Wednesday, November 30, 2011

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Disc Breaks Interview - BETA

This week I have a guest mix from one of my favourite producers - BETA. Ever since hearing Come Again for the first time I have loved BETA's ability to mash tight drivin' beats with growling deep bass and melodic elements. This is his first time on the Disc breaks show and this mix showcase some of his upcoming tunes and remixes, plus tracks that are inspiring him at the moment. This is one not to miss!

BETA took some time out to answer some questions and the full interview is below with the show going to air later tonight



BETA

London based breakbeat producer Beta started out Djing nuskool breaks and chunky house at the start of the decade and has since been entertaining crowds cross the globe using his own exclusive material, bootlegs and mashups.

In the studio he takes Influences from funk, drum and bass, house, indie and just about every style to create a unique individual sound. Singles and remixes have gained support from the likes of Hybrid, General Midi, Future Funk Squad and DJ Icey featuring regularly on Beatport’s top 10.

http://soundcloud.com/betasounds
www.myspace.com/betasounds
http://twitter.com/#!/BREAKBETA


INTERVIEW - BETA

Why breaks and what got you into it?

When i was going to house nights in the 90’s i would check out the big beat rooms and got into that sound, I was also listening to a lot of 2 Step Garage and heading out to Clubs like the End in London, I liked the way that 2step bounced and made you want to dance, I went to a night and caught Ali B and Adam Freeland play and I was like “Wow” this is perfect, its like everything I wanted and was totally hooked.

What are your musical influences and who is exciting you musically at the moment?

So much, Stuff on MoWax, Shadow, Massive Attack, Prodigy, James Brown. At the moment Wayz and Meanz are putting out constantly good music, Colombo's man of the moment for me right now and would be good to work with him sometime.

How do you go about crafting a new tune or remix?

Its really about how I want it to make me feel and I need to be sure that I’m clear on that first, I'm actually very sample based, and will bounce to audio as soon as possible as its easier to manipulate, i tend to try and get some nice beats going and then work around that, but sometimes the harmony and melody will push me in a certain direction.

What is your musical background and what instruments do you play?

I learnt to play the piano when I was a kid, then Guitar/Bass guitar and played in a band for a bit. Its nice to be able to play stuff in from time to time. My family is pretty musical so I always had instruments around me and am luck enough to be able to play by ear.

Do you write any other genre’s of music?

Yea i've got some house tunes on the go and I’m collabing with Sylus at the moment writing a really dark and dirty house track which sounds like nothing I’ve heard, I’m really excited about it. Some downtempo melodic tracks which i may find a use for someday but they don't fit in the the Beta sound.

When you sit down to write a tune do you know how it will sound in the end or just go with whatever come out at the time?

When i started out i used to go off in all sorts of tangents and i'd not really know where i was going only that i liked what i was doing. This is great for creativity but can be a bit time consuming so not i try and have a pretty clear picture of the path i want to take and it helps speed up the process. I'll get the arrangement locked down as soon as possible and its acts at something to build around although the process is never exactly the same on each tune. its important to save ideas as you go because, you never know when they might fit in with something, there's a sound in the Headspace (Eastend mix) which sounds a bit like a cat on speed, i made it like 8 years ago on reaktor and have only just found a use for it.

What equipment do you use and what is your favourite bit of Kit?

i've got some Dynaudios for monitoring, for sequencing and mix downs I use Cubase and for ideas i use Ableton and Reason, I’ve also got Albeton on a laptop that I use when I’m on the move, its such a great program. I love Reaktor, it opens up a whole new creative world and i've been using cable guys filter shaper quite a bit recently. I started out using Logic on a Pc and stopped when i couldn't get anymore updates, so i may move back one day but i love it all.

What do you think of the current state of breaks worldwide and where do you see the future?

Its there and always will be, there's certainly some dedicated people keeping it alive, and its great when i get to DJ and meet like minded people who are passionate about it. As trends change and the styles move on i think there's big things to come, i was out doing a few gigs in Florida a while back and there was a great following out there, in Spain the support is really good. I'm loving some of the big sounding disco stuff, its really energetic and works really well on the dancefloor, some great tunes out there at the moment.

In what direction are you heading musically and what new releases have you got in store for us?

