Posts Tagged ‘House’

2017 Best Bits

Written by Grant Richards. Posted in Blog

I finished off last year’s intro with “What does 2017 hold? Gawd knows but it’s surely gotta be a better one than last year” got that wrong didn’t I? But hey we did get Blue Planet II, more Stranger Things, fidget spinners and salt bae , so you’ve gotta cling on to what you can, right?
Top Ten House Tracks

Most Memorable DJ Gig

Deeptrak @ Klub Kokoo, Lodz, Poland
This was a bittersweet gig. Great, in that it was Tony and my first gig abroad as Deeptrak and the gig itself felt very fluid with us having 4 CDJ2000s to mess about with and we even had the club owner dancing on the bar. Always a sign of a good gig. Warming up for us was a DJ called Lukespin (Lukasz to his friends), a guy that has been very supportive of me (and Kinky Malinki) in Poland for about 10 years. Lukasz had been very ill the past few years, but meeting us from the airport and during the gig he was still all smiles, even though he had mentioned he was in quite some pain. I obviously didn’t know it at the time, but that was to be the last time I saw Lukasz as he passed away later on in the year. A harsh reminder that life is so short and to enjoy it whilst you can, just as Lucasz was that night. A great guy, great DJ and someone that will be sorely missed.

Deeptrak DJ Mix

Written by Grant Richards. Posted in Podcasts

For those of you who are not yet aware, after me constantly going on about it, pimping releases and uploading daft/amusing pictures/videos, I’m half of DEEPTRAK and I recently did this promotional DJ Mix that you will probably enjoy quite a lot

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Decoded Magazine Round Up

Written by Grant Richards. Posted in Blog

Over the past few month’s I’ve done some articles for Decoded Magazine that I’ve been really chuffed with. With interviews, you never quite know how they’ll turn out. They are only as good as the questions I ask. Those questions generally shape the way the interviewee will respond. I’ll be honest, I’ve had a few flat one’s over the years, but this round up features a definite highlight of my writing ‘career’ for me.

My first face to face interview & with none other than Defected Records label boss, Simon Dunmore:
Simon Dunmore
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Witty little interview with Teenage Mutants:
Teenage Mutants
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A revisit to a topic I initially wrote about here. It was my most viewed blog & the reboot has surpassed that tenfold:
Too Old To Rave – The Return

An article I did as I felt that Soulful House was making a welcome return to more people’s consciousness:
The Rebirth of Soulful House

Interview : Kai – Abode

Written by Grant Richards. Posted in Blog

Abode

I’ve interviewed plenty of DJs over the years, but I’ve hardly ever had the chance to interview a club promoter, so I was keen to try and catch up with Kai who run’s Abode, one, if not the most popular house music party in London right now. I’d always noticed on socials that Kai was interestingly verbal about the scene so was keen to get an insight from the man himself ahead of a Secret Abode event on the 16th January on the 28th Floor somewhere in LDN.

Thanks for joining me for a chat Kai, it’s often, and understandable, that it’s the DJ/artists that get the shine with the interviews, but there’s always that person (or people) in the background, putting the pieces of the puzzle together. You’re someone that has not only pieced together some great puzzles over the past few years, you are not what is deemed to be a typical money hungry club promoter, so I’m going to try and delve a bit deeper and see what makes you tick?

You often see either fake positivity (all ‘What a great night’ when it was a total flop) or bitchiness from a lot of club promoters these days on social media, but thankfully you buck that trend. Obviously you have had a huge success with Abode, but would you be any different of you hit a rocky patch?

If I’m totally honest, we didn’t have a great start back in September 2014 when we first started. We launched the party with a huge line-up including Dyed Soundorom , Waff , Audiofly and No Artificial Colours, which cost us an arm and a leg. Even though it made huge noise on the scene, the party went on to lose a lot of money on the launch and the two events that followed.

Luckily for me, I work with most London promoters and promote their nights for free across our socials, so we have a pretty good relationship and try not to get involved in politics and bitchiness etc.

If we were to hit a rocky patch we would sit down as a team and look at where we went wrong and fix the issue to make the next party the best we’ve ever done.

It’s not all been plain sailing of course, you had an unfortunate situation through Summer with the Exodus Ibizan boat parties. Can you elaborate on what went wrong there perhaps and what you learnt from that experience?

