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Schallwellenmagie introducing DeeJay-JCC

It was a little bit quiet regarding our category „Artists we like“ during the last months but now we are back with a powerful young man from Berlin: Julius Hilbert a.k.a. Deejay-JCC.

 

 We decided to tease your ears with his track „Ausgebucht from the Album „Nix zu holen“:

DeeJay-JCC – Ausgebucht Download

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More of his stuff can be found on mp3.de and his YouTube channel.

The Interview:

SWM: Since when are you active as a producer ?
Deejay-JCC: I began producing music at a more professionally niveau in 2007.

SWM: Who or what has you most strongly affected to make music ?
Deejay-JCC: Because of my extraordinary musical taste I always had lots of ideas for melodies or rythms which I tried to recreat in my own tracks. House music can reflex so many emotions with only some simple synths you just have to put them in the right composition. That’s what makes it so special to me!

SWM: Who are the artists with the biggest influence on your music ?
Deejay-JCC: It would take to much time to name them all, because often unknown artists from Myspace, LastFM or MP3.de are affecting me. I’m always searching for new music and sometimes I find tracks which are just amazing and I directly beginn analyzing them.

SWM: How long does it take you to produce a track usually and at what aspect of producing you spent most of your time?
Deejay-JCC: Good question. It takes between seven hours and a whole week. I’m experimenting with different synths and melodies nearly every afternoon and if it sounds good I start to finish it with percussions and fx. This part is the one which takes less time.

SWM: What is the biggest challenge for you when creating a new track ?
Deejay-JCC: I have a very distinct ambition, which may is the reason why I always want to improve my music and give it more quality.

SWM: How difficult is it for you to find one point on which you can let stand a track how it is, without making changes again and again?
Deejay-JCC: This is definitely the most difficult thing of creating a track! Sometimes that’s even driving me crazy.
Not until I’m sure that I did my best to make everything as good as possible I export the track.

SWM: Tell us about the hard/software you are using to create electronic music.
Deejay-JCC: I’m using Ableton Live 8 reWired with Reason 4 and I’ve got a Akai APC 20, BCF 2000 and a midi control keyboard.

SWM: Your currently number one DJ/Live acts?
Deejay-JCC: No live acts this year.

SWM: If you are DJing: do you prefer Vinyl or CD? Do you use DJ software? Are you performing live?
Deejay-JCC: I prefer using CDs, because of the alternations you can have. You don’t need to go into a shop to buy a vinyl and you also don’t have to wait if you buy it online. I do perform live with Ableton and my APC 20.

SWM: What can we expect from you in the near future?
Deejay-JCC: Right now I’m working on my new EP “Grün wird Gelb” which you can download in a few months.

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Diego Stocco – Music from a Bonsai

Here comes a new video by Diego Stocco, if you ask me he is outmatching the brilliant „Music from a tree“ with his latest recording…outstanding!

Diego Stocco – Music From A Bonsai from Diego Stocco.

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OK.iN.N on Schallwellenmagie

Our next artist is from Toulouse, France: Nicolas Guiramand aka OK.iN.N

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To give you a short impression about his sound we decided to introduce his track EXIL which is also part of the Regicide vol.01 Mix from Return Trip.

OK.iN.N – Exil

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More music can be found on his MySpace page, but now the interview we did:

Schallwellenmagie: Since when are you active as a producer?
OK.iN.N: I’ve been experimenting electronic music production for many years, but I’ve started sharing my tracks only a few months ago, maybe because i wasn’t confident enought, and aswell felt like my prod wasn’t technical enought whitch is the mean thing for me. I’ve created a myspace account in 2006, at first only for friends, and i recently took it more seriously, thanks to their encouragements. The beginning of the enterprise…

Schallwellenmagie: Who or what has you most strongly affected to make music ?
OK.iN.N: Daft Punk, Laurent Garnier, Carl Cox, Michael Mayer… brought me up to electro music years ago, with these analogic rythms that i loved, very different from what was played on the radio at that time. I was living in belgium border, and i used to go clubbing almost every week-ends in huges clubs as La Goa and La Bush who definitly convinced me.

