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Five illustrious remixes of Population One’s ‘Hippnotic Culture’ 2LP by the Detroit minimalist himself. Kicking off with a 20th Anniversary Mix of ‘Rush Hour’, the track that inspired our company name! Big big tip and a great honor… Play It Loud.

Population One, also known as Terrence Dixon, offered a first remix of his mysterious, minimal Detroit track ‘Rush Hour’ for the celebration of the label’s 10th anniversary and now blesses us with new takes on five ‘Hippnotic Culture’ album tracks. The impressive ‘Hippnotic Culture’ LP was originally released in 1995 on the long defunct Utensil label, which was run by Claude Young.

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Tracklist:
1. Rush Hour (20th Anniversary Mix)
2. Warped (Remix)
3. Cosmic Drill (Remix)
4. Lovechild (Remix)
5. Lost In Space (Remix)

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After the first edition of the RH House Of Music magazine, we really liked the idea of doing a magazine, and that has lead to the second edition in the making!  The upcoming HOM features stories on Invisible City Editions, Awanto 3, Sahel Sounds’ Mamman Sani and more… To warm up for it, we decided to put Tom Trago’s feature online that we published in the first edition. 

We interviewed him when he was about to release his 3rd album called The Light Fantastic. Tom is doing really well, here you find photos of his The Light Fantastic North America Tour. That is just great. Enjoy the read!

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Tom Trago wasn’t going to stick around in Amsterdam. On the contrary. He chose to escape his daily emails, phonecalls and whatever could distract him from his plan to create his third album ‘The Light Fantastic’. He had a set plan to make a concept album, and nothing should change that. So he activated his auto email reply, rented a van, stuffed it with equipment and drove off to the forest for a month. Trago came back only a few months ago, but to him it feels like it has been ages already. 

I went looking for Trago at his studio in Amsterdam and we spoke about his album and about how much the Dutch capital means to him.

“So this is the place where I have done most of my music”, the producer says when he shows the floor where his studio is at. “I recorded my first two albums here, ‘Voyage Direct’ and ‘Iris’.” He plumps down on a red couch in the hallway, just outside of the studio that he shares with Maxi Mill who is recording stuff as we speak. Since Trago returned from his forest adventure, it has been business as usual. He restarted his international gigs and continued his life in Amsterdam. One remarkable thing is that his friend San Proper got himself a studio just down the hall. After a long studio session and just before this interview, Trago finds Proper asleep, lying on his couch next to his guitars.

“When I came back I finished the album tracks here. Although they were completed, I thought I could change quite some a bit of the tracks again.” Trago continues: “That actually happens a lot. Sometimes it takes more than 10 phases before a track is completed. Most of the time I record something, people listen to it and have tips or whatever. I play with the feedback and change the track.  For example, ‘True Friends’ went through 16 phases. I talked with Maxim [Maxi Mill] about it, with my manager Christiaan Macdonald and Rush Hour’s Antal Heitlager inspired me as well.”

Musical journey
During the process of his second album ‘Iris’, really anything took him on a musical journey, Trago says. “A lot of people say the tracks sound very widely influenced. They are right. In general I dig into a lot of different kinds of music, like hip-hop, disco, house, folk, jazz, funk and so on. That is just the way I grew into music.” But for his third album Trago had a very strong vision of the road he wanted to take. “For ‘The Light Fantastic’ I wanted to use less samples and more synths. And it had to be for the dancefloor. I didn’t want to make songs, so I didn’t want to be influenced by jazz and folk. Of course, every now and then I had to get my head off topic and I created a hip-hop beat. That’s just the way I work. I do all kinds of things. But in the end I was very selective about the tracks that I found suitable for the album. In the forest I had a good distance to overview what I wanted.”

