Thursday, March 27, 2014

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Disc Breaks with Llupa ft. ABS - 285 - 27th March 2014

On the roll with the guests and this weeks interview and mix comes from a guy who has been doing some very cool stuff lately: A:B:S. I've been really digging what he's been doing, with his feet in both the breaks and techno worlds his tracks are as fun to mix as they have been wicked to play. I also have a soft spot for his sometimes liberal use of the 303 ;) His mix showcases stuff of his recent and upcoming productions and well as a cool cross section of tracks that he's into right now.

He took some time out to answer the DBS interview questions below to shed some light on his influences, where he's heading musically and how he's a big Bjork fan... the full interview is here

Yreane

ABS

After years spent soaking up a soundtrack of hardcore, techno, D&B, house & breaks Andy decided it was time to step the other side of the decks and A:B:S was born. Although originally making his name as a breaks DJ, A:B:S’s sound has evolved into a mixture of techno, electro house & breaks, complete with a hefty dose of acid for good measure. The epitome of Tech-Funk.

Since his first gig in 2007 A:B:S has played in numerous venues around the East of England alongside the likes of Riva Starr, Tom Hades, Plump DJs, Elite Force, Specimen A, Frogs In Socks, Apply The Breaks, DK (Ninja Tune), DJ Cheeba & Drums Of Death amongst others. As well as venturing further afield to play his first festival gig at NASSfest 08 alongside Merka and Ben & Lex. In June 2010 he played his long overdue first London gig supporting the legendary Basement Jaxx. August 2011 saw him become a resident with the Tech-Funk Depot, starting off supporting Hybrid & Dave Spoon in Brixton, following on to playing at Lot 49’s Fracture Halloween party alongside Meat Katie & Vandal. In summer 2012 he also made a return to the festival circuit playing at Strawberry Fields in Leicester followed up with a triumphant set at Jelly Fest in Norfolk. A:B:S' versatility takes him from playing pounding techno in a grimey basement party one week to supporting the Plump DJs the next.

Over the years Andy has also been a regular radio host spending 2 years hosting the >>Forward Thinking>> show on iBreaks radio, then in 2010 moving to Breakspoll award nominated Rough Tempo where he spent 2 years hosting a weekly show pushing a more techno orientated sound.

Andy launched his own Mind-Funk clubnight in December 2011. Based at Tribal in Colchester, Mind-Funk has seen the likes of Meat Katie, Elite Force, Dopamine, Rektchordz, Lee Coombs, Hedflux, Caninesounds, Vandal, Neurodriver, Ways & Means & The Omega Men all grace the decks.

Always striving to push forward A:B:S has now stepped into the world of production. His debut single 'Seqtronic' garnered attention from a number of labels and was quickly snapped up by established Bristol based Dead Famous Records, released in October 2012. Since then he's gone on to remix Vandal's epic 'Vision In Leather' single, Ways & Means' glitch hop track Don't Think Not and Dirt Revolver's Soul Surfer single which hit No 32 in the Beatport Breaks chart. His next single 'Frostbite' carried on from this and hit number 27. Establishing himself as a talented producer and gaining widespread praise from fans and peers alike with plenty more releases forthcoming on AUX, Benefit & Australia's Box Set Records the future is certainly looking bright for A:B:S

Soundcloud link : www.soundcloud.com/a-b-s
Beatport link : http://www.beatport.com/artist/a-b-s/289805
Facebook Fan page : https://www.facebook.com/pages/A-B-S/123853361006276

Great stuff from A:B:S, a really cool mix of techno and breaks all with a solid groove. Was great to hear some of his upcoming stuff too - the man is on a roll at the moment... My mix was a little haphazard but squeezed in some great new tracks from Metha, Oleg Zubkov, Pio Beat, Guau, Grove, Acidova and Home Alone - enjoy!