Schallwellenmagie: Who are the artists with the biggest influence on your music?
OK.iN.N: There are a lot!at the Beginning there was Daft Punk (again!), or Super Discount… They contributed to get me into electro. Then, Electroclash, with Dj Hell, Miss kittin & the Hackers, Fisherspooners…
Now, my references are more Minimalist, influenced by amazing artists as Plastikman, Marco Carola, Paul Ritch, Anja Schneider, Trentemoller, Magda, Kompakt, Marc Antona…

Schallwellenmagie: How long does it take you to produce a track usually and at what aspect of producing you spent most of your time?
OK.iN.N: Between five hours and one month (sometimes even more!) I spend many time searching good sounds, and filtering/modeling it. And of course, mastering tracks takes long hours to be done, and it s about hardware(gear??) too

Schallwellenmagie: what is the biggest challenge for you when creating a new track?
OK.iN.N: The biggest challenge is to keep a coherent track from begenning to the end. By the past, i used to be generous, maybe too much. I’ve often created several atmospheres, as several tracks in one. Unexpected for listeners. But when you create, listen hundred times the same tracks, you’re always attempted to add new sounds (reef)here and there.

Schallwellenmagie: How difficult is it for you to find one point on which you can let stand a track how it is, without making changes again and again?
OK.iN.N: Extremly hard! Don’t touch anymore, that’s the key! Today it’s my leightmotiv. I’ve tried keeping the same flow during the whole track „Exil“, less sequences, just elaborating on filters and modulations. But i keep on searching.

Schallwellenmagie: Tell us about the hard/software you are using to create electronic music
OK.iN.N: Ableton Live (since one year), with Vsti (Kontact, Novastation, Abakos..) and the uc33 evolution as controler. This software is fantastic, highly intuitive and attainable.

Schallwellenmagie: Your currently number one DJ/Live acts?
OK.iN.N: Paul Rich, Richie hawtin (of course) Magda and Dubfire on the same step…

Schallwellenmagie: If you are DJing: do you prefer Vinyl or CD? Do you use DJ software? Are you performing live?
OK.iN.N: I prefer to mix with Live (mp3),even if it’s not as spontaneous as vinyl, but it enables give me more freedom for creativity. Next step, i look for playing live in clubs. For the moment, I’ve started mixing my faves in some clubs in Toulouse.

Schallwellenmagie: What can we expect from you in the near future?
OK.iN.N: Better quality tracks, and the quest of soul’s clubbers all around the world (lol)

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Diego Stocco – Dissonant Echoes

Diego Stocco – Dissonant Echoes from Diego Stocco on Vimeo.

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Schallwellenmagie introducing Yottabit

Here comes another artist we stumbled upon on Soundcloud this time: Yottabit. His real name is  Markos Mazarakis and he is from Athens, Greece.

Yottabit

Yottabit on myspace

His track Freak of nature found our interest straightaway, so here it is now and as always with interview:

Yottabit – Freak of nature

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Schallwellenmagie: Since when are you active as a producer ?
Yottabit: I’ve been playing music all my life. I started experimenting with live electronics around 2004-2005 and got into producing in 2006.

Schallwellenmagie: Who or what has you most strongly affected to make music ?
Yottabit: I just love sound. Can’t imagine things being any other way so it’s the natural way to go.

Schallwellenmagie: Who are the artists with the biggest influence on your music ?
Yottabit: I listen to music all the time, so I can’t really say which artists have influenced me the most, I guess everything I listen to ends up having it’s say in my music somehow. Some of the albums I’ve been digging recently and some all-time favorites:

13th Floor Elevators – The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators
The Gories – I Know You Fine, But How You Doin‘
Steve Reich – It’s Gonna Rain
Vangelis – Blade Runner
Pink Floyd – The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
Prince – Parade
Talking Heads – Speaking in Tongues
Iannis Xenakis – Metastasis / Pithoprakta Eonta
F.U.S.E. – Dimension Intrusion
JPLS – Program
Robert Hood – Internal Empire
Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works Volume II

Schallwellenmagie: How long does it take you to produce a track usually and at what aspect of producing you spent most of your time?
Yottabit: I produce most of my tracks in one take. I usually lose focus if I leave a track unfinished, so I try to finish it on the same day. I spend most of the time jamming and experimenting with the sounds until something starts to appear, then it’s just a matter of building the arrangement and polishing the edges.