And after tweaking his third album, the title ‘The Light Fantastic’ suddenly arrived on top of his work. “It is based on a poem ‘Tripping the light fantastic’. It means something like imaginagy or fantastic dancing. It really points out what happens when we create music with the joy of dancing in our minds.” Trago takes a moment to overview his work. “I think that my three albums are very different, but on all you can definitely hear my sound”, Trago says. How did that happen? Trago doesn’t have to think twice. “Amsterdam has always played a huge role in my music. People like Antal, Cris Backer and KC the Funkaholic and a few other DJs here like Cinnaman and Mr Wix have been a big influence. Thanks to the Rush Hour store and because I knew these people, I have created my sound.”

Influences
Trago’s musical journey kind of started by a Kid named Sublime. Talking about the versatility of the Amsterdam scene; Tom Trago got in touch with Rush Hour, because hip-hop head Kid Sublime released a house track that was sold at the store. “I used to go to hip-hop record store Fat Beats a lot, where Kid Sublime worked. I would always buy double as much when he was working, because he knew exactly which records to pitch. One day I heard he had his first record out, and I had to search for Rush Hour to buy it. Back then I only bought hip-hop and jazz, but I did buy it! My first house record. And I really liked it, because I felt where the music was coming from. At Rush Hour I started digging for disco, house and I got in touch with the Rush Hour crew and Rednose Distrikt. Not long after I met them I decided to quit school. Really, Rednose and all these guys gave me the feeling that you can do whatever you want, however you want it. As long as you truly believe in it. That you can shape your fantasy in real life.”

And around that time, Trago met Cinnaman. “Yuri [Cinnaman] was working at Rush Hour back then, and he was doing the Beat Dimensions project. I saw him being way ahead of time, dropping unreleased stuff on Myspace for example. I was collecting jazz and hip-hop while he was doing that future stuff, creating beats without sample loops.” Trago borrowed some synthesizers that he started using next to his Akai MPC and his beats started to sound more electronical. But one important thing was missing for the beat-creator. “In the club I couldn’t do jack shit with those slow, deep and heavy beats.” Trago started playing more and more housy DJ sets, at pop temple Paradiso for example. And one day it was really time for something else. “I hooked up with Yuri, he said: ‘let’s put the drum machine on 120 BPM, grab some Chicago synths and see what happens’.” And something did happen, it meant the release of the Yuro Trago record, and Trago’s next step in his music. Not very long after that, he dropped his first album, a collection of his first house productions.

Trago grabs the flabbergasting sleeve for ‘The Light Fantastic’. It looks really futuristic. “This is done by Machine. They do a lot of artwork for KC’s label Kindred Spirits as well. We talked about the idea and vibe, what I wanted for this album. This artwork and also that of ‘Voyage Direct’ and ‘Iris’ looks very digital, futuristic in a way. But if you look closer, you can see it still looks analog and organic. Like my music, it is a bit futuristic, but it hasn’t forgotten its heritage.”

Friends
Back to the forest, because that’s the place where most of ‘The Light Fantastic’ found life. Despite the fact Trago escaped his home town, he never intended to escape his friends. “I was staying in some hut in the middle of the woods and lots of people dropped by.” What was that like? “Well, Hollywood visited me for example and she wanted me to do a Chicago house track for her. She asked me what to sing on it, and I told her to just express her love for house music. So she popped a pill, and we recorded her vocals in one take. That became ‘Jack me’.” Trago shows lots of pictures of his friends playing instruments, chilling out in the hut or running around in the forest at night. “On my second album I chose to work with well known artists like Tyree Cooper and Romanthony, but now I want to show that the local people here are as great as those super stars, great enough to do a complete album with.”

And that is exactly what he wants to show with his label Voyage Direct as well, on which he only releases artists from the Netherlands, like Awanto 3, Maxi Mill, Dexter, Interstellar Funk and William Kouam Djoko. “There are so many talented producers around here, and that is much more important to me than the big names from abroad. The releases on Voyage Direct get great reviews at international music platforms. But how many people know that all these artists are friends that hang around with each other? I really recognize a typical sound from Amsterdam and I hope that in a few years people will hear our sound next to the typical Detroit and Chicago sound. At least, with Voyage Direct I’ll try my best to make that happen.”

