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Tall Sasha’s new Hypnotic Dance Single, “IN MY HEART”, with remixes by D:Fuse and Sir Thomas

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SAN FRANCISCO, August 17, 2011 – Up-and-coming San Francisco DJ and producer, Tall Sasha, today released the new dance music single “In My Heart” on Curvve Records, along with three club remixes by D:FUSE, Jamaster A and Sir Thomas. A hypnotic track featuring sexy female vocals by San Francisco’s own Janice Bailon, “In My Heart” keeps the dance floor moving with a pulsing groove and driving bass line. The single and remixes are now available on Beatport.

The original version is 6:30 minutes in length and kicks off with a hypnotic journey of electronic piano and a driving beat. Janice’s vocals begin a wavy, dreamy voice, which continues to drive the rhythm and melody throughout. The D:FUSE remix infuses his uniquely energetic sound, reworking the vocal, bringing the bass line to the forefront and keeping the groove pulsing. Sir Thomas creates a deep and dark version of the song, while Jamaster A brings out the most energetic remix with a Euro dance sound.

Tall Sasha has risen to one of the most popular DJs in San Francisco in a relatively short amount of time. Just in the last year alone he has been picked to share the decks in legendary Ruby Skye, San Francisco with the world’s most respected DJs from David Guetta, Roger Sanchez, Axwell, Swedish House Mafia, Mark Knight, Avicii, Ferry Corsten and many more. When he’s not touring internationally, Tall Sasha is often seen spinning in his top three San Francisco venues Ruby Skye, Supperclub and Vessel.

“I’ve wanted to create a sound that just flows nicely and it’s not too energetic and not too mellow,” says Tall Sasha. “The vocals and melody have always been the most important to me in electronic music, and I wanted to make a song that adjusts to your own listening mood.”

“My idea on the remix was to chop the vocal up a bit and rearrange the verses just a bit to focus on the hook,” said D:FUSE on his remix. “Then it was about bringing some funk with the bass line. It’s honestly the type of track I’m always searching for and it has been tearing up my floors. Very happy with my remix and love the original as well!”

“This track can reach a very broad audience as its a mixture of genres, and my remix could suit many different tier one DJs as it is deep, dark and full of bass with sexy vocal to back it up,” said Sir Thomas.

To preview and purchase the “In My Heart” original track and remixes today, visit: http://www.beatport.com/artist/tall-sasha/206775. For a limited time, if you download any of the 4 versions, and send a receipt to info@dj4life.org, you will get a link to download a special edition, free one-hour podcast from D:FUSE and Tall Sasha.

Oliver Smith Breakthrough in Progressive House and Trance

oliversmith2-portrait1Oliver Smith has been described as “an excellent DJ” by Armin van Buuren, “the best thing to happen in trance” by Mixmag and “sensational” by DJ magazine. In recent years the highly successful UK trance DJ and producer has released over 50 records and remixes and has performed as a DJ in many of the biggest clubs around the world. Oliver’s music is regularly played by leading DJs such as Tiesto, Ferry Corsten, Armin van Buuren and Above & Beyond. In addition to this, Oliver’s work as one half of the highly acclaimed production duo Smith & Pledger has assured him a place as one of the leading figures in the trance scene.

Oliver’s latest remix, “Breakthrough” is yet another prime example of the melodic, musical talent that has defined him as an artist.

You have played at numerous “superclubs” around the world, like Godskitchen , Turnmills and Passion; when you play at clubs like these, do you still get a “wow” feeling from it, or is it just routine now?

It’s always a thrill for me to play in any club. Big clubs like Godskitchen or Matter (the new club here in London) tend to have a great following and very knowledgeable crowd so that makes them particularly good. Also, the bigger clubs often have a great sound and lighting setup, which is the icing on the cake. Having said that, smaller and more intimate venues also have their charm so I’m glad I get to play both.

What inspired you about “Breakthrough” to complete a remix of the track?

The main thing that caught my ear in Breakthrough was the stuttered vocal that forms one of the main hooks in the remix. It’s quite a memorable and addictive combination of sound and melody. My overall approach for the remix was to pick out a few key elements and put them together with my own sounds to make my own personal interpretation of the track.

Your music has been played by some of the biggest names in trance. What drew you to the trance genre?

I’m a music fan in general but what attracts me to trance and progressive house is the powerful emotional content it can have. It also features a lot of epic soundscapes that really appeal to me and I like the idea of working with synths, samples and drum machines so it’s the perfect format for my music.

Working with major labels such as Sony and Universal, were your expectations different than working with smaller labels?