I have an original Headspace out soon on sound of habib with 2 mixes, i basically had too many ideas to have in 1 tune and it was confusing to listen too so i did the "eastend mix" with the extra material. I've got a few tunes in the promo mix which are kinda demo's at the momnent so i'll be looking to put those out with someone soon also. I've done a Collab with Hironimus Bosch which is a bit of a tech funk number, the house tune i mentioned, a remix of Bill Vega's Hurricane out on stfu records, and a 140 Jungle track which i want to put out on Bombtraxx, i'm starting to find my feet with the Jungle stuff and think there's alot of scope for the sound to develop so look forward to doing a bit more, its fun to write.

You are quite elusive as a DJ is there a reason for this?

Haha, i've not had an internet connection in the studio for the last 6 months which has been great for working without distraction but difficult when it comes to exchanging files and keeping up a profile online, i plan to DJ more in 2012.

What do you listen to that isn't breaks?

I like Scott Matthews, Emilina Torrini, alot of house music and electroinca

Do you know much Aussie made breaks? and what do you think of it?

I think Myles Dyson's from Oz? and obviously Karton from Sound of Habib, not too mention the old skool nu skool lot, andy page, chable, nubreed etc. When you guys make breaks you do it properly, no messing about.

Any plans to come to Australia? if so when?

i'm actually heading out next year and hope to stay for a while, i'm looking forward to hooking up with people and hope to write lots of music and play some gigs.

What do you do when you're not producing music?

Think about producing music! i love snow sports, skiing and boarding and big into food

Tell us something about yourself we wouldn't know to ask....

I used to break into my schoo at night when i was about 14 to make tunes on logic midi and crappy casio keyboard they had at the time, i was pretty hooked! haha!


Show: Disc Breaks with Llupa ft. BETA
Date: Thursday, 1 December, 2011
Time: 0900 - 1100 UK (8-10pm here in Melbourne)

Listen: http://www.nsbradio.co.uk
Chat: http://www.nsbradio.co.uk/chat



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Thursday, November 17, 2011

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Disc Breaks with Llupa - 182 - ft. Choc St. Clair - 17th November 2011

Back with another solid guest mix, this time from a local talent who's fast on the rise with a couple of recent rather wicked releases - Choc St. Clair. Scott aka Choc St. Clair and I got in contact a few months back and he was kind enough to flick through some of his new tunes and I was mightily impressed. So, to celebrate his about to drop single 'Blast Off' coming out on Dead Famous, I asked him for a guest mix for the show and he kindly obliged. This one is full of the quality deep groove spanning not only the breaks - shock horror ;) - but a good slab of tracks showcasing his dj skills as well as his productons.



Choc St. Clair

Choc St. Clair unveiled his passion and flair for music at an early age. Proficient on various instruments including the bagpipes, he became master of the wind, however he soon discovered that the trick to serenading a lady lies with the deep, soulful sounds of House and Techno music.

A natural talent, Choc St. Clair has enjoyed early success with his own productions with current releases on 606 Recordings, Modern Beat Digital, Dead Famous Records and LW Records with forthcoming releases set to come out before the years end on VIM Records, We Are Live and Nutation Records.

Choc's greatest influences come from his time spent in Scotland, where the experts of the north immersed him in the local deep house and techno scenes of Edinburgh and Glasgow. He took from this a profound insight into the quirks and crescendos that constitute a spicy beat.

Choc St. Clair’s own music is designed for the early hour moments where soulful beats carry listeners along a highway of adrenaline while his DJ Sets consist of a well structured balance between his own productions and those of others.


http://www.residentadvisor.net/dj/chocst.clair

Archive - Roughly 2 hours, 112MB
Direct Download - Disc Breaks with Llupa - 182 - ft. Choc St. Clair - 17th November 2011
Podcast - Disc Breaks Podcast


Big thanks for Choc St. Clair for the solid guest mix - lot's of quality tracks, all with a great deep groove - very nice. Make sure you check out his own featured tracks from the mix as they're about to hit stores - Blast Off is an instant classic

