COSMOLOGY interview w/ MANIK (NYC)

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1. NYC has such a rich musical history. It is the birthplace of hip hop, Latin freestyle, bebop, disco, punk rock, new wave and salsa music. It’s crazy. Just to name a few you have :  DJ Kool Herc, DJ Afrika Bambaattaa, Grandmaster Flash, David Mancuso, Arthur Russel, Larry Levan, West End Records. Nu Groove Records, Todd Terry, François K, Studio 54, Talking Heads, Blondie, Masters at Work, Strictly Rhythm Records, The Notorious BIG, DFA, Wolf & Lamb, No regular play. As someone born & raised in NYC, what do you attribute that nearly unrivaled streak of innovations to ? And how has it impacted your approach to producing?

Well NYC is something that breathes life into you. It gives you courage, creativity, longevity, and motivation.
I feel I offer my own take on music and the world around me –

each artist is their own and being an individual is important in establishing your craft.

The city has impacted me a lot.  I’ve been lucky enough to attend a David Mancuso party

as I’m a member of the loft. It was magical the night I went for sure.

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2. You created and co-host an annual charity basketball game in Miami during WMC.
Lee Foss, MK, Ryan Crosson, the Martinez Brothers, Blond:ish, Kevin Saunderson,

Jimmy Maheras, Seth Troxlor and others have all joined in on the effort.
What has the reception been like so far?  And what the future of the event is ?

It’s been fun! We host it each year and put money towards charity. It’s a long process sometimes m as we are so busy, and only 3 of us. We are actually almost about to launch the signed posters/ball auction on eBay this week for extra charity.
The guys and girls apart of it each year really give it their all. Red and Blue have split the first two years.

Next year will be crucial! We definitely plan to host in 2015. Hopefully improving each year.

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3. You’re a veteran DJ at this point: What do you appreciate most about DJing in 2014 and what bugs you the most ?

I think the acceptance of deep house, house, techno, whatever you wanna call it.l in 2014 is awesome. People nowadays are really into it and really follow the artists. That enriches the whole scene. Obviously there are positives and negatives to anything and everything, so it goes both ways, but for the most part, I’m liking where electronic music is at these days.

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4. Your latest record, ”Because of You” on BRIT-award winning UK label Black Butter Records
has a tougher sound than many of your previous productions.

The bassline is huge, evoking memories of vintage Dave Taylor (Switch / Solid Groove)

in a very precise and surgical dance floor destroying sound.

When it comes to new productions, do you generally have a label in mind

and if not how do you decide what might be the best best home for it ?

Yeah I normally just sit down and go with the flow. This record I’m really proud of as black butter is easily the biggest label I’ve released with so far.  They have a great reach and I’m proud to be apart of their family.
My definition has always been that I like good music- whatever that is. No genres. It’s all good here!

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5. Speaking of Labels.. You’ve had the good fortune of working with the wonderful chaps at Culprit,

Jamie Jones and Lee Foss at Hot Natured and one of my all time rave hero’s

Josh Wink at the mighty Ovum records.

What have you learned from those guy’s and what can we expect from MANIK for the rest of 2014 ?

 

All those guys are cool as hell! Especially Josh who’s been a mentor to me on some levels.

He’s just on top of it and such a good dude.  For the rest of 2014 I’m releasing a few remixes for Shadow Child

and this new vocal house joint from DJ Anna, about 4 more EP’s including “House Cut 2” on Ovum

and my debut on Anjunadeep. The Adeep record has a very classic deep house almost progressive vibe

to it with some garage elements which I dig a lot. Hope others feel the same!

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6.Have you ever had an experience that you would label as an extraterrestrial
(either from another planet or another plane of exsistence) contact ?