Next Weeks Guest: Chevy One

Archive - Roughly 2 hours, 172MB
Direct Download - Disc Breaks with Llupa ft. ABS - 285 - 27th March 2014
Podcast - Disc Breaks Podcast

Llupa

01. Andypop - Ah Ah Ah Hi Hi Hi [L2S Recordings]
02. Oleg Zubkov - Full Contact (Perpetual Present Remix) [VIM Special Edition]
03. Forufreezer - Trichome (Isolate Remix) [VIM Records]
04. Pio Beat - Electro Shiva [Expand Records]
05. Home Alone - High [In Bloom Recordings]
06. Unconscious Mind(s) - Bad Kitty (System 2 Remix) [VIM Records]
07. Andy Weed - Discovery (Nanofeel Remix) [Reelaux Digital]
08. Metha - C'mon [Breaks.sk]
09. Guau - Madaiaka [Elektroshok Records]
10. Resistor - Hold Me [Dead Famous]
11. Monk3ylogic - Control The Void (Tongue & Groove Remix) [Broken Records]
12. Paket - Resurrection [Music Dark Records]
13. Chevy One - Blade Crawler [LOT49]
14. Grove - Titan [iBreaks]
15. Acidova - Dealer (Freak Da Bass Remix) [Sub Element Records]
16. Yreane - What You Want [LOT49]

Guest Mix: A:B:S

01. Huff - Cut The Wire (Charlie Kane Remix) (Census Sound Recordings)
02. Phase Animator - Nyota (A:B:S Remix) (Box Set Records)
03. Danny Blaze - Blow Ya Speakerz (Calvertron Remix) (Hijacked)
04. Beat Tempest - Fingers In The Duck (Cclone Records Promo)
05. Metha - Never Trust A Robot (Meat Katie Remix) (Lot 49)
06. A:B:S - Flashpoint (Box Set Records)
07. Doublefacez - Mental Atmosphere (Sam Vandal Remix) (Stars and Knights Records)
08. MKR - Delerious (Kwerk Remix) (Benefit Recordings)
09. A:B:S - Flashpoint (Phase Animator Remix) (Box Set Records)
10. Mesmer - Top Rock (Sound of Habib Promo)
11. A:B:S - Microdots (Benefit Recordings Promo)
12. Lee Coombs - Break 9541 (Ways & Means Remix) (Thrust Recordings)

Archive - Roughly 2 hours, 172MB
Direct Download - Disc Breaks with Llupa ft. ABS - 285 - 27th March 2014
Podcast - Disc Breaks Podcast

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

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Disc Breaks Interview - A:B:S

On the roll with the guests and this weeks interview and mix comes from a guy who has been doing some very cool stuff lately: A:B:S. I've been really digging what he's been doing, with his feet in both the breaks and techno worlds his tracks are as fun to mix as they have been wicked to play. I also have a soft spot for his sometimes liberal use of the 303 ;) His mix showcases stuff of his recent and upcoming productions and well as a cool cross section of tracks that he's into right now.

His mix airs on the show on Thursday but he took some time out to answer the DBS interview questions below to shed some light on his influences, where he's heading musically and how he's a big Bjork fan...

Show: Disc Breaks with Llupa ft. A:B:S
Date: Thursday, 27th March 2014
Time: 0900 - 1100 UK (7-9pm here in Brisbane)

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

Yreane

A:B:S

After years spent soaking up a soundtrack of hardcore, techno, D&B, house & breaks Andy decided it was time to step the other side of the decks and A:B:S was born. Although originally making his name as a breaks DJ, A:B:S’s sound has evolved into a mixture of techno, electro house & breaks, complete with a hefty dose of acid for good measure. The epitome of Tech-Funk.

Since his first gig in 2007 A:B:S has played in numerous venues around the East of England alongside the likes of Riva Starr, Tom Hades, Plump DJs, Elite Force, Specimen A, Frogs In Socks, Apply The Breaks, DK (Ninja Tune), DJ Cheeba & Drums Of Death amongst others. As well as venturing further afield to play his first festival gig at NASSfest 08 alongside Merka and Ben & Lex. In June 2010 he played his long overdue first London gig supporting the legendary Basement Jaxx. August 2011 saw him become a resident with the Tech-Funk Depot, starting off supporting Hybrid & Dave Spoon in Brixton, following on to playing at Lot 49’s Fracture Halloween party alongside Meat Katie & Vandal. In summer 2012 he also made a return to the festival circuit playing at Strawberry Fields in Leicester followed up with a triumphant set at Jelly Fest in Norfolk. A:B:S' versatility takes him from playing pounding techno in a grimey basement party one week to supporting the Plump DJs the next.

