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On the release of Celestal's hot new record Old School Romance and the accompanying remix package, we had a quick chat to Celestal about his journey so far including the making of Old School Romance.
GALLEON: So, what inspired you to start making music and at what age.
CELESTAL: It’s my father who gave my twin brother and I our artistic side. He’s an amazing chef and has always encouraged us from a very young age to pursue our musical dreams. Growing up listening to Funk, Brazilian and French it was a nice mix. I started getting into music at 7 years old. I was always a very good trombone player and my brother played the trumpet. You get the point, but it’s what got us where we are today, ambition, playing with our friends at school as well as playing sports. It was great.
G: Tell us about Old School Romance and how it came about.
C: It’s a song that fits me so well - a mix of dance pop, melancholy, a gimmick of guitar and a simple melody that can touch anybody for it is filled with all kinds of emotions. The title comes from Nashville influences, the city of Rachel Pearl, the singers hometown. Moscow is also an influence, being the guitarist’ hometown. Of course, Paris was a huge influence, being where I produced the song. Each of us brought our own emotions and our own experiences to create this song. The song is unique being filled with a mix of influences and a soft touch.
G: How did you choose the remix package (including Funkstar De Lux and Matthieu Koss) or was this chosen by your record label?
C: Funkstar de Luke well that came about my label and I can tell you I was pleased because it went all kinds of places and I loved every bit from the start. Bravo. Regarding Matthieu Koss, what can I say I love the guy. Not only is he from my hometown (I had no idea before I met him), but he has his own universe, a little malicious side to him and a lot of personality that make me want to dance and go somewhere. He’s so talented. His remix is amazing.
G: What is in the works for Celestal in the next 12 months? Is there an album in the pipeline, and will you be touring?
C: Lots of work, I’m working on a bunch of new songs. Two are almost finished, very different styles. I’m also going to be working on getting together with Rachel in the days to come and I have plans with this male vocal as well. I’m always thinking about new melodies and ideas so an EP is definitely the next step for me. I’m also working a lot on promo, productions for other artists, remixes… my agenda is pretty booked. But I promise you lots of new things will be coming in a near future !
G: What are your three biggest records right now?
C: If there is one song that I have stuck in my head at the moment it’s most deff “One Kiss” by Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa. Finally some good house pop is back on the airwaves. Someone that I’ve always admired over the years is David Guetta, I know it’s not original but this guy has me feeling all kinds of ways with his collab with Sia on “Flames”. It’s a beautiful song, it works and has so much energy and tenderness. And lastly I think I’ll choose Jonas Blue with his latest song “Rise” that is following the footsteps of his song prior to that “Mama”. The guy is so talented, as well as kind hearted with so much talent.
Here is a fresh new mix from us—and one that definitely gives us the warm and fuzzies!
So, our '
Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. ' brand as a whole, the music we push—and, indeed, Andrew and I as individual DJs—is often centred around music on the lower, slower, deeper, warm-up tip. That is a label we've always worn with pride. Well, in this instance, our good friend, Flynn—of 'Move 4 Mood' fame—was kind enough to book us for a "peak time" set at The Flinders, and, with that, an opportunity to exercise our tougher, uptempo selections; as such, we did just that!
We were fortunate to enjoy a heaving, packed dance floor from start to finish, and we delivered a strong selection of suitable cuts—all while staying fairly true to our Attic sound. The crowd response was phenomenal and we had a wonderful time making it all happen—hence the "warm and fuzzies" mentioned above!
Hope you enjoy this one as much as we did!
