Charlie May / Pedigree Cuts

I thought I’d put together a little appreciation of Charlie May’s South American promo which was put out last year I assume to promote Charlie May’s then forthcoming tour of South America (?).  As I’m sure most readers will know Charlie has some serious production chops and this is basically an hour plus of what was then upfront original material in various guises (remixes etc).  It’s a testament to those chops that the whole hour plus works as one cohesive unit.  It’s a great listen.

He’s also got a downtempo track ‘Night Light’ featured on the following pedigree cuts synch compilation which is satisfyingly emotive.  He talks about it here.  Check it.

An enthusiastic man

I love seeing people who are genuinely buzzing from music. Here an old interview with Sasha from around the time GU13 Ibiza was released, I presume to promote that mix CD. You can see the passion he had at the time and in the conversation he’s having with Dom Philips, whose book ‘Superstar DJ’s Here We Go’ I read a few months ago (a recommended light read!). The late 99’s were an awesome time for the progressive sound he’s discussing and was about the time I was getting into clubbing etc. Definitely my honeymoon period. There was also the getting away with it documentary around this time that went out on channel 4 but I don’t think this interview formed part of that. I could be wrong though.

Staying visible?

I’ve just read an interview with Swayzak from the RA site which rang true with me.  They talk of the accepted norm nowadays of having to stay visible to stay in touch with your market.  I’ve read so many sources which parrot that in this long tail digital musical marketplace the only way to stay visible to the ever decreasing audience is to provide it with a constant stream of material.  This may be true but it has a sobering effect on the product that is churned out as if by rote.

Music is an inspiration.  As Swayzak say in their interview if you don’t have anything to say there’s no point in putting something out.  Presumably the people that do so do so to make a living or presumably in an attempt to make a living.  I’d like to try falling into the former but the burden of completing and releasing material by rote would, as things stand, be beyond me.

Like I’m sure many other musicians it takes me an age to start, consider, stop, resume, edit, discard, continue, arrange and then polish a piece of music and then commit to an end to this process.  I would seriously have to consider streamlining my workflow if I were to up the productivity.

LSG – Blueprint (ES Waves Mix)

Having re-organised my soundcloud account I’ve made room to post this old remix I put together some years ago which I also used as the last track on the second ES Waves Podcast.  It’s a bit of a hybrid in that I appropriated some percussion elements from a couple of other tracks.  I think it works but perhaps needs some additional work leading up to the breakdown.  Anyways here it is.

The original is a cool track.  Oliver Lieb just had an amazing ear and a distinct sound.

He’s actually just played a retro set of a lot of his classic tracks which he’s posted on his soundcloud.  Check it out