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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.
Frisson Records - Artist of the Week
To kick off our artist of the week feature we’ll be featuring an up and coming interstate DJ from Sydney who recently rocked our world at the Frission Records label party.
Artist Name: King Friendly
Tell us about yourself
I’m on the dance floor as often as I am producing music and DJing, I love everything about electronic music and really want to spread the positivity and inclusiveness that comes with it!
What genre/styles do you play?
Progressive House predominantly but also play a lot of Tech House and House. Anything with a good groove usually gets played in my sets.
What got you into the scene/dj’ing/producing?
Attending Tomorrowland Belgium in 2012. It showed me the power of electronic music and how it can bring people from all over the world closer together. I was already interested in electronic music but this experience made me really want to pursue it.
Check out Tom's U-Tube channel Here
Who has influenced you musically?
I really started getting into electronic music through Avicii and Skrillex. Since then a whole bunch of artists like; Axwell, Eric Prydz, Deadmau5, Steve Angello, Camelphat, Kryder and many others have influenced my musical tastes.
What are you currently working on?
I’m working on incorporating more live elements to my productions, finishing up my Audio Engineering Degree as well as continuing to make videos to my youtube channel! I have some projects that are nearing completion and they will be up on youtube in the coming months as I get a bit better at video editing haha.
Tell us about your most recent gigs?
The Frisson Records Label Party in Brisbane was fantastic recently! Was great to in Brisbane and my next gig will be at the Beehive event in Sydney!
What can we expect from the future for King Friendly?
I want to continue to develop my production skills and continue to DJ to anyone and everyone! I would love to help show the generosity of the dance music community throughout my career and use it to create a fairer world for all.
What do people say about you?
I really pride myself in getting positive feedback from my DJ sets and try and go the extra step to research any event I play to ensure I have music that suits the venue as well as my set time. Whether it’s a smooth warm up set or high-energy headlining set I always try and play the best set to fit the vibe of the night.
Who have you enjoyed working with/hated the most?
I have been producing recently with OSKA from Sydney and it has been great to work on tracks with someone in the same location as me! As far as hating working with anyone, I haven’t, differences can makes life pretty interesting and if it’s not working out I just get through the project best I can and move on.
What’s your day job?
Corporate Audio Visual Technician but occasionally Barista and Bartend as well.
What do you listen to in your downtime?
Anything, I love it all. From Classical to hardstyle I often end up in some interesting youtube rabbit holes of music.
What do you think about the Brisbane scene?
I was up for the weekend recently and had an absolute ball! There are still lots of great nights out in Sydney where I’m from but it definitely has a more relaxed feel in other cities. I
think that is really important for a decent clubbing culture to develop and be sustained.
To book King Friendly contact him via facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kingfriendlymusic/
OzClubbers talks to Scottie Chappell about the origins of the IWTFA brand and pushing the boundaries of Techno here in Brisbane.
The IWTFA crew is made up of Scottie Chappell, Aamir Raza, Jamie Grenenger, Pete Trimbacher & Rob Glasgow.
Tell us about how IWTFA came about?
I came to Australia on a 2 year working visa from Newcastle up on Tyne in England. During this time I called Brisbane home. I worked and attended events and met alot of great people from local house and techno DJs to promoters from all over Brisbane. This helped me begin to get involved in the Brisbane scene and I began having ideas about what would add to the ever-growing techno and house scene here.
I met the crew around 2 or 3 years ago at various techno and house events. I’d watch them play and we'd chat at gigs. We all had the same interests in music and the same vision of what we wanted to do so we decided to form the brand.
In the months prior to launching IWTFA, I went to many techno events in Melbourne: Machine, Bunker, Plexus, Melbourne Techno Collective, Cat House & experimental events like Factoid and Doppler. They all had incredible local, interstate and international artists and I saw how far techno was being pushed. This helped give us a vision of what we wanted to see in Brisbane.
Thoughts on the Brisbane Scene Today?