Text: Mijke Hurkx
Translation and editing: Max Cole

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The utterly brilliant VHS mangling/guitar looping Torn Hawk descends on Rush Hour distribution’s No ‘Label’ with a double 7″ release ‘Quadrifolio’. Four sides of hazy genius with interchangeable artwork on four glossy inserts … a special release!

Short after Torn Hawk’s Quadrifolio, distribution continues by putting out two brilliant Design A Wave EPs. What do an alien balancing on one of it’ s three legs, the RSA encryption algorithm, neuroscience and prehistoric musical instruments have in common? Design A Wave isn’t sure either but this is some music made while trying to find that out.

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The two Design A Wave limited edition EPs with beautiful Cosmo Knex artwork…

Design A Wave – EP 1 and 2 are available now:

Design A Wave – EP 1 – A.R.M. I

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Design A Wave – EP 2 – A.R.M. II

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This Sunday! Just a few more days until we get back together again, Somewhere In Amsterdam it is! We invited three king connoisseurs of the broad-spectrum of soul, house, disco and far beyond – Ron Trent, Sadar Bahar and Volcov – who are gonna take us on a musical trip. For the occasion we like to highlight Volcov from Verona, Italy. How do you briefly introduce a man that has been representing quality music for decades? Let’s give it a shot…

If we have to introduce Volcov, we would say that you started collecting Transmat, Dance Mania, Nu Groove in the late eighties… A few years later you lived in London and via drum and bass you got strongly attached to the West-London broken beat scene. What is your direction now?
Well yes, I started with the Larry Heard and Lil Louis adoration in ’89 – ‘91 and went on discovering more things on the way. I was into drum and bass, because I did my first productions in that style. But I got bored quickly. In the mid nineties I began my search for rare grooves, Brazilian music, soul, disco et cetera. And in the early 2000s I started making edits – I did those NYC and SJNLR series. Nowadays I try to be pretty eclectic. If I have to put it short, I think I put more attention to vocals and melodies, rather than to beats.

Back then you must have run into Ron Trent’s releases as well… These soulful grooves must have appealed to you then. How did Ron Trent inspire you in your musical life?
Ron’s production output is huge and so influential. I think I own most of Prescription and Future Vision catalogues. Although a lot of people check especially for the early-mid 90s stuff nowadays, I have to say that the USG green Prescription labels era is my favorite. I also admire the fact he started pressing vinyl again, pressing Future Vision releases when vinyl wasn’t as fashionable as it is now.

Around 2000 you got attached to the West-London broken beat scene. This particular scene kind of dried up, although the artists affiliated with that scene, like Dego, Kaidi Tatham, Mark the Clive Lowe, are still doing their thing. How did the artists after that particular West London thing continue? I reckon you are all still close friends…
I think when it became more about the beats and less about the music, it became a bit boring, a bit formulaic. Music goes often in cycles… Those names that you mention definitely kept it going, more than others. Dego and Kaidi are my favorite producers from the last decade or so, I am very partial when it comes to their music.

Sounds Familiar is a label and booking agency that represents you, Sadar Bahar and Dego to name a few. How did you get in touch with Sadar?
Sounds Familiar is actually more, it’s also a production company and in general a group of likeminded people. The first time I booked Sadar was in January 2007 for a party in Verona, and since then I contacted him regularly for gigs in various cities in Italy. Together with the JAW crew and a few other friends we tried to get him more gigs in Europe, as we were all big fans of his music and attitude. Once Ornella Cicchetti decided to come back to the music scene, it felt natural to introduce her to some friends like Dego and Sadar.

So… Somewhere In Amsterdam this Sunday… We’ve been trying to imagine what the party will be like… It will be exciting, as the musical journey can really go in different directions. Have you ever played with Ron Trent before? How do you get prepared, are you packing some secret weapons?
I never played with Ron, only had the pleasure to meet him a couple of times. But I did play few times before with Sadar and Antal, some of my favorite djs. I think the night will be quite eclectic and soulful. Not sure yet what to bring, I guess quite a mix of things, for sure that new Theo Parrish ‘Footwork’ jam… I have to say it’s quite painful that I won’t be carrying any of Ron’s tracks…

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Calling out all soul, house, disco heads!!