Llupa

01. Andrew Chalov - Snowy Longing ft. Alexandra Krischtopa (Parallax Breakz Remix) [Festival Lounge Records]
02. Showroom Dummies - Gaze (Flack.su Remix) [Glack Audio]
03. Alfoa - Origami [Morphosis Limited]
04. Line of Sight & Duane Barry - Machina Mori (Retroid Remix) [Digital Sensation UK]
05. Duane Barry - Cosmia (Line of Sight Remix) [Digital Sensation UK]
06. Karton - Chase It High (Beta Remix) [Sound Of Habib]
07. Tony Awake feat. NuAnn - I Can Fly (Mesmer Remix) [Scarcity Records]
08. The Brainkiller - Neptuno [Distortion Records]
09. Abdomen Burst - Narada (Geon Remix) [Digital Sensation UK]
10. Re:Creation - Re:Gress Psychoactive Records]

Guest Mix - Choc St. Clair

01. Pag - Run To the Future [Zebra Music]
02. Meat Katie / Lee Coombs - Up! (Gella Remix) [Lot49]
03. Break the Box - Rock the Mic (Fisso and Spark Remix) [Dead Famous Records Forthcoming]
04. Hironimus Bosch - Renegade Funk (Original Mix) [VIM Records]
05. Choc St. Clair - Blast Off (Original Mix) [Dead Famous Records]
06. LuQas - Dark Matter (Original Mix) [Broken Robot]
07. Chamber - XXL (Original Mix) [Young NRG Productions]
08. Dr. Fish - Influenza (Sasser Remix) [VIM Records]
09. Ronin8 - Mo Fire (Original Mix) [Diablo Loco]
10. Lee Coombs - Break 9541 (Ways & Means Remix) [Thrust Recordings]
11. EK - SYG (Stephen Cole Remix) [Dead Famous Records Forthcoming]
12. Ways & Means - Transitory (Original Mix) [Lot49]
13. Macho - Technopol (Quadrat Beat Remix) [Raveart Records]
14. Choc St. Clair - You Ride It, You Jump It (Original Mix) [VIM Records Forthcoming]

Archive - Roughly 2 hours, 112MB
Direct Download - Disc Breaks with Llupa - 182 - ft. Choc St. Clair - 17th November 2011
Podcast - Disc Breaks Podcast


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Thursday, November 10, 2011

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Disc Breaks with Llupa - 181 - ft. Colombo - 10th November 2011

This week I have a very special guest mix from Colombo showcasing his new album - Antiques Of the Future - coming out on the 9th of November on iBreaks. Colombo has been doing massive things to Breakbeat over the last couple of years, whether it's as part of Kultur & Colombo, BSD and now out on his own. His album is a culmination of all this with 21 tracks of quality breakbeat spanning a number of vibes, but all with the solid production values and phat grooves that has become synonymous with his sound. This exclusive mix shows cases some of the the tracks album and is not to be missed.



The man took some time out to answer some questions you wanted answered about his production background, his influences and what happened with BSD - you can read that full interview here -
Colombo Disc Breaks Interview

Colombo - 'Antiques Of The Future' is now availbe to buy from Beatport

http://www.facebook.com/Colombo.break
http://soundcloud.com/colombo-break


Archive - Roughly 2 hours, 112MB
Direct Download - Disc Breaks with Llupa - 181 - ft. Colombo - 10th November 2011
Podcast - Disc Breaks Podcast

ah - that was a good show... big respect to Colombo for the album mix chock full of bangers. make sure you check out the album as it's now up on Beatport and there is definitely something in there for everybody. My half ended up on a squelchy tech funk tip with new stuff from Pooty Club, Yellow Finger, DSUK and Electroshok....

Llupa

01. The Lucky 23 - Big time [Breaks.sk]
02. Abdomen Burst - Karkelure (Atrium Sun's Karkedance Mix) [Morphosis Limited]
03. HardNoise - End of Summer [RUNE Recordings]
04. Digital Breaks Foundation with Retroid - No Remorse (MDK Remix) [Ego Shot Recordings]
05. Meat Katie, Dopamine - Nectar (Boonos Remix) [LOT49]
06. AP3X - Power Struggle [Ridiculoud Records]
07. Andrew Maze - Too Late (Fletric Remix) [Morphosis Limited]
08. Freshquim - The Principle [The Pooty Club Records]
09. 48k - Barb Wired (Bad Tango Remix) [Yellow Finger Communications]
10. Line of Sight & Duane Barry - Machina Mori (Destroyers Remix) [Digital Sensation UK]
11. Aggresivnes - Futurasia [Electroshok]
12. Paul Oakenfold ft. Infected Mushroom - I'm Alive (Line Of Sight Remix) [Perfecto]

