By paul bowen, 18-Jan-2012 21:50:00
Justin Drake is undoubtedly one of the most consistent contributors to house music for over 15 years. Whether it be via his productions alongside Clive Henry as Peace Division, his audio engineering or his solo productions, Drake has had nothing but success when it comes to the 4:4 beat. We are very happy to have Justin prepare this podcast for us, all we can say is sit back and enjoy the consistent sound of Justin Drake.
By paul bowen, 06-Jan-2012 00:51:00
TICKET ONLY EVENT // ONLY 300 AVAILABLE (FIRST COME FIRST SERVE)
doblar is back with something very special to break in the new year with a bang.
This is a "one off" opportunity to get involved with something great, the venue will never be available again after this event!!
NOTE: Venue will be announced on the day of the event, all information will be emailed to people who have bought tickets (So ensure all details are correct when buying your ticket)
** LOCATION IS IN DARLINGTON! **
Tom Worton, Ben Worton, John Paget
Nyra was born in the north of England, not too many years ago. From humble surroundings and still only in his early twenties he has already reached a point where he has travelled all over the globe, DJing from the Black Sea to Canada, Space Ibiza, Miami WMC, Sonar festival in Barcelona, Extrema festival in Holland, and the ADE. What has propelled him so quickly into the ears, hearts and sets of so many people is his undeniable passion, technique, and breathtaking ability to cover a huge amount of musical ground while always remaining absolutely on point with his selection, guided by an innate sense of rhythm, musicality and flow.
Deep, low slung and stripped back, his blending of grooves loosely fit under the banner of house and techno and have a timeless quality, with his crate digging hunger giving him such an armory of music to fill his sets that he literally can play all night long. You often don’t know whether he’s playing old or new tracks, unless you’re one of the few who have the musical depth to be aware of the often obscure musical gems he’s dug out from god knows where. Then again, part of the joy of Nyra’s sets is the fact that he’s going to take you somewhere you probably haven’t been before, bringing a fresh angle to the dance floor that everybody enjoys.
As a producer Nyra is also incredibly adept at reducing grooves to their bare essence, a minimalist approach but without tracks sounding sterile. Always with maximum rhythmical interest and always inventive. Not obvious, they tend to be oblique excursions into groove science. Nyra’s new tracks really are causing a stir at the moment and his release schedule is set to seriously increase as we move into the future.
In an age when everything is available to everyone, all the time, at the click of the mouse, things become about more than just access to tracks, it's knowing which to pick out of the sea of content washing over us all….. and where to put them. It's back to the original skill at the heart of DJing vibe maintenance. This is Nyra’s core strength. It’s an ability that belies his age, and is testament to how dedicated he’s been to his art since obtaining his first set of decks at the tender age of 16. He has thrown himself completely into the world of electronic music since this point.
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By paul bowen, 22-Dec-2011 14:16:00
Levon Vincent will make a Middlesbrough appearance here at doblar march the 24th 2012 for another Middlesbrough exclusive under our belt! It's in our interest that we bring forward thinking music to this tiny industrial town and this is no exception so lets give him a message to send home that this crazy little town has something special, and an amazing crowd!
Who's Levon Vincent?
Levon Vincent has created quite a buzz on the Electronic Music scene of late . With a heavy dj schedule , personal invitations to rock Berghain from none other than Marcel Detmann . A much talked about podcast for Resident Advisor ; a no 54 spot on the best 100 ranking dj’s by Resident Advisor , massive releases on his own Deconstruct and Novel Sound imprints as well as a heavy hitter by the name of “Late Night Jam” on Berlin’s much revered label associated to the infamous Berghain/Panoramabar ; Ostgut Ton .
Levon Vincent is a DJ and producer from NYC. He is part of the tri-state’s Underground Quality crew Headed by label owner Jus Ed. He runs the Novel Sound label and also makes records for Deconstruct Music, a second label which he manages alongside longtime friend Anthony Parasole (of House n Home/ The Club House).
”I spent my teenage years in the pre-Guiliani dance-friendly 90’s on 8th street at Patricia Field’s store, ticketing clothing in the basement during days, then spending my nights DJing and learning to make house music. In that era I DJ’d at clubs like Limelite, Shelter, Save the Robots, and Nation. The latter half of the 90s was pretty weak in NY, and I dropped out to focus on learning more about music. In 2002, I started working for Halcyon Records in Brooklyn where we hosted parties with DJs like Frankie Knuckles, Danny Krivit, Nicky Siano, Mark Kamins, Jus-Ed and many more inspirational figures. During this time I ran my first record label, “MoremusicNY” and I made my first deep house record, nomoreheros, (released in 2002). Jaymz Nylon heard it in the store and gave me some very important feedback, and helped me understand a newer approach to doing arrangements “on the fly”, which I then explored for the next several years. This technique proved to be a huge piece of the puzzle for me. In 2007 I began preparation for my label, Novel Sound, under the guidance of friend and mentor Jus Ed.”.
