Join the Deeper Shades family ..

  • Deep House News
This section includes compiled posts from some of Lars Behrenroth's favorite (Deep) House and Tech blogs.
Copyright to each post is owned respectively by the author and issueing website.

all music feeds | all tech feeds

PREMIERE — Sandeman – No More Conversations (Original Mix) [Get Physical Music] + Interview

sandeman cvr

Scottish producer, Sandeman, creates a mega tune for Get Physical‘s Ibiza 2016 compilation. Out June 10th!

Stuart Sandeman, now known as Sandeman, established himself as a member of the Wildkats outfit with material for the likes of Hot Creations, AVOTRE, Made To Play and of course his very own You Are We imprint which he co-founded. Following from last years EP with John Monkman for Crosstown Rebels sub label Rebellion, Stuart returns under his Sandeman guise with a new composition and new musical angle for Get Physical.

‘No More Conversations’ sees Stuart embrace a brooding, raw and dark feel via bumpy rhythms, gritty dub stabs and rumbling sub bass alongside a constantly wandering and modulating arpeggio synth lead and sporadic bass as the record unfolds into a peak crescendo of glitched out synths and heady percussion.

Sandeman’s ‘No More Conversations’ is out on Get Physical 10th June 2016.

Read interview below to learn more about Stuart Sandeman…

Sandeman – No More Conversations [Get Physical Music]

* CLICK HERE if you do not see the SoundCloud player.

Sandeman Press Shot 1

Interview with Sandeman

What’s the story behind “No More Conversations?”
I’m pretty pleased with how No More Conversations turned out; it’s a bit of a bomb and has been going down well in my sets. I wrote it during a very challenging time in my life. The intense build up, trippy wandering arpeggiator and chaotic bleepy sounds definitely reflect that. I find that making music is like a therapy, an avenue to express emotion, whether that be joy, pain, frustration, chaos, beauty… whatever it is, its a representation of where you’re at, so channeling that energy creatively is liberating.  It’s such an honour to release with Get Physical Music again, a label I have a lot of respect for.

How did you link up with Get Physical?
My initial link up with Get Physical was down the regular route. I sent some demos out to their label boss Philipp, crossed my fingers, said my prayers and voila, he got right back! It often feels like your demos are sent to the abyss when you send them to bigger labels without a hook up, but I guess this is a testament that it does still work. My history with Get Physical goes deeper than my releases though. The label was a huge influence for me in my early DJ days. Back in 2003 tracks like DJ T – Freemind and Bite, really paved my musical direction, so it means a lot to me to now be one of their artists.

What does your creative process in the studio look like? Any rituals?
I am really in the flow right now, I put that down to giving myself a bit of structure to my daily routine, something that was difficult to do last year. Daily morning exercise really sets me up for the day also have a regular meditation practice which gives me focus and keeps me in check.  The actual studio process really depends what I’m working on. For new tracks I usually lay down some drums and start playing around with sounds and let the journey take its own route. I bought some new Roland gear a couple of weeks ago, TR8 and a TB3 – a lot of fun to jam with. Playing with new toys and sounds definitely ignites creativity and workflow.

What’s on the horizon for You Are We?
The You Are We team has been busy; we launched our summer series of London events this month. The 1st was a real smash of a day event with Maxxi Soundsystem. Our next event is July 2nd with Audiojack and local London hero Geddes. Have a few more London dates for the summer and programming a stage a Hidden Village festival. On the label side of things we have an EP from one of our residents and good friend Adam Curtain and another from Alexis Raphael to drop this summer.

What cool gigs do you have coming up this summer?
Got a Wildkats Brazil tour in early June. Then its Europe hopping for the summer with gigs in UK, Ibiza, Iceland, Portugal and a few fun festivals like Fusion in Berlin.



Artist: Sandeman, Various Artists
Title: Ibiza 2016 Compilation
Record Label: Get Physical Music
Release Date: 10/06/16

Jimbo James
Managing Editor


Read more

PIV Podcast By Prunk


Coming off the front of a prolific 2016, PIV label owner and former DHA crew member Prunk provides an exclusive podcast for his PIV label night w/ Fred Everything.