Not yet, but I am going to burning man this year. We’ll see if I do there 🙂

M A N I K
Brooklyn, NY // Music Producer-DJ-Remix Artist // Shadow Lanes // Culture Fires
Music: http://soundcloud.com/manik_nyc
Info: https://www.facebook.com/MANIKofficial
Twitter: http://twitter.com/manik_nyc
European/World Bookings: Darren James-Thomas darren@elitemm.co.uk (Elite)
US Bookings: Chad Cohen chad@spinartistagency.com (Spin Agency)
Mgmt/Remixes/Ventures: Dan Mullins dan@visavisholdings.com

Words – Tony Futique

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Inspired in part by long-running experiments in :
chasing quantum particles, after hours jam sessions,
leftfield disco and innerstellar deep house.
From principles to paradoxes and back again.
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cos·mol·o·gy (kz-ml-j)
n. pl. cos·mol·o·gies
1. The study of the physical universe considered
as a totality of phenomena in time and space.


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COSMOLOGY Interview w/ Doc Martin.

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1. In the late 80’s you brought a new style of music to S.F. and then in the early 90’s after a relocation to LA,

you helped shape and in many instances start the west coast rave scene.

What are some things that people might be surprised to know about from those early halcyon days

and what was it like being one of if not the first traveling DJ’s in the U.S. ?

A. One thing that may ,or may not surprise people is that I was hugely into early

Hip Hop / New Wave / Funk / Industrial / Disco when I started DJing.

I think that anything goes attitude, has helped me a lot with the music that I like now.

I tend to look beyond just one style of music,and look into the vibe of it a bit more.

San Francisco in the early days was a melting pot of cultures, and People.

This would bring a much more interesting vibe to the clubs.
When My sets started becoming more house,and Acid House based, People though that I was crazy.

I knew that House Culture (Just like Hip Hop in the early days) would be a unifying force in the bay area.

When I moved to LA, the warehouse scene was insane there.
I would travel between SF, and LA for shows. I started to notice people from LA coming to Sf to check it out, and Visa Versa.

Again I saw a unity between cities,and that was pretty cool.I still see that at our Sublevel Parties.
I knew if this whole thing were to blow up in California that it could happen on a national level.

What I didn’t know was that the whole rave thing had already started to get going in.New York, Detroit, Chicago,

Washington, Dc, Florida, Atlanta, Denver, Portland,and a slew of other places .
Dj’s Like:  Frankie Bones, Josh Wink, Derrick Carter, Three, Scott Henry,and others were already stars in their own back yards.
When I started traveling people already knew who I was cause of things like URB Magazine.

I’m still friends with about all those guys that I met in in the early days.

2.This week has brought the sad news that The Godfather of House Frankie Knuckles has left us.

For those who may not have read your heartfelt and amazing post about him,

what was your introduction to him as a DJ/artist and what do you think his legacy is?

I think people like him are the true example of how a legend should carry themselves.

He was always kind, and respectful. of people. He had a ton of love in his heart for the music,and it’s people.

I mean Damn, the name House came from his club the Warehouse in Chicago.

Here is the post that you are talking about

When I was a young DJ, I went to a club in 88-89 called The World In NYC.
A DJ was playing who really knew what was up,and had about 1200 people hanging on his every last note. Frankie Knuckles!!!
I didn’t meet him till about 91/92 in LA. When he was being introduced to me I said,

your that DJ from the World in NYC. He just Smiled, and gave me a hug.

Every time that I would see him over the years,It was like no time had passed.

The last time I saw him was in Ibiza in late Sept.
This is the song that he was playing When I walked into that club in NYC.
I knew from that moment that I would love House Music for the rest of my life!!!
All I can say is Thank You Frankie

 

3. I had the good fortune of visiting WAX records back in 2001
and the thing that really blew my mind in your record shop was that
you were there playing all these bombs and people we’re literally buying them
right after you took the record off the deck. It felt like a party in there.
Where do you look for new music these days & what ís exciting you at the moment musically?

A. Wax records was crazy back then.

I was in England back then a lot,and would buy records from labels direct.

We would have some records before the distributors had them.
One good thing that we were good at was restocking good records.

Sometimes 200-300 copies of one track would go through our doors.

I get most of my music when I’m traveling in Europe, or off websites like Juno Records.