Over the years Andy has also been a regular radio host spending 2 years hosting the >>Forward Thinking>> show on iBreaks radio, then in 2010 moving to Breakspoll award nominated Rough Tempo where he spent 2 years hosting a weekly show pushing a more techno orientated sound.

Andy launched his own Mind-Funk clubnight in December 2011. Based at Tribal in Colchester, Mind-Funk has seen the likes of Meat Katie, Elite Force, Dopamine, Rektchordz, Lee Coombs, Hedflux, Caninesounds, Vandal, Neurodriver, Ways & Means & The Omega Men all grace the decks.

Always striving to push forward A:B:S has now stepped into the world of production. His debut single 'Seqtronic' garnered attention from a number of labels and was quickly snapped up by established Bristol based Dead Famous Records, released in October 2012. Since then he's gone on to remix Vandal's epic 'Vision In Leather' single, Ways & Means' glitch hop track Don't Think Not and Dirt Revolver's Soul Surfer single which hit No 32 in the Beatport Breaks chart. His next single 'Frostbite' carried on from this and hit number 27. Establishing himself as a talented producer and gaining widespread praise from fans and peers alike with plenty more releases forthcoming on AUX, Benefit & Australia's Box Set Records the future is certainly looking bright for A:B:S

Soundcloud link : www.soundcloud.com/a-b-s
Beatport link : http://www.beatport.com/artist/a-b-s/289805
Facebook Fan page : https://www.facebook.com/pages/A-B-S/123853361006276

INTERVIEW - A:B:S

Why breaks and what got you into it?

Well first off for me it’s not just about breaks. I love to play techno, house, breaks, electro, all sorts. I’ve been into so many styles of music over the years that it could have been anything really. Some of the first dance music I got into was old skool hardcore and drum and bass. Drum and bass got a bit dark and nights were too moody and MC led so I got into breaks which had a similar kind of energy and swing to it, I also love the fact that it is a similar tempo to house and techno so you could mix it up with other genres. The first ‘breaks’ stuff that I bought was a Botchit and Scarper album which was great, really varied from blissed out melodies to dark rollers, and still quite experimental at the time. It was at the time when they were one of the big players, just before the Plumps released their first album and did their classic Mixmag covermount CD. I loved the variety on that again.


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

From a breakbeat perspective I love early-mid 2000’s stuff, labels like TCR, Mob, Botchit, Whole9Yards. That’s the kind of breaks I like, a cleaner sound, more techy, experimental and underground, no wompy gnarly dubstep basses. As I’m still a fairly new producer whenever I hear anything be it house, techno, breaks I dissect it from a sound design point of view and try to figure out how to make those sounds and incorporate them into my tracks. Meat Katie has always been a big influence on me musically just for his ‘don’t give a shit about genres’ attitude.

There’s a lot of people that I’ve looked up to in the scene for a long time that are giving me some great support & advice, Meaty, Dopamine & Vandal especially. Production wise Simon Shackleton (Elite Force) is consistently sticking out great tracks of all genres, loved his last Elite Force track Stay With Me, was just such a clean, deep sound. Mesmer is putting out some really good stuff on Scarcity, last few bits he’s done have been very ‘classic’ breaks sounding and he’s sent me a new track which is coming on Sound of Habib, it’s a killer. Ettica is doing great stuff, Chicago Loop are making some awesome techno, Charlie Kane’s done some cool bits on Dirt Revolver’s new label.


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

I always start from the drums up, get the main drum tracks programmed, hats and percussion then add the bass. Basically build the groove as a foundation, melodies and so on come later. Then I work on the arrangement, transitions and fine tuning later on. If someone sends me a track and asks if I’d like to remix it I usually have a couple of listens through, check out if there’s some decent sounds in there to work with and then don’t listen to it again so I can come up with my own take and not be overly influenced by the original. If there isn’t anything to use then I turn it down, theres no point calling something a remix if it has essentially none of the original in it.