With major labels they are generally after a more commercial sound. It can be a difficult task to make something that pleases the major label bosses and also the more credible DJ’s. Smaller labels tend to be a bit more into trance and electronic music in general so they understand better when I go for a less obvious path with a remix. Often I find that doing the less obvious thing is the most successful for me.

In terms of djing, what has been the hardest crowd to work with? Is there a particular area you like to play better than others?

I’m constantly surprised at how good the crowds are all around the world. There are so many passionate and knowledgeable fans and people who know how to party. Different countries or regions have slightly different taste so in some places I play a bit more of my progressive or techno influences but in other places they are more up for uplifting trance. I try to have my own take on the music and take the crowd on a journey throughout the night.

Armin van Buuren, Tiesto, Paul van Dyk—all considered to be leaders in the trance scene, are all regularly playing your tracks. Is this a lot of pressure? Or business as usual?

I don’t feel under pressure, as I don’t write my tracks specifically for Armin or Tiesto etc. I prefer to please myself and make the best music I can whilst still staying true to my own taste and convictions. I think my tracks are often quite popular because they aren’t just for the clubs – I try to put in more detail and depth than a lot of producers so that my tracks can stand up to repeated listening at home as well. If I do feel any pressure it’s usually just my own desire to push my sound forward and keep improving.

When you start making a track, is there always a certain form you follow, or do you follow where the track leads you?

There is no set pattern to how I make a new track. I like to experiment with basic ideas first and then choose the best direction. Then I will flesh it out and turn it into a full production. On quite a few occasions I have almost finished a track and then scrapped it and gone back to the beginning as I feel I can do better. Ultimately I just want to make the best music I can and I work hard to do that.

How long does it usually take for you to produce a track, from start to finish?

It can be anything from a day or two to a month. It’s done when it’s done. Having said that though, I do find the ones that come together quicker are often the better ones.

Do you get a lot of inspiration from the different cities you travel to?

To be honest, a lot of the time I don’t really get to experience much of the cities I travel to. Often I will fly there on the evening of the gig, go to the club, and then fly back the next morning! I do like seeing different places and cultures though and when I get the chance to stay on a bit longer I like to have a look around. I’m planning on getting a portable sound recorder so that I can start gathering samples and atmospheres from all the places I go to for inclusion in my new tracks.

What potentials do you see for “Breakthrough”, Dancefloor or radio play?

It’s already seen support on the radio from Armin van Buuren, Above & Beyond etc. and I’ve had a lot of good feedback from fans. It also works well in the club so hopefully you’ll get a chance to hear it next time you’re out!

What tools/software do you use most in music production? Are there certain instruments you prefer to others when working with your sounds?

My studio is based around Apple Logic Pro but I also have a pile of synthesizers and other audio toys that get put to good use. I’m a great fan of the Access Virus, Roland Juno2 and JP8080 but I’ll use whatever tool works for the sound I’m after at the time. The end result is the most important thing, not necessarily how I got there.

Are there any special tips or tricks that you might offer someone looking for advice in producing?

Remember that the central idea and the tune are the most important thing, everything else is just window dressing.

Do you have any upcoming gigs or projects that you might like to mention?

I’ve got a string of DJ dates coming up here in the UK over the next few months in Edinburgh, Manchester, Leeds and Glasgow. I’m also still doing my regular slot on the Anjunabeats Worldwide radio show. Check my myspace page or website for the full details. On the record side of things, ‘Sunrise’, my collaboration with Boom Jinx, is due out in February, then, following that there will probably be an EP with my singles ‘Restless’ and ‘Horizons’. Finally, I’m hard at work on my album, which should be released later in the year. I certainly plan on keeping busy!

Check out Oliver Smith’s remix of Kenneth Thomas and Chad Cisneros’ ‘Breakthrough’ at Beatport, DJDownload or any other fine digital retailer.

http://www.oliversmithmusic.com
http://www.myspace.com/oliversmithmusic

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Christopher Norman bytes into Curvve with his remix of Gareth Emery's 'More Than Anything'

Christopher Norman has spent the last three years under the pseudo name “Retrobyte,” offering roles as singer, songwriter and producer.  During that time, Chris has had the rare opportunity of being protégé to Gabriel and Dresden and working with many other well established artists and labels.

This interview with the esteemed musician, about his life and recipe for success, marks the latest release on Curvve Recordings with his remix of Gareth Emery’s “More Than Anything.”

How did you come up with the name “Retrobyte”?

I hate to disappoint, but there’s really not a cool story to go along with it – it just popped in my head back when I was in high school and I let it stick.  I’m making the slow (and painful) transition back to my real name and I’m starting to wish I didn’t have an alias in the first place!