Join us on this sunny Sunday evening in May! At Oldschool Amsterdam this time – a nice old school building. Great music and soul food … like always!

Looking forward to dancing with you all!!

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Rick Wilhite delivers the second Vibes New & Rare Music compilation on Rush Hour. As a DJ and promoter Wilhite has been holding it down for over twenty years and his Vibes New & Rare record store has been a main source in Detroit for soulful electronic music. Despite of the fact that the store closed, The Godfather keeps delivering quality music through his own music, compilations and DJ sets.

The Vibes New & Rare music compilation, in particular, is a compilation that only features music that Rick Wilhite thinks is really speaking for the artists. After releasing Vibes 1 in 2010, Wilhite offers the sequel. Vibes 2 includes pioneers and new talents from New York, Chicago and Detroit. We asked Wilhite about his selection, about Vibes and the Detroit music scene.

How did this compilation arise?
The compilation itself represents Vibes and the people that represented the store. People like label artists who bought records. The cuts I have selected for the compilation are not available anywhere else. Some of the cuts were given to me personally, for me to keep. Or to give it a head nod. Like, yes this could go out. I got some of the other cuts from personal friends, to represent the vibe. Each cut on the compilation has the representation of who the artist is and what he really likes to put out.

Moodymann, Jovonn, K-Alexi just to name a few… Vibes – New & Rare music features a lot of classic artists, but also new, upcoming names. Can you introduce us to a new talent whose track you have selected?
Yes, I like to tell something about Jon Easly from Detroit. He wrote Lemon Lime and gave it to me a while ago. Easley is an artist that wanted to put out music for a long time, he has been a DJ for decades. I’ve put out one of his tracks on an earlier compilation, but this particular track I specifically wanted to be on Vibes, because I feel that this really represents him and the style of music he wants to do. The same for the K-Alexi track, called Head Banger. I’ve had it for a while… I didn’t want to put it on other compilations. You see… the Vibes compilation is something different. The music fits the artist, that’s most important. This K-Alexi is more of his deeper inner soul compared to the stuff that he has put out lately. True K-Alexi style… Vintage style I would say haha.

You have been around for a long time. If you compare today’s music scene in Detroit to the scene when you started, what has mostly changed?
We always involve in different things… But in the end we just do what we do. There are different types of things we get into. There are a lot of big birthday parties around here that we are used to play at. Well, talking about parties, the techno side of it might dwindle a little bit, but on the house end and any other type of music, it’s going strong. Every week, in the middle of the week as well, there are private parties given. That is what Detroit is about. There is always somebody giving something you wanna go to. Every week.

Detroit. The city that represents artists that have been doing their thing consistently from the very beginning, and are still going strong after so many years. How is that possible?
Yeah, most of our artists and labels have maintained the same groove. Talking about labels like Sound Signature, Mahogany, Unirhythm, Moods & Grooves, for instance, keep going.  And Transmat, they are putting out new stuff again. I saw the Karim Sahraoui release, that is a really nice release for Transmat, to respark what they were known for. A good release that I believe will make a lot of noise. Just the fact that we try to promote the music as well here in the city, more so than relying on magazines or different websites in order to promote or market, we try to give free parties or release parties. It’s like, having your people come together for the music in your city is different than doing it in other cities.  We just take our cars and drive down the street, you know… hahaha.

Rick Wilhite at his Vibes record store

Could you tell us a bit more about Vibes? For instance, could you give an example of how you and your store contributed to the music scene in Detroit?
I think I’ve been a reliable source to unknown music. Any type of electronic music. Hip-hop as well. It is unknown and the main key to promoting new music is that you need to have the right curator. It is impossible to have everything at your record store. So the selection tells what you represent. There is so much to discover, but a lot pleople just like to be advised. The more knowledge you have of the music in your store, the more business you get from people who trust you. I think it was just a place where people could meet. I had four different stores, I started out big and became smaller, I cut down on a lot of genres. I could have had a big store, but it is hard. So I decided to limit it to very rare stuff, little copies, but absolute must haves.

