Q&A with Matthias Meyer: His New Remix, Pacha Ibiza, and Watergate

Born in the quiet small German town of Lueneberg, near Hamburg, Matthias Meyer’s love and dedication for the hi-tech sounds of Detroit and Chicago ultimately drove him to become a prominent seven year resident of the prestigious club and brand Watergate.

This October, Watergate deservedly celebrates its 15th year anniversary with an exclusive compilation where Matthias joins forces with an old friend and producer to contribute a special track.

Best known for his remix of Ryan Davis’ Brun, which was religiously supported by All Day I Dream label master Lee Burridge, Matthias continues to make his mark on the underground by becoming a new resident for Hot Since 82’s Labyrinth series at Pacha Ibiza.

Now, as a world renowned DJ and producer, Matthias talks to us about his forthcoming release, new Pacha residency, and a nomination for the Best Deep House Artist by the DJ Awards.

Your remix of Butch’s ‘Shahrzad’ has been one of the highlights in your sets over the last year. What about the track do you think resonates with crowds?

The flute part in the track is the main hook and that really gets people into the mood. The string parts in my remix are carefully picked from the original and put in new context to create even more euphoria. I added more of a straight beat and amped up the hypnotic groove and the result turned out to work really well. I’m always happy to see all the smiling faces on the dance floor each time I play it.

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What did you love about the original and what did you want to bring to your rework?

I loved the break of the original so much, I wanted to create a new track out! For me the strings and flute melody are the magic of the whole track and I wanted to extend this magic throughout the whole track. That’s how the whole idea of the remix came about. I’m happy to now have my own house approach to Butch’s original track.

What elements of remixing someone else’s productions do you enjoy and what do you find challenging?

It’s always a challenge to remix music from another musical genre. Working off other people’s ideas and sounds and putting them in a totally new context. That is what remixing is about, for me. There’s so much good music out there but not all of it is made for the dance floor. I like transforming sounds and melodies that I like into a dance track. Take the Ryan Davis Remix I did for AnjunaDeep, for example – all I had was an orchestra part and a bit of baseline and it became a tune you can really dance to. That was one of the strongest remixes I ever did.

What elements of creating your own productions do you enjoy and what do you find challenging?

I just love creating grooves. I can spend days in the studio trying to get the right groove. When it comes to the melodies, I find it hard sometimes. I am not that much of a composer in terms of finding the right notes for a melody. I often find other ways to get the result I’m looking for. I.e scale, audio to midi, or sampling.

You’ve been a resident at Watergate for many years now, what is it about Watergate that you feel differentiates itself from the rest of the clubs in Berlin?

I have been connected to the club for a while now as a resident and as part of the agency. The lineups are always quality, the team is very professional, the club provides good sound in one of the best locations in town. The whole vibe of the place is just amazing!

You’ve been touring a lot this summer with Watergate in celebration of the club’s 15 year anniversary. How have those gigs been going? What has been the best part of being able to tour with Watergate and how has the experience differed from playing at the club?

That’s true, I actually just returned from a 2-week adventure through Brazil for the Watergate tour and that was super special. We went on an adventure through the best clubs in Brazil with other DJs including D’Edge, Warung and Beehive just to name a few. All shows were sold out, we had some great crowds and the shows received some amazing feedback. It is a very compressed and intense experience to play 6 shows in 2 weeks with a gang of 3 Watergate Residents – that’s what makes the tour a different experience to the normal club where you play every other week. It has been a special experience and some of the best shows I’ve played in my career.

You’re also featuring on the club’s 15-year anniversary compilation, what can we expect to hear on this?

I have done a track with Ryan Davis called ‘Hope’ that will be on this compilation. We’re both big fans of movie soundtracks and ‘Hope’ is very much inspired by the soundtrack of the movie ‘Lion’. I am playing it out a lot right now and it’s been receiving good feedback! Look out for the compilation release in October.

You’ve joined HS82’s Labyrinth party this year and are in the midst of playing six dates at Pacha. Any highlights from these parties so far?

The residency at Labyrinth has introduced me to a wider audience and I am thankful for that. I’ve known Daley (HS82) for a while now, the moment he invited me to warm up his new night at Pacha was pure bliss. I have had amazing nights with Pete Tong and Carl Craig and just last Friday was magic again, warming things up b2b with Anja Schneider at Cafe Mambo and finishing off the party b2b with Hot Since 82. The Labyrinth concept and vibe is great and I’m just really happy to be a part of it.

What does it mean to you to be nominated for Best Deep House Artist in the Ibiza DJ Awards? How will you celebrate if you win?

