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” 😀

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 😀

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)

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Friday is here! The word Friday is synonymous to the word Freedom to me, say it isn’t so!
It’s a very late Friday night here in Berlin… well for Berlin standards it’s actually time to start going out. But I just finished an 8 hour drive, which I can cross off my list of fun things to do this weekend, so I’ll be going out for my birthday tomorrow.

Tonight I want to get into the Berlin mood and I’m going to do this with Marc Eisenberg, who I met on Instagram, as a matter of fact. He DJs and promotes and organizes events. He’s a resident at Feier Bekenntnis Berlin and if I read it right he actually runs that show. I truly hope we can network further in the future to help me on my road back to my hometown Berlin.

The mix I’m going to feature is great driving music and it’s not mindless techno.. this mix is full of intelligent track selection and he blows through a variety of techno sub genres. It’s definitely a cool listen!

I’m gonna rock this weekend, how about you guys?

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! 😉

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 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

I’ve come to enjoy digging through my friends list on facebook or soundcloud and finding mixes from hard working local and underground DJs, who have families, day jobs or are full time students and still take the time to follow their passion.

It’s cool posting about the greats in the scene, with flashy videos and packed crowds in the background, but there is something about the underdog that resonates with me. The local heroines and heroes of the raves, clubs, ragers, underground, hotel rooms and house parties deserve to be heard.

This Friday I listened to DJ Axel Holmes – No Stopping Now and want to share it with all of you. I just love to cruise through these old traditional Bavarian villages and bump the thump.. and this mix certainly threw a Lederhosen clad fella or two off as I was driving by. I was getting into that daydream autodrive mode I got lost in the sounds and found myself back at a bar in a dark Berlin club, with my Club Mate Vodka in one hand dance-strutting over to the couch corner but never sitting down because those shits are always occupied… ok I lost myself again for a second… go check out this techno mix below and check out DJ Axel Holmes Artists page here.

Once I have a track list I’ll post that, too. Cheers RDMN.

 

It’s Friday and you guys know nothing makes me happier than that! This time I have to give this girl a shout out. I’ve been following her on twitter when she was getting about 20-40 likes on her tweets and now she’s getting like 500 likes per post! It’s awesome to see her get noticed and play all sorts of big shows like Tomorrowland this year. So here is to another rising star in the Techno scene. Hut ab meine Gute!

cheers RDMN

 

It’s finally Friday, people and I’m glad to be back. I’ve had a series of mini vacations around Europe with London, Amsterdam and LOTS of Berlin. I want to celebrate having a Friday to myself again after weeks of being about and we’re celebrating it with one of my favorites: Stephan Bodzin.

Here he is playing his unique live set 10000 feet high in the mountains at Schilthorn Piz Gloria for Cercle.

Cheers, RDMN

Tracklist:
01. Rodriguez Jr. – Mistral (Stephan Bodzin Remix) [SYSTEMATIC]
02. 04:55 ID – ID
03. 08:55 Stephan Bodzin – Catamaran [AFTERLIFE]
04. 15:25 ID – ID
05. 16:46 Stephan Bodzin – Zulu [HERZBLUT]
06. 21:59 ID – ID
07. 26:10 Stephan Bodzin – Strand [AFTERLIFE]
08. 33:10 Stephan Bodzin – Birth [HERZBLUT]
09. 40:40 Stephan Bodzin – Odyssee (Synthapella) [HERZBLUT]
10. 52:55 ID – ID
11. 57:50 Stephan Bodzin & Marc Romboy – Kerberos [SYSTEMATIC]
12. 01:03:05 Stephan Bodzin – Boavista
13. 01:10:02 Stephan Bodzin – Powers Of Ten [HERZBLUT]
14. 01:15:50 Stephan Bodzin – Singularity [LIFE & DEATH]
15. 01:20:58 Tale Of Us & Vaal – Monument (Stephan Bodzin Remix) [AFTERLIFE]
16. 01:27:40 Pan-Pot – Sleepless (Stephan Bodzin Remix) [SECOND STATE]

 

Video credits: Artist: Stephan Bodzin Venue: Schilthorn Piz Gloria (https://www.schilthorn.ch/) Produced by Cercle Executive producers: Philippe Tuchmann & Derek Barbolla Film directed by: Pol Souchier & Derek Barbolla Directors of photography: Anatole Vaillant, Houssam Omar, Haytham Omar. Drone: Cercle / Anatole Vaillant Sound Engineer: Vincent Mathieu & Pierre Jean Lorteau assisted by Aurélien Moisan