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

My musical background is just as a listener really, I’ve been into music since I was about 6 or 7, heavily influenced by what my older brother and sister were listening to, so I got into hip hop, electro and then dance music from my brother, and rock and heavy metal from my sister. I did try and learn the electric guitar but that was very short lived. I got into DJing by messing around at home but never with any intention to do anything with it, a few years later I sent someone a demo, got a gig which went really well and I got hooked. Now that I’ve started writing my own tracks I do regret not learning music because it could have given me quite a good head start. At the same time though I’ve spent so many years listening to music I know what sounds ‘right’ to me.


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

I usually sit down with a style in mind be it breaks, 4x4 electro/tech whatever and just see where it goes. It might be that the idea I start with in my head just doesn’t come together and it goes off at a complete tangent but it’s just whatever works at the time. I’ve just written a track for Sam Vandal’s Benefit label and I reckon I started 3 or 4 different tracks and they kept going off in different directions which weren’t suitable for that project. Finally I wrote what I think is a classic sounding TCR/Mob era breaks track and I have a couple of other tracks out of the process that I’ve finished as well.


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

I use Ableton Live which for me is a great programme, the in built effects are really useful. Got a few VST synths, Z3ta, Massive, Kontakt plus a Launchkey midi keyboard/controller. As for favourite’s I use NI Maschine to program and sequence all of my drums and percussion in every track I do and it’s wicked, great sound libraries or import samples into it. Very quick to get a groove coming together. My other fave is ABL2 which is a VST emulator of a Roland 303, a lot of people know I have a weakness for acid and this is a great plug in to recreate that classic sound.
Do you write any other genre’s of music? It depends what you know me for writing ;-) I’ve written some more breakbeat orientated tracks, then there’s been some 4/4 tech tracks and some acid stuff as well. I like to experiment ☺


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

There’s a fair few labels that I’d love to work with and they each have their style so I’m looking at doing a variety of stuff across the genres. The tracks I’ve released so far have been getting plays and props from breaks DJs and house/techno DJs although they are in the whole more rooted in the breaks/Tech-Funk side of things. I really want to write some proper techno tracks. If you hear my DJ sets I play a lot of techno but have got no ‘pure’ techno of my own to play. I’ve got a few house & techno labels asking me for remixes and tracks which is cool, hope it’ll widen my appeal beyond the breaks scene a bit more. I’ve got a new single called Flashpoint out on Phase Animator’s Box Set Records, a 4x4 stomper with bleeps and old skool influences. Plus the track I’ve done for Vandal’s Benefit Records called Microdots, which is a cheeky drug reference. Think that’s being released in May. I’ve also got a progressive breaks track that I’ve just finished, which people are likening to a cross between Orbital and early 90’s DnB, haven’t signed that yet but hoping to shortly. And I’m half way through a remix for Beat Tempest for his label Cclone Records.


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

To be honest I went on a real downer for the breaks scene a few years back, I don’t know whether it was my age or what it was but it just went all booty bass, dubstep sounding commercial bootleg rubbish and unfortunately there’s still a lot of that around now. If you dig deep there is actually some good bits about, you just need to look really hard or know where to find them. I’m not totally up on all new labels as I just don’t have the time or willpower to sift through everything trying to find music. I don’t really know where the future lies, I would love to think there could be a credible underground scene away from the commercial stuff, it seems to be there in Eastern Europe and various other little pockets worldwide which I’m starting to discover so hopefully it’ll be nurtured and grow (just not too much)

What came first the producing or the dj’ing?

DJing came first by quite a long way, I’ve been messing about at home since the late 90s but didn’t play out until 2007. I then had quite a few DJs telling me that I need to start producing to up my game and get myself a bit more well known outside of my local area. Seems to be working alright so far.


What do you listen to when you’re not writing/dj’ing?

I’ve got very eclectic tastes, really love the new Nine Inch Nails album, big Bjork fan, Nick Cave, Emiliana Torrini, love my lo-fi Indie rock, Sleater Kinney, Le Tigre I could go on for ages!


