – Are you discovering new sounds on this new record?

I explore different sounds all the time, I’m getting known for merging styles and creating new hybrids like Rock Step a vibe that featured on the ‘New Kinda Normal’ album which mixed the elements of Rock and EDM together which you can feel on tracks like “Nightstepper,” “The Beat” and “Heart Shape Pill.” There’s also a genre called Gothic Soul which you can hear on tracks like “The Lights” and “Whisky n Honey.” I was feeling the Latin vibe on “Rise Like The Sun.”

I wanted something uplifting that holds no allegiance to what’s happening in the charts but has a classic Santana vibe mixed with that Gothic style vocal.

The actual record itself is truly global, the mixes and mastering were done all over the world, the drums recorded in Italy, the Horns in Portugal, the rest in the UK. I love that about the technology vibe that you can work with people everywhere now.




4 – How many tracks will there be on the album?

The album ‘Ballads For The Down-Trodden’ has 12 tracks and “Rise Like The Sun” single has 6 mixes on it. The new album will have around 12 tracks on it as well, value for money I say!

5 – What themes will the new album explore?

The new album has some wide themes such as loyalty on a track called “No Time For Tears” which has a cool Rock vibe about it. There’s a track about power struggles with relationships on “Don’t Make Me Beg.” There’s a track about migrants looking for a safe place to call home on “Renegade Serenade.” At the moment, it’s looking very love-oriented in one way or another.

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6 – Did you collaborate with other artists?

I do work with other artists when the vibe is right. I’m doing a track with a producer called KDX in the UK, a Deep House kinda groove.

7 – What makes your latest single “Rise Like The Sun” special to listeners?

It’s honest, it’s real and it’s played with passion.

8 – What exciting projects can we expect from your label Kusha Deep Records?

All the above and more.

9 – Can you tell us more about your 2021 tour? 


We were supposed to be doing a US tour last year, not sure how things will pan out this year but would be good to get out on the road again for a bit.

10 – The global pandemic forced the music industry to try innovative things. What do you think about private live zoom concerts?

I played Rock the Lockdown back in May and we had a few thousand people all rocking out to the set. I also did a US online tour in the summer which broadcast shows into the venues from my studio. I’ve been doing lots of interviews from Brazil to America, Australia, and the UK online which is ace as you don’t have to drive anywhere. Less hit on the climate and you can hit so many more people with a live stream if it’s set up properly.

Nothing will take the place of a jam in front of people, but I think the live stream is here to say alongside the live gig. I love technology though so it’s all good in my book. Be safe out there and looking forward to partying with you all soon!


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Quickfire Interview With: SOUNDQ

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Hailing from Krakow, the cultural capital of Poland, Kuba Kubica aka SOUNDQ carries the flag of innovation when it comes to producing electronic music. The interview below is very clear and gives you a deep insight into his art. Scroll down to read his answers.

1 – You’ve been composing songs since…

Year 2000. The year when computer records got screwed by the two 0s was the year when I started programming a dodgy Korg workstation.

2 – You got involved in the music realm because…

I found it liberating not to have to depict anything. To be able to express what I feel without saying or drawing what it was.

3 – Your sound is…

As incomplete as I am. There’s always at least one element causing some imbalance. You’re never quite sure if it all won’t fall apart.

4 – Your biggest inspiration is…

I am most creative when I’m deadbeat and stressed out. So, in a way, pressure inspires me – or rather makes my creative juices flow faster.

5 – People should listen to your new track “Bad Lot” because…

It offers a glimpse into a complete world – fatalistic, sexy, and dangerous.

6 – If you want to know who SOUNDQ is, listen to the track…

“Bad Lot.” And if you’ve heard it already, give “This Heart” a spin.

7 –Your most memorable career moment so far has been…

Crossing the Ural Mountains in -30 degrees Celsius to play a death metal gig in Jekaterynburg.

8 – Your dream is…

Long forgotten the moment I wake up.