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01 : Coeo - 'Back In The Days' (Original Mix) [Toy Tonics]
02 : Ari Bald - 'Moonshiner' (Original Mix) [Better Listen Records]
03 : Johannes Albert - 'Beach Reach' (Original Mix) [Fine]
04 : Duccio LP - 'I Can Stay Without You' (Original Mix) [Blaq Numbers]
05 : Slamb - 'Getting Back (To Myself)' (Original Mix) [Infinite Pleasure]
06 : Joe Corti - 'Mr. Kuti' (Original Mix) [Better Listen Records]
07 : Iban Montoro & Jazzman Wax - 'Leave Me Alone' (Original Mix) [Robsoul Recordings]
08 : Adryiano - 'Nite Talk' (Original Mix) [Shall Not Fade]
09 : Bobby Analog - 'Dr. In The House' (Original Mix) [Body Fusion]
10 : Tell - 'Y'all Feel That Honey' (Paradise Mix) [Quartet Series]
11 : Black Loops - 'Higher' (Original Mix) [Neovinyl Recordings]
12 : Folamour - 'La Pierre Et Le Sabre' (Original Mix) [Tronic Session Records]
13 : The Timewriter - 'Pasodoble' (Kruse & Nuernberg Remix) [Streetlight]
14 : Bas Roos - 'Searchin'' (Original Mix) [Exploited]
15 : Sidney Charles - 'Jack On The Rocks' (Sante's 90s House Jam Remix) [Off Recordings]
16 : Souldynamic - 'Equatoriale' (Original Mix) [Tribe Records]
17 : Adryiano - 'Me And You And Her' (Original Mix) [Heist Recordings]
18 : Soul Reductions - 'Got 2 Be Loved' (Original Mix) [Take Away]
19 : Pierre Moritz - 'Eunuque Millionnaire' (Original Mix) [Shall Not Fade]
20 : Slamb - 'I Want Your' (Original Mix) [Blaq Numbers]
21 : Unknown - 'Track 3' [House Of Disco]
22 : Loose Change - 'Straight From The Heart' (Joey Negro Straight To The Groove Mix) [Z Records]
23 : Detroit Swindle - 'Just Not Norma' (Original Mix) [Heist Recordings]
24 : Knuckle G. - 'You Got Me' (Original Mix) [De La Groove]
25 : Folamour - 'Hearts Melting Into An Ocean' (Original Mix) [Kyoku Records]
26 : Speed Boat - 'Speed Tool 001' (Original Mix) [Nail Shop]
27 : Li'll Bo Tweak - 'Musics Hypnotising' (GhettoStep Mix) [Loungin' Recordings]
28 : Vaggio - 'Don't You Want Some More' (Original Mix) [Ovum Recordings]
29 : Midland - 'Double Feature' (Original Mix) [ReGraded]
30 : Brame & Hamo - 'Roy Keane' (Original Mix) [Brame & Hamo]
GALLEON: So guys, thanks so much for sitting down with me to talk about all things Musika! Tell us about how you began working with each other and the name Yolanda Be Cool?
YBC: Sure no worries, our pleasure. Matty used to DJ at a bar I used to bartend at. I used to take him tequila shots and talk his ear off about music and djaying. Before long I was buying records and we started playing back to back at clubs all over Sydney then Australia. Then naturally we started making mix tapes and bootlegs together, then before long we ended up doing official remixes then finally releasing our own original singles.
The name comes from one of our favourite scenes from one of our favourite movies.. Pulp Fiction… “Be Cool Honey Bunny” “Tell that bitch to be cool”.. YOLANDA BE COOL...
GALLEON: On your new jam Musika, you feature the vocals of Kwanzaa Posse. Who are they and how did you get to colaborate with them.
YBC: We are always on the hunt for killer tracks to sample. On one of our sample hunts we came across Kwanzaa Posse out of Africa and their tune Musika had an amazing vocal part that really stood out to us. So we got to work on a version and sent it to their publisher to approve. They loved it so much they were happy to be featured artists on the single. We were stoked.
GALLEON: Looking to the hot remix package for Musika, you have chosen some wicked artists such as Babert, GotSome, Flash89 & Dateless to put their touch to the record. How did you choose these artists?
YBC: We were so lucky with this remix package, it was a combination of the legends at Sweat It Out calling in a lot of favours and I think the track being unique and appealing to remix which allowed us to get such dope names on the package.
GALLEON: You guys are heavily involved with the running of Sweat It Out. How did you become associated with one of the late Ajax's biggest ventures?
YBC: We both idolised Ajax, and still think he is the best DJ ever. When Sydney didn’t have the lock out laws we used to finish work at 2:00am in the bar above then run down and watch Ajax and the Bang Gang play till 6:00am at their weekly party…. We did this for years and then Matt was woking at a record label helping Ajax put together his legendary mashed DJ mix compilations, they got chatting about starting their own label and after a few hot and sweaty laksa’s on hung over Mondays.. 'Sweat It Out’ was born.
GALLEON: Your music has often featured vibes from Africa and Latin America, giving your records a great uplifting carnival feel. Are world music and other cultures a big influence for you?
YBC: Most definitely and we don’t discriminate. We have sampled tunes from Africa, Columbia, Italy, England and Camaroon to name a few countries. We love combing elements and sounds from exotic places and re-contextualising them in a way that makes sense for us and the dance floors we play to.
GALLEON: What are your biggest 3 records right now.
YBC: ahhh Our friend did an edit of Raingurl by Yaeji which is so dope… Fisher’s tune STOP IT always kills it. and of course Musika feat Kwanzaa Posse by us:)
GALLEON: Tell us about the biggest gig you have ever played and why?
YBC: The biggest number of people was a free party for the King of Morocco. There was over 100,000 people there. But one of our personal favourite biggest gigs for us was the MTV party @ Amnesia in Ibiza with A-Trak and Armand Van Helden. That was sick
So, as the dust has settled on our recent Attic event headlined by Laurence Guy—our fourth instalment—I am making available my recorded set from the evening.