Digitally I get sent tons but still hit up websites for music.I spend a ton of time looking for music.

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4. You had a very busy WMC this year, what was the highlight and whats next for you this year and your record label ?

WMC this year was crazy. 9 shows in all.
In no particular order I would have to say they all were pretty good.

The Crosstown Rebels Get Lost Party was superb . I got to play a 3 1/2 hr set there to a great crowd.

Salted gets deep was great as well. Sneaks I’m a House Gangster – party was packed as well.

The label Sublevel has got a few releases lined up for 2014.

Re-mixes by Asadinho, Jay Tripwire, D’Julz of Our Single Just Us is up next.
You can check out the newest release Sublevel Feat. Lillia-The Challenge here
http://www.beatport.com/release/the-challenge/1257014

5. What is your cosmology ?

A. That’s an easy one Music from Deep Space,and Deep within!!!!

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RA:http://www.residentadvisor.net/dj/docmartin

Words: Tony Futique

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Line-up /

Doc Martin.
Tony Futique.
Haitham.
Kritt.
Rich.
Kal.

Keeping the multi-tiered good vibes moving at a refined pace
with the one and the only
Doc Martin (Sublevel / LA).
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http://sublevelcalifornia.com/bass/artists/doc-martin/
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Inspired in part by long-running experiments in :
chasing quantum particles, after hours jam sessions,
leftfield disco and innerstellar deep house.
From principles to paradoxes and back again.

cos·mol·o·gy (kz-ml-j)
n. pl. cos·mol·o·gies
1. The study of the physical universe considered
as a totality of phenomena in time and space.

COSMOLOGY Interview w/ Lance DeSardi

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1.You’re not just one of our favorite DJ/Producers of the last decade plus
but you also engineer/mix for Visionquest, Wolf & Lamb, Crosstown Rebels
and Black Catalogue to name a few. How did you get into doing that ?

I’ve always been really into the sound design aspect of music,
so it was always something I thought I might get in to.
I share a studio with my friend who has some really amazing gear,
and once I got comfortable with that stuff I started doing mix work
and production for other people.
It’s one of the small niches in music that needs to be filled these days,
as lot’s of people are making cool stuff on their laptops and in home studios,
but it might not be up to a professional level, sound quality-wise.

2.All-time favorite skate spot? And if you could skate
with anybody ever (alive or dead) who would it be and why?

Downtown Dallas when I was a teenager was super fun,
and Jeff Phillips skate park. Jeff Phillips,
he was the shit. Super nice guy…

3.You recently started a new music project
with Eric Pahl, called South of Chihuahua.
Is there a particular slant ”SOC” will be following?
And what can we expect from Lance DeSardi in the year ahead ?

The SoC stuff is a little slower and slightly more
‘baelricos’ than a lot of my stuff on my own.
We have a single out on Touch of Class early this summer,
and I have a couple things on my own coming out at various times this year.
I did a remix with Monty Luke on Planet E that I’m excited about.

4.What records would be on your House Music Mt Rushmore?

Johnny L – This Time (Carl Craig Remix)[XL]
Global Communication – The Way [Secret Ingredients]
Noni – The Gift [Prescription]
DBX – Phreak [Accelerate]

5.Have you ever had an experience that you would label as an extraterrestrial
(either from another planet or another plane of existence) contact ?
I saw some shit one time when I was young…

6.Favorite (After party) record in your bag ?
Trussel – I Love it

7. What is your cosmology ?
DMT.
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Lance DeSardi (Leftroom. Black Catalogue. Land Shark. S.F.)

https://soundcloud.com/lance-desardi
https://www.facebook.com/lance.desardi
http://www.residentadvisor.net/dj/lancedesardi

Plays this Friday, March 07 : COSMOLOGY at Vanguard 1415 L St

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cos·mol·o·gy (kz-ml-j)
n. pl. cos·mol·o·gies
1. The study of the physical universe considered
as a totality of phenomena in time and space.

