I've been making mixes for people for about 8 years. Traktor just makes it stupidly easy to fool around with music and whether you're playing with techno or ambient music, there's always something rewarding about looping and stacking sounds on top of each other. I understand method is everything in art, so I will avoid saying I'm a "dj" to save myself from the stale conversation around the definition of "dj labor". I just love these records. I'm not making a dime pressing these buttons.
I was a music writer for a magazine called Blow Up for many years and for most of those years I thought I'd always be on the listening side of the spectrum, never really getting my hands dirty. Attending techno stuff in NYC and in Berlin last year has inspired this anti-midlife-crisis phase where I have an itch to actually put stuff out there. We'll see how it develops.
It's all Traktor. Like a real poser.
I'm making podcast stuff for other friends running sites/parties. That's about it.
Pneumatic Records, Sycorax
Djing: I've always been into making mixtapes. i remember sitting by the radio as a kid taping songs off the radio and putting it together as a mixtape(first few seconds cut off of songs) , and then in the 90's trading tapes with friends, and i've been told that I make legendary mixtapes so yea……
I've been collecting records since my early teens, and then in my late teens early 20's friends of mine would ask me to play records at their house parties...and that's basically how it started. I didn't start to mix or really take it seriously till i started going out to parties in nyc around 2001-02.. I held my first residency and cut my teeth as a disco dj back in 2003 at a party called "Main Ingredients", and since then i've been fortunate enough to have played at: apt, santos party house, passerby, club 205, club love, tribeca grand, and le bain at the standard,
Producing: I played the drums as a kid, and studied music production/audio engineer in college, but it was daft punk that made me want to produce dance music! " teachers" is my template!
vinyl, and a few cd's
In January 2012 I started a record label with my creative partner Daniel Helmer, and in February we put out our first record: Sycorax “Scrapped & Buttered” ep. It's currently in stores, and is available to order through our website, or through downtown 304, and it hits shops in the uk/germany next week!
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We have a second release planned for the spring, which will have two original Sycorax tracks and remixes by Terekke (L.I.E.S) and Steve Summers (Clone, L.I.E.S)
I also have a Sycorax live PA debut show planned for may 5th at Shea Stadium in Bushwick, Brooklyn..powered by the infamous Bakery Soundsystem…