I think the Brisbane scene is doing well. There are so many great brands that push all spectrums of Techno & House such as Subtrakt, Andromeda, Shade, Unison, Buxton, Higher State, BTHC, Dragonfruit, Oxytocin, Flux, Melt, Pray Tell, La Vibrations, Lola, Bless Club and Bass Swag. One of the reasons things work well here is that there’s a promoters group so we can try to avoid clashes and support each other as we try to schedule events.
However, it’s becoming harder with venue limitations here to push specific sounds as many venues only want to play commercial music. This scene has great potential so i think it’s really important for a decent clubbing culture to developed and be sustained. With many other brands in the scene, we wanted to do techno events that focus on and push specific sounds.
We want to push the boundaries of techno...
We focus on lighting and visuals for a real mood setting vibe no matter which venue we use and we have a specific flow in mind of how our events should run.
We always have our local techno DJs on our lineups and we show our full support of them and even new artists that want to push themselves, we like to think we give these people a chance.
At the time of launching IWTFA, we also began a podcast series on Soundcloud. Listen here.
It’s a Brisbane collective aiming to produce sophisticated, refined techno that exposes local, interstate and international artists. We try to showcase these artists in their true form and let them express themselves with no boundaries in the field of techno.
Check out the next IWTFA event here
https://www.facebook.com/events/1744741092276996/ Find out about upcoming events via their Facebook page here. Listen to IWTFA on Soundcloud
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From the DJ’s perspective; since Larry Levan’s early days at the Paradise Garage, the remix – or playing different versions of songs – was one of the first notable aspects of what we now know as DJ Culture. His ethic of refreshing successful dancefloor movers in the late seventies passed down generations of DJ has been long-established as almost a perfunctory task, almost a must-do to be undertaken by the disk jockey.
Each year sees new versions of old gems. Some, which even those of us remember in our fresher days, first time around. Occasionally you find that some years produce more than others. This year has already delivered a glut of new-oldies which even by now has you scratching your head and widening your eyeballs at the frequency of remix deliveries.
Yes; in fitting with the northern hemisphere’s hedonism season, this year’s array of tracks is more-than-likely to guarantee multiple hands in the air and is quite remarkable. Especially considering how anthemic - many of these were in their first lifetimes. You only have to look at either Beatport, Traxsource or Juno’s 2018 remix collections to see this. Or even the number of free downloads on Soundcloud – lesser-known producers with their takes on classics, trying to gain support and not to be sniffed at, either.
So far in 2018; we’ve had Underworld’s Born Slippy, Energy 52’s Café Del Mar, Shakedown’s At Night and Junior Jack’s E-Samba. Not to mention the rarer, more trainspotter tunes such as The Disco Evangelists’ De Niro, LSG’s Netherworld or Banco de Gaia’s Heliopolis. Even non-house music pearls such as Massive Attack’s Teardrop have been given a recent, respectable once-over.
This week sees the release of a quite delicate rework, which could divide – or unite – opinions of dancefloor purists (although the latter is far more probable). Maceo Plex has undertaken the task of reinventing “Bladerunner” by the aptly-named artist, Remake. As such a heightened bootleg from the early nineties, it would require special attention to be a success, one would think. Championed twenty-five years ago by most household DJ names from the formative years of clubland – it would add another badge to the American, Plex’s impressive musical arsenal.
Remixes could; for us addicts of the late night (and all day) tiles – signify the cycle of life and its trends or simply “what goes around” comes back around, only with a few tweaks. As David Bowie once said, “The only art I’ll ever study is stuff I can steal from.”
With a smooth ability to produce across multiple genres, this time Gil Sanders dives into the trap realm with his latest track - Over The Hill. Combining intricate chopped up synth chords with intelligent sampling and adding the soothing vocals of Zay, Over The Hill is a forward thinking, future heater that is sure to make you feel them feels.
If you have not heard the name Gil Sanders already you should get familiar with it. Gil jumped into the scene by taking out Italy's best remixer award in 2014 and has not stopped since, having originals and remixes on Spinnin, Armada and Flamingo to name a few.
Over the Hill is set for release on June 22nd 1018. Remixes come courtesy of Jordan Magro, Dash One, Bust-R, Romy Black and HEYRO and are due for release on July 13th 2018.