Guest Mix - Colombo ‘Antiques Of The Future’ Album showcase mix

01. Colombo - Telequinesis [iBreaks]
02. Colombo - Your Dream Will Go [iBreaks]
03. Colombo - Ska Punch [iBreaks]
04. Colombo - Let The Battle Begin [iBreaks]
05. Colombo - What You Think [iBreaks]
06. Colombo - Twisted Mind [iBreaks]
07. Colombo - Methane [iBreaks]
08. Colombo - Rock The Beat [iBreaks]
09. Colombo - Nugatory [iBreaks]
10. Colombo - Gravitation [iBreaks]
11 Colombo - Scent of Love [iBreaks]
12. Colombo - Later [iBreaks]

Archive - Roughly 2 hours, 112MB
Direct Download - Disc Breaks with Llupa - 181 - ft. Colombo - 10th November 2011
Podcast - Disc Breaks Podcast

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Monday, November 7, 2011

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Disc Breaks Interview - Colombo

This week I have a very special guest mix from Colombo showcasing his new album - Antiques Of the Future - coming out on the 9th of November on iBreaks. The man took some time out to answer some questions you wanted answered about his production background, his influences and what happened with BSD....

The mix will be going to air this Thursday:

Show: Disc Breaks with Llupa ft. Colombo 'Antiques Of The Future' showcase
Date: Thursday, 10th November, 2011
Time: 0900 - 1100 UK (8-10pm here in Melbourne)

Listen: http://www.nsbradio.co.uk
Chat: http://www.nsbradio.co.uk/chat



What is is his background in music and how does he seem to know the formula for making such dancefloor friendly music.
I´ve been writing music since 12 years ago, which has given me my current experience and background. Regarding the formula is quite easy, i just write the music i would like to hear as a party head

The album is really diverse in it's vibes - when you sit down to write a tune, do you know what it'll sound like at the end, or do you just go with whatever comes out at the time?
I normally have recurrent inspirational moments. Either if I’m watching TV, having a beer with my mates, or in pretty much any random moment I can get an idea which I normally develop in my mind, imagining a beginning, middle and end of the track, then I try to apply this idea in my studio as soon as i can jump in there, so yeah I guess you can say most of the times I know what I want of every track before I start writing it.

You are incredibly prolific - what is your secret?
I’m not entirely sure why this is. I think it could be related to how much love I have for music, and how fast my ideas flow. If you like doing something a LOT, you can get very effective in how you utilize every minute in your studio. I manage to get things done pretty quickly, hence why I can come up with loads of material in a not very long time.

Now the album is done - what's next for you?
I guess I’ll just become a pensioner… (jokes). You’ll be able to hear much more material from Colombo very soon.

Why did you choose to keep your identities in BSD a secret?
This was just an experiment where we wanted to check the reaction of public to a masked act with unknown identities. To be honest I wasn’t fully convinced about this strategy at the beginning, but it became pretty obvious that people like this kind of mysteries a lot, so it wasn’t a very bad idea after all…

What is the most random thing ever to happen to him behind the decks?
I haven’t had many nightmares behind decks, but for example, last Halloween I was playing in an event in Spain. That same night the time was moving one hour back and I was running a bit late. Long story short, I ended up in the booth 3 minutes before my dj set. When I reached to my cd case, this wasn’t with me, as I forgot it in the car. I had to ask the dj to carry on playing, as I ran over the whole festival to get to the parking, pick up the case, and marathon back to the stage… It was a pretty good set, but a bit sweaty though..!

Where is the most random place he's ever dj'd
No random places to comment I’m afraid, as they all have been clubs or festivals…

Do you write any other genres of music?
Yeah apart from breaks I write some House, Electro House, Tech House or Chill Out tunes.

What instruments do you play if any?
Yeah I know how to play piano, so every keyboard based instrument applies too.

Does he know much aussie made breaks? and what does he think of it?
All i’ve Heard is that there has always been a good scene there. Sometimes is not so easy to keep track with the distance, but I would love to get a tour going to see it first hand.

