Fine Taste has once again waved their magic wand to and delivered a stunning remix of D:Fuse and Hiratzka’s “Breathe In”. Originally released on their “Skyline Lounge” album, D:Fuse and Hiratzka’s version was mellow, downtempo, and most of all, sexy. Fine Taste was selected by Curvve to remix the project because of their unique production perspective on progressive and electro house music. If anyone could completely re-design a 100bpm track, Fine Taste would be the one to do it. So it comes as no surprise that their remix has been making its debut on several high profile radio shows including Matt Darey’s “Nocturnal Radio” and Paul Van Dyk’s “Vonyc Sessions”.
During our interview with Freek Geuze (one half of the Fine Taste duo), we asked him his secret to producing such a massive remix. “80 pushups before each studio session … and I always wear my Van Basten ’88 shirt”. He was also quick to mention that he prefers a PC to Mac, but “KFC any day of the week”. A man after my own heart!
Led by his artistic edge, Freek also creates astounding music under the guise of “Smartminds”. He adds that it contains, “some summerish proggy happy tra-la-la tunes like ‘Glitter Glamour’, but also banging techy stuff like ‘Tissues For Your Issues’. I just have a broad (and Fine) Taste.”
The other half of this exceptional talent is Johan Vermeulen, who lends the duo a darker side to their music. His productions have been signed to labels Baroque, Anjuna, and Little Mountain.
Whether Freek is eating his favorite food of shrimp baked in garlic or listening to hilarious jokes during production, he, along with Johan, delivered what has already been deemed their finest production to date.
One of the things we found most interesting about Freek was his devotion as a Chuck Norris fan, and ability to quickly recite random Chuck Norris facts. He also claims to have a secret obsession with Polar Bears, claiming that his remix of “Breathe In” reminds him of “a polar bear in the middle of Tunesia”. Since the conversation took such an interesting turn, we couldn’t help but enquire about his name. “Freek is actually a common Dutch name”, he replied, “ The ‘ee’ is pronounced as the ‘a’ in Cake”.
For more information, please check out Freek’s myspace project at www.myspace.com/smartmindsmusic
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“Sex, Drugs and Bacon Rolls.” That was Dan’s reply when he was asked what the movie title to his life would be.
Hailing from Sweden, Dan Lindeberg, aka Dumb Dan is a well known name in the EDM society. His productions have gotten the attention from some of the major international players and have landed his work on labels like Stone Boy, Whoop and Armada. After having a great run on the Beatport charts with his remix of Moussa Clark’s “Regret”, he is now focusing his time on his international DJ gigs and running his own label, Dumb Recordings.
In the midst of all his hard work, Dan’s latest release, a remix of Shawn Mitiska and Vinny Troia’s “House Revisited” has just been released on Curvve Recordings. Click here to check it out.
But being a successful producer, DJ and label manager is only one side of the story. Here are a few things that you may not know about him:
Q: Everyone dreams of being a superhero. Who would you be?
A: “I’d have to say the Phantom”, he said in a recent interview with Curvve. “It would be cool to live with a beauty queen in a cave in Africa that has a room full of high tech stuff.”
Q: Speaking of high tech, what is the one piece of equipment that you could not live without?
A: “Voxengo’s Curve EQ”
Q: With your interest in this tech environment, does that make you a PC guy or a Mac guy?
A: “I feel a little Mac sometimes, but I’m pretty sure I’m PC. “ He goes on to say, “Some of my best friends are Macs, I have nothing against them.”
Some of us have a routine when we play a set or when we produce. Dan is no different. His ritual includes “having a big pot of coffee all day long” and definitely wearing his lucky KISS t-shirt. This is the sort of preparation that has led him to produce an edgy, tech house driven remix of “House Revisited.” He also swears that he wore his lucky shirt during the entire production of the remix, which is why he can guarantee that it will be a hit.
Q: Did anything interesting or funny happen to you during the recording of your new remix?