Locked in as a Resident DJ for major Dutch festivals such as DGTL and Straf_Werk, Prunk has also setup periodic PIV club nights at Chicago Social Club and De Marktkantine, including a few PIV nights in the emerging rave-paradise of Malta. PIV has been up and running since the eve of 2015, with a steady flow of releases along the way. Already featured on the label are artists such as Roland Nights, Chris Stussy and Yusuke Yamamoto, with more to come in 2016.

See also: PIV Podcast By Fred Everything

Along with his PIV label work, Prunk has released on labels such as New York’s notorious Nervous Records, King Street Sounds, Defected Records, Electronique, Moulton, and London based Innercity Records, and has most recently been collaborating with London-based singer/songwriter Alex Mills on a track. On top of that, Prunk is performing in international hotspots such as Ibiza (Space), New York, Monaco, Russia, Spain, Sao Paulo, Amman and Belgium.

You can catch Prunk and Fred Everything tomorrow night at Chicago Social Club.

DownloadArtist PageSoundcloud

May 27 | PIV Invites Fred Everything | Doorsale Only | Chicago Social Club, Amsterdam

The post PIV Podcast By Prunk appeared first on Deep House Amsterdam.

Read more

Why The Pioneer DJ TOUR-1 Matters To Festival DJs + Sound Techs

Pioneer DJ have finally released the Rolls Royce of a DJ setup they had teased earlier in the year to a curious crowd at NAMM 2016. While most fixated on the five large screens attached to the top, a few were asking the questions about the other new features included in and around each device. Guest contributor Dan D-Squared shares some insight on what Pioneer DJ was thinking behind this over-the-top design of a product line.

Who Is The Pioneer DJ TOUR-1 For?

The big question everyone is asking themselves is “Who is this system for?” and the blunt answer is “probably not you.” At least not yet.

An overhead of both units - click to zoom and see all of the details.

An overhead of both units – click to zoom and see all the details.

This system is really for the most popular “big name” DJs of the world, who are playing on the biggest stages and sound systems week after week. This TOUR-1 system is for:

  • artists whose booking costs are in the tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands for a 1-2 hour set
  • artists who have a full crew they tour with, including a FOH engineer, lighting technician and visual team
  • DJs who have specific requests for equipment on their artist riders which if not met by the show provider means a breach of contract and a cancellation of their performance on the spot

These DJs all exist, and we all have many opinions about their talent, the music they play, and if they deserve to be where they are.

Playing On Multi-Million Dollar Soundsystems

So why is this new rig a big deal to you if it’s not something most DJs will get a chance to even touch? The TOUR-1 appears to be made to give the crowds of people at these huge shows the absolute best experience possible. When paying upwards of $500 a ticket to go to a festival, your level of expectation is very high. The audience expects the absolute greatest display of stage design, visuals, lighting, fireworks and more. No expense is overlooked when it comes to the finer details.


Having the best possible sound at a festival is a big deal. When you’re a DJ playing in front of 50,000 to 100,000 people at EDC, Ultra, or Tomorrowland on a multi-million dollar sound system, every thing you can do to improve on that has a cascading effect on the end result of sound.

Every sound system, no matter how expensive and technologically advanced, is only as good as the weakest link in the chain. That chain starts at the DJ booth.

Pioneer DJ has recently started advocating for higher quality sound in DJ booths – specifically on the NXS2 line, increasing their D/A conversion inside to 96 kHz/24-bit and advocating the use of more lossless formats like FLAC.

For most real-world scenarios, a 320kbps MP3 track is enough of a balance between file size, affordability, and perceivable quality when jamming out tunes at a club. But when you’re playing on a 300,000-watt stereo system specifically designed to deliver the clearest truest signal at the maximum volume level without distortion, MP3 begins to lose its benefits.

Significant New I/O On DJM-TOUR1

The back of the DJM-TOUR1 - Click To Zoom

The back of the DJM-TOUR1 (click to zoom)

Enter the Pioneer DJ TOUR-1 system. Pioneer DJ has added some new features throughout the mixer to take full advantage of massive sound systems. On the back of the DJM-TOUR1 you’ll notice a few changes:

  • The Booth output changed from 1/4” TS to XLR. this is a great addition as I can tell you the first thing we do at festivals when hooking up mixers is plug a 1/4” to XLR adapter on each Booth port to run the signal to the FOH snake back to the mixing console for tweaking. Most DJs who are playing on stages have requested a substantially large monitoring rig that will almost always take XLR inputs, so not having to use adapters always is a nice benefit.
  • An ethernet hub built into the mixer with NEUTRIK etherCON® connectors. The ethernet connectors on the backs of CDJs and DJMs are typically the first thing to break after years of abuse. They can only take so many times of unplugging/replugging before the soldered connector breaks off inside. NEUTRIK etherCON® is a much more secure connection, which means your mixes will not lose their link connectivity as easily should some cables get accidentally moved slightly mid set.
  • The SPDIF Master Out (found on the DJM900 series) has been replaced with a Digital AES/EBU. This allows for a single, secure, digital line to be ran straight from the mixer to the FOH mixing console at a festival. Digital cable runs over several hundred feet long are generally better than long analog runs as the signal doesn’t degrade. However the cost of the cable itself is vastly more expensive than your typical XLR run. Read more about the AES3 specification in this Sound on Sound article.
  • There’s also now a Word Clock Input – this is a signal that tells pieces of gear when exactly to sample audio at each sample rate interval. The more accurate your Word Clock, the less jitter you get in your A-D D-A process, which translates to a much more accurate sound reproduction. Read a solid post here explaining Word Clock in more detail.
A FOH engineer at Ultra - photo credit

A FOH engineer at Ultra – photo credit

All these improvements are a huge deal for Front Of House audio engineers at festivals who are relying on the DJ to deliver a clear, clean, consistent signal that they can then tweak to sound best on the speakers. FOH engineers are actively listening and know how sound is, for lack of a better word, supposed to sound. They understand the frequency response of the speakers, the physics of the room or environment they are in, the reflections coming off the crowd or roof and any correction to the audio signal that can be made to steer it back to it’s “true” sound.

As a DJ, you are behind the main speaker system, you do not have any idea whatsoever how it sounds out in the audience. You have to have a working relationship with your FOH engineer to deliver the cleanest, clearest, consistent signal possible from the mixer so that the FOH engineer has to do minimal adjustments to make sure the signal maintains the sound you’re hearing in your headphones amplified at ~110dB in a large open room or outdoor environment. So this combination of upgraded internal sound card quality, using lossless audio files, digital connections throughout to minimize signal degradation and Word Clock to keep your mixer’s sample rate in constant sync is the ultimate combination for delivering the “truest” sound possible.

  • There’s also now a dedicated Internet port for KUVO integration. KUVO is Pioneer’s social network which aims to deliver track information that DJs play to people in the audience. It still remains unknown if KUVO will ever gain popularity.
  • There’s also another NEUTRIK etherCON® port labeled Extension. We don’t know the purpose yet – it could possibly be a means to send Rekordbox information to the visual / lighting team to sync up scenes to the music playing with relative ease. Or perhaps this is for daisy-chaining DJ mixers, similar to such a function on the PLAYdifferently mixer.

Cue, Aux In + Send/Returns On DJM-TOUR1

The top of the DJM-TOUR1 has new features designed for many different DJs to use the mixer

The top of the DJM-TOUR1 has new features designed a rotating lineup of DJs quickly to use the mixer

  • On the top of the mixer, Pioneer has added a second independent headphone cue system – useful for sets with two or more DJs playing at the same time, trying to cue up multiple tracks without having to listen to the other person’s adjustments.
  • Pioneer DJ has also included a separate auxiliary channel on the mixer with its own dedicated TRS/XLR input combo jack. This is for DJs who are using their own soundcard, mixer, or controller with audio interface, but still would like to hook their signal into the DJ mixer without having to disconnect anything. Plus, the Beat FX can be applied on the auxiliary channel.
  • Oddly, the 1/4” TS Send/Return Input/Outputs have moved to the top of the mixer. This seems a bit out-of-place as you’ll now have four cables randomly sticking straight out the top of the mixer – but perhaps it is because Send/Return hardware might be changing with each new DJ.

What About The Screens?

The DJM-TOUR1's screen showing four vertical waveforms

The DJM-TOUR1’s screen showing four vertical waveforms

Of course the biggest cosmetic change of all is the addition of the screens. Rather than re-designing the existing four touchscreens on the CDJs, Pioneer DJ has added a second touch display on each CDJ, which essentially shows the same information on the screen below, albeit more in-depth and higher resolution. This seems a bit counter-intuitive to the design and further adds to unnecessary bulk of the CDJ. It puts a barrier between the performer and the audience they are working to interact with and almost seems like too much of a distraction of information at once.