9 – Your next release is called…

“Disco Turista Antifascista.”


10 – Your all-time favourite track is…

That’s a tough one. I’ll go with “My Kingdom” by Future Sound of London.

11 – Your favourite place to write songs is…

I love coming up with ideas when I’m traveling. Not a lot of occasions for that in 2020 though.

12 – If you weren’t an artist, you’d probably be…

An Instagram influencer pretending he’s a XIXth Century French flaneur. All dressed in epoch clothes doing product placement for travel gear and shit.

13 – You’ll only stop making music if…

I don’t think I have it in me to stop.

14 – In a few years, you want to be…

Able to go out without a mask, play gigs, laugh together with large groups of people. Travel to big cities and get lost wandering through them.

15 – What are you doing for the rest of the day?

It’s evening already, so I’m going to be busy writing music till late.


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Singer-Songwriter Media Mogul Martone Ready To Launch IRMIX Radio

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On March 1st, 2021, IRMIX Radio will be your new alternative to find out the hottest music and your favorite talk-shows. Best of all, it will be in operation 24 hours a day and 7 days per week. The CEO behind this online broadcasting station is singer and songwriter Martone who opens up about this project in the following interview.

1 – What should people know about IRMIX Radio, and can listeners expect to hear when listening to the station?

What people should know about IRMIX Radio is that it is not a hobby and that we have a top-notch staff willing and able to conduct serious, fun, and enlightening interviews, plus, shows. Listeners can expect to hear their favorite artists when it comes to RnB, Hip-Hop, Dance, Indie, and Gospel.

2 – How many radio shows will you broadcast?

Possibly ten to twelve in total. We have a stellar show host roster, some of the shows require hosts. While others do not. I am so looking forward to telling you about them.


3 – Have you already interviewed artists in advance of its official premiere?

No, I have not interviewed artists in advance of the premiere date. That will happen around February for prerecorded interviews for the shows. Lately, I have been interviewing strictly for the website at the moment, and those interviews have been extraordinary, not because I did them, but because of the people that I interviewed and their responses to my questions.

4 – Please tell us more about your collaborators or the staff behind IRMIX radio.

The Staff

The staff is amazing, we have Donia Collier, Arricca Oberlin, and LA Jackson who are the account executives for the station. They are in charge of bringing revenue into the station from the banner, and commercial ad sales. They are excellent at what they do.

Lamont Hicks is in a league of his own when it comes to video editing, there is no other that can do what he does, the way that he does it. He created The Legends Panel and Madonna Dearest for VH1. We worked together prior when I did my show Industry Revue in the Mix, so I am proud to welcome him back.


Spotlight

So, I will be hosting a show called Spotlight, where I give an in-depth interview with celebrities about their careers, career longevity sort of like the interviews that I post on www.irmixradio.net/interviews, I will play a few of their songs.

The Bridge with Cory George

Cory George is a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist, he has appeared on Iyanla Fix My Life on OWN. “The Bridge with Cory George” was created by the author, mental health practitioner, producer, and award-winning television host Cory George and is the vehicle that showcases what he describes as his “purpose work”. On-the-air “soul-work sessions” with those that have been negatively affected by various forms of trauma, crisis, and other negative circumstances combined with conversations with compelling guests whose stories are compelling and riveting yet also motivational and inspiring are the heart of the show. He believes that every conversation is a conversation that is worth having. It’s time to take an honest look at salvageable situations and how information and compassion can lead to remarkable breakthroughs.

Common Sense Required

Common Sense Required is designed around two girlfriends who have a passion for discussing provocative topics including relationships, pop culture, lifestyle, networking, and more. Throughout their conversations, common sense always comes to the forefront. What happened to good old Common Sense? People are always searching and seeking answers from a variety of sources when Common Sense is readily available, and it is FREE! Olivia Pope says it best…“What does your gut tell you?” Where education, intelligence, and street smarts are not necessarily, required, but common sense, definitely is! Stacey and Wanda will be the judge if you have it or not.