Can I please have his Kickdrums?
LOL, Yeah i’ll give them to you as soon as i figure out a new music style without kicks, but with the same punch than breaks music… ☺

What does he think of the current state of breaks worldwide compared to its past, and where does he see the future?
I think breaks producers should start making more “commercial” breaks, and stop focusing so much in weird sounding styles, which sounds more orientated to other producers than to the public itself. Producers should look ONLY to what the public wants to make music, and the wide public wants easy listening, catchy music that makes you move, this is a fact. Regarding the future, is very difficult to predict, but my wishes are that loads of extremely good breaks music comes up to the market, making this style occupy the status which should have within the electronic music industry.

What is the real truth behind the BSD split?
As you can imagine, this is a pretty long story, but the main reasons were, that I didn’t want to keep hiding my identity. Also by the way we were operating I considered that another person was getting merits for things he wasn’t doing, cause I was the group producer and the music writer, so I saw myself in a quite unfair situation. The whole thing had a bit of sweet-sour flavor, but this belongs to the past now…

Any plans to come to Australia? if so when?
I ‘ve had some interest by a few promoters already, but so far nothing have consolidated. I’m sure I’ll end up visiting Australia for a tour sooner or later.

Does he write under any other names?
Yes, Alexic Rod, but only for Houre or Tech-House tracks

Does he have children and if so would he want them to be Dj's or involved in the music industry?
Nope I don’t have children, and I don’t have short terms plans for this, so I haven’t thought a lot about if I would want to see them involved in the music industry …

Has he seen Glee and does he secretly like it?
Is this a tv program…? Havent seen it …

What is his favourite bit of studio kit?
Some good monitors with a powerfull computer, is the main thing. I have a couple of synths like the Virus TI also, but the main element is getting your mindset right to make the music.

What does he do in his down time when hes not breaking?
When I’m not produce music I’m normally thinking about music… It really takes a lot of space in my mind…

What does he listen to that isn't breaks?
Yeah I listen to loads of electronic music styles, like House, Electro, Deep House, Chill Out, Indie Dance and many many others, but mainly all electronic music based.

Who are his biggest influences?
My biggest influence is the music by The Cristal Method. I think you can hear a lot of this influence in my music.

What does he make tunes with? software/hardware wise
This is a top secret….

Thursday, November 3, 2011

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Disc Breaks with Llupa - 180 - 03/11/11

No guest mix this week, so was able to get stuck into the full 2 hours and loved every minute of it :D Lot's of new stuff from Scarcity, DSUK, Dead Famous, Yellow Finger, iBreaks and VIM

Archive - Roughly 2 hours, 108MB
Direct Download - Disc Breaks with Llupa - 180 - 3rd November 2011
Podcast - Disc Breaks Podcast

01. Dream Logic - Wake Me [Morphosis Limited]
02. Alexander Xendzov & Undersky - Falling With Eyes Shut [Mistiquemusic]
03. Alfoa - Origami [Morphosis Limited]
04. Michael Burns - We Will Fade (Abdomen Burst 'Reminiscence' mix) [CDR]
05. Flack.su - T-Break (Aeron Aether Remix) [Glack Audio]
06. Soulboy - Roasted Boar [VIM Records]
07. Sovt - Your Wish [Perceptive Recordings]
08. Line of Sight & Duane Barry - Machina Mori [Digital Sensation UK]
09. Colombo - Nugatory [iBreaks]
10. Choc St. Clair - Blast Off [Dead Famous]
11. Cage Page vs Toy Quantize - Remember The Feature (Open Cluster Remix) [Digital Sensation UK]
12. Tony Awake feat. NuAnn - I Can Fly (Mesmer Remix) [Scarcity Records]
13. Douglas Howarth - Sliced Bread In Serious Trouble [Morphosis Limited]
14. Atlantis Vs Avatar feat. Miriam Stockley - Fiji (Line of Sight Remix) [Scuna Music]
15. Geon Perpetual Motion (Colombo Remix) [Acida Records]
16. Digital Breaks Foundation with Retroid - Nightfall [VIM Records]
17. Destroyers - Celders (Tom Clyde Remix) [VIM Records]
18 Aggresivnes -Futurisia (Blazer Remix) [Electroshok]
19. 48k - Barb Wired (Bad Tango Remix) [Yellow Finger Communications]
20. Elite Force - No Turning Back (Hedflux Mix) [U&A]
21. Colombo - Scent of Love [iBreaks]

Archive - Roughly 2 hours, 108MB
Direct Download - Disc Breaks with Llupa - 180 - 3rd November 2011
Podcast - Disc Breaks Podcast

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