Since Vibes closed its doors, you continued to select music, now for your compilations… Have you thought of opening another record shop in the near future?
Ahh, I think about it every day… Because of legal issues I had to close, it wasn’t my choice. The building was closing. If I restart again I woundn’t do it alone anymore… So there is always a possibility it might happen again.


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Pre-order ‘Vibes New & Rare Music Part 2′ at Rush Hour

Tracklist:

VIBES 2 prt 1 2*LP

A1 – JOSH MILAN – ELECTRO DREAMS
A2 – JON EASLEY – LEMON LIME
B1 – JOVONN – RUFF
B2 – NORM TALLEY & RICK WILHITE – 30 YEARS LATER
C1 – TJ DUMAS – GIN GIMLET 3 CHERRIES
C2 – SEAN TATE – A MATTER OF PAIN
D1 – K-ALEXI – I AM N LUST

VIBES 2 prt 2 2*LP

A1 – MOODYMANN – MOMMA
A2 – SEAN TATE – A MATTER OF HONOR (WILHITE REMIX)
B1 – LOS HERMANOS – IT’S THE FUTURE
B2 – DJ STINGRAY – TEMPORARY BOND
C1 – TJ DUMAS & RAYBONE JONES – RUNNIN 2 U
C2 – RICK & CALVIN – MEMORIES ANALIA
D1 – ORLANDO VOORN – THE RECIPE
D2 – K-ALEXI – HEAD BANGER

 

 

 

 

 

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After the first edition of the RH House Of Music magazine, we really liked the idea of doing a magazine, and that has lead to the second edition in the making!  The upcoming HOM features stories on Invisible City Editions, Awanto 3, Sahel Sounds’ Mamman Sani and more…

To warm up for it, we decided to put Xosar’s feature online that we published in the first edition. Enjoy!

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Very pretty, but far more bright, Sheela Rahman a.k.a. XOSAR picked up producing electronic music after studying neuropsychology. After her first release, not so long ago, she agreed with Rush Hour to put out a few beautiful records. In a short space of time, we got to know her as an interesting lady in her cockpit of electronic musical hardware.

We had a conversation about her releases on Rush Hour, about soundtracking scenes in life and how she conjures magic when she creates music.


Let’s start at the point of your first release. You hadn’t put anything out before your release on L.I.E.S., and then there was this really peculiar, dark but above all super refined EP called ‘Tropical Cruize’. To me this release sounded like you had been producing interesting stuff for a long time. Why didn’t you put out music earlier?

Releasing the tracks wasn’t a huge priority for me, I was more concerned with the feelings associated with making the music, the endorphin rush that each new melody would induce, that satisfaction synchronicity induces when the elements fall into place. I wanted other people to share these feelings, so I posted some tracks on the internet. Eventually people started contacting me saying they were interested in releasing it. They usually thought I was a guy and addressed me as “bro” or “man”, but I was ok with that. For some reason it made me feel powerful.  After flirting with the idea of becoming a faceless producer, I decided to just be myself, so here I am!

In a short time you have released quite a few records. As far as I know each one has got its own peculiar vibe, or story. Can you tell me more about how the releases came to be? Let’s talk about your output on Rush Hour, starting with ‘Ghosthaus’.

I recorded it in San Francisco, right after my room mates and I decided our house was haunted.  This excited me. I imagined that I was starring in a paranormal TV series. In each episode I’d be contacted by the central intelligence agency, they would inform me of my next mission, then I would go onto investigate whatever UFO landing site or haunted house I would need to go to and hopefully solve the mystery. After much time spent fantasizing, I decided I might as well concoct a theme song for the opening credits of this fictitious tv-series: ‘Ghosthaus’.

Haha, nice. How about ‘Nite Jam’?

