Welcome to the weekend.
It seems a bit weird to mention myself in the title by name. I decided to go with it for SEO reasons. Otherwise feel free to read it as

“Finally Friday Tech House with myself” πŸ˜€

I’m still stuck in a slight one-week nostalgia. Last weekend I spent my birthday in Berlin. I met up with lots of old friends and hit up a couple of late night spots. The harder techno still isn’t really my cup of tea but I found my musical oasis in the tech house scene and I needed to represent with one of my own mixes. Inspired by the first party I went to I called this mix Basement Party… no frills or ethereal names πŸ˜€

Have a listen and groove on through the weekend. Cheers RDMN.

1. Boys Noize – Starchild feat. Polica (Reprise Intro Edit)
2. Martin Ikin – No No (Original Mix)
3. Gorgon CIty – Lick Shot (Extended Mix)
4. Mihalis Safras – Love Away (Original Mix)
5. Anti Up – Pizza (Extended Mix)
6. Chris Lake, Walker & Royce – Dance With Me (Original Mix)
7. Chris Lake – Turn Off The Lights feat. Alexis Robert (Extended Mix)
8. FISHER (OZ) – Stop It (Original Mix)
9. CamelPhat – Drop It (Original Mix)
10. Agoria – You’re Not Alone (Solomun Remix)
11. Thomas Radman, John Beaver – Let Me See (Original Mix)
12. Samu.l – Around You (Original Mix)
13. The Shapeshifters – Lola’s Theme Recut (Superlover Remix)
14. Start The Party – I Feel Love (Kevin McKay Remix)

What’s up Friday Fam!

This is such a dope Friday mix. DJ Denise brings it with her brand new, hot out the oven electro, tech house, techno mix. It reminds me of so many Fridays and Saturdays in my life. So many nights in Berlin. So many after parties in San Francisco and LA.. this mix is gonna be an instant classic in my driving rotation! Denise is being featured for the second time on Finally Friday and you won’t regret checking out everything she’s got. She hails from the Bay and therefore represents many things I stood and still stand for. The scene slightly out of reach for me nowadays but mixes and connections like this make me feel like I’m home!

…and I’m gonna have to snag some of these tracks too… this shit is straight fire, guuuuurl! πŸ˜‰

Check out this tracklist and the mix right along with it!

Denise, maybe one day we’ll be able to play a show together again. This sound would kill over here in Germany!

Tracklist:
1. Chris Lake x Walker & Royce – Dance With Me
2. Riva Starr & Green Velvet – Keep Pushin’ (Harder)
3. Breaking Beattz – Ghetto Funk
4. PEZNT & Born I Music – Breakfast
5. Mihalis Safras & Green Velvet – Poze
6. Nick Olivetti & Heartlybeats feat. KE – Bang Low
7. Bart B More & Das Kapital – Hit the Club
8. OMNOM – Fo Free
9. Chris Lake & Green Velvet – Deceiver
10. Mihalis Safras & Green Velvet feat. Shamonique – Sauce
11. ZDS feat. KE – Sweat
12. Bhaskar, Kohen – Put Your Number
13. Jameson – Guess The Rest
14. Jack Beats – The Remedy

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 finalΒ 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

Welcome back to another Finally Friday. First of all HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my little sister. You’re awesome and I can’t wait for you to visit me next month πŸ™‚

Alright so KiNK goes completely live in this set. It may not sound as polished as someone DJing produced and mastered tracks but this opens up a totally new experience for the listener. You have to imagine someone creating arrangements made of samples on the fly right there in front of a live audience, no second chances. Mistakes can happen but that’s also what happens when you sit in the studio. It’s authentic and adds the possibility of freestyling sounds, notes and samples.

At one point he even let’s one of the fans trigger some sounds… and why not? It’s part of the experience and makes it an overall refreshing video to watch. Keep that in mind when you think you’re hearing a rough patch in the mix.

cheers, RDMN

There it is again.. Friday! We keep making it πŸ™‚
This time I have another soundcloud clip for you guys. This is a very special friend of mine from my old music days in the wild wild west. Eve Falcon, awesome DJ, hot as hell and wife of Jason Blum, one half of the live electronic act Deepsky from back in the day. So many memories and connections have been created in my life after meeting Jason and Scott from Deepsky. Eve is one of them. She has such a mature sound and scratches my progressive/deep house itch in just the right way.

If you like this mix, feel free to show your support by purchasing the mix including the individual tracks:Β www.beatport.com/release/evocative-043/2243521

‘Evocative’ airs every 2nd Tuesday of the month on Proton Radio
2pm ET /11am PT / 7pm UTC
Check it out here:Β www.protonradio.com/show.php?showid=644

Alright, I’m gonna let this mix carry me into the weekend… I suggest you do the same.

Much love Eve. Miss all you guys!

cheers RDMN

 

Tracklist:

Freedo Mosho – Back to the Woods (Luis Junior Remix) [Electronic Groove Records]
GMJ – Push Through (Andrea Cassino Remix) [Proton Music]
R. Fentz – Disbelief [Nie Wieder Schlafen]
GMJ – Tripswitch (Kosmas Remix) [Particles]
Michael A – Aura Tears (Proton Music)
Filtergeist – Kinaray [Qilla Records]
Antrim – Carnatica (Kamilo Sanclemente Remix) [Or Two Strangers]
GuyRo – Illuminate (East CafΓ© Remix) [Balkan Connection]
Robert Solheim – Ferga [Pangea Recordings]

Welcome to a very special Friday. I’m posting this from the road because I’m visiting my hometown Berlin and I’m celebrating this Friday with a set by Berlin local Boys Noize. I’m probably going to have to fix some of the formatting on this post. This is my first time posting something from mobile πŸ˜…πŸ˜Ž

I’ll update the track list as well

Have an awesome weekend. I know I will.

Cheers RDMN

What? There is a lady mixing you say? I just came for the art exhibition… but I guess since we’re already here let’s talk about Pretty Pink, the groove happy chick dancing her ass off in this video. I like finding out about new people, characters and artists. She certainly isn’t unknown, but she’s new to me and besides music she seems to have an impeccable taste in ancient art. Not only is her track selection good but her production is pretty top notch as well!

Check her out for yourself and of course as always let me know if you can recommend any mixes for the next Finally Friday!

Tracklist:
Finnebassen – Retrograde (Finn Pilly Edit)
Pretty Pink – Repeat (Original Mix)
Marek Hemmann – Zunder
Veerus & Maxie Devine – Cars (Original Mix)
Pretty Pink – Fludora (Original Mix)
RHCP – Otherside (AVF Edit Red Hot Chilli Peppers)
Compact Grey & Haze – Around The Bane (Noir Mashup Treatment)
Oliver $ – Hoes (Original Mix) Animal Trainer – Dragon Games (Original Mix)
Ninetoes – Finder (Original Mix)
Infinty Ink – Infinity (Original Mix)
Raumakustik – Glaub mir doch (Sonntagskind & David Jach Remix)
Daft Punk & Daughter – Get Lucky (Pretty Pink Edit)