Detroit deep house soldier, Rick Wade, to release Transcendent EP May 23 on Fort Street Records.
Launched in 2016 the label is now on its second release and is proud to present a three track EP from Rick Wade, who boasts previous releases on critically acclaimed labels including Robsoul Recordings, Dogmatik, FINA, Third Ear Recordings, Rush Hour and HOLIC TRAX, amongst a long list of others. A true pioneer and figurehead of the world’s electronic music scene, this EP is a fine example of why Rick has a DJ career that now spans over two decades.
The first track titled “Far From Earth,” has dreamy jazz chords and a gentle groove full of soul and warmth. Stripped back and spacious this is a fine example of Deep House at its best, with no frills or gimmicks just dripping in chic and class.
Check out the premiere of “Far From Earth” and be sure to scopp up the EP May 23rd!
A musical epiphany came when Juliet Fox discovered Chicago House and Detroit Techno in her early teens – her love for the sounds of this raw, jacking underground music drew her to dig deeper into its history, amassing a record collection from labels like Trax, Dance Mania and Cajual.
Quickly setting up her own record label in Attraction Music, and a radio show on Bloop.fm, Juliet instantly gained a stronghold in the London scene with residencies in the capital city & regular performances at clubs like Fire & The Egg.
But it is on the production front where Juliet’s creativity really shines. Showcasing her innate musicality, Juliet uses her own vocals in a unique style to create deep, dark techno and tech house with an addictive edge. This originality has seen her music signed to the likes of Cajual, Toolroom and Love & Other, and has resulted in collaborations with the likes of Green Velvet and Sonny Fodera.
Over the bank holiday weekend, May 28 & 29, Juliet Fox will be a part of the massive We Are FSTVL, where she plays Sunday’s Paravana Project stage. The much loved festival will feature over 200 of dance music’s finest artists across 16 bespoke stages, as 50,000 fans converge in London. To get us ready for that epic event, Juliet has provided us with this exclusive podcast.
It’s said that you got into this scene after discovering the sounds of Chicago House and Detroit Techno. How did this introduction come about growing up in Australia?
I was born in Adelaide which has a very small house music scene, but from about the age of 16 I was already heading out to probably the only two underground clubs there, Minky Bar (now Electric Circus) and Q Bar (now Sugar) which really influenced me musically. Australia was always very behind on music, especially Adelaide, so I made regular trips to Melbourne before deciding to move to Ibiza and then the UK in 2010.
You also spent a summer dedicated to Ibiza in 2010, what was this experience like? How did you promote yourself? What was the most difficult aspect of it all? What was the most satisfying?
I had only really started to DJ a year before I decided to move overseas, but I knew this was the best way to really delve deep and find my true sound, and be able to play the music I wanted. I heard so many crazy stories about Ibiza, and had to experience it for myself! I had such an amazing time in Ibiza, experiencing all the different clubs the island has to offer, and just worked hard networking, making friends and getting to know the right people, before long I was playing out regularly from daytime events and boat parties through to club sets at some of the best spots on the island. I then moved to Birmingham in the UK for 6 months after Ibiza, which has such good scene, and met so many talented and amazing people. Both places really opened my eyes to what was out there club and music wise.
What are some exciting things you have planned for this summer, professional or otherwise…?
This summer I am really focusing on my production and playing in my new home town Berlin, around Germany and Europe. I have some forthcoming gigs in the U.S, Finland, Greece, Sri Lanka and India, then of course regular shows in Berlin and a festival near Cologne in August, not forgetting the upcoming set at We Are FSTVL which I’m really excited about! I’m also planning to tour back in Australia and Asia towards the end of summer… so all business this year! I’m really focused and working on a lot of new music, and have some great collaborations coming out soon.
From Ibiza you moved on to London and, now, Berlin, how would you compare these two dance music meccas?
I love travelling which really encourages me musically, with new surroundings, and meeting new people. I think it’s the best way to really get to know yourself and develop your own character. I seem to be moving every couple of years at the moment! But Berlin had been on the cards for years, so I literally packed up all my stuff in London and just moved without really telling anyone. It’s been the best move for me and I really feel like I have found my sound. Everyone here is an artist, musician or producer which is just so inspiring, and you don’t feel pressured to be in any kind of 9-5 routine, instead just work when you want, go out to clubs when you want and really create your own vibe.
This May Bank Holiday you’ll be in London for We Are FSTVL. What is your relationship like with this event? Have you played before?
