Holla if it’s Friday where you live! My Xmas vacation time is coming up so fast now I can hardly concentrate at work at the moment. I’m feeling that straight up house music this weekend and I enlisted my good friend Carlos Alfonzo to bring the heat with his mix called Deep into the Zone.

Carlos and I played at a lot of the same shows back in the day in the Bay and Sacramento Area and if I can say anything about him at all it’s that he personifies a mantra our scene used to like to live by: Peace, Love, Unity and Respect. Always awesome and helpful during shows. Plus he’s never disappointed as a DJ either, one that started in the old school and adapted perfectly to the current digital age. On top of that he’s a multi-released producer on labels such as:

Tech Asylum Recordings
Chicago based Traxmen Records
Harlots & Hustlers
Fierce Animal Recordings
Elikonas Records
Tech-Asylum Recordings
Mini Coffee Records
Ammo Recordings
Tree House Tribe Records
Blue Orb Records

Although we haven’t mixed it up at the same shows since my exile 6 years ago, I’m pretty sure this is one of those situations where if you meet again a decade later you’re still cool and chill with each other like you just played a show last weekend.

Brother, if you need a little tour of Germany one day don’t forget to hit me up while you’re here 🙂

Now, let’s enter the weekend proper:

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If I learned anything this weekend it’s that I can celebrate it finally being Friday even when it’s saturday already… kinda like a belated celebration. Last week I had to skip out on my weekly post due to a work convention. Yes, I know it’s unbelievable. I do have to work even though I’m running this lucrative blog. Sorry to have to shatter that image of me 😀 😀

So this Friday I just had to go back to Dariio and his latest appearance at the Pancakes and Booze festival. The house music and the mixing are so solid I just couldn’t leave work without blasting it on the way home. Turning Bavarian heads has become a Friday pastime and Dariio is definitely helping with my endeavour.

If you get a chance go check out my man over on Choon for some crypto-based streaming fun:

https://choon.co/artists/dariiomusic/

And now to the mix itself. Don’t bounce off the walls now, ya hear?

Cheers, RDMN

I’m a little bit late posting this today, but it’s still Friday in at least Hawaii, right? 😀
Also I’ve been jamming to this mix by Dariio, one of my old school friends and musical partners. It’s his live recording of the Pancakes and Booze Art Show in.. I assume Washington State. Either way it sounds like a finger licking good time. This mix is dope to chill to or to dance to or even to rage to, which makes it perfect for so many situations, for example, doing my weekly cruise home from work on Friday’s through that Bavarian town on the way home, blasting house music for all my geezer, lederhosen-wearing, buddies… Sorry for the disturbance every Friday around 2pm ya’ll 😀

Now go ahead and chill, dance or rage to this:

There are a bunch of people that I really miss since my exile 6 years ago. This dude is definitely one of them. I’m glad we were able to mix it up, produce it up and party it up back in the day and I know we’ll be chillin here in Germany at some point! But this is also another reason why I like to cover “locals” and friends of the scene instead of just some big name boiler room mixes, as cool as they may be… the personal touch is just a bit cooler to me.

Here is a brief clip of us playing at Pinky’s which since has burnt down. Miss those times, buddy… 🙂

You can also check out Dariio on:
Facebook
Soundcloud
Choon

Please feel free to send me your mixes to be featured. If possible a whole video of your set but streaming links will also work. I’d love to check it out. Hit me up here or on facebook.

I’ve produced many tracks in the past and usually they’re solo projects, which rely only on me and the time I invest in them. Let Me See on the other hand involved so many variables that I simply wanted to write about it to at the very least have it documented for myself.

The initial Idea

John Beaver, my Coachella Mix partner, DJ colleague and high school buddy, decided to cross off one of his dreams and booked a Europe trip. He let me know that although he’ll be traveling from shows to parties to events, etc. he wants to meet up for a few days and see if we can produce some music together.
Although I live in southern Germany, I told him it would be a good idea to meet in Berlin, being the German capital of electronic music as well as the city I was born in. He booked his flights accordingly and I started the project of bringing a “music studio” to Berlin.

The mobile Studio

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With a few additions to some equipment I already owned I managed to piece together a little setup that would provide us with creative flexibility in any hotel, hostel or AirBNB.

Just to list it all:

  1. Macbook Pro with Ableton Live, Reaktor, Maschine (software only), Lethal, Massive and Traktor
  2. Traktor S2 controller
  3. Oxygen8 midi keyboard
  4. Good ol’ trusted Sony headphones
  5. Behringer usb soundcard
  6. Bose Soundlink
  7. Every cable variation imaginable so everything was able to connect to everything else

John and I briefly went through some style and genre examples of what sort of track we’d want to work on and I went ahead and pre-produced three different ideas, each only about 30 seconds long to see what we would end up grooving to.

The Reunion

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John and I hadn’t seen each other in about six years. We’ve continued to work on music over Skype and facebook and dropbox during this whole time. It was gonna be a slightly hectic two Days. I drove for about nine hours, because I wasn’t gonna take all that equipment on an airplane. I had time to setup in the hotel room before John’s plane landed. The first night was about celebrating, having fun and inspiration. He landed at around midnight and we went straight to a club with some friends of mine. The weather was super warm so the outdoor wonderland of Ipse was a really nice location to catch up, have a drink, dance around and see the sun rise over the trees and the canal. Not to mention all the techno and tech house we were exposed to that night.

