Friends. While I’ve been plenty busy the last few years with family, moving country, running Serato’s east coast artist relations, writing a master’s thesis, DJing, and Hit It & Quit It radio its been way too long since I dropped a record.
Happy to say the drought is over- the home studio is firing, brand new release out this month, and next one (an extra special collab with Henry Maldonado aka Son of Sound) is currently in the oven.
The ‘Honey Rocks’ EP is out via Aus Music on May 27. Sneak preview of the title track for you–>
Check my brand spanking Serato performance video rocking CDJs in HID mode, the DDJ-SP1 and a cavalcade of OG CLASSICS! Can you tell I had fun??
October 2014 will mark my return to the United States as a resident. I’ve had an amazing 13 (!) year run here in New Zealand raising my family, making music with some of the best musicians in the world, developing my passion for teaching at the Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand.
But now it is time to move (the whole damn) shop to New York City to take up work with the mighty Serato Audio Research. Needless to say I’m very excited at the opportunity to work with the world’s leading purveyor of DJ technology in one of my favorite cities in the world. A dream job? YEP!
This move also affords me time to get back to the essence- pursuing my music career. Yes, releases have been scant this year (outside of this MCDE remix I hope you picked up) but fret not, I’ve amassed a number of songs I’ll be finishing up for release in 2015 as well as an exciting new project with an absolute legend of R&B (I will let you all wonder in anticipation, details to follow). PLUS many many more DJ appearances (hit me on email@example.com for bookings!)… In the meantime keep the ears to the ground…
So at the moment I spend a lot of my time teaching these youngsters and up-and-comers the finer points of production, DJing and how to be an “artiste.” But every once in awhile I have to come up for air and practice what I preach. So here it is…
After two STONKING tours last year (one in the USA, one in the EU/UK) I’m cramming two continents into one trip (of course, during the school break… you know how we do). Very excited to be re-visiting some of my favorite spots this time as well as checking out a few new locales… I really hope to see you in one of these fine cities soon…
Wed April 24th San Francisco- Housepitality at F8
Thu April 25th Detroit(!) – TV Bar
Fri April 26th Toronto- BLK Box
Sat April 27th Miami- Electric Pickle
Sun April 28th Brooklyn, NYC- Output
Fri May 3rd Strasbourg, France- Rafiot Club
Sat May 4th Berlin- Panorama Bar
Sun May 5th Nottingham, Wherehouse?
Fri May 10th London, Plastic People
(and ending it with a bang…)
Sat May 11th Minehead- Southport Weekender!!
True to the moniker, laying low (and keeping busy) has been a priority as of late. But 75 days without a post? Inexcusable! So for anybody that cares to read on, here’s a short run down of what the first half of 2013 holds in store for all things “Recloose”…
First up, I have just wrapped a remix for one of my all time inspirations- Funkadelic (yes, THE Funkadelic). My friends Brendan “BMG” Gillen and DJ Tom Thump sent the “Sexy Ways” stems directly from the Westbound vaults late last year, and (with the mixing help of my MAINZ colleague Zed Brookes) we kept the sound and vibe of the original but gave it a proper extended disco interpretation. It was technically challenging not warping the original recordings (Ableton Live speak for non-techies) but I managed to overdub period-sounding drums, sync it all to the tambourine track and roll out the recording well past the original 3:07 (the stems were six minutes of untapped studio gold). Laying ears on the inner workings of legendary recordings always feels like a privileged window into another world, and this one was even more of a trip when I considered that the album “Standing On the Verge of Getting It On” dropped right around the time I landed on earth. So my thanks to George, Eddie, Bernie and co. for letting me kick it in the studio with them 38 years after the fact. A soundcloud preview will be up soon and I will keep you posted on release details… Also be on the lookout for a Recloose remix of Motor City Drum Ensemble’s “Raw Cuts #4” which I’ve been told should be dropping in April or May via Faces records with other remixes from top blokes like Scuba and Marcellus Pittman. Beyond that I’ve got a few brand new 12″s in the pipes for this year that are simmering well in the lab, details to follow…
Gig-wise, I’ll be hitting the road again this April/May, and the confirmed dates are posted just to the right of here on the Songkick feed. Very excited to be rolling through both the states and the EU, and honored to be welcomed back to esteemed events like the Southport Weekender and world-renowned clubs like Panorama Bar (I must have done something right!). In addition to DJing I’ll be returning to my hometown of Detroit to conduct research and interviews for my M.A. thesis I’m writing this year entitled “Renaissance: Musical Mediation in Post-Industrial Detroit.” Yes, it is going to be another stimulating year… Watch this space.