I didn’t expect to be nominated at all. When I found out I was, I was stoked. It’s amazing to be nominated for an award like this amongst so many other quality artists. It’s already an honour just to just be nominated for the award, even if I don’t win. BUT if I do win, I will book a jet from wherever I am on this planet just to come and accept the award!! 😉

We hope you win, too! See below for upcoming tour dates:

06.09.2017 – BABY BOA, GENEVA (CH)
07.09.2017 – THURSDATE AT WATERGATE, BERLIN (DE)
15.09.2017 – WATERGATE, BERLIN (DE)
16.09.2017 – 15 YEARS WATERGATE AT CORSICA STUDIOS, LONDON (UK)
17.09.2017 – OASIS FESTIVAL, MARRAKECH (MA)
22.09.2017 – RODNYA, MOSCOW (RU)
29.09.2017 – DO NOT SIT, MIAMI (US)
30.09.2017 – CITYFOX, NEW YORK (US)
06.10.2017 – LABYRINTH AT PACHA, IBIZA (ES)
20.10.2017 – 15 YEARS WATERGATE AT WESTERUNIE, AMSTERDAM (NL)
04.11.2017 – 15 YEARS WATERGATE AT SILODOM, SAARBRUCKEN (DE)
05.11.2017 – KATER BLAU, BERLIN (DE)

All tour dates here

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Q&A: Jon Rundell Explains Why He Switched To Free Streaming to Democratize Music Sharing

Jon Rundell‘s new release “Poetry” marks a controversial new direction for the British producer, DJ and label owner, as he seeks to challenging the status quo by giving away his music and the individual parts to them for free.

The moves is complete counter-current to the way the industry has been operating for years. Rundell has decided enough is enough. Increasingly frustrated with the underground music industry’s general resistance to change across the board, he’s decided to ditch the traditional DJ-only focused way of releasing music for multi-platform streaming, ensuring free to listen (in both senses) access to his tracks and even encouraging remixing in fans’ bedrooms across the world by releasing individual parts to this new track.

How? Rundell has decided to revive his own ETCH label to release a brand new single entitle “Poetry,” the first of a series that will see the label churn out tracks that will go straight to Soundcloud, Spotify and Youtube. Each track will be available for free download on SoundCloud, with its parts also available for download to make it easier for aspiring & professional producers to remix it or do whatever they want with them. Eventually, Rundell plans to keep an eye open for anything that may stand out to him from the result of his project and, if appropriate, release it in the same way on the label.

Rundell has been around for years, and this is in a way how he has decided to give back to the younger demographic of dance music fans that he knows have been coming out to party and dance to his music.

6AM caught up with the producer to get more details about the project and how it came about.

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Premiere: Listen to Pablo Nouvelle & Favela Collaborate for “I Want For Nothing” on Armada

Chock-full of enchanting textures, ethereal vocals and sublime rhythms, “‘I Want For Nothing”’ is the first single of Pablo Nouvelle‘s forthcoming album on Armada Music.

Made in collaboration with Favela and laced with subtle guitar tones, this cut is as hypnotic as music can get.

Stream it for the first time below:

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Premiere: Listen to bpmf’s “Alt Slacks” on Schmer Records

Founded by Jason Szostek, Schmer (the sublabel of Serotonin Records, founded in 1995) remains faithful to the raw underground techno surrounding its inception.

From their work with Auto Kinetic back in the 90s to their embellished compilations, including their earlier release this year “Smoking Is Still Bad For You”. Bpmf [Button Pushin Mutha F*cka] is more than a little familiar with Serotonin Records.

Having released on the label in its initial phase and throughout its development, Abide The Glide Volume 4 is no less than a colorful, deep reflection of both the artist’s and label’s core values. Featuring a well discipled remix from Jamie Morris, the EP promises a cocktail of 90s throwback revitalized by up-to-date sampling and well established producing.

“Even Straighter” throws together house harmonies and coarse lows in this down-to-earth production. Think euro-star club couture excelled into cosmic territories.

Starting with a clean bassline “Alt Slacks,” which we are premiering herein, progresses into a call and response within both the samples and upper keys. The production is a refined example of the hypnotic effects that can be achieved when introducing simplistic themes to a steady composition.

Jamie Morris takes “Even Straighter” to the highs with a persistent an old school swirl of saturated techno beats.
Old Man River Pants subjects a filthy lead to an erratic overlay of slap-back sampling. It’s a production to loosen up tight minds and dilate tense atmospheres.

Track list:

01. Even Straighter

02. Alt Slacks

03. Even Straighter (Jamie Morris Mix)

04. Old Man Raver Pants

Abide The Glide Volume 4 will be available from September 1st on all stores via Schmer Records.

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Premiere: Listen to Old Boy’s “The Mallet Loop”

This September Tremors will release the Tracer EP from Old Boy – the new moniker of Andrew Langfield (Unknown Entity/ Wireman). This is a 4 track EP of glitchy, hypnotic dance grooves and an uptempo Detroit-techno inspired remix by Tremors resident Arctor.