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

Well I got married last April and we’ve just had a daughter 9 weeks ago so that’s keeping me pretty busy at the moment! To be honest with working full time, family and trying to get studio time in it doesn’t leave many hours in the day for much else, apart from sleeping and drinking tea. Both of which are very enjoyable.


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

We named our daughter Isobel after a song from Bjork’s Post album.



DBS

Show: Disc Breaks with Llupa ft. A:B:S
Date: Thursday, 27th March 2014
Time: 0900 - 1100 UK (7-9pm here in Brisbane)

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



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Thursday, March 20, 2014

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Disc Breaks with Llupa ft. Yreane - 284 - 20th March 2014

I have a few damn cool guests coming up on the show over the next little while, so thought I'd resurrect the Disc Breaks Interview.

This week on the show we welcome back Yreane who was last on the show on 2010. The man has been doing great things - like getting signed to the mighty LOT49 - and been busy with lots of great tunes and remixes about to drop. I've been a fan of the man for years so it's great to see him getting his name out there. The mix is an artist showcase made up of just his tunes and remixes and is phat.

The man answered some questions I threw at him with the full DBS Interview here



Yreane

Yreane is a producer and DJ from Moscow. He played his sets at some huge arenas in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Spain. The same stage with Far Too Loud, Hedflux, Elite Force, Meat Katie, Colombo, Sketi, Beatman & Ludmilla, Access Denied, 4Kuba, Quadrat Beat, Teddy Killers and the others. Since 2013 Yreane is a member of LOT49 artist pool.
As a producer he's releasing his stuff since 2008. On such labels as Ayra Recs, LOT49, XSSR Music, Kick It Recs, Scarcity and some others. Got support from so heavy monsters as Far Too Loud, Beatman & Ludmilla, Dylan Rhymes, Meat Katie, Access Denied, BETA etc.

https://soundcloud.com/yreane
https://www.facebook.com/yreane
http://www.mixcloud.com/yreane/
http://www.beatport.com/artist/yreane/103701

damn, that was a great guest mix from Yreane - big respect to the man as it was all his own stuff - techy, rocky and rolling, the way we like it... My bit went from 128 - 145 in an hour and - bar some tech issues - I had a ball mixing it! There are so many great and varied tunes out at the moment...

Archive - Roughly 2 hours, 175MB
Direct Download - Disc Breaks with Llupa ft. Yreane - 284 - 20th March 2014
Podcast - Disc Breaks Podcast

Llupa

01. Deya Dova - Bone Dance [Desert Trax]
02. Metha - Dark Smile [Breaks.sk]
03. Ronin8 & B1itz - Brave Heart (Charlie Kane Remix) [VIM Special Edition]
04. Bad Tango, Polymetrics - At The Edge [Broken Robot]
05. Electrique Theatre - Creation Of Your Own Mind [Grindhaus Records]
06. Chevy One - 9Th Revolution [LOT49]
07. Lior Naar - Creamy Pepper [Breaks.sk]
08. Chris Voro & Z4thoichi - Genesis (Chris Voro Version) [Blacked Out Records]
09. Pio Beat - Fracture Zone [Expand Records]
10. Grove - Dropping [iBreaks]
11. Phase Animator - Nyota (ABS Remix) [Box Set Records]
12. Optobot - Audium (Karl Sav Remix) [Sub Element Records]
13. The Brainkiller - Lost Dimension [Musication Records]
14. Peter Paul - Sexy Era (Crazy Style) [N-Mitysound Records]
15. Flip5ide & Bangor - Block Array [VIM Records]
16. Lisa Lashes - What You Know (Chris Voro Remix) [Critical Overload]
17. Ryo - Arcadia (Resonant Status's 'Gates Of Arcadia' Remix) [Boomsha Recordings]
18. Laura Steel, The Freestylers - Falling feat. Laura Steel [Black Hole Recordings]