First day of production

After we slept in the next day and got the sight seeing out of the way we settled in and went through the ideas I started on. We quickly decided on one style. We worked on the initial project until we had about a two minute raw clip of the main idea… and time flew by. John’s flight was leaving at 7 am and it was almost 2 in the morning when we finished up. I saved the project, went to sleep for a couple of hours, drove John to the airport and kept driving until I was home about 8 hours later… and crashed.. (Enter Simon & Garfunkel – Sound of Silence)

Producing at a distance

The rest happened in the same way our Coachella Mixes happen. We shoot ideas back and forth over various channels. I produce a bit, he adds ideas, I implement, repeat. Meanwhile John tested out what we had so far at every single on of his shows and returned with priceless feedback until we finished. Yes, we actually finished it and it was such a great feeling. Off to mastering!

Mastering by the master

Hugo Allen, my long time label partner and friend, was my first and obvious choice for mastering this track. He did an awesome job making the entire thing pop and even hooked it up with a re-master after John played one last show, which prompted some important final edits within the tracks arrangement. I’m so glad to have Hugo in my network and my circle of friends. Hit him up if you need some quality work done: Hugo Allen Music

The final product and the next steps

I am currently testing a demo version of the track on SoundCloud and Choon:

The plan is to get this track on a label at some point… maybe even cut a music video together of the different shows John played this track at… these things are still up ahead and will trigger their own posts when they happen.

For now I’m just super excited that this project is a wrap and I can start working on the next mission.

cheers, RDMN

For my Friday drive home I was looking through my mixcloud favs, because I felt like listening to some solid house music and I came across my old friend DJ Denise and Comfort Beats v2. Dude, I was jackin through this tiny bavarian town like it was Blossom Hill Rd. People left and right wearing lederhosen (this is not a joke) looking at me like I’m stupid.. and I kept driving, volume up, bumpin all the way home. I felt like I was back in Cali for a minute.

Denise and I crossed paths many times back in my Bay Area days. She DJd a lot more than I did but we ran into each other here and there. I also released a remix on her label when I was still living there. All in all, always good vibes with her and a solid connection I’m glad I’ve made.

Anyways, this is the mix that got me all hyped for my Friday and now I’m off into the weekeeeeeeeeeeeend with my favorite kind of D!

cheers RDMN

Why is Friday the best day of the week? Picture this: Being a free person and living your life is awesome, but it doesn’t compare to the first day of freedom after being locked up over the weekend for doing some dumb shit… That’s why Friday is the best: Freedom for a few days and time to let go of the past week… and if you can’t follow me, maybe you need to go do some dumb shit 🙂

And no one can get your weekend groove started like the legend himself, Carl Cox. I have to admit, being so fond of Daft Punk, he had me at that first track. It really didn’t matter at that point what the rest of the mix was about, I decided right there and then that I’m gonna post it.. I put my faith into the Cox 😉 as should you.

cheers RDMN

Tracklist according to YouTube user Anésio Maas Filho

Drop Out City Rockers – International Track
Tigerskin – Love & Peace [DFTD (DEFECTED)]
The Reese Project – Direct Me [KMS]
Laurent Chanal – Sand (O.D.Math Remix)
Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons – Vermillion (&ME Remix)
Ben Klock vs. Precious System – In A While vs. The Voice From Planet Love
Sonny Fodera & 4th Measure Men – Don’t Touch Me When I’m Dancing
Bart Marley – Ushuaia
Daft Punk – Voyager [VIRGIN]
D.C. LaRue – Cathedrals [PYRAMID]
The Sunburst Band – Journey To The Sun (Dennis Ferrer Remix)
DJ Q – Superclique
Eats Everything – Entrance Song [PETS]
Frankey & Sandrino – Acamar [INNERVISIONS]
Gat Decor – Passion [LOGIC]
Oliver Huntemann – High5 [IDEAL]
Frank Wiedemann – Kleiner Vogel [INNERVISIONS]
Sandy Rivera – So Good
andhim – Boy Boy Boy [BLACK BUTTER]
Mat.Joe – Make A Living [MOTHER]

I’m really curious about something I’m about to test out. It’s this new streaming portal for musicians called choon. Designed to have its own payment ecosystem the entire thing is powered by the Etherium blockchain. Check out their website if you haven’t googles it already:

https://www.choon.co/

Some familiar faces are involved: Gareth Emery, Ashley Wallbridge and Bjorn Niklas, who I still remember from the Torque days at Ruby Skye in San Francisco.

This is one of the most interesting things in digital music distribution and streaming I’ve heard of in a long time and I can’t wait to see its mechanics work in a live environment.

So when I received a beta invite I just had to upload a couple of tracks to try it out. They had to be brand new, since nothing published or under contract is eligible. So I hurried and polished up my two latest projects.
The first one called “Stranger” is sort of a downtempo breaks track that I made recently. I like to make all kinds of music and enjoy each break away from house music 🙂

 

The second track called “Neon Dark” sounds more like something people may be used to hearing from me. It’s been in the works for a while and after adding a punch of different things I decided to strip it back down to the current version. It’s my personal underground party soundtrack 🙂

For now I have to say that choon came along at a very convenient time, because I was looking for a solid outlet and got a bit tired of the entire label scene. I have high hopes for this platform and I’m keeping a close eye on its development. It could possibly become the kind of outlet for my music I’ve been looking for lately!

I’m stayin tuned 🙂

cheers