A: Yes, Shawn Mitiska told me all about his favorite trance records.
Business aside, Dan believes that if his remix of “House Revisited” was an animal, it would definitely be an Okapi: an edgy looking animal that is a cross between a horse and a giraffe.
Interesting! But has this avant-garde way of thinking ever caused Dan to be stalked?
“Yes,” he replied, “but only by nice people.”
More Information about Dan available at
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Following his previous success with Curvve, Probspot is at it again with a chart topping remix of Rowan and Jaytech’s track, “Noodles”.
Considered to currently be one of the top producers of electronic music today, Probspot has been in the scene in 1996. Over the years his originals and remixes have gained the attention of global djs Markus Schulz, Above & Beyond, Paul Oakenfold and Armin Van Buuren. Both his original track “Stalker” and remix of “Necromancer” for Curvve quickly climbed to the Beatport Top 10.
Making a debut on Paul van Dyk’s ‘Vonyc Radio‘, this remix of ‘Noodles’ is a funky progressive track that delivers a smooth consistent beat . The driving base makes ‘Noodles’ a great choice for the midnight dance floors.
‘Noodles’ marked Matt Rowan and Jaytech’s first release on Curvve. The original version is a cross between techy beats, electric sounds and spacey melodies that was favored by Andy Moor, Gareth Emery and Armin Van Buuren.
“You really have to listen to it a few times so that you can fully understand the complexity of the track, there is so many layers all stacked so neatly together, much like noodles actually. The raspy bass line is reminiscent of some of BT’s earlier works with the deep kick giving the track enough punch to shake the walls of any club. If you’re looking for something a little different to inject some life into that set of yours, you should give Noodles a listen. “ – DanceNode.com[audio:035-matt_rowan_and_jaytech-noodles_(probspot_remix).mp3|titles=Noodles (Probspot Remix)|artists=Matt Rowan and Jaytech]
Excerpt from URB Magazine
“Following their successful first release with Heartache, Emjae and Mashtronic, OMG! Recordings deliver another club banging EP. Don’t Stop has been coined “the most beach friendly EP since Fred Falke’s Music for My Friends.” Featuring artists Lifelike, Kris Menace, and Island9, this French Touch release is playing favorites with Surkin, Boys Noize, Don Diablo, Basement Jaxx, and Les Petits Pilous! “From front to back, OMG! has delivered the blog house anthem of the summer!”
For release on May 28, 2008: Mohawk “Celestia” with remixes by Noel Sanger and J-Soul
Hailing from the U.K., Mohawk, who’s already proven himself as an immensely skilled soundscape magician capable of conjuring up some of the hottest beats to grace clubs and dancefloors across the globe with an array of singles and remixes signed to the likes of Positiva/EMI, Cuurve, Somatic Sense, Baroque, etc., whips up an astoundingly tantalizing and jaw-dropping beatpumper that will leave listeners moving frantically in harmonic space.
Noel Sanger takes the remix up a notch by laying down a few amazingly catchy twists of his own, which will do more than enough to utterly tear any respectable dancefloor into pieces, with just enough scraps for residents to fight over, while Russian remixer J-Soul deftly delivers a deep, moody, and soulful interpretation that any true enthusiast of progressive house shouldn’t pass up.
Shawn Mitiska and Vinny Troia team up on Curvve’s latest release.
Shawn Mitiska has worked his way up from internet radio to become a highly recognized DJ and producer, gaining interest from the likes of Armin van Buuren, Markus Schulz and Above and Beyond.
Vinny Troia, who has previously remixed tracks for Ultra Nate, N’Dea Davenport, and Jody Watley, is back from a long hiatus (and a relaxing honeymoon) with this collaboration.
This dark, progressive house track, has a hard hitting beat that is to keep dance floors moving. The break at 1:40 will keep the suspense building to deliver high energy that is guaranteed to make a crowd sweat.
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