First Friday of Every Month w/ residents : Haitham / Kaltron / Tony Futique / Kritt / Dick J.
http://www.beatport.com/charts/cosmology-enter-the-space-time-continuum/256358

Inspired in part by long-running experiments in :
chasing quantum particles, after hours jam sessions,
leftfield disco and innerstellar deep house.
From principles to paradoxes and back again.

words : Tony Futique

COSMOLOGY Interview w/ Pezzner

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1. What was your introduction to electronic music ?
Back in high school 1991 – 1992 I got really into
experimental and industrial music
ala Skinny Puppy, Psychic TV, Nitzer Ebb…
I lived in Mohave Valley, Arizona and the area was pretty secluded from
electronic music so I became really fascinated with the genre.
In 1992 I moved to Seattle and the rave scene was just emerging at the time.
But the end all record for me –
the one that made hooked me in was “Ooee I Am Ready” by Church of Extacy.

2. Some people believe that this is a pivotal time in dance music.
  Do you feel there is a way forward, to use Terence Mckenna’s term,
  an archaic revival?  Or is the corporate sponsorship and mainstream
  commercial hi-jacking of dance music
   sending it all to a point of no return?  
There’s a lot going on at the moment but I think the mainstream
acceptance of the genre, the massive festival culture
has raised the bar considerably,
for the music producers, and the casual listener.

3. How did you approach, ”Last night in Utopia”.
Most of the album was written on tour.
On one particular tour in 2011 I had some extended time off
between shows in London, Moscow and Rome
so I set up my studio in hotels in Malta and in Rome
and spent a couple weeks isolating myself and working.
Most of the tunes were written to sit in the album.

4. Favorite (After party) record in your bag ?
I think at the moment its Mu – Paris Hilton.
The track is pretty old but it keeps making its way back into circulation.

5. Oldest record in your bag ?
XTrak – I Node Ep (Peacefrog)

6. Most recent record in your bag ?
Pezzner & Amina – Exit (Crosstown Rebels). Just got my copies yesterday.

7. Yeah we’re really feeling your new EP on Crosstown Rebels and just noticed
   that you will be playing at their Get Lost party in Miami.
   Tell us a little about your relationship with Damian Lazarus
   and how the EP came about.
In 2009 Seth Troxler booked me to play at their
Movement Monday after party – Need I Say More,
and Damian was among a slew of people I was introduced to.
I stayed in touch and began reaching out to the label in 2011
once I had new material to submit.
But I’d say my relationship with Damian and Crosstown is pretty professional.
The label is also ran by some familiar people I’ve known since old days
when I was releasing Jacob London records on Classic.
I cant believe I’m calling those the “old days”

8. Have you ever had an experience that you would label as an extraterrestrial
   (either from another planet or another plane of exsistence) contact ?
Not yet. Still waiting for that one.

9. What is the most far away from your home town of Seattle you’ve played?
   And what was that gig like?
The furthest away I’ve played from Seattle is Melbourne.
My favorite Melbourne gig (I’ve played there a few times)

10. What is your cosmology ?
I try not to think too much about this stuff.
It makes my brain hurt. I love the theory that basically says the
only thing in the universe that we can truly say is real,
is the thoughts in our own heads and
that everything else is really up for question.
green pezzner

Words : Tony Futique

Pezzner plays this Friday. COSMOLOGY at Vanguard 1415 L St

 

COSMOLOGY w/ JASON GREER (Bionic / We Are Monsters / S.F.)

We first heard underground darling Jason Greer a few years back…
It was 9 am at a loft party in S.F. still very much in swing.
He was masterfully twirling techno hooks
and 808 chords with smudged – dreamy dance jams.
Fast forward and the fruits of his well known vinyl digging
and supreme skills have him enjoying a residency at one of S.F.’s most celebrated weekly’s – Bionic
along side dj’s: Solar, Nikola Baytala & Tyrel Williams.
And his own lauded monthly at Monarch, We Are Monsters, Co-founded alongside Mozhgan Shariat.
Laser beam funk aesthetics and not least searing, synth-heavy bounce of future anthems…
Always fun and completly unexpected lunacy with Jason Greer.

