Now you will have probably gathered that apart from clubbing & writing, one of our major passions is promoting D.J’s & their work, we being particularly keen on developing & showcasing new or upcoming stars. So, in this our latest “Music” post, that is exactly what we are doing, as well as celebrating a little bit of “summer” with two dedicated mix compilations of the same name.
First up is JC Christopher, who just over a week ago, laid down a very impressive performance at Lovechild, kicking off the main room in style with some truly uplifting, funky & chunky house sounds, drenched with plenty of latest dancefloor hits that very much set the pace for others to follow and all that fighting off a nasty ear infection. Mind you, this wasn’t Mr JC’s first performance at Lovechild, in fact he has very much shone in the lounge space in previous parties, so is truly deserving of his inclusion in the prestigious resident D.J. line-up in Alex Erfan’s monthly lovey-dovey outing. But this talented young man’s time behind the decks often sees him travel across the world, both Australia & the USA being regular destinations, down under seeing him rub shoulders with the likes of Alan Thompson, The Freemasons, Alex Taylor & Johan Khoury, his attendance to Miami’s Winter Music Conference (WMC) back in March also linked to his position as PR manager for house music event hosting agency Milk N 2 Sugar’s, a company that has boasted the likes of Todd Terry, Joey Negro, Seamus Haji & Dennis Ferrer on their books & is a major sponsor of WMC, as well as hosting a Thursday night at El Divino in the Ibiza summer season.
However, English born & bred and a graduate of Kent University, JC’s career path in the music & entertainment industry has seen him work for Disney in Orlando, T.V.’s Discovery Channel in New York, as well as holding down PR positions in the capital, including that with Blue Cube, his current role keeping him very busy indeed. But it doesn’t stop him diving behind the decks when he can, or indeed showing his face out on the scene, we first coming across this bubbly bloke D.J.’ing at Ku Klub one Saturday, plus have since lost count the amount of times we have bumped into him on the dancefloor somewhere, or not as the case may be, a hilarious moment we enjoyed together being when, despite him being back home in Kent, we were sure he was with us at Trade in Ministry Of Sound (well we do have senility issues from time to time!). So, given his hectic lifestyle & work commitments, his dips into the studio are not as often as he would like, but when he does, the results are quite prolific, his last offering, which is was major nod to his tour to Melbourne & Sydney during the last Mardi Gras short season, a vocal-tastic bouncy collection of 10 tunes encompassing elements of electro, trance & progressive beats, but often returning to those rip roaring vocals that give this sixty minute sampler a real summery feel. So, to get a slice of Mr Jc, check out his “Return To Oz” compilation at http://jcchristopher.podomatic.com/.
Our other focus goes to new & relatively unknown talent Norbert M, a very likeable yet quiet & unassuming Polish guy, whom we have been rubbing social shoulders with for a couple of years, although for most of that time were unaware of his D.J. skills & intentions. But D.J. he does and quite accomplishedly at that, his mixing skills for such a home taught talent standing up impressively well, particularly judging by the mixes he has laid down so far in his shot in the public eye. However, like so many of his D.J. peers, music has been in Norbert’s blood from an early age, although he knew that if he was to make a name for himself and break out onto the circuit, he would need to up sticks from his home country of Poland, seeing the move to London as his best opportunity to make any sort of headway in the disc spinning game. So, to the capital it was and in between holding down demanding shift work, he purchased his own set of decks & equipment and refined the art of mixing, within the limitations of his own four walls, although knowing just how committed & determined a character Norbert is, it was no surprise that he burst out of his own space and landed a series of gigs at his local club Ghetto, an alternative hangout in the very trendy Shoreditch/Hoxton area, his persistence also seeing him take charge on the decks ar Rupert St bar for a short Saturday stint a few months ago.
But, despite these breakthroughs, landing regular gigs has proven difficult in what is a fiercely contested market for a small amount of available gig spots and still very much a “closed shop” gAylist scene, with established D.J. talents hogging the lion’s share of clubs, events & happenings. So, in order to get himself noticed, Norbert has recently dived into the recording studio, producing three fully fledged compilations, each reflecting his style which he describes as “diverse & eclectic aimed at a mixture of audiences & tastes”, the first very much on the tech side of house, the follow-up more electro, progressive & vocal inspired, this paving way for a short 7 track promo, probably his most accessible (and our favourite) piece of work so far. And this a specially commissioned competition mix, has seen him land a slot at club Heaven’s Monday nighter “Popcorn” on 12th July, when he will be part of a special D.J. challenge event in the departure lounge and we will certainly be there, lending our support. So to get a feel of this new talents musical style, check out his compilations now at http://norbertmik.podomatic.com/ where you can also grab his latest mix “Mellow To Harsh”.
Now, what about those “summer” mixes? Well first is Jamie Hammond who recently issued his latest compilation, which is full of vocal infused tracks, combining elevated electro tones with pumping progressive beats, very much the style of his sets at Friday night club of the moment “Onyx”. Jamie’s latest piece of work has definitely got a sunshine feel good factor from the off and is a worthy addition to your collection, so to get your copy, go to http://d-jamie.podomatic.com/.
Our other “summer” devotee is Sicilian sensation Alessandro Londra, who got us “wet” with his last mix, but now gets us warm with his own nod to the sun season of the year, with 54 minutes of a-typical Ale style latin encrusted progressive & tech tainted beats that he deployed to incredible effect in the contact room at Lovechild’s last outing, packing out the place. His style of sound is also sure to win him fans with his up-coming gig at Splash Roma’s “Night Pool Party”, not to mention Matinee London’s “Open Air Summer Party” on 11th July, so his aptly named summer mix definitely gives you a flavour of what will be on offer, which you can check out & download at http://soundcloud.com/djalessandrolondra.
Now, we just have time to mention tip top clubbing website Seen Queen’s music page, which not only has a comprehensive listing & link connections to the scene’s top D.J. names works, but they have details of no less than eight new mixes released this month. Plus, the little darling's have featured our recent focus on Paul Heron, all of which you can catch now at http://seenqueen.com/music.
Right, that’s it for this week, but don’t forget to check out our “Lovechild” special post, plus up-coming focuses on Chris Brogan & Javier Medina, plus Gonzalo Rivas & Rob Sykes as well as a “Pride” special post and much more. In the meantime, as we love to say, “sit back, select our choices, turn up the volume & let the music play”