This is actually my first time playing at We Are FSTVL, and my first UK festival so I’m really looking forward to it! I played for We Are WHSE last year in September for a Toolroom Live show in London which was amazing so I know this will be just as good, if not better ☺
1. Bambook – The Storm (Original Mix) 2. Spencer K – Hard Struggle (Original Mix) 3. Onno – Because I (Ninetoes Remix) 4. Audiojack – Stutter (Original Mix) 5. Metodi Hristov – Transform Your Language (Original Mix) 6. Sakro – Everybody Dies Young (LYE Remix) 7. Sven Tasnadi – Waste Time (Original Mix) 8. Lee Davon – Looped Dance (Original Mix) 9. Burnski – Changes (Dub Mix) 10. Alex Ground – Sonar Week (Original Mix) 11. Mat.Joe – Sure Shot (Original Mix)
Okay, obvious disclaimer. Please do not prank call Ableton tech support. They’re busy, hard-working people. But … this is hilarious (as is the fact that it’s labeled as a tech support call “from Berghain”). A custom-built Launchpad and Live hacked to run inside Linux? Going with the flow and working the audience when a glitching Live set randomly launches clips? At least this scenario sounds like a plausible one involving a regular CDM reader. Listen:
You can download this, too, so fiction can become reality when you drop this track in your next set. I’d love to hear this on the FUNKTION-ONE, if you’re listening, cough, Marcel and Ben. Think about it.
CDM needs a morning zoo broadcast. We could do this all the time. (Meanwhile, I marvel yet again at the brilliance of SoundCloud’s related tracks algorithm. Start listening and you’ll find some awesome things happening.)
Confirmed: we have a source that tells us this call was real, and that really is an Ableton employee on the other line, to which we say – and we can’t say this enough – please don’t ever do this! Uh… but we are still laughing.
Unfortunately, you don’t just wake up inspired and ready to make or mix music – it can genuinely take some work to get excited. For a fun Friday article, we decided to spotlight a few uniquely interesting Instagram accounts that we DJTT readers will love.
@RLGrime – RL Grime
Why follow? RL Grime is a well-respected producer (with a serious history – did you know he also is Clockwork?) who posts lots of cinematic shots of the venues he plays – inspiration for your own venue bucket list.
@biggigantic – Big Gigantic
Big Gigantic is a great live performance duo – consistently posting great images from their shows: walls of LEDs, sweaty crowds, and the occasional saxophone.
@tychomusic – Tycho
We’re partial to Tycho because he’s such an all around virtuoso: graphic designer, photographer, and musician, he delivers one of the most visually stunning Instagram accounts I’ve seen.
@enterexperience – Richie Hawtin’s Enter Brand
The Enter team puts an incredible amount of care into building a very specific vibe at their parties, and it comes out clearly in what they share on Instagram. It’s good inspiration for anyone who wants to throw their own creative, original parties.
@musicstudios – Music Studios
There’s a good chance you’re already in the studio browsing Instagram for photos of other studios. Look through some amazing studio shots posted on this account.
@be_at_TV – Be-At.TV
Be-At.TV is one of a few outposts on the internet with a heavy emphasis on streaming live video from DJ booths. They keep this same perspective prevalent on their photo feed.
@ajrphotos – AJR Photos
AJR is one of many masterful nightlife photographers and he has a great eye for capturing performers, lights, shows, and crowds.
@pioneerdj_gear – Pioneer DJ • Gear
As far as we know, this account is completely disconnected from the official Pioneer DJ. This means that while they post photos of Pioneer gear, it’s often more genuine and less carefully put together than a typical business feed. It’s also just a great chance to drool over gear – case in point:
@sharooz – Sharooz
Sharooz is a UK-based artist who loves his synthesizers, and you can see it in his account:
@tomcosm – Tom Cosm
Tom’s an infamous Ableton Certified trainer on the internet – his feeds is full of plenty of Ableton Live and constantly-evolving synth setups.
@factmag – Fact Magazine
FACT often find themselves deep in inside of producer studios that most of us only dream about ever seeing – so when they post something good, it’s often as close as you’ll ever get.
@alican.yazicioglu – Phallen
This guy has a studio high above New York City – meaning that many of his pictures are completely breathtaking:
@kink303 – KiNK
KiNK always has some quirky new gear in his studio that he’s playing with or showing off.
@producercity – Producer City
It’s another great feed of snaps from studios all over – they tend to be mostly reposts from other accounts, so if you see something you like, you can quickly click into that account and see more.
Got suggestions of your own favorite gear-heavy photo posters? Let us know who inspires you in the comments. Of course, we’re on Instagram too and we love to see how you use any DJTT gear – tag us in photos!
With previous releases on Hot Waves, Toolroom, Jeudi and Nervous, Lee is known for his driving house music that can rock many a party.