Guest Mix: Yreane

01. Autolux - Subzero Fun (Yreane remix) [Unreleased]
02. Pio Beat - Electro Shiva (Yreane Remix) [Expand Recs forthcoming]
03. Ronin8 - Ditry Funk (Yreane remix) [V.I.M. Special]
04. Yreane - What You Want (Original mix) [LOT49]
05. Baseface - Flashlight (Yreane remix) [Unreleased]
06. Yreane - Too Hot For Me (Original mix) [Benefit Recs forthcoming]
07. Home Alone vs Yreane - Low Freq (Original mix) [YellowFinger]
08. Yreane - Come & Get Me (Original Mix) [LOT49]
09. Fisso & Spark - Let The Bass Kick (Yreane remix) [Breakz R Boss]
10. Hyper - Lies (Yreane Punk Remix) [Unfinished demo track]

Archive - Roughly 2 hours, 175MB
Direct Download - Disc Breaks with Llupa ft. Yreane - 284 - 20th March 2014
Podcast - Disc Breaks Podcast

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

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Disc Breaks Interview - Yreane

I have a few damn cool guests coming up on the show over the next little while, so thought I'd resurrect the Disc Breaks Interview.

This week on the show we welcome back Yreane who was last on the show on 2010. The man has been doing great things - like getting signed to the mighty LOT49 - and been busy with lots of great tunes and remixes about to drop. I've been a fan of the man for years so it's great to see him getting his name out there. The mix is an artist showcase made up of just his tunes and remixes and is phat.

The man answered some questions I threw at him with the full DBS Interview below - the guest mix will feature on tomorrows show.

Show: Disc Breaks with Llupa ft. Yreane
Date: Thursday, 20th March 2014
Time: 0900 - 1100 UK (7-9pm here in Brisbane)

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

Yreane

Yreane

Yreane is a producer and DJ from Moscow. He played his sets at some huge arenas in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Spain. The same stage with Far Too Loud, Hedflux, Elite Force, Meat Katie, Colombo, Sketi, Beatman & Ludmilla, Access Denied, 4Kuba, Quadrat Beat, Teddy Killers and the others. Since 2013 Yreane is a member of LOT49 artist pool.
As a producer he's releasing his stuff since 2008. On such labels as Ayra Recs, LOT49, XSSR Music, Kick It Recs, Scarcity and some others. Got support from so heavy monsters as Far Too Loud, Beatman & Ludmilla, Dylan Rhymes, Meat Katie, Access Denied, BETA etc.

https://soundcloud.com/yreane
https://www.facebook.com/yreane
http://www.mixcloud.com/yreane/
http://www.beatport.com/artist/yreane/103701

INTERVIEW - Yreane

Why breaks and what got you into it?

I have a rock background. So… when the time came to turn to some electronica I’d been listening to artists like The Prodigy, The Crystal Method and Hyper, who used a lot of guitars, rocky vocals and broken rock-like rhythms. Breaks and rock music have much more in common then the other styles. When I heard breaks I thought: "That’s it! That’s what I was looking for". And I’ve started to search more and more in this style. I found hybridized.org with Hybrid, Way Out West, Burufunk, NuBreed mixes, Meat Katie’s Bedrock compilation and fell in love with that proggy, tech, deep sound they played. I think, my rock background and that first influence in breaks has formed my style as an electronic artist in the future.


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

My first love were The Beatles. I’ve been listening to their albums 1000 times over and over again. Then was the era of russian rock. In 1996-2002 I played a lead guitar in a rock band called 'Institute of the Path' :) Russian rock led me into more heavy music. I like Metallica, AC/DC, Nirvana etc etc. Meanwhile I was discovering some electronica, as I was saying, through the Prodigy and Crystal Method CDs, Hyper’s 'Wired' compilation.

At the moment, after 3-5 years of experiments with the heavy electro sound, I’m back to the roots. That breaks of 2004-2008 I fell in love with is floating my boat these days. So I’m gaining inspiration in old works by such names as PMT, Introspective, Elite Force, Meat Katie, Evil Nine, General MIDI and many others. Glad to see some of 'old' heroes coming back to that sound. Meat Katie and Lee Coombs are making great new tech breaks tracks, Peter Paul wrote the whole techy album with good old sound.

And I really appreciating modern producers who’s making music like this. It was a great opening for me to hear Resonant Status album, for example. Absolutely top work. Rcaine, A:B:S, Kwerk, Too Dusty, Home Alone, Chevy One and you Llupa, of course… making great music I love and respect. Don’t forget about russian guys like Tom Clyde, Pio Beat, Freak Da Bass. And I hope it won’t be stopped.