We are happy to premiere “The Mallet Loop” to you today, which you can listen to below:

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Global Vibe Radio 076 feat. Exilles

Exilles is a project born from the alchemy of two minds, united by a common desire to undermine, compose and recompose deep techno sounds with a mystical and enigmatic imagery. They strictly perform live, orchestrating ancestral ceremonies with analog machines and modular synthesizers, whose dark and hypnotic sounds chase the persistent in a synesthetic atmosphere.

A techno duo from Torino, Italy, Exilles’ sound is captivating and enthralling, a maze of tunnels, stairs, niches that form hypnotic soundscapes that invite you to go even deeper.
 Their goal is to produce techno built around the polarity of light and darkness, black and white, continuously keeping listened poised between opposites, between consciousness and raving.

Enjoy their exclusive one-hour mix for 6AM’s Global Vibe Radio below, and download it for FREE here.

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Premiere: Joel Edwards Drops Debut “Find Our Love” EP Under London Fields Moniker

Joel Edwards aka London Fields is known for his ability to produce and carefully craft a plethora of different sounds. Over the years he has worked with various artists from different genres and styles, including the likes of Chicane, Joey Negro, The Underwolves, DJ Pulse, Ed Case, Eliot James, Planet Funk, Skin, Georgie Fame and the BBC Session Orchestra to name but a few. He’s also remixed for Blondie, Texas, Pixie Lott and Sway. On top of this, Joel’s previous band Deepest Blue had top ten chart success in the UK and abroad.

With the backing of Friday Fox Recordings, Joey’s new project London Fields has already received big support. Danny Howard, MJ Cole, Grant Nelson and Joey Negro are amongst the names that have given a big thumbs up for the five-track EP, which goes by the name of Find Our Love. On producing the EP, London Fields added:

” I just needed to get in the lab and have fun. I love mistakes in records, and tend to try and keep the first few takes of whatever is played as that’s the feeling and energy I’m trying to capture.”

 

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Premiere: Listen to Kydus Drop Debut Track “Markeeta’s Way” on Danny Howard’s Nothing Else Matters Label

Following successful musical outings on well-known and respected imprints the likes of Suara, Toolroom Knights, Incorrect Music and Circus Recordings, British producer and DJ Kydus returns once more with a powerful debut single on Danny Howard’s brand-new Nothing Else Matters imprint.

Entitled “Markeeta’s Way” the track marks another big moment in 2017 for the Liverpool artist, who has so far played events at Eden Ibiza’s opening party and Do Not Sleep at Ministry of Sound, as well as a set at Warehouse Project as part of ‘Yousef Presents Circus’ in October.

This track follows his highly acclaimed two track Free Spirit EP which received support from the likes of Carl Cox, Hot Since 82, Nic Fanciulli, and Skream. His recent release, First Contact was awarded the honor of Pete Tong’s ‘Essential New Tune.’

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Premiere: Sydney Blu and Dantiez Saunderson Combine for “Inspirato”

Saturated with infectious grooves and sturdy beats, Sydney Blu & Dantiez’ Saunderson’s ‘Inspirato EP’ on UNDR the RADR has late-night rave written all over it.

Culminating to two tasty House cuts in the form of ‘”Inspirato”’ and Sydney Blu’’s solo single ‘”Take It Back”’, this EP fills out dance floors within seconds. Today we are premiering the title track from the release, which is available tomorrow August 25th on all major outlets.


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Q&A and Global Vibe Radio 075 feat. Love & Logic

Love & Logic is the DJ duo/ production outfit made up of NYC based DJs Chris Love and AB Logic. With a lifetime of experience behind the turntables, and as co-owners of SOUP NYC, Love & Logic are staples in the underground house and techno community of New York City and the United States. The duo currently hold an official monthly SOUP DJ residency at the city’s world-renowned Cielo nightclub, and make regular appearances at the highly regarded Output and TBA venues, all on top of having cracked into the festival circuit with a monster set at NYC’s 2015 Electric Daisy Carnival.

Love & Logic released their debut single “Righteous Way” on the world famous King Street Sounds record label and haven’t looked back since. 2015 saw massive records from Love & Logic including hit singles “Big Booty Bitches” on Riva Starr’s Snatch! Recordings, and “Bicycle Seat” on the storied Guesthouse Music label. In 2016 they released their single “Hot Business” feat. Derrick Carter, on their own SOUP label, in addition to a massive EP on Junior Sanchez’s Brobot Records.

This week they are the guests on our Global Vibe Radio podcast, and took the chance to chat with us about their career and more. Listen to the mix below and read on for the exclusive interview and full track listing at the end of the article.

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