2010/11 has already a busy year for the dj/producer with a heavy dj tour schedule across Europe , Japan , Singaopre , USA and beyond. More goodies forthcoming on both Novel Sound and Deconstruct as well as Ostgut Ton.
By paul bowen, 07-Dec-2011 12:53:00
This is our first release from our new podcast series representing (what we call) true players in the... dare I say it.. "underground" scene.
First up is Andre Rozzo, real name André Schmid from Zurich, Switzerland, releasing music that energises dancefloors that carry's a certain 'timeless' vibe. Founder of Trackdown Records and also known for releasing music under Peter Dildo & Mountain People. Find Andre's music on labels such as; Moodmusic, NRK, Freerange, Cynosure, Oslo, Tsuba & the Secretsundaze newly compilation.
Andre is the sort of artist that makes it easy to buy every single release blind and this mix really shows the consistency and valued sound that we personally love!
Hope you enjoy the podcast, be sure to leave your feedback.
By paul bowen, 02-Nov-2011 19:27:00
A lovely lady and Chilean-born musician, we catch up with Cocoons DINKY for an exclusive interview before she heads for her Middlesbrough exclusive gig at doblar on Boxing night.
Dinky is a pretty cool alias, Can you shed some light into how you came up with the name "Dinky"?
Thanks! I did not came up with it, I was Dinky before I was born, I was nicknamed like that in Chile (which doesn’t mean anything really) when my mum was pregnant, for me I have been Dinky all my life!
You have come along way in terms of producing great music and dj'ing, who was the inspiration which has led you on this journey?
Lots of people and musicians inspire me, I try to listen to lots of different music, jazz, classical, disco soul, for me is important not to be only stuck in dance music, I guess I find inspiration on everything I can relate to, it’s hard to name just only one thing or person. I come from a family of artists, my uncle is a guitarist, my cousin a multi instrumentalist, my sister is a dancer, my mom played the piano, my great uncle was a professional folklorist ect. I guess music is very natural for me. I really have to thank my mother as she saw my interest in music so she always pushed me to do what I wanted.
You talked about who inspired you to become what you are today, but which artists currently inspire you?
So many; Ella Fitgerald, Arthur Russel, Portishead, early Goldfrapp, Fever Ray, Julie London, Nina Simone, Massive Attack, ect!
How do you feel the scene differs today from when you first started?
Is much more accessible now, with the internet plus it’s much more easy to make music, before you either needed amazing ideas or a lot of money to be able to have a studio, make music and release it. it was much harder. Today you can do everything on a computer, release it digitally with almost no cost. There are more people making dance music and more people listening to it. It just became bigger and more accessible and more competitive I guess.
You've played pretty much every credible club/event around, what’s been your most memorable gig to date?
Is very hard to pick one but definitely in Panorama bar I had the most amazing and full of emotion moments.
What are your thoughts on the huge wave of gadgets available to DJ on these days? And what are your preferred methods?
I prefer the classic style Dj, vinyl and Cds. I like to mix records and that’s it. I usually let the song play until the right time to mix it and I don’t need effects for dj'ing, of course I like to use the mixer filters and eqs, or if there is a lopper I can try it a few times but never over use it. I rather keep effects for my live set. Each to their own, if people are happy and entertained fiddling with effects great for them, it just does not work for my dj sets as I love to play songs as they are.
We've read you have studied classical dance and piano from an early age, how do you feel that reflects in your sound today?
I think is a very important aspect in my music. To have knowledge or rhythm, harmony or scales is a big plus. I’m also playing the classical guitar and singing jazz and opera and that really opens up a whole world of possibilities for composing music. My music would be very different if I was not trained, not sure how but very different.
A lot of artist's these days tend to have other roles within the music industry, From Running a label to promoting a club night, What other roles, if any, do you play?
I’m a full on musician, but apart from dance music I have a singer songwriter slower project where I sing and write the music, Matthew Styles helped me producing it and as a second pair of ears to refine the music and mix it. We are almost done and planning the release of an album next year with an amazing label partnership which will be very exciting. I can’t say much at the moment but it looks like we will have the tour support we need for a live band hopefully with a bass player and a keyboardist. It’s electronic as well as acoustic; I’m really really excited about this as I’ve been working quite hard in the last year on it.
If all this was to end tomorrow, what career path do you think you'd take?
I’d be a jazz singer in a smoky club with an upright bass player playing beside me.
Thank you very much for taking the time out to answer our questions, Dinky we love you :)
Interview by doblar
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