Time Tuesdays with Tee

Tina Spence is a former model and Hollywood actress. She hosts Tea Time Tuesdays with Tina. She will be interviewing actors, singers-songwriters about their latest projects, delving deep into their careers.

Friday Night Jamz

Friday Night Jamz with DJ Suspence, DJ Extreme Detroit, and DJ Cos – they have rotating schedules. Their styles vary when it comes to playing music, generally, it is House music in all of its variations. I am talking about traditional House music, the kind of House music that you would hear walking into clubs in Detroit, Chicago, New York, and LA. DJ Cos has been known to play club mixes of RnB songs which is always appreciated.

Some shows are host free, like The Drive which will put you in the mind of The Move on XM Radio station back in the day. The Billboard weekly Top 20 countdown from the hot 100 charts.

I am currently in negotiations with bringing on some syndicated shows, that I really cannot talk about at the moment until the deal is done. I will say that all of these shows are exciting, my team from the administrative staff to the radio show hosts bring the experience and skills to make IRMIX Radio a success. I am very proud of the team I have assembled and their abilities.

5 – What challenges did you face since the start of this project?

Man, I have been working around the clock since the beginning of November, when I decided that I was going to bring the station back. Some of the challenges were building the website on my own, designing the look for the ROKU Channel, writing all of the content that you see on the website, aside from the bios of our show hosts and staff they did that themselves, scheduling interviews for content, listening to the artist’s music, then coming up with the questions for the interview.

Finding the right people who can and will bring revenue to the station, coordinating show schedules, contracts, writing contracts, interviewing potential staff, writing policies and procedures for the staff, and more writing, a lot of writing. Sometimes, I felt that there are not enough hours in the day, but I did all of those things because I believe in what I am doing, I believe in what we are all doing. The funny thing is, I found the time to finish up on my personal development by completing my Life Coaching certification, all within the last 30 days.

6 – Will IRMIX Radio be available globally or locally?

IRMIX Radio is global with a local feel if you can imagine that. We are based out of Detroit, MI but the show hosts are scattered throughout the United States.

7 – Are you working exclusively with the ROKU app?

For now, yes. But I do have plans to expand to other platforms by summer 2021.

8 – Is IRMIX radio a platform for unsigned artists, and being an artist yourself and making the switch back to the interviewer, have you given up on your recording career?

We are certainly an unsigned artist-friendly radio station, but we do also play artists that have established careers in music. For what I have in mind in the way that the programming will go, it will blend seamlessly. To answer your question, no, I have not given up on my recording career, I am just on hiatus at the moment, as you know that this is due to COVID. I do not see the need for me to release any new music right now especially since all of my music is performance-based music, if I cannot perform it the way I want to, then it can wait.

9 – What type of experience do you have when it comes to interviewing guests? What are some things that artists should expect when being interviewed by you, and how can artists submit their music?

A lot of people do not know this, but I was 13 years old when my entertainment career started. I started out interviewing guests for a music video show called Video Control, that I produced, directed, and hosted, in Lansing, MI, on cable access channel 37.

My guests can expect 100% professionalism, as for indie artists, I will be speaking with them from artist to artist point of view. I have first-hand knowledge of the challenges that artists face when it comes to being heard and having their music supported, so they can expect an in-depth interview. When it comes to submitting music, they must submit their broadcast quality, no more than 4-minute tracks to submissions@irmixradio.net with that, they must also submit high-resolution photos through Google Drive, along with the photo credits so we can post their info on www.irmixradio.net.

10 – Finally, what’s your ultimate goal with IRMIX radio?

It is two-fold, we have a vision and a mission. The vision is To be the number one source for music, news, talk radio, and entertainment worldwide. The mission It is IRMIX Radio’s mission to create responsible radio programming that will provoke thought and inspire our listeners through music and conversation.


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