The experience of this promoter turned DJ turned producer runs deep, from producing large scale events to playing tunes for the dance floor at Space in Ibiza, Lee M Kelsall has done it all.
Happy days ahead for Lee and the Altus team, which consists of Tony Edit of Thee Cool Cats and MI4L long-time friend, Sean Roman. The first few releases the label has seen Vanilla Ace and Jey Kurmis come to the table. Many more great tunes on the way we’re sure of it!
In the meantime, check this mix from Lee M Kelsall recorded live in Mexico City; and learn more about Lee’s story in the interview below.
How did you first get introduced to underground dance music? What inspired you to turn an obsession into a profession? I fell into the music scene by accident; I was first a club promoter while I was at Uni to pay me through that. Then came DJing at my own events originally to keep costs down, over time I grew as a promoter working with the likes of Maya Jane Coles, Derrick Carter, Damien Lazurus etc, and from there because I liked what these guys were doing I asked a friend from Uni to show me how to produce and my first track was signed with Jamie Jones and Lee Foss.
What has been the most exciting turning point of your career so far? It’s all been amazing putting on Faithless to 2800 people at an event I was promotion manager on was cool, playing at Hideout Festival in Croatia was mega and Space in Ibiza was surreal to have come as a clubber then to be playing in this amazing venue – I will be sad to see it go.
I’ve enjoyed every part of the dance industry whether it be an up or a down. Watching people like Solomun, Jamie Jones and Maya Jane Coles playing my music is just unreal also!
What city do you call home? If we were visiting your hometown, what clubs and/or parties would we want to check out? What about restaurants? I move around a lot 4 countries in the last 10 years. I’m currently in Mexico City, which is coo, there are some great artists in the city like Louie Fresco and Climbers.
If you came to México tomorrow you should check out Casa Morelos in Monterrey – This is an amazing venue it was an art gallery then at night becomes a club with an amazing roof. There has been some cool artists play there, I think this week is Pezzner.
For restaurants you gotta check out Fishers at 10 am on a Sunday Morning, after a party it is the only place you can go and continue to eat and drink. Mimosas in the sunshine!
What advice would you give to an aspiring producer trying to make their mark on the world? How much of it is being at the right place at the right time? I’d say the market is saturated so networking is key as well as the music, you can have the best track in the world but unless bigger artists get hold of it and get playing it, it’s a difficult industry. Fortunately for me the networking as a promoter meant I have good relationships with bigger artists before they were big. Remember most big artists were warm up DJs at some point.
When I signed “On The Road” to Jamie Jones and Lee Foss that was about the timing. I sent Lee a message and 30 seconds later he replied asking if he could sign it. Other times I’ve message him and its been weeks on a reply because he is now touring all the time.
I’ve seen some negative comments recently about big labels never listening to tracks. When you think Jamie Jones for example, gigs over 250 times a year when he is not playing he is sleeping so it’s obvious that he will listen to people he knows before random people.
What’s on the horizon for Lee Kelsall and Altus Project in 2016 and beyond? I took a few months off producing after having 4 releases with Toolroom. I am now going back into the studio and I’ve found a vocalist with a Frank Sinatra sounding voice who I want to try and use in my production to give them something special. Altus Project had a good few first releases with Vanilla Ace, Jey Kurmis, Thee Cool Cats and Newbie Nerdz.
In August, Tony from Thee Cool Cats is going to take an A&R role along with Sean Roman on the label so expect some fresh new sounds coming out of the label.
Dream gig… I don’t want to say an obvious one but surely everyone’s dream gig is DC10.
Dream collab… I´m a massive fan of Jonas Rathsman so Id love to spend a weekend in the studio with him.
Dream label… It has to be Black Butter Records – Consistently amazing!
Hobbies outside of music… Interesting fact – I’m now an author and currently writing an academic book for the International Baccalaureate in Business & Management. (Not just a pretty face)
What touristy activities do you like doing when visiting a foreign city? I do the Top 10 on TripAdvisor every country I go. It’s great because I’ve seen so much in the last 4 years it’s been mega!!
Name one track that has been lighting up dance floors for you… The first track on my mix …Cera Alba ’89 – I’ve known Liam for nearly 10 years he used to work in a shop in Leeds, UK. He has had an amazing 3-4 years with the production side so it’s always cool to someone grow and follow his journey. This track 89 on the breakdown is going to do some damage in the Summer. I think it is released in a month or so on MadTech.
Tell us about your mix… Recorded live in Mexico City, I tried to keep it housey something that will get you groovin’, there are some cool tracks from Juliet Sikora on Kittball and Solardo on Roush. I hope you enjoy it!