Schallwellenmagie: What is the biggest challenge for you when creating a new track ?
Yottabit: I usually forget to eat until I finish what I’m doing, so I keep getting thinner and thinner.

Schallwellenmagie: How difficult is it for you to find one point on which you can let stand a track how it is, without making changes again and again?
Yottabit: I usually know from the first hour if the track is going somewhere. Once you find the main atmosphere everything falls into place pretty much on its own. I don’t make re-edits on my tracks. If I don’t like them, I just write new ones.

Schallwellenmagie: Tell us about the hard/software you are using to create electronic music.
Yottabit: My setup is pretty minimal. Right now I use Ableton Live for everything. I sample sounds and vocals from my laptop’s crappy microphone, and I also use an Evolution UC33 midi controller for live effects. I don’t really use VSTs except maybe Reaktor sometimes.

Schallwellenmagie: Your currently number one DJ/Live acts?
Yottabit: Marc Houle’s live set is pretty amazing. The guy truly raves.

Schallwellenmagie: If you are DJing: do you prefer Vinyl or CD? Do you use DJ software? Are you performing live?
Yottabit: I use Ableton when playing live or DJing. I like how flexible it can be, also I never really got into DJing the traditional way, with turntables and stuff, so for me it’s the most natural interface.

Schallwellenmagie: What can we expect from you in the near future?
Yottabit: Right now I have two releases on the works, so if you like what you hear, stay tuned.

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Schallwellenmagie introducing Janbaz

As it is getting colder here in Germany we bring you some warm fresh sounds from Turkey today.
Janbaz from Istanbul, his real name is Fatih Canbaz is a very active producer, he  released 6 albums
on Zey Productions up to now and more of his stuff is coming very soon.

Janbaz

Janbaz@MySpace Janbaz@Last.fm

On Schallwellenmagie we introduce the fantastic track „Drei“ from his album Brucke Plaus.

Janbaz – Drei

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As always, here is our interview with Janbaz:

Schallwellenmagie: Since when are you active as a producer ?
Janbaz: Since 2005

Schallwellenmagie: Who or what has you most strongly affected to make music ?
Janbaz: Sometimes natural sounds at the beginning of the computer trying to do. I always had the benefit of all of this and helped me to find new ways of music production.

Schallwellenmagie: How long does it take you to produce a track usually and at what aspect of producing you spent most of your time?
Janbaz: Sometimes a week, sometimes a month. Usually a groove close to me do we start in a sample possible. Then put to find a toy is a student will be balanced. At first, this may be just a loop. Then the arrangement will become a sample and complete. Sometimes it even works from the first sample may not be.

Schallwellenmagie: What is the biggest challenge for you when creating a new track ?
Janbaz: Mostly as a project to work on my pole. Parts produced during certain periods when i do, and that it’s enough call for ways to combine them. But let me say, first time i started to make a track i know what my project would be included. This method means to me to concentrate sound moved too far to the point.

Schallwellenmagie: Tell us about the hard/software you are using to create electronic music.
Janbaz: Pro-Tools 7, Cubase 4, 2x Active Mid-field JBL, TC Electronic Finalizer, Behringer Ultra-Curve Pro,
Roland VM-C7100 Digital Mixing console, Allen & Heath Zed-22-FX mixing Console, Urei Transcription Phono Pre-amplifier, Laser-vision LP-777 preview VU meter, Tascam DA-30 mkII DAT recorder

Schallwellenmagie: What can we expect from you in the near future?
Janbaz: I’ve created a new remix that will be online soon

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Moritz Wettstein on Schallwellenmagie

Here comes the next real gem that can be found at the huge pool of excellent music on last.fm:
Moritz Wettstein from Switzerland. Currently he is living in Brooklyn NY, but will move back to Zurich on October.