I opened up shop for the first hour on this occasion, so, accordingly; this is very much a lower, slower effort—105 BPM upwards—though, in doing so, I did my best to retain a lot of the melodic elements that make up our "Attic sound".
I really enjoyed putting this one together and kicking off the night in a method that I saw fit—and what an evening it turned out to be!
I hope you enjoy this one, all the same.
Comments and feedback—and if you really enjoy it, bookings—are always welcome!
'till next time!
01 : Voodoo Whiskey - 'Poolside' (Original Mix) [Midnight Riot]
02 : Atjazz - 'Open A Window' (Original Mix) [Atjazz Record Company]
03 : Shur-I-Kan - 'Remember' (Original Mix) [Dark Energy Recordings]
04 : Ben La Desh & Plan d'Aqua - 'Crackstate' (Original Mix) [Ism Recordings]
05 : Ethyène - 'Rains Over Occident' (Original Mix) [Editorial Records]
06 : Saine - 'You Can Count On Me' (Original Mix) [Masterworks Music]
07 : Deephope - 'Transition' (Original Mix) [Deep Site Digital]
08 : Luvless - 'Down With You Baby' (Original Mix) [Tsuba]
09 : Kolja Gerstenberg - 'Mmmh Jaaazz' (Original Mix) [Smile For A While]
10 : Ethyène ft. Folamour - 'Why My Love' (Original Mix) [Better Listen Records]
11 : Tour-maubourg - 'Hang On' (Original Mix) [FHUO Records]
12 : Closed Paradise - 'Secrets' (Original Mix) [Better Listen Records]
13 : Daniel Leseman - 'On My Mind' (Original Mix) [Outplay]
La Vibrations returns in full colours in 2018, with some influential and inspirational artists who are showcasing their flavour of techno. This summer season we present to you SLY FAUX (MOOD/MELB) and MADE IN PARIS (UPPER ACCESS/SYD). They both are currently on upcoming EP tours around Australia and internationally this year.
SLY FAUX (MOOD RECORDS)
Blurring the lines between a contemporary DJ set and live show, Sly Faux manages to merge the two seamlessly, to deliver a unified, mechanical and straight up set. Incorporating the use of controllers, drum samplers, and other devices allows him create on- the- fly edits and remixes which add variety and a sense of spontaneity to the performance. Expect rolling bass with Everest buildup that will send any audience into a frenzy at a moments notice.
Furthermore, Sly Faux has an established catalogue of releases and has also received support from artists such as Richie Hawtin, Len Faki, Sam Paganini Maceo Plex and of coarse, Nicole Moudabar.
Resident Advisor: https://www.residentadvisor.net/dj/slyfaux/biography
Stable Music: http://stablemusic.com.au/filter/talent/Sly-Faux
MOOD: Records: http://mood-records.net
MOOD (Youtube): https://www.youtube.com/user/moodrecordsmusic/featured
MADE IN PARIS (UPON ACCESS/SYD)
With Upcoming is her ‘Erratic’ EP on her label Upon Access, welcoming in 2018 with sheer drive following her most anticipated EP’s passed ‘You’re Wrong’ and ‘Mass Movement’ on Berlin label Salomo Records. ‘You’re Wrong’ took melodic techno to another level with love from BBC Radio, Ibiza Sonica & InTheMix, while the EP ‘Dancing In The Dark’ on Motorik just prior gained support from artists Nicole Moudaber, Danny Tenaglia, Tiga and more. 'The Vault' via Motorik also, recently had high support from Sven Vath & Maceo Plex at Timewarp Germany 2017.
Shadowing the touch of her pioneering peers, from the days of pure vinyl to the era of future beats, it’s without a doubt the magic lined up from her studio has pricked ears ahead of her next two EP’s on Mooseekaa 'Sonorous' and 'Lost Perception' on Upon Access. Her self directed record label also fashions the visionaries of tech house and techno talent, delivering EP’s from the country’s inaugural and anticipated of emerging producers including Somersault and Daniel Verhagen gaining love from Decoded Magazine, Dancing Astronaut and Pilerats.
Made in Paris has held the stakes on Australian bills with Ricardo Villalobos, Daniel Avery, tINI, Pan-Pot, Reboot and Matthias Meyer, at Australia’s prime underground venues to festivals Tell No Tales, Output, Listen Out and the Field Day main stage - making her a devilish staple in consoles across Sydney’s warehouses and the concrete jungles of the underground.
Resident Advisor: https://www.residentadvisor.net/dj/madeinparis
Location: Montague Bar (Capulet) - 188 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.
Relax Dress code.
18 + event // Entrance via the Capulet.