When I was young, I wasn’t allowed to go out. No parties, no friends. Definitely no boyfriends. I lived in the suburbs, the closest entertainment within a 5 mile radius was a Vietnamese strip mall and a Toyota dealership. In my solitude, my only escape was music and books and I started to idealize this concept of seductive big city life in my head. The city is where all the energy is, where things happen, the jugular. In this vision, I’d descend unto the dusk, foot heavy on the pedal, wind against my cheek, deep and sensual beats blaring. I’d pull up to an underground warehouse party and immerse myself into the music and the atmosphere of the mystical gathering, sharing some sort of transendental experience with the other party goers. I would fantasize about this scenario and city life in general.  When I stayed with my parents for a week in the beginning of last year, I was remembering all these childhood fantasies of mine, trying to capture the imagined scenes, giving them justice by giving them a soundtrack. That was ‘Nite Jam’.

Last but certainly not least: ‘The Calling’.

I produced this in Los Angeles at the end of last year.  This isn’t so much soundtracking a fantasy this time, but more like soundtracking my real LA life. I was living in this wild mansion with seven people, I’d be meeting all sorts of new people every day. I went to the desert nature in palm springs on the weekends, and was working in a warehouse in downtown doing graphic design during the week. It is a colorful song to a colorful upbeat time in my life.

You have studied neuropsychology and you are a graphic designer. And, it can’t be ignored, you are a woman. What inspired you to start producing electronic music?

I started producing music on my mint green Kermit the Frog Casio EP-10 in the east side of San Jose when I was 5 years old. I took some time off to fulfill my trivial earthly requirements such as school, then I picked up where I left off about 4 or 5 years ago. I just had this unshakable desire to recreate certain vibes that I’ve either imagined or experienced but have always clung to because of the unexplainable mysterious magic they conjure.

I reckon you were the only girl around being into it?

Only girl? Hmm more like only person! After I took an interest in both electronic music and producing, it took several years for me to find like-minded people.  Where I grew up, everyone listened to hip hop and rap, and freestyle which was cool. When I finally went to audio engineering school there were only 4 people in the class. I was the only girl though, yes, along with a dubstep producer, a hardcore speedcore freak, and a 73-year-old one-armed medieval new age producer.

How did you pick up producing music? What were your first electronic musical instruments and why?

After many failed attempts at learning software myself and just not knowing where to start, I consulted with my close friend Adeptus to help me figure it out. He sat for many hours, explaining to me the intricacies of programming the Electribe using the EA-1. There’s something incredibly special about the Electribe. It enables you to glide through time and space with impeccable finesse, you never have to disrupt your creative flow with some decision about which Ableton preset patch to select. I practiced every day, recording bits and pieces into garage band.

This wasn’t good enough though. I wanted a more robust understanding of production and sound, I wanted a solid fountation based in fact and precision. After swooning over this audio engineering school for several months, I saved just enough money to afford it. I had a full time job and after work at 6 every day I would ride my bike 10 minutes to my audio engineering classes. When I was there, I finally got that foundation I was looking for, they taught me all about everything from how to program a synthesizer to music theory to breaking down the production merits of Aphex Twin’s ‘Selected Ambient Works 85-92’.

You moved to De Hague, how do you like it so far? From your point of view, how is San Francisco different from De Hague? 

Both are very beautiful, different places with a lot of personality. San Francisco has the big city vibes, the Netherlands has the old world energy. There isn’t a whole lot of raw nature in San Francisco as accessible as it is in the Netherlands. That’s one of the reasons I love the Netherlands for the time being, because I like to have easy access to nature, the beach, the dunes, the forest.

Xamiga and Trackman Lafonte & BonQuiQui are your collaborations with Legowelt. In what way do you find each other while making music and how do you approach the process of making music completely different?

Lately Danny (Wolfers, Legowelt) likes to sequence all his melodies in Ableton and I love to play them by hand. I like the idea of sequencing the melodies with a computer, and it’s probably more precise that way, but I feel like I can access and channel certain parts of your body and soul when I play live that you can’t attain quite as well when you are doing it through machine-like programming. Although you can achieve some pretty freaky intense results that way at least. Everyone is different and thrives under different conditions though. Danny has been producing for 10 years more than me, so he probably has advanced further into a level that I don’t yet understand fully.

You know that Kermit Casio I was talking about earlier? Well I still have it and I use it on Xamiga songs sometimes. For ‘Kermit’s day out’, I threw down some melodies onto a kick then Danny supplemented with additional percussive sounds then we kept sending the file back and forth until we got bored then we called it done.

I know Legowelt has a thing for his Amiga 1200. I was wondering… Is Xamiga a combined name, Xosar + Amiga?

It’s actually the name of a baby tiger we met in Las Vegas at Siegfried and Roy’s tiger refuge.

At this point you are working on your first album, it will be put out on Rush Hour. What can we expect? Or is it all still a big blur?

I’d prefer to let the music speak for itself, I’m more curious to see what kinds of worlds and fantasies the music conjures in the minds of the listeners!

Of course you still have dreams of things you’d like to do or that could happen. Can you give an example? 

You know what the biggest room in the world is? The room for improvement! I really hope to improve my production skillset and I guess my life skillset in general. I hope to jam with my friends more, and hopefully star in a paranormal tv series. ;)

 

Text: Mijke Hurkx
Translation and editing: Max Cole

 

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When the legendary Ron Trent enters our store on a Wednesday afternoon, we have to ask him the stories behind a few of his memorable records. Especially because we got a few classic titles in-store, one of the first Ron & Chez D records (early nineties style deepness) and another one that Ron Trent produced in the eighties: ERB – ‘The Weekend’. “I made this one in my bed room”, the house pioneer recalls. When we ask him to pick out one of his Chicago treasures, he finds another oldie by Melodious Miles and Bo…. Enjoy the video!

Records:
1. ERB – The Weekend
The official reissue of ERB, a collaboration between Braxton Holmes and Ron Trent on Clubhouse Records from Chicago.

2. Ron & Chez D – Same Titled
Superb Ron Trent & Chez Damier house!

3. Melodious Myles and Bo – Odyssey Love
Produced in 1986, Chicago 12″ – delightful string work on top of a bassline and choice drum programming.

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We already know that Antal met Vincent Floyd in Chicago last March. Since he is a longtime fan of Floyd’s work, he asked for unreleased music.  It turned out that Floyd had enough material, and he selected some of the finest to compile an EP.

Of course Antal wanted to find out more about the man behind the music, so he asked him some questions. This is just a tease, the complete interview will be published in our next House Of Music magazine.

How would you describe Chicago in the 80ties and 90ties? And how did that influence you musically?
During the 80’s, rap and house music were both growing in popularity.  There seemed to be more of a house scene in Chicago during the 80’s, rap caught up in the 90’s.  I was sort of a low key house head so that was my thing. I spent a great deal of time working in promotions;  going to clubs and interacting with different people influenced my music.

Who are the artists in Chicago that you felt closely related to?
I grew up with Armando Gallop, he lived across the street when I was a child, and we were together a lot until he passed in 1996 from leukemia. He was a DJ, I learned most things about house music, house music artists, and event promotion from him. I was inspired musically by Larry Heard aka Mr. Fingers. I played keyboard with Larry on some of his tour dates when he was signed to MCA; his recordings are classic. And Chan, who did the vocals for ‘Your Eyes’, is Dwayne Chandler. like Armando, is a childhood friend who lived next door to me when we grew up. He is an awesome singer.

How did your first house productions come about?
Armando was a house producer as well. When we were in high school, he bought a Roland TB-303 groove machine and a TR-707 drum machine. We programmed a lot of tracks in his basement.  I later purchased Roland and Yamaha drum machines and keyboards and started to recording songs. I had been recording R&B songs as well as dance music. Armando had released “Land of Confusion” and introduced me to Ray Barney at Dance Mania.

 

Vincent Floyd – ‘Your Eyes/I’m So Deep’ (RH RSS 10) is available at our store and distribution

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