Outside the breaks I still love good rock music. Muse, for example. Like to listen to some beautiful indie rock. But Metallica, Nirvana, Guns’N’Roses and The Beatles, of course, are still in my player from time to time.


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

Usually it starts from the groove in my head. Some melody is pumping me inside. And I’m starting to remember, where I could hear it :) If I don’t remember, I want to make a track out of it. And it doesn’t matter - original tune or remix. If I have to make a remix then I’m using that groove from my head with samples from the remix stems, so it turns to the remix. If I have no remix work at the moment, I’m using the groove for an original track.

Sometimes I listen to the other styles of music (non-electronic) and hear some interesting moves there. I’m thinking: "What if I play this a little faster with some huge deep bass?" I’m opening Ableton, and the result is surprising me :) And here you go… I’m working on a new tune already :)


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

Oh yeah. Definetly, when I’m sitting down to write a tune, I know how it will sound in the end. But it means nothing :) 2-3 different moves during the production and track goes so far from the original idea that I can make already two tunes out of one idea.

But sure… there were some tunes I’ve done exactly how I planned them.


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

It’s all about soft synths and plugins for me. I’m using Ableton as a DAW. My baselines I’m creating mostly with Zebra2 synth and Moog samples. Using Massive and Sylenth for leads and pads. All processing I’m trying to do with Ableton native plugins. They are really good. But I have two favorites outside. It’s EQs and compressors from NI. I love to use ’em for the vocals and some beautiful synth. It makes them sound more velvet and warm, you know. Also love mastering tools from High Rankin. Amazing 3 presets for Ableton to make my sound more fat, round and glue.


Do you write any other genre’s of music?

Yeh, from time to time I’m helping my ex-rock-band with production. Real fun to work on it :) Wanna hear?


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

Well, now I’m truly into tech-funk and indie dance. Broken and straight techno, some dark deep sound and of course, guitar breaks.

Recently I’ve became a resident of LOT49 label. And Mark (Meat Katie) and Marvin (Dylan Rhymes) offered me to be a LOT49 representative in Russia. As you see, I couldn’t decline :) My dream came true, cause for me it’s the highest level I could reach. Sure, it’s the best label (for me) in tech-funk music. And now i’m in the team. So… it’s clear that I’ll continue to make and release techy music with LOT49 in the near future.

Some of my forthcoming stuff you can hear in my promo mix for Disc Breaks this week. It’s original 'Too Hot For Me', to be released on Vandal’s tech-funk compilation later this year. Expand Records will be releasing an excellent Pio Beat EP with my remix on board. It’s dark techy roller track called 'Pio Beat - Electro Shiva (Yreane remix)'.

My another dream came true when I’ve started my remix for Hyper’s track 'Lies'. It’s just a fantastic feeling when you’re working with your idol. 12 years ago you’re listening to his music in your car on a repeat. And now you’re remixing his track from the new album. Amazing! Track is not finished yet. It’s just a demo, but you may hear it in the end of the same Yreane’s promo mix for DBS. And let me know if you like it, haha :)

Also, pay attention to a couple of indie breaks remixes I’ve done. Not sure it will be released sometimes. Kinda my secret weapons :) I’m talking about Autolux and Baseface remixes. Influenced by such names as Adam Freeland and PMT. With a lot of Yreane in it, of course :)

I have a couple of heavy rock tunes in progress. One work called 'Never Get Me'. I’ve worked on it for more than 2 years already :) And already not sure if I’ll finish it sometimes :) In this tune I have Ellis Ruff on the vocals. This singer worked with Sketi, if you remember. The second one is a Pyramid inspired heavy monster. I’ve made a demo for this track, got a lyrics to be written, and now looking for a singer to finish the track with. I think it will be the last two heavy tunes from me. And then I’ll focus on tech-funk and indie breaks exclusively.