Were you involved in any music classes in high school?

I started doing piano when I was 6 or 7, and that led to playing in band in school.  I also went to an arts high school for two years and did piano there as well.

Who were your biggest musical influences?

Growing up I listened to a lot of Michael Jackson and Queen, and my parents both loved folkier stuff too.  In recent history some big influences have been Jamie Lidell, Basement Jaxx, Ozgur Can, Feist, Gabriel & Dresden (of course), Robyn’s new record is fantastic…just too many to list!

What was it like working with Gabriel and Dresden? Was there any one thing that you learned from them that you feel is most important?

Working with them was a dream come true.  I guess the most invaluable thing I’ve gotten from them is direction and knowledge in the industry – it’s really difficult to know if you’re going in the right direction, and they remain a great compass to this day.

What advice would you give someone who is starting out at producing?

As trite as it sounds, keep at it and don’t get frustrated if your productions don’t immediately sound like hits – it takes a while to get up to snuff.  And don’t let anybody tell you that you need a specific piece of kit or software – try things out and see what works for YOU, then go from there.

Do you experiment with different sounds?

A lot of people don’t know that dance music is actually a small part of what I do musically.  I play guitar, I sing, I write.  I’ve been working on loads of non-dance stuff – now it’s just a matter of what I’m going to do with it!  I’ve actually been really getting into dubstep lately and have been trying my hand at that – it’s proven to be a pretty interesting learning experience. I do use an 808 tom at LEAST once in every track though.  See if you can find ’em!

When you first heard “more than anything” was there anything in particular that excited you about the song?

When Gareth first came to me and asked me to take a listen the very first thing I noticed was the vocal – I’m a sucker for a good, catchy male vocal.  His material is also always incredibly well produced, so that got my attention off the bat as well.

How did you originally envision yourself remixing it? Did you have a particular sound in mind? Or does it just come as go?

As anyone who has been in my studio in the past year knows, this song took me AGES to remix.  I tried every single genre and went through my entire bag of tricks and nothing clicked.  I must have gone through at least 10 different versions before I got to one that actually worked.  This is probably the longest I’ve ever spent on a remix.  From when I got the remix pack to when I turned it in, it was probably about 8 months.

Is there anything that you feel sets this remix apart from your other productions?

This is definitely on the progressive / trance side of the tracks on my resume – usually I try to avoid that word and style like the plague but this one needed to be a bit more anthem-ish.  It kind of brought that out in me.

Which of your songs or remixes have given you the greatest satisfaction and why?

I did a remix of Jose Amnesia & Jennifer Rene’s song “Wouldn’t Change a Thing” last year, that’s probably one of my favorite ones to date.  I put a lot of love into that mix – did backup vocals and played guitar and everything – and it’s one of the few productions I’ve done that I (for lack of a better term) just wouldn’t change a thing on.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Aside from music making, schooling, and the day job, I do a lot of cooking and baking.  I’d eventually like to start a home mail order business for my baked goods and write a cookbook.

What are you currently working on now? Any upcoming gigs or projects?

I’m actually finishing my degree in the fall, so until I graduate I’m just focusing on production and songwriting.  I’ll play a gig here and there, but no traveling or intense schedules.  I’m doing a lot of production work with my good friend and fellow DJ Anthony Attalla, and we have a lot of stuff filtering out in the next couple of months.  I have a few tricks up my sleeve, too, so stay tuned!

Is there anything else that you would like to mention?

My first original track (in over a year), “Otherside” with Topher Jones, comes out July 14th on Black Hole.  We’ve got some great remixes on the project (Patrik Bjorkman’s beats the original, I think) so check them out when they come out.

I also just finished a cover of Martin Gore’s “Compulsion” and posted it up for free download on my MySpace page: myspace.com/retrobyte

Be sure to check out Christopher Norman online and his latest remix of Gareth Emery’s “More Than Anything” which is available now at Beatport, DJ Download and AudioJelly.

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Curvve shows “Fine Taste” with their latest single, “Breathe In”

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”.

Click here for audio samples or to purchase the release.

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

Click here for audio samples or to purchase the release.
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Sex, Drugs and Bacon Rolls: Curvve Interview with Dumb Dan

“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.”

Be sure to check out out Dumb Dan’s remix of “House Revisited” by clicking here.

More Information about Dan available at

www.dumbdan.com

www.dumbrecordings.com

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Mitiska and Troia "House Revisited"

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.

On the remix is Retrobyte, who puts a more minimal and funky electro/tech spin on this track. Very good stuff from the Gabriel and Dresden protege.

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Purchase the track at Beatport.com