Inspired in part by long-running experiments in :
chasing quantum particles, after hours jam sessions,
leftfield disco and innerstellar deep house.
From principles to paradoxes and back again.

COSMOLOGY : First Friday of Every Month @ Vanguard.
w/ : Kal, Kritt, Rich, Tony Futique & Haitham.

cos·mol·o·gy (kz-ml-j)
n. pl. cos·mol·o·gies
1. The study of the physical universe considered
as a totality of phenomena in time and space.
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Five Questions With Odd Parents.

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Breaking on to underground consiousness with his own re:body project,
followed by an axis of unfettered sonic explorations into deeply sinister funk
as a resident of west coast collective, As You Like It
and finding a home at Maceo Plex’s (Ellum) Label is Brian Bejarano (aka Briski ).
We caught up with him for an interview via email ahead of
his Guest dj set this Friday, Dec 06. COSMOLOGY w/ Odd Parents (Ellum Audio)
at 1415 Vanguard.

  1. You hail from San Francisco have spent time in England,
Dallas and Now live in Spain. How have you found the experience of living
in in Barcelona from an artistic standpoint ?

Well hello there Cosmology, looking forward to the party!
Well, I grew up in the Bay Area and have spent a good amount of time

in all these places.. all of them amazing in different ways.
Now in Barcelona, I’m continuing the dance floor space exploration in a more concentrated manner. Pretty focused at the moment,
working on all things house music, from dj-ing to production to label work and tour managing.
All this keeps me pretty busy but at the moment artistically (especially with production),
I’m soaking up all the culture and experience I can,
while having access to the proper tools and help as needed.
Barcelona is already rich with culture and ideal for artists, so to have this city as a base point,
keeps me grounded in the proper state of mind. Plus having the rest of Europe so close,
I’m very lucky to gather inspiration from many different points of view.
SF is kind of like that too, except all rolled into a 7×7 sphere.
But living here has definitely opened my eyes a bit on a global scale artistically and also made me realize I need to learn Spanish.

2. Ellum has had an amazing year, throwing the party’s from Ibiza
to Paris. What is the musical philosophy behind the label nights ?

You would have to ask the true man behind the madness, Mr Maceo, to get the full answer,
but basically it’s ABOUT THE MUSIC.
Not too many gimmicks involved, just that old school free vibe mixed with quality music of new and old, to give people that “extraterrestrial experience” that’s in your next question.. I peaked.
Possibly, we will be developing more on this for the next summers Ibiza season. ; )

3. Have you ever had an experience that you would label as an extraterrestrial
(either from another planet or another plane of existence ) contact ?

Ellum parties. Oh yeah, and one time I was abducted by aliens but

Sigourney Weaver saved me, pretty quick and painless.

4. What was your introduction to electronic music ?

I have my older sister, Moni, to blame for this actually.
I remember dancing around with her raver friends to “spin spin sugar”,
when I was really young. Shortly after this, I unfortunately started taking green plants from her drawer, and found tapes of old Sf parties and 90s hip hop. I would put the two together for a magically fun time. After this, I started buying more electronic music. A lot of dancing actually went on all the time in my house. “Dancing music”, from Salsa to Earth Wind and Fire and Madonna were playing at our holiday parties.
I never knew that would end of being what I dedicate myself to.
But I first got my proper education from my Brother-in-Law, Gregg, when I was 17.
I flew back from Dallas for the summer on psychedelics (oh, to be young ; )),
and he saved me from embarrassing myself with my whole family,
by taking me to his house to spin records. His collection is ridiculous and is the basis to a lot of what I play. After that day, I haven’t stopped obsessing about house music.

5. What is your cosmology ?

One sec, wikipedia’ing it – oh duh, theory of the universe.
In short, I don’t know, but probably something like the end of men in black,
huge blue aliens bowling with universe balls.