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

I think the current state of breaks is very noisy :) Dubstep, dirty electro, complextro and trap influences led the breaks to it’s current position. I don’t like it, to be honest. There’s almost no such sound these days we’ve started to love the breaks for. Let’s take a look at the 'golden' era of breaks. 2004-2009. We had clean tech sound, clean funky sound, clean baseline (!) sound. We had interesting melodies and different grooves. And what we have now? Some drilling, buzzing, swishing bass cuts in 95% of the tracks. I just can’t to differ one track from another. So… the current state of breaks is not for me, indeed.

As for the future… seeing fathers of breaks returning to the style, makes me hoping for another 'golden' era. And it will be my third musical dream came true if it happens :)


What came first the producing or the dj’ing?

As to breaks… first was the DJing. In 2005 I’ve started to make my first compilations, then bought CDJs-200 and started my Breaks Review Show on the BigBeats and then on NSB Radio.

But before that I was making music for my rock band :) So… I think, I’m more into production then into DJing. Something like that.


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

I’m hanging out with my family and friends. I have a 7 y.o. daughter and 1 y.o. boy, who wants me to spend all my time with them :) And I don’t mind :) I like to watch some good football or hockey game. To play XBOX a little. To have some whiskey with friends and sex with my wife ;)

My second hobby - UX/UI design - turned into well payed job. And I’m managing web-site department in a Russian advertisement agency.

As you may see… nothing special :)

Yreane

Show: Disc Breaks with Llupa ft. Yreane
Date: Thursday, 20th March 2014
Time: 0900 - 1100 UK (7-9pm here in Brisbane)

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

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Disc Breaks with Llupa - 283 - 13th March 2014

All me this week and a bit of a journey from the deep and progressive - damn there is some cool deep shit about at the moment - to the more driving and groovy. Enjoy!

Next week: Disc Break Guest Mix ft. Yreane



Archive - Roughly 2 hours, 182MB
Direct Download - Disc Breaks with Llupa - 283 - 13th March 2014
Podcast - Disc Breaks Podcast

01. Abstraction Unit - Time of Reflection [Mistique Music]
02. 06R - Look Human Feel Human (Breaks Mix) [Nueva Digital]
03. Mitaric - Track Thirty One (Andromedha 'Breaking the Habit' Remix) [Reelaux Digital]
04. Stromlinie - Nonuz [Digital Paradox Records]
05. Mechanical Pressure - Exosphere [Morphosis Limited]
06. Ewan Rill, Ivan Lu - Using the Chance (Omauha Remix) [Round Triangle AC]
07. Magi Cien - Ubuntu (The Element Remix) [CDR]
08. Audiotoxin - Sunrise [Spektra Recordings]
09. Retroid - Fountain [Nueva Digital]
10. Trocoloco - Debacle (Rick Tedesco Cerulean Remix) [VIM Records]
11. Nissim Gavriel - Hattori Hanzo (Dave Gluskin Remix) [Elliptical Sun Recordings]
12. DJ Genesis - Sea of Thought [Digital Trifecta Records]
13. Sasha Petros - Memory [Voice Magic Recordings]
14. Moshic - False Emotion (Airwave New School Breaks Mix) [Bonzai Progressive]
15. Optobot - Audium (Karl Sav Remix) [Sub Element Records]
16. Rikki - Skyline (Mr.Killen Remix) [Illegal Ninja Moves]
17. Phase Animator - Nyota [Box Set Records]
18. Paranoid Androidz - Caladan [VIM Records]
19. Metha - Monster (Lee Coombs & Kostas G Remix) [VIM Special Edition]
20. Wardian - Angels (Cyrax & Sektor Remix) [Funn Dark Records]
21. Chevy One - 9Th Revolution [LOT49]
22. Colombo - Build the Energy [iBreaks]
23. Mesmer - Icarus [Scarcity Records]
24. Beta - Mad Rhythm [Succession Records]
25. Monk3ylogic - Evil Tweaky Cat [Liquid Records]
26. A:B:S - Flashpoint [Box Set Records]
27. Motna - Moulded From Faults [Broken Robot]

Archive - Roughly 2 hours, 182MB
Direct Download - Disc Breaks with Llupa - 283 - 13th March 2014
Podcast - Disc Breaks Podcast

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