They’ve also added a screen on top of the DJM, which now shows:

  • more accurate detailed metering such as RMS level vs. Peak of each channel & master output, or
  • all current track waveforms in a linear or horizontal layout.

The added information display is surely nice, but is it really needed given that there is already a touchscreen on each CDJ? Pioneer DJ may have been better off to redesign those screens to accommodate the information they wish to display on these large, seemingly non-removable screens. The hinge mechanism that the screens fold down with also looks like a potential failure point during transit and setup/breakdown – not exactly ideal on a high-cost piece of touring gear. While they do include a sun shade, it remains to be seen just how effective they will be or what anti-reflective coating each screen has.

Only Ready For The Big Time


The thing to take away from all this is that although these TOUR1 units are made for a very specific purpose currently, it is a good indication that at least some of these features may find themselves in the DJ gear of the future at the more consumer grade level of price point. Features typically get added to the most high-end gear first and slowly trickle their way down to mainstream equipment as the years pass on.

It’s certainly no harm to at least learn what the purpose of each of those functions do, and how you might make use of them, should you ever come across some form of equipment that has one or more of those features down the road. The TOUR1 might not show up in the average DJ booth, but rest assured that the DJ booths it does end up in will be delivering the absolute best possible sound quality for the large audiences in front of them.

Now the music chosen for that sound, that’s an entirely different subjective story…

Read more

Sunburn Celebrates 10 Years With Massive Festival Experience


Sunburn, Asia’s biggest electronic music festival, has just announced Early Bird tickets are now on sale for their sure to be historic decade anniversary.

Taking place over 4 December days in India (the perfect time to be there, trust me), Sunburn is more much more than just a festival. In fact, it is a global electronic music pioneer, seminal in the development and exposure of the Indian electronic music scene. Located in one of the world’s biggest markets, and featured the world’s biggest Main Stage, Sunburn’s 2016 edition aims to bring revellers from some 50+ International destinations, resulting in an estimated regional economic boost of 20% (to put its size in perspective, 2015’s edition saw over 350K+ attendees).

Now, that’s all well and good but what about the music? Well, for example, last year saw the Indian debut of Seth Troxler, for one. Art Department, Tube & Berger, Juliet Sikora, and more were also on hand for the Star Wars production techno/deep house stage. Paste festivals have also featured the likes of Sasha, Jamie Jones, Damian Lazarus, Eelke Kleijn, and Francesca Lombardo with the added underground focus of 2016 sure to bring a slew of new names. Of course, these are some of the International names but India will also be well represented with some 400+ DJs playing the event, representing the spectrum of electronic music from psy trance to dubstep, underground to mainstream.

With on-site camping, 500+ hours of music, an environmentally sustainable waste policy, activities like bungee jumping, hot air balloon rides, and kite flying, unlimited parking, and an International food court, the only question is: What are you waiting for?

Early Bird tickets go on sale Wednesday, 26 May at 12pm IST. International tickets can be found HERE


27 – 29 December | Sunburn Festival | Tickets | India

The post Sunburn Celebrates 10 Years With Massive Festival Experience appeared first on Deep House Amsterdam.

Read more

New iOS Speaker Recreates The Sounds Of Vintage Vinyl


Designed by Italian creator Paolo Cappello,’Louis,’ a “wooden trumpet” speaker system for iOS draws its inspiration from the sounds of vintage vinyl.

The speaker, which uses no electrical components, relies on its wooden structure, which bring out the retro sounds. Coupled with a specially designed iOS app that allows users to control the playlist, as well as their ideal sound experience, ‘Louis’ becomes a sum of all its parts. Available in natural, yellow and anthracite and is crafted from carefuly selected beech grain.

Check out the video below for a better idea of how ‘Louis’ works. The speaker retails for 149 Euro and can be purchased via Newblack

Read more

Support Deeper Shades Of House

  • Exclusive Live DJ Sets and selected talk free shows
  • Premium Podcast
  • Store Discounts
  • Download all new Deeper Shades Recordings releases FREE

Deeper Shades Podcast

> SUBSCRIBE NOW < question

Subscribe to the Deeper Shades of House Podcast using iTunes

Subscribe on Android

Or, subscribe via email:



Leave a Voicemail or Text

+1 313 444 3764

Stay in touch and get our free newsletter