Moritz Wettstein

One of my favourite tracks from his work:

Moritz Wettstein –  Tempest Toast

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Beside producing music he is also involved in interactive sound/video performances and installations. More tracks and even Videos can be found on his homepage and at Soundcloud.

Here is our interview:

Schallwellenmagie: Since when are you active as a producer?
Moritz Wettstein: I’m producing electronic music since 2000 beside other activities like interactive sound/video performances and installations.

Schallwellenmagie: Who or what has you most strongly affected to make music ?
Moritz Wettstein: I think what most affected me to make electronic music was the club scene at this time – Before, I played guitar and wanted to be a rock star like all teenagers, but I enjoyed how the electronic musicians and Dj’s were suddenly partying with the audience, the music and the party was in the foreground and not the stage. So, the shady basement or sunny rooftop partys – that’s something for me.

Schallwellenmagie: Who are the artists with the biggest influence on your music?
Moritz Wettstein: My early inspiration was a lot of prog-rock/rock from the seventies like Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd (who not?). In electronic music it is more difficult to say who influenced me. There are all those local /non-local Dj’s and musicians in Zurich whose sounds I danced to at parties – but I’ll name here some labels I also listen /listened at home or wherever: Matthew Herbert’s accidental label (and himself), UR and Dj Rolando’s Jaguar (I discovered recently also really great Hip-hop sounds from Detroit), ghostly international, warp, ~scape, shit katapult, force tracks/inc/lab, kompakt, bpitch control, cytrax, m_nus, morris audio, revolver, trapez, traum, sender, perlon, pokerflat, circus company, punkt musik, archipel, salo,!k7, and so many more. Let’s say in every genre of music there is someone/something that influences/influenced me, except for opera…ah, not true, I like „die drei groschenoper“.

Schallwellenmagie: How long does it take you to produce a track usually and at what aspect of producing you spent most of your time?
Moritz Wettstein: It really depends, sometimes I have a good day and I produce right away a raw mix in hours which I’m more or less happy with. Sometimes I tinker around on tracks for weeks and I don’t know anymore if I’m down with the sound. My best practice is working on a track for more or less two days and nights, make some mixdowns, then let my ears recover from the track for a week, working on other ideas. I’ll then listen to it again, and work another week /weeks on the track. But generally I work on different Ideas at the same time and switch between them.

Schallwellenmagie: what is the biggest challenge for you when creating a new track?
Moritz Wettstein: Finding the thin line between a club/dj-tool sound and the sounds you may listen at home…and between experimental and more common sounds.

Schallwellenmagie: How difficult is it for you to find one point on which you can let stand a track how it is, without making changes again and again?
Moritz Wettstein: This is a really difficult part. I have tons of mixdowns and versions of an idea… I have to wait some days (as I mentioned before) and then select my favorite and work on it again, which can be sometimes months later.

Schallwellenmagie: Tell us about the hard/software you are using to create electronic music.
Moritz Wettstein: Every noise around me can end up as a rhythm -> field recordings and jam sessions, my voice – my body sounds, guitar, piano, some drums but really everything like my coffe cup next to me can be an instrument, Nord Lead 3, Mackie 1402, Genelec speakers, self programmed generative synths in puredata, and everything morphed and mixed with free/non-free VST-synths and Effects in Ableton Live.

Schallwellenmagie: Your currently number one DJ/Live acts?
Moritz Wettstein: DJ: Andaloop, Liveact: Noze

Schallwellenmagie: Your currently number one clubs / Live Festivals?
Moritz Wettstein: The electronic / techno parties in the squats of Zurich.     

Schallwellenmagie: If you are DJing: do you prefer Vinyl or CD? Do you use DJ software?
Moritz Wettstein: I prefer Vinyl, but I’m fine with all other styles of mixing.

Schallwellenmagie: Are you performing live?
Moritz Wettstein: Yes, but I made so far more art-sound-video performances with my circuit-bended devices, like Joysticks, telephons, buttons. I plan to go more in the direction of „clubier“ sounds with my live-performances.

Schallwellenmagie: What can we expect from you in the near future?
Moritz Wettstein: Live-performances and sound-releases in digital and/or vinyl.