Interview Central

Written by Grant Richards. Posted in Blog

Over the past few months I’ve been lucky enough to be part of a triumverate of interviews that, not only am I very proud of, but the interviewees have been rather happy with. With Sam Divine saying her interview was one of the best she’s done and that the questions were frank and searching. It’s those little comments that make me strive to get better at this writing lark.

Admittedly I’ve done Q&As/Interviews for Kinky Malinki for yonks, but I feel with the Decoded Magazine team behind me, it’s helped me gain confidence and ‘go there’ with questions that I may not have asked in the past.

If you’ve not read these already, have a butchers, there is some insightful and informative stuff contained within:

Sam Divine

Sam Divine Interview

L&K 2

Leftwing & Kody Interview

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Black Girl : White Girl Interview

Niceness Contained Within…..

Written by Grant Richards. Posted in Podcasts

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Personally, I think this is one of my most enjoyable mixtapes in ages. So I’ll let you be the judge……

It’s something I did for www.danceradio.ca for Decoded Magazine

Tracklist:

Seinabo Sey – Pistols At Dawn (KDA Mix)
Rebecca & Fiona – Letters (HNNY Mix)
Pete Moss – Tried To Tell You (Karizma Mix)
Rampa feat. Meggy – Everything (Sonny Fodera Mix)
Lane8 – Without You
Fernan Dust – Dictator
Paolo Rocco feat. Wayne Tennant – Caution You (Ohmme Mix)
Oscar G – What You Need (Denney Mix)
Majesty – Tales Of The Unexpected
Jose Nunez & Eddie Amador – Lights Out
Sandy Rivera – Physical
Rufus Miller – There’s A Power
LA Boxers feat. Rose De Mai – Say When (Alex & Dougie Mix)
Demuir – The Cheerleader
The Avener – Fade Out Lines (Klaves Mix)
HearThug feat. Stee Downes – Every Day’s Another Night (Ben Gomori Mix)
Akabu – Not Afraid Of The Future (DJ Fudge Dub Mix)

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A New Dawn……Sort Of

Written by Grant Richards. Posted in Podcasts

In an attempt to have my mixes actually hosted on my own website, I’ve been working closely with my IT team (aka my Big Middle Brother) and we’ve come up with the below options, which should enable you to stream, download or subscribe to the podcast via RSS. It’s all pretty technical stuff and you may have switched off at IT but below is an exclusive mix that you can test out and that won’t turn up anywhere else.

This mix, is in effect, an update of a Todd Edwards tribute mix I done 15 years ago, when I was learning the ropes and annoying the folks. 15 years ago it was done on 1210’s to a TDK cassette. This time around a Pioneer controller to Serato. Times and equipment change, but funnily enough Todd Edwards sound has remained as inimitable today, as it was back then. It features the old, the new and the slightly obscure.

Click one of the options below and enjoy.

Download Link

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Fab Free Three #4

Written by Grant Richards. Posted in Fab Free Three

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Haven’t done an update for ages and haven’t done a Fab Free Three for a while but a bit of Bank Holiday free time (OK I’ll stop using that word soon!!) meant I could get on the case and bring you some nice tunes for you to download for GRATIS!!

Kicking things off with a bouncing bassy offering featuring the talented Jamie George, he of fantastic hair AND voice…..
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Movely swiftly on to this cool remix by one of Belfast’s finest, Jay Kay, who’s been grafting over there for many moons. He serves up a really nice remix of Dirty Vegas here…..
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Lastly here’s something seriously sexy and downtempo as Larse remixes rising talent Banks, who I recently saw in concert. This track highlights her emo R&B vocal leanings set to a groovy deep house drum track….
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My One & Only

Written by Grant Richards. Posted in Blog

One thing that I’m missing with my new site is anything too historical from my DJing career. I’ve got a ton of flyers and magazine clippings but none of them exist digitally. I did get sent this from Paul Kinky the other day though. A flyer from my (and Kinky Malinki’s) first time in the world famous Ministry of Sound Box.
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Funnily enough, not only was it my first time but it was Grant Nelson’s too, whom I played after to close the room. I remember a few things, being nervous, not wanting to use the rotary mixer and I specifically recall playing Fly Away by Joey Negro’s Sunburst Band, which if you don’t remember it, here you go……

Can’t imagine playing that in there these days mind you!? Anyway this is